BSC alum Nathan Kurtti – prepared for every stage of life

 Jul 25 2018
It may be surprising to find out that BSC Foundation Theatre Scholarship recipient and NDSU’s December 2016 commencement speaker Nathan Kurtti didn’t always have a way with words. He worked hard to become who he is today – an English teacher at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo.

Kurtti was born with a speech impediment that required surgery and speech therapy. “I was very insecure about not being able to speak well. Having a small role (in community theater), helped me dip my toes in the water and practice speaking.” Now, he’s grateful that he’s able to model a good work ethic for the students in his classroom. “It helps make me see the full circle of everything. I know where I started and how I had to work to get here.”

He worked to become a better speaker by joining competitive speech in high school and participating in Sakakawea South Shore Community Theatre, a summer production company in his hometown of Hazen. “It got me out of my comfort zone and helped me be a more confident individual.”

Continue reading this story written for the Summer 2018 issue of BSC Magazine.