NFA students wrap up eventful year
NFA students wrap up eventful yearBy Karen Butera
The fence along the Norwich Free Academy track and football field was lined with family and friends of the Class of 2010 for the June 18 graduation ceremony. Student marshals Victoria Dearborn and John Aronica led the 542 graduates onto the field. From here, they will be off to further life experiences and adventures.
Many of the graduates will be attending various colleges across the country, while others will be signing up with the military to serve their country. One of those joining the Army will be Patrick Traham. His mother, Lorraine, said, “He always took subjects that would be challenging, but has been planning to join the service for quite a while.”
Nanci Fusaro spoke about her daughter, Francesca. “She had a great experience at NFA, and will pursue an education degree. She received an academic scholarship,” Fusaro said. The graduate’s grandmother, Joanne, was also celebrating her 50th reunion from the NFA Class of 1960.
“Turn to your neighbor and say, ‘I made it through sacrifices,’” said Ivy Oration speaker Terell Wilson. “These are the things that will guide you through your future.” He also encouraged everyone to remember where they came from, the school they attended, and their classmates.
The 2009-2010 school year was an exiting one for NFA, with the Wildcats girls’ basketball team winning the state championship for the second year in a row. The school also had other sports-related wins, as the boys’ basketball team made the ECC championship game. Both girls’ coach Bill Scarlata and boys’ coach Neal Curland won their 400th games this year. In addition, the NFA girls’ cross-country team won the state championship.
On behalf of the 2010 graduates, Class President Allison Gould presented the class gift to Board of Trustees Chairman Steven Bokoff – a check in the amount of $2,500 for a new cardio fitness center.