In My Own Words: Bob Nobles III
Bob Nobles III is a student at Kennedy Krieger School Programs: Greenspring Campus. He has a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome.
I started attending Kennedy Krieger in fifth grade. I’m now a junior in high school. It’s been a really good experience. I don’t think I’d be where I am now if it hadn’t been for Kennedy Krieger. Before I came here, I was below grade level on everything, I had low self-esteem, and my behavior was an issue.
The bus comes and picks up my twin brother Brian and me at 5:50 a.m. It’s a two-and-a-half-hour ride to and from school. It’s not bad. I usually sleep or read a book. What’s neat about Kennedy Krieger is that you have people from different walks of life, from different parts of not only Maryland and DC, but different parts of the world. It’s neat to talk with them and share your life experiences.
In December 2011, my Young Marines unit took a trip to Pearl Harbor to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the attack. We participated in a parade where we marched through Honolulu along with high school bands, hula dancers, and other Young Marines units. The next day we went on a tour of Oahu. We saw a lot of really neat things.
Last fall, I was selected to represent Kennedy Krieger as a student ambassador for the Festival of Trees. I got to greet Santa Claus and throw presents to kids. I didn’t get nervous because I’ve been on a stage before. The mayor of my hometown of New Windsor, in Carroll County, read an article about me and decided to give me an award for being an outstanding citizen. At a town council meeting, he called me up, presented me with the award, and I gave a speech.
I was able to express that I would not have gotten to where I am now without my parents. They showed me the value of respect. That’s what has helped me through most of my life, through school, through everything.
My main goal is to get into the Naval Academy and graduate as a Marine Corps officer. Even before the Young Marines I was talking about pursuing a military career to serve my country. I don’t see how my disability will affect me getting there. I believe that if I put my mind to it and do my best in school, then I will succeed in my goals.