Madison LandersTrinity Christian AcademyCalhoun CountyMadison writes that “I come from a small town 20 minutes outside of Anniston; I was born and raised in Calhoun County and my life is far from “usual” and after many years I can honestly say that through everything, I’m thankful for each event because it made me stronger, independent and a better person”.Madison is the product of multi-generational so called dysfunctional families. Addictions, drugs, divorce, abuse and sickness were constant unwelcomed guest in her home following her and her family members. Just when things would get better another stumbling block would be thrown into her life.Madison’s application weaves a tapestry of her life tying together all the many different people who came and went. There were some good, some bad and those who tried help her along the way.Madison has always persevered and worked hard maintaining multiple jobs at some points in her life while balancing school and activities.She has volunteered with the Salvation Army, spent time playing games, singing and sharing walks with the elderly at the Autumn Care Retirement Community. She pulls weeds and does yard work for her elderly neighbors.At school, Madison was voted Most Reliable, received 1st Place in Bible Competition at Academics Fine Arts, 1st Place in cheer competition, Who’s Who Most Outgoing and Best All Round Person. She is Youth Leadership Graduate and served as an Alabama Girl State Representative.Madison’s experiences with the Girl’s State and her part time job working in a law firm have inspired her to pursue a career in law.Madison will be the first in her immediate family to graduate high school and attend college. She says she is “thankful for everyone God has brought across her path and many lessons they have taught her because it’s not blood that makes someone part of your family, it is LOVE.”Madison has chosen to begin her next journey as a prelaw major at the University of Montevallo.