Kingsburg High School alumni Nicholas Smith has demonstrated Viking Valor through his community service, hard work and perseverance. Being raised in Kingsburg and a member of the Class of 1998, Smith still embodies the coveted characteristics of being a Viking which include kindness, honor, success and determination.
All of this makes him the perfect model of Viking Valor and this month’s honoree.
After graduating from KHS, Smith continued his education at U.C. Santa Barbara where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Smith was then accepted at the prestigious Hastings College of Law housed at UC San Francisco where he earned a juris doctorate degree.
Following law school, between the years 2006-2013, Mr. Smith served as Deputy District Attorney in the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office. Today, Smith works as an attorney with the private law firm Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss in Monterey County, where his focus is on civil litigation and business law.
Beyond his full time career in law, Smith is also serving a four-year term on the City Council for the City of Pacific Grove. He enjoys working as a city council member because he knows that it's important to give back to the community in a way that really makes a noticeable impact.
“Being elected to the Pacific Grove City Council last year was a very humbling and inspiring moment, and I am truly grateful to be able to serve my community as a representative. You really can have a positive impact on the community and see the results, which is very rewarding,” Smith explained.
Though the accomplishments Smith has achieved beyond his Kingsburg upbringing are impressive, he still credits his foundation here for much of his success.
In high school Smith was a very busy student-athlete. He played basketball, was a runner on the track team, and played on the football team all fours years. “There were a lot of good memories, but some of my favorite memories were from football game days and the games we played. There was something special about being part of a team with a common goal and the excitement leading up to the game.”
Smith was involved not just in sports, but in many levels of academia. In fact, he served as the Sports Editor for the Viking Voice student newspaper and he was elected ASB President his senior year.
Smith also credits his education and KHS teachers with preparing him for higher education. “Academics at KHS prepared me for my undergraduate and legal education. We had excellent teachers that took a genuine interest in our success as students and our character as individuals,”explained Smith. Still, with all he has accomplished, Smith credits his family for his greatest pride.
“Being a dad to three wonderful little girls and husband to a great woman are the things I am most proud of in my life,” Smith shared.
His work as an attorney, Pacific Grove councilman, and proud family man make Nicholas Smith this month’s Viking Valor honoree.
Viking Valor Story
By Kelsey Olson, Viking Voice Editor