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Marlow’s Madison Contreras – Editor's Choice Hometown Hero Presented by Dr Pepper

 

After health concerns halted an early basketball career, Madison Contreras elected to stick around the game of basketball, working as a student manager for the Marlow girls’ basketball team.

“When I was cleared to play basketball again, I found that I enjoyed being able to work and support the team from the sidelines,” Contreras said.

Now, as a senior, Contreras is entering her 5th year as the girls’ basketball manager. And she has since been tasked with being the student manager for the Marlow football and baseball teams.

“A senior of one of the coaches reached out to me about being a manager for the football team,” Contreras said. “I took the entire year thinking about it because I wasn’t sure. But I remember on my first day of practice, I didn’t want to leave. And then the next year, the baseball coach approached me about being his manager as well.”

The coaches put a great deal of trust in Contreras to make sure all the details vital to the game outside the white lines are addressed. And Contreras even goes beyond her duties as a student manager, spreading her positivity throughout the Marlow community.

“Madison is one of the top students I have had the pleasure of knowing in my 20-plus year career as an educator and student counselor,” said Marlow Student Counselor Amy Herchock. “She is very kind, sweet, and undoubtedly puts others before herself, which can be very rare in today’s world.”

“Madison is the first to step in and lend a helping hand, which is unmatched” she continued. “And she does all of this while still managing to keep her grades perfect, attending college concurrent classes with her high school course load, and striving toward keeping a positive attitude that is contagious to those around her. She is an exceptional leader for our school and community and a hero to those she has impacted and will continue to impact.”

Contreras is also the president of National Honor Society, involved in student council, and serves as the editor-in-chief for the student newspaper, the MHS Express.

Outside of school, Contreras stays just as busy. Every summer, Contreras volunteers for a leadership organization called LoveWorks, where she serves as a mentor to students to help them make positive life choices, develop leadership skills, and help them learn how to work toward achieving their goals.

Contreras is also heavily involved with Marlow’s local Good Samaritans program, which provides clothing and food to people in need. She is also a part of the canned food drive the school hosts every year to help stock holiday baskets. On top of that, last year, Contreras was involved in a fundraising campaign called Marlow Outlaws Reaching Out to Others (MOROTO) that raised thousands of dollars to donate to the Good Samaritans organization.

“I guess I just have a heart for people and seeing other people smile or tell me that something has impacted them in a great way is a pretty big deal to me,” Contreras said. “I love being able to, whether I know it or not, impact someone’s life. That’s why I also love being a manager because it’s a thankless job most of the time.”

Upon graduation in May, Contreras plans to attend the University of Oklahoma to study health and wellness to become an athletic trainer and eventually work toward being a physical therapist.

As she continues to have a positive impact on those around her, Contreras wants to thank those who have had the same impact on her.

“I have so many,” Contreras said. The list goes on and on. But the football coaches, especially Coach Bailey and Coach Webber, have had a big impact in my life,” Contreras said. “They inspire me daily just to live as much as I can and continue pushing myself past my boundaries.”

“They remind me daily that I’m a light, but to me they’re the light in the room because of the ways that they carry themselves,” she continued. “They have so much respect for all the people around them.”

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