Written by: Kim Hinkelman

I met Madison nearly 7 years ago when I first moved to Henderson County and she had moved here the year before. Our early conversations were about the difficulty of moving and finding new friends, figuring out where you fit in and what this new community was all about. She was in elementary school and I was a seasoned adult, and yet, we shared the same anxieties.

In the intervening years, Madison has embraced her new home and community. She became involved in school activities, developed a circle of friends and has excelled academically. Madison is currently a rising senior taking AP classes at Hendersonville High School and has set a goal of attending a 4 year university and is beginning to research her options. She is interesting in fashion an din pursuing a business degree. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is a North Carolina Scholar Athlete. Maddie played soccer for several years and was the captain of JV team in 2016, which shows her leadership skills and the respect she has from her peers and coaches.

Madison has grown up in a family that values service and commitment to community. She is a member of the Keywanettes and is a volunteer at Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School. In addition, she has participated in the United Way Day of Action, is a volunteer at Pardee Hospital for the third summer, helped with a Habitat for Humanity build and has volunteered on service projects through her school.

Madison has a passion for life and brings energy into any group with which she is associated. I have always appreciated her candid and honest remarks about her life and her hopes. She is articulate and can also spin a great story – in the long and wonderful tradition of southern women. This summer Madison is volunteering in the Foundation office and has interviewed our staff and is now sharing these blogs with the community. Thank you Madison – we appreciate you and your project to help introduce all of us to the wider community.