Rockford High School graduate Alex Quinn was recognized for his outstanding achievements by receiving a Congressional Medal of Merit Saturday, May 7 by U.S. Representative Justin Amash. Amash presented the Congressional Award and the Congressional Medal of Merit to student recipients during an awards ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
“I am honored to recognize these deserving students for their outstanding achievements. I wish these students the best of luck and success in the future,” said Amash.
Quinn received the Congressional Medal of Merit for his outstanding high school achievements. Among Quinn’s achievements are his strong academics. He was valedictorian of his class, first to take an AP class as a freshman and was top in that class and received the top AP score for that test. He received one of the highest GPAs in Rockford’s history, 35 on ACT test, was a Michigan Math Prize state finalist AP scholar with honors, a four-year academic letter and student of the month twice.
Quinn had broad participation in activities at school and in the community. He participated in cross country and earned a varsity letter. He was involved in ski, Youth Initiative, National Honor Society, and on Student Council as vice president in his junior class. He was a Junior State of America nonpartisan political club founder and president and as well as in the regional offices. Quinn served as an intern for state senator Mark Jansen, was in Our Lady of Consolation Church youth group and Peer Ministry. He was a volunteer for Special Olympics as a ski coach, also volunteering as a Special Olympics track and field coach, and was a Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association coach. He participated in Boys State, and was chosen by Rockford Rotary Club to attend the Life Leadership conference. He attended the JSA Future Leaders conference, was a wind ensemble first chair in the euphonium, a marching band section leader in baritone, and an honor caddy at Blythefield Congregational Church. Quinn was also an Example of Excellence for the Rockford High School.