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Madalyn Cooksey

Academic rank • 2 of 410.

Sports • Softball, track and field.

Academic bio • Academic all-state; academic all-conference; A Honor Roll (4 years); regional science fair winner; A+ scholarship.

Athletic bio • All-conference softball (four years); all-district (three years); all-regional team; Seckman High Athlete of the Month (twice); 2013 Stan Musial Award.

Activities • Concert Treble Choir; Lettermen’s Club (four years); National Honor Society (three years); National Beta Club (three years); Spanish Honor Society (one year); Jefferson Barrack’s Veterans Hospital volunteer; enjoy playing guitar and occasionally coaching youth girls’ softball team.

College, major • Fontbonne, biology.

Goal • “As an adult, I plan to be an anesthesiologist assistant to begin with and maybe work my way up later on. I want to be in a surgical setting because that is what interests me the most. Overall, I want a career that I can be happy with for the rest of my life that also helps others.”

Favorite subject • Science. “It was not until last year when I started to enjoy it, but once I started learning about the anatomy of the body and how everything works, science became really interesting and understandable. It makes you think a lot about ‘what ifs’ and ‘whys’ instead of always having a concrete answer.”

Favorite book • “Harry Potter,” by J.K. Rowling. “I’m not one to look deep into the meaning behind books, and reading for pleasure is not something I have time to do very often. I read Harry Potter when I was a lot younger but I liked it so much because it gave me a way to bond with my cousins. Getting really excited about the movies with them and the new books coming out was really cool, it wasn’t really about what I read.”

Favorite musician • “As a person who listens to all kinds of music, this is a really tough question. Avril Lavigne has been my favorite singer since I was 5, so of course she is still one of my favorites. But, after seeing them in concert, Twenty One Pilots has to be one of the best bands out there and I love their music.”

Role model • My mom. “She is the hardest working, happy, and genuine person I know and I am so lucky to have her as a mom. She pushes me so hard because she knows my potential and it is all starting to pay off. I can't thank her enough.”

Personal story • “One event in my life that I know I will never forget is the day we played Webster Groves in softball my junior year. They are one of our biggest rivals and every time we play them it is always a good game. That particular game, though, was our pink out game. Their power hitter was up to bat and she hit what we thought was clearly a home run. The sun was in the umpires’ eyes and all they saw was our left fielder put her hands up. They called it a ground rule double and were sticking with it. Our coach came out of the dugout, supported by the rest of us, and told the umpires it was definitely a home run. That put Webster ahead of us 3-2 and we ended up losing 4-3. At the end of the game, we knew we still made the right decision whether we won or lost. This did not seem like quite as big of a deal at the time but my coach and the rest of our team was awarded the Musial Award for his sportsmanship.”