It’s not often you see a mayor break into tears.
That’s what happened for Wellington mayor Hans Schneider in a village council meeting July 5, which he ended by congratulating his daughter.
To close the meeting, he read a heartfelt poem and shed tears for Madison, a Wellington High School Class of 2016 graduate now heading to the Air Force.
“Madison has been wanting to do this for years,” he said. “Her brother is in the Air Force and she signed her papers last year. I’m excited for the opportunities in front of her. She’s going into weather technology. Less than a year from now she’s not just going to have a career in the Air Force, she’s also going to have 72 college credits toward her degree.”
The show of emotion earned a standing ovation, during which the Schneider family shared a tight embrace.
The future cadet said she’s looking forward to a new adventure.
“Being on my own and becoming a meteorologist is very cool,” she said. “My test scores were very high in areas that the Air Force thought applied to meteorology, so they called me up and asked if that’s what I wanted to do and I said yes.”
“I’m very proud of her,” said Wendy Schneider. “She’s worked so hard to get to this point and to meet the incredibly strict standards for the Air Force. She’s been determined to reach this goal for a very long time.”
Madison has become a regular at village council meetings in recent years — as much a part of the proceedings as anyone in the room, the mayor said.
“As everyone sees, she’s a constant presence here at council meetings and she will be greatly missed,” he said. “She’s walked a lot of campaign miles with me and been a big help. She constantly engages me in conversation about what goes on here in our village government.”
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Madison Schneider is heading to the Air Force this summer to begin a career in meteorology.