HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) — Victoria Quill from Hopkins Academy in Hadley was chosen as a Student of Character in part because of how she guides younger students. When we met high Quill, she was taking a break from a peer mentoring workshop. It said a lot about her.
She’s a successful student at one of the top public schools in the state. And knowing high school can be challenging academically and socially, she mentors 7th and 8th graders. And when they get to high school, she continues to be a guide for them.
“I just want our school to be a place where everybody’s comfortable and enjoy learning and they’re not scared to come school,” said Quill. “If they’re ever worried about their grades, I just tell them, do what they want to do. Like if they enjoy learning and maybe aren’t doing as well as they wished, as long as they’re still enjoying doing it, they’re probably still going to get something out of it.”
It seems like a future career in counseling is there if Quill wants one. But she wants to take a different path, business.
Her dream is to open up her own small cafe with sandwiches and other food. In fact, a part-time job for the last few years at a small restaurant is what opened her eyes to the business world.
The Flayvors Restaurant at Cook Farm in Hadley specializes in homemade ice cream using milk right from the cows on the farm. And if you’ve been there, you may have even had some made by Quill.
“I just learned so so much,” said Quill. “It’s just something that I feel really comfortable with. How I feel comfortable in school, I feel really comfortable there.”
Quill says she might even sell ice cream at her future cafe. In any case, she has a sweet future ahead of her.
Student of Character is sponsored by ABC40, The Republican, MassLive.com, American International College, Big Y World Class Market, and Country Bank. In the spring, one of the students will be awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to AIC, a new laptop from Big Y World Class Market, and a savings bond from Country Bank. All of them are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship to AIC.