Turning 14 this month, Maddie Wilson already has experience as an attorney through Teen Court of Greater Baton Rouge. The diversion program helps teen offenders stay out of the judicial system and lower rates of recidivism. Starting ninth grade at St. Joseph’s Academy, Maddie has been part of Teen Court since fifth grade and was the youngest volunteer attorney.
“I prepare a line of questioning, get to know the defendant and work to get them a constructive sentence that will keep them on the right track,” Maddie says. A licensed attorney serves as the judge, and a jury of teens makes each ruling.
Maddie volunteers for other causes, including weekly service at an assisted living facility as well as hair donations, food drives and toy drives. She has also received many academic honors. “She’s never made a B in her life,” says Gina Wilson, Maddie’s mom. Maddie was recognized by the Duke TIP program and has received writing awards.
As a St. George eighth grader, Maddie was a finalist in the Student of the Year competition, honored for her academics and community service. “We are so proud of the inspiring individual she has become and are certain the Student of the Year process has made her more confident in her abilities,” Gina says.
Maddie says she lives her life by the values from a Theodore Roosevelt quote: “Do what you can with what you have, where you are.”
Gina says Maddie’s huge heart is what really makes her amazing. “She’s been blessed with a lot of abilities and talents, and she recognizes that and does what she can to give those back to others through her community service.”
New Orleans, LA
My precious niece!
Maddie has been a bundle of joy and love since day one. This girl is going places and I'm honored to be her Aunt Nette. Love you big, Maddie Cakes! Keep saving the world as you do in your own way, sweetheart!
Baton Rouge, La. 70816
One Amazing Kid
One Amazing Kid sounds perfect for a title for your article, Maddie Wilson. She sounds like a giving, sweet, loving, generous person always ready to help. You do not see too many teens that are willing to give so much to help the elders, and the homeless and the list goes on. I wish the very best for her future!