Mount Vernon senior Quinnie Rodman leads others with her musical talents
An eastern Iowa teenager proves to be a leader in every aspect of life.
Quinnie Rodman won KCRG-TV9's November’s Student of the Month. She’s a senior at Mount Vernon High School.
“I've been the drum major for the past three years now, so sophomore, junior and senior years. It's really been a learning and leading experience," Rodman said.
Music is one of her favorite parts of the school day. Rodman is in a choir and multiple school bands.
In concert band, Rodman plays the alto saxophone and in jazz band she takes her talents further by playing the tenor saxophone.
She also performs in yearly plays and musicals.
“I just feel like music and performing gives me confidence in general because it's really scary going up there and singing something so personal."
That confidence helps in many areas of Rodman's life. She strives to be a role model for her siblings.
“I'm probably closer with Emma just because she's in high school but I'm close with Sky too. She likes to do a lot of the same activities as me, she likes singing and performing," Rodman said.
Since elementary school, Rodman has had to take on a larger role at home.
"When I was in fourth grade my mom passed away from breast cancer,” Rodman said. "My dad was great at dealing with all that stuff but sometimes like your dad can't do something your mom would do so I had to be that person for myself and my sisters, so it's made me work a lot harder."
Her teachers say Rodman's work ethic and compassion shape her into an outstanding student. And she'll continue to lead, in any setting, not just this final parade.
"It was a little sad just because it was the last time in a marching band uniform but it was a good note to end on," Rodman said.
Her music career is far from over. She plans to major in music education in college next year.
Rodman is an A student and ran cross country throughout high school.