The YWCA of Youngstown will honor 27 area high school seniors on Saturday, March 9 at its 19th annual Young Women with Bright Futures Awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn, Boardman.
Each year, the YWCA recognizes young women who have demonstrated a commitment to serving their schools, communities, and families. Senior high school women are selected by their school teachers or administrators for their leadership qualities, academic excellence, creativity and volunteerism.
Those are all qualities that fit Poland High School senior Madeleine Queen, who was nominated for the award. Guidance counselor Judy Volosin said her selection was unanimous.
"I put the nominations out to the teachers and the entire staff," Volosin said. "They all nominated her."
A good part of that nomination was finding a person who met the criteria for the award. Queen fit the bill to a tee. She is involved in the French Club, Science Club, Ski Club, is a member of National Honor Society and Leadership and plays tennis and recreational soccer. She also performs on stage for the Poland Players.
In the Science Club, she serves on the executive committee and takes part in the annual Poland Woods clean up, including pulling mustard weed. She also helps with the Poland High School recycling program.
As part of the Poland Show Choir, she gives her time to entertain residents of several nursing homes.
Outside of school, Queen sings in the Bethel Friends Church choir and every summer serves as a leader in Vacation Bible School, and it doesn't stop there.
"Along with two close friends, I am a member of a band," she said.
The band writes their own music along the line of folk. She said they don't have a name yet, but they enjoy getting together to perform. She said her future plans are to attend Belmont University in Nashville to earn a degree in music business.
As for her nomination, she said she was surprised when Volosin told her.
"I was surprised and was so excited," she said.
On Saturday she will join the county's other 26 young women with bright futures where she will be honored for all she does in life. The event will be chaired by Cryshanna A. Jackson. Meghan Louttit, multimedia producer of the New York Times and former 2004 Bright Futures honoree, will be the keynote speaker for the event.