Photo by Jason Stahlberg
QUEEN OF THE LIFTERS—senior Madison Hollingshead poses with her medal at the USAPL High School Nationals in Wisconsin.

Senior queen competes at national powerlifting meet
Two other seniors represent school at state contest

By Mallory Junso, Sidney Kennedy and Madelyn Moravec 

It was a big weekend for senior Madison Hollingshead as she lifted her way to second place in a national powerlifting competition in Wisconsin at about the same time her peers lifted her up as Queen of the Spinsters dance back in Sioux Falls. 

Hollingshead competed in the U.S.A. Powerlifting (USAPL) High School National Championship Meet at the Radisson Hotel in Appleton, Wis., Friday-Sunday, placing second in her weight class with 887 pounds lifted in total. 

She chose to attend the meet, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, despite being nominated for royalty by the senior class at the annual dance sponsored by EmBe at The District. 

She was crowned Queen in absentia Saturday night along with King Carter Munce. 

Hollingshead said it was a learning experience for her. 

“I feel like I could have done better, but it was my first official USAPL meet, and there is always room for improvement,” Hollingshead said. “Waking up the day of the meet to find out I was Spinsters Queen was an awesome way to start the day. Overall, I had a really great weekend.” 

This meet wraps-up an incredible senior season for Hollingshead which resulted in two first place finishes at both the Lincoln and O’Gorman Meets and two second place finishes at both the South Dakota State and National Championship High School Meets. 

“This is an incredible accomplishment considering that all the best high strength athletes in the nation have to qualify before they are even allowed to complete,” coach Jason Stahlberg said. 

It has been a very successful season for the WHS powerlifting team overall, as on March 17, senior Payton Lester and sophomore Macy Skiles competed in the USAPL South Dakota State Meet in Sioux Falls as both lifters won first place in their respective weight classes. 

Stahlberg said he couldn’t be more proud. 

“The success that they achieved on the platform was simply a by-product of hard work and time spent in the weight room,” Stahlberg said. “As a program we are going to miss this special group of seniors.”


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