Madeline Downs spent her entire K-12 academic career in the Wake County Public Schools. Passionate about music, she remained involved in band since she learned to play clarinet in 6th grade. She was a section leader her junior year, and led the marching band as drum major her Senior year. She regularly visited the middle school to recruit young clarinet players for the marching band. Madeline also enjoys playing the ukulele, and creates online instructional videos so that viewers worldwide can learn to play. In addition to her involvement in music, Madeline actively participated in outreach programs at her church, St. Francis of Assisi. Her thoughtfulness, curiosity, and maturity enabled her to succeed at Leesville while making a positive difference in her community. Madeline graduated from Leesville with a 4.79 GPA.