Dylan Bilski, born and raised in Glendale, is a prime example of a young adult creating positive change within the community.
For over 10 years, Bilski has volunteered with various organizations, including the Edward R. Miller VFW Post 7336, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 118, St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside, the East Coast Car Association Toys for Tots and many more.
Bilski attended P.S. 91, and is now a student at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of the Performing Arts, also known as the FAME school. Maintaining a 95 average, Bilski who also paints, participates in local sports through organizations such as CYO and RGMVM baseball.
In addition, he was a member of the Queens Falcons undefeated championship football team and the Queens Falcons Spring League championship team, playing as a lineman for both. Finally, Bilski plays varsity baseball and basketball as a member of the Boys Club of Flushing.
“We are extremely proud,” said dad Mike. “Everything he does is perfection. He excels in academics, athletics and art — all three rolled into one.”
Bilski possesses a whole-hearted dedication to paying respect to the veterans who have served. He has marched in the Queens Veterans Day parade for the last three years, and recently participated in the Flag Retirement Ceremony in Flushing, as well as the Maspeth and Glendale Memorial Day Parades.
This Memorial Day weekend, Bilski received three awards, including one from the Disabled American Veterans, Auxiliary Unit and the VFW Miller post.
His passion for service and his selfless outlook is admired throughout the community and is a defining example of a young adult creating substantial change.
And for all this he credits his father.
“I think my dad was my main influence,” he said. “He always told me to get involved and give back, which gives you a good feeling.”
Bilski’s accomplishments have been noted through citations from local politicians and groups he has volunteers for. His service extends to organizations including the Knights of Columbus and his local church, Redeemer Lutheran of Glendale.
And, it seems, the teen has his future mapped out.
Bilski received a full scholarship, valued at $42,000 per year, to attend Ashville Preparatory School in North Carolina. Recognized as one of the most prestigious preparatory schools in the United States, he will be attending Ashville Prep in August with hopes of attending Annapolis in the fall of 2014. Ultimately, he said, he wants to serve as a naval officer and work for either the FBI or CIA.