Apart from the usual busyness that accompanies a high school senior, Lindsey DuBose has filled her time working on an extraordinary amount of extracurricular activities both in school and the community.
That work ethic was noticed by the Iberia Parish School Board, who named her as Iberia Parish’s High School Student of the Year.
DuBose, 18, is a New Iberia native and will be completing her high school years at the end of this semester. During her time at New Iberia Senior High School, DuBose has participated in the NISH Choir, a capella, the NISH Drama Club and has been a regular cast member in the school’s summer plays.
Most recently, she will be acting in the upcoming NISH musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” which is set to debut April 20.
DuBose also has had a hand in starting clubs at NISH. Along with a friend, Caroline Curet, the 18-year-old helped to start the Young Women’s Society, which she said now has approximately 50 members. The club discusses women-related issues at NISH, has a regular schedule of speakers — women from around the parish — and strives to build healthy relationships and promote positivity for the young women at NISH.
She also started another club this year at NISH to educate students about animals. Animal Enthusiasts Coalition operates in conjunction with Iberia Parish Animal Control and the Louisiana Humane Society, and works to educate students about animal overpopulation and other issues those groups deal with on a daily basis.
DuBose, who is the daughter of Dwight and Theresa DuBose, said she found out about being chosen Student of the Year in January. She faced competition from students all across the parish.
Several friends she met from Project Firestarter, a youth leadership program undertaken by the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, also applied for the distinction.
“I was really excited when I found out, honestly,” DuBose said Saturday. “I went against some friends from the Firestarter Project. I was against three of them from that seminar so it was fun, a little competition.”
DuBose is also a regular contributor to local nonprofits like the Iberia Performing Arts League. She first participated in an IPAL play her freshman year for “Hairspray,” and also worked as part of the crew for “Les Miserables.” To top it all off, she has a regular job at a local restaurant in New Iberia.
“That keeps me pretty busy,” she said with a laugh.
DuBose is involved with a production of “Tuck Everlasting” with the Abbey Players in Abbeville.
After graduation, DuBose said she plans to attend Tulane University, where she plans to study to become a clinical psychologist. For the summer, she will be attending, for the second time, the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Conference in Baton Rouge.
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