March 17, 2014
From bringing up his grades to overcoming his anger problems, an Albemarle County student is choosing to turn his life around.
In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, the once troubled Murray High School Student, Adam Nock is now using snowboarding to turn a rough upbringing into a successful future.
Adam Nock may look pretty jovial and outgoing on the slopes, but that hasn't always been the case especially before he started attending Murray High School.
He also comes from a broken home and had to move in with a family friend.
"I fell into kind of a bad group of kids and started skipping school a lot failed almost all my classes," said Nock, Murray Student & Snowboarder
However, things changed once he enrolled at Murray.
It's a smaller charter school in Albemarle Co. with a different model than the other comprehensive high schools in the county.
The school is designed to help struggling students like Adam master their classes but often in a non-traditional way.
They even have a slack line in their gym which allows Adam to practice some of his tricks before getting on his board.
"Some of our students are just overwhelmed in the larger environments and some of them are not as interested in a lot of the exterior trappings of high school that come with our larger comprehensive high schools. It's not part of their being and the way they relate to the world," said Ashby Kindler, Principal, Murray High School.
Adam was one of those students.
"Last year, I had a really bad anger problem and I would explode for no reason really and I would always say curse words and yell at my teachers and just storm out of the classroom," Nock said.
But things quickly changed in the classroom.
"As he's gotten to know his teachers, they've been able to understand how he learns and he's gotten some success that's built upon itself. Now he's often the kid who's here until 5:00pm every afternoon. He works hard and is willing to put in the time," said Kindler.
Not only is he now beginning to excel with his academics, he's making a name for himself in the snowboarding community. He even has a sponsor called Never Summer Snowboards.
"There's no other feeling like snowboarding. It just clears my head, makes me feel complete with myself," said Nock.
He's already collected several awards and has racked up enough points to get invited to compete in the national competetion in just a few weeks.
"I'm so proud of Adam. You know coming from his background and the challenges that he had as a kid. No kid should have to go through all the things that he had to go through. He has just risen and done so well. I'm so proud of him. He's living his dream right now," said Scott Stroney, Adam's Guardian.
Although, Adam has had a lot of family issues and problems at school, he wants kids like him to know that it's never too late to turn your life around.
"Don't drop out. It's not worth it. Go ahead and get your high school diploma. If you're not going to go to college, go to some kind of trade school. That's what I plan on doing. Because if snowboarding doesn't take me somewhere, I gotta have somewhere to fall back on.
Those wise words and lessons that he says are better learned late than never.
If Adam performs well at the national games in Colorado, he'll qualify to go to the X-Games.