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The Marvelous Maddie McDougall

Even at a young age, Mrs. Emily McDougall knew her daughter was different from other children. Most kids imagined they were princesses or astronauts.  Not Maddie McDougall (‘23).  While playing make-believe, a young Maddie would “pretend that she was a business person or a judge” says Mrs. McDougall. Maddie has always been organized and “very […]

Even at a young age, Mrs. Emily McDougall knew her daughter was different from other children. Most kids imagined they were princesses or astronauts. 

Not Maddie McDougall (‘23)

While playing make-believe, a young Maddie would “pretend that she was a business person or a judge” says Mrs. McDougall. Maddie has always been organized and “very corporate” according to her mother. This mature attitude and determined work ethic is what makes future Maddie destined for great things. 

Great things include being voted by her peers to graciously lead the Christian Brothers High School student body as ASB President for the 2022-2023 school year. If you’ve never had the pleasure of chatting it up with Maddie during the school day or even at all, you may not know just how crowded her jam-packed schedule is. 

“Maddie is my hero” says Mrs. McDougall.

Me too, Mrs. McDougall. Me too. And after understanding a day in the life of Maddie, she’ll be your hero too.

While most students are asleep, myself included, Maddie is awake and working at 6:00 A.M.  Not just one, but multiple morning alarms go off and force Maddie out of her comforting bed every morning. Maddie says she has so many alarms because she might “miss one.” This kind of caution and efficiency plague Maddie’s every move because she has so much to get done. 

That Early Morning ASB Grind. Coffee in hand, of course.

“I will always pick out my outfit the night before so that it takes less time in the morning to get ready,” she says. 

A presidential breakfast consists of “oatmeal with chocolate chips and strawberries or avocado toast” and “coffee with the Trader Joe’s oat milk creamer” — according to Maddie, “it’s the best.”

After breakfast, Maddie finishes getting ready by doing her skincare routine and packing everything she needs for the day. She is out the door by 7:00 A.M. most days and doesn’t get home until late. Many days during the week she has a zero period. One day it might be a Student Council meeting, the next it could be Model United Nations or Wellspring Breakfast Club. Whatever it is though, Maddie gives it her all before the day even starts. 

As ASB President, Maddie plans and leads every student council meeting, which take place before school every Tuesday and most Fridays. She helps the class councils stay on track as everyone plans for the upcoming Homecoming Dance. A lot goes on during these meetings because Homecoming Week and the dance itself require lots of meticulous planning and careful preparation. Everyone has been working hard since this summer for the highly anticipated week, and Maddie wants to emphasize that Homecoming’s success is due to each and every council member. 

“I’m not going to take credit for it,” says the benevolent leader. “I am excited for it, and I know the people on council are dedicated to this and will put in a ton of effort.”

Maddie breaking a leg in The Nutcracker.

After zero period, Maddie heads to A set, where the presidential duties continue. “I TA for [Assistant Dean of Student Life] Mrs. [Cecilia] Powers A set so I get a lot of the logistics done,” she says. Being student body president is a full time job, and during the school day, Maddie must be available to any student or teacher. Maddie says she always has an “extra level of respect because you have been elected by your peers to represent the student body. It’s something that I take pride in.” 

After school, Maddie must leave quickly to get to Deane’s Dance Center in East Sacramento where she spends many hours teaching and learning ballet.

“I teach from 4:15 to 5:45 and then I have a 15 minute break and then I have a class from 6 to 7:30. Then I have rehearsal for a number of different things from 7:30 to 8:30,” Maddie explained. 

Maddie finally gets home around 9:00 P.M. and starts her homework. She has a rigorous course load but still manages to get everything done on time and done well. 

“She doesn’t need me or her dad to tell her to do her work — she just does it,” says Mrs. McDougall.

“I won’t procrastinate till the last minute because that will stress me out,” says Maddie. She does her best to knock any and all homework out first. But after homework, Maddie still requires time to unwind.

Maddie and a spectacular senior cheering as the Falcons battle it out with the Marauders.

“I need time at the end of the day to let loose,” Maddie continues, “I typically go to bed around 12:30 [A.M.]. I need some time to relax so I’ll spend a bit of time on my phone or with my family.” Maddie was hesitant at first to run for ASB President because of the immense workload that accompanies the leadership position, but she felt that putting herself out there in front of the school was just the confidence boost she needed. Maddie says she wanted to prove to herself that she could handle this promotion and be a great leader to “more than just my class but the student body too.”

According to Senior Class Council Officer, AnnaMaria Thomas (‘23), Maddie is “a very dynamic leader — she’s not someone who is only good at one skill, but she can do a lot of things,” adding that “she has taken on this role with a lot of courage.”  

Maddie is an incredible leader and a superstar student, but she is also just like any other CB senior.

“I’m really looking forward to Holy bowl and senior privileges,” Maddie says. She’s looking to savor “moments specific for seniors” and “taking advantage of the moments I am not going to get to have next year.” 

“I love to see her making balance so it’s not just all work,” Mrs. McDougall says. And I’m grateful she has such wonderful friends who allow her to be so balanced.”

For the sake of CB and my own senior year, I am so grateful for Maddie McDougall. I could not imagine anyone else taking on such a tremendous role and handling it with such grace and poise this school year. Her diligent work and expert leadership should not go unnoticed as this school year continues. 

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