To whoever is reading this my name is Madeline Heil, however everyone calls me Maddy. Now I didn't start playing volleyball until my school offered it, and that was because one of my bests friend's mother was the coach, and she really wanted the big tall girl on her team. For the majority of my childhood I had my heart set on playing soccer, which was because of my cousin, Tarek, who currently plays for Carlton College. But once I tried volleyball I loved it! Now, my parents did not think I was going to be any good because I had never shown interest in another sport besides soccer, but after seeing me play they learned that I wasn't as horrible as they imagined! Besides playing soccer, I was also a girl scout! So as a child I had a very busy schedule with selling cookies, and I mean lots and lots of cookies. But through both of those I have learned many valuable lessons, like how be a good friend, teammate, and person. Soccer taught me discipline, which has very valuable for me. Each and every spot has a job, once one person stops doing their job everyone else has to cover for them. Which is why, even when you do make a mistake, I learned that doesn't mean to give up, it means be ready next time. And I continued to learn this at my high school, which makes you team your family. All my life I've been a very loud and energetic person, there are times when I really want to relax, but that still does not effect my 'crazy' level. At all of our early morning practices, games, tournaments, etc., the second I hit the court, even if I was sleeping on the bus, I'm the one dancing, singing, and overall, loudest one out there, which at 5 a.m. is a little insane, but it brings the energy that we need to start our day. And I don't ever seem to get tired until we leave. Hopefully one day in the future I will continue to be the alarm clock for my team or family after my high school career ends, but I promise, you'll get to know me fast at 5 a.m.!
Toodles, Madeline Heil