By Kaelah Blanchette ’17
From being a member of Robotics’ Bötley Crüe to editor of Argus, to participating in the Red Cross and Glee clubs, Midwood’s Quetourah Dalencourt ’16 is a prime example of Midwood’s finest.
Dalencourt started her Midwood experience in the Liberal Arts program and worked her way up to the Medical Science program, participating in many extra-curriculars and advanced classes. Dalencourt was originally set to attend Aviation high school in Queens, but her love for the Midwood Medical Science program made her apply here, but the only spots available were in the Liberal Arts program.
“I was supposed to go to this Aviation high school in Queens, but I really didn’t want to go,” said Dalencourt. “It’s a good school, but Midwood was my first choice school because I really loved Med-Sci, but there was no space, so I just joined as LASI and switched.”
Dalencourt participates in the Red Cross club, Glee club, Robotics’ Bötley Crüe and is an editor for Argus, along with starting her own computer coding club.
“I joined these clubs because they are just things that I really enjoy doing,” said Dalencourt. “Like when I first started journalism, I was wondering why I was in the class, but once we learned about layouts and everything, I thought it was cool and definitely something that I could do.”
Dalencourt also does undergraduate research at NYU as a part of the Midwood Science Research program.
Dalencourt has always had a passion for volunteer work and helping people, which is why she was thrilled at the Red Cross club starting in Midwood.
“I was so excited when the Red Cross club started because the work that they do is really amazing, and I try my best to attend the events,” said Dalencourt.
Dalencourt joined the robotics team as a programmer because of her love for computer programming. She was asked to join the team as a programmer despite not taking the required robotics and mechatronics courses.
“I started the coding club because when I began coding I wanted to meet other programmers. Since Midwood didn’t have one, I decided to make my own,” said Dalencourt. “I met a lot of kids that I didn’t even know were interested in computer science.”
Dalencourt plans to double major in computer science and business administration, but also wants to do volunteer work.
“I think it’s really great and important to help people, so it’s something that I really want to do,” said Dalencourt. “I also want to travel the world, especially to Tokyo because they are really tech savvy and the technology they have there is really great.”
She is also a part of the team that works on the yearbook.
“It’s really great because I get a sneak peek at everything that’s going to be in it,” said Dalencourt. “We all work together as a team to create the best yearbook possible.”
Dalencourt has been a member of Glee club since freshman year.
“Glee club is a lot of fun and I made a ton of great friends,” said Dalencourt.
Dalencourt encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities.
“I think anyone can join any club. If there is something that you like to do, join the club for it. If there is no club for it, then make the club,” said Dalencourt. “You get to meet new people who enjoy doing the same thing, and you get to learn from them which is pretty awesome.”