Quinn Herrick has always made academics her top priority while at Millennium High.
But even as she takes college-level classes and earns a 4.20 GPA, the Millennium senior has consistently made time to boost the Falcon volleyball team with her skill and leadership.
“It’s a lot of time management and organization,” she said last week after receiving the Sac-Joaquin Section and California State Educators Association’s A. Dale Lacky scholar-athlete award.
The award, which includes a $450 scholarship, recognizes her dedication to participating in sports — three years of volleyball and a year of soccer — as she maintained high grades.
In her senior year, Herrick did her best to be a role model for the younger girls on the team, showing them how a successful college-bound student can also excel at varsity athletics.
“At this school they always tell us that school is first, so if you have a lot of homework or a big test and you can’t make it to practice, that’s fine,” she said. “I tell them that it’s school first, but you’re also committed to your team, so you can’t just skip because you don’t feel like it.
“I always make sure they’re really on top of their grades. This year I helped coach the freshman team, so I would see their grade reports, and then, if they need help with anything, I would tell them that I was there for tutoring or any advice they needed with their classes, because I’ve already taken most of those classes.”
In her senior year, Herrick has taken U.S. history, psychology and biology classes at the San Joaquin Delta College Mountain House campus. Those classes not only pushed her GPA above a 4.0, but they will also count as college courses taken when she heads to U.C. Santa Barbara in the fall to study biology, with a career goal to become a pediatrician.
Her busy schedule also includes membership in the Millennium chapter of the California Scholarship Federation and Millennium’s Environmental Club and volunteer work for Unicef. She tutors second and third graders at Freiler School and is an intern this semester at Patel, Pulliam and Hubli Medical Clinic in Tracy.
She said the internship affirmed her desire to get into medicine.
“It’s really showed me that I can work in that field, and I’m more ready for the workforce than I thought I was,” she said.