Small-town girl is bound for parents’ alma mater

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Maddison Eborn

Bear Lake High School senior Maddison Eborn’s dream came true when she was accepted to Utah State University.

“Utah State is a legacy in my family,” Eborn said. “It’s my parents’ alma mater.”

Eborn’s affection for the campus started when she was young. Her family had season tickets to the football and basketball games throughout the years.

“I’m looking forward to my next adventure,” Eborn said.

Growing up in the Idaho-Utah boarder town of Montpelier with a population of  2,500, Eborn wanted to experience every aspect of high school and build a large resume. She has practically done it all — senior class president, theater, a member of the dance and cheer team, cross country, track, volleyball, basketball and the president of Future Farmers of America (FFA).

“If there is an activity to be involved in at our school, you can bet Maddison is part of it and probably in charge,” said Kevin Wells, an agricultural science teacher at Bear Lake High School. “She has a natural ability to make friends and knows the importance of not letting school get in the way of her education.”

Bear Lake High School enrolls nearly 300 students with 70 in the senior class.

“Growing up in a small school environment makes me diverse and gives me the opportunity to be a cheerleader at one moment and part of the FFA crowd the next,” Eborn said. “I’ve known the kids in my senior class since kindergarten. We are a close-knit group.”

This summer, Eborn will leave her family, friends and small hometown to study at Utah State University. Eborn is an honors student who owns a 3.8 grade-point average. She hasn’t declared a major but being raised around her father’s Ford dealership opened her eyes to the business world.

“I have learned a lot of valuable business skills though my dad’s business,” Eborn said. “I’m not sure what I will end up doing career wise.”

On top of her leadership roles and school activities, Eborn loves spending time with her friends and hanging out on ‘M’ hill — a place that oversees Montpelier.

“Small-town life doesn’t have a lot of action and you have to be creative when it comes to activities,” Eborn said.

After college, Eborn isn’t sure if she will return to Idaho.

“I am open to where the wind blows me,” Eborn said. “I’m not against going back to a small-town, it has given me a lot of opportunities.”

Fun facts about Maddison Eborn

  • Favorite drink? Raspberry ice tea or Diet Coke 
  • What are the first three songs on your current music playlist? Anything by The Killers or Coldplay 
  • You just got a free plane ticket to go anywhere. Where are you going? I would go to Vermont and visit my older sister. 
  • Three things you can’t live without? Family, my best friends and music
  • Who is your favorite teacher? Bear Lake High School English teacher Tabetha Bissegger and theater teacher Tom Stanley.