Steven A. Quintero, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, is one of 125 high school students selected by the American Chemical Society from a national pool of applicants for its ACS Scholars Program. The program provides a renewable grant valued at more than $15,000 for students pursuing studies in the chemical sciences at the college level. Steven will be attending Stanford University next fall seeking a degree in biochemistry.
“As a long-time resident of Carmel Valley I have been so very fortunate to be surrounded by great schools and educators that have helped foster my love of science and learning. We live in a great area with so many available resources related to the bio and life sciences that give high school students an exciting look at career opportunities,” Steven said.
Steven started a chapter of the American Chemical Society’s Chem Club at CCA with help from Kaveh Shakeri and has done coursework through UCSD in Applied Immunology. Steven was a recipient of Canyon Crest’s Dollars for Scholars award, as well as recognition for Excellence in Science.
For the past seven years Steven has been able to find an outlet for his competitive spirit with area club soccer teams the Del Mar Sharks, CV Manchester, and Rancho Santa Fe Attack.
“In addition to my academics, I’ve learned so much about competing and overcoming adversity from all my coaches, including Billy Garton and Malcolm Tovey. These guys helped me learn how to train hard and play hard, which are valuable skills that will serve me well in college and beyond.”
At CCA, Steven was a starting mid-fielder for the varsity soccer team that won the CIF Valley League title this past season. “Coach Tom Lockhart created a family atmosphere on our team, and taught me about leadership and respect, and I know all of his departing seniors take away great memories of this group.” Steven also gave back to the community through his work with special needs children in the TOPSoccer program.
Steven says that he will miss reading the stories in the Carmel Valley News about local sports teams and school activities, “Maybe my mom and dad can send a copy up to Stanford now and then just to keep me in the loop!”
Congratulations on your ACS Scholars Award Steven and best of luck in college!