My name is Shadrack Koech. I was born in Kapsabet, Kenya, a fifth born of seven children. I grew up in the small village of Kaptilol in Nandi County while attending Kapchepsir Primary School. In 2003, I joined Samoe Boys High School where I graduated in 2005.
After high school, I had no money for college, because my parents couldnt afford it. As a result, I joined a training camp in Kapsabet to start my running career with the hope of getting a track scholarship in the United States. I kept training every day from March 2006 to December 2007 while applying for scholarships at several colleges in the U.S..
In January of 2008, I accepted an athletic scholarship to attend school at Oral Roberts University. While there, I performed well on the Track and Cross Country teams. Not only did I excel in athletics, but I also did well in academics. I won the Eli Award for Academic Excellence for the 2011-2012 season. In addition, I was also named the President’s Cup Winner for the 2011-2012 season, because of excellence in athletics, academics and service in the community. In May of 2012, I graduated with a B.S. Degree in Accounting, and am now in the process of pursuing a MBA at ORU.
Currently, I am working with Minert & Associates as an accountant where I started as an intern in January of 2011. I love working at Minert & Associates because of the teamwork that exists within this organization. Every employee is seen as a partner, not an employee. They helped me find my purpose in life, which is “to help the less fortunate attain the necessary education to succeed in life”. My job is a vehicle that helps me fulfill that purpose.
During my free time, I enjoy running, listening to music, and cooking. I also enjoy riding the “emotional rollercoaster of life” as a diehard Oklahoma City Thunder and Arsenal fan.