Introducing the New Editor of the KGP NEWS:
Madison Denton (Lourdes University, OH, ’18)
Born and raised in Northwest Ohio, I would describe myself as a family-oriented and down-to-earth young woman. I live with my parents – Richard and Kendra, my younger sister – Reegan, and our puppy – Mazie. I was raised from a young age to appreciate family as we support and help each other grow. As a family, we enjoy vacations camping and off-roading. I also enjoy playing volleyball with friends. I love being around people and making them laugh. As a young adult I have worked to challenge myself and do things outside of my comfort zone. This is especially true as I grew through high school and began my college adventures.
Education has always been important to me, so pursuing my higher education was never a question. When I first began my college experience, it was a rocky transition and I debated if I was cut out for college. I challenged myself through this time and put my nose to the grindstone, so to speak. It was at this time I discovered my passion for business. I decided to transfer to Lourdes University my sophomore year. At the larger university where I enrolled my freshman year, I felt as though I was a number on a class list. At Lourdes University, I felt at home. My professors made me feel important and became mentors to me. My professors went above and beyond my expectations. Of course, they assessed my growth in the classroom, but they also took the initiative to know me on a deeper level. They got to know me as a person outside of my academics and ensured I had the tools to succeed. All of my professors were passionate about their curriculum and motivated me to become a sponge in their classrooms. I graduated summa cum laude with my bachelor of science degree in business administration in May 2018. My biggest take-away from my Catholic education is how to treat people and cultivate lasting relationships. This skill is essential in many facets of our lives. Every person deserves to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Each day I strive to make people feel important and to actively listen to their thoughts, suggestions and concerns. Being heard is so important. Even though I graduated recently, I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and it is not unusual to find me with my nose in a good book.
Currently I work for Midwest Contracting, Inc., a commercial construction company. My day-to-day tasks span across many fields—accounting, project management, estimating and more. Prior to working at Midwest, I had no construction knowledge. They took a chance on me and I seized the opportunity. With their assistance, I have grown to understand every aspect of a project. I have been involved in more than 100 projects ranging from budget builds to multimillion-dollar design builds. I am now helping to redesign and streamline the client experience on Midwest’s website. Outside of working at Midwest, I work with companies to create a custom brand story to utilize in their marketing. I help these companies utilize social media and create eye-catching content to market their services and products.
In addition to being a member of Kappa Gamma Pi, I am a member of Sigma Beta Delta, the business honor society. I am the current editor for the Toledo Chapter of KGP. This has been an incredible chance for me to learn more about the organization and to share with others. I feel strongly about giving back to our local community and the programs that were a part of shaping me. I have served as a volunteer Catholic Youth Organization volleyball coach for the past five years. I am honored that parents entrust their daughters to me; they allow me to teach them not only about the game but about their faith and the world. I know from my high school experience, girls can be extremely vulnerable as they are trying to figure out who they want to be. Our society has unrealistic expectations of how young women should look and act. It is destructive to their self-worth, self-confidence, and limits their views of whom they can be. I know many of my athletes look up to me as an older sister and I make a conscious effort to be a positive role model whether they are around me or not. I want to be a role model for those I know and those I do not as there are always people watching. My biggest priority when working with my athletes is to make sure they understand how important it is to be their own person and stand for what they truly believe in. I make sure I choose my words carefully and talk about topics that are not just surface level. I want them to think for themselves and be able to have a positive impact on those around them. I teach them on a daily basis that your words have impact and you need to choose them wisely. As a team, we create an environment where everyone feels comfortable to learn in a caring, supportive faith community. I am always willing to put the growth of the individual and team ahead of winning a game every time. I challenge each girl to grow as a person and to be honest with herself and others. I want them to be conscious that they have a personal and social responsibility to develop and challenge social norms and expectations.
I was inducted into KGP a little over a year ago and since then I have been an active member in my local chapter. At first, I did not know what to expect, but I fell in love with the organization’s mission statement of faith, service, scholarship and leadership. KGP’s motto is in line with the characteristics and traits I value in people and an organization. Since joining, I have found a real sense of community in my local chapter. I look forward to cultivating relationships with people on the national level and being part of a team working toward a common goal. When I joined my local chapter, I volunteered to be the editor of our newsletter and have found a love for writing and creating. It is a privilege to be considered for the editor position and I am very excited to be a part of the National Board and bring my creativity to the newsletter and other publications.
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