18-year-old high school senior wins spot on West Islip school board

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Thursday, May 18, 2023
HS senior wins seat on school board in West Islip
Quinn Bedell is an 18-year-old with a laundry list of accomplishments.

WEST ISLIP, Long Island (WABC) -- After a historic vote on Long Island, an 18-year-old high school senior is now one of the newest members of the West Islip school board.

Quinn Bedell was a write-in candidate for one of the three open spots.

He said he was inspired to run by his former sixth-grade teacher, who was also a school board member and died last year.

"At my friend Tom Compitello's funeral, the idea was put up in place and kind of stuck with me, I just think there's no better time but the present," Bedell said.

Bedell is also the student president of the Teacher Student Association Board, an Eagle Scout and a business owner.

"I run my own landscaping company," Bedell said. "I have 65 clients and I employ West Islip teens from our school and I like to beautify our community. It's great."

Quinn plans to start college at SUNY Farmingdale in the fall, but his path through high school was marked with learning obstacles.

"I'm in a special-ed program, I was diagnosed with dyslexia in the 10th grade, so the special-ed program is something near and dear to my heart," Bedell said.

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