2017 Alumni AWards Breakfast

April 21, 2017

Please join us the 2017 Alumni Awards Breakfast on April 21, 2017. Sam Hitch '12, the keynote speaker, will reflect on his cross country triathlon where he swam, biked and ran from Yorktown to San Francisco in less than two months! His journey was highlighted on several media outlets, as well as on his website. Learn more


Please register online for the event here. For more information, please contact Cayte Brown '08, alumni relations coordinator, at cbrown@norfolkcollegiate.org.


2017 award recipients


Hitch is the youngest of three brothers, all of whom attended Norfolk Collegiate from kindergarten through grade 12. After graduating from Collegiate, Hitch continued his education at the University of Virginia, where he matriculated in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science. He currently lives in New York City where he is an analyst for Hitch Towers, a telecommunications development and management company. Sam also is a LEED Green Associate who also holds a real estate license in the state of New York.  

Outside of his career, Sam is a passionate endurance athlete sponsored by SaltStick and Honey Stinger. During the summer of 2016, Sam completed in TriAmerica 2016, a 3,906-mile triathlon across the United States in which athletes raise money for The Lustgarten Foundation. Over 50 days, Sam swam 105 miles, biked 3,030 miles and ran 771 miles through nine states. Through his endurance events, he has  helped to raise more than $57,000 for nonprofits, with more than $35,000 going to the Lustgarten Foundation.



For the past five years, Sawyer has been selected for inclusion in the Virginia Super Lawyers listing and is listed among Virginia’s Legal Elite, as well as being named a Top Lawyer by “Coastal Virginia Magazine.” Sawyer's roots at Norfolk Collegiate run deep.  His mother was a teacher at the school for many years.  He attended the school from kindergarten through graduation, while his brother Jeffrey also graduated from the school in 1993.  Now Sawyer's own children, William '23 and David '26 attend the lower and middle schools.

In addition to his busy career, Sawyer joined the Norfolk Collegiate Alumni Board in 2009 and served as Alumni Board president in 2012, spearheading initiatives like alumni giving and engagement in events. He serves on Collegiate’s Board of Trustees and on governance and development committees. Sawyer is always eager to share his experience as an Oak and what our alumni can do for our current and future Oaks.



Bress is a Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker who creates absurd, circularly narrative films driven by the circumstances of a bizarre cast of ridiculously costumed characters, often played by Bress himself. His works have been exhibited in various group shows and film festivals in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Bress’s work is currently the subject of a project at the Baltimore Museum of Art that runs through Sept. 20. In September, Bress will debut new work in his first solo exhibition in London with Josh Lilley Gallery.