by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Meet Sydney Madison

student_madison2Sydney Madison has loved growing up in Carlsbad. “I love living in Carlsbad for many reasons. I really like how we have a small town feel where you can run into friends from school or sports all over town,” shared Sydney, who has lived on the same street her whole life and enjoys getting together with her neighbors for block parties and holidays. “It’s the best!” she exclaimed.

Sydney’s commitment to her community is one of the reasons she felt compelled to give back. Four years ago she and her mother, Ann, joined the National Charity League (NCL), a nonprofit group comprised of mother-daughter members whose mission is “to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences.” “My mom encouraged me to join,” recalled Sydney. “I started volunteering with her when I was five years old, so joining the National Charity League felt natural.” Sydney and Ann are members of NCL’s Del Sol chapter. “We have over 300 mother-daughter members and serve over 20 philanthropies,” Sydney stated. When asked to recall her favorite NCL memory, Sydney remembered face painting for children at a Children’s Hospital Foundation event benefiting those affected by childhood cancer. “The kids loved to pick a design and let us paint on them,” shared Sydney. “They were so happy that day.”

Name: Sydney Madison
Community: Carlsbad
Family: Dad – Marc; Mom – Ann; Older brother – Alec. Also my cats Emma and Opal, and my dog Chloe – all rescues
Hobbies: Dancing, babysitting, hanging out with friends, catching up on sleep, and volunteering with animals
Favorite Local Spots: Red’s Beach, Knockout Pizza, and the Batiquitos Lagoon trail

Aside from her work with NCL, Sydney dances about 17 hours a week. “I dance three nights a week at Carlsbad Dance Centre, where I have taken classes since I was three years old,” she explained. Sydney is also participating in her first year on the Xcalibur dance team at Carlsbad High School. “It’s been an amazing experience,” said Sydney, who has danced with the team at school sporting events, showcases, community events, and even Walt Disney World. “The best thing about the team is being able to dance with my best friends and represent my school,” said Sydney.student_madison3

“We have over 300 mother-daughter members and serve over 20 philanthropies.”

As for her future plans, Sydney hopes to attend the University of California Santa Barbara where she would like to major in Marine Biology. “Ideally I would love to take a mission trip to Haiti,” she added. For now, Sydney will continue to stay committed to dancing and giving back. “I love the feeling after I volunteer knowing I made a difference in the life of another,” shared Sydney. 