Student Leader and Community-Minded Scholar

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Rocky Point High School ninth-grader Quentin Palifka has earned a reputation for service and commitment during his years in the district – a dedication that began in the third grade, when he became a member of the Student Council. That level of service and commitment was celebrated this summer on a national level that earned Quentin a special opportunity.  

At a young age, Quentin expressed an interest in giving back in service and has expanded his level of dedication over the years. His community service résumé includes staying active in the student government, becoming a member and eventual president of the community service club at the middle school and working tirelessly to raise more than $10,400 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation in just two years. This September he took on a new role, as he was elected to serve as this year’s ninth-grade class president. 

“Taking on a leadership role as the incoming president of the ninth-grade Student Council is a great honor,” he said. “I am grateful and thank my fellow classmates for having the confidence to vote me into this position that I will take very seriously.”

In addition to his supportive home life, Quentin credits the teachers who encouraged him throughout the years as contributing to his yearning to serve.

“The driving force behind all of this is simply to want to give back to the community and make a positive difference in the lives of others, whether I know them or not,” he said. “Each day we can all provide a path for a better future and make a difference in our community and the world.” 

In honor of his years of dedication to his school community, Quentin was invited by Congressman Lee Zeldin to be a greeter on the tarmac at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach to welcome President Donald J. Trump and ride in the presidential motorcade during his recent visit to Long Island.