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Business grad on target for success

By Moira Finn

You could say that Justin Hearn has a penchant for precision.

Whether in his chosen career as an accountant or in his off hours as a top marksman representing both the province and the country at shooting competitions, the business graduate's eye for accuracy and mind for details are fundamental to his success.

Mr. Hearn, who is graduating with his bachelor of commerce (co-operative) honours degree, has been a high-performing student throughout his five years in the Faculty of Business Administration.

This past year has been particularly memorable for the 23-year-old from St. Joseph's near St. Mary's Bay. In addition to receiving a $5,000 Futures Fund Scholarship, one of 10 national scholarships awarded by Caldwell Partners, Mr. Hearn also captained Canada's Under 25 World Long Range Target Rifle Championships in Brisbane, Australia – placing third in the world.

"Giving back to the province where I was born and raised is very important to me," he explained. "One thing I took away from the scholarship event in Calgary is that being a well-rounded individual who is involved and active in leading today's youth is extremely important. Having met the other scholarship winners and business leaders there who had achieved so much – it is apparent that achievement is not just about who has the highest grade point average."

Mr. Hearn has already started work as an accountant with Deloitte in St. John's and begun pursuing a chartered accountant designation. He also remains active in shooting and the cadet movement.

Other awards Mr. Hearn has received while studying business at Memorial include the Sport NL Athletic Bursary and scholarships from the Chartered Accountant Education Foundation, NAPE and Eastern Health, as well as the John J. Murphy Scholarship and Ralph Vincent Memorial Business Scholarship.

Through his work with the cadets in the province, he has also been honoured as the Most Outstanding Cadet in Newfoundland and was awarded the Lord Strathcona Medal of Excellence, the highest award bestowed on a Canadian cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training.

"It is always gratifying to see a student who performs well academically while excelling in other areas," said Renee Elliott, the business faculty's manager of academic programs for undergraduate programs and who nominated Mr. Hearn for the Future Funds Scholarship. "Justin has shown tremendous leadership during his time in the faculty and I know he will succeed wherever he chooses to focus his energy."