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.
In addition, 12 members of the class of 2017 will continue to receive support per donor intent that include multi-year scholarship provisions.
The program, streamed live on NFA-TV and YouTube, featured music by the Jazz Ensemble and NFA Ambassadors. NFA Foundation Board of Directors President Keith Fontaine '78, welcomed, and Linda Farinha, 2017 Teacher of the Year, spoke to the gymnasium filled with recipients, families, friends, faculty, and staff.
Senior Class President Brielle Jewell delivered the traditional Passage Speech. She told her classmates, “We must make life’s difficulties and failures only spark new attempts and not discourage our progress….We have learned a lot. But there is still plenty of learning to do.”
Science teacher Michael Scanlon, Jr. and Director of Communications and Public Affairs Geoff Serra announced winners as Head of School David Klein congratulated students and posed with them for pictures.
View a recording of the live broadcast, the entire program and list of awards, and speeches here.