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Success not dictated by birthplace

Published 8:52am Wednesday, September 11, 2013

For Ironton native Madison Geswein, where she came from isn’t a disadvantage but instead part of the fuel for her success.

The 2009 graduate of St. Joseph High School grew up a huge fan of the Cincinnati baseball and has now translated that passion into membership of the Reds Rally Pack, a team of modern-day cheerleaders who help keep fans in the game and cheering on the team.

Madison is just another example in a long list of Lawrence Countians who have gone on to do great things in their lives.

Some, like screenwriter Mickey Fisher, have done so very publicly and in the spotlight. Others like Ironton native Jeff Underhill, a brigadier general in the U.S. Army, have done so somewhat behind-the-scenes and get less recognition for their successes. The Tribune wants to help change that.

We plan to begin a recurring feature to showcase the personal and professional successes of Lawrence County’s sons and daughters.

The goal is to recognize individuals who have gone after their dreams and also help show our youth that, with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.

If you know someone who has an uplifting, inspiring or compelling success story to tell, let us know. Contact publisher Mike Caldwell at (740) 532-1445 ext. 24 or

Growing up in Lawrence County doesn’t predetermine anything if an individual truly wants to succeed. The results relate directly to the effort to achieve those dreams.


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