Juliet Morales, Commended Student and Hispanic Scholar
NFA senior Juliet Morales has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program and recognized as a National Hispanic Scholar by the College Board. As a commended student, Morales is one of 34,000 students nationally recognized for academic promise, and she places in the top 5% of 1.5 million students who competed in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. As a National Hispanic Scholar, Morales is one of 5,300 Latio/Hispanic students recognized from a pool of over 259,000 students.
Morales, a member of the Girls Swim Team and manager of the Boys Swim Team, is president of NFA’s Science National Honor Society and NFA’s Spanish Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. She also works a full schedule at Norwich’s TJ Maxx. The youngest of four siblings, Morales will be the first in her family to attend college.
Morales, who plans to pursue a career in bio-chemistry and medicine, also wishes to minor in political science. “I love my teachers,” says Morales. “They understand, are flexible, and are always there to help me.”
While not the first NFA student commended in the National Merit Scholarship Program, Morales is the first at NFA to be both commended and recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program which began in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. “We are very, very proud of her,” said her counselor, Kelsey Iovino.
Local Color & Diversity
“Local Color” – Celebrating Connecticut through Fiber Art” is on exhibition until January 14, 2014, in Converse Art Gallery. The exhibition is a juried, traveling exhibition of fiber art created by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) in the Connecticut Region, celebrating the beauty and diversity of Connecticut. Joining the SAQA is Fiber Revolution, a professional textile artist group. Their show “Diversity,” advances their mission to increase visibility of fiber as an artistic form and medium.
The free, public opening reception takes place, 2-4 p.m., today. A show catalog and various works by the artists will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.
The Slater has also put out a call to artists to enter the 70th Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition in February. The prospectus can be downloaded at slatermuseum.org/exhibitions.
For the fourth consecutive year culinary and Project Outreach students baked homemade pies for the St. Vincent.de Paul Center’s Thanksgiving holiday meal. This year’s donation of 40 pies was the largest yet. Consumer and Family Science teacher Laura Dance and Project Outreach Coordinator Jodi Vara worked with the students.
Volunteer student bakers included seniors: Milagro Butler, Kayln Jones, Dee Mcgee, Trevor Neves, and Yizi Wang; uppers Brett Cox, Kenny Jeune, Raven Johnson, Enita Liang, Ian Michelli, Jermain Morgan, Maria Provatas, Sophie Swedin ,and Jackie Yung; lowers: Selena Baker, Taylor Bradley, Diamond Jackson, Brittney LeClair, Elizabeth Daley, Velicidy DeAndrade, Natalie, Grayson, Tiffany Keller, Anna Marsh, Jada Mercado, Brooke McClelland, Breanna Rolfe, Cherica Smith, Shandra ,Smith Cassandra Trask, and Abby Wilson; and freshmen Monica Bartlett, Lauren Bower, Alyssa Friedrich, Olivia Hunt, Charles Liang, Hannah Magrey, Patricia Nelson, Todd Nguyen, Maggie Peter, and Vidhi Surti.
Last week, student support staff including school psychologists and social worker, and others sponsored Mental Health Awareness Week on campus. Since 1990, Congress has endorsed National Alliance on Mental Illness efforts each fall to raise mental illness awareness. This year’s theme was "Being Successful/Flexible in the Face of Change,” and served as a reminder to practice flexibility and tolerance at home, school, and work, especially as the busy holiday season engulfs us.
School psychologists Cori Beckwith and MykelBridget Czaja told faculty and staff, “Every day you do such great things for our students, so ‘keep on keeping on’ and make sure to take care of yourself along the way.”
Mark the calendar and plan to attend two upcoming musical events showcasing the choral and instrumental talent of NFA students. The Winter Choral Concert takes place 7-9 p.m., December 11, at Kelly Middle School. Second quarter progress reports will be mailed at the end of next week, and parents should look for a letter from Head of School David Klein about changes in practices of reporting of student absences.
Today’s FINAL THOUGHT is from Nelba Marquez-Greene’s “Letter to Teachers” published in September’s Education Week. Marquez-Greene’s 6 year-old daughter, Ana Grace, was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting one year ago:
“Your courage will support students who are left out and overlooked, like the isolated young man who killed my daughter. At some point he was a young, impressionable student, often sitting all alone at school. You will have kids facing long odds for whom your smile, your encouraging word, and your willingness to go the extra mile will provide the comfort and security they need to try again tomorrow.”