Nansemond-Suffolk student takes a 3-D printing class on a lark, makes prosthetics to help children
As Allie Wilburn entered her junior year at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, she wanted to take an anatomy class. Only problem was, it didn’t fit in her schedule. So Allie went searching for other options last summer, and noticed Introduction to Design. A new course last year at the private school, it offered the chance to delve into the use of 3-D printers.
Allie is thinking about a career in neurology. But her father previously worked as an engineer for Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and 3-D printing intrigued her. She signed up for the class. That turned out to be wise. Allie quickly took to the topic, becoming a lab assistant during the school year. This summer, she assisted at a five-week innovation academy for high school students that used 3-D printers to create prosthetic hands for children – an idea Allie began contemplating about a year earlier. To continue reading the article in The Virginian-Pilot, please click here.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy kicked off its 50th year with a pre-season football game and a membership drive for the Golden Saints club. The Saints faced off against Portsmouth Christian School at home on Friday night. The contest was an entertaining, high scoring game that ended with NSA winning 48-25.
“It’s always positive to get the ‘W,’ ” said NSA head coach Michael Biehl. “But there are some things we need to improve.”
While the Saints provided the entertainment on the field, the Golden Saints, NSA’s booster club, held a cookout and social event to welcome parents and recruit members for the upcoming season. “We had a good turnout, so I think it’ll be a really good year for us,” said T.W. Johnson, the boys’ athletic director at NSA.
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Suffolk student collects backpacks for homeless children
SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) – A Suffolk student's mission to make sure every student is going to school prepared is bringing the community together – encouraging others to help children in need. Fourteen-year-old Archana Venkatsan is an avid volunteer. When she called various homeless shelters to find out how she could help, she discovered there was a need for backpacks.
“Usually there are drives for school supplies, but for some reason backpacks are overlooked. And the thing is, most of these children have to leave behind their belongings when they come to the shelter, and they have nothing to put their stuff in,” she said. That’s when she came up with “Bags for Benefit.”
She drove around town with her parents, collecting cardboard boxes. Then she started calling as many businesses as she could, asking them to put her boxes in their stores.
“I had to knock on a lot of doors. I talked to a lot of stores in the area, and most of them would connect me to their headquarters in Atlanta and New York. Most of them said no because of their corporate policies.
But her school, Nansemond Suffolk Academy, the Suffolk libraries, Starbucks and Towne Bank gave her the okay. To continue reading the story and to view the video, please click here.
After last year’s state-title-winning season, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s football team finds itself in a time of transition with a new coach, a new philosophy and a small, but talented, team.
It is Michael Biehl’s first head coaching job, after 10 years as an assistant coach at the college and high school levels. “It’s an absolute privilege to be able to call myself the head football coach,” Biehl said. “It’s an opportunity every coach wants.” To continue reading the article in The Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.