ASMS Senior Madeleine Dotson Wins Youth Merit Award

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ASMS senior Madeleine Dotson is not your average student. Leading the Key Club and TSA, serving as co-captain of the Speech and Debate team, editor for the yearbook, representing ASMS as an Ambassador, and being an Azalea Trail Maid for the City of Mobile, Dotson also makes time for her community. March 21, 2019 Dotson was presented with the Youth Merit Award from the Rotary Club of Mobile, in recognition for her outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership and service.

“Madeleine has been an outstanding student, both in and out of the classroom,” says Development Director Dr. Samantha Church. “Most notable is her insatiable quest for learning. Madeleine was selected by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth to study Arabic in Morocco, a language she has learned mostly on her own!”

Dotson’s commitment is commendable within the Mobile Community and also within the ASMS community, so much so, she has been named a Stamps Scholar on behalf of the Stamps Foundation and the University of Mississippi and been accepted to the Arabic Flagship Program and Croft Institute at the University of Mississippi.

“I never really understood what it meant to be involved in your community before coming to ASMS. However, through my work with Key Club and as an Azalea Trail Maid, I have volunteered and traveled all across Mobile County and met the varieties of sub-communities within Mobile. I’ve learned how to build relationships with those around me, and I know these are important skills I can use both abroad and in college.”

“Madeleine is one of the finest students to have ever attended ASMS,” says ASMS Interim President Dr. John Hoyle. “Not only is she a brilliant and driven student, but she’s also an amazing community member.”

The Rotary Club of Mobile is one of the oldest and largest Rotary Clubs in the world. Founded in 1914 with only 34 members, only 9 years after Rotary was born, the club has almost 300 members today. Each school year, the Mobile Rotary Club presents a Youth Merit Award to one senior from each area high school during their weekly lunch meetings.

“I am so honored to have been awarded the Youth Merit Award. The Rotary Club of Mobile has done so many amazing things for the community, and I am so honored to be thought of so highly by this amazing group of community leaders.”

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