Madelyn Majewski found herself between the proverbial rock and a hard place at the start of her senior year last fall when the faculty adviser for Lanier Christian Academy’s Beta Club abruptly left the private school.
“I was the only remaining member (in a leadership role) of the Beta Club at that point,” Majewski said.
She had served as vice president of the service organization her junior year, so Majewski knew the ropes.
But she was left with the challenge of recruiting other students to fill important roles, such as vice president, treasurer and secretary, and launching service projects to meet the group’s mission.
“It was a stressful couple of months,” Majewski said.
But she found help in a close friend and fellow senior, Mikayla Henderson.
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Henderson had been a part of the Beta Club her sophomore year.
But she kind of drifted away from the group, Henderson said, after narrowly losing the vote to serve as vice president of the club her junior year.
But Henderson said she was more than happy to step up this year.
“That’s what we’re all about,” Henderson said. “When we’re serving one another, we’re leading one another.”
New elections were held, and this time Henderson was voted vice president, a role she said has brought her out of her shell.
“I’m an introvert naturally,” she added, but it doesn’t show that much”
It’s changed through various school and community projects, such as sponsoring a canned food drive, a work day to help at Eagle Ranch, a residential facility for children in crisis, and a clothing drive to benefit the women’s shelter My Sister’s Place.
Henderson plans to study biomedical engineering, perhaps at Berry College near Rome, and later pursue a master’s degree.
Whatever she does, Henderson said, she wants to always serve her community.
“That’s what I want to spend my life doing,” she added. “It’s my heart for the Lord.”
Majewski, too, said she had gained a newfound confidence in herself, especially after managing about 80 student members and so many service projects.
“I feel very well prepared for anything I might have to tackle,” she said.
Majewski plans to attend Mercer University in Macon and wants to pursue a career in occupational therapy. She has spent part of her senior year at Lanier Christian interning at an occupational therapist’s office in Braselton.
But before she graduates, Majewski said she and Henderson are working hard to train junior leaders to take the helm of the Beta Club next year.
“It’s my way of giving back,” Majewski said.