Junior year is a tough one with taking the SATs, seriously prepping for college applications, and entering the whirlwind of being an upperclassman. For Gustavo Morales, junior year meant ramping it up even more by taking on the role of Team Captain at SVUDL's new team at East Palo Alto Academy.
It's no surprise that Gustavo stepped into debate and the role of Team Captain smoothly and naturally, since his love of public speaking and oration date back as far as he can remember. The nervous butterflies that most people feel when they stand in front of an eager and listening audience have never fluttered in Gustavo's stomach. Instead, confidence and charisma fill him up as he prepares for policy debates, classroom presentations, and--most recently--Moot Court, where he stepped in as an alternate and wound up at the podium!
Gustavo's signature confidence and charisma have at their foundation a desire to work hard and constantly improve. In fact, one of his role models is Lebron James because "he uses criticism to make him work harder and strive for greatness; so when he isn't doing very well he uses that as motivation to become better." Gustavo's prep and focus on taking feedback from his team and coaches has served him well, earning debater of the day in his very first debate competition. With another school year still ahead, Gustavo is a debater and a leader to watch. He plans to pursue a career in law where he can advocate for policies that support the pursuit of the American Dream.
Congratulations, Gustavo, for your amazing performance at Moot Court, and for being this week's Debater of the Week!