“I take school more seriously,” 2015 grad Maddie Baia told career counsellor Pam Storie when she asked how she’d matured since coming to BCSS in Grade 8. But one suspects there was an element of modesty in her response when you consider she has been on the Principal’s Honour Roll (straight As) throughout her time at the school.
Maddie has plans for her life. In the short-term she will work this summer—perhaps at the Greenwood pool, or she might take advantage of the wildland fire training she picked up in the fire suppression course.
She’s applied to attend UBC Okanagan in the fall to work towards a Bachelors of Nursing. Long-term she’d like to go to med school and become a doctor.
Maddie is an active volunteer in her community too. She is a member of the Midway Volunteer Fire Department, a position she says has “taught me to really be responsible.” She has also volunteered at the Rock Creek Fall Fair, Midway snowmobile races and as a canvasser on the Canadian Cancer Society April campaign. She gave back to her school too as a member of BCSS Spirit Club and student council throughout the last five years.
Her favourite thing about BCSS was the sports, “being with all my friends, with my team.” She has excelled in soccer, volleyball and basketball at the school and is a member of the Rock Creek Ladies Fastball team.
Being a doctor has been her dream since Grade 8. Her resume today lists numerous certificates and employment at the Kettle River Museum, Midway Public Library and the Greenwood pool. Given another decade or so and this confident, mature young woman will have added positions in the health care field to the list as well.