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Quentin Thomson has a super-powered love for his community


Quentin Akwasi Owusu-Adjei Thomson with his brother launched "Heroes for Hope." They plan to dress as a superhero to cheer hospitalized kids. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Community service is one of Quentin Akwasi Owusu-Adjei Thomson’s secret superpowers.

The graduating senior is involved with volunteer groups in and out of his busy school career. He credits the Leaders Club at his local YMCA for kicking off his passion for community work.

“That club really transformed me and developed my character by helping me in different endeavors and helping me to see my potential, and see where I would like to go with my future,” Thomson said.

He also said the National Honor Society “helped a lot in terms of developing me academically where I would like to focus.”

Thus inspired, Thomson, 17, of Bay Shore, is working on launching a nonprofit with his older brother, Gerald Agyapong, called Heroes for Hope, where the two plan to dress up as popular superheroes and donate toys to sick children at local hospitals.

“That’s something that’s been developed through the influence of Leaders Club so I can give back to my community,” said Thomson, who said if given an option he’d dress up as Spider-Man.

His volunteer work is coupled with a scholastic schedule packed with honors and advanced International Baccalaureate classes. He will graduate in the top 10 percent of his class with an Advanced Regents Diploma with honors and mastery in science.

The other superpower that made this all possible? “It’s just my character, being able to juggle and multitask many things and to have time management skills,” Thomson said.

HIGHER ED: Thomson will attend SUNY New Paltz and is deciding between chemical and electrical engineering as a major.

FRESHMAN FAST-FORWARD: In college he is looking forward to “just continuing on the road to my future, and all the experiences I will receive and all the new opportunities I will experience . . . ”

WHAT MAKES YOU EXTRAORDINARY: “My ambitious drive for the future and my initiative around my community, and how I strive to succeed.”

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