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Yates Center Senior Madelynn Collins took the time to visit with us about some of her favorite memories of high school as well as plans for playing at the next level.
Madelynn is a “diamond in the rough” when it comes to her achievements. From the town of Yates Center, a population of just over 1,300, Madelynn is one of the more decorated student-athletes in the region on the playing basketball, volleyball, and softball as well as in the classroom as well.
We appreciate Madelynn for taking time out to speak with us and share some of her accomplishments as well as plans going into the 2020-2021 college athletic season and beyond.
SEK-Sports.com: What are your favorite memories during that time and what are your expectations for your senior year?
Madelynn Collins: My expectations for senior year consisted of being a leader for the underclassmen in academics and athletics, volunteering within my community, and as Student Council President, I wanted to bring some new projects, activities, and ideas to the high school to allow the students and teachers to have some new experiences. I, like many other athletes, had high hopes to make it to state-level competitions. I was especially hopeful for this achievement in softball. I worked throughout the fall and winter on different pitches to help lower my ERA, and I worked on my batting to be prepared for what opposing pitchers may throw to me at the plate. I planned on continuing my hard work in the classroom by maintaining my 4.0 and becoming Valedictorian. I was also looking forward to prom, senior trip, and graduation. Some of my favorite memories from high school are the Snake and the burning of the dummy during football season; these are traditions at Yates Center that are still very popular. I also have many great memories from bus rides to and from games. My personal favorite was when we stopped at a gas station and one of my guy friends was practicing parkour in his crocs in the parking lot where he eventually ate it. This year, I also really enjoyed board game, movie, and tailgating night at the 5th quarters.
SEK: What are some of your interests and hobbies away from school?
MC: I grew up in a very active family that enjoys being outside whenever the weather permits. I enjoy playing all sports, volleyball, basketball, and softball being my personal favorites, but I especially enjoy volunteering within my community’s recreation sports programs to help kids within my community. I also love being outdoors and doing activities such as canoeing, walking, or paddle boarding. I enjoy reading and playing board games or cards with my family and boyfriend.
SEK: Who is your favorite athlete? Favorite sports team? Favorite music group/singer?
MC: Taran Alvelo and Matty Moss are two of my favorite athletes to watch because of their energy. They are both softball pitchers who have some really good junk pitches, and they both make it extremely obvious how much they love the game. My favorite sports teams would have to be K-State and the Kansas City Royals. My favorite music group is the X Ambassadors.
SEK: Who are the people you look up to?
MC: I look up to my parents in both a personal and athletic manner. My father, Jason, and my mother, Abbie, both went on to play sports at a collegiate level and have pushed both my siblings and me to challenge ourselves in any sort of competition. They are firm believers in the fact that sports can teach life lessons and build character, and over the last 18 years of my life, I can say that sports have taught me a lot about the type of person I want to be. That being said, watching how my parents support me, as well as their work ethic has shown me how far resilience, compassion, and hard-work can get you in life, and I hope to carry and demonstrate these characteristics now and in my future. Witnessing their experiences and life lessons has allowed me to become the athlete, student, and person I am today, and for that I am extremely grateful.
SEK: What are your plans after graduating?
MC: This fall I will be attending Allen Community College to play softball. Allen is close to home and will allow me to build my fundamentals while playing competitively. Allen has a great atmosphere and great coaches, and I can’t wait to attend for the next two years! While there, I plan to complete an Associate’s Degree in Psychology. After these two years, I hope to continue playing softball at a four year university where I can continue my education to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Following this schooling, I plan to apply to a Master’s of Occupational Therapy Program at either Missouri State University or Rockhurst University.
SEK: Finally, what is a fun fact about you that people may or may not know?
MC: I am very much an extrovert and enjoy talking to people, but I especially enjoy getting to go to the local nursing home and talk to the residents there. The therapy team at the Yates Center Health & Rehab facility has allowed me to shadow their occupational therapist assistant there, and I have really loved going out there and hearing stories while the residents are doing their workouts or playing games. So, I guess my fun fact would be that I love visiting the nursing home to visit with the residents.
- Kansas Honor Scholar
- Principal Honor Roll: 2016-2020
- Girls State Representative: 2019
- Girls State Supreme Court Justice: 2019
- Three Rivers League 2nd Team All-League in Volleyball: 2019
- Grassland Honorable Mention for Volleyball: 2019
- All-Academic 1st Team Honors for Volleyball: 2017-2020
- Wildcat Winter Classic All-Academic Team(basketball): 2019 & 2020
- Wildcat Winter Classic All-Tournament Team(basketball): 2020
- Wilson County Classic All-Academic Team(basketball): 2019 & 2020
- Wilson County Classic All-Tournament Team(basketball): 2020
- Three Rivers League 2nd Team in Basketball: 2018
- Three Rivers League Honorable Mention in Basketball: 2019
- Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-State Academic: 2019
- Three Rivers League 1st Team in Basketball: 2020
- Sports in Kansas All-Area 2nd Team in Basketball: 2020
- Topeka Capital Journal All-State Honorable Mention in Basketball: 2020
- Wichita Eagle All-State Honorable Mention in Basketball: 2020
- SEK Sports All-State Honorable Mention in Basketball: 2020
- Sports in Kansas Stat Leaderboard (points) in Basketball: 2020
- 5th All-Time Scorer in Yates Center High School Girls’ Basketball
- Hold Record for Most 3-Pointers Made in a Game for Yates Center High School Girls’ Basketball
- Hold Record for Most 3-Pointers Made in a Season Yates Center High School Girls’ Basketball
- Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-State Academic: 2020
- Three Rivers League 1st Team in Softball: 2017 & 2018
- Unanimous Three Rivers League 1st Team in Softball: 2019
- Sports in Kansas All-State 2A Honorable Mention for Softball: 2017
- Sports in Kansas All-State 2A Honorable Mention for Softball: 2018
- Kansas Coaches Association All-State 2nd Team for Softball: 2019
- Sports in Kansas All-State 2nd Team for Softball: 2019
- SEK Sports All-State 2nd Team for Softball: 2019
- All-Academic 1st Team Honors for Softball: 2017-2019
School Clubs & Organizations
- High School Varsity Volleyball: 2016-2020
- Team Captain: 2019-2020
- High School Varsity Basketball: 2016-2020
- Team Captain: 2019-2020
- High School Varsity Softball: 2016-2020
- Team Captain 2019-2020
- Foreign Language Club 2016-2019
- Kansas Association for Youth 2016-2020
- Teens Against Underage Drinking and Drugs Representative: 2016-2020
- Vice President of Teens Against Underage Drinking and Drugs: 2019-2020
- Student Body Representative: 2016-2018
- Student Body Treasurer: 2018-2019
- Student Body President: 2019-2020
- National Honors Society Representative: 2018-2020
- National Honors Society Vice President: 2019-2020
- National Art Honor Society Representative: 2017-2020
- Freshman Class President: 2016-2017
- Sophomore Class Vice President: 2017-2018
- Junior Class President: 2018-2019
- Coach and Referee for Recreation Sports: 2016-2020
- First Presbyterian Church
- Member and Active Deacon
- Volunteer for Friends for Life: 2015-present
- Volunteer for Eastern Star/Masons: 2015-present
- Volunteer for American Legion/American Legion Auxiliary: 2019- present