At age 19, God and Family is #1

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For many 19 year old you would think girls, dating, friends and going out would be on their list of high importance. Not Paul Matthew Morquecho. His importance is God, Family then happiness for friends. Paul was nominated as UCAN of Memphis Rising Student M.A.D. (Making A Difference) for the month of January. I met Paul at The Forgotten Soul Festival Feed the Homeless last Thanksgiving at the House of Mtenzi. He along with his entire family volunteered with UCAN to help clothe, feed and talk with the forgotten souls of the streets. At one point he went out of his way to help find some gloves for a man who said his hands were always cold. When he couldn’t find it, he was extremely disappointed and was willing to give the man his clothes.

Although Rising Student M.A.D. is for middle and high school students, Paul had just entered Memphis College of Art as a Freshman when he was nominated, so he still qualified. This is what Paul had to say about who he is, “…the time I have left in this world is so precious to me. I love Jesus Christ so much, I love my family, and I love the great friendships I made thus far in my life. I try my best to appreciate and enjoy everyday The Lord has blessed me with. Humility and a respectful attitude are the most important things to me, aside from my grades I try my best to maintain. My art is a monumental part of my life and I plan on building a career off it. I’m currently the freshman representative at Memphis College of Art and I enjoy having the responsibilities that come with it. I am the first person in my family to attend college and I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given. I believe in the kindness of strangers and the freedom of individuality. I respect and love all peoples equally, because I raised to do so. Helping others has always, and will always be, an important aspect of my being. I love my life and I’m a really happy person.”

It’s great to have rising students making a difference in the community! If you know a Rising Student M.A.D. nominate them, you never know what holds in store for their future 😉 Nominations are due by 27th of each month and should be emailed to For more information visit the website at

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Rising Student M.A.D. Nomination Form

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