Northland High School Alumni Foundation
NHSAF Valhalla Newsletter
Quentin Jones / NHS Class of 2010
1. My favorite teachers were: Dr. Brown, Mr. Stefanik, Mrs. Keller, Mrs. Ridgeway, and Mrs. Vagler Hayley
– Favorite Class: Latin
– Friends I hung with: I was cool with pretty much the entire school. (I don’t want to single anyone out, but I wish my Best Friend Nick Newton was still with me out here.)
– Hangouts: The Y, The Circle over off Tamarack, The Cages on OSU Campus, Applebee’s after games on Friday Nights, My Mom’s house off 5th avenue
2. Tell about your most memorable moment at Northland High School.
My Most Memorable moment at Northland- Honestly, my entire freshman year at Northland was the most memorable. Freshman year was the most enjoyable time of my high school career. It made me feel like I made the right decision by choosing Northland even know I didn’t live by the school. (Those hour and half bus rides were terrible from out east every other week.)
3. What was your family expectation of you?
Family Expectation: I don’t really know. Of course I know they wanted me to graduate but I’d probably say me getting a scholarship to go to college. I will say my dad wanted me to transfer each year haha.
4. How did your Northland experience help in your life/job?
I do feel like it’s a great thing to be able to have the Alumni keeping the tradition alive and keeping people involved with Northland. Many of us have a deep love for our High School and want to represent it better. Especially, with all the closings and enrollment dropping throughout other schools within the district. I feel like not enough people are aware of the foundation and that makes me want to bridge the gap between the older alum and the new alum coming from Northland in the recent years
5. As an author, what motivated you to write your book and what advice can you tell other aspiring writers?
The book was actually an overnight idea. I had graduated a few weeks before getting my Master’s and was in the process of applying for Doctoral programs when I realized I didn’t want to work a 9-5. I was at my step-mom’s retirement party and one of her coworkers started talking to me about her son and their struggle to get scholarship money. So I just started telling her everything that I had done and things they could do that would help financially, and she was really receptive. Not too long after that she called me and was like, “I did it and it’s working!” I knew I had to put it into writing. So that night I started writing and I had it finished in 20 days.
I’m glad that it has impacted so many people in a positive manner. I’m starting a prequel currently that will focus on Middle-High School. This one will be even more special because it will lead to more of our students and parents to go to school for free and/or at the least amount possible.
Honestly, I never thought I would write a book. It’s still weird calling myself an author. I know it’s people out there that write novels consistently. For those who inspire to be an Author my best advice is “”Go For it”. Just start writing your thoughts and ideas down. Whatever comes to mind. Don’t worry about writing a flowing story from the job like “I started with this so now I have to continue this chapter to make this”. Write each thought and idea down in pieces, once you have them all in paper then put it together and begin formatting it from there. With anything, the hardest part of doing something is starting- So just start now!