“Learning the words obviously helps me write essays and do well in my ELA class, especially when we study word stems,” she said. “It has also helped me be more consistent in studying for other things.”
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Thomas, who wants to be a professor someday, stays involved in her school and community. She is a member of the Tower Heights Science Olympiad team, band and jazz band and volunteers at her church.
Kristen Raisch, Thomas’ ELA teacher for the past three years, is excited to see her compete on the national stage.
“I appreciate many things about Madeline, but the qualities that stand out to me the most are her intellectual curiosity and her internal motivation,” Raisch said. “She is a self-starter that will actively seek out opportunities to challenge herself. Despite her many innate talents, Madeline is also very receptive to feedback. She is not shy about asking for book recommendations or suggestions on how to improve a piece of writing. She is an engaged learner that consistently strives to make her work the best it can be.”