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Former GFA Volleyball Captain Meets The President

John Nash

Alex Nason’s story began at an early afternoon dinner with her family, while on a final Summer 2022 vacation fling in South Carolina before returning to school for her final year of college.

It wound up with Nason, a 2019 graduate of Greens Farms Academy and a one-time captain of the Dragons varsity volleyball team, having a face-to-face meeting with the President of the United States.

“The story is that our family planned this trip about six months ago, maybe a year ago,” Nason said. “We just wanted to do a family trip before we went back to school.”

A family friend had invited the Nasons—and Will McCall, another 2019 GFA graduate, who is also Alex’s boyfriend—to a beach club for dinner.

“It was early, but it was weirdly empty,” Alex recalled. “We wondered why nobody was there. We were very surprised.”

The family sat down, ordered some appetizers and drinks, when they started noticing a crowd forming outside the beach club’s entrance.

 

“You could see all these little kids in bathing suits and you could see their parents,” Nason said. “They were obviously waiting for something.”

The restaurant manager glanced at the Nason’s table and knowingly said, “You’re going to want to sit right where you are.”

Minutes later, a large group of well-dressed and intimidating individuals entered the establishment and parked themselves at various spots throughout the eatery.

“We were the last people to know what was going on,” Nason said. “But the Secret Service just started coming in and they’re massive. We said, ‘We’re either in the safest restaurant in the world, or we’re in big trouble.’”

The Nasons knew that President Joe Biden and his family were also vacationing in the area.

“We thought it might be his son,” said Nason.

Instead, in walked the elder Biden himself, the 46th President of the United States, who made a direct path to the Nason’s table as he headed for his own seating area in the back.

“He just stopped, and I was smiling and making eye contact,” Nason said. “I just happened to be in his path and he just stopped and came over and talked to me. I was like, ‘Hi, Mr. President.’ I wish I had said something cooler, but it was all I could muster, and I was pretty proud I got that in.”

As the President said hello to everybody at the table, he turned his gaze to Nason’s younger, Brady, who attended GFA until 5th grade when the family moved to Virginia.

 

“He looked at my brother and asked if I knew this guy and I said, ‘Yup, that’s my little brother,’” Nason said.

The President reminded Brady that it was his job to keep the boys away from his older sister, not knowing McCall was actually sitting directly to her left.

“I was like, oh my god, that is so something an 80-year-old grandfather would say,” Nason said with a laugh. “And it was so ironic that Will was actually there. Luckily, he didn’t ask me who he was.”

The President bid the family fare well, and headed to his table, leaving the Nasons with a story of a lifetime.

Truth be told, President Biden was not the first President Alex Nason had met.

 

While George W. Bush was in office, a much younger Nason met him while attending the White House’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

In another coincidence, though, one Nason forgot to bring  up, she actually had been a small part of the Biden administration.

She had been an intern with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, D.C., working under Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“I wish I had told him that,” said Nason, who is a political science major at Duke University and hopes to work in Washington, D.C., after graduation.

In the end, though, Nason was just honored to meet the President.

“I guess I was just very humbled that he would stop and speak to me,” she said. “I felt so honored that we were the only table he stopped at. I’m the one in the family studying politics, so it was just motivation for me to get back out there and finish my senior year. It was like divine intervention or something.”

It might be nearly four years since Nason was in the back row of the GFA volleyball court, digging out balls for the front line.

Soon enough, after graduating from Duke this spring, Nason hopes to be a part of the front line herself, in Washington, D.C., doing what she can to make positive change for the future.