Success After Solebury School

Carol Wright '16
American University '20

“Because of the teachers at Solebury, I grew to learn that what I say in a conversation adds value and that my voice is a tool I should utilize more often.” —Carol

At Solebury School, Carol was an active member of various clubs and a three-sport athlete; she also served on our Academic Committee and Judiciary Committee and was known for her admirable work ethic. Carol graduated as a leader in the classroom, which may have surprised the 9th grade version of herself. “Solebury taught me to break out of my shell. During my freshman year, it took a lot for me to speak up in the classroom because I was often nervous or scared to say the wrong answer. Because of the teachers at Solebury, I grew to learn that what I say in a conversation adds value and that my voice is a tool I should utilize more often.”

Carol has used her voice in a powerful way. As a senior at Solebury, she launched an online magazine called Nyota, focused on emerging stars in music, fashion, and culture and presented in a refreshingly positive tone. She honed Nyota’s content for her Teach2Serve capstone project, and in the spring of 2016, she gave a TEDx presentation on the creation of Nyota, from initial idea to publishing the first issue. Nine issues later, as editor in chief, she continues to juggle its quarterly production and its growing staff with her schoolwork at American University. At American, she is a sophomore majoring in journalism and minoring in business and entertainment; she is also a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Photo Collective, as well as an ambassador for the School of Communications. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in marketing.

Carol’s most exciting professional opportunity to date arose thanks to Nyota and a Solebury School connection — Jeff Vespa ’88, an old schoolmate of her dad’s, Navarrow Wright '88 P'16. In the summer of 2017, she traveled to Los Angeles for a Nyota cover shoot with Disney Channel star Skai Jackson, who Carol contacted through social media and booked on her own. But, Carol explains, “It all came together because of Jeff Vespa, an amazing celebrity photographer and Solebury School alumnus who was kind enough to let me use his studio for the shoot and mentor me throughout the entire process. I learned so much during a short amount of time, and that experience will forever impact me.”

Nyota’s readership has grown steadily; the most recent issue has garnered more than 125,000 impressions and counting.