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    Nick Offerman & graduation

    The weather was perfect on Friday, May 29 as graduating students, their friends and family gathered at the school for Open House. Soon, the press showed up...and then Nick Offerman arrived. (For the few who might not know, Nick Offerman is an actor, writer, humorist and woodworker best known for playing Ron on the TV show "Parks and Recreation".) Offerman toured the school, talking to students and marveling at their work before everyone processed to Old North Church for the ceremony. As guest speaker for the event, Offerman delivered a talk that included praise, encouragement and, nor surprisingly, humor.

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    Posted: June 1, 2015
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    Class of 2015

    While the media attention at graduation was focused on Offerman, the day belonged to the graduates who worked with focus and commitment to finish the requirements to earn their diplomas.

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    Posted: June 1, 2015
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    Kevin Kelly, VM '92 receives the Distinguished Alumni Award

    Kevin Kelly, VM '92 was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award by NBSS Alumni Association president Colleen Matthews at the May 29 graduation ceremony. After graduating from North Bennet Street School in 1992, Kevin did violin repair work in San Francisco and Boston. In 1998, he returned to NBSS as a teacher in the Violin Making and Repair program. Since 2002, he has run a studio in Boston, making new instruments, performing repairs and restorations of historic instruments, and maintaining and adjusting instruments for musicians. Kevin is has researched and investigated the original system of design of the violin family and has published articles on the subject in The Strad magazine and presented his research at the Violin Society of America’s annual meetings and the Oberlin Violin Makers’ Workshop. Kevin is an advisor to the NBSS Violin Making and Repair program and a consultant for the Department of Musical Instruments at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Fine Musical Instrument division of Skinner Auctioneers.
    The Distinguished Alumni Award is was established in 2005 to recognize a distinguished graduate from a full-time program. Details online.

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    Posted: June 1, 2015
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    Video documentary about NBSS nominated for a New England Emmy

    A short video documentaryabout NBSS, produced by Comcast for their subscribers, has been nominated for a New England Emmy Award. Watch the video.

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    Posted: June 1, 2015