Crowley High Presents Madeline Foster as Student of the Year


Natalie Trahan

Senior Madeline Foster displays the shirt she received for being named Crowley High Student of the Year.

Jada Joseph, Copy Editor

Crowley High School student Madeline Foster is finishing off her senior year by being selected as the 2020-21 Student of the Year.

She applied on Nov. 24, had an interview on Nov. 30, and found out the news on  Dec. 1. She was in quarantine when Counselor Natalie Trahan emailed her.

Foster, who has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average throughout high school, explained how she felt when she found out that she was selected. “I honestly couldn’t stop smiling!” 

She also said, “To be chosen really makes me feel amazing as it shows all the hard work I’ve put in these last four years at Crowley High was worth it.”

She was also named Student of the Year in fifth and eighth grade.

The 18-year-old daughter of John and Tracy Foster recalled how her parents reacted to the news. “They were so excited for me; they said they were very proud as well.”

Madeline Foster poses for one of her senior pictures. Foster is the 2020-21 Student of the Year. (Photo courtesy of Madeline Foster).

Foster, who advanced to compete for the Acadia Parish Student of the Year, explained that she was nervous about contending for the spot. “I knew these people were just as hardworking and wanted it just as bad as I did. I actually knew one of the girls from one of the schools I went against.”

Foster spoke about how the year has been because of COVID-19. “Sadly, we were not able to have a homecoming or Senior Night, but I know the staff has done a great job trying to make this year as normal as they can make it. Unfortunately, some people are doing virtual and I am not able to see them every day, but I am still grateful I get to come face to face.”

Even dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, Foster still sees the bright side of the situation. “This school year has been really great. I am happy that we are able to come face to face and still get to enjoy my last year of high school with my friends.”

Foster, who is also a coach at Rice City Gymnastics, mentioned how she maintains a job and school.  “I try to stay as organized as I can to make things easier and always prioritize school first.”

During her years at CHS, Foster served as class vice-president her sophomore and junior year. She was inducted into the National Honor Society her junior year, and she was a member of the Student Council for four years, Drama for three years, the Interact Club for two years, and Newspaper for two years where she served as editor-in-chief. She also served as Student Council vice-president during 2019-20.

She also placed second in journalism at the District Literary Rally held on the LSUE campus last year. In November, she also received the Daughters of the American Revolution award.

Madeline Foster poses for one of her senior pictures. (Photo courtesy of Madeline Foster).

Foster also had the lead role of Ariel in the Drama Club’s April performance of The Little Mermaid.

She mentioned that she enjoyed homecoming during high school. “One of my favorite memories from high school is dressing up for homecoming week every year, that was always fun!” She was also a member of the homecoming court this year.

Foster explained that math teacher Charlie Freed’s classes have been her favorite.  “He taught me in geometry and advanced math. It was my favorite class because it was challenging and made me work harder for my grades.”

Foster also mentioned that her favorite teacher is English teacher Kalita Watson. “I love her style of teaching; it makes English even better! She also cares about her students very much and is determined to help students do their best. I had her my freshman year and now have her again this year; she is the best English teacher I’ve had!” 

Watson gave her impression of Foster when she taught her in English I. “(I thought she was) kind, engaged, aware, and eager to learn.”

Watson also stated, “She is definitely a thinker. She asks questions and wants to make sure she understands. Maddie is also a very kind individual who plans on pursuing a field in child and family studies. She also bakes, writes poetry, and I believe teaches youth gymnastics.”

Foster gave her thoughts about graduating. “I’m ready to see what college is like, but I am going to miss being here with my teachers and friends.”

Foster plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to major in child and family studies. “I absolutely love working with children, so I feel this is the perfect fit for me.”

Watson added, “I wish her the best in all of her endeavors. The world needs her kind heart and sense of understanding.”