Sophomore athlete to speak at MCC graduation

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Amber Madigan

McCOOK, Neb. -- Sophomore Amber Nicole Madigan will address fellow students, staff, faculty, friends and family when she takes the podium Friday as commencement speaker for McCook Community College's commencement ceremony.

Graduation is set for Friday at 10 a.m. at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center where 102 graduates are expected to take part. Attendees with mobility issues are encouraged to use the southeast entrance as pick-up and drop-off points.

For those who can't attend Friday's ceremony the event will be broadcast live-streaming at:

Friday's ceremony will also include musical selections from the McCook Community College Singers under the direction of Tiffany Gapp; other student and faculty recognition including the announcement of the 2015 winner of the Dr. Gene A. Budig Outstanding Faculty Award.

Friday's student commencement speaker Madigan came to MCC in the fall of 2013 on a softball scholarship. She played first base and was a frequent designated hitter for the Indians. In her sophomore year she started 11 games and drove in nine runs with a pair of home runs for the recording-setting Lady Indian squad that went 45-17. She was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and raised in Peyton, Colo. by parents Mark and Tracey Madigan. She graduated from Peyton High School in 2013.

Off the softball field, she has been an active member of Student Senate; has maintained a 4.0 grade point average; is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa national honors society; is a resident assistant in Brooks Hall, and makes time to tutor her peers.

She will graduate Friday with multiple academic honors including; Women's Softball Academic All-Region and Academic All-American, MCC Coaches Award (2013), Female Academic Athlete of the Year (2013), and President's List Honors (2013-2015). She has also completed an Emergency Medical Technician License, started an undergrad research project on terrestrial isopods (rolly-polly's), and played on the 2013-2014 and the 2014-2015 Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Champion MCC Indian softball team.

Madigan will attend Doane College this fall where she will play for the Lady Tigers softball team, serve as a resident assistant, and pursue a bachelor's degree in biology.

Her long term goal is to become a trauma surgeon.

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