Each citizen in Loveland makes up an important piece of the community, but in saying that it’s up to the citizen as to what they do with their role as an important piece of that community. This is what makes up a community’s “D.N.A.”
by Mihaela Manova
What happens when you put together an aspiring journalist and a promising future doctor-extraordinaire? It all began during lunch. Sitting at a table with a couple of people that I knew and most of which I didn’t, I got to know Madeline Killion, a junior at Loveland High School. From our connection with similar tv shows like Rick and Morty and our talk about the world, we got to discuss ranges of topics in just 35 mins each day.
From Madeline, I got to listen to many of her stories about what she has read or seen, from discussions about the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 to her studies and observations of her various science classes and her ambitions to become a doctor, while also wanting to advocate for various causes. Through talking with many students throughout my four years of high school, it is rarely seen the amount of passion one has to talk about “grown-up topics” in our free time. At just sixteen, Madeline’s dreams include wanting to study at MIT and becoming certified in her profession, achieving the American Dream and going beyond her own limits. On a day off from high school, we sat down to discuss her current interests and motivations.
Q: What are your current interests at school, what kind of variety of classes/ clubs do you participate in?
Q: Can you name one teacher and their lasting influence on you?
Q: Can you tell us your plans for the future? What will you imagine life to be like in 10 years?
Q: Can you describe a moment in your life where you knew that science was what you wanted to do?
Q: As a member of the marching band, does the band feel underappreciated compared to athletics?
Q: What is one of the things that are happening in the world right now that frustrates you and want to change?
Q: What should people turn their attention to to make the world a better place?
In a world of opportunity and ambition, we need to make light of the ones who have dreams to become great, even in our own community. As many young women are stereotyped day by day to different labels, showcasing what they enjoy and others making them feel ashamed for their interests, women like Madeline are evidence to being able to enjoy a variety of things and not be put under a narrow scope. It’s time to encourage more young people to go after their dreams and find their passions early on – to want to change the world.