Rising senior Khamari Culcleasure came to NMH from suburban Washington, D.C., looking for new challenges. He found plenty of them, and immerses himself in each activity. His soccer coach, Charlie Malcolm, calls Khamari “easily the best goalie in New England,” an athlete who not only “brings a 100-percent effort to every drill, scrimmage, and game, but also reaches out to lift up others and connect people from diverse backgrounds.” In June, he was chosen for the 2019 Allstate All-America Cup, which brings together the country's top high school soccer players.
Khamari also runs on the varsity track team and is a Resident Leader in a 9th-grade boys’ dorm. Last year, he surprised himself by auditioning for Mount Harmony, one of NMH’s a cappella groups.
Recently, NMH recognized the breadth and depth of Khamari’s campus involvement with the annual award that goes to a junior “who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the school.”
Academically, Khamari gravitates toward the sciences “because they’re so hands-on. Our classes aren’t just teachers talking from the front of the room; there’s a lot of dialogue and visual learning, too,” he says. Classes like Honors French IV, Precalculus, and Chemistry have challenged Khamari; he’s had to build his time-management skills to balance academics with athletics and still have time for homework and hanging out with friends. He credits the 9th graders in his dorm for teaching him how to relax and still get everything done.
This spring, Khamari spent three weeks traveling in New Zealand as part of an NMH interdisciplinary study program that focused on the country’s literature, history, and physical environment. Staying with a group of Maori, the country’s indigenous people, affected Khamari deeply. “I was fascinated by their experiences and connected them to my own,” he says. “I also realized a lot about myself and about our country through that amazing trip.”
Even though Khamari has already committed to attend Princeton University after graduation, he’s not just marking time until college. Malcolm says Khamari will continue to “embrace every opportunity at NMH to be the best version of himself and to give back to the community.”
Khamari advises prospective students to look beyond the statistics that describe boarding schools. At NMH, “you’re an individual, not a statistic,” he says. “NMH wants to see what you will do not only this semester but also 10 or 20 years after you graduate. It’s about the impact you can have long after you leave campus.”