Gionet’s Dedication Leads To Woman of Promise Award


[Maddie Gionet speaks in the Murphy Auditorium after receiving The Woman of Promise Award- Photo by Ryan Lazo]

By Ryan Lazo, Editor in Chief, @RMLazo13

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure University and the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosted its 12th annual Woman of Promise award presentation Wednesday afternoon in Murphy Auditorium.

The Woman of Promise award is given to a female senior journalism and mass communication major who excels in and out of the classroom and is someone who has the skills to thrive in their postgraduate career. 

And none of those within the program stood out more than Madeleine Gionet.

Gionet’s determination and work ethic made her stand apart among the many worthy students within the Journalism and Mass Communication program. While great expectations come with earning the award, Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has no doubts Gionet can accomplish it all.

“The task is made a bit easier, however, when you award someone with such an incredible work ethic and drive,” Hoffman said. “This award is given to someone who can excel and we have no doubts that Maddie will do just that.”

After all, experiencing success because of her determination and her unwavering pursuit of being the best is all that Gionet has done throughout her time at St. Bonaventure.

Gionet currently holds many different leadership positions on-campus, including being a Peer Leader in the First-Year Experience program, account executive of the American Advertising Federation, coordinator for Mountain Community Leaders at Mt. Irenaus and a co-director of the Teaching and Learning Center.

And it’s her ability to hold these many leadership positions and give 100 percent to each that impresses those who Gionet works with.

“As a news editor who worked under her, I can say she is intelligent and dedicated,” Mark Belcher, a former news editor at The Intrepid said. “Maddie always showed she was willing to go the extra mile to make things perfect.”


Because Gionet never settled on just being average nor did she settle on taking the easy way out. When those need help, Gionet will take the time and sit down with them, survey their every question and help them find the right words for the story.

“I was most impressed with how even though she is so busy and so involved, she still put all her energy into everything she did,” Joe Pinter, a sophomore Journalism and Mass Communication major said. “And in addition to that, she still had the time to sit down with me and help me with my news stories.”

And that’s the constant theme.

Gionet was never too busy to help others, never too busy to give it 100 percent and never too busy to stop striving to be the best she could be. But perhaps even more impressive is the way she presents herself humbly, barely acknowledging all she has accomplished in her four years.

“I was humbled and still am by this honor,” Gionet said during her speech. “I cannot tell you how many times I walked by those Woman of Promise plaques without truly understanding the prestigious stories connected to those tiny, shiny pieces of metal.”

But now those shiny, tiny pieces of metal will have another name placed beside them. A name that has stood out in the School of Journalism and a name that Belcher is sure will bring with it future success as well.

“I know she will succeed in life,” Belcher said. “She has this level-headed demeanor and a desire to accomplish her goals.”

And while winning the Woman of Promise Award may not have been part of her immediate goals, Gionet can place that among her many accomplishments while she continues to achieve more in a future that grows brighter by the day.

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