Congratulations to senior Madeline (Maddie) Crosse for her commitment to join Iowa State University's gymnastics program in the fall of 2021. She formally committed on National Sports Signing Day, last Wednesday, November 11th (signing at Naperville Gymnastics Club).
Maddie, who has carried a passion for gymnastics since she was four years old, is looking forward to her future competing in the Big 12 Conference of NCAA Division I - as a Cyclone! "I really love the sport because it has shaped me into the person I am today through all of the life lessons that gymnastics has taught me," she said. "It teaches you patience, time management, trust, teamwork, confidence, and most importantly, perseverance. The determination to work my hardest everyday is what keeps me going and I love the thrill of learning new things."
At Montini Catholic, Maddie is one busy Bronco - dedicated to her academics as much as her athletics. The honor student was most recently inducted into their National Honor Society (Pope Saint Paul VI Chapter). "I’m so thankful to be a part of the program, as I’ve realized that my hard work has paid off," she said. Maddie also joined the Bronco Golf Team this past fall, her first year as a member of the team. "I really wanted to get involved and have some time for fun." She was one of six girls on the Varsity team and was proud to have helped them make it to Regionals. "It was such a great experience, especially because my dad (alumnus Michael Crosse '87) and grandma (Mrs. Rita Crosse) helped coach this year!"
She is also looking very forward to her academic life at Iowa State and is hoping to major in either Advertising or Marketing (with a minor in Graphic Design) next fall. She considered other colleges, University of Pittsburgh, Texas Woman's University and San Jose' State University, before making her big decision, but was not interested in their walk on options for her freshman year. It was her love for the sport, but additionally her desire to feel 'at home' and to be a part of a vibrant college atmosphere that led her to Iowa State. "I was striving for more," she said, and she found that in her final selection. "When determining if Iowa State was the right choice for me, I took in account the time that we are living in now. With the spread of the coronavirus, many sport seasons were cancelled and many college athletes weren’t able to practice or compete, whether it was their first year or their last. I wanted to choose a school, that if I weren’t able to do gymnastics, I’d still love it for it’s academics, location, and options outside of athletics. When visiting the school, the campus was gorgeous and it was so much more than I had initially expected. I knew that being there just felt right, and the gymnastics team and coaching staff were so welcoming that it already felt like a family."
Maddie's parents, Michael and Deanna Crosse, couldn't be more proud. "They are thrilled I found a great school with an excellent academic reputation and positive, motivating coaches," she said. "Their support and love have been amazing throughout the entire process and I couldn’t be more thankful. And, I am beyond excited to further my education and athletics at such an incredible school. I know that this was the best decision for me academically and athletically, and I cannot wait to compete in college for such a remarkable team. Without the support from family and friends, I wouldn’t be at this point and I am grateful for every moment!"
Being a Bronco for four years has also made a huge impact on her life. "Montini has prepared me for college in every way possible. Throughout my time here, the rigorous curriculum has taught me to practice time management, organizational skills, and efficient yet effective study habits," she said. "Not only has the school taught me how to be a good student, but it has taught me to be a good person as well. Through interactive classes, extracurricular activities, and events outside of school, I’ve come to understand the importance of community, friendships, and interactions with others."
Maddie is also grateful for the people in her life whom she credits with helping to propel her to this exciting stage in her life. "Throughout my years in gymnastics, there have been many important people who have helped me get to this point in my life. My family and friends have been supportive no matter what, and I am so thankful to have each and every one of them. Also, I would not be going through this experience without the help from my parents. They gave up a lot of time for my practices, competitions, and other gymnastics events, and they will always be my inspiration to work hard. As for my teammates and coaches, they push me everyday beyond my comfort zone to work hard and strive to be the best. I have accomplished far more than I ever could have imagined and Montini has given me a stable family environment to lean on. I will be forever grateful to everyone who has encouraged me to be the best version of myself and pushed me to get the most out of my abilities!"
"We are so proud of Maddie," said President Jim Segredo. "There's never a time when I don't see her with a huge smile on her face - she has been a positive asset to our school community! We wish her the best next year - and can't wait to follow her gymnastic and academic careers at Iowa State - and I have no doubt she will represent Montini well!"
Madeline Crosse graduated from St. Pius X Parish School. She is a member of St. Pius X Parish in Lombard.