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Difference Makers: Highland's Maddy Keller

Published June 30, 2013 10:59 pm

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Athletics • Pick a sport at Highland High School, and odds are Maddy Keller participated. She was a four-year member of the Rams' varsity softball team and twice named team captain. "I try to get them to understand how important it is to do well in both school and on the field," Keller, the Rams' senior catcher this season, said earlier this year about her younger teammates. "The correlation between the two builds strong women." Keller also played two varsity seasons of volleyball. She played basketball and was on the diving team. She graduated with a 3.96 GPA and plans to attend Utah State University, where she wants to study biology in hopes of pursuing a career in medicine.

Making a difference • Keller logged more than 300 hours of service during her six years as a member of the National Charity League. As a senior at Highland, she spent time with the Utah Food Bank, delivering boxes of food to families in need, the Road Home, Camp Kostopulos and the National Guard's Operation Homefront. Keller coordinated a philanthropy fair, organizing 21 charities and soliciting volunteers. She also spent time as a teacher's assistant in a school for children with behavioral issues. Perhaps most important to Keller, she traveled to Puerta Penasco, Mexico, where she and 200 Rotary Club students built homes for families in the small Mexican town. She also visited a local elementary school there, bringing hundreds of books to the students.

She says • "I feel like being in Salt Lake, you're a little bit sheltered. To be able to get out of my own world and find there are other people out there besides me that need made me more mature."