The Youth Optimist chosen for March, Madey Heimerl, was nominated by Mrs. Bethany Martinovici. Mrs. Martinovici states that, “Madey is an excellent student with added talents in the arts – many of her projects have been displayed throughout the community. Madey has taken advantage of the Youth Options program through Northcentral Technical College which allows students to take college level courses as high school students. Her success in the program is due to her dedication and hard work. As she experiences college programs she also has the opportunity to earn college credits. Madey is an Ambassador at NTC – serving students and giving tours to groups who are interested in attending NTC in the future.” Mrs. Martinovici also comments that, “as a junior, Madey participated in Link Crew and I was able to observe her leadership skills and optimism daily through her work as a strong support to freshman. She was always patient, non-judgmental, helpful and encouraging to all around her. I noticed Madey being sensitive and understanding, and most appreciative of others despite challenges they may have had. I have been impressed with the nature of commitment and positive attitude to all activities she participated in and with the maturity of thought she applies to her daily life.”
During high school, Madey was enrolled in AP Lit & Comp, AP Psychology as well as attending NTC part time. Her senior year she has been taking classes at NTC full time. She is currently on the Dean’s List for her grades and will graduate high school with 31 college credits. She had participated in Link Crew, Youth Apprenticeship, Student Tutor, Octagon Club, Dorinda’s Dance and trap team.
Outside of school, Madey is involved in Youth Ministry, a muralist (assisted in painting Blooming Wishes Mural) and campus Ambassador for NTC.
After graduation, Madey plans to attend UW-Stout majoring in Vocational Rehabilitation and a minor in Psychology. She is the daughter of Amy and Eric Heimerl.