2019 Class Night & Awards Ceremony
2019 Class Night & Awards Ceremony crowd view
 
The annual Class Night & Awards Ceremony, the final awards event of the year, was held 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, in Alumni Gymnasium. Art Awards were given May 10, and Athletic Awards June 6.
 
The program, streamed live on NFA-TV and YouTube, began with music played by the Jazz Ensemble and an opening by Head of School David Klein.

NFA Foundation Board of Directors President Keith Fontaine ‘78 welcomed guests with a bit of history about the Foundation. “Tonight is really part of a long and honorable tradition — the very first corporators of NFA endowed the first award in 1857,” he explained. “You have 162 years of support behind you. It’s part of the rich and special legacy that is NFA.”
 
In total, the NFA Foundation presented $408,088 in 410 academic, athletic and art scholarships and awards to 297 recipients. 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., and generously provided by Norwich Free Academy's alumni and friends. 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 their speeches, Class President Brooke Rondeau and Teacher of the Year Arikka Kalwara ‘91 asked the soon-to-be graduates to reflect on their past and think about the future, respectively.
 
Class of 2019 President Brook Rondeau
“Every single person has made you into the person you are,” Rondeau said. “I am grateful for all the people who have been brought into my life, and I urge you to consider those who have passed through yours. No one’s role, no matter how big or how small it may seem, is insignificant in the long run.”
 
As Kalwara compared NFA to a road and the students to vehicles, she said, “during your future travels, be mindful of the scenery around you, look out for the pot holes, take care of your vehicle and fix it when it is broken or glitchy, travel with those you trust and have supported you, remember who provided you a safe road to travel on, but most importantly, always remember to enjoy the ride.”

Shattuck House Principal Kristin Peckrul 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.