July’s Model of the Month: Paige

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Paige McQuillan, born July 19th 1991, from Scotts Valley Ca

 

School: Vine Hill Elementary, Scotts Valley Middle School, Scotts Valley High School, Cabrillo for 2 years and I finished up my four year education in Chicago at Loyola and studied abroad in Rome for a semester.

 

What was it like growing up in Scotts Valley?

 

I really enjoyed school. I was in the Student Body. I was representative for two years and Senior Vice President.

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How did you get into school politics?

I had a bunch of friends that did it and they asked me to help out with Homecoming stuff my Freshman year and I loved it so I joined it my Sophomore, Junior and Senior year. I love to be involved. I love event planning. I got to know all of the staff, which was a huge plus.

 

Do you consider yourself a leader?

 

Yes, I love being in charge. In any group projects, anything like that I always take charge. Both of my parents own businesses and are confident, extroverted and motivated people.

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Do you have any siblings?

 

I have a younger sister, 20 years old, who’s currently going to Cabrillo and I have a 17 year old brother who is going to Scotts Valley High School.

 

What do you do for fun? 

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I played basketball my whole life. I was the team captain. I love going to the beach swimming and doing anything but staying home. Both of my parents played basketball.

 

What do you like most about basketball? 

 

I like the fast pace. It’s constantly on the move and you’re pouring sweat, but I was the quickest player on the team, so no matter how tired we were I could still beat everyone down the court.

 

What was your specialty?

 

The coach would ask me to shut down the best player on the team. I loved to steal the ball.

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What do you like to do for entertainment?

 

I like to see movies, to go to concerts. I’ll watch anything from a Romantic Comedy to a Comedy to Action movies. Anything but a Western.

 

What music are you listening to?

 

This summer I’m listening to Country. I’m all over the place, though, I’ll listen to anything. I get new music through friends’ recommendations.

 

What kind of food do you like?

 

Everything. I love Sushi. I try to eat healthy but I like pizzas and burgers.

 

What about desserts?

 

Yes. I love chocolate, dark chocolate. I love sweets, candy too.

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What’s your relationship to the ocean?

 

I think it’s beautiful but it’s really cold. I don’t get in the ocean much, here. I like being around it, tanning in front of it.

 

How are you using your leadership skills these days?

 

I just stepped into a position in charge of apparel at Santa Cruz Waves.

 

What are your professional goals?

 

I want to wake up every day and enjoy what I’m doing. I want to love what I’m doing and be excited about it.

 

Do you remember your dreams?

 

I remember waking up from dreams, but I couldn’t tell you what they are about. Probably getting shot.

 

Is that from living in Chicago?

 

Yeah. I was in the better area but it wasn’t safe for me to walk alone at night. You’d hear of people from school  getting mugged and jumped and raped.

 

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You studied abroad?

 

Yes. I lived in Rome for 4 months. It was the best experience ever. People say it changes your outlook on life which sounds super cliche but it’s true. I love traveling. I’d love to see the whole world. I’d love to go to South America. Any part of South America. I’d love to go to Australia. I want to go to Ireland. I’m Irish. We have a castle out there somewhere, the McQuillan family.

 

Do you ever want to have kids?

 

Yes. Lots of them. Like 3 or 4. I love kids. It’s too boring to have one. Too boring to have two. Complete chaos if you have 3 or 4, which I love. Nonstop joking and beating on each other. Tough love as my dad would say.

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The clothes in this photo-shoot were provided by Synergy Organic Clothing and by Santa Cruz Waves.

Photos and Interview: Jake Thomas


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