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Alumni Spotlight - Bennett Nestok

Bennett Nestok, Class of 2009

After graduating from Mariemont, I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). I then pursued a Master of Education program at Harvard University, specializing in Technology, Innovation, and Education.
In DAAP’s cooperative education program, I completed five full-time internships and was actively involved in campus activities such as TEDx, robotics, and drawing editorial cartoons for university publications. I was President of the Master in Design (MDes) cohort, presented at global conferences, and received awards for my thesis. 
While at Harvard, I continued cartooning at various newspapers like MIT’s The Tech and The Harvard Crimson. I also became involved in We Gotta Run, a student organization aimed to encourage educators to pursue careers in politics. Additionally, I worked part-time at illustrious institutions such as the Harvard Creative Computing Lab and the MIT Media Lab. 
I returned to my home turf and became the Creative Director of a large company. Currently, I teach graphic design summer camps for the Digital Media Academy and work as an In Our Own Voice Program Leader for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Distinctly Mariemont: Becoming a Deep Thinker 
My love for education stems from my unforgettable experience at Mariemont High School. The mind-bending classes and daily opportunities to gain new perspectives made my four years there intoxicating and fruitful. Mariemont High School shaped me into a lifelong deep thinker, and I am incredibly grateful for that.