Recent Buford High School graduate Nash Perry excelled in both academics and athletics as a student — Nash is an honor graduate who maintained a 4.0 GPA, graduating in the top 60 of his class. He began playing varsity lacrosse his freshman year and became a starter as a sophomore. A midfielder, Nash helped the Wolves to the Final Four in the 2023 GHSA state lacrosse championships.

The Gwinnett Lacrosse League recognized Nash with all-county honors, naming him to third team in attack. In February, Nash signed on to play lacrosse at the college level on scholarship at the Virginia Military Institute, where he also plans to join the Air Force ROTC. He intends to commission into the Air Force after graduating VMI and become a flight surgeon.

Nash, who enrolled in Buford City Schools in seventh grade, says he wants to be remembered as a “student who was responsible and respectful in the classroom and always gave their best effort on every test and assignment.” 

He says his favorite teacher at BHS is Mr. Patrick Shawcross in the social studies department. 

“He is my favorite teacher because he doesn’t treat me like a high school student,” Nash says, “but he talks to me like his friend and he has a great, fun personality when teaching.” 

Nash has the following advice for rising ninth graders who will start their freshman year at Buford this fall: 

“… start good studying habits freshman year because it will only get harder as you progress throughout high school and into college,” he says. “Starting to take school seriously at that age will set you up for success every year after that and after you graduate.” 

The son of Buford residents Clint and Melanie Perry, Nash has an older brother, Nick, who attends Charleston Southern University. 

Nash credits his parents with helping him reach his goals.  

“Both of my parents have been the most influential in my life because they always know what is best for me and they help me make important decisions and they guide me on the path to fulfill the career that I want,” Nash says. 

This Spotlight is made possible by the generosity of the City of Buford.

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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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