Coral Gables High senior Michelle Dubon is involved heavily in school activities. She has participated in the school-sponsored can drives and has helped clean the school several times.
She spent part of her high school career at the Academy of Arts and Minds in Coconut Grove. Early in her freshman year, she worked on a book drive, which collected some 500 books that were elementary and middle school appropriate.
“I brought books in. I helped my teacher collect them and count them,” Dubon said. “I took in more elementary- oriented books, picture books, books about butterflies. I don’t really collect books. I donate. If it’s a schoolbook, I’ll read it and I’ll donate it. I don’t need to read them again.”
Dubon is a member of Interact and the Future Business Leaders of America. She has participated in competitions through FBLA and hopes to compete again this school year. She has been on the board of the National Academy of Finance, and organization she joined because she’s in the Finance Academy at Gables. One of the requirements is that students do internships in their major.
“We have four classes we need and we have our internship,” Dubon said. “We have everyone on track.”
Students need to take Accounting, Intro to Technology, Business Management, Financial Operations and the internship.
“It doesn’t have to be a fancy internship,” she said. “We try to find as many really diverse internships as possible.”
Dubon also is in the Creative Writing Club. She likes to write poetry and fiction and has worked on the literary publication. In fact, she had a piece chosen for last year’s book.
Now that it is time for her to apply for college, she is looking at FSU, UCF, UM and FIU. She would prefer to stay in state unless she gets a big scholarship to an outof- state college. She plans on majoring in pre-law.
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld