Senior Spotlight: Madeline Klinger


photo by Scott Klinger

Madeline Klinger has attended the Meridian School District for 12 years.

Madeline Elizabeth Klinger was born on Dec. 12, 2001, at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Il., to Hilare and Scott Klinger. She has one younger sister named Lillian Klinger.

Klinger plans to attend Millikin University to get a BS in chemistry with a biochemistry emphasis and possibly minor in criminal justice or double major with the two of those. She is interested in forensic science in this field because she can help solve crimes but with science. 

Klinger has attended the Meridian School District for 12 years and has participated in drama club for three years, National Honor Society (NHS) for two years,  basketball for two years, scholastic bowl for two years, and soccer for one year. Outside of school, she worked as a lifeguard at the Blue Mound Pool since she was fifteen. 

Klinger looks forward to college, being able to focus on the subjects she is interested in most and is also ready to meet new people. However, she will miss the people she has met and befriended.

Klinger has made many memories at Meridian. Like, the time in primary school when the class got to release monarch butterflies. She also remembers when the class played roadkill and cherry cherry during recess even though everyone got in trouble for it almost every time. Another memory is when Derek McLaughlin was almost injured during a game of matball in study hall. McLaughlin was the pitcher and when he pitched the ball, Trevor Wingard kicked it straight at a sound system that hung above McLaughlin’s head. The sound system then fell from the ceiling, McLaughlin was able to move out of the way right before it could crush him.

“I enjoyed spending the last 12 years of my life with my classmates even though it was cut a little short. I would like to thank them for making me laugh and to quote Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘Hasta la vista, baby,'” Klinger to her fellow classmates said.