Annual Class Night and Awards Ceremony

More than $475,000 was awarded to nearly 300 students during the annual Norwich Free Academy Class Night and Awards Ceremony held virtually Tuesday, June 8.

Produced by the Academy’s Communications Department, the program was available for viewing on YouTube and through local public access channels.

Head of School Dr. Brian M. Kelly served as host and introduced Todd Postler ’81, President of the NFA Foundation Board of Directors who spoke about the greater NFA community.

“Tomorrow, we will welcome you as our newest alumni. And while the next time you step on campus you will no longer be an NFA student, you will forever be a part of this unique community,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to get involved. Stay in touch. Remain connected. No matter the scenario, the importance of remaining connected to your soon to be alma mater cannot be understated.

The incredible amount of scholarships presented by the NFA Foundation went to 295 students in hundreds of academic, athletic and art scholarship awards. The figure does not include any government, corporate or institutional financial aid or scholarships students may receive separately from those provided by the NFA Foundation thanks to the immense generosity of Norwich Free Academy’s alumni and friends. The NFA Foundation exists to advance the educational opportunities available at Norwich Free Academy, including the oversight and stewardship of the many scholarship funds that benefit our students.

Senior Class President Jareth Tosses addressed students and talked about the ability for the Class of 2021 to affect change.

“I am asking for each and every one of us to be able to question ourselves and recognize the queries and critiques of others as an opportunity for growth, rather than an attack,” he said. “By recognizing change is inevitable, we can become a more just world. Not only do I encourage you to make the world a better place, but expect and believe that it is possible.”

NFA Teacher of the Year Rebecca Holdridge congratulated the Class of 2021 on its resilience during the pandemic.

“This year wasn’t easy. There were many times when we all felt isolated and overwhelmed,” she said. “And whether you ever stop to realize it, this gave you the choice to settle or rise. It would have been easy to throw up your hands and count your senior year as a casualty of circumstance…but, instead, you chose to rise, becoming an inspiration to those who will follow.”

Director of Operations Kristin Peckrul and School Counseling Department Head Kelsey Klaeson announced the winners of each award.

View a recording of the entire ceremony and find the event program here.