PARIS, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Bourbon County High School (BCHS) teacher is singing the praises of a student who goes above and beyond, maintaining perfect attendance under imperfect conditions.

There are some things in life that can’t be taught, like work ethic, dedication, and grit. But if you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than Ezequias Corro, a high school senior investing in his future, while supporting his family.

Corro’s family came to the United States from Mexico, he said he owes a lot to them for their support.

“My family has always supported me,” Corro explained. “My uncles more specifically. They have given me everything they could. And of course, I feel motivated to strive for that. To try harder for them. To contribute to the home. I thank them mainly for all this.”

The first step toward success is simple.

“Show up every day,” said Corro’s English as a Second Language teacher at BCHS Chessica Spangler. “Whatever your struggle is … just show up.”

Spangler admits that sometimes getting up for work isn’t the easiest.

“When that alarm clock goes off I’m not exactly jumping out of bed,” Spangler said.

But uses Corro as motivation to show up.

“He comes every day, and if he’s tired, he’s tired but he still shows up,” said Spangler.

It may not seem like a lot, simply showing up for class, but for Corro, it’s a feat worth celebrating.

“After a long day of school, trying to learn content in a completely different language, then he goes to his job and works 40 hours per week,” Spangler outlined.

You read that right, in addition to being a full-time student, Corro also has a full-time job, working at Central Motor Wheel of America (CMWA) in Paris. It is something his supervisor, Ryan Johnson, said he still has trouble wrapping his mind around.

“I think back to when I was his age years ago, and to have a full-time job and do what he’s doing AND work all day going to school, I’m extremely impressed,” Johnson marveled.

Corro said he primarily goes through all this work to set up for his future.

“I am doing this for myself and to generate my own income to stay clear, to pay my bills, my debts, my bills, pay my car, pay thousands for my home, and generate that confidence in my home that I am almost independent,” Corro explained.


Needless to say, if anyone deserves a “Senior Skip Day,” it’s Corro.

“Sometimes he works until 3 a.m. and then he comes to school,” Spangler said. “He only gets 4 hours of sleep. It makes me tired just thinking about it.”

But that’s just not who he is.

“You have to work hard,” Corro described. “You must see to it that what you do day by day is helping you get closer to what you want and if you are not on the right path, you must get rid of everything that does not help you.”

He’s a student, shaping his future, one day at a time.

“He’s just a great person, Ezequias definitely deserves the world,” Spangler said.

Ezequias said he aspires to be an entrepreneur so that he can be his own boss.