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CANNON FALLS -- High school senior Lindsay LaMoore freely admits she can be stubborn.

"I have a ridiculous sense of determination," said LaMoore, who will be donning the cap and gown for graduation Friday night.

A person would have to be stubborn to keep up with LaMoore's workload, which includes Advanced Placement classes, varsity softball, debate team, speech, band, traveling abroad and, oh yeah, a part-time job at Econofoods.

"I take everything one step at a time and it just kind of fits into my schedule," LaMoore said. "Once it's done I move onto the next thing. I don't realize how it all adds up."

LaMoore's busy schedule and strong work ethic did not go unnoticed by school staff.

"She's not just a smart kid, but she's involved with a lot of stuff, too," Principal Tim Hodges said. "So she's an athlete; she's a musician; and she's involved with National Honor Society and a lot of civic type things."

Ranked third in her class academically, LaMoore said high school often felt like a full-time job and, when looking back, was something of a blur.

"The more I have to do, the faster time seems to go by," she said.

Among her list of accomplishments, LaMoore said she is most proud of her success on the debate team.

LaMoore spent three years as team captain and earned two varsity letters. With her help, the team placed fourth at the junior varsity state level and ranked fifth last year.

LaMoore is anything but shy, but she said that has not always been the case.

"I definitely had to work on it," she said. "In elementary and middle school, I was always kind of reserved and didn't like the attention of being in front of a group and being pressured to do my best while everyone was watching me."

It took a friend, who convinced LaMoore to be her partner in a debate, to break her out of her shell. "From there I just kind of accelerated," she said.

"The nice thing about having Lindsay on the debate team is that she understands how to work with kids who are smart but maybe a little scatterbrained," said John Fogarty, debate coach and LaMoore's AP writing teacher. "She's an excellent researcher, has a logical mind and is very organized."

When asked if she is as organized as her teachers claim, LaMoore laughed.

"That's one way to put it," she said. "Everything in my room has its designated spot."

When LaMoore can find time in her busy schedule to unwind, she said she enjoys just hanging out with friends and family.

"That really helps," she said, adding that being with her family gives her a chance to relax.

"They actually discourage me from taking on too much, especially my mom," LaMoore said. "She's always telling me I have to slow down and breathe. I have to hear that sometimes."

But it does not look like she will be slowing down anytime soon. LaMoore said she is already preparing to start at Hamline University in the Twin Cities this fall, with the intention of going to grad school after that.

"I was interested in Hamline because of the law school. I was thinking I wanted to do something along that path," she said.

LaMoore said she has not decided exactly what her future career goals are, but she is considering a career in public administration.

"I just want to make a difference in whatever I'm doing," she said. "I know it sounds cliche, but in my mind it's not."

As her high school experience comes to a close, LaMoore said she is more excited than nervous.

"I'm not afraid for it to end because I'm all about moving on to the next thing," she said. "I'm already one foot out the door."

Class of 2013

What: 132nd Cannon Falls High School Commencement Ceremony

When: 7 p.m. Friday May 31

Where: CFHS Fieldhouse, 820 E. Minnesota St.

More info: 507-263-6800

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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