The Cleveland Kiwanis Club received a treat recently with a visit from Tennessee Distinguished Young Woman Madison Dochety. The Tullahoma teenager was named the 2019 winner in July at the …
The Cleveland Kiwanis Club received a treat recently with a visit from Tennessee Distinguished Young Woman Madison Dochety.
The Tullahoma teenager was named the 2019 winner in July at the state competition in Dixon Center, on the Lee University campus.
Madison and longtime State Program Director Traci Fant made a brief stop at the Kiwanis luncheon at the Elks Lodge, before a follow-up program a Bradley County's Hopewell Elementary School.
"I began this program in Tullahoma, and then came to Cleveland (for the state event)," she told the Kiwanis members. "It was an awesome week, and I want to thank you (and everyone in Cleveland) for being such awesome hosts."
The reigning Tennessee Distinguished Young Woman said she has not really been that busy, since she was awarded the 2019 crown, but she anticipates it will become very hectic when she begins to visit some of the community programs across the state in the spring.
She also plans to visit a number of schools, school groups and community events.
"I'm already getting excited about attending the 62nd National Program next summer in Mobile, Ala.," she told the Kiwanians.
The national competition is scheduled for June 27-29.
Madison said she has also been able to spend some time with her close friend, Kennedy Street. Street is also from Tullahoma, and was selected first alternate in the state competition here in Cleveland.
Although she has not been too busy thus far, there have been some changes and honors coming the teen's way over the past three months.
The Tullahoma mayor and aldermen recognized Madison by declaring Sept. 24 "Madison Dochety Day" in the Middle Tennessee community.
The big change has to do with her future education, and was a major delight for her parents.
Madison had planned to attend the University of Tennessee, and study for a career in biomedical engineering.
That career path continues, but the start has changed locations. Following a visit to the Mississippi State campus in Starksville, Miss., she now wants to be a Bulldog.
"I just fell in love with the campus," she said.
Her parents, Chelsy and John Dochety, are Mississippi State alumni, and were happy to hear the news.
"Mom was estatic, and Dad was jumping up and down," she said.
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