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A Step Above 2018 Madison Choi Forging a unique path in life is not easy, yet Palo Verde High School senior Madison Choi is doing it all the same. An all-around stand out, she’s excelled academically and never shies away from taking a leadership role. She keeps up the pace by not comparing herself to others; rather, she does what she loves and strives to make each day better than the last by learning the lessons and moving forward. One such lesson she holds dear is: “to be grateful and humble for every breath I take, for the people I meet, and for the opportunities I’m given.” With all the moxie she’ll ever need to make her dreams come true, Madison Choi is– A Step Above. G.P.A.: 4.7 Sports/Clubs: • Varsity Golf, 2015-Present • International Baccalaureate Program, 2016-Present; President, 2017-Present • Model UN, 2014-Present; Historian, 2014-2015; Vice President, 2015-2017, President, 2017-Present • Key Club, 2014-Present; Vice President, 2015-2016, President, 2016-2017 • National Honor Society, 2015-Present • Medical Equipment Delivery and Information Center (Founder), 2015-Present • Gift of Music Corps, 2014-Present; Vice President, 2016-2017 • International Club, 2015-2016 • Helping Hands, 2014-2015 • Speech and Debate, 2015-2016 Awards/Community Service: • President’s Volunteer Service Award, 2014-2017 • Scholar Athlete Award NIAA, 2015-Present • Nevada All-State Academic Team, 2015-Present • NHS1st place Community Service Hours, 2016 • Asian Community Development Council Leadership Scholarship, 2017 • LV MUN Conference State/Regional Commendation Award, 2015; Regional Research Award, 2014 • Golden Desert Individual Events Semifinalist, 2015 • Merit and Honor National Forensics League, 2015 • Asian Community Development Council, 2017-Present • Relay for Life, 2016-Present • Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, 2015-Present • Alzheimer’s Association, 2016-Present • Ryan’s Case for Smiles, 2016-Present • American Cancer Society, 2017-Present • Casa de Luz, 2016 • Las Vegas Rescue Mission, 2016 • Faith Lutheran Community Church, 2014-2016; Teacher’s Assistant, 2014-2016 Is there anyone you look up to? “I look up to my grandfather, Young Choi. Although he came from a poor family, he studied hard and graduated from the most prestigious university in Korea. He paved a path for my father and uncle, and because of his legacy, I have the opportunity to live a life of less financial burden and pursue activities of my interest.” What’s your take on notions of ‘perfection’? “Young adults today are often suffocated by the pressure of being ‘perfect’, whether it is physical appearance, social standing, academics, etc. I, too, have felt burdened by this unachievable standard, but I’ve learned that by accepting and loving yourself, your unique characteristics and talents, you can contribute the most to society and take a step toward creating our ideal world.” November/December 2017 What is Ryan’s Case for Smiles and how has participating in it changed your outlook? “The organ- ization consists of a group of wonderful women who teach others in the community how to sew pillowcases. The pillowcases are then distributed to children hospitalized with cancer and other termi- nal diseases. Not only has it been fulfilling to think of the children’s faces, but also to see the joy it brought my fellow volunteers. Ryan’s Case for Smiles has taught me to use my talents, share them, and bring happiness to everyone.” 41