Nicole is the daughter of Frederick and Kathi Salisbury of Dover. While at Dover High School, Nicole participated in many after school activities and sports. She played field hockey in grades 10,11, and 12. Nicole was also the first female pole-vaulter for Dover's spring track team during her sophomore and junior years.
Nicole Salisbury and Ashley Lagasse, both 17, overwhelmingly led other couples when the yearbook staff conducted its annual "senior superlatives" survey in 2001. The couple received more than 77 percent of the vote of their fellow students in her Dover, New Hampshire.
But when Principal Robert Pedersen heard that most of the senior student body voted for the lesbian couple, he declared the vote invalid because "the ballot asked students to choose one male and one female."
Salisbury and Lagasse have been a couple for just over two years. Both said their classmates have been very supportive, telling them to "just keeping fighting."
The superintendent Armand LaSelva overruled the school principal and said that same-sex couples were eligible for the title, and said the original results will stand. Nicole was involved in the Gay/Straight Alliance that was formed in her school.
Nicole has received a Women's Athletic and Academic Award during her senior year. She has also been in the Spanish Honor Society throughout her four years at Dover High School and the French Honor Society in her senior year. Accepted at Northeastern University and the University of New Hampshire, Nicole has decided to attend Northeastern University to study Medical Laboratory Science.