Off the Field | Ryan O’Quinn | The Press and Standard

by | November 12, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: November 9, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Ryan O’Quinn is a senior at Colleton County High School where he is a four-year letterman in cross-country and soccer. He is the son of MyLinda and James O’Quinn of Walterboro. His grandparents are Mack O’Quinn and the late Gracie O’Quinn. He is the vice president of the National Honor Society and serves as a Cougar Mentor at CCHS. In his high school career, he was a member of the CCHS Chorus, Student Council and served as a junior marshal for the Class of 2016. Additionally, he is the manager of audio and visual technology at Black Creek Baptist Church. Ryan has a 5.061 GPA and is currently No. 1 in his senior class.
Academic Awards: Three years: Golden Paw, Academic Letter, Honor Roll, and Good Citizenship. Two years: Perfect Attendance.
Athletic Awards: CROSS-COUNTRY – Captain of varsity boys team (2014, 2015, 2016), All-Region (2016), Best Runner Award (2013, 2014), Academic Award (2015). Top 5K race time: 18 minutes, 29 seconds. SOCCER – Captain varsity boys (2015), Academic Award (2014), J.V. Academic Award (2013).
Colleges of Interest: Naval Academy, Princeton, Clemson and the University of South Carolina
Intended Major: Systems or mechanical engineering
Collegiate Athletics: Probably not, though I may play intramural soccer.
Career Plans: Engineering, however, the specifics all depend on where I go to school and what opportunities are presented to me.
Early Years: Beginning at the age of five, I played recreational soccer, basketball, and baseball every year until I turned twelve.
On Soccer: Soccer requires a unique combination of skill, physicality, mental deliberation and endurance.  This, along with the sheer number of possibilities that could arise on the field at any given moment, earn my appreciation of the sport.
Role Model: Anyone and everyone is a role model — it is simply the degree of influence one allows a person that can distinguish him, or her, from the rest.  I suppose I have had many role models, but I have never honed in on a particular one.
Meaning Experience: Moving to Colleton County, as it broadened my perspective immensely.
Powerful High School Lesson: The most difficult aspect of any task is the commencement of work.  The physics concepts of inertia and static friction apply in that once you get moving on an assignment, it requires less exertion to continue.
Impact Teacher: Mr. Nicolae Bordieanu is by far the most influential teacher I have studied under.  A math-teaching Romanian immigrant, he puts more effort into his work than most anyone I know.  Through the level of expectation established by his mere presence in the classroom, he draws more from his students than the state standards could ever expect.  Additionally, his treats and comic relief lower the stress of scholarly struggles. Unfortunately, Mr. Bordieanu and his wife Mona (a fellow exemplary math teacher) now teach at Timberland High School.
Meet & Greet: I might meet with Albert Einstein.  This is because his contributions to physics and the understanding of our universe are unparalleled in modern history. Furthermore, his ability to explain complex physical phenomena through analogous examples were extraordinary, thus perusing his thoughts would likely prove utterly engaging.
On CCHS: I believe high school grants the opportunity for students to learn how to face all possible situations posed in the real world. Thus, I would not change a thing about my school. For though there may be many entities that present me with challenges and compel my disgust, they ultimately endow me with unrivaled experience.

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