“Through their generosity, J.L. Weigand, Jr. and the Weigand Trustees have created a welcoming community that fosters personal and intellectual growth. I am honored to join such a prestigious group of individuals. J.L. Weigand, Jr. is someone I want to emulate by serving my fellow citizens.”


Madeline Rogers Kenkel

Washburn University
Weigand Scholar: 2010

Hometown:
Overland Park, KS

Education:
B.B.A., with a Concentration in Marketing, Minor in Psychology, Benedictine College, 2009

  • Class Valedictorian, summa cum laude, 4.0 GPA
  • Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Award 2009
  • Discovery Scholar 2009
  • Winner of the William G. McGowan Business Scholarship 2008-2009
  • School of Business Outstanding Marketing Student 2008-2009
  • NAIA Champions of Character Award 2008
  • HAAC Commissioner’s Scholarship Award 2008-2009
  • Varsity Soccer Academic Excellence Award 2005-2008
  • Top Paper for Legal Analysis Research & Writing II
  • Bro Bono Honors
  • Business and Transactional Law Certificate
  • Top Four Oralist in the Moot Court Lester M. Goodell Intramural Competition

J.D., Washburn University School of Law, 2012

Involvement with various campus organizations and hands on activities has always been important to Maddy. While maintaining a perfect grade point average at Benedictine College, Maddy was a member of the Benedictine Varsity Soccer team. Her senior year she was honored as a team captain. In addition, she served as a Secretary, on the Executive Board, and as a Vice President during her three years as a member in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). In 2009 her SIFE team was a regional champion and competed at the national conference. While actively involved with the Student International Business Council, Maddy was elected as the Director of Internships.

Maddy has volunteered with campus activities such as Medical Lodge, assisting senior citizens in a local nursing home, and Hunger Coalition, making sack lunches weekly for those in need. However, the community service activities that have made the greatest impact on her life are the four mission trips she has served on to Mississippi, the inner city of Chicago, West Virginia, and Belize.

During law school, Maddy held positions as a Moot Court Secretary, a Senior Editor on the Family Law Quarterly, and a Board Member in Equal Justice Works. Through her involvement in Equal Justice Works, Maddy volunteered for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. While interning in Washburn’s Small Business & Nonprofit Transactional Law Clinic, Maddy provided business and legal assistance to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that could not afford to hire legal counsel.

Prior to law school, Maddy interned for the Hearing Office Chief Administrative Law Judge Debra Bice working in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review for the Social Security Administration. During the summer after her first year at Washburn, Maddy secured an internship with Judge Vano in the Johnson County District Court. After her second year of law school, Maddy worked as a summer associate at Triplett, Woolf & Garretson, LLC. Throughout her final semester of law school, she served as an instructor at Emporia State University where she taught Introduction to Law.

Following graduation, Maddy was  employed as a Seasonal Recruiter for the Washburn University School of Law.  Following the recruitment season, she accepted a position with the Topeka firm of Woner, Glenn, Reeder & Girard, P.A.  She then worked for the Kansas Court of Appeals, and was the Instructor of Business Law at Benedictine College.  


“Kansas really is the “heart” of America. It is the birthplace of great people such as Amelia Earheart, who empowered women worldwide. This is my home and I am excited to be able to give back to the community through my work ethic and love for the state.”