Age 9, Wisconsin
Favorite Subject: Math
Book: Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling and Lemony Snicket Series
Extracurricular Activities: volleyball, basketball, soccer, and piano
Hobbies: reading, writing, drawing, scrapbooks, singing, and cooking
Madison hopes to be a teacher one day.
In her free time, she likes to work on the computer. She also likes to solve Sudoku puzzles and play with her sisters.
As a Kid Reporter, she wants to learn what it's like to be a real reporter.
"I think reading, writing, and researching are things a kid should like. I do, and that's why I want to be a reporter," she said.
Madison is in the fourth grade in Waterford, Wisconsin. She has two younger sisters.
My Special State: Wisconsin!
By Madison Lindeman
Scholastic Kids Press Corps
I live in the great state of Wisconsin. I live in the small town of Waterford, near Milwaukee. Waterford is a good example of what is special about our state.
We have an absolutely perfect ice cream parlor—Uncle Harry's! It's a great example of our dairy state in action. There are so many dairy farms that produce things like milk, custard, and cheese. All over Waterford, people sell vegetables—especially corn and gourds. Many vegetables are grown here that people all over the country eat.
Lots of famous people came from Wisconsin. One of my favorite authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder, was born in Pepin, Wisconsin. Harry Houdini was born in Appleton. Eric Heiden, who won five gold medals in the Olympics, comes from Madison. Seymour Cray, who invented the super computer, is also from Wisconsin. Plenty of people from Wisconsin do great things.
There are many other cool facts about Wisconsin. I think polka is cool, and it is our state dance. It's no wonder I like the mourning dove, as it is our symbol of peace. The reason our state drink is milk and state domestic animal is the cow must be because we have awesome dairy products.
Wisconsin is named the Badger State after our state animal. I really think it’s cool because our state's name comes from an Ojibwa term that means “a gathering of the waters” or “a place of the beaver.”
In 1848, Wisconsin became the thirteenth state of the U.S. One of the biggest immigrant groups came from Germany.
I think my state is a perfect one. We have wonderful dairy products, grow a lot of foods, and have important people who came from here. Every state has special things, but to me, Wisconsin is the best. I love my state!