Class Night and Awards Ceremony
The 2018 Class Night and Awards Ceremony took place 6 p.m., June 20, in Alumni Gymnasium. It was the final award program of the season that began May 4, 2018, with the opening of the 128th Student Art Exhibition and Awards Ceremony, and the Athletic Awards Ceremony, June 19, 2018.
In total, 308 students received academic, athletic, and art awards amounting to over $377,826 from funds stewarded by the NFA Foundation, Inc., and generously provided by Norwich Free Academy's alumni and friends. This figure does not include any governmental, corporate, or institutional financial aid or scholarships students receive separate from those provided by the NFA Foundation, Inc. The Foundation exists to advance the educational opportunities available at Norwich Free Academy, including the oversight and stewardship of the many scholarship funds that benefit the Academy's students.
It is traditional for the Senior Class President to give the “Passage Speech” on Class Night.
Delivered, June 20, 2018
Brielle Jewell - Senior Class President
We all have to face a universal truth at some point in our lives. Everything eventually ends -- whether we like it or not.
I have looked forward to graduating from high school for most of my life, as you have, I am sure. However, I have always disliked endings: the last day of summer, the final day of an awesome vacation, the farewell to a close friend. But endings are inevitable. Leaves fall; planes fly away; you say goodbye. Tomorrow is one of those days. We say goodbye to everything familiar, everything comfortable, everything safe. We move on.
Leaving does not mean that NFA will no longer be a part of us. NFA is our solid ground. NFA is our safe place. NFA is our North Star.
Graduation is similar to taking that first step as a toddler. It is only the beginning of what’s to come. As take more steps, we develop new skills and learn to balance, but falling is inevitable. As we did as children, each time we fall, we must get back up, try again, and keep going.
So let’s think of graduation as that first step forward into life. We must make life’s difficulties and failures only spark new attempts and not discourage our progress. It is important to look back on the mistakes we made and appreciate the experiences we have had. And even better, look forward to this new chapter with anticipation and excitement. We have learned a lot. But there is still plenty of learning to do.
We, the Class of 2018, are a powerhouse of innovation and creativity. We will push the boundaries to make this world a better place, even in the smallest of ways. We are writers, influencers, leaders, and discoverers. We are campaigners and activists. We are teachers, and supporters. We are, and forever will be, Wildcats.