NEW CANEY – The winner of Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts’ annual essay contest is a shining example of the message the Judge tries to convey to area youth in his courtroom. Caney Creek High School senior Amaleq Esmurria overcame circumstances that others use as an excuse for wrongdoing.
Amaleq was raised by single mother, Maria Gomez, and thrived despite not having the same advantages as many of his classmates. Judge Metts compared Amaleq to the thousands of juveniles who have stood before him for truancy and other criminal activities. Many of the violators or their parents or guardians have pointed to situations such as Amaleq’s as the reason for their rebellion.
“This is America, and everyone has the opportunity to improve their lives, but it’s about choices,” Judge Metts said. “You can choose to apply yourself and reach for your dreams like this young man, or you can choose to make your life harder, and become a burden on society like so many others.”
The Judge praised Ms. Gomez for encouraging Amaleq, making sacrifices, and setting an example for him by working hard to provide for her family.
Amaleq was also recognized by Conroe ISD for his accomplishments in the classroom and representing his school. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class, is an AP Scholar, a UIL Scholar, was named “All-around Musician of the Year,” and received the Marines Music Award.
Amaleq will attend Texas A&M University in the fall, where he’ll study physics as a Marine Corp Cadet.
He received a $1,000 scholarship from Judge Metts in a private ceremony in the Pct. 4 courtroom with his proud mother by his side and the Judge’s staff in attendance.
Judge Metts’ staff read the essay entries and voted, which resulted in a tie, so the Judge cast the tie-breaking vote.
The Judge said he was “honored” that his vote made Amaleq the winner because Amaleq impressed him on many levels.
“Effort should be rewarded,” Judge Metts told attendees. “Good manners, a good education and a hard work ethic will always be a recipe for success.”
Amaleq was no stranger to Judge Metts or his staff. Last summer, he participated in a county program that made him an assistant to the judge and his staff. After learning his mother’s income prevented him from being paid for working at the Pct. 4 office, Amaleq chose to volunteer his time. He performed multiple duties and did so with enthusiasm and never complained.
“I wanted to be useful to my community,” Amaleq said.
His goal is to become an officer in the United States Marine Corp.
“I have no doubt Amaleq will achieve whatever goals he sets for himself,” Judge Metts said. “I’m very proud that we were able to get to know this extraordinary young man and make a small contribution to his future.”