Student Starts Nonprofit
Standout Student starts own nonprofit
In advanced Spanish class, you're not going to hear much English. It's a fitting place to be for Andrew Quirk. That's because he runs a nonprofit that donates medical devices to South America.
"My nonprofit is taking those devices and different supplies and donating them to medical posts in countries where there is not affordable health care, especially in Peru and Nicaragua are the two main places right now," Quirk said.
It's a new venture for this Wayzata High School senior who carries a 4.3 GPA, serves as the student body president and is president of the Minnesota Association of Student Councils.
His talents also extend to Wayzata's nationally ranked cross country team.
"It's a lot of hard work, it's a lot of dedication," Quirk said, referring to cross country. "I mean, every day we're out there for a couple hours running. But in the end, it really pays off and I gain a lot out of it, so it's really good."
Talk to Andrew's teachers, and you'll get a sense as to what he means to the school.
"He is the whole package," said Sue Iverson, Wayzata's Gifted and Talented Program coordinator. "He has a lot of natural leadership abilities, very well-respected and well-liked by his peers. And most of it is because of his work ethic. He gives just as much as he expects from everybody else."
It's high praise for a student who hopes to get into the business side of biomedical engineering and ultimately be CEO of a company.
"But I'd say the service-oriented piece is probably my biggest asset, because I care a lot about other people a lot and want to help them get better," Quirk said.
Quirk has narrowed down his college choices to Stanford, Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.