16th Annual Straight “A” Luncheon

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On April 25th, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation hosted their 16th Annual Straight “A” Luncheon at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. The Straight “A” Luncheon recognizes and awards 18 Tri-State area high school seniors (9 male and 9 female) that best demonstrate our definition of what it means to be a Straight “A” Student – pursuing Academic excellence, accomplishing Athletic Achievement, showing a strong Ambition all while playing an Active role in the community, maintaining a winning Attitude and displaying the ability to overcome Adversity.

All 18 finalists were awarded a $2,000 scholarship to further their education. The overall Straight “A” Students of 2017 were Maya Kien from North College Hill High School and Jyvel Tolbert from Aiken High School. Both finalists received an additional $3,000 scholarship, for a total of $5,000.

Maya Kien is a well-rounded student who has excelled both academically and athletically. Maya has been a part of the North College Hill Women’s Soccer Team and has received one varsity letter. She has maintained a spot on the honor roll throughout high school. Maya will be graduating Top 10% in her class with a GPA of 4.8. Next year, Maya will attend Xavier University.

Jyvel has shown determination and perseverance on and off the field. He managed to maintain a strong 3.66 GPA while being a competitive asset to his Track & Field team. Jyvel will also be recognized as the Valedictorian of Aiken’s 2017 senior class. He will be interning this summer at General Electric and is excited to begin his journey at the Ohio State University in the fall.

All Straight “A” Finalists submitted an essay that explained the adversity that they have had to overcome and how it hasn’t defined who they are today. Check all 18 Finalist stories out on our website.

2017 Straight “A” Finalists

With more than 350 high school students nominated this year, we have received the highest number of Straight “A” Scholarship nominations ever! Check out our website to view the full list of 2017 Straight ‘A’ Nominees.

These outstanding individuals have acknowledged the importance of involvement in and out of the classroom. Each student has demonstrated Academic and Athletic excellence, strong Ambition, Active roles in the community, a constant positive Attitude, and the ability to overcome Adversity.

That being said, our committee has officially selected nine male and nine female finalists. Congratulations to the 2017 Straight “A” Finalists!

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All finalists will receive a $2,000 scholarship toward their college education. One male finalist and one female finalist will be chosen by Anthony to receive an additional $3,000 scholarship, for a total of $5,000, to further their education. We look forward to recognizing and honoring all eighteen Finalists at the Straight “A” Luncheon on April 25th hosted by Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.

Stay tuned for more information on our Finalists!

Cold Weather Can’t Freeze Warm Hearts

We’re Midway through March and already so many projects have blown by!

Lupus Awareness

Carlisle High School hosted a blood drive to raise Lupus awareness to donate to the cause. This idea was inspired when they first accepted the AMF Challenge in honor of their Principal, Mr. Potter, who was on leave because of his personal battle with the disease. Best wishes to Mr. Potter and congratulations on all your hard work Carlisle!

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Walk for Water

Aiken New Tech and Anderson High School hosted the Walk for Water 5k to raise money for a well for the students of Aiken-Largo High School in Sierra Leone, Africa. Students from both high schools came together on a chilly winter day to walk in solidarity with the students of Aiken-Largo who have to walk 3.1 miles to their nearest source of water. Anthony was able to personally congratulate the crowd of over 200 students at the event. Great teamwork everyone!

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Senior Senior Prom

You read it right, Saint Henry District High School held Senior Senior Prom at Elmcroft Assisted Living Center. The senior residents at Elmcroft were swept off their feet with a night of dancing, dinner and so much fun! The students from Saint Henry’s even had the residents at Elmcroft vote for Prom King and Queen. What a fun night!

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There are only 13 days left and we still have more projects to come!

We will be visiting some of these Service Challenge Projects, so be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to keep up with the amazing work! #OnePurposeOneImpact #AMFChallenge

Part of the #AMFChallenge? Don’t forget to submit your completion form by April 1.

“Where Are They Now” Wednesday: Justin Couch

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After receiving more than 350 nominations for our Straight “A” Scholarship this year, we had the chance to catch up with our 2009 Straight ‘A’ winner, Justin Couch, to see how he has continued pursuing the Six ‘A’s of the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship.

In 2009, Justin graduated from Ludlow High School and decided to take two years off to decide what he wanted in life. He explained that this was a great decision for him because he truly realized how important education is.

Justin went on to attend Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Electronic Media and a minor in Marketing. He has always had a love for sports and has built lifelong relationships and memories through participating in athletics.

Justin graduated from NKU this past December. With his love for athletics and degree in Electronic Media, his dream job is to be a camera operator for professional sporting events.

For Justin, the most important ‘A’ from the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship is the ability to overcome Adversity.

“Life has taught me that no matter how difficult of a time you may be experiencing, just know that there’s a man sleeping under a bridge somewhere, a starving child in a third world county, and millions of other people who are having a much more difficult time than you are. If you can understand that, then you can overcome anything and when you do overcome adversity, you will appreciate things in life that so many other people take for granted.”

It was a pleasure having the opportunity to catch up with Justin Couch this past week. Keep following our blog for more “Where Are They Now” Wednesdays. We’re so lucky to have such a wonderful community and look forward to choosing our next Straight ‘A’ Finalists who should be announced by the end of March. Stay tuned!

Congrats to our 2016-2017 Linemen of the Year!

Congratulations to all of our 2016-2017 Offensive and Defensive Linemen of the Year! We were honored to recognize all of the work these young men have accomplished on and off the football field on Tuesday February 28th at the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Banquet.

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2016-2017 AMF Linemen of the Year

Ohio Division I
Offensive Lineman: Jackson Carman (Fairfield HS)
Defensive Lineman: Malik Vann (Fairfield HS)

Ohio Division II:
Offensive Lineman: Joshua Myers (Miamisburg HS)
Defensive Lineman: Jerron Cage (Winton Woods HS)

Ohio Division III
Offensive Lineman: James Williams III (Trotwood-Madison HS)
Defensive Lineman: Devon Smith (Trotwood Madison)

Ohio Division IV
Offensive Lineman: Joseph Veeneman (Mariemont HS)
Defensive Lineman: Brian Gerbus (Badin HS)

Ohio Division V
Offensive Lineman: Nicholas Noyen (CHCA)
Defensive Lineman: Marcos Torres-Garcia (Blanchester HS)

Ohio Division VI
Offensive Lineman: Michael Warden (Summit Country Day HS)
Defensive Lineman: Andrew Bissmeyer (Summit Country Day HS)

Southeast Indiana
Offensive Lineman: Chase Sutherland (East Central HS)
Defensive Lineman: Elijah Gannaway (Lawrenceburg HS)

Northern Kentucky
Offensive Lineman: Drew McIntosh (Holy Cross HS)
Defensive Lineman: Hunter Ziegelmeyer (Covington Catholic HS)

Out of 16 our division winners, Anthony and the selection committee which included: Michael Muñoz, Dave Lapham, Mike Dyer and Andrew Whitworth, chose two athletes as this season’s overall Offensive Lineman and overall Defensive Lineman. Joshua Myers of Miamisburg HS was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year and Jerron Cage was named the Defensive Lineman of the year!

We were also very excited to award Matt Sichtermann of Kings High School with our first ever “In The Trenches” Leadership Award! This award was added to our Linemen of the Year program this year to recognize the student-athlete who best represents the Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s mission and values both on and off the football field.

We also want to extend a special thank you to our sponsor, Roofing Annex! We would not have been able to recognize everything these student-athletes have accomplished without your support.

The Foundation was honored to be able to recognize these athletes for their accomplishments on the football field, in their classrooms and in their communities. Good luck to all of our winners as they continue their football and education careers in college!

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You can find photos from the 2017 Lineman of the Year Banquet here. With every purchase, 20% of proceeds goes back to the Foundation.

 

 

So Many Projects, So Little Time

81 is the square of 9 and fourth power of three, 81 is the atomic number of thallium and the most points Kobe Bryant has scored in a single game, 81 is the total number of prayers said in the rosary but most importantly, 81 is the number of Service Challenge Projects going on in our community right now!

Wrapping up February we’ve seen:

1,000 Socks+ Donated

Mount Auburn International Academy hosted AMF and speakers from Speak Love and Bethany House Services, giving us the opportunity to see this project in person at Mount Auburn. They had every grade compete to try to reach the goal of 1,000 socks for Bethany House, a goal which they ended up exceeding! Great job Bulldogs!

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Brown County Youth Drug Prevention Coalition, Unite!

Ripley Union Lewis Huntington High School and Georgetown High School have joined together for their service learning project to make a difference by building awareness in combating the drug epidemic across Brown County. Their students developed the Brown County Youth Drug Prevention Coalition; and collaboratively created a Twitter Account (@BCYDPC) , a Facebook page and a video that is posted on YouTube. They have hosted a meeting with Senator Uecker, who visited their campus in January, and are now in the process of planning a 5K Glow Run to build awareness and raise funds for our local Drug and Alcohol Center on April 22, 2017. Can’t wait to hear more about it!

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Hope for Healing

Hillsboro Christian Academy held an educational event called Hope for Healing, which consisted of four speakers. The students of HCA helped with advertising, calls to agencies, t-shirts, wristbands, and event set up. The speakers discussed suicide, depression and self-mutilation, with a brief description of Man Therapy. The speakers informed the audience on the ways that you can help yourself or someone else if you or they are having these thoughts. Inspiring work, Hillsboro!

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Looking forward to March, we have more to come!

March 7th: Carlisle High School will be hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

March 15th: Aiken New Tech and Anderson High School will host a 5k at noon in Sawyer Point Park.

We will be visiting some of these Service Challenge Projects, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the amazing work! #OnePurposeOneImpact #AMFChallenge

Part of the #AMFChallenge? Don’t forget to submit your completion form by April 1.

 

 

Straight ‘A’ Scholarship

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In 2003, the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship was created in order to recognize students who demonstrated academic excellence, athletic achievement, and all-around character. We’ve further defined these “all-around” characteristics by creating the Six ‘A’s of the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship:

  • Pursuing Academic excellence as well as Athletic achievement
  • Actively serving the community
  • Possessing a strong Ambition
  • Maintaining a winning Attitude
  • Having the ability to overcome Adversity

Throughout the years, the Straight ‘A’ Scholarship has grown thanks to the support of our Tri-State communities. With nominations from teachers, parents, coaches, and even classmates, we are constantly reminded about the large number of deserving students. It’s exciting to see nominators encouraging students to dream big and pursue higher education.

The Straight ‘A’ Scholarship has grown from receiving a total number of 61 nominations in 2003 to receiving more than 140 nominations in 2017, with ONE WEEK left to nominate! We currently have more than 60 different high-schools who have nominated deserving students. We would not be able to recognize students’ all-around achievements without your nominations.

Have you nominated yet? Help us recognize students you know that resemble the Six ‘A’s of Straight ‘A’ Scholarship by nominating before the deadline – Friday, February 24.