Madeleine Hedrick

The Story of My Life in 100 Words

March 8, 2002, 1:05 am. That’s when I was born. That’s when my story began. When I was little I loved to draw and dance. I was about 7 when my love for reading and writing began. I was devastated at 9 when my cousin and great grandmother died. At the end of 5th grade I moved to State College, Pennsylvania. In 7th grade I realized that I wanted to make the world a more equal place for everyone. In 8th grade I moved back to Arlington Heights. I can’t wait to see where my story takes me next.


Time Outside of Class



My Worries

In 7th grade, the movie Selma came out in theaters. My 7th grade Literacy teacher loved teaching us about the world around us. She loved teaching us about equality and fairness. She was a very passionate teacher. Because of this, she became one of my favorite teachers. I leaned to love equality and civil rights as much as she did. When Selma came out, I was thrilled. I ended up going to the movie theater with her and we watched the movie together. It was so powerful. The song Glory became one of my favorite songs because the lyrics said exactly what I believed in. That is why I love this song so much.



This is me on Friday Night at the football game with me Clarinet in Pep band after half time.

I was not able to take a video of myself doing anything so I took a picture of a story that I am writing instead. I hope this works.


Savannah Hope Swandal was my cousin. She passed away when I was 9. She had a rare children’s cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. Despite this, she always had fun, did her best in school, and made the best of everything.

Savannah Hope Swandal

Jeanne Winifred Nahas was my great grandmother. She played concert piano and organ. She decoded Morse Code in World War 2. She loved reading and persuaded me to love reading as well. She was very fun to be around and she was very smart.

My great grandmother in her military uniform during World War 2

Martin Luther King Jr. Is someone that I deeply admire. He was always kind and did everything he could for those around him. He gave everyone hope for the future. I want to help people the way he helped people.

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Stop waiting for things to happen, go out and make them happen.”~ Unknown author
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