This is the last of our “Standout Grad” profiles featuring outstanding members of the class of 2019.
Mark Morris senior Madison Pond embodies how many people envision a standout high school student.
She captained her soccer and tennis teams, played basketball, was a member of the National Honor Society and DECA and served as vice president of her senior class. And, by the way, she also maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Mark Morris English teacher Ryan Smith, who coached Pond in tennis for two years, said Pond’s work ethic and positive personality helped her balancing all her activities and succeed.
“She definitely stands out. ... She has an extremely good perspective,” Smith said. “She takes things seriously. She wanted to be good at English and tennis, but she was able to have fun. ... That made her an exceptional member of the classroom and the team: That ability to work hard and push herself and still have a good time is what makes her unique.”
Pond also said she felt her ability to balance school, sports and student leadership was one of her biggest accomplishments in high school. Other than friendships, she said, these involvements were what made her time at Mark Morris memorable.
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“(Student leaders) had the ability to plan and organize events that will benefit students,” Pond said. “It’s a unifying experience, to come together and make a result, whether that’s a dance or a game or something else.”
She will enter Brigham Young University in the fall in Provo, Utah. Although she hasn’t decided a major yet, Pond said she is considering business or public health.
“I’d be able to travel ... and improve the living conditions in other places,” Pond said.
Both of Pond’s parents also attended BYU and, although she will be far from home, Pond said she is excited to follow their footsteps to her “dream school.”
Pond’s excitement and energy mirror what Smith said makes her stand out inside and outside of the classroom. Smith cites her “good values” and “exceptional integrity” as the reason why her peers gravitate toward her.
“The world would be a better, happier place if there were more Madison Ponds in it,” Smith said. “She’s definitely not perfect, but she manages to be close to perfect and still human at the same time.”