The 2017 Tori Sheahan Kindness and Compassion Award and Scholarship was presented to Quinn A. Martin, a senior at Winter Park High School, during the annual Winter Park High School Senior Awards ceremony.
Tori Sheahan worked as a nurse practitioner providing health care for the underserved in central Florida for 15 years until she passed away unexpectedly in 2015. Tori worked tirelessly in collaboration with the Winter Park Health Foundation as a nurse practitioner at Glenridge Middle School for 12 of those years. She also helped supervise, mentor, and support the Foundation’s school nursing initiative in the twelve schools serving students from Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville.
Tori was a champion for the health of local youth. She always made sure her patients got the care, medicine, education, and social services they needed. Children and their families benefited from her medical knowledge as well as from her kindness and compassion.
Quinn A. Martin received the Tori Sheahan Kindness and Compassion Award for 2017, the second year the honor was bestowed upon a worthy WPHS senior. Quinn was recognized for his drive to better the world. A Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland volunteer since the eighth grade, Quinn has devoted nearly every free Saturday in high school to building houses. With over 200 hours of community service at Habitat sites, it’s clear that Quinn is extremely passionate about this noble cause. In addition to this charitable work, he has logged more than 500 hours of community service at a Christian summer camp. He has enrolled in the program the past eight years and is one of a select few to move up the ranks to become a camp leader.
Quinn made an immediate impact on the WPHS campus after transferring to the school in tenth grade. He served as copy editor for the school newspaper and photo editor of the yearbook. This allowed him to utilize his strong English and language arts skills while providing valuable experience for a prospective communications career.
The one word Quinn uses to describe himself is “diverse.” In addition to his philanthropic work and interest in communications, he engages in diverse activities such as playing jazz, analyzing music, and learning new tasks. Friendship is extremely important to him and he describes himself as a fiercely loyal friend.
Quinn will be attending Elon University in North Carolina where he’ll focus on communications while exploring several areas for his major including broadcasting, public relations, and music production. He will continue his involvement in Habitat for Humanity while in college.
Seeking to make an impact on his community, Quinn is on a path toward a very bright future. Congratulations, Quinn!
The Tori Sheahan Award and Scholarship is funded through the memorial fund set up in her name by the Winter Park Health Foundation. To learn more about the fund, including how to donate, click here.