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2018 NFA Athletics Hall of Fame inductees

Athletes Honored at 2018 NFA Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Members of the 2018 NFA Athletics Hall of Fame induction class were honored during a ceremony held in the Slater Auditorium, Friday, October 12. Friends and family members attended the event, which was followed by a reception in the Atrium. 

The inductees expressed a common theme in their formal acceptance speeches. They spoke of the strong and positive influence that fellow student-athletes, team members, and coaches had on them, and the memories they shared during those formative years. It was clear that the time they spent at Norwich Free Academy had a lasting impact on their lives, and helped to shape and influence them as adults during their time away from campus.

The following former NFA student-athletes, coaches, and administrators have been inducted into the NFA Athletics Hall of Fame:

James Justice ’73
Gary Makowicki ’73
Michael DeLucia ’83
Jayne Ledoux Rice ’84
Robert Larkham ’85
Joey Kochanski Foo ’99
Christopher Andrew ’00
Krista Rappahahn Birnie ’02         
JJ Justice ’04


Ham Radio Club Makes Contact
NFA’s Amateur Radio & Engineering Club participated in the National Association for Amateur Radio School Club Roundup after school Wednesday, October 17. A group of about 10 new and returning club members gathered in the “ham shack” on the top floor of the Cranston building to compete with other schools and amateur radio clubs to see who could make the most contacts via ham radio. 

The students took turns tuning the dial and reciting the club’s call sign W1HLO (Whiskey, One, Hotel, Lima, Oscar) attempting to make contact. Despite the less than perfect atmospheric conditions, the club managed to exchange QSO information with groups in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, and Florida.

The Amateur Radio & Engineering Club has been operating at NFA since 1944. Members learn about electrical engineering, computer science, and robotics through collaborative projects like the School Club Roundup. Amateur Radio, the hobby of using wireless methods to communicate globally and locally, is the glue that connects these disciplines. Students have the option of receiving their amateur radio license as well. 

Past student projects include a high-altitude balloon for measuring temperature and wind patterns, all-terrain robots, 3D printed robot parts, and communications via radio with other schools across the country and the world.


Students Complete PSAT Testing
On Wednesday, October 10, 9th, 10th, and 11th-graders completed the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 477 or 95.6% of 9th graders took the PSAT 8/9, the first in the SAT suite of assessment tests designed to monitor student progress. A total of 1,054 10th and 11th-graders completed the PSAT/NMSQT, or 91.3%. The test was practice for 10th-graders and for 11th graders it will determine eligibility for future National Merit Scholarship awards. 

Students will be notified in December when their scores are available to view online.


Student Art on Display

Students in Stephanie Blonsky’s Unified Art Class worked in pairs to create two mixed media relief pieces of sculptural hands that were either transformed into something else, or in motion. Their work appears in the Unified Art Display in the Sidney E. Frank Center for Visual & Performing Art.