Madeleine Kiluba


Jaylin Jaggers

Madeleine Kiluba works on an assignment at her computer in the Xposure newsroom.

Name: Madeleine Kiluba

High school: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky

Mascot: Bulldogs

Grade: 12

Birthday: Dec. 7, 2004

Age: 17

Favorite subject: Social studies

Extracurricular activities: School newspaper

Favorite cartoon character, anime or superhero: “I like too many. It would be hard to choose just one.”

Favorite song: Fancy by TWICE or Snapshoot by Seventeen

Favorite slang word/phrase: “I have a vast vocabulary. I use all sorts of words.”

Parents: Kiluba Nkulu and Chantal Kiluba

Siblings: Will, Joe, Anna and Lenzi Kiluba

Dream college: University of Illinois or WKU

If you could have a movie made about your life, what would the story line be? Who would star as you and what’s the movie title? “Middle school time, Marsai Martin, ‘All Right.’”

What are your three must haves? “Spotify, AirPods and water.”

What’s the best part about social media and the worst? “Able to have friends in other countries and places. On it too much.”

What do you admire about Gen Z? What do you dislike about Gen Z? “Easily connected. Everything else.”

How has the pandemic affected you? “Got out a lot less. Obliterated mental health.”

How do you handle your mental health during these difficult times? “Don’t.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Unsure.

What is your ideal life or dream job? “Financially support my family.”

If you could live anywhere in the world for one year, where would it be and why?

“New Zealand because of the kiwi birds.”

Who or what inspires you and why? “Mom because she’s been through a lot but she didn’t let that stop her.”

If you could trade places with the president of the United States for one day, what would you do as president? “Bowling in the White House.”

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? “Hasn’t happened yet.”

What do you see as your biggest regret? “Don’t really have one.”