By Melissa Fili
MethuenLife Writer

High school senior Madalyn Chedakowski certainly is fierce when it comes to speech contests!

For the fourth consecutive year, she will serve as the District 33N (Northeast/North Shore) representative, hailing from the Methuen Lions Club. The final Multiple District 33 competition takes place next month in Falmouth at the 96th annual Lions State Convention. Usually, five district finalists compete for the $1,500 top prize.

“She is a really, really good speaker,” Lions member Dave O’Neil tells MethuenLife. “She’s also the first student in the state to represent a district for all the years they’re eligible.”

While always competitive, Madalyn has yet to come in first at the states.

This year’s theme was, “With Which Historic Figure Would You Like to Speak?” Madalyn’s choice is African-American social activist Harriet Tubman who led fellow slaves to freedom as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad.

Madalyn attends Fellowship Christian Academy in West Methuen and resides in New Hampshire.

The Methuen Lions Club, chartered Oct 23, 1953, is part of Lions Clubs International and is committed to helping the blind and visually impaired, supporting youth initiatives, feeding the hungry and more. The club is looking for new members. Find out more by calling O’Brien at (978) 398-5313.


Madalyn Chedakowski (second from right) is surrounded by her family at the Lions Club’s District 33N competition, which she won last month. Courtesy photo