Adora Mora

Hometown: Columbus, OH

high school: Bishop Hartley

college: Harvard University

MAJOR: Sociology

Adora Mora is the sixth of eight children. Throughout her life, not only has Adora believed in the Nigerian principles of honesty, integrity, loyalty, and respect- she has lived by them. Hard-working, ambitious, independent, and self-motivated, Adora strives for excellence in all areas of her life.

Growing up, each of her family members learned to make sacrifices in order to survive as a whole. Although money was always a factor in a situation, Adora made a conscious decision not to let money control her life. Through her extensive fundraising efforts and community grants, Adora was given the opportunity to learn about developing international issues at the Global Young Leaders Conference in Europe, to intelligently discuss national problems at the Junior Statesman Summer School at Georgetown University, and to learn from top MBA professors at the Stanford University LEAD Program in Business.

For over three and a half years she has owned and operated her own business, Imprint Design Services, a graphic arts and design layout company. Through IDS, Adora has developed her interpersonal skills and has become more financially independent. Last year, Adora was the winner of Independent Means, Inc. National Business Plan Competition. Her business has been featured locally in The Columbus Dispatch as well as nationally in Money Magazine. Managing Imprint Design Services has pushed Adora to a new level of professionalism, creativity, and maturity and has given Adora invaluable firsthand knowledge in business- her field of interest.

Dedicated to improving her environment, Adora has been a long time participant and member of Friends of Art for Community Enrichment (FACE), a local non-profit organization that promotes African and African-American cultural education through the visual and performing arts. In her school community, she holds the position of student council student body president- a responsibility Adora takes very seriously. Committed to diversity, every year she co-directs a school-wide Multi-Cultural Show during Black History Month that recognizes and celebrates different ethnicities.

An accomplished speaker, Adora won 1st place in Ohio’s regional and statewide Martin Luther King Oratorical Contests last year. This year, she had the honor of speaking at Columbus, Ohio’s Martin Luther King Breakfast, which is one of the largest sit-down breakfasts held for Dr. King in the nation. Shaking hands with Ohio’s Governor Bob Taft, her Mayor Michael Coleman, and other dignitaries, Adora called each listener to be a “voice for freedom” in our society.

Equally committed to her academics, Adora is ranked 3rd in her class and takes challenging college courses. She is an AP Scholar, recipient of the Dartmouth Book Scholar Award, and a National Achievement Commended Scholar.

Looking back at her life, one might say she is lucky, however, Adora knows she is truly blessed. Adora attributes much of her accomplishments to the close connection she has with her family and her ancestors. Adora can handle adversity, because she knows others have survived it. Coming from a line of determined dreamers, to tell Adora’s individual story is to tell the collective stories of the visionaries that came before her.

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