By day, Lindsay Clouse would roam the halls of Providence High as a student extraordinaire. By night, she takes on what many would consider one of the world’s toughest jobs—she teaches middle school students etiquette.
Three years before she walked the halls of Providence, Lindsay’s mom registered her for cotillion classes with Teen Cotillion of Charlotte. She secretly loved that her mom made her attend the hour-long seminars on ethics, manners and ballroom dance.
“I was scared when my mom told me I was starting the classes,” Lindsay said. “After one or two sessions I got used to it and liked it—especially the dancing.”
Lindsay aged-out of the group after her eighth-grade year and jumped at the opportunity to serve as a teen assistant. Throughout high school, Lindsay helped teach more than 420 students a session how to avoid faux pas, such as using the wrong utensil at the dinner table.
“When the students come to their first lesson, they don’t know what to expect. It’s funny to see their progress.”
Lindsay most enjoys being a good role model for the students.
“I’ve learned that you need to make sure what you are doing is what you want seen by others,” Lindsay said.
Aside from cotillion, Lindsay’s resume reads like an extra-curricular catalog: swim team, Key Club, Student Executive Board, French Club, honor society, theatre, chorus and more. She managed these responsibilities while taking several AP classes. She earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award each of her four years in high school for volunteering more than 230 hours. She also received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award, Matthews Kiwanis Scholarship for service and the Charlotte Rotary Service Above Self Youth Award.
This fall, she will study engineering or business and accounting at North Carolina State University.