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About all things NFA, and published in the Sunday edition of the Norwich Bulletin, NFA World is a regular column written by Geoff Serra,  Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Check back regularly for a new posting.


Sunday, March 29,2015

A Musical Week

Choral Director Tonya Laymon has announced the Choral Music Senior Dedication Concert, 7 p.m., April 1, in Slater Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
The evening features performances from the Concert Choir, the Chamber Singers, the Women’s Chorus, and the NFA Ambassadors. The program offers a variety of musical pieces. All choirs will combine to perform “Voice Dance III” by Greg Jasperse.

Other pieces include “Seize the Day” by Menken arranged by Shaw from Disney’s “Newsies – The Musical,” “Bones Be Goodby Gwyneth Walker from “Dreams and Dances,” and “We Sing” by Brian Tate. Other pieces include “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?” by Greg Gilpin, “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” arranged by. Moses Hogan, and “Awake, My Soul, and Sing!” by Victor C. Johnson.
Seniors performing include Nicholas Avalos, Hayden Bustamante, Giulia Cardillo, Samantha Casady, Yuri Choi, Rickensia Clebert, Evelyn Cournoyer, Mikaela Boone, John Demario, Megan Deojay, Jazmin Dimalanta, and Anissa Fernandez.

Also performing are seniors Rachael Gallogly, Alayah Goodrich, Chandler Gottshall, Jacqulina Jicha, Jordan Judge, Joseph Keith, Tengzen Kunga, Selena Maddux, Corey McCaslin , Gervaise Rosario, Madeline Sanchi, Sara Vega, Emma Warzecha, Megan Weir, Josh Wenzel, and Anne Whitehead.
Instrumental Band Director Kristen Motola and her musicians will perform, 7 p.m., April 2 on the Slater stage. The concert features the NFA Concert Band, the Zazz Band and Orchestra. The performance is free and open to the public
The program includes "Legends in the Mist," an eerie selection depicting the legends of the finger lakes in New York;”Bagatelle,” an energetic classic by Antonin Dvorak,  and jazz classic “Ornithology.”
Seniors performing in their final spring concert include Maria Bueno, Hayden Bustamante, Pamela Cintron,Micaela Dinan, Jason Egbert, Nicholas Nieto, Natasha Pryzgoda, Parker Robbins, Kimberly Rodgriguez, Gabriel Slane, Nicole Smith, Tanner Steinhagen, Elisabeth Wichser, and Valary-Jo Winstead.
Motola has also announced that NFA instrumental musicians will be traveling to Boston in April to compete in the Festivals of Music competition, and the NFA Concert Band will perform with the Central Connecticut State University Wind Ensemble at the end of the month.

NHS New t-shirts

For over ten years, senior National Honor Society members have supported the Rose City Senior Center’s successful Saint Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage fund raising luncheon. The young men and women of the Henry A. Tirrell Chapter provide kitchen, table, and clean up service so that the Center can serve over 250 diners plates of the Irish favorite.
This year, the group showed up, not in the usual array of green attire, but uniformly dressed in new student designed t-shirts.
Seniors on the trip included Derek Allard, Josiah Babbitt, Sandy Chen, Kevin Chu, Hannah Curry, Kelsey Dibernardo, Sarah Diroma, Alexis Droesch, Alicia Finegan, Morgan Gray, Regan Harvey, Xiaolin Huang, Kaneza Kadambaya, Taylor Korenkiewicz, Zachary Lane, Erika LaRose, Enita Liang, Kyle Lunde, and Abigail Mattern. 
On the trip also were Hayden Murphy, Juan Jose Parraga Chambi, Malvina Pietrzykowski, Maria Provatas, Bailey Randolph, Pamela Russo, Nowshin Sanzida, Arsal Shah, Maifrank Sobrino, Ryleigh Swanson, Erica Traini, Amy Wang, Emma Warzecha, Selena Williamson, Valary Jo Winstead, Rui Zheng
Accompanying the students were English teacher and NHS Adviser Debra Kendall and Social Studies teacher Lorraine Dooley. “The students worked hard and were a positive representation of the students we serve at NFA,” remarked Kendall. The annual visit is a favorite event for many seniors.

Career Expo Rescheduled for April

Mother Nature had other plans for November 26, the day NFA scheduled a Career Expo, project to broaden the horizons of NFA students about their working future, whether or not they intend to pursue education or training after high school.

Spearheaded by Head of Career & Technical Education Department Linda Farinha, English teacher Michael LeFevre, and school counselor Kat Machnik, the event will take place April 10.
Career Expo Day at NFA will be April 10, the day before spring break, April 13-17. It will be a half-day. All students in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to attend 3 presentations with professionals in a variety of careers and fields of employment and to attend 2 career skills workshops, including “Resume Writing & Cover Letters”; “Interviewing”; “Diversity & Teamwork in a Global Workplace”; “Workplace Communication”; “Dressing for Success/Social Media”; “Advice from Recent Alumni”; “Finding a Job”; “Workplace Dos & Don’ts”; and “Planning for Your Financial Future.”
About 150 members of the community including a large contingent of NFA alumni, especially more recent graduates, younger professionals who are leaders in their fields will be on campus.

Students will choose to attend three workshops with career professionals in the following career clusters: Architecture & Engineering; Arts & Media; Business & Finance; Education; Construction & Trades; Hospitality, Retail, & Recreation; Health & Medical; Human Services; Legal Services & Government; Military; and Science; and Technology.
Among those working with NFA students will be a licensed land surveyor, a utility project engineer, a CBS News and 60 Minutes Associate Producer, newspaper reporters, published authors, bankers, real estate agents, and financial advisors. Included will be carpenters, electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians, computer repairmen, digital strategists, network specialists, and general contractors.

Medical personnel will include a physical therapist, dentist, dental hygienist, veterinarian, certified nurse-midwife, and paramedic. There will be pastors, firefighters, licensed therapists, politicians, state policemen, attorneys and paralegals. Some of the more unusual presenters will include models, radio hosts, executive chefs, an aquarist, a licensed funeral director, and a zoo keeper.

FINAL THOUGHT:  An African proverb says "Music speaks louder than words."


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