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Parma High senior brings excellence to field and classroom
June 3, 2019
According to senior Ryan Madison’s speech at the 2019 Parma Senior High School commencement, he “bleeds Parma red and gray” and always has.
“I think I’m going to miss the overall unity that our school has,” Madison said of his time at Parma. “With there being three Parma City Schools, there’s always a little bit of a rivalry. It’s unique with us and the rivalry. We are proud of who we are, and being proud of being Redmen. There’s a lot of school spirit.”
Madison was recently named the school’s 2019 “Mr. Redmen” award winner. “Mr. Redmen” is awarded to one of the top male student-athletes in the senior class, for not only their athletic achievements during their high school career but for embodying the qualities that best represent the “ideal” Redmen student-athlete.
Over the last four years, he has earned 12 varsity letters in three sports - football, wrestling and track. He was the only member of this year’s senior class with this rare achievement. He earned First Team All-Conference honors in football, Second Team All-Conference honors in wrestling and an Honorable Mention in Track and Field during his high school career.
Besides his accolades “on the field”, “off the field” Madison is just as impressive. He was named 12 times to the Great Lakes Conference All-Academic team and was selected by the parents in the Parma Senior High School All-Booster club as their “Scholar-Athlete of the Year”. He was elected by his peers as President of the senior class in 2019 and is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS), Ath-Leaders and Morning Announcements.
Soft-spoken and humble, the co-captain of the football and wrestling teams and team leader for track and field, brought his unique vision of leadership, competitiveness and camaraderie to each facet of his life at the building, especially with Ath-Leaders.
“Not only were we impacting our community by getting out there and volunteering with people, but it has helped make our teams better,” Madison expressed. “It helped establish better leadership strategies and bringing out new leaders within our teams. I think it did a lot of good.”
Competing in varsity athletics over the last four years certainly presented Madison with a number of challenges, along with a number of great memories. One of Madison’s favorite memories was playing his first varsity snap as a freshman on the football team on the offensive line.
“I will never forget the first time I got in was against North Royalton,” Madison reminisced. “I just remember running out there and hearing the marching band and the cheerleaders and seeing the student section. I was just trying to take it all in because I knew it would go by so fast.”
A rare 4 year letter winner in football, he went on to start every varsity game his sophomore, junior and senior seasons after recovering from a serious knee injury that ended his freshmen season early.
In wrestling, Madison admits to having many great memories, including the team’s back-to-back GLC championships during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons and placing at the sectional tournament to qualify twice to the district tournament in the 285lbs. class where has was often undersized.
However, overcoming the challenges that this grueling sport brought during his freshman year certainly stood out.
“The thing I liked about wrestling was how hard it was,” Madison said. “After I went through and survived my freshman year I was like ‘I really did that.’ while recovering from an injury. Just persevering through all the tough times. The glory of getting your hand raised at the end of a match, there is no better feeling.”
Next year, Madison will be attending Capital University, located in Bexley, Ohio. Madison was attracted to the university for many reasons, including the location, education and potential for even more personal growth.
“The coaches are very invested in making sure the players are doing the right things on and off the field,” Madison explained. “They want to make sure that they are not only becoming better football players, but better men along the way.”
At Capital, Madison will study Intervention Education, continuing what he learned in the Career and Technical Teaching Professions class, and from his parents Ryan and Rena, both PCSD teachers.
“With my family, the importance of education has always been stressed,” Madison said. “It’s something that I strive for. The thing I’m more proud of than tying the school varsity letter record, or doing three sports for four years, is being able to get the grades that I had throughout all that time. With groups like NHS and Ath-Leaders, helping people out and making a difference in people’s lives is something I want to take into my career.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Over his four years at Parma Senior High School, Ryan Madison earned 12 varsity letters in three different sports and was also named to 12 Great Lakes Conference All-Academic teams.