When Sarah Moser ’09 speaks on defense issues at both Model NATO and Model Arab League, the delegates from West Point, the Air Force and Naval Academies, and the Royal Military Academy of Canada pay attention, and not just because she is a stunning beauty. She does her homework, she knows what she is talking about, and she has experience from an internship with the NATO Staff Officer Training Course at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Her leadership skills put those at the military academies to shame.
She has a commanding presence—in the classroom, as vice president of the student government association, as organizer of programs for cancer awareness, as waitress and part-time bartender at Gerhard’s Cafe, or as head delegate of Converse’s Model Programs. She exhibits an engaging personality, her work habits are unmatched, and she has no patience for slackers. Her peers listen when she speaks, and freshmen hope to become like her someday. In fact, one Converse freshman summed it up, this way, “She is beyond awesome.”
A native of Mooresville, North Carolina, Sarah is fluent in Spanish, speaks Chinese, and studied in the latter country last summer. With majors in politics, Spanish and Chinese, she has demonstrated her excellence in the classroom. She takes up to twice the normal academic load every term and could have graduated after two years, but she stayed for four years and will amass approximately 220 undergraduate hours—one hundred more than the required 120—when she finally accepts her degree. Her advisor, Dr. Joe P. Dunn, Chair of the History and Politics Department, remarks that she is one of the best students that he has ever taught. “There is no limit to the possibilities of her attainments. She is a rare combination of brains, personality, leadership, dedication, willpower, and charm that is simply remarkable. I have seen few if any like her.”
While she could be a pageant model, Sarah is no girlie girl. She lifts weights, is a fine athlete, and doesn’t mind getting grease on her by working on the boats at her family’s marina on Lake Norman or on a NASCAR engine with her fiancé who works for Hendrick Motorsports building Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson’s championship-winning cars. She interned in public relations with NASCAR last January.