2017 MR. Teen UNITED STATES
Yuju Moore is an 18-year old native of Las Vegas, Nevada. Half African American and half Japanese, Yuji relocated to Fairburn, GA to complete his high school tenure at Langston Hughes High School. He balances academic life with extracurricular involvement as a former JROTC Color Guard Commander, Operations Officer, Leadership Acceleration Program Ambassador, Kitty Hawk Air Society, Key Club and National Honors Society Member. Yuji has won numerous awards and special achievements including the Langston HS Student of the Month, JROTC Flight Sergeant, Super Honor Roll, Video Production Rookie of the Year Award, Sons of the Confederate Veterans H.L. Hunley Award, and the Air Commando Association Award. His impressive academic work ethics are coupled with a sincere passion for community service. Yuji has dedicated over 150 hours of community volunteerism in impactful projects such as: Operation Homefront, Month of the Military Child, CLC Volunteer, CSHS Recycling Program, and Opportunity Village Magical Forest.
Since birth, Yuji has always had a passion to help others. Coming from a military background, he has had his eyes set on the US Air Force as a way to match his obsession with aviation and his heart of service. Yuji's family has a fascinating history of Japanese and American military service, with multiple members of his family serving their countries, including his father who was United States Marine. Yuji's ambitious world might be somewhat serious for a teenager, but outside of work, he finds himself to be quite goofy. His hobbies include playing the guitar, weightlifting, exploring nature, and playing video games. Yuji enjoys traveling and learning more about the world around him.
Yuji's interest in pageantry was sparked as a result of his interest for modeling. "As the Nation's Gentleman, I believe it is first and foremost important to own a keen sense of self-identity. A national ambassador should not only articulate the values of service, but live them as well. In my opinion, employing humility in every endeavor is a critical element of success. I believe the leaders who are oftentimes the most relatable have the best opportunity to be the most impactful." (YM)