By Rich Palzewic
Madeline Morrissey is a senior at Green Bay Preble High School currently on the track and field team.
She also played volleyball all four years.
In her spare time, Morrissey likes to hang out with family, play cards, watch TV, babysit and do homework.
She plans to attend Marquette University and major in biomedical sciences, with the hopes of becoming an orthopedic sports medicine specialist in the future.
Name: Madeline Morrissey
Nickname: Maddy, Team Mom
School: Green Bay Preble
Sports: Track and field, volleyball
Events: 400-meter dash, 1,600 relay
Parents: Therese and Bill
You are the first senior spotlight for our paper from Green Bay Preble – how does that feel?
“I feel honored and special.”
Speaking of Preble, a person can get lost in there!
“It’s really long. When you’re all the way down at the gym and look down the hallway, you can still see the main office. We have over 2,200 kids here. When you go up by the balcony at passing time, it’s a sea of bodies.”
Can you explain why your nickname is ‘Team Mom?’
“It was an official thing last year for the team, now we nominate for the next year. I like to look after people and help them when I can.”
Tell me about your family.
“I have an older sister named Angela who is a sophomore at UW-Madison and a younger brother named William who is a freshman at Preble. My dad grew up in Chicago and my mom grew up in White Pine, Michigan.”
Do you come from a sports family?
“My sister was involved in show choir and musicals, my brother plays hockey and golfs, my mom did track, volleyball and cheerleading and my dad did swimming, basketball and football.”
How about a track event that you’d like to try?
“Pole vault – I’ve been too scared to try it.”
What would be the hardest track event in your opinion?
“I’m not a competitive distance runner, so I would say the 2-mile.”
What’s it like having Jeff Kline as your track coach?
“He’s really nice and considerate of everyone. He knows the ropes. I’ve never heard anyone say they don’t like him as a coach or a teacher.”
How about a high school sport you wish you would have done?
Do you have a most memorable sports moment?
“For volleyball getting pulled up to varsity as a sophomore when we played Pulaski. It was a tight match that we won.”
What is something about you most people wouldn’t know?
“I sucked my thumb until I was like 10. I had a huge gap between my two front teeth, but I never needed braces – it closed on its own.”
What three words best describe you?
“Smart, caring, happy.”
Besides Wisconsin, what state is your favorite and why?
“Illinois. I was born there and I’m familiar with it. I like Chicago to visit.”
Name a famous person you’d like to have lunch with.
“Ben Carson because he did one of the first neuro-surgeries on conjoined twins connected at the head.”
What would your dream job be?
“I’d want to be an orthopedic surgeon and specialize in repairing ACLs and rotator cuffs.”
How will Madeline Morrissey be remembered at Preble?
“Hopefully as someone who strives to be the best they can be both academically and athletically. Also as a person who inspires people to be the best version of themselves that they can.”
Tent or camper?
Peanuts or sunflowers?
Alaska for nature or Florida for warmth?
“Florida for warmth.”
Strawberries or blueberries?
Spring or fall?
Candy: Kit Kat
Phone app: Snapchat