Maddie is First to Enter into PCDS’ Independent Scientific Study

Maddie is an amazing Upper School student at PCDS.   A top academic and engaged beyond the classroom, she’s the first student to take advantage of an independent scientific study in their new Shin Center for Art, Science & Innovation. 

Q. Tell us about the science program you are about to start at PCDS? 

A. The science program I am starting at PCDS is a team that will compete in the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition yearly. Right now, my independent study is prepping the lab so that we will be fully equipped to compete this upcoming year as well as developing some ideas for the PCDS team as I research. 

Currently, I am genetically modifying yeast to produce a certain enzyme, amylase, in order to break down butyric acid. This project is allowing me the freedom and resources I need to be able to comprehend high-level microbiology and chemistry, and I would not be able to do it without the amazing labs and faculty at Phoenix Country Day School. 

Q. You are also an equestrian rider tell us more about that? How long have you been riding? What is your favorite part about riding? 

A. I’ve loved horses since I was a little girl, but I’ve been riding competitively since I was ten, and I have been competing on the national circuit for three years now. I have accumulated several national and world titles, but my greatest achievement was representing my country on the gold-medal-winning 2015 Young Riders Saddle Seat World Cup Team. I own an amazing horse named My Kind of Lover that I compete with. Honestly my favorite part of riding is the comradery among the people that I ride and compete with. This sport has allowed me to make connections with people all over the country and the world, and it has given me experiences that I will never forget. 

Q. What do you aspire to be when you “grow up?”

A. I hope to be a researcher when I grow up. It’s always been my dream to become a scientist, but in recent years I’ve had the opportunity to tour a handful of laboratories, and I’ve fallen in love. I’m not sure where I’d angle my research, but I’d be happy as long as I’m making a difference. 

Q. Any college plans yet? 

A. So far, I’ve only been on a few college tours, but I’d love to end up in a top-tier school on the East Coast. I plan to major in Chemistry possibly with a minor in biology or biotechnology. 

Q. When you have free time what do you enjoy doing? 

A. My guilty pleasure when I have some free time is watching Food Network. I’m not really sure when or why I began my fascination with cooking shows, but I can’t help but turn on Chopped or Cutthroat Kitchen when I do have some free time on my hands. 

Maddie is a Junior at Phoenix Country Day School.



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