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Academic All-Star: Richland's Madison Vance

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RICHLAND, WA - Richland High School senior Madison Vance spends her afternoons rolling out perfect strikes down the lanes. 

"It's really all about focusing. It's really a mind game because if you're down then your games off. If you're relaxed in the zone and your heads clear you'll bowl fine," Vance said.

Vance found a love for the sport of bowling during her freshman year. She even helped get the team started at Richland.  "They didn't have bowling club freshman year so we petitioned to get a girls bowling team where I found out I'm pretty good at this," Vance said.

"We started when she was just a freshman and she's been really great and she's been really supportive of the team and been there when I needed her," said Jason Bare, Richland High's bowling coach.

Since then, the team as grown together.  They even won the Mid-Columbia Conference championship last season.  "Most of the girls on the team I grew up with through elementary school and middle school so they're friends that I've had a long time," Vance added.

Next year, Vance will attend Washington State University, where she will study to become a veterinarian.  "The way they work with animals and treat them like humans, that really spoke to me," Vance said. 

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