Alex Quinn, a 2011 Rockford High School graduate, was selected to serve on the National Youth Leadership Committee. This committee participated in the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration representing America’s next generation of leaders. Each of these student leaders, young athletes and entertainers is inspired in a personal way by President Reagan’s vision of freedom and the example of his leadership. Together they have earned 18 Olympic medals, 11 NCAA All American selections, five NCAA championships, two certified platinum records, and numerous other awards. Last August, Quinn was named an inaugural GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar at a special ceremony held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. During the visit, he was selected to role-play President Reagan in a dramatic simulation exercise on whether to invade Grenada, as Reagan did more than 20 years ago. Quinn was awarded a book on Ronald Reagan’s life, signed by Nancy Reagan, and a $40,000 scholarship for his studies at Harvard. GE-Reagan Foundation scholars are among America’s foremost young leaders who use the formative experiences of their youth to lead, serve and pursue a life of purpose and significance, both individually and for their communities. While at Harvard, Quinn is co-director of Harvard’s Program for International Relations, and volunteers as a coauthor and teacher for an International Relations course taught to Boston area high school students. He is part of select group of Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge students, who will volunteer to teach in China this summer, alongside students from leading Chinese universities.
Alex Quinn, a 2011 graduate of Rockford High School, was recently awarded a $2,000 scholarship by the Rosa Parks Foundation. Quinn was honored at a luncheon June 16 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation is dedicated to awarding scholarships to Michigan high school seniors who hold close to Parks’ ideals while demonstrating academic skills and community involvement. The foundation’s vision is to be the leading force in empowering and inspiring youth to reach their highest potential and advance the legacy of Rosa Parks. “Rosa Parks devoted her life to creating access and opportunities for everyone, and the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation’s goal is a reflection of that,” said Delora Hall-Tyler, president of the foundation. Quinn submitted an essay outlining his vision of a society, which is inclusive of those with special needs. He sees the lonely life that many of these individuals lead when they are left out of the daily life of the general population. While society has become much more accepting of those with special needs, peers rarely initiate social interactions outside of face-to-face encounters. Segregated programs provide many services and opportunities for skill growth, but they do not foster inclusion and often perpetuate the isolation from peers and reduce the potential for a future independent life. These special individuals have so much to offer those who take time to know them, and they long to do many of the same things that others may take for granted: be invited to a movie, sleepover, sports event, dance or just hang out. The only real barrier is, typically, a lack of awareness or understanding by the general population, because those with special needs are, often, effectively out of sight and out of mind most of the time.
Two Rockford High School students, Elyse Sholtis and Alex Quinn, were among the eight winners of the $2,000 Lake Michigan Credit Union Hutt scholarship. Winners of the Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship Award were selected by an independent committee appointed by the board of directors of Lake Michigan Credit Union. The judges of this contest are persons who are area professionals from all walks of life. All entries were submitted to the judges with no identifying marks or symbols, which show either the name of the applicant or the school they attend. The scholarship committee’s principal determining factor in selecting award recipients is the applicant’s passion for the topic. Additionally, the committee used the following criteria in judging responses to the topic: comprehension of subject, organization, language use, originality, clarity, spelling and grammar. Scholarship recipients were selected without regard to their race, religion or gender. This scholarship was established in 1991 to honor Lloyd F. Hutt’s contribution to the formation and success of the organization.
Quinn wins MSU Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Alex Quinn, a senior at Rockford High School, has won the Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition. The Alumni Distinguished Scholarship is the most prestigious academic scholarship offered by Michigan State University. This scholarship covers the costs of tuition, room and board, and a $1,000 annual stipend, making this among the most valuable awards offered by any university. Alumni Distinguished Scholars participate in the programs of the Honors College at MSU in addition to academic work in their majors. The Alumni Distinguished Scholarship (ADS), first offered in 1956, is awarded to individuals selected from the set of high-achieving high school seniors who have applied to MSU and who come to campus in February to take an intensive general knowledge examination. A committee comprised of faculty and administrators selects recipients based on results of the ADS examination, high school programs and achievement, other standardized test scores, and interviews of the finalists. Quinn is also invited to participate in MSU’s Professorial Assistantship program. The MSU Honors College targets the top 1% of students in the nation to be involved in MSU’s most selective undergraduate research program. Each year, up to 100 freshmen are appointed as Professorial Assistants (PAs). PAs work with regular members of the teaching faculty on tasks directly related either to scholarly research or to innovative teaching. PAs work an average of eight to ten hours per week and are paid a stipend of approximately $2,000 for the academic year. Quinn is also a Mowbray Scholar finalist at MSU. In any two terms before graduation, Mowbray Scholars who are upperclassmen will be eligible for up to $3,750 per term in supplementary stipends. These award terms usually occur during the summers before the scholars’ junior or senior years. The stipends finance the scholars’ research or international study, as approved by the dean of the Honors College.
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.