Graduation Comes Full Circle for SHS Alum
JULY 20, 2020 -- In 2014, Nick Mabee graduated from Shakopee High School with plans. He had already spent much of his high school career working in video production. From making fun videos with friends, to videos for 4-H projects to recording musicals at St. John’s Church in Shakopee, Nick had found something he loved and could make his future.
After graduation, Nick went to the University of Minnesota where he majored in Communications and minored in Leadership. There, he was able to hone in on his love of storytelling through video. After college, he started his own business, called madcap creative. Madcap creative offers web design, video production, live-streaming, consulting and creative project management. Madcap creative is a way for Nick to do what loves and serve the community.
“The definition of madcap is to do something differently or in a way that isn't expected, and that is how I operate my own business,” said Mabee. “I took a bit of a different path than other businesses I have worked for in the past. Instead of working to make my own self rich, I work for the enrichment of our community.”
Nick knew a less than typical graduation was not what Shakopee High School had planned, so he heard that the graduation might be virtual this year, Nick reached out to principal Jeff Pawlicki to offer his services. Nick has built a graduation information website, he will live stream the event throughout the day at Vaughan Field and is putting together the virtual ceremony that will be available online for families to enjoy during their day of celebration.
“We are so thankful for madcap creative and Nick,” said principal Pawlicki. “To be able to give our students a top-notch experience and to have an alum working on this project means the world to us.”
“I remember my graduation from high school back in 2014 very fondly - the student speakers, the general vibe of excitement, and being together in community to celebrate our great accomplishment,” said Mabee. “I figure if I can assist in providing as much of that feeling as I can, given the pandemic we're living in and the need to keep our community safe this year, it is a win for both myself and all the seniors being able to celebrate, albeit differently, their own great accomplishment.”