by LINDA FRABL | photos by Jessica Breaux

Breaking Barriers

Maddy Hensley has a can-do attitude that should make girls everywhere proud. Has she joined the JV flag football team? Check. How about displaying incredible IT computer skills? Check. Do her high aspirations include eventually landing a job at Google? Check.

As a girl who refuses to be underestimated, Maddy professed, “People may think that since I play flag football I am just into sports only, but everyone is surprised to find out that I am actually extremely nerdy! I am pretty good on the computer and am known to always assist anyone who needs technical help. I enjoy computer programming, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, and I’m definitely a Pokémon fanatic!”

student_hansley1A sixth grader at Double Peak K-8 School, Maddy adores her learning environment because, as she explained, “There are so many unique opportunities in technology there!” She continued, “I love history because we get to learn about really interesting topics like ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt, and I love music/band because I get to play the trumpet, which is super fun!”

As if Maddy wasn’t involved in enough, she also devotes a large chunk of time towards helping the needy during the holidays. She volunteers for Operation Homefront, assembling holiday meals and gifts for military families. Maddy also volunteers for Roses for Seniors, delivering roses to lonely senior citizens on Christmas Eve. In addition, Maddy has cleaned up beaches and gathered holiday toys through her involvement with Adventure Princesses, a YMCA father/daughter bonding program.

But perhaps Maddy’s most notable good deed to date was when she held a kids-themed garage sale in order to raise money for Casa de Amparo, a nonprofit organization that helps abused and neglected children. Maddy recalled, “It was one of the coolest and hardest things I have ever done, and I raised almost $300 which I donated in movie gift cards to the residents.”

To unwind, Maddy hangs out with her friends and plays with her dog, Lolo. Her ultimate dream is to one day work at Google as a Google Doodler. Maddy exclaimed, “For a while now I’ve wanted to work at Google, and the idea of possibly getting there one day is what really drives me to do well at school!” This barrier breaker will undoubtedly tackle any challenge in order to achieve her goals.


Name: Madelyn (Maddy) Song Hensley (11)
School: Double Peak K-8 School
Grade: 6
Parents: Julie and Kyle Hensley
Favorite Place in 92078: Tapioca Express – boba is one of my favorite things in the world!

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