As the most outstanding student in AP US History, AP Biolog, AP Accelerated Chemistry and many others, Moses holds herself to a high standard. Her numerous endeavors in cheerleading, tennis, soccer and the Future Business Leaders of America club at Mayfield High School have only enhanced her experience.
Madeline Moses, daughter of Marty and Donna Moses, is the Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week. Each Monday, the Sun features a different MCU Teen of the Week selected from nominees that high school guidance counselors throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois submit to the Sun. Mid-Continent University will provide each Teen of the Week with a $2,500 annual scholarship to its university, which is renewable for four years. In the spring, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners and will receive a full four-year scholarship to Mid-Continent University, currently valued at up to $55,000, or a cash reward of $2,500 paid through the Paducah Sun if the student selects another college to attend.
She's not one that is easily categorized. She's a farmer's daughter with some field experience of her own. She's an athlete, a straight-A student, a Christian and a leader. On top of all that, Moses is a high school teenager dealing with all the stresses of preparing for college. Though she's not made her decision yet, her post as captain of the soccer and cheerleading teams, work experience and personal motivation have opened her options.
Her leadership has been an engrained for quite a while. Moses said there was never a lot of pressure from those looking up to her, because she learned early to act with integrity.
"They always say character is what you do when no one else is looking," she said. "I'm always looking. There's always someone there to see you. I feel like, it's not to do things to please people, but to do things that would make people proud no matter who sees you."
Moses has looked up to her sister, now a student at the University of Louisville, for guidance through the challenges of the past four years. Her parents and grandparents are a constant outlet for support as well.
Her work experience is dynamic. While nannying for a family of six one summer, Moses would also do farm work for her dad.
"It's different atmospheres," Moses said. "I feel like the farming gives you the ability to be the Indian when there's a bigger chief. Being the babysitter, I was in charge. They're contrasting roles that will one day be in my life as a worker."
Kara Dowdy, junior English teacher at Mayfield High School, called Moses an all-around student, saying she is a hard-worker with a positive attitude that inspires others. She'll take her work ethic and strong time management skills with her as she pursues a career in pharmacy. Moses has been accepted to Murray State University, University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.
Moses has often been asked if there is anything she doesn't do. Yes, she said. She doesn't play basketball and, she's not confident she could play any sport involving a bat. She does, however keep herself busy with the activities she has mastered.
"I try and use my abilities, the talents that God gave me," Moses said. "I don't want to waste anything. I want to use everything I can."