BELFAST — Madison Shorey is a busy person, to say the least. The Belfast Area High School senior is dually enrolled at University of Maine, plays field hockey with the high school team and coaches the sport at the field hockey club her dad manages, tutors fellow BAHS students and sometimes kids at Capt. Albert Stevens Elementary School, and works part-time at her mother’s business.

The oldest of four girls, she lives in Belmont, part of a “field hockey family.” Her mother owns a daycare center, where her father also works. In addition, her dad manages Black Bear Elite Field Hockey, which mostly practices at Point Lookout, she said.

She was recently recruited to play field hockey for Converse University in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which gave her a partial scholarship. And, oh, by the way, she also won a Coke Scholarship for $20,000. She applied for this particular scholarship because she liked the emphasis of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation on leadership, academics and community service, she said.

Her guidance counselor, James Davis, said in his 25-year career, he has not seen another student win a Coke scholarship. This year, Madison is the only one in Maine to receive one. He said when he thinks of her, “the word ‘leadership’ comes to mind.”

Madison has already shown the grit and determination that proverbially enables athletes — both famous and obscure — to overcome the odds and come out on top. In her freshman year, she was playing pickup basketball and tore her ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, and doctors said she probably would not be able to play field hockey again. For someone who had played the sport since she was 4 years old, this was hard news to hear.

She worked with physical therapists, her parents and on her own to recover from the injury and was back playing high school field hockey in her junior year. This year, she is captain of the BAHS team, and was also a Miss Maine Field Hockey finalist, which Davis noted is “a big deal.” Madison told The Republican Journal March 23 that the experience of working through her injury to return to the sport she loves had inspired her to become a physical therapist so she can “help people become the best version of themselves.”

As an example of this, she said she made goodie packets for her Belfast teammates for every game this year with motivating quotes inside.

Academically, she is no slouch, either, having been elected to the National Honor Society, in which she serves as treasurer of the BAHS chapter. And when she graduates this year, she will have around 30 college credits, between AP and UMaine courses, most of which she expects to be able to transfer to her chosen school. She has been elected president of her class all four years of high school, Davis said, and is the sort of student who sees a need and jumps in to fill it. “She’s super-positive, which translates to leadership in the classroom as well,” he said.

Madison said she is excited about networking with other Coke Scholars, past and present, and has already heard from a few previous winners. There will be a virtual conference for this year’s scholars to share ideas for change and support each other. “I’m always looking to be better at the things I do,” she said.

She was playing in a club field hockey game out of state when the Converse University coach saw her, and the coach’s friendliness made Madison decide to visit the school. When she went to the Converse campus, she was won over by the welcoming atmosphere and the fact that the school, while it is growing, has a “small-school vibe.” She plans to double-major in sports management and psychology with a pre-physical therapy concentration.

Eventually, Madison dreams of opening a nonprofit that would help young people overcome financial challenges to take part in sports and would offer academic help as needed, too. She said she is grateful to her parents and teachers for supporting her thus far.