SHERIDAN — Congratulations to Madelyn “Maddy” Estes, this week’s Summit Award winner. Estes is a senior at Sheridan High School with a cumulative GPA of 3.92. She has been a member of the Honor Society, received an academic letter for three consecutive years and has been in honor choir for three out of her four years at SHS. She also sung the national anthem at one of the sporting events.

Estes played for the Lady Broncs soccer team her entire high school career and served as junior varsity team captain. She also participated in indoor track her sophomore through senior years. Estes shared her thoughts on SHS’s athletic program and how it opens one up for new friendships and leadership opportunities.

“The time commitment is well worth it because of the coaches and the advanced chances that Sheridan’s athletic program provides,” she said.

During indoor track her junior year she went to the Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho, where an average of 2,000 athletes compete from 10 different states. Athletes also travel from as far as Canada and Australia.

Estes volunteered her time as a football student trainer senior year, shadowing Joanne Goss who is on hand to assess any injuries. Estes’ role was to tape up the athletes before practice and help ensure they stayed well hydrated.

Last semester, Estes did an internship at Derma Bella with owner and aesthetician Lynn Loe. Estes learned various massaging and facial techniques and a lot about skincare from Loe and also the ups and downs that come with running a privately owned business.

“I gained knowledge, but I also had a lot of fun and it gave me a good look at the career I had in mind for after high school, “ Estes said.

Volunteering is very important to Estes, along with her faith.

“I think people can learn a lot from volunteering and mature from it too,” she said.

Estes has been in the Y Disciple Youth group at Holy Name Catholic Church and a helper in the Soup Kitchen for the past four years. During her sophomore and junior years, she was active in her church choir. Additionally, Estes has helped out at the Legacy Pregnancy Center for the past three years and currently works part-time at Real Deals.

Michael Thomas was nominated by Estes to receive the “Outstanding Teacher” award. She credited him for “being a very dedicated teacher.”

“I could tell he loved to educate his students,” Estes said. “And he always went out of his way to make sure we were succeeding.”

Thomas feels a similar appreciation for Estes after having her in his American government class last year. He describes her as a “motivated young lady who is very goal oriented.” To Thomas, Estes always has a smile on her face and gets along with everyone.

“Maddy is a model student who takes school seriously and wants to do well,” Thomas said. “She has a good work ethic and is easy to have in class. I think very highly of Maddy and I know she will go on to do great things.”

Estes is the daughter of Rick and Julie Estes.

“I come from a family with the two most loving parents and four older brothers all in their twenties,” the high school senior said. “I look up to my parents because of how well they have raised our big family and how much love and support they continue to give to my brothers and I.”

Estes loves to spend time playing with her dog, Theo, or watching a good action movie. After graduation, she intends to attend college and major in biology, possibly going on to medical school to become a dermatologist. Her top college picks include the University of Wyoming or California State, at least for now.