By Claire Krackow
To have such a strong passion for something at a young age is rare. Junior student of the month Maddie Smith enjoys singing for the concert choir, mixed choir, and show choir. “I’ve been singing ever since I was 3 years old. I was never taught how to sing, it just came natural to me,” Maddie said. “It’s for sure a God given talent and I’m so grateful.”
Outside of school, Maddie is a part of the York County Senior Honors Choir. She is involved in many activities inside and outside of school. Her in-school activities include the school musical. This year, the musical will be performing Tarzan and in the musical she is a dancing and singing ape, and she is also the dance captain. She is involved in musical theatre, decorative committee at church, and youth leadership.
Dancing is another thing that she absolutely loves to do. After she graduates she is hoping to attend Mansfield University to double major in music education and music performance.
“The thing that strives me to my goals the most is when people tell me I can’t do it or that it’s not worth it.” Maddie said. “I strive to pull out on top to prove them I can do it and it’s worth everything.”
The passion that Maddie has for singing is what really keeps her motivated. “Music is my life. (It’s) what keeps me going, my safe haven,” she said.
By Claire Krackow
Junior Neil Nicholson is involved in many activities inside and outside of school.
“I’m involved in cross country, indoor track, and track and field in the spring,” Neil said, adding that, “I’m also involved in student council and I do a lot of volunteering with Habitat, and of course I have to volunteer for student council. I am also on National Honors Society.”
Neil also enjoys the study of piano and the violin privately.
He has had many leadersup opportunities and he takes those roles very seriously as he was the school’s blood drive coordinator in 9th grade and he also coordinated the decoration of veterans’ graves with the VFW as a volunteer opportunity for student council.
“I hope to attend college in order to major in Animal Science,” Neil said. “My top choices are University of Delaware, University of Finlay, SUNY Geneseo, and the US Naval Academy.”
Afterward, his goal is to attend a Veterinary Medical College in either the U.S. or abroad in order to become a large animal/vet. “I hope to continue giving back to the community through volunteering,” Neil said.
In his free time he likes taking care of his pets and raising chickens/ducks, volunteering, and socializing.
His biggest peeves include noisy eaters and when people take too many napkins at a restaurant.