“A hobby of mine is helping people out,” 18-year-old Charlestown Club member Quinlan Locke said. Whether applying his hobby at the Club, in the community, at school or with his family, Quinlan always strives to look out for the person in need.
At the Club Quinlan mentors younger members in technology skills in the Computer Clubhouse; leads community service projects as part of the Community Action Group and as the President of the Keystone Club, a teen leadership program; and helps with the annual Christmas tree sales fundraiser. Through Keystone Club he has participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, and in 2010, he was recognized by community leaders with the Charlestown Youth Appreciation Award.
As a senior at the highly competitive Boston Latin Academy, Quinlan has taken a strong interest in math and science and has pushed himself in challenging AP classes, such as Physics. He also embraced the opportunity to meet classmates from diverse backgrounds, saying it helps him expand his horizons.
Whether he’s mentoring a younger cousin, or having dinner every Sunday with his grandparents, Quinlan always puts his family first. He has vowed to be the first in his family to go to college to show his parents their hard work and sacrifice for him has not gone unnoticed. In the fall, he will attend the University of New Hampshire to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
“Quinlan is a true leader,” Aquatics Director Marci Ferry said. “He is a great example of what we hope all of our youth become in the future.”