Herrick Noon Kiwanis Student of the Month

Published 5:52 pm Friday, May 26, 2023

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Austin Noon Kiwanis, in conjunction with staff at Austin High School, has selected senior Madison Herrick as their Student 0f the Month. 

Regarding her academic experience at AHS, Madison said: “Throughout my four years at high school, I have maintained a 4.0 for the entirety of it. I took some honors classes early and then quite a few PSEO classes. I am graduating with high distinction. I have learned the value of studying and always asking for help when I need it. I have had multiple amazing teachers that have helped me work so hard to maintain a 4.0 and have also stayed with me after school sometimes until 6 p.m. to help me study — some of them being teachers I never even had.”

For school activities, Madison has been involved in softball, volleyball, band volunteering, National Honor Society, Peer Power Partners, Austinaires, and Link Crew. 

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Outside of school, she has volunteered as a Confirmation teacher and has helped at the Salvation Army. 

Madison was very instrumental in orchestrating a fundraiser, “Save the Steinway,” to refurbish the choir’s Steinway piano. She has accumulated 210 volunteer hours in the Scarlet Cord program.

Regarding post-secondary plans, Madison said: “I plan on attending Minnesota State University, Mankato, to major in Journalism and minor in American Sign Language. From there, I would like to be an editor for a big magazine. I also plan on coming back to Austin at some point and hopefully open my dream business.”

Madison added: “My parents and grandparents have always pushed me to excel and not settle in anything I do. I would also say my choir teacher, Kalle Akkerman, and my band teacher, Christoph Dundas, have had a notable positive impact on me throughout my high school career as well.”