Humans of Northwood: Kevin Quinn ’19

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“I’m Kevin Quinn. I’m seventeen, and I was born and raised in Lake Placid. I’ve been here my whole life. I grew up outdoors; rock climbing, hiking, and skiing. I finished my Adirondack 46 when I was ten. I make up one-hundred percent of the Northwood freestyle team, and it’s cool to be original. I have two dogs, a brother, and a restaurant called Desperados. Before Northwood, I went to North Country school. I had to kill chickens there, I feel like it made me more resilient. I feel like I’m a typical Adirondack kid. I used to work at Whiteface as a ski instructor, but I wanted to do something more competitive, and freestyle fit the bill. I like that I don’t have to focus on team success, only my personal success. I hurt my back last year and it took out half of my ski season and all of rock climbing. The doctors didn’t really know what the problem was, so I had to spend a full day in the E.R, and over three months recovering. I later learned that it was a spinal contusion and it basically made me have the mobility of a  grandpa. I walked like a grandpa and was able to pick things up like a grandpa. Next year I’ll miss Northwood a little bit, but I’m really looking forward to college. I want to study in the communications field, either journalism or advertising. I watch a lot of TV, which probably wouldn’t make my teachers happy, but I feel like it makes me smarter.”

As told to Owen Pierce ’21

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