Senior Stars: Noah


Introducing: Noah!

Each time I have the chance to photograph a graduating senior, I am continually impressed. Noah is going into his senior year and begins school in just a few weeks. Its been a busy summer of scheduling college visits, traveling to college visits, visiting the colleges, and reflecting on the experiences....with a few fun things thrown in too, like getting the chance to race on the Watkins Glen International Speedway! Read on for more!


Even as a ninth grader, competing in track and field, Noah was a Letter winner! He improved consistently over the last few years and primarily runs the 200 and 400 meter events. He is also a three-year member of the AAHS cross country team. Even on the day of our session, in the middle of the hot summer, Noah spent the day on a bike ride and running a few miles! Noah also looks forward to continuing track and field in college. 

School Searches:

Noah has spent the summer with his family visiting lots of colleges and universities to get an idea of the kind of place he might like to attend. The short list of colleges right now are Shenandoah University, Lebanon Valley College, Juniata College, Saint Vincent College, Seton Hill University, and Allegheny College. Of course - this could all change as they are continuing these visits through the rest of summer and probably into the fall. I remember this time as being the moments where I really began to feel like my life was changing because I was getting to be a part of making huge (and expensive) decisions! I loved the autonomy and loved going on college tours. I know you are right there with me, cheering Noah on in his quest for a place that will help him grow!

Racing Forward:

Noah is a massive NASCAR fan. His all-time favorite driver will always be Jeff Gordon. This summer, as part of a really neat short family trip to Watkins Glen, Noah went to the Watkins Glen International Speedway. He got to drive the family car around the track for 3 laps! He wasn't close to racing speeds at only 55 mph, but following a pace car and just being on the track was pretty much a dream-come-true!

Involvement and Interest:

This "Renaissance Man"  has lots of hobbies and things that he enjoys. Chances are good that you have something in common with Noah! He is an Ambassador for his high school, which means he volunteers to give tours to new students during the Open House nights or when someone is new to the school in the middle of the school year. He is also in the Foreign Language Club, the Computer Club, and is an officer for the local Future Business Leaders of America Chapter. 

Noah likes to follow University of Georgia Football, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and Boston Celtics basketball. Noah also enjoys forecasting weather! 

Good Read:

Noah said that one of his favorite books is The Last Lecture by Dr. Randy Pausch. I hadn't read that book in years, but remember my grandma reading it first and then loaning it to me and really being moved by these lessons that are clearly written and wisdom-filled. It certainly takes on so much more meaning to hear Randy speak about time when we know, as readers, that his time here has passed. The words suddenly gain such weight. "The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. ”

Noah's and his family understand these lessons deeply and personally. His smart and thoughtful parents  have instilled these lessons into their own being and into their sons. They know, like Dr. Pausch said, “There's a lot of talk these days about giving children self-esteem. It's not something you can give; it's something they have to build.”  They have indeed created a place for their boys to struggle, to make some mistakes, to get back up, and to find their footing and solve some problems. Because as Randy Pausch also says, “The person who failed often knows how to avoid future failures.” These are one of the most important things we can do for our children so that they can successfully find their way in this world. 

Its clear from seeing Noah planning his education future and in his life perspectives and interests that he is introspective and knows the kind of person he desires to be from his life experiences and the love of his family. This is what we all hope for when we guide our children into adulthood!

Messages in Music too:

Noah's favorite music group: Fall Out Boy. They were just featured last week on Seth Meyers. I remember seeing it and thought the song really echoed the messages in Noah's favorite book too. They sang, "If I can live through this, I can do anything...Champion!"  

These harken back to Randy Pausch's thoughts on what makes challenges for us just makes us, He said, “Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”

I know you're with me in cheering Noah on in his future and wishing him the best of everything! 

If you enjoyed this post and would like to read on, check out last week's post titled Bright & Airy, Sweet & Snuggly about a newborn little boy with two older brothers and lots of sweet newborn details!

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