by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Empowering Others

student_coleman2PLUS, which stands for Peer Leaders Uniting Students, is just one of the many important student assistance groups for local student Madison Coleman. Back in her freshman year at Rancho Buena Vista High School, Madison struggled academically and personally. She didn’t feel supported because she didn’t know about the availability of PLUS and peer counseling, which she’s now embraced. “I wanted to join because students should know that you will have obstacles in school and in life, but you don’t have to go through the process alone,” she confirmed. “I also wanted to be a part of peer counseling and PLUS to share my story and use it as an inspiration for others.”

An essential part of Madison’s story is her involvement with the Black Student Union (BSU). A field trip to MiraCosta College during Black History Month last year motivated Madison and other RBV students to found this club, which has become her passion. The club’s mission is to create unity between ethnicities on campus. A deep interest in black history and what she can do to make a difference on campus and in the local community is Madison’s anchor. “I am one of the presidents for BSU and it has taught me how to continue my role in leadership, and it pushes me to spread love and knowledge to others and to the members of BSU.”


Name: Madison Coleman
School: Rancho Buena Vista High School
Parents: Donald and Julie Coleman
Hobbies: Painting and singing, serving others at my church, hanging with my friends, watching old movies and shows, and quality family time
Favorite Places in Vista: 11/12 at North Coast Church


student_coleman3The Adulting Club on the RBV campus and the Joshua Team at her church round out her involvements. Six years of competitive club soccer have taken a back seat this year so Madison can concentrate on her helping endeavors. Painting, singing, and watching old television shows rank as Madison’s greatest hobbies – and her current favorites are Golden Girls and The Andy Griffith Show. She gives thanks to her dad for inspiring her daily to do better and work harder achieving her goals, and she’s grateful to her teachers, friends, family, and church family for their continual support.

“It has taught me how to continue my role in leadership and it pushes me to spread love and knowledge to others…”

From her time in helping other students, “I gain growth as an individual, experience, and getting to know others on a deeper level,” Madison shared. Vista’s student star Madison Coleman has turned helping others into an art form, and plans to continue her education and involvements at a California university, learning communication and ethnic studies.