Alumni honored at annual awards breakfast  

Current juniors and seniors, faculty and staff and alumni gathered to honor three outstanding alumni on Tuesday, April 19, at the Alumni Awards Breakfast in the Hackney Theater. Andy Protogyrou '80 received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Scott Weinstein '91 received the Alumni Service Award, and Juliana Porter '08 received the Young Alumni Achievement Award posthumously. Accepting the award in Juliana’s honor were her parents, Ken and Ann Byrd Porter, and her fiancé, Josh Yost.

Weinstein also was the keynote speaker for the event, which was started in the late 1990s as a way to honor outstanding Oaks for their accomplishments and service to the community and the school. Weinstein kept his message short and to the point for his audience, but his message was timeless.

Weinstein, who attended the College of William and Mary after graduating from Collegiate, found that while it was a great school, his passion for film and photography wasn’t a program offered at that time. After two years, he transferred to Pratt Institute in New York.

“It was the change that I was looking for,” said Weinstein. It also happened to be a decision that lead him to a successful career that has resulted in 20 years at Saturday Night Live.

His advice was simple:

“One, I found that when I told people what I was interested in doing, I found somebody who knew somebody who could help me or guide me,” said Weinstein. “Two, once you meet those people, ask them how they got involved in what they are doing.

“Three, it’s never too late,” he continued. “You’re not locked into one path. Don’t let it be too late. If it doesn’t feel right, make a change. And finally, say yes to every opportunity. Some are good and some are bad.”

Following his remarks, Alumni Board chairman Tom Mathas ’83 awarded Weinstein, Protogyrou and Porter, whose parents accepted the award in her honor.

Headmaster Scott Kennedy also announced The Juliana Tazewell Porter Memorial Award Fund in Juliana’s name. The award will be given at graduation to a rising senior who demonstrates significant academic and personal achievement.

 

About the recipients 

Scott Weinstein ’91 was awarded the 2016 Alumni Service Award. After graduating from Norfolk Collegiate in 1991, Weinstein attended the College of William & Mary before transferring to Pratt Institute in 1993 to study film and television production. In 1996, he began interning for Saturday Night Live, where he joined the staff full time after completing his degree. Currently, he is the co-producer for Weekend Update segment. He lives with his wife Abby, son Henry and daughter Lucy in New Jersey.

Andy Protogyrou ’80 was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. Protogyrou is an attorney with Protogyrou & Rigney, P.L.C. and represents Ward 1 on Norfolk’s City Council, where he has served since 2010. He is currently a mayoral candidate for the City of Norfolk. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1984 and served in the Virginia Army National Guard from 1989 to 1994. He also has served as a substitute judge in the Norfolk General District and Juvenile Domestic Relations Court from 2006 until 2010. He and his wife Kathy, have two children, Tony ’12 and Demetra ’15.

Juliana Porter ’08 was posthumously awarded the 2016 Young Alumni Achievement Award. Porter was a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia Medical School when she passed away suddenly in 2015. While at Norfolk Collegiate, Porter was the valedictorian of her class and an avid swimmer. After graduation, she attended Davidson College, where she was a competitive swimmer and a Davidson Honor Scholar. During medical school she was passionate about her studies and volunteering at community organizations. Her parents Kent and Ann Bryd Porter accepted her award.  

 

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