Madison Turner is a 17-year- old high school student living in a small village in Northeast New Mexico. She has
maintained a 4.0 while continually taking honors and college courses. Presently she is on track to graduate as
Valedictorian. Madisons achievements include being an educational director, marketing manager, captain of a
state champion cheer squad, National Honors Society member, state level debater, Secretary General for
Model United Nations, and Lieutenant Governor for Key Club. She will jokingly tell you this is all thanks to the
fact that she has a huge brain.
All jokes aside, when she was 15, Madison underwent brain surgery in an attempt to fix this problem. This
issue was due to Chiari Malformation, one of her four rare health conditions. The other three conditions are
Ehlers Danlos, POTS, and Lupus. Working through the challenges of living with these conditions, Madison
developed a desire to be an inspiration and resource for others with similar health disorders, especially
children. She now encourages them to never give up on their dreams despite obstacles within their lives.
Madison enjoys traveling, hiking, and attending her brothers’ baseball games. Ultimately she aspires to create
a non-profit organization called Cruising for Chiari and oversee the Child Life department at a major pediatric
hospital. In the fall, Madison will be attending the Honors College at New Mexico State University.