NBS is very proud of our alumni and their many accomplishments! Here are just a few specifics:
Kashuo Bennett – Received a master’s of architecture from Virginia Tech in 2008, then moved to DC to work. He is currently working on a child-care center for the new headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration. On the side, Kash thinks and writes about DC architecture for his blog, “The Straight Torquer.” To read Kash’s thoughts about DC architecture as profiled in the Washingtonian recently, please follow this link: http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/people/capitalcomment/14205.html
Maya Proulx, Class of 1992 – creating her own nonprofit for horse rescue called Hope’s Legacy
Becca Zunker, Emily Hedstrom & Jessie Gates Hudson – NBS students who have become teachers
Clell Thomas - captains his own ship for the Coast Guard
Erin Burns, Class of 1994 – doing her residency in Urology
Ruby Ross, Class of 1999 – wrote, produced, and acted in her own musical adaptation of the Appalachian folktale “Ashpet,” a version of Cinderella
NBS Alumni go on to many high schools in the area: Nelson County High, Western Albemarle, Charlottesville High School, Tandem Friends School, Miller School, Renaissance School, Robert E. Lee High in Staunton, and even as far as Episcopal School in Alexandria, Va. Our experience has been that our alumni are welcomed into these schools and recognized by their teachers as students who are enthusiastic, disciplined, self-motivated, and who know how to think and learn for themselves. They have learned how to be good students, and they have not lost their curiosity and interest in learning for learning’s sake.
NBS alumni have accounted for 5 of the last 11 Valedictorians at Nelson County High School.
After high school, their paths are many and varied, from traditional four-colleges to travel to careers right out of high school to continuing their education in other ways. Alumni have attended the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Sweet Briar College, the Coast Guard Academy, the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Cornell University, Vassar College, New York University, Temple University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of South Carolina’s Medical School, among others.
Recent awards our alumni have received:
Grace Dawson ’07 received a 2010 Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Award from the Piedmont Council for the Arts
Jesse Stowe ’09 was a finalist in the 2010 public service announcement contest sponsored by the James River Association for his video, “Don’t Trash the River”
Rory Kelly ’96 was a finalist in the 2010 Washington DC Economic Partnership $100,000 Business Plan Competition, developed to foster and support entrepreneurship.