Old Colony student presented with outstanding achievement award

Jun 10, 2022

ROCHESTER – Throughout her high school career at Old Colony Regional Technical Vocational School, Mary Quin has not been able to sit still. Now, she’s received a state award that recognizes her nonstop hard work.

Quin, who is from Lakeville, is the sole recipient of the Walter J. Markham Award, presented to a graduating senior in Massachusetts who exemplifies leadership and excellence in technical and academic achievement.

Over the past four years, Quin has served as the Vice President of Student Council, the student body representative to the school committee, captain of the school’s volleyball team, and state secretary for SkillsUSA, a vocational leadership nonprofit for students.

She was also a member of the National Honor Society and graduated among the top ten in her class.

“I feel like with leadership, the most important thing is listening to others,” Quin said.

She noted this was especially true for her work as a student representative on the school committee, because she was the voice for other students and she wanted them to feel heard.

Quin studied electronics engineering technology at Old Colony and will complete a co-op with Edge Tech in Wareham by the end of the summer.

In the fall, she will attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell and major in Mechanical Engineering. She hopes to use her degree to begin a career in mechanical and plastics engineering.