Madeline Grimes is a 4-year starter for the Mathews Softball Team, and one major reason the Lady Mustangs have earned three consecutive District Titles.
“Adversity is the strongest thing you can learn from playing a sport. Everything is fine when you’re doing well, or your team is winning. But when it starts to get tough and the score is close, that’s when you find out what kind of person you are,” Grimes said.
But softball isn’t the only thing she plays well. She’s played the flute for nine years. Grimes is a four year member of the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has twice performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall with the American High School Honors Performance Series.
“Music really provides, not only a creative outlet, but also an emotional escape…and it really allows me to relax,” she said.
Grimes is also a 4.0 student, ranks first in her class, and has already accepted a full scholarship to Youngstown State, where she will double-major in Public Relations and Music Performance. In fact, she is already taking classes at YSU this year.
“That’s been a really great experience. That’s been one of my best decisions this year. I’ve developed a lot of great connections in the areas I will be studying in. I’ve also met a very diverse group of people that have influenced me in a very positive way,” added Grimes.
As President of the National Honor Society, Grimes has little free time, but manages to give back, with over 100 hours of volunteer service in the community.
“I don’t know, if I’m offered to do something, I usually accept.”