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20 Questions with Madison Reeder

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Where were you born and where did you go to school?

I was born in Oxford, Alabama and went to Oxford City Schools.

Congratulations on graduating and being honored as the class salutatorian! How did you do it?

Thank you! A lot of people are academically gifted, but I am not. I had to try hard in school. When I was younger, my dad taught me how to study which helped a lot. Even though not all teachers like memorization, I found using flashcards helpful.

What was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject was physics.

Who were your favorite teachers?

My favorite teachers were Ms. Hammond and Ms. Henderson. I like them because they are excellent motivators and they know how to push their students to perform their best.

What did you enjoy the most about Oxford High School?

This past year, I met with a group of Christian students on Wednesdays. Together, we fellowshipped and got to know each other by bonding through the Lord. I truly enjoyed that.

Did you make any lifelong friendships?

I feel like friendships come and go until you get to 10th grade or so. That’s when you see who you share the same morals and beliefs as. You know–who you “click with.” I made some close friends that are like family to me.

What was the best piece of advice you ever got?

My dad told me that some of the quietest people know the most, and that some of the people that talk the most know the least. He basically said to not overlook the quiet people.

What is one piece of advice you would give to younger students?

I would advise younger students to take their time going through school and enjoy every part of it, without getting ahead of oneself.

We heard you were on the cross-country team. Do you have any fun stories to share?

I ran cross-country from 8th grade until I graduated. I remember running at a meet at Hewitt-Trussville High School and someone stepped on the heel of my shoe so it came off. In cross-country running, we have chips (time trackers) attached to the shoes. A woman had to pick up my shoe and carry it to an area close to the finish line. I ran the remaining race with one shoe and picked up my lost shoe and crossed over the finish line with it. After the race, my dad gave me a big hug and said “this is way better than the first day of deer season.”

What are your interests/hobbies?

I love running–especially at Choccolocco Park–and staying healthy. I am also involved with my church group at First Baptist Church of Oxford. We meet every Sunday and Wednesday. A few days ago, we went to the Oxford House and spent time with the elderly. I find doing things like that enjoyable–just making people feel good and happy!

What are your upcoming plans?

I am interning at First Baptist Church of Oxford this summer and going to the beach with my family and one of my best friends. Then in the fall, I am going to attend Jacksonville State University where I will study to become a nurse.

What is your dream job?

My dream is to work as a pediatric nurse. I would love to get my doctorate and become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. If I could work anywhere I wanted, it would be at Children’s of Alabama or wherever else God calls me.

Who would you like to give a shout-out to?

Jesus Christ.

He helped me get through my senior year. This past year, I have truly learned the purpose of prayer and it has helped me to completely trust and rely on him. I had some big decisions to make and prayed for clarity and for the Lord to show his will. That helped a lot.


What is the best gift you have ever received?

The Bible I received from my grandparents on my 14th birthday. It is the same kind that my great grandmother had.

What do you admire most about your parents?

My parents have always taught me to stay humble and to be frugal. They have taught me the importance of being thankful for what you have, staying strong in your views and faith, and to be respectful of others.

What movie had the greatest ending?

The Guardian. It was a sad ending, but had a great life lesson.

What song instantly put you in a good mood?

Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells.

What is your favorite thing to watch on TV?

The Little House on the Prairie and the Andy Griffith Show.

Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?

My mom, dad, and brother.

What is your favorite part about Oxford?

My favorite part about the city is Choccolocco Park. I have watched the sunset from the mound and it is beautiful.

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