NOVA Alumni

In this ongoing series, we check in with NOVA graduates about their lives and careers.

Sarah Joy (Cundiff) White 2008

NOVA was really a key place for me at a pivotal time in life.

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Matthew Rosen 2012

NOVA taught me to think critically, to be curious, and to love learning.

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Laurel (Olfson-Manning) Schimelfenig 2007

NOVA was a safe place where I knew the staff, teachers, and fellow peers were there to support and guide me.

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Madalyn Homan 2023

I have gained so many new friends at my time at NOVA and it was truly a great experience, I leaned more about myself and got more confident and comfortable with who I am.

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Maisie Maclay '15

"NOVA really emphasized that individuals can make a difference, and I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied unless I feel like I’m doing important work that uses my abilities to benefit others."

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Katie (Disharoon) Brussard '98

"When you have smart classmates and teachers who really care about your development as a human, you can't help but start to take on their good traits as well!"

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Mackenzie Brown '02

Senior Educational Designer at Committee for Children, a global nonprofit that fosters the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development. Learn more about Committee for Children at

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Bjorn Cole '95

One of the first graduates in NOVA’s history, Bjorn's early interest in science led to a career in rocket science, including a seven-year stint with NASA. He is currently a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin.

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Owen Timms '15

A freshman at George Washington University, Owen is on the varsity sailing team and qualified for the 2019 Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded Championship. Learn more about Owen's sailing success at

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