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Nonnewaug senior Rubie Lombardi is an award-winning artist, a lead actress, and a student leader. (Courtesy of Rubie Lombardi)
Nonnewaug senior Rubie Lombardi is an award-winning artist, a lead actress, and a student leader. (Courtesy of Rubie Lombardi)

WOODBURY — Leader, artist, actress and all-around kind person: all attributes that remind people of one of Nonnewaug’s most prized students, senior Rubie Lombardi. 

“[She] leads by example. I think she’s compassionate and she is a strong leader,” art teacher Leeza Desjardins says. “I think of her like my own daughter, like a mini-me where she steps up and does a lot of different things for art and the National Art Honor Society.” 

Lombardi has many passions, but most of them fall into the category of the arts. 

Art has always been a driving force in my life,” Lombardi says. “I really looked up to the things I saw seniors making and masterpieces alike, so I decided to put a lot of energy into learning, improving, and creating. Now, the art room is my second home and I’m constantly thinking about my next pieces.” 

Lombardi has many strong art pieces, but her AP Art and Design project is one of which she is especially proud. 

Rubie Lombardi’s AP Art and Design portfolio’s focus is about finding happiness in solitude. (Courtesy of Rubie Lombardi)

I’m very proud of my most recent series of works for AP Art about finding happiness and comfort in your own solitude and femininity,” Lombardi says.  

As a junior in 2022-23, Lombardi won a Silver Key in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for multiple pieces of her artwork. She was also recognized by Nonnewaug staff members and received the Harvard Book Award and the 21st Century Leadership Award. 

In addition to the visual arts, Lombardi has had a passion for theater ever since she was young. In December, she played the lead role in the Nonnewaug Drama Club’s production of Radium Girls. 

“I’ve been passionate about singing and performing since I was little, so I joined theater in my freshman year,” Lombardi says. “It’s been very rewarding to put on so many shows and be showcased along with amazing casts.”

Not only is she talented in the arts, but Lombardi backs up those skills with academics and leadership.

“This year, I am the president of the National Art Honor Society and [vice president] of the National English Honor Society,” Lombardi says. “To get into these honor societies, you have to maintain good grades and demonstrate an interest in the subject, along with a willingness to put in a lot of time after school.”

One of Lombardi’s best qualities according to her friends is how she easily makes relationships with anyone. Her warm and inviting smile along with her open-minded personality can make anyone feel welcome. 

“I love how outgoing she is and how friendly she is towards people,” says senior Bella Starr, one of Lombardi’s best friends.

Lombardi is already preparing for what many envision will be a bright future.

“My main goal right now is to get into a liberal arts college to pursue a dual-degree program for English and fine arts,” Lombardi said. “My dream is to be a writer and artist.”

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Morgan Willis '27, Reporter
Morgan Willis is a freshman at Nonnewaug and a first-year reporter for the NHS Chief Advocate. She is a part of Freshman Class Council and the National Art Honor Society. She loves to get involved with lots of aspects of the school. She loves to write about pop culture, sports, and the school community.
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    EdFeb 16, 2024 at 8:41 am

    She is definitely a great kid! And by the way, did you kmow she’s going to Wesleyan?!

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