1. Your Name: Karen Britt (Coltrane)
2. Graduating Class of ICN: 1994
3. Favorite Memory at Norcom: Winning Homecoming Queen
4. Your goal for the position you hold this year: In the elected position of Public relations, it is my duty to build and maintain a positive public image for a Alumni Association. I hope to build and create media, from press releases to social media messages and platforms, that shapes a positive public opinion of our organization and beloved alma mater. I also hope to increase awareness of our brand as an alumni association to build a network of alumni from newly graduated to the seasoned so we can sustain its legacy, spirit, pride, and traditions.
5. Favorite Quote: "... I have come to realize that what distinguishes one child from another is not ability but access; access to education, access to opportunity, access to love." -Lauryn Hill
6. Favorite Teacher/Admin at Norcom: My favorite teacher at Norcom was Zelene Bell—she was a nurturer and her lessons extended beyond the classroom. Also my cheer coach, Mrs. Bell was so compassionate and I truly love her because she left a long lasting impression on how to be a better citizen, student and human being.
7. What's your professional background/what do you do for a living and how long have you been doing it? If you are retired...what DID you do? I was a career teacher. I taught English for 15 years. Most of my years teaching were in Portsmouth, I came back to pour into the community that nurtured me! Now I own an embroidery business, graphics company, and coach cheer at Norcom.
8. What advice would you give your teenage self? If I could talk to little Karen, I’d have so much to say! Oh my! People will take advantage of your good heart, so take a minute to listen and learn people. Also people won’t like you because of your spirit, but don’t worry about that because God’s got you!
9. What's the first concert you ever attended? Earth, Wind, and Fire
10. Favorite memory or favorite place to visit in Portsmouth? McDonald’s on Airline used to host High School night. I remember one particular time they had a stage and DJ towards the back of the parking lot. All the high school Greeks in Portsmouth participated in a step show. The highlight of the competition was entering the stage with my Xino sisters performing our steps. But what truly stood out most was the friendly competition and camaraderie that we shared being from Portsmouth.
11. Your Pet Peeve: Liars.
12. Guilty Pleasure: Homemade baked goods yummy