Student of the Quarter: Standout sophomore Quentin Cook displays hard work and kindness

Quentin Cook's hard work and kind ways have earned him the Boys and Girls Club and Central Bank's Student of the Quarter (Elizabeth Hoffman KRCG).

KRCG 13 has partnered with Central Bank and the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson City in creating the 'Student of the Quarter'.

Quentin Cook is a model student. He not only works hard in school, but his kind ways have earned him the Boys and Girls Club and Central Bank's Student of the Quarter.

"I just like relaxing, playing video games, watching tv, and stuff like that," Quentin said.

Quentin Cook is also a very hard working student.

"Science and English and history," he said as he recalled his class schedule.

From little on, Quentin has been taught to strive for the best. "My mom always said that C's just means it's average. It means you could have done a little bit better."

He's taken that advice to heart, even with subjects that aren't his favorite.

"Math, it's ok. I'm not a real big fan of it, but I still do pretty good in it," he added.

When he was in kindergarten, Quentin was diagnosed with autism, but he doesn't let that get in his way. "I know how hard it can be when you're dealing with autism, while you're trying to deal with your schoolwork and you're trying to be a better kid."

Lisa Cook said she couldn't be more proud of her son.

"To see him come this far and to be able to obtain an award like this is just very exciting," she said.

He credits his mom for keeping him well-rounded with extracurricular activities.

"I am doing high school e-sports right now which is basically like computer gaming," Quentin said.

Quentin also can be found at the ice rink, and he plays on the Miracle baseball league of Central Missouri.

Boys and Girls Club's Joy Ledbetter said Quentin always does what's right, even if it's not the most popular thing.

"There was one particular instance we were at the Linc and they were playing volleyball or something and some of the girls weren't doing as well as some of the boys wanted them to. And I can remember Quentin saying, 'guys, it's not nice to tell people they aren't any good at a game. Please don't do that.' Well who else in the 10th grade is going to stand up for somebody and he always does?"

Whether he's in the classroom, at the ice rink, or on the ball field, teachers, friends and family all agree that Quentin Cook is deserving of Student of the Quarter.

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