Every Wednesday, Novato Patch honors a Whiz Kid, a young person who has accomplished something that's worth bragging about — something that makes Novato proud.
This week it’s Courtney Madson, an amazingly accomplished athlete who’s also an excellent student and president of her senior class at Novato High School.
At 114 pounds, she is a wrestling star who captured third place at the first sanctioned California Interscholastic Federation girls wrestling championships last weekend. She was 30-1 this season in her weight class and a four-time North Coast Section champion. Madson is also a four-time All-Marin County Athletic Leaguer in cross country and an MCAL and North Coast Section champion at 800 meters on the track, with three appearances at the California State Championships. Her best time in the 800 is 2 minutes, 18 seconds, and she has done 5:24 in the 1,600.
Her athletic legacy will rank among the best in school history, according to her wrestling coach, Eric Brielmaier: “She’s one of the most successful athletes to come out of Marin County.”
Name: Courtney Madson
School: Novato High School
Great Deed: Courtney Madson is every coach’s dream with a strong level of commitment to her sports with results that speak for themselves.
Key to Awesomeness: In addition to all her fine qualities on and off the mat, Courtney is kind and appreciative of her younger sister, Carissa. Even as plans fall into place for a partial scholarship to the University of Wyoming in the fall, Courtney says this about her time in school with Carissa, a freshman and also stand-out wrestler, “I love that I’ve gotten to be with my sister. We’re in leadership together and it’s been really cool.”
You're cool, Courtney!
Novato Patch seeks suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments. We want to hear about these amazing children and teens and select one or a group each week as the Patch Whiz Kid. E-mail nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.