What some may view as a summer job, Bobby Moore has grown into a link to the future. Moore, recently selected as the 2014 Outstanding Youth of Lone Tree, runs a thriving lawn-mowing business that's sealed his desire to pursue a business degree.
He plans to major in business at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
His selection as the city's Outstanding Youth, which comes with a $500 award, is based on Moore's academic, athletic and entrepreneurial accomplishments.
The Arapahoe High School senior lives with his brother, Jack, and parents John and Judy Moore in Heritage Hills. But given his busy schedule, he's not home often.
Moore volunteers with the Unified Basketball Team, a team associated with Special Olympics. He also recently became a WyldLife leader through YoungLife Ministries, a role that includes mentoring middle-school students.
He's also a member of National Honor Society, National Business Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Link Crew. As a Link Crew member, Moore mentored 12 AHS freshmen through their first year of high school. He also plays basketball and tennis.
And then there's work. In addition to working at Qdoba, Moore operates the lawn-mowing business he started at age 10.
“This year, it's really skyrocketed; I'm mowing 30 lawns a week,” he said. “Working with customers, keeping them happy, doing quality work, getting feedback from customers and organization — I think that's really going to help me in the long run.”
When the requests get overwhelming, Moore sometimes calls on his friends to help.
“I've always enjoyed business, and this has given me a taste of the business world,” he said. “There's so much opportunity in it.”
A Minnesota native, Moore and his family moved to Lone Tree eight years ago when his father, employed by Chrysler, was transferred. He attended Cherry Hills Christian School from fourth through eighth grade.
The Outstanding Youth award was created in 2012 by the Lone Tree Youth Commission, a group of seven Lone Tree teens who serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council.
“Lone Tree is full of hard-working, dedicated teens and this is an opportunity for us to highlight their accomplishments,” said Lindsay Nikolaeff, Youth Commission Chair.