On Madeline Blaney’s last day of eighth grade at Immanuel Lutheran School, she cried with her other classmates while singing the Immanuel song with Mr. Ickstadt. After spending kindergarten through eighth grade at Immanuel Lutheran, Madeline went on to Valparaiso High School. Throughout her four years, she kept her Immanuel friends close while also making new ones. Her focus in academics throughout high school led her to graduate with Academic Honors in the top 10% of her class.
“While my school work was my top priority, the theater and choir departments at Valparaiso High School and community theaters made my experience great. Transitioning to high school choir from Immanuel was effortless. I was completely prepared to become Vice President, along with fellow Immanuel student Carli Meihofer, in the high school’s top competitive concert choir and become a member of the exclusive show choir. I went on to become the only freshman to letter in Choir and my senior year I won Most Active Member,” said Madeline.
Madeline has a true passion for theater. She went one to star as Frenchy in “Grease!” and Wednesday Addams in “The Addams Family”. “In community theater, I was able to star as in “Tammy” as the title role. Throughout her time in theater she was supported by her old friends and teachers at Immanuel. There was always a member of the congregation in the audience to see me perform” said Madeline.
Madeline also participated in a total-immersion study abroad trip in Chile while in high school. She lived with a host family and attend school. “I could speak no English, and could only talk to my parents once a week. It was the first time I had truly been away from home for more than a week, and it was the most difficult, yet rewarding, experiences of my life. I walked away almost fluent in Spanish and more independent than I knew possible” said Madeline.
Recently, Madeline was offered the opportunity to become a legislative intern in the Indiana House of Representatives. As an intern she was able to experience and participate in the entire democratic process of Indiana while also meeting the state’s leaders such as Governor Holcomb.
Madeline currently attends Loyola University in Chicago. She is a double major in Political Science and Spanish Literature, a member of the Interdisciplinary Honors College, President of Order of Omega and serves as on a board of her sorority as well as a Member at Large. In her spare time, she is a student Ambassador for the Undergraduate admissions office, giving tours daily to prospective students of Loyola. “I love these tours because I get to boast the benefits of attending a small, Christian school. These positions have opened many doors throughout my college experience. For example, I was sponsored to go on a leadership retreat to Washington DC to represent my sorority over winter break and this summer I am interning at a Michigan Senator’s district office” said Madeline.
After graduating from Loyola, Madeline plans on attending law school to further her passion and involvement in government. “Looking back, it is clear that I could not have accomplished what I have without my Immanuel experience. The teachers, my peers, and the church congregation supported me from the beginning. At Immanuel, I was never lost in the shuffle, and neither were my classmates. I was given to the opportunity to develop a confidence in myself that many children do not get the opportunity to have.” said Madeline.
Congratulations, Madeline. We are proud of you and will always be there to support you!