Teen Hall of Fame: Madeline Lundgren, Big Valley Christian

08/07/2013 4:11 PM

08/07/2013 4:13 PM

From volunteering, to outstanding academic achievements, to athletic accomplishments, Madeline Lundgren shined throughout her high school career.

During her four years, she was dedicated to doing her best in all of her school work and took every Advanced Placement class Big Valley Christian had to offer. By maintaining her high GPA, 4.11, she was able to become a CSF Life Member, was recognized with the National Honor Society’s highest honor, received the President’s Gold Award and ultimately was the salutatorian of her class.

Sports played a huge role in Lundgren’s day-to-day lifestyle. She was a team captain of volleyball and basketball and earned the Coach’s Award and MVP from both sports. She also received these same awards in varsity track and field and was first team all-league in long jump, discus, 200m and 400m.

Lundgren was awarded many athletic scholarships, including the ACSI Distinguished Athlete Award, Scholar Athlete and the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section A. Dale Lacky Memorial Scholarship Award. She was also the first girl at her school to receive the “12” Athletic Award for doing three sports every year for four years. Needless to say, Lundgren excelled in the sports she participated in.

She was devoted to giving back to the community. She was a mentor to children by serving during vacation Bible school at different churches in Modesto, participated in Relay for Life, Gleanings for the Hungry and Big Valley Grace’s mission trip in Mexico. She found the mission trip the most rewarding because she was giving back to people in need. “I learned to always be thankful and to never take things for granted,” she said. “So many people that I helped on that trip are unfortunate, and seeing how happy they were with how little they had just made me realize how blessed we are.”

In the fall, Lundgren will be attending Grand Canyon University on the president’s scholarship and is a member of the Honor Institute.

Brooke Anderson/Teens in the Newsroom program

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