Two students chosen for prestigious award

Taylor Madeiros and Morgan Laptrop

MAYFIELD — Two students from Mayfield Central High School were chosen for the Capital Zone New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Leadership Award, according to a news release.

Morgan Lathrop

Morgan Lathrop was “an easy pick” for her physical education teachers because she embodies all of the qualities of this award, according to the release.

She is a presidential fitness award winner, an honor society member, leads by example and is always ready and willing to help out in both the school and community.

Lathrop is a varsity soccer player and a member of the two-time Western Athletic conference champion softball teams. She is in the top 10 of her graduating class and earned the Wells College Scholarship and 21st Century Leadership Award. She is a key club member and is a volunteer for the local blood drives, the blanket collection event for the humane society, organizes a local roadside cleanup and volunteers at the Bright Futures Learning Center when needed.

But the most significant quality Lathrop exhibts is her character, according to the release.

As a physical education student, she understands that being active should be fun and she is one of those students who spends most of her free time “playing” in the gym.

Lathrop isn’t afraid to try new things, she encourages others with her kind, encouraging demeanor and models a healthy lifestyle both in school and out.

Lathrop is a true representative of the “spirit” of this award and will no doubt continue to develop these qualities throughout her life.

Morgan hopes to continue her education at the Albany College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy Program in the fall.

Taylor Madeiros

An athlete, a leader, and a service-minded, caring young man are the words to describe Taylor Madeiros, according to the release.

Madeiros is a conference champion soccer player, a school record holder in the 4×800 relay for the track team and represents his school as a WAC leadership conference delegate.

He is an Honor Society member, is ranked first in his class, and has earned many academic honors, including the DAR Good Citizen Award, the Rensselaer Medal Scholarship, the Elmira College Key Award, the RIT Computing Award, the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Excellence Award and The Presidential Physical Fitness Award.

He is presently the senior class president, the SPARRK (Character Education Committee) student representative, a Mastermind team member and has held student council officer roles his entire high school career.

But Madeiros’s most impressive attribute is his natural giving spirit. He is a HOBY youth leader and the Area 4 president who represented the region at the World Leadership Seminar in Chicago in 2015 and has performed close to 300 hours of community service in just the last two years.

Every Thanksgiving for the last eight years, Taylor could be found delivering meals to the needy in Fulton County. He volunteers at church and is part of many local volunteer projects such as the annual Bloodmobiles, Santa breakfasts, cemetery clean ups and election night events, according to the release.

Madeiros, along with his family, supports those with bleeding disorders through the Lawrence Madeiros Scholarship Fund in memory of his father who passed away when Madeiros was very young.

Taylor lives a very “intentful” life and embraces all the opportunities he has to serve and become the best person he can be, according to the release.

He is one of the most positive, encouraging students in the school and makes even the least confident classmate feel good when he is around, according to the release.

By Patricia Older

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