This week we highlight Morgan Scrobel and Samantha Madrzak who are both participating in the 2014 Distinguished Young Woman Program and have similar career goals.
Morgan is the daughter of Brian and Amy Scrobel and big sister to Jack and Maggie. She is looking to pursue a career as an Emergency Medicine Physician. Morgan is involved in Best Buddies, the Golf Team, Fighting against Cooperate Tobacco, Volunteer in the Emergency Room, Church Youth Group, Basketball Coach, Relay for Life, Spanish Honors Society, Link Crew, and Student Council. She will be demonstrating her talents on the piano by performing “Ballade” by Johann Burgmuller. Below is what Morgan would like to share with you about why she decided to participate in the Distinguished Young Woman Program this year:
I decided to sign up for the DYW program because I thought it would be a great way for me to grow as a student and as a member of the community. Participating in Distinguished Young Women is a rather large step out of my comfort zone, but I knew going in, that meant I only had room to grow. I hoped that this opportunity would allow for me to meet and interact with other girls from my class that maybe I wouldn’t normally talk to—which so far it has—and I felt it was a way for me to come closer with my community by volunteering and participating in other local events.
I had a very good friend, Meredith Frey; participate in Distinguished Young Women last year. I had never really considered participating in the program because it totally was not me. She said the experience was something that you can’t pass up though. You are surrounded by girls who are going to always support you and you will meet new people with things in common that you never would have guessed. She spoke so highly of it. When the time came for the informational meeting, I went, just to see what it was like. I walked out smiling. I couldn’t help it! Cathy Sharkey, Eilish, John… everyone made it feel like a big family. Everything we were to go through, we were going to go through together. We were going to bond, connect, and support each other. As a student in high school in this day in age, I think that is a priceless opportunity—I am so glad I took the opportunity I was given. It has been a very fun experience so far!
Like I mentioned, DYW is a huge step out of my “box”. All I want for myself is to come out feeling re-energized about myself, my relationships with others, and what I have ahead of me. I want to build new friendships, find new interests, and have fun! I really just want an experience that I can look back on and say it made me smile, feel better about myself, and make a stronger, more confident me.
Something that people might not know about me; I have a passion for animals. Animals have been a love of mine for as long as I can remember. Whenever an animal is in need, I do everything I can to help it. This past year, my family had a run-in with a cat that seemed to have lost his home (he was following us around outside and sitting by our door at night). Unfortunately, due to my parents’ worries, the cat wasn’t allowed inside. However, I made it a little home outside and spent time with him (maybe against my parents’ desire). Taylor, we named him. We took to the Humane Society where he was put up for adoption. I like to think that he has been happy since his day of adoption.
On a side note—I am not really sure how you can tie these together!! (So sorry! Haha)—Volunteering in the Emergency Room at Community Memorial Hospital over the summer is a blast! I love the energy and rush of the ER. Everyone is working together to establish plans on how they can be successful with each patient. My jobs include stocking cabinets, cleaning rooms, and my personal favorite, assisting the nurses. I learned so much and cannot wait for it to start up again this summer!
Next we introduce you to Samantha Madrzak. Samantha is the daughter to Michael and Pamela Madrzak and sibling to Emily, Thomas, and William. Big sister Emily was a participant in the 2012 Menomonee Falls Distinguished Young Woman Program and won the Self Expression category and was chosen by her follow contestants for the Spirit Award. Samantha looks to pursue a career in nursing. Her school activities are gymnastics, pole vault, and plays the violin in the school orchestra. She will be performing a gymnastics routing for her talent. Below is why she decided to participate in this year’s program:
I decided to sign up for DYW because I viewed it as a great opportunity. I plan to gain friendships, self confidence, and experience talking in public. I did not know DYW existed until my sister Emily Madrzak participated in it in the 2012 program. When I saw her perform I knew it was something I would really enjoy being a part of. Some things I would like people to know about me are, I am a varsity gymnast for the Menomonee Falls/ Germantown gymnastics team, and I am also a varsity pole vaulter. I feel my personality is very giving. I thrive off of making other people happy. I have three siblings Emily (18), Thomas (13) and William (10) I also have three foster siblings Benjamin (3) Christian (2) Sammy (1).
Just a reminder to everyone the program is right around the corner on Saturday, February 16th and will take place at Menomonee Falls High School Auditorium at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the door. We encourage any past participants in any of the Junior Miss programs or Distinguished Young Women program from around to attend this years program and cheer on all the contestants. Good luck to Morgan and Samantha.