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!