Quade has many nicknames, but to most of his friends he is just "Q."
Quade is currently 12 years old and lives in San Diego, California with his parents and sister.
He is loved by his people for his earnest approach to learning, his passion for creative new ideas and his heart for giving. Quade really wants to make a positive difference in his community and in the world.
Q is a competitive athlete in multiple sports. He enjoys being outside, traveling and inventing new games. He is an ambitious student of math and history. He is an avid reader.
Quade read 265 biography titles in his 5th grade school year. Thats 7,071,737 words (as measured by Renaissance Learnings Accelerated Reader program.) By age 12, Quade reads multiple books a week and supplies multiple literacy organizations with youth reviews and recommendations for newly published titles.
Quade was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder at the age of 6. As a differentiated learner, Q relies on kinesthetic, project based education to make sense of the world and his place in it. Handwriting is a specific struggle that he has managed with hard work and creative visual tools. Chewing gum really helps him focus, and he draws laughs on the baseball field for blowing bubbles the size of his head (he says he can still see the ball through the bubble.)
At the age of 9, Quade went to camp and encountered children from inner-city schools. He learned that they required sponsorship for attendance. Quade spent the next 16 months raising money to provide those children sponsorships. He shared how camp helped him to see Love in the world, and to embrace his own personal challenges and differences. His public speaking to audiences of adult campers sparked significant campership donations. He is just "happy that kids get to go to camp."
A big cornerstone of 2019-20 was Quade's discovery of the fist National Who Was? History Bee. The program is an exciting opportunity for children 3rd to 5th grade, to participate in historical trivia competitions with the information they acquire by reading The Who Was? book series (published by Penguin Random House.)
Quade has dedicated hundreds of hours to reading the library of titles. He participated and won the school bee rounds. The semi-finalist exam was completed in February 2020. Quade had a perfect score on the multiple choice and open-ended questions portion of the proctored exam that was 75% of his total score. The remaining portion of the exam score was based on his short essay. This is no small feat for a child with dysgraphia. Here is a partial excerpt from the essay portion of Quade's proctored exam:
"I admire Mother Teresa because she was an ordinary person who showed great compassion and is an example of how love can change the world and make it a better place. "
This experience has provided some creative learning opportunities for Quade and his family. Using all of the new information he has acquired in his studies, Quade would share how he thought the greatest individuals in history would act. It was always hopeful and inspiring to hear. This lead to the creation of The Who Is Q ? videos, a 2 video project meant to bring joy and encourage others. We used the first video to tell Quade he was a finalist. He was most excited about meeting the other 9 finalists, going to New York city and meeting the Bee hosts Jeff and Patrick Kinney.
Quade has received several letters from authors of early Who Was titles. His eyes light up with such genuine joy and excitement. To Quade, authors are the heroes of every story. Quade was humbled by the many letters and new stories that were published about him and the Bee. He used this opportunity to highlight his heart for charity by donating a significant amount of his winnings to a literacy based organization that supports military families that are separated by service commitments. "It makes me feel so happy to give this money to Uniter Though Reading, because it helps connect people and promote reading, " Quade said. Quade is also distributing his championship books to local children and libraries.
A part of winning the national history bee was press interviews and articles. After having a great experience with CBS feature reporter Jeff Zevely and Photojournalist Scott Hall, Quade applied to be a national "Kid Reporter" for Scholastic Kids Press. Scholastic Kids magazines have a reader base of over 20 million children internationally and Quade has enjoyed reading them in school. He was so honored to be selected as one of 45 reporters for the 2020-21 year. He spent the pandemic restriction time learning to interview and write for Scholastic. In his inaugural year he has interviewed an Astronaut, Scientists, working journalists and Olympians.
Quade is using his love of learning and knowledge of history to complete in the 2020-21 academic pentathlon. Although Quade was one of the youngest competitions in the 6th-8th grade "2021 Cold War" competition and earned 1st place recognition at the CA independent charter school competition. He scored near perfect placement in Literature, Social Science and Art/Music History.
In June 2021, Quade was received high honors from the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Quade received top level scores in the talent search for both Math and Verbal divisions. The advanced level recognition is conferred upon the highest performing students from among the nationally identified gifted learners that reflect abilities approximately four grade levels above their currently enrolled grade.
Quade will continue to complete as a multi-sport athlete and is pursing his interest in journalism with a variety of exciting middle school opportunities, even in an uncertain global environment.
So who is Q?
Q is a joyful kid with big ideas and huge heart. In a world that is rapidly changing, he is a reminder that the hope of a child can bring the promise of a brighter future.
Coming next: Book review podcast, educational history resources for middle grade readers and updated Kids Press stories.