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Allen Graduate Named Texas Student Hero

Allen Graduate Named Texas Student Hero 

 

Allen High School 2019 graduate Quinn Loach Quinn Loach, 2019 graduate of Allen High School, has been named a Student Hero by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). Loach is one of only 15 students in the state to be honored with this prestigious award. 

Loach was recognized for several reasons, including his participation in the Spread the Loaves group at AHS that prepared hundreds of peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless. Loach recruited many of his classmates to join the cause which helped increase the number of sandwiches the group could make each week. The group met every Friday after school to prepare the sandwiches and AHS teacher Karen Hunnicutt delivered them to a homeless shelter each weekend.

“Mrs. Hunnicutt told us how grateful they were to receive the sandwiches and it just encouraged us to do it every week,” Loach said. “I wasn’t expecting any recognition from it. I just saw a need and stepped up.”

The award also honored Loach for his creation of a mentorship process within the International Baccalaureate program. Loach moved to Allen from California his sophomore year and knew how difficult it could be to acclimate to a new school. His mentor program provided students with a chance to meet upperclassmen and build friendships within the school.

Loach will attend the University of Texas at Dallas in the fall to study electrical engineering and physics. He says he still plans to volunteer his time with Spread the Loaves this summer and fall.

The Student Heroes Award was created in 2015 and recognizes public school students who voluntarily perform acts of kindness. One student is recognized in each of the SBOE’s 15 districts. This year’s recipients range from third-grade students to high school seniors.

“Each year, I’m amazed at the volume of caring and compassionate work carried out by our Texas students. They see a need and they step in to fill it, typically without any thought of recognition or awards. These 15 award recipients are role models for both students and adults,” said SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich.

Allen ISD is a member of SBOE District 12 and is represented by Pam Little.