Written by Jenna Stilling
PCA Journalism Student
Maddie Jeffery ‘22 has been selected to participate in the University of Alabama’s Capstone Leadership Academy (CLA) later this spring at the Hotel Capstone, located in the heart of campus. Every year, the CLA welcomes just 100 sophomores from across the state, and this year, Maddie has been invited to attend this prestigious conference.
Students are nominated by their school counselor, then selected by the university’s Honors College and Capstone Council. CLA offers sophomores a chance to further develop their leadership abilities during the two-day conference through a variety of speakers, group activities, and a service project. Students return to their schools with the tools needed to make a difference in their communities.
Maddie, a key contributor in PCA’s Division B Science Olympiad team’s success during its 2018-2019 season, and one of the top female runners on PCA’s cross country team this past season, was “completely taken aback” and shocked when she received the invitation. “I am extremely excited to have this opportunity and honor,” Maddie said. “PCA and my family have raised me as a strong leader. Through all of the opportunities and activities they give us to learn and succeed, I have been able to become the person I am today. I am independent, a hard-worker, and a servant of the Lord. What more could anyone ask for?”
“Maddie takes the initiative without being asked,” said Patrica Dean, PCA’s upper school guidance counselor. During PCA’s homecoming tailgating event earlier this school year, Maddie took charge of the organization and communication within her grade and helped her fellow classmates finish their tent.”
“I love serving others,” she explained. “I believe that everybody has a voice and deserves to be heard, so I always try to include people. I always strive for the top and do my best, [and] I enjoy seeing others succeed, even when I fail.”
“I’m so proud to be able to represent PCA, especially since it has been about six years since we were last represented,” she added. “The activities and lectures will hopefully help me to become a better leader, and I can’t wait to meet people who have similar values. No fear or apprehensions in sight!”