Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/16/11
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Recent Cheltenham graduate Madison Brunk (midfielder) has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Messiah College.
Brunk was a First Team Suburban One American Conference pick in 2011, helping the Panthers reach the District 1 tournament.
Brunk was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and ranked No. 1 in her class. She serves as co-captain of the lacrosse team and also the Cheltenham swim team.
Brunk, who played club lacrosse for Ultimate Goal, will study Engineering at Messiah.
“The really cool thing about Messiah that I absolutely love about their program is that their entire focus is on service,” Brunk said. “In the engineering program for their senior project, you’re not building a solar car.
“Instead, you’re going to contract with a hospital in Zambia and build what they need – a compressor or a wheel chair or something like that so you’re using your degree to help people instead of making something really, really cool.
A nominee for the prestigious 2011 Dannehower Award, Brunk is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as a tutor. She has taken numerous AP classes as well as dual enrollment classes at Arcadia University and Manor College.
Despite her rigorous schedule, Brunk still finds time to volunteer. One Friday night a month – after preparing the meal the evening before – she travels with the youth group from her church to Logan Circle where they serve a group of homeless men and women.
“You will meet some of the most amazing people in the world there,” Brunk said.
Those who know Brunk best might use that word to describe her as well, but it’s much more than that.
“She’s special,” Cheltenham coach Dave Burton said. “She’s just very unique, very special.
“She’s an exemplary student in every way. Those words get thrown around a lot, and you hate to use them because sometimes they lose their appeal, but it’s true for her. I really can’t say enough about Madi. Everyone loves her.”
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