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Maddie Casady, 17 Webster City

December 9, 2016

Daughter of Ryan and Michelle Casady

Age 17, Grade Senior

What activities are you involved in?

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Maddie Casady, 17, Webster City

Football/basketball Cheer leading

National Honor Society



Student Council

SHIFT Happens

Lynx Leaders

Spanish club

Describe what SHIFT Happens and Lynx Leaders do for the school and community.

"SHIFT stands for Students Helping Impact Future Teens," said Casady. "In SHIFT we work to make events for community members to do. Last February, we had 'Dodge for a Cause' which helped raise money for the Jorden Leeper Memorial Scholarship Fund."

"Lynx Leaders is a leadership group at the high school. We do leadership activities. We go to leadership conferences as well," Casady said. "In November we went to a conference called RISE in Waukee. In April we went down to Des Moines and went to the state capitol and talked with the senators down there."

"Both Lynx Leaders and Student Council have helped to get a Youth Advisory Commission on the City Council," said Casady.

Why do you think it's important to get involved in high school?

"I think it's important to be active in high school because for one, it helps you meet people that you probably never would have talked to. I know I've made a lot of friends through my activities that I would have never probably talked to because they are underclassmen and we typically don't get to see other grades throughout the day unless they are in your class. Being involved just makes for a better high school experience overall."

What are you plans after high school?

"I will be going to Iowa State University to major in agriculture business. I'm not sure what I'll minor in yet, but my options are communications, public relations, or event planning."

"It's an awesome campus. I love Iowa State. I went on a tour there last year and I fell in love with the campus. It's far enough away from home that you feel independent, but it's close enough that you can come back and visit your family and friends."

What advice do you have for underclassmen?

"Stay involved in activities. Don't freak out when you think you have too much going on. It's more fun to stay involved than not do anything at all. Do your homework. It helps. A lot. Don't be afraid to push and challenge yourself in classes."

Do you have any mentors or people you look up to?

"The adult figures that are part of the organizations I'm involved in as well as my mom. I look up to my mom a lot, as well as Karen Daniels. She was my math teacher the last two years and now she is the NHS advisor, so I get to talk to her a lot."

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

"It's really funny watching people's reactions when I tell them I can play the piano. I taught myself some songs. I took lessons for almost a year, but it just got to the point where I was so busy, I didn't have enough time to practice. "

How do you manage your time?

"I have an agenda so I write down all of the homework I have, I make sure I know when all of my meetings are. I try to balance homework and work ahead in case something comes up."



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