Alta seventh-grader headed for camp at UC Davis

By: Gloria Beverage, Gold Country News Service
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Madison Roosen, a student at Alta-Dutch Flat Elementary School, has been selected to attend Tech Trek, a one-week science camp for seventh-grade girls being hosted this summer by the American Association of University Women at the University of California, Davis. She was nominated for the prestigious program by Dawn Sibley, a math and science teacher at Alta-Dutch Flat School “Since Madison was in fifth-grade, Mrs. Sibley started telling us about this program,” said Madison’s mother, Erin Fritz. “She couldn’t wait for Madison to reach seventh-grade. She knew she would be an ideal candidate for it.” Madison has a lifelong passion for science, Erin Fritz believes. “She’s interested in everything,” she said. “She is really interested in the world and what is going on around her. She is very observant and curious.” Her interest has most likely been kindled by going to work with her mother, a licensed veterinary technician, and her stepfather, Dr. Ed Fritz, a veterinarian and owner of Colfax Veterinary Clinic. “It’s fascinating,” Madison said. “I like finding out about things and doing science experiments.” As part of the nomination process, Madison’s essay focused on a topic that had a very personal meaning. She wrote about her mother’s battle with Bartonellosis, a disease caused by the Bartonella bacteria, which is usually transmitted by a scratch from an infected cat. If not treated quickly, it can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome. “Until I read her essay, I didn’t really know how much my illness had affected her,” said Erin Fritz. Madison, whose goal is to attend Stanford University, wants to pursue a career as a scientist in hopes of finding a cure for the disease. “A lot of people need to be more aware of its effects,” Madison said. “It’s life-threatening. You can get it from a cat scratch or a tick bite. There is no cure, but it can go into remission.” She is looking forward to attending the science camp, especially since she will be staying in the dorms at the university. “I’ll have roommates. They usually select them from different areas so I will get to meet new people,” she said. Madison, he daughter of Erin Fritz and Paul Roosen has a wide range of interests. She plays volleyball and soccer at Alta-Dutch Flat and is a member of a competitive cheerleading squad at Auburn Gymnastics Center. Madison also enjoys swimming and drawing.