Seaford Elementary Student Service Award Recipient

Posted On: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Each school year, the School Board recognizes students across the division as student service award recipients. This month's elementary honoree stole the show at the September board meeting. Seaford Elementary School's Quinn Olivo has dedicated his life to advocating for the rights of other and promoting awareness of Down Syndrome.

Quinn’s advocacy and awareness activities include being a team captain for the annual Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads (DSAHR) fund raising event and DSAHR representative for the Hampton Roads Show and holiday parades; leading classroom activities each year for World Down Syndrome Day Awareness; runway model for Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond; and Virginia Beach Story Exchange mode. Quinn also served as a self-advocate guest at Eastern Virginia Medical School Grand Rounds and Old Dominion University Department of Special Education.

Quinn was the first place winner of the 2019 Seaford Science Fair, and has danced and performed in over 25 community productions, to include “Seussical the Musical, “Disney Jr. Aladdin,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Peter and the Wolf.” Recently, he performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and also appeared as one of the faces of self-advocacy in the National Down Syndrome Society's 21st Anniversary video in Times Square, NYC. He exemplifies the positive difference a passionate, hard-working, caring individual can make in the world.

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