Career Connection Talk

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This internship with AMF has been very beneficial to me because of the opportunity I am receiving to better my skills and gain new experiences in the working world. One of the best things that Victoria, our intern director, does during our time here is the Career Connection talks. Victoria contacts and brings in former AMF interns to talk and discuss about their career path and how they got to the position they are in today.

About 3 weeks ago, we had our first Career Connection at AMF. Emily Kurzhals was an AMF intern in the Fall of 2016. She recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Communications and a Minor in Organizational Leadership, Certificate in Public Relations. Emily now works at P.L. Marketing in Cincinnati as a Space Planning Analyst for Kroger stores.

One of the biggest things I received out of Emily’s presentation was her path to finding a full-time job out of school was difficult. I am currently in the job search and there have been many times where I have felt overwhelmed. Hearing about Emily’s path and how she had a summer internship before finding a full-time job calmed my nerves a little bit because it reiterated that everyone’s path to a full-time job is different.

Another thing that this talk helped me with was the chance to question her about her resume, cover letter and interview questions. It is always good to hear ideas from another person because all employers look at resumes and cover letters differently, so having another opinion on how to write and format them could help me in the future.

I am looking forward to being able to talk with the next person coming in and hear their story about getting in to the working world.

If you are interested in an internship with AMF please contact Victoria Knepp at vknepp@munozfoundation.org.  We have internships every Spring, Summer and Fall at the Foundation!

Stay tuned for the next blog post by Dayna about our Lineman of the Year Banquet!

-Ryan Q

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A Look Back at Straight “A” 2017, and an Exciting 2018 Ahead!

Do you know an outstanding high school student? Are they looking to pursue a college education? If you answered yes to these questions, you need to nominate them for our Straight “A” Scholarship! Our Straight “A” Scholarship nominations are currently open, and will close on Friday, March 2nd. So, what exactly are we looking for in our Straight “A” Nominations? This award recognizes students who…

  • Pursue Academic Excellence
  • Have Achieved Athletically
  • Actively serve the community
  • Possess a strong Ambition
  • Have a winning Attitude
  • Ability to overcome Adversity

From hundreds of nominations, the Foundation will choose 18 finalists. They will then be recognized at a luncheon hosted at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. Thanks to the Harold C. Schott Foundation, finalist will be rewarded $2,000, while one male and one female finalists will be awarded an additional $3,000 towards their college education.

As a scholarship that has been around since 2002, we have had amazing students receive our scholarship, and go on to make a large impact in their communities and beyond. Recently, we caught up with some finalists from 2017, and learned how their adjustment to college has been.

Alessia Accordino

Alessia Accordino is currently attending Ohio University, where she is pursuing a major in Nursing with a minor in Psychology. She has a bright future ahead, where she plans to help those with mental disabilities through an outreach program.

Cory Baird

As a freshman at Bowling Green State University, Cory Baird already has goals and plans to receive a doctorate in Physical Therapy. When catching up with the Foundation, Cory said, “The Straight “A” Scholarship and the Anthony Munoz Foundation has opened a plethora of opportunities for my college career and has motivated me to invest in myself and my schoolwork even more than I expected. I hope that others take advantage of the opportunities given by this great foundation.”

Margaret Verst

Maggie Verst is an actively involved freshman at the Ohio State University, where she is majoring in STEM Education. When she has time away from studying, she is involved in both an Observation Program and Scholars Program, as well as various other activities. Her hopes are to work for Teach for America, and one day open her own charter school.

Tre Whittaker

Studying Exercise Science at the University of Dayton, Tre Whittaker is looking to enter a Physician Assistant Program after graduation. While talking with Tre, he told us “The Straight ‘’A’’ Scholarship has helped to give me the ability to come to college. Without the Anthony Munoz foundation, it would be a lot harder to be in school because I would be building up debt. I just want to say thank you again and I hope that I can continue to be apart of the AMF family!”

These students have gone on to do great things in college, and we cannot wait to follow their journeys.

Ready to nominate a student? Nominations and requirements can be found on our website. The nominations will close on Friday, March 2nd. Nominate a student today!

Meet the Interns Spring 2018

Intern Graphic.jpgHello, AMF supporters! Welcome to the new year. With the new year, that means new interns! Each semester the Anthony Muñoz Foundation brings on new student interns to gain valuable work experience and help run the programs put on by AMF. This year we have a total of five interns with various positions and skills. I enjoy music so the question that I asked my fellow interns to get to know them better was, “If there was a playlist to your life, what would the title be and why?”

My name is Ryan Quilty and I am a senior Sport Management and Public Relations double major with a Business minor from Xavier University. I am from Gurnee, IL, which is about 45 minutes north of Chicago. My role with AMF this semester is Assistant Program Coordinator for the Impact for Eternity Camp and tutor/social media for our Whiz Kids Program If there was a playlist to my life, I think it would be titled “Get Your Groove On” because I listen to all different types of music that make you want to dance and have fun. This also describes my way of living life because this playlist is light-hearted and I try to not freak out about the small things in life and just enjoy it as it comes.

The next intern in the office is Dayna Prinz. Dayna is a senior studying Sports Administration at the University of Cincinnati. She is originally from Cincinnati and went to McAuley High School! Dayna’s role with AMF is the Coordinator for Lineman of the Year Banquet and she will be helping out with the Hall of Fame Week. If Dayna had a playlist to her life it would be titled, “Just a Country Gal in Cincinnati” because all of Dayna’s music on Spotify is country music and she wishes that she could have been born in the Florida. If you ever meet Dayna make sure to ask her about Kenny Chesney and she will profess her love for him. A fun fact about Dana is that even though she attends UC, she is a huge Xavier Basketball fan!

Meggie Strawser is the next intern up! She is a Senior at University of Cincinnati and is also from Cincinnati.  Meggie’s role with AMF is the Impact Intern and handles the Straight “A” Scholarship, Service Challenge, and Scholarship Fund. If Meggie’s life was a Spotify playlist it would be titled, “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive.” This is because she tries to stay as optimistic as possible and always look for the good in every day and Meggie thinks that this playlist would be a great reminder to always have something to smile about! Another fact about Meggie is that she loved interning with AMF so much last semester that she came back for her second go-around.

Third on the list is Kate Lisena. She is a sophomore Graphic Design major at Xavier University. Kate is from Rochester, New York and her role with AMF this semester is Graphic Design Intern. She will be in charge of branding and developing design materials for all the AMF events this spring. If Kate had to describe her life in a music playlist, she thinks the title would be, “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” because she is not a very decisive person and she tends to choose two paths instead of one. Kate is an interesting one because she listens to both country and rap music. I for sure would want to listen to this playlist if she is going to have that kind of a mixture of music! One fact that Kate wants everyone to know is that she is addicted to coffee. She told me that she has about 4 cups of coffee a day! I am no doctor but that does not sound healthy… but Kate is alive and working hard for AMF, so that’s all that matters.

Last but not least, we have Tricia Dreyer. Tricia is a freshman exploratory major at University of Cincinnati. She is from the Cincinnati area and was one of AMF’s Scholarship Fund Recipients last year. Tricia is the Whiz Kids Program Development Intern and tutor for AMF this semester. A playlist to Tricia’s life would be promptly titled, “No Days Off” because she has a packed schedule and always makes sure she has something to keep her busy. One of the best ways to keep Tricia motivated is through music. It is a well-known fact that if you play “Across the Universe” by The Beatles for Tricia, she will become so motivated that she will finish a 30-minute project in 10 minutes!

Stay tuned for next week’s blog on the Straight “A” Scholarship brought to you by Meggie!

-Ryan Quilty

We Have So Many Service Challenge Projects to be Thankful For!

Take a look at what is happening with our Service Challenge! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, schools are gearing up to lend a hand in their community, looking to give back to those in need during the holiday season.

St. Henry High School

St. Henry will complete their “Elves on a Mission” project in December, which invites those in the community to donate gifts and other items through their version of the “giving tree.”

Community Christian Academy

Students will be taking part in a “12 Days of Giving”, that will collect toys and gifts for children at the DCCH Center, a local foster agency.

With all these projects to look forward to, it is also important to look back at some of the projects this month, giving thanks to the impact they have made.

Midd State

Midd State chose to participate in a project that will continue into the new year. Students in the past have served meals once a month for the Hope House, a non-profit in Middletown that serves homeless men, women, and children daily. Students at Midd State saw a need for a healthy, nutritious, and delicious meal, so they took initiative to make even more of an impact. Once a month, 15 students plan, prep, and serve the meals at the Hope House.  This month, they served a Thanksgiving casserole, which was a recipe on loan from a Midd State student’s family. Thank you again to Midd State for all your hard work and we look forward to seeing what meal you provide next for the Hope House!

Kettering Fairmont High School

Some schools, such as Kettering Fairmont, are interested in uniting their student body and making an impact throughout their halls. They held a “Human Kindness Seminar” that focused on how each student can make a difference in the world. With over 320 students in attendance, Nick Jackson, owner of Speak Love, began the seminar telling the audience, “My goal is for you to stand for something, in unison.” Students then participated in numerous breakout sessions, which included discussions on internal emotional awareness and how to manage stress. Anthony Muñoz also stopped in to thank the students for all their hard work with their Service Challenge!

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Anthony Muñoz started off the morning by thanking the students for attending and for participating in the #AMFChallenge

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Nick Jackson lead the “Human Kindness Seminar,” discussing with the students how they can make their mark on the world.

Thank you to all the schools participating in the 2017-2018 Service Challenge! We are so thankful here at Anthony Muñoz Foundation for the time you have given to support your community and beyond through service. And remember, schools are still welcome to submit a project proposal! If interested, contact impact@munozfoundation.org. To follow other #AMFChallenge projects, check out our Facebook.

It’s Time to Nominate Linemen of the Year

High school football season may be coming to an end, but it’s time to nominate the best players for the Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s Annual Linemen of the Year Awards!

This award recognizes 16 of the best linemen from Ohio Divisions 1-6, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. High school freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior offensive and defensive linemen are eligible for nomination. Along with their performance on the field, candidates should also display a level of academic success and community involvement.

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Anthony with the 2017 Linemen of the Year Award recipients.

Anthony Muñoz and the Foundation’s selection committee will choose two student-athletes from the sixteen finalists to be recognized as Overall Offensive and Defensive Linemen of the Year at the National Football Foundation Student-Athlete Banquet.

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2017 Overall Offensive Lineman of the Year Joshua Myers from Miamisburg High School.

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2017 Overall Defensive Lineman of the Year Jerron Cage from Winton Woods High School.

The committee will also choose a student-athlete to recognize with the “In the Trenches” Leadership Award. This player is a role model on and off the field as he performs on the team, in the classroom and within the community.

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2017 “In the Trenches” recipient Matt Sichterman from Kings High School.

Over the last 15 years, Anthony Munoz Foundation has recognized 240 of the best linemen from high schools around the Tri-State region. Many of these players have continued their football careers at colleges such as University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame and University of Kentucky (just to name a few).

Do you have one of the best linemen in the Tri-State at your school? Click here to nominate them November 6th until December 11th.

Service Challenge Season is Finally Here!

Last week AMF proudly kicked off the annual Service Challenge with schools around the Tri-State area!

We challenged local schools to brainstorm and submit Service Challenge Projects. Now, over the next few months, these students will plan and execute their service projects to benefit others within their community.

Does your school want to participate in the Service Challenge? Here are a few tips on how to get started:

  1. Find and focus on a need in your community. Each community has a need waiting to be met. You and your school can focus on one need and make a big impact. Bracken County High School identified hunger as a need in their community and is overcoming this need with their “Blessings for Bracken” campaign.

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  1. Engage your community. Call on your classmates, friends, teachers, and families to get involved and help you make a difference! Community Christian Academy is organizing a “12 Days of Giving” to collect gifts for the Christmas party they are planning for a local foster care agency.

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  1. Stay in touch with AMF! Remember to post about your project on social media using #AMFChallenge. We love seeing and sharing your school’s updates! We also know it can be difficult to start your service challenge, so please use us as a resource! You can contact impact@munozfoundation.org with any questions you may have because we are here to help!

We’re excited to see the impact you will make through your projects!

There’s still time to register your school’s Service Challenge project for #AMFChallenge, just click here!

Do you want to stay up to date with the Service Challenge projects too? Follow #AMFChallenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily updates!

Bracken County High School Kicks-Off the 2017 Anthony Muñoz Foundation Service Challenge

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The 2017-2018 AMF Service Challenge is officially underway, and the students at Bracken County set the bar high with their project! These students saw the growing issue of hunger in their community, and decided it was time to make a change. From there, they turned their idea into reality, and created Bracken County’s first ever “Blessings Box.” The 24/7 Box houses items such as non-perishable food, toiletries, and baby items, and is open to anyone in the community. The purpose is to leave an item when you can, and take an item when you need it.

On October 24th, the students and faculty held a “Stock the Box” ceremony, where members of the community came to see the opening of this Blessings Box, as well as donating items. Knowing that hunger is a large issue throughout the county, they wanted to spread the word about their “Blessings Box” as quickly as they could. Student leaders handed out “business cards” to all who attended the ceremony and asked them to place them all around the county. The cards included details such as location of the Box, items available, and how often the Box will be stocked. The goal is for community members to stock the Box weekly, but come a time where it may not be stocked, student leaders at Bracken are taking initiative to stock the box as needed.  Thank you, Bracken County High School, for such an impactful Service Challenge project!

If you are interested in donating, please contact Tracey Florer at tracy.florer@bracken.kyschools.us.

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Students, faculty, and community members joined together for the “Stock the Box” ceremony. Everyone who attended generously donated items to the Box.

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Thanks to the members of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Bracken County High School is making a lasting impact on their community.

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As the holidays quickly approach, the “Blessings for Bracken” Box is a great way to give back to those who may need it.

To follow other #AMFChallenge projects, check out our Facebook. Interested in getting involved? Contact impact@munozfoundation.org.