Achieving a cumulative GPA of 4.5, Madison Kellum was accepted to both the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Southern California, and ultimately decided to attend UCLA this fall as a political science major. She has her sights set on law school and is considering future work as a civil rights attorney. She is also interested in journalism and how she can combine her communications skills with her passion for political science.
In May 2020, Madison was selected as a semifinalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. She is one of 621 semifinalists chosen from 5,600 candidates for this prestigious academic honor. The U.S. Presidential Scholars recognition is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors by the U.S. Department of Education. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
At ESHS, Madison participated in the Associated Student Body (ASB) all four years and held the office of treasurer each year. She also played two years of Girls Basketball. Outside of school, she is currently president of the Westchester YMCA’s Youth & Government delegation, a program emphasizing leadership and civic involvement. Program participants help strengthen their communities by being active and responsible contributors who are inspired to lead and empowered to create meaningful change. To round out her already impressive resume, Madison completed an internship this year with the City of Los Angeles working with 11th District Councilmember Mike Bonin.
“I have had the most amazing teachers at ESHS who always try to apply what they are teaching to real life experiences,” said Madison when asked how ESHS has prepared her for the future. “They encourage us to think about things in a much broader context and promote discussions among students that help us clarify the bigger picture of a lesson. I like the sense of community at ESHS and how much the teachers truly care. They get to know us on a personal level.”