Sarah Hayes, the Academic Dean at Auckland Girls' Grammar School highlights how Maddison Boyd's talent was discovered early: 'In Year 9, Maddison's potential was recognised instantly and she was awarded the Glenda Farrell Entrance Scholarship. Since then, she has displayed the characteristics of a model student and has earned the respect of both her peers and staff.' Maddison is part of the Gifted and Talented group and achieved NCEA Level 1 with a Merit endorsement.
Maddison was involved in the wider community of the school, as a member of the Environmental Committee, the Social Science Committee and the Science Committee. Further to this, she took part in the 40 hour famine, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award, the St Cuthbert's Academy conference, the Philosophy Festival and attended the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). Outside of school she was the Papatoetoe R.S.A Youth Ambassador for 2010, and part of the Auckland Regional Drumline Group. She instructed the younger members on how to drum and also took part in the Under 19 FIFA Women's Cup and played at the New Zealand Breakers Basketball team home games. Maddison spent six months volunteering at Papatoetoe Private Hospital.
"Madisson was selected to be the Cisco NZ First Foundation scholar for her understanding and excitement towards technology and the part technology can play in changing the way people work, live, play and learn. Madisson's desire to work in Bio Medical engineering is an indicator that Madisson likes taking on big challenges and this area is one of the leading edges of technology and aligned to Cisco's culture of innovation. Madisson also displayed excellent organizational skills and will fit very well into the Cisco family over the next 4 years." Mike Paranihi, Cisco Limited
Not only did Maddison achieve at university she was committed to the R.S.A Youth Council, as well as being a Women in Engineering Leader and in 2014 she won a scholarship to attend the Outward Bound leadership camp.
Maddison, is the first in her immediate family to go to University and graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Auckland. She is currently working at Spark Ltd as a Business Analyst.