Quintin Wilson is a leader in the classroom and in the community. He’s contributed nearly 300 hours of community service while maintaining a near-perfect GPA and pursuing other interests such as piano and Boy Scouts.
Described as a person who gives 110 percent to any project he undertakes, Wilson has shown dedication to his church and plans to undertake a two-year church mission after taking classes this summer at Brigham Young University.
“I love my church and my religion and I think I’ve been given so much from God that I should repay in a way,” he says.
He was 8 years old when he became a Cub Scout, and has since advanced to the highest Boy Scouts rank, Eagle Scout. To receive that rank, he organized a safety rodeo that was attended by about 60 kids who learned about bike safety, drug use prevention and other topics.
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“I felt being in Scouts built character,” he says. “I’ve learned skills from scouting that I don’t think I would have learned from being an average high school student.”
One of the highlights of his high school experience was the Young Ambassadors Club that he founded at Peninsula, based on his own experiences of moving around a lot when he was younger.
“I was always the new kid so I thought there should be a club to introduce new kids at school,” he says.
He recruited five ambassadors, whose goals is to make new students feel welcome at school, and he hopes the club will continue next year.
“Quintin is a caring individual and goes out of his way to help other classmates with patience and kindness regardless of the situation,” says AP chemistry teacher David Stitt. “He has an infectious work ethic, eager to help fellow pupils, and an easy demeanor, which has made him a natural leader to his classmates.”
Wilson’s full schedule has included piano lessons and performances, volunteering for various projects and organizations, and working at the Y as a lifeguard and swim instructor.
“He took on his work with our special swimmers with a positive outlook. He was sensitive and patient with the swimmers who have autism or other conditions that hinder their progress,” says Linda Cota, aquatics program director at Tom Taylor YMCA.
He says his true passion is business. Wilson has been competing with the school’s DECA program and has enjoyed using his skills in real-world scenarios. His goal is to study mechanical engineering after the end of his mission, then pursue an MBA degree and eventually become the CEO or CFO of a major corporation.
Category: Business and Entpreneurs
Education: Senior, Peninsula High School
Parents: Joyce and Kevin Wilson
Activities/Achievements: DECA area 7 champion, 2nd place, state competitor, state conference; church youth leader; National Honor Society; jazz pianist; National AP Scholar with Honors; 7 AP/Honors classes; Boy Scouts Venture crew president, Eagle Scout award; Young Ambassadors Club founder and president; Y swim instructor and lifeguard; community service including for Desert Industries, Emergency Food Network and others
Favorite teacher: John Selfors, marketing because of “his ability to allow students to thrive by helping them find their interests and learning how to use that in the business world.”
Best thing about high school: “Our amazing DECA program due to its challenges and wholesome and fun competitions.”