October Students of the Month Honored
Congratulations to the October Students of the Month! Students of the Month are nominated by faculty for their academic achievement, outstanding project work, academic improvement, effort, peer collaboration, and more. Each department honors one student per month. The honorees for October are (back l to r) Tristin Abshire ’21, Ian Small ’19, Brandon Nieto ’19. (Front l to r) Osabiemwense Jemima Osagie ’22, Maxen Altiery ’19, Roshni Karun ’19, Tianna Renfree ’22. Not pictured: Edward Smith ’21, Joseph Lisee ’19.
Students Set to Spell Their Way to Success
The field of students is set for the 36th annual Lillian S. Young Spelling Bee, 6 p.m., Monday, November 19, in Slater Auditorium. This year’s judges are DeVol Joyner, Board of Trustees Vice Chairman; Joe Miragliuolo, retired Special Education teacher; and Sheri Tanner, Principal of Kelly Middle School. 61 students tried out by studying a master list of words and competing in the qualifying round on October 31. The following students will compete in the finals for top honors and cash prizes:
Watch the Spelling Bee live, 6 p.m., Monday, November 19 at Youtube.com/NorwichFreeAcademy.
Veterans Honored with Patriotic Display
Local veterans came together to help install the 172 flags on display for the second annual Norwich Field of Honor®.
Student Leaders Participate in Conference
Members of NFA’s Student Advisory Board took time out from their normal school day Friday, November 2, to attend the annual SAB Conference. Students participated in teamwork activities and learned team building skills, and listened to presentations by Head of School David Klein and Director of Diversity Leo Butler.
NFA and New London to Renew Oldest High School Football Rivalry
The oldest high school football rivalry in the nation continues this Thanksgiving, 10 a.m.., Thursday, November 22 at Cannamela Field in New London. The game will also stream live online by The Day’s GameDay Connecticut Sports. For more information about the rivalry visit nfaschool.org/rivalry.
Wildcat Marching Band Wins 1st Place
Wildcat Marching Band Director Kristen Motola shared her new hairdo during a LIVE morning news segment on FOX 61, Wednesday, November 14. Motola had challenged the marching band to score higher than 90 points at the USBands Four Open Championships on October 30. If they were able to score higher than 90 points, she promised to dye her hair purple. The band took 2nd place in the North East Division, and 1st place in Connecticut, with a score of 92.3.
“Our students left it all on the field and had a spectacular last performance,” said Motola. “[The kids are] very proud of their success!”