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Extraordinary Girl – Madison Jung

Madison Jung, 12, recently finished her Girl Scout Silver Award project — Fit Track 2012— with her best friend Madison Lynn. The project may ring a bell with TBP readers because her best friend was our February Extraordinary Girl. As the saying goes, birds of a feather; and the two Madisons are definitely helping each other reach for the stars.

What makes you happy? Why?

I really enjoy playing softball, camping, going to amusement parks, dirt bike riding, going to the beach, having sleepovers, going out on our boat and doing fun things like that with my friends and family.

Who is your biggest inspiration or role model? Why?

My biggest role model is my Aunt Kerry. She is very athletic and pushes herself to do everything to the best of her ability. She competes in skiing, biking, running, canoeing and dragon boat races. She’s a high school P.E. teacher and is fun to be around. She makes everyone feel good about themselves, tells really funny stories and always has a positive attitude.

What is your favorite thing to do with your family?

My favorite thing to do with my family is going on cruises.

What advice do you have for girls your age?

Be who you are because you shouldn’t change yourself for anyone.

What do you think kids can do to make a difference in their community?

They can lead others by picking up trash if they see it just lying on the street. There is also recycling at home and in the community. Communities look so much nicer when trash is where it should be.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I want to play college softball. I’m not sure what I want to be when I grow up, probably something involving kids.

What is your favorite way to relax?

Hanging out with my friends, camping or listening to music.

What do you think is important to do for your community? Why?

It’s important to do projects that benefit the people in your community because it could help you gain leadership skills such as talking in front of large groups of adults and working with business people. At the same time, you’re doing everyone in your community a favor.

If you could change the world in one way, what would it be?

I would change it so that everybody had food. In America it’s not that big of a deal, and we take food for granted. But in other countries it’s a huge problem. About 6 million children starve each year, and that fact is really disturbing to me.

How long have you been in Girl Scouts?

I’ve been in Girl Scouts for four years (since fourth grade).

What does Girl Scouts mean to you?

To me, Girl Scouts means doing good things for your community and other people while having fun with your friends and other Girl Scouts. We go camping no matter what the temperature is and have a blast. It helps you come a lot closer with your friends. We do archery, rock wall climbing, zip lining, horseback riding and canoeing. Sometimes, the best part is just hanging out in the cabin.

Tell us about your Girl Scout community service project, favorite experience, etc.

My favorite experience was going to Savannah, Georgia with my troop. We stayed in a hotel for a few nights and went all throughout Savannah in the daytime. It was so much fun! One of the things we did was go on a ghost tour in an old hearse. It was supposed to be scary but it was actually pretty funny. Also, we went to a beach at Tybee Island (even though we were in sweatshirts and jeans because it was 40-degree weather) and we took pictures then walked down the beach with a marine biologist who told us about the marine life at the island. After that we looked through Tybee Island’s marine biology center, which was pretty cool. Other things we did were go to Juliette Gordon Lowes’ house, hung out at the hotel, and went to an etiquette dinner.

We completed our Bronze Award project when I was in fourth grade. We planted a flower garden at Steppin’ Stones Farm, which is a home for at-risk teenage girls. To buy all of the items we needed to make the garden, we used cookie money and garage sale money that we earned in the previous year.

Madison Lynn and I recently finished our Girl Scout Silver Award project, Fit Track 2012. We raised $17,000 to install a fitness track at the FishHawk Sports Complex, where we both play travel softball. There are 10 stations on a 1.3 mile long track. It’s open to the public so anybody can use it, and coaches can apply it to practices to train and condition their student athletes. The stations give you a variety of workouts. You can do chin ups, step ups, bench curls, push-ups and bench sits at the stations as well as a cardiovascular workout in between. It’s a great way to work out!

What message do you want to share with other girls and families in West Central Florida?

Being in a social group such as Girl Scouts or a sport is a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to meet new people or get closer with your friends. I was playing softball when I met Maddy Lynn. At school you don’t really get the chance to see people that aren’t in your class so sometimes being in a social group can keep you connected with your old friends while making new friends at the same time.

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