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Get to Know the Students Demand Action Advisory Board: Madeleine Ahmadi

Madeleine Ahmadi is a sophomore at Essex High School in Essex Junction, Vermont. She founded the Essex High School Students Demand Action group and works with students across Vermont to advocate for common sense gun laws. When she is not taking part in gun violence prevention work, she is watching University of Vermont (UVM) basketball games and spending time with her family. Madeleine is passionate about growing Students Demand Action to be the most inclusive and powerful movement that it can be. 

Get to know Maddie even more in her Q&A!


Name: Maddie Ahmadi
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Age: 16
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Location: Essex Junction, VT
School: Essex High School

What do you hope to pursue after you graduate?

I hope to be a broadcast journalist!

Why is gun violence prevention important to you?

Gun violence prevention is important to me because of the unacceptable reality that 100 Americans are shot and killed with a gun every single day. I believe that with common-sense gun legislation and advocating for change, we can begin to create safer communities around the country.

What are you most proud of working on as a Students Demand Action volunteer?

I am most proud of holding the first ever Student Advocacy Day back in March 2020.

What public figure or social justice icon do you most admire?

Definitely Sophia Bush! I love that she isn’t afraid to talk about challenging topics and she uses her platform to create positive change.

If you could only eat one food for a year, what would you pick?

Frozen yogurt 100%

What do you do for self care?

I watch The Bachelor with my mom 😬

What motivates you to keep going?

The amazing Students Demand Action leaders from across the country motivate me to keep going. They are always full of energy and new ideas. They push me to keep working harder.

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