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Student Spotlight: Madeline Gray '16

Senior Madeline Gray has made the most of her four years at Scecina. She's a four-time President's Academic Excellence Award recipient and also was a four-year varsity cheerleader.  She plans to attend the University of Kentucky to study neuroscience and pre-med.

Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.

By Cari Gallagher '93

Each student in the Scecina Spotlight is asked for their favorite quote, slogan, or life motto that represents the beliefs or ideals that guide them. Revealing her unpretentious character and resilient devotion, senior Madeline Gray chose “I can do all things through God who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.

Finding power in these words, Madeline has dedicated herself to achieving excellence in everything she does. During her days at Scecina, she has grown in mind, body, and spirit. Her academic excellence, athletic accomplishments, and spiritual growth depict a young woman who is ready to leave the hallways of Scecina and go forth and transform the world inspired by the light of Christ.

Madeline has challenged herself to attain academic excellence by enrolling in honors and advanced placement classes each semester. She especially enjoys history, and AP U.S. History is her favorite class. Madeline has been in the Top Ten for the Class of 2016 all four years and has been honored with the President’s Academic Excellence Award  each spring. She also has been honored as a Scecina Scholar Athlete (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and she has been named as an ICC Academic All-Conference honoree for the past two years.

Away from the classroom, Madeline has been an outstanding representative for the Crusaders as a four-year varsity cheerleader. As part of the cheerleading program, Madeline has supported her fellow student athletes at football and basketball games. She has been part of the 2012 State Championship Football Game at Lucas Oil Stadium, the 2013 Boys Basketball Sectional Championship, the 2015 City Championship finals for JV and Varsity Boys Basketball, and the 2015 Sectional title for the Crusader football team.

Madeline has participated in multiple service projects led by the cheerleaders. She has delivered Thanksgiving meals for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish; shopped and wrapped Christmas gifts for families in need; and assisted with grade school cheerleading programs at Holy Spirit and Holy Name of Jesus catholic schools.

She has been honored for her dedication to the cheerleading program by being named as a captain over the last three seasons. She was also honored as the most improved cheerleader and with the Leadership Award.

Madeline is a three year member of the National Honor Society, a nationwide organization that consists of many chapters in high schools around the country. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. She has also participated in the Key Club, a service based organization sponsored by Kiwanis International and led at Scecina by Cindy Hemmelgarn, vice president of finance and operations.

Madeline has a passion for music and theater. She has participated in Scecina’s annual Sacred Music Concerts as part of the Advanced Chorus. She was featured as one of the ugly step-sisters in the 2015 Scecina Spring Musical, “Into the Woods.”

As her senior year comes to a close, Madeline is preparing for life after Scecina. She is planning to attend the University of Kentucky to study neuroscience as part of the pre-med track. Madeline wants to use her education to go on a crusade to find a cure for childhood cancers.

Madeline is the daughter of Daniel Gray, a mechanical engineer, and Jaci Gray, a project manager for Arcadis. Jaci is also a varsity cheer coach at Scecina. The family lives in the heart of Irvington and belongs to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

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