Senior Spotlight: Nadja Brown

Piedmont senior, Nadja Brown, won the 2017 Governor’s NCWorks Awards of Distinction, Outstanding Teen. Those eligible for the award must demonstrate exceptional achievement in attaining career-related goals.  Nadja exemplifies leadership qualities and deserves the $500 check that came with the award.

Nadja is enrolled in the Career and College Promise program through Gaston College, just like 46% of the juniors and seniors at Piedmont.  The college classes that are taken in this tuition-free program, transfer to a college in the UNC system.

High School guidance counselor, Mrs. Bunch, shares, “What sets Nadja apart is that she takes an extra class online beyond the average of four classes per semester.  She does the coursework at home for this extra class.  On top of excelling at taking the most rigorous classes, she manages to work part time as a cashier at Publix, where she has worked for over a year.  As a junior, Nadja took three college classes.”

Her leadership is impressive.  She was Vice President of the National Honor Society last year and is currently President.  Honesty, integrity and responsibility are the core values of National Honor Society. Nadja is also President of the History Club.

On developing the skills to success, Nadja shares, “Piedmont prepares me for leadership through my rigorous classes.  I have had to learn to prioritize and complete challenging assignments.”

Recently, she was selected Piedmont’s recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award.  The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.  This award recognizes and rewards seniors who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities.

Mr. Bridges said, “Nadja is the portrait of a Piedmont graduate.  We are proud of her at Piedmont and look forward to watching her grow as a person.  This is only the beginning for Nadja. Whatever she chooses to pursue as a career, she will be successful because of her positive attitude and tremendous work ethic.”

Nadja loves music. She is in the school band, Gaston Choral Society and takes private voice lessons.  She is a Blumenthal Performing Arts Ambassador.  She graduated the Leadership Gaston program and intends to be a Neonatologist.  Nadja is currently ranked in the top tier of her senior class.