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2019 Scholastic Superstars: Madison Weiss

May 6, 2019 GMT

Name: Madison Weiss School District: Crestwood Parents: Annette and Michael Weiss Q. What accomplishments are you most proud of and why? A. I am a National Merit Scholar finalist — this is something that I put a lot of work into and that I had to prepare for and execute all on my own. Q. What were your most rewarding school or community activities? Why? A. The Model United Nations Club. It has helped me to gain confidence in my planning and public speaking abilities and to learn with a global perspective. Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. I play tennis and spend a lot of time at the gym. Q. What are your plans after high school graduation? Why did you choose this path? A. Attend a university. I think that getting a degree is an integral part of building a successful career. Q. What do you see yourself doing and where do you see yourself living in 15 years? A. I would love to pursue a career in politics and to live in New York City. Q. Who do you most admire and why? A. Serena Williams. She created a name for herself in a hostile environment where the odds were stacked against her, and now she’s a household name. Q. In a sentence, what is your philosophy of life? A. Work hard now, rest easy when it’s all over. Q. The most interesting thing about me is … A. ...that I can speak two languages besides English, but I can never remember directions. About Madison Weiss: Her activities include varsity tennis, Odyssey of the Mind (long-term captain all four years), literary magazine (editorial board in 10th and 11th grades, chief editor in 12th grade), school newspaper (including student columnist in The Citizen’s Voice), Model United Nations (vice-president in 11th grade/president in 12th grade), French Club (president in grade 11), PJAS, Interact Club and Spanish Club. She has been volunteering at Eckley Miners’ Village for two years; prior to that, she spent two years helping at the Kirby Library. She has also been involved with the Partners in Education program, Rotary Youth Leadership, and she’s volunteered at St. Stephen’s Clothes Closet. From her educators’ nomination: “Madison Weiss is deserving of this reward because of her exceptionality. Rarely does a teacher meet a student who seeks to master content and knowledge of multiple fields in the way that this young lady does. Whether it be Spanish, journalism, English literature, political involvement, yearbook organization, French or tennis, she goes above and beyond to immerse herself in the material so that she becomes the expert. It’s exciting to watch this mature, young lady conduct herself. She stands out from her peers in a so many ways!”