Student Standout: North High senior finds career path through apprenticeship

 Madalynn Warrenfeltz said she hopes to gain an insight into financial planning through her new apprenticeship at Turner Wealth Management in Hagerstown.

A senior at North Hagerstown High School, Madalynn, 17, said when she graduates in 2021, she plans to major in business management, possibly at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

"I think being in the apprenticeship program will open up other options," she said. "I'm also looking at becoming a financial adviser."

The Washington County Public Schools Youth Apprenticeship Program started in 2016 in public school systems in Frederick and Washington counties. After the two-year pilots were finished, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation expanded the program statewide.

Students are placed with approved employers who assign a mentor that provides guidance and on-the-job training. The program provides a unique opportunity for students to earn money while learning a new skill.

Madalynn said her new job at Turner Wealth Management includes scheduling appointments for the company's clients. She works about 20 hours a week.

"Right now, I'm getting trained in the office," she said. "I'm enjoying it. I also have the resources to work from home."

Since her job is part-time, Madalynn has time to devote to her studies.

Madalynn is enrolled in the ESSENCE program at Hagerstown Community College.

The ESSENCE (Early Support for Students Entering College Education) program allows students to earn college credit while still attending high school. Students receive a 25% tuition reduction for their first 12 credits are taken while still in high school and have the opportunity to apply for a Pell Grant and scholarships.

This semester Madalynn is taking macroeconomics at HCC. Next semester, she will study college algebra.

She also volunteers with several organizations in the county, in particular Girls Inc. of Washington County, an organization that empowers girls to succeed. "I've helped out at events," she said.

Madalynn also enjoys spending time outdoors.

"I really like finding new trails to walk, jog and hike," she said. "I like shopping, too."

Madalynn enjoys cuddling her four-legged, furry friends — 13-year-old black Labrador retriever Milo, an 11-year-old Chihuahua, Cocoa, and a 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier, a pitbull mix, Paisley.

Madalynn has one younger sister, 12-year-old Kaylynn. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Thomas Warrenfeltz of Hagerstown.

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