Jenny Moorer is living His way

June 1, 2011

 

Jenny Moorer still gets advice from her high school guidance counselor—and now she wants to be one herself.

Jenny, a sophomore from Temple Terrace, Fla., looks back on high school with fondness. “I loved my teachers,” she says. “I loved my friends. I loved the school setting.” She was blessed to attend a school where her friends and volleyball teammates shared her morals and values, a blessing that has continued in her experience at Florida College.

Jenny started playing volleyball at the age of eight, and has loved the game of basketball ever since she could dribble the ball (her father Kenny, FC’s athletic directer, has coached basketball “since before she was born”). She has played Falcons volleyball the past two years at FC, and plans on joining the club women’s basketball team set to commence next year. Sports is a hobby for Jenny, but it also contains a deep spiritual component.

“On the bus we’ll sing hymns,” she says, “This year we made it a point to not only pray before games, but to go back to the locker room and pray after the game. God’s the one who gave us these talents, and we need to make sure that we’re praising him for that and not keeping the glory for ourselves. Just being with girls who share that same faith has made the game more special.”

Jenny recently elected to pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, the first stepping stone to becoming a high school guidance counselor. The idea was planted during her last two years of high school, when she was an office assistant for the new, likable counselor, who had an immediate impact on Jenny. “She just really encouraged me,” Jenny says, “and pushed me to strive to succeed in a lot of things, and go outside my comfort zone.”

Jenny enjoys working with the high school age, and possesses a similar personality to her guidance counselor (“structured and goal-oriented”). She sees the high school setting as one that is ripe for a godly influence.

“In the public school system nowadays,” she says, “God isn’t a part of the picture. There aren’t a lot of positive influences. If there’s a student at the school who’s struggling with something, and it’s time for me to leave work and go home—if I need to stay and help that student, I’ll do whatever I need to do to help. Just having a heart, I think, is a big part. Just changing one life is encouraging for me.”

Changing one life is integral to Jenny’s aspirations for the future, and it’s how she intends on living His way.