By Emily Hester '19
Graduates from NCS have been trailblazers in a variety of fields, ranging from politics to the film industry. For this article, I selected a few notable alumnae from a variety of professions to showcase a sliver of the impressive achievements NCS graduates have gone on to accomplish.
Susan Rice: Susan Rice was a student-council president, athlete, and flag winner at NCS. Following her graduation, Rice went to Stanford University, where she earned a BA in history. Later, she attended New College, Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship. Rice served as the 24th United States National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017. She has also worked as a U.S. diplomat, a Brookings Institution fellow, and a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Additionally, she served on the staff of the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during Bill Clinton’s second term as President.
Inspirational Quote: “I would rather be alone and a loud voice for action than be silent.”
Stephanie Ready: Stephanie Ready is currently a broadcaster for the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Charlotte Hornets. Following her graduation from NCS, Ready attended college at Coppin State University, where she attained a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Additionally, Ready played both basketball and volleyball in college, ranking in the top ten on her school’s basketball career list for steals, rebounds, assists, and points. Following her graduation from college, Ready held off graduate school to pursue coaching. In 2001, she became the first female coach of a men’s professional league team. In 2015, Ready was named an analyst on Fox Sports Carolinas, making her the first full-time female NBA game analyst.
Inspirational Quote: "I feel like I'm on a whirlwind, but I'm not complaining…This is a great opportunity to do what I love in a league in the NBA family that will show people that little girls can grow up and do the same thing that little boys have a chance to do."
Kristen Gore: Kristen Gore, Class of ’95, is now an author and screenwriter. Following graduation from NCS, Gore attended Harvard University, where she was the only woman on the literary board of Harvard Lampoon. Gore was a writer for works such as the sitcom Futurama and the well-known sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (SNL). In 2003, Gore was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on SNL, and in 2007, she won the Writers Guild of America Award for SNL.
Inspirational Quote: “It’s all discipline and schedule for me. I mean, it’s very easy to get distracted by the real world and things that intrude constantly, and it takes dedication to live totally in your head and be tuned out.”