Meet Kerianne Pawley and Madeline Heim, Distinguished Young Women Participants

Kerianne Pawley and Madeline Heim are this weeks featured Distinguished Young Women participants.

This week we introduce you to two more participants in this years Distinguished Young Woman Scholarship program, Kerianne Pawley and Madeline Heim.

Kerianne Pawley is the daughter of Jack and Ellen Pawley and sister to Katie, Jacob, and Maryellen. Kerianne is looking to pursue a career in Healthcare Administration or Business and would like to attend UW Madison. She keeps herself busy by being involved in the Falls Busy Beavers 4-H Club, Student Council Executive Board, Wind Symphony and Jazz Big Band, Spanish Honors Society, 1st Grade Religion Class Assistant, and many more activities. She will be performing a trumpet solo in this year program. Here’s what she had to say about why she chose to participate in the Distinguished Young Woman Program:

I've wanted to participate in DYW since I was little and my older sister was in high school. I remember going to watch one of her friends in the program and just loving it. Growing up watching the program really helped me realize the great opportunities Distinguished Young Women provides and the chance it gives to really showcase your best self. There is so much that can be taken away from this program.

My mom really encouraged me to participate. She was excited when I told her I was thinking about participating and thus far has been a huge support the whole time. Also, a few of the participants I talked to from last year said what a wonderful experience they had. Their excitement and love for the program really made me want to be a participant as well.

There are so many opportunities that this program offers. I hope to give back to the community and help others. I believe that participating in DYW will help me in my journey to become my best self. Ultimately, I would love to be a role model for the younger girls in our community. 

I strive to do the best I can in everything I do, and I really enjoy working with children. I am currently the president of the Falls Busy Beavers 4-H club. I have been a member for as long as I remember. 4-H has been a wonderful experience for me full of many opportunities at the county, state, and national level.

In my free time, I love reading, running, travelling, and of course, spending time with my family and friends. I hope to attend UW-Madison for college, which has long been a dream of mine. I am very excited for all the joys and challenges the future will bring as I look forward to the many opportunities ahead of me.


Next we have for you Madeline Heim. Madeline is the daughter of Fred and Carol Heim and big sister to Annaliese (hopefully a future participant). She would like to pursue a career in Fashion Journalism, Editorial Position and is look to attend University of Indiana-Bloomington or UW Madison.  Madeline is the Captain of the Menomonee Falls Varsity Dance Team, is the 2nd chair Alto Saxophone player in Wind Symphony, a Member of German Honor Society, and participates in St. Matthew's youth mission trips. She will be performing a dance routine to “Come On Eileen” by Dexy's Midnight Runners of which I personally am excited to see. How can you not want to get up and dance along with her to that song? Here is what Madeline would like to share with you:

I decided to sign up for the DYW Program because I wanted a chance to experience something new that would allow me to build character, be active in the community and make lasting friendships. I think the program will be a fantastic way to develop more confidence and prepare for my future endeavors while having a lot of fun!

When I was in 7th grade, I participated in the Oratorical Contest through the Optimist Club. Mr. Seymour had mentioned the program and told me not to forget about a wonderful opportunity! Since then, I have looked forward to finally being able to participate in Distinguished Young Women.

From this program, I hope to become more outgoing and learn how to stay true to myself. I also hope to get to know a great group of people and gain new experiences.

I try to always have a positive outlook on life, and it makes me happiest when I can share my joy with other people. I speak my mind and work hard so people take me seriously, but I also know that as a teenager, this is my time to make mistakes and learn from them. I love participating in activities I am passionate about, such as the dance team and various music groups. I always make it a goal to try new things and do my best, so that I can live with no regrets.

Good luck Kerianne and Madeline in this year’s program and we are having a blast getting to know you and all the other young ladies. Stay tuned more to come next week!

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