Celebrating Our 2017 Graduating Seniors

We will be posting a new graduating senior profile each day leading up to May 26, the last day for seniors.
Graduating Senior:Nashone Bethea

Nashone Bethea

Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts

Tell us about a teacher, assignment, field trip, or extracurricular activity that had a significant impact on you during your years as a BCPS student?

JROTC impacted my life the most as a BCPS student. This program promoted and instilled leadership in me and taught me to choose right from wrong. The instructors have not only supported me but also my family. They remind me so much of a family that I think of them as my uncles. They showed me how to mature and stand on my own two feet.

During your years as a BCPS student, what did you accomplish that you are most proud of? 

During my years as a BCPS student, my biggest accomplishment was finally instilling self-courage. I’ve always been afraid to perform a poem in front of a big crowd, but in February 2017, I recited my own poem at the Black History Month Assembly in front of the whole school. Although I was nervous to perform, I felt powerful afterwards.

What’s next for you? What are your college or employment plans immediately after graduation?

After high school, I have many plans to pick from. Going to an HBCU is my biggest dream, especially Morgan State University. Ultimately, I want to run my own company that helps the less fortunate. I would like to create a company that helps people during the holidays and the seasonal changes to get the stuff they need. I don’t have all the pieces yet, but I will continue to work hard to accomplish my goal.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Ten years from now I see myself married with two kids and two cars. There’s many jobs I want, but overall I want to do something to help people. 

“Nashone Bethea is the epitome of a student with individual determination and perseverance. He began his journey at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in the 10th grade. As a student in my English 10 class, he stood out amongst his peers. His writing and participation in class discussion truly showed what a deep and thoughtful thinker Nashone was. It was in a peer edit and feedback session that I learned of Nashone’s story.

Like many students, he has faced obstacles in life at a young age; however, Nashone has never once used his situations as an excuse for failure. Instead, he has used his situations as a motivator to reach his goals. He has enrolled in rigorous courses, has served as a mentor for peers, and has set high expectations for himself. I am confident that Nashone’s perseverance in life and in school will lead him to great things in life after high school.”

Michele Summers Welborn, English teacher

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