Williamsport, Pennsylvania – The “Alumni Achievement Award” is presented to a graduate of Penn College within the past 10 years in recognition of outstanding professional achievement that “demonstrates the importance of an education at Penn College,” according to the college.
LaQuinn N. Thompson, a 2016 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, received an Alumni Achievement Award at the Summer 2021 Launch Ceremony at the Community Arts Center.
Thompson, who was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania, received his bachelor’s degree in applied human services from Penn College.
He recently became a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) elective instructor for fifth and sixth graders at Lincoln Charter School in York.
Previously, he was the Director of Community Outreach for St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in York, where he oversaw the Food Choice Pantry and the St. Matthew Assistance Ministry. In addition, Thompson oversaw “The Matts” youth programs, which included the after-school club for grades 1-5; the evening program for teens “The Matts” for students in grades 6 to 12; and The Lighthouse at ‘The Matts’ Summer Camp for Grades 1 through 8.
Thompson is the founder of The BEAST Initiative, a youth esports / games program whose mission is to bring the community together through games. BEAST stands for “Be yourself, Live life to its fullest potential, Achieve greatness, Shine like no other, Testimony.”
Additionally, Thompson is the author of “Mind of the BEAST,” a 2016 publication of motivational and inspiring poems written “to help readers understand and believe in themselves enough to take control of their lives and create. their own success “.
According to Penn College, Thompson has done a lot of volunteer work in the local community. He was a varsity athlete of the year; a four-year-old member of the men’s basketball team; a resident assistant; and president of Contributing Students.
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