STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Meet Madeline Brown, Class of 2023

By January 31, 2020OLMA Headlines

When it came time to choose a high school, OLMA freshman, Madeline Brown was ready to take a chance. “My brother went to St. Augustine Prep, so OLMA was a natural choice, but I was hesitant at first to check it out,” said Madeline. “I was worried about leaving my friends from Clearview Middle School and that I wouldn’t fit in. My brother and other people I knew from OLMA told me that I wouldn’t ‘get it’ until I went and spent the day, so I did. The idea of trying something brand new was scary at first, but I took a chance, and I can honestly say that it was the best decision ever.” 

Madeline agrees that the best way to understand the sisterhood and experience the atmosphere at OLMA is to spend the day. “The friends I’ve made here, and what I’ve been able to do in just the last few months, is awesome,” she said. “I love telling shadows my story because I know many of them come for the first time with some of the same fears I had. All I can say is that everything about this school, the academics, friendships, service, is indescribable.”

As a freshman, Madeline dove right into life at OLMA. In fact, she got involved during the summer as part of the Cheer team. “I hadn’t cheered in years, but decided to give it a try,” said Madeline. “I loved it, and it helped me make new friends before school started.” Madeline describes herself as a lacrosse player and cannot wait to take to the field under Ms. Valore’s leadership this spring. In addition to sports, Madeline is President of her class and service-oriented by nature. 

While many teens spend Saturday mornings sleeping in, Madeline is up early and on her way to Top Sports. “Top Sports is all about teaching kids with disabilities how to play,” she said. “Over the last two years, I’ve taught six different kids ranging in age from 5 to 18 how to play basketball. I love it. They get so excited to see me and can’t wait to show me their tricks. It’s the best. While I’ve only done basketball so far, I’m hoping to help teach baseball and swimming soon.” 

Academically, Madeline is top-notch. “The classes here are challenging and push me,” she said. “I spend a lot more time studying that I used to. The teachers are also willing to help in any way, especially Ms. Coppinger. She genuinely wants to see me succeed.”

There is no doubt about that, nor is there any doubt that you will succeed at whatever you set your mind to doing. We are proud of and so glad that you took that chance. We can’t wait to see what you do next.