Meet Maddie, one of the helpful faces behind Safer Badgers. As a member of the UW Spirit Squad, Maddie loves the rush of cheerleading, and the roar at Camp Randall when the Badgers take the field. And in her job as a Health Technician at the COVID-19 testing sites on campus, this senior biology major from Waukesha says she also loves the opportunity to cheerlead on a different field — by essentially acting as a public health ambassador for #UWMadison. “In that way, this job comes with a lot of responsibility, inside and outside of the work setting,” says Maddie, who plans to go to medical school after she graduates this spring. As a testing site Health Technician, Maddie helps students, staff and faculty with their specimen collection — whether that’s a saliva sample at most sites, or a nasal swab. To unwind after a chaotic day, Maddie enjoys painting and writing poetry, and she ran her first half-marathon a little over a year ago. Maddie also looks forward to crossing another finish line of sorts with her fellow Badgers: “I can’t wait for everyone to be able to enjoy a home football game again in Camp Randall! There is nothing like Badger football in the fall and the ambiance that surrounds it.”

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