Madison Ebrecht, of Ellsworth, won the award for Female Elite Athlete of the Year for Special Olympics of Iowa on June 24 at Wells Fargo in Des Moines. Madison is a member of Shooting Stars, a independent team coached by her mother Nancy Ebrecht. Madison Ebrecht graduated this year from Roland-Story High School. In Special Olympics she enjoys cheerleading, basketball skills, track and softball throw. Special guest speaker at the awards ceremony was Shaquille O’Neal, who made a guest appearance to inspire all athletes to follow their dreams. O’Neal also was backstage talking and taking pictures with the winners. Contributed photo