PINCKNEYVILLE – A milk mustache is apparently one of the hottest looks for college-bound kids this summer. Maddy Hawkins, who graduated simultaneously this spring from Pinckneyville High School and Rend Lake College, is ecstatically sporting hers.
Hawkins’ application for the 2008 Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Award contest was recently selected from among a record-breaking 65,000 applications from high school students across the nation. Celebrity/athlete judges Mia Hamm, Michelle Kwan, Tony Hawk, Andy Roddick and Steve Nash helped SAMMY officials decide which 25 of this year’s crop would rise to the top.
According to a release by SAMMY officials, the 25 winners are unsurpassed when it comes to top-notch performance in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
“We are so excited to be able to recognize students like Maddelynn and reward exceptional teens like her who work hard in the classroom and their communities, while staying active and making healthy lifestyle choices, like including milk in their daily routine,” Kurt Graetzer, CEO of the National Milk Mustache “got milk? ®” Campaign, stated in the release.
Hawkins will receive a $7,500 college scholarship and join Kwan and Avery Johnson for an award ceremony and induction into the SAMMY Hall of Fame at The Milk House at Disney’s Wide World of Sports®. In addition, each of the 25 winners will grace the pages of USA Today on June 27 with their very own special-edition Milk Mustache ad.
“I am so excited to be in a Milk Mustache ad and to have won the SAMMY Award,” said Maddelynn. “It really is an honor to be among such an amazing group of students.”
The SAMMY scholarship has awarded hundreds of talented teens with more than $2 million in scholarships over the last 11 years, according to a release.
Astonishingly enough, this is not the first time a SAMMY has been won by a member of the Hawkins family. With her recent achievement, Maddy follows in the footsteps of brother Thad who won the award last year for his accomplishments in athletics and academics.
Maddy’s commitment to academics, athletics and more earned was the reason she earned a spot as one of the 25 SAMMY Award winners. According to a SAMMY release, her noteworthy achievements include receiving the Rend Lake College High Achiever’s scholarship, maintaining a straight-A average in high school and college, and receiving a key to the city of Pinckneyville for making the finals in the Illinois High School Association Cheerleading Championships.
For those who know Hawkins, that only scratches the surface of what she has accomplished before the age of 18. The future St. Louis University School of Medicine student, is the recipient of thousands of dollars in national and local scholarships. Whether it is an award from Coca-Cola, Toyota or SAMMY, or a scholarship from her local community college, her character shines through in them all. She said this one is memorable because it is for her achievements in cheerleading along with academics.
“I really like cheerleading and I think it’s important that people realize all athletes are not the dumb jock cliche,” she said. “I think it is important to promote that many athletes are successful in academics as well as athletics.”
She is truly an inspiration to teens across the country – even in something so basic as drinking your milk.
“I love milk,” she said. “I like chocolate milk, though.”
The $7,500 SAMMY scholarships are given once a year to 25 college-bound high school seniors. For more information on this year’s SAMMY winners, other contests and events, log on to bodybymilk.com. Information and applications for the 2009 SAMMY Award program will also be available on bodybymilk.com this fall.