2019 Lilly Scholar – Madelyn Shelton

Madelyn Shelton
2019 graduate, Scottsburg High School
2023 graduate, Hanover College, with degree in history and secondary education

My senior year was full of new challenges and experiences that have changed my perspective on many aspects of life. In the fall I was able to start my student teaching experience at Jeffersonville High School. I was excited to be able to practice the skills that I had been building in my education courses. My student teaching position resulted in two temporary full-time positions at Parkview Middle School and Jeff High where I taught 7th grade social studies and English respectively. During my spring semester (in addition to teaching full time), I was able to complete my undergraduate thesis for my history degree. My thesis focused on the Homefront in Indiana during the First World War. This was a passion project for me that I spent nearly a year and a half researching and editing. To date, this is the largest project that I have ever completed and I felt very proud of the final product.

Halfway through my spring semester I decided to take a leap of faith and make a career change. In March, I was approached by the Office of Representative Erin Houchin and asked to apply and interview for a position on Representative Houchin’s district staff. Though this was not what I had originally intended to do after graduation, I was very interested in the possibility of serving the public in a new and different capacity. Since late March, I have been completing casework as a Constituent Services Liaison in the Jeffersonville office. I am proud to serve the Hoosiers of the 9th Congressional District and advocate for their needs to our federal agencies.

In May, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hanover College with a double major in History and Secondary Education. While graduation was a bittersweet experience, I am excited for what the future holds and I look forward to growing in my new profession. After a short break, I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a Master’s Degree.”