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Rosary senior helps others in and out of school

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Rosary High School senior Maddie Heinen said she loves helping others.

This year, Heinen, of Batavia, was named as a member of Rosary’s Senior Retreat Team.

In that capacity, she helped lead Rosary’s retreats along with helping with Mass and various events for incoming freshmen.

“We try to get the girls to open up to each other,” Heinen said. “Ever since I was a freshman, I have always looked to the SRT girls. I feel really good about being a role model to all the girls in the school.”

Along with her school activities, the 18-year-old volunteers her time working with organizations that help the disabled, including Marklund in Geneva and Hope Wall School in Aurora.

“I really do love helping people,” Heinen said. “I do love to make others happy.”

Rosary guidance counselor Edie Branom said she’s impressed with Heinen’s desire to give back to the community.

“I believe it is Madelyn’s open heart and her great patience that makes her a perfect fit for helping disabled individuals, because she does not see disabled individuals, she sees differently abled individuals,” Branom said.

Heinen’s mom, Melissa, said she knows how passionate her daughter is about helping others.

“She has a passion for people and wanting to help,” she said.

Heinen will attend the University of Iowa this fall, where she has been accepted into the school’s early decision nursing program.

“I like to work with babies,” she said. “I know I want to do something with younger kids.”

Her older brother, Tyler, will be a junior this fall at the University of Iowa.

“It’s going to be nice to have family there,” Heinen said.

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