Humans of Northwood: Madison Novotny ‘20

I’m known as Novo, a senior who misses her bed, her family, and her obese cat the most when she’s away from home.

Insane is the word I’d use to describe my Northwood career. At Northwood, I did things that I could have never done in Wesley Chapel, Florida, such as hiking. This year, I was also part of the winningest girls’ hockey team that set records that went down in Northwood’s history. I’ll never forget about the friends and memories I made at Northwood that will last a lifetime, my teammates that I spent my ups and downs with, and the unbreakable bonds I formed with the community. My Northwood family has given me moments I’ll cherish forever.

There are many differences between the school where I started my high school career and Northwood in Lake Placid. First, in Florida, there wasn’t a high school team I could play on. So I was on a travel girls’ team, and the girls there were nowhere near as skilled or competitive as Northwood’s girls. Second, the teacher to student ratio is better at Northwood. I feel like I was able to receive a better education and truly learn at Northwood, compared to my previous high school where the education was sub-par. (I like to play golf, so I hope you like my little pun;).)

My time at Northwood has made such an impact on my life that I can’t really think of anything I dislike about Northwood. Honestly, this school was like a vacation but with your parents and your weird uncle invited. Sometimes they’re really weird, and all you want to do is get away from them. But other times you enjoy their company because they are your family.

After I graduate, I’m going to attend Utica College where I’ll play on their hockey team and be part of the school’s DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) Program. But even in and after college, I’ll never forget any of the moments throughout my time at Northwood.

– As told to Aimee Headland ’20

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