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The Season of Giving

Hey Mohawks! Can you believe how much snow we got yesterday?! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... hopefully this year we will actually have a White Christmas! I don't know about you guys, but Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Maybe it's because I love all the lights, trees, decorations, peppermint, and hot chocolate:) but I think it is also because people really do seem more jolly! They say this is the season of giving and while we should be giving and thoughtful all year around, it is nice to see people spreading extra kindness. For me, I like to make sure I give people a gift that is thoughtful and that I believe they would genuinely like or use and sometimes that can be a struggle. When making a list of all the people I need to get gifts for it can become quite stressful, but I heard a tip on the radio the other day that I want to share with all of you:
Most people are happiest when they get a gift of something they actually want or asked for.
Meaning, yeah that really expensive purse is awesome, but if they asked for a pair of shoes chances are they will be way more thankful and excited if you get them shoes. Don't worry about surprising someone or trying to be extra creative, many times, throughout life, the simple solutions are the best! Try either asking loved ones what they want or need, or pay attention to things they say/do that could hint at the perfect gift! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and stay on the Nice List !! 

REDO Day

Yesterday I got the opportunity to volunteer with some of my fellow senior classmates and friends at our school's REDO Day. REDO Day is a one day event for Freshman that focuses on getting to know each other better and thinking about how we treat each other. Through sharing in small groups about your life, listening to speakers about their own struggles and battles while growing up, and doing many activities showed that EVERYONE is going through something and everyone has a story. I loved volunteering because it was a great reminder for me that what you say and do can really make an impact on someone. The most eye opening activity for me personally was the "cross the line if..." where the leaders would finish the sentence and if it applied to you, you would walk to the other side of the line. Topics included an illness in the family, a parent's death, bullying, being compared to a sibling, being abused, battling depression, and many more. This was powerful because I know I gained more compassion and empathy for many people when I got the chance to see all the terrible things they are going through. Ultimately, this is the type of thing that you can choose to forget as soon as the day ends or it can be a little reminder that pops into your head every time you may want to make a joke or make a rude comeback. We are all human and do mess up, but I hope REDO Day showed the Freshman that they are not alone and they are worthy and hopefully will use the feelings experienced yesterday to be a kinder person. Remember, even something as simple as a smile could make a positive impact in someone's day:) 

Hey Mohawks! I hope everyone had a great break and Thanksgiving! We should all tell our loved ones we appreciate hem more than just on Thanksgiving, but it is a great holiday because it makes people realize how many things we should be thankful for ( and plus all that good food!!). I am thankful for so many things, but my family, friends, and amazing community are definitely at the top of that list. I actually came home from visiting my relatives early so I could go to our playoff game because this team means so much to me! I think the support that the boys got throughout the whole season was incredible and really shows why it is amazing to be a member of the Madison Community. They say all good things must come to an end and although we are all disappointed for the boys that the game didn't go our way, no one is anything but proud of them. When we look back we have to remember how far this team came. No one had even heard of Madison and our boys made the name known. It was an awesome season to get to be a part of for my senior year. I have a lot of bittersweet feelings knowing that I most likely will never get to watch the Mohawks play another game, but I'll always be a fan, even if it is from 8 1/2 hours away. It will always be #goodtobeamohawk !!

My Top TED Talk

Hey all! I'm assuming most people are familiar with or have at least heard of TED Talks, but if you haven't this organization allows people of all ages, careers, and lifestyles to give talks/presentations on a topic important to them. I love TED Talks because they are always inspirational, make me think and reflect, and portray topics in a new and exciting light. I think it is really important to take some time out of your day to learn something new or get to hear a new perspective on something. We should all strive to be constantly learning and TED talks are a source of fun, interesting, and funny stories I always find entertaining. I wanted to share my favorite TED Talk that I got the opportunity of first seeing in Middle School, and still love to this day. Enjoy!
 
 

We have all encountered someone wether at school, work, or on a team that always has a bad reputation, but they have never done anything to you personally. I can think of dozens of people who I love and would love to be friends with, but for some reason others choose to only focus on the negatives about that person. Everyone does, has done, and continues to do hurtful and wrong things, because guess what, we are HUMAN. We all make mistakes, but the single factor in judging a person's character shouldn't be all the bad things someone has done. Instead, ask is this person trying to be a better version of themselves? Are they trying to mend old relationships and take responsibility for their actions? In the end, if you choose to hate all the people who may have done you wrong you will be left with no one. As a society we learn by trial and error and sometimes that includes people's feelings. So, if someone who previously hurt you is trying to be kind and genuine, let them. Don't punish them for changing, be a forgiving person, you will be much happier. 
 
I recently spent some time with someone who made me think about what I just shared with you and who also gave me the quote, "Be kind to unkind people, they need it the most." I 100% believe in this as you never know someone's story. We interact with people all day and if we don't know them very well we automatically judge them based on their appearance and attitude, but most times if you take the time to talk to them you will find they have a reason to be upset. So I dare all of you to take the time to be nice. Everyone has a story and sometimes smiling at someone could be the best thing about their whole day. 
 
Have a great week Mohawks!
-Ana :)
Hey Mohawks! I don't know about you, but I am still recovering from our AMAZING win Friday night. That has to be the best football game I have gotten to go to and being a part of that night was such a special experience. I want to thank our entire community for coming together to support the boys. I talked to a few of them after the game and they said that it was the loudest group of fans they have ever gotten to play for and that it really made a positive impact on the game. I know I personally lost my voice because our student section was cheering the whole game! I couldn't think of a better football season for my senior year and I cannot wait to go to Lakota East this Friday to support the team again. Even if you aren't in high school or don't have any connections to football coming this Friday is about being a Mohawk and supporting a team who continues to make history, so make sure you buy your ticket at the high school this week :) 

5 Things You Should Learn Before You Turn 18

As my eighteenth birthday came and went this week I have thought a lot about both my life next year and reflected on previous years and memories. Although I don't feel any different, I know that being eighteen is just a small hint of the years to come. Here is a small list of things I think everyone should learn before they turn eighteen:
 
1. Do what makes you happy, even if it isn't what is easy or expected.
2. You really only need one true friend, but make as many friends as possible.
3. No one or anything can replace your family.
4. You never know what is going on in someone else's life and a smile can go a long way.
5. We all have dreams and you never actually fail until you stop trying to chase them.
 
Life is short, it goes by quickly. So don't let the little things in life turn into the big things. If there is anything I have realized so far senior year it is that this is my last real year with my family, friends, and a relatively care-free life. While that makes me sad sometimes I have also learned that next year is just going to be the start of a new adventure. There will always be new friends to make and new things to try. No matter what stage of life you are in, make the most out of today and everyday. As they say, "You've never lived this day before and you never will again."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Well Mohawks, I just applied to Saint Joseph's University and I couldn't be happier! I applied early decision, which basically means Saint Joes is my #1 and only school I am applying for. I know how stressful picking a college to apply for is, let alone writing the essay, getting recommendation letters, and listing all the tons of activities you have been a part of the past four years is. It was a lot of work, but I did it! As many of you know, I am committed to play D1 soccer at Saint Joes, so knowing junior year where I was going to attend college helped make this process a little easier. For those still trying to decide where to apply here are a few questions I tried to answer when narrowing down my options:
1. Do they have my major or a program that will prepare me for my future career goal?
2. What is the campus like? Do I think it is pretty and would be a place I would enjoy being at?
3. Does the location have what I am looking for in terms of stuff to do, malls, food, etc.?
4. Is it a good distance from home? Will I be too homesick or if I wanted to come home for the weekend would I be able too?
5. Is the campus/population size overwhelming or does it feel manageable? 
I hope this helps and everyone has a great week!

SENIOR NIGHT

Hey Mohawks! I hope evryone’s weekend is off to a great start after our win against Dixie yesterday! I wanted to share a video Amy Hudek made using videos from last night’s game. For those of us that are seniors this video is filled with mixed emotions. With last night being senior night it makes us think about how everything we know and are familiar with is ending, but it also lets us remember the fun and memorable moments we have had the past four years. Football games have been one of my favorite parts of high school, not just because it is fun to watch, but because you get to cheer with your best friends, community, and support your school. So, if you are underclassmen make sure you don’t miss out on going to games or being involved, because trust me you’ll miss them. Hope you guys enjoy the video all credit goes to Amy!:)
Hey Mohawks! In honor of my favorite season I wanted to try out a few fall recipes:) I made mini pumpkin pies, chocolate and caramel covered apple slices and pumpkin bread. They all turned out great... here are the recipes:
 
My family and I also went to the Renaissance festival, which I would definitely recommend going to! Hope everyone has a great week ! Look out for my next blog and don’t forget to hit the apple!

HOMECOMING 2017: a week in review

Hey Mohawks! I hope everyone is rested after such a crazy week and weekend! I had a blast this past week and I wanted to share some of my highlights with you! Aside from just being on court I am very thankful to be this year’s Homecoming Queen along with King Levi Wilson! Thanks to everyone who voted for me and congratulated me! Enjoy the video:)

Applications, Scholarships, and College, Oh My!

Hey Mohawks! It has been a crazy week as a Senior Intern. As you probably know Homecoming week is upon us and we are working hard to make the annual homecoming court video. I am also very honored and excited to be on homecoming court again this year! Just a reminder that tonight's football game is Jersey night at Oakwood and make sure you don't forget to show your school spirit this weekend at hallway decorating! Check out my last blog see all the themes for homecoming week :)
 
So now let's talk about the point of my blog this week: College. This may seem like a topic just for seniors, but really it is something all high schoolers should give some thought too. I am lucky to know where I am going to college because of athletics, but that is not the case for most people and just like everyone else I still have to fill out an application and find scholarships. This is a really stressful time for a lot of seniors as many deadlines are quickly approaching. Regardless of if you know where you want to go or not I want to share some tips, ideas, and helpful websites to make this whole college thing a little less stressful:
 
1. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges - The website US News and World Report has been an extremely helpful resource to me in my college search. It has college ranking for national, regional, and for different majors. You can always look up a college and see information such as application dates, about the area, dorms, social life, and more. You can also make an account and save different schools to make it easier to compare and contrast them.
 
2. https://myscholly.com/ - This is a free website called Scholly that allows you to fill out a survey of your interests and activities, clubs, or sports you participate in, then gives you a list of scholarships that match those interests. This is a great tool because it gives you tons of scholarships with their deadlines, amounts, and information all in one place. You also create a goal of how much money you would like to earn in scholarships then you can save scholarships that you would like to work on the future. Every time you save a scholarship the website adds up the amount to show you how much money you could receive if you filled out all of them. Overall, it makes it so much easier to find and apply for scholarships. 
 
3. MAKE A LIST - I have found that when deciding between a few schools making a list of them and ranking certain factors about the school can help you choose. For example, ranking each school 1-5 on the campus, location, tuition, major, academics, and housing can help you have a concrete way to differentiate and compare and contrast between a few schools you really like.
 
4. GO ON A VISIT - It is easy to fall into the trap of having a "dream" school that you have always wanted to go to and not opening yourself up to any other possibilities. You have to balance that dream with making sure it is actually the best fit for you. An awesome way to figure this out is to go on a visit. You may think the campus is beautiful in pictures then get there and think that it is entirely too big, or you may visit a school that you didn't have a ton of interest in and fall in love with it. Visits are great to show you want you don't like about a college as well as what you do like and it can make it easier to look for certain things in the future. Visits are also good because you get to talk to admissions counselors, get a tour, meet students, and get an overall feeling of the atmosphere around the campus. 
 
5. DON'T PROCRASTINATE! - It can be so easy to push college to the side and let school, work, football games, and friends take the wheel, but you can't let that happen. There are strict deadlines when applying to college as well as for scholarships and if you miss the deadline you are many times out of luck. November 1 is an early action deadline for many schools and that is only about a month away. Crazy right. Even if you think you want to apply later, some schools require early applications in order to be considered for certain scholarships. So, make sure you look up the dates of any possible school you are thinking of applying too. If you have a long list then I would recommend filling out the common application because you can send that to all those schools at once. On first glance the common app is super long, but most of it is filling out routine information. If you just sit down for a few hours and bust it out it will relieve a lot of stress and you will have one less thing to worry about. 
 
I know that seems like a ton of information, but don't be overwhelmed! Senior year is supposed to be fun and a time to making some final memories, so make sure you to do just that! Try setting aside half an hour a day to work on applications, it won't seem like that much but it will pay off. If you get this stuff done early you won't have to worry about it later:) Good luck!
 

Hawaiian night student section
Hey Mohawks! It is Friday again which means another blog, yay! Tonight is also a big football game against the Shawnee Arrows and just a reminder that it is Hawaiian night in the student section! It is supposed to be warm and sunny so perfect weather for a luau! Tonight's game is Staff Appreciation night because Madison really does have some of the best staff and they deserve to be acknowledged! The senior experience team has been helping out with plans for tonight and there are TONS of awesome giveaways for all teachers in attendance! As promised I wanted to give you all a layout of events for the rest of September because there is a bunch to do especially with Homecoming right around the corner! Hope to see you all at the game, have a great weekend! 
 
Sunday, September 24th :
  • Spirit Hallway Decorating Contest - 1-3 pm
Monday, September 25th :
  • Wacky Socks and Hat Day - Spirit Week
Tuesday, September 26th :
  • Team Spirit/Jersey Day - Spirit Week
Wednesday, September 27th :
  • America Day - Spirit Week
Thursday, September 28th :
  • Crazy/Powderpuff Shirt Day - Spirit Week
  • Homecoming Parade - 6-7 pm
  • Powderpuff Games - 7-10 pm
    • (gate opens at 6:30 pm)
      Stadium - Admission - $3.00/Students, $5.00/Adults
      7:00 pm - Freshmen vs Juniors
      7:30 pm - Sophomores vs Seniors
      8:00 pm - Championship Game
Friday, September 29th :
  • Red and White Day - Spirit Week
  • Homecoming Game Agenda
    • 5:30 pm - Court Pictures
      5:45 pm - Pre-Game Line-up
      6:00 pm - Pre-game (Homecoming Court/Band around Track)
      6:30 pm - Crowning of Homecoming King/Queen
      7:00 pm - Game
Saturday, September 30th :
  • Homecoming Dance - 8-11pm
 
P.S. Enjoy these Flashback Friday pictures from last year's Hawaiian night! :)
Football game student section
Hey Mohawks! Hard to believe the first week of September is already coming to an end. This week was packed with events, some highlights include the girls soccer team defeating Carlisle 4-0, boys soccer team beating Carlisle 3-0 and Milton Union 2-1, girls tennis beating Dixie, boys and girls cross-country winning the Northridge invitational, and volleyball beating Carlisle! Friday night our school and community came together to wear "Hearts for Houston" shirts to help support Hurricane relief. Although the football team lost a hard fought battle to Valley View they all played their hearts out and we are all ready to come back with a win against Shawnee this week! As a student section leader, I want to remind everyone of the themes for our football games (see picture above), this Friday is Hawaiian night! I expect to see lots of Hawaiian shirts, sunglasses, leis, beachballs, and most importantly school spirit! It may not seem important, but the boys love when they can hear us cheering and as an athlete I know how much easier it is to play hard when you can hear your fans. It can sometimes make the difference in a big game. It doesn't matter if you are a freshman or a senior if you are in the student section you better be loud and proud because it is #goodtobeamohawk!!!!!! Look for my next blog later this week to see all the awesome events coming up, and don't forget to click the apple!
 Hey Mohawks! Well, it is Friday night which means a couple things... first another week of school done, and of course Friday night football! Tonight we are going to #beatmonroe! Even though it is cold and rainy I know our awesome fans will still be out there supporting the boys! Since it is still early on in the year I wanted to give some tips for younger students that I have learned/lived by during my three years of high school.
          1. Get Active! No, I don't mean just go out for a run or play a sport, I'm talking about getting active with clubs, extracurricular activities and school events. Believe it or not there are so many options out there for every person. Being an active member of the Madison community is fun and (it's not too early) looks awesome on college and scholarship applications later on. Plus, you make so many friends that you would have never known previously!
         2. Make Friends. As someone who came to Madison freshman year I know it can be intimidating to see so many new people, but even if you already have a friend group I promise your life will be better the more variety of friends you have. Friends change, that's just a fact of life, but having friends with different interests than you gives you new perspectives and can push your limits to try new things.
          3. Just Do It! High school is the perfect time to try that sport for the first time, go talk to that person, or do something completely crazy, within limits of course :). If you spend this time worrying about what others will think you will miss out on so much. You can't please everyone, but the people who are meant to be in your life will love you no matter what. So I challenge YOU to go for that thing you've always wanted to but never known how or were scared, take that chance!
 
So fellow classmates and community members no matter what your age I think we can all learn something and improve our lives everyday, in better words, "In the end we only regret the chances we didn't take". I hope to see you all at the game tonight, have a safe and fun holiday weekend!