Long Trail School student is presidential scholar candidate

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DORSET — Antonio Quevedo is many things: A cross-country runner, a math whiz, a military history buff, a music composer, a gamer (when he has time) and a funny kid with a sharp sense of humor.

You can add another title for the Long Trail School senior: Presidential Scholar candidate.

Quevedo, 17, the son of Steven and Cynthia Quevedo of Weston, is among the 4,000-plus students nationally — out of an estimated 3.5 million high school students — who have been nominated as candidates for the honor. He'll find out in April if he's among the 800 students who will be named semifinalists for the honor. Students are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, character and involvement in school and community activities.

Quevedo was captain of the cross country team at LTS this past fall and a top finisher for four years.

"But I don't identify as a jock, I identify as a nerd. I love math," he said.

He also has an appreciation for military history and is currently reading about naval tactics during the battle for Guadalcanal in World War II.

Quevedo has also composed two pieces of music for performance.

"I'm very excited I have a piece being practiced by the Sage City Orchestra that's going to be performed in two or three weeks," he said.

The other piece was arranged for performance by upper school music director Geoffery Gee and performed by the school band.

He's not thinking of music as a career, "but I love doing it," he said. "I figure that if I keep composing on and off I might make something that's a hit."

Where Quevedo does see himself is a college in a rural setting and a career that involves math.

"I like being outside in nature alone more than with people in the city," he said.

"I know for a fact that I love doing math," he said. "I was thinking accounting. I like doing numbers."

Reach Journal editor Greg Sukiennik at 802-490-6000 or on Twitter @GSukiennik_MJ.


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