FHSD Student Spotlight for November – Madison Clifton

Posted on 11/21/2016

Every month during the school year, the Francis Howell School District Board of Education honors the best and brightest that FHSD high schools have to offer by inviting one of them to serve as a student Board representative. For the month of November, Francis Howell North’s Madison Clifton was spotlighted. Her story is one of leadership and generosity.

We talk about her outstanding grades and the number of Advanced Placement (AP), college-level courses she takes, including Psychology and English Literature. We could gush about her involvement at school, especially her work with the DECA club at FHN. And we could talk about her leadership, most significantly her participation in the prestigious and exclusive Missouri Girls State. But what Andy Downs, principal at FHN, notices most about Clifton is her desire to help others.

“Madison is an extraordinary young lady who is very talented academically,” Downs said, “but she truly stands out because of her genuine sense of altruism and her desire to be a knight for others. It is an honor to have her at FHN.”

Clifton is the Vice President of Advocacy for FHN’s DECA group, which is an international marketing club with chapters all over the world. She helps others in this position, whether it be preparing for competitions, planning events, or steering weekly fundraisers to lower costs for members. She even took part in DECA Central Region’s Leadership Conference last November. As a leader of the Knightline dance team at FHN, she motivates and prepares the newer members for competition. And she volunteers every Monday at Barnwell Middle School to mentor and guide the program’s design team. And at Missouri Girls State, she was elected to serve as Senator, where she was one of only five to pass a bill into law.

Clifton’s honors are numerous, serving on National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (for which students must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA in all Math classes). She was also selected for Quill and Scroll, and to be a part of this club, students must be in the top third of their class and have ample achievements in journalism. And she also was honored as a Knight of the Round Table, which is intended to honor students with outstanding character and academic achievements.

Clifton has accomplished so much at FHN, but it is her character that truly shines. She is co-creator of Mission G.I.V.E., which is a service project that helps families in need with care packages at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She also volunteers at the St. Louis Food Bank, works in PTO childcare, assists the FHN main office, and spends her free time entertaining at retirement homes.

Leadership and generosity are the hallmarks of Clifton’s time at FHN, and FHSD is sure there’s more to come.

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