Noah Kingsbury of Twin Cities, Minnesota, is currently a freshman at Wheaton College in Illinois. Each Thursday, Noah can be seen in full-body camo uniform, complete with a short haircut and stiff march, signifying his commitment to the ROTC program and the United States Army, including the Army Reserve and National Guard. Despite his regularly tough appearance, Noah Kingsbury has a multifaceted character that goes far beyond his external presentation. “A thought I’ve had a lot… is that people, when they meet me, will kind of put me in a box based on my appearance,” he said.
Noah has lived in Twin Cities for most of his life with his parents and three younger brothers, Zane, Aiden and Max. One of Noah’s earliest memories is that of experiencing flying when his father was in residency in Belize and Kenya. He recalls, “we were taking off in a bush pilot plane and there were cows in the runway so we had to circle around and scare them off. I had pretty much puked nonstop on the flight to Amsterdam so I was scared… sitting alone in the back, clutching my french toast. I was four.”
Upon returning to the United States, Noah’s unique well-roundedness continued to develop throughout grade school and high school. His first experience with singing came his freshman year in high school when his mother urged him to join concert choir. Noah admitted that he was initially against the idea and thought that opting to joining choir rather than have an extra study hall period was “stupid.” However, he quickly warmed up to the idea and after just three years was accepted into the top chamber group and secured a lead role in the school musical. Reflecting back to the weeks of preparation, Noah said, “doing the musical with my friends and seeing my family be super proud is one of the happiest memories of my life.”
Now in college, Noah no longer is involved in performing arts, but is devoted to the Rolling Thunder Battalion, a part of the national ROTC program. After his three years of service for the U.S. Army after college, Noah hopes to pursue a governmental job that would allow him to fight human trafficking across the globe.
He strongly believes that “you have to be generalized as a person, there’s the action-y side of me but also the more creative like writing and art and singing stuff. You don’t have to be either or, you can be both.” Noah lives out this belief in his involvement in this program coupled with his love for singing, writing and male fashion. His father has a tradition of giving each of the boys a sword on their thirteenth birthday; for Noah’s birthday, his father gave him a the sword from Braveheart, because he believed the character reflected Noah’s “warrior poet” character. Since then, Noah said he has tried to embrace this image of a warrior poet as not only a well-rounded, but a strong and thoughtful person. His one desire is for people to know that he “just wants them to be happy,” which he hopes to demonstrate in his military service and future occupation.