List of 20 news stories.

  • Thanks to the generosity of the Franklin family, Norfolk Collegiate students were surprised with two new 24-passenger vans.

    Franklin Family Surprises Students with New Buses

    Students, faculty and staff were surprised with two new buses today in a special outdoor pep rally! The buses were made possible due to the generosity of the Franklin family. 

    Members of the Franklin family—Wendell and Martha Franklin, and Taylor ’00, Emily and their children, Caymus ’27, Colgin ’29 and Charlotte ’32—unveiled the buses to our lower school students before having the fall varsity captains help surprise our middle and upper school students. 

    The two buses, which were wrapped using a Collegiate-inspired design from Emily Franklin, will take our Oaks to athletic competitions and on field trips in comfort and style. The buses each seat 24 people comfortably with room overhead for gear and a flatscreen panel to entertain students during long trips.
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  • Trinity B. ’22 has never been one to seek out the spotlight; however, this weekend the Norfolk Collegiate senior will be gracing the stage in the Miss Virginia Teen USA pageant in Richmond.

    Trinity '22 competes in Miss Virginia Teen USA pageant

    Trinity B. ’22 has never been one to seek out the spotlight. Yet when she was at home during the lockdown in the spring of 2020, she decided it was time to try something that took her outside of her comfort zone.

    This weekend, the Norfolk Collegiate senior will be gracing the stage in the Miss Virginia Teen USA pageant in Richmond.
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  • 13 Students Honored in Book Review Competition

    Norfolk Collegiate swept the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library Book Review 2021 Contest with 13 students taking home honors in the annual competition. Students in Grades 4-12 are eligible for the competition which awards winners gift certificates from Prince Books in the amounts of $50, $30 and $20 for first, second and third-place winners, respectively.
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  • Fifth Grade Students Honored for Accomplishments

    Norfolk Collegiate’s fifth grade friends celebrated their accomplishments and then enjoyed a movie in the Hackney Theater and Kona Ice as they closed the chapter on their lower school adventures. 

    Parents and grandparents were able to join the celebration virtually as the students were recognized. The ceremony is available to view here.
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  • Students Collect Cereal, Create Domino Chain to Illustrate Hunger

    Thanks to the generosity of our middle school students, their families, friends and neighbors, lots of families in Hampton Roads will have breakfast in the coming weeks. 

    Norfolk Collegiate’s middle school students were challenged to consider how they can work together as a school community to make an impact on hunger in Hampton Roads.
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  • Makenzie H. ’28 placed second in this year’s Robert S. Sergeant Independent Schools Forensics Tournament Lower Division Girls' Poetry for “Edwina the Emu.”

    Students place in Forensics Tournament Lower Division

    This year’s Robert S. Sergeant Independent Schools Forensics Tournament Lower Division looked a little different for students looking to prove their communication skills through speech-making and oral presentation. Yet that didn’t stop three of our Oaks from placing in the competition. Congratulations,
    • Makenzie H. ’28 placed second in Girls' Poetry for “Edwina the Emu,”
    • Taylor N. ’28 placed third place in Girls' Original Oratory for “Equality for Women in Sports,”
    • Samuel R. ’29 placed second in Boys' Storytelling for “The Loud Family”
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  • Students Write, Produce Play "Not For Profit"

    In less than three months, juniors Gabby G. ’22 and Katy C. ’22 penned a play, cast it and then brought it to life. This weekend, their show will go on in the Hackney Theater.

    “Not for Profit” is an original, student-written and directed play about a theatre department of the fictional Nature Valley High School which received a generous donation to rebuild and update their struggling theater. Yet to receive a second donation, the theater department needs to impress the anonymous donor with a talent showcase.
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  • National Honor Society Inducts 52 New Members

    Norfolk Collegiate’s Heath Chapter of the National Honor Society, NHS, inducted 52 new members into the chapter on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. NHS is a national organization that recognizes outstanding 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who meet academic and service requirements.
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  • Norfolk Collegiate students— Veronica G. ’21, Kendra H. ’21, Abby S. ’22, Maggie C. ’22 and Logan R. ’23—competed in the 24th annual Blue Crab Bowl in February.

    Students participate in 24th annual Blue Crab Bowl

    Upper school students— Veronica G. ’21, Kendra H. ’21, Abby S. ’22, Maggie C. ’22 and Logan R. ’23—competed in the 24th annual Blue Crab Bowl in February. The bowl, which was held virtually due to the pandemic, is Virginia’s regional competition of the National Ocean Science Bowl©, an annual competition that tests their knowledge of our oceans.  
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  • Hailey '26 hosts drive for Tidewater Friends of Foster Care

    Hailey G. ’26 is on a mission…to collect items for the Tidewater Friends of Foster Care through a drive. Thanks to the generosity of Collegiate middle school families and her neighborhood, she is well on her way to completing it!
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  • Alvin Irby is a former Kindergarten teacher turned award-winning social entrepreneur, comedian and author who will be speaking to students as the keynote for Norfolk Collegiate's 2021 LEAP Term. He will also present

    Alvin Irby to kick-off 2021 LEAP Term

    Alvin Irby’s TED Talk "How to inspire every child to be a lifelonger reader" has been viewed over 1 million times.

    He’s a published author and founder of Barbershop Books, a literacy program creating child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops while also providing early literacy training to barbers.

    His work connecting reading to male-centered spaces and involving men in boys’ early reading experiences earned him the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize.

    And on March 1, Irby will be kicking off Norfolk Collegiate’s second annual LEAP Term as keynote speaker to upper school students. Following his work with our students, he will present “An evening with Alvin Irby” at 6 p.m. where he will have parents laughing and engaging with their children in new, inspiring ways.
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  • LEGO Robotics Team Advances to State Competition

    Norfolk Collegiate’s middle school LEGO Robotics Team did it again! The team took first place in robot design and second place in robot performance in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) regional competition on Jan. 23. Now they advance to the state tournament from Feb. 27-28.

    The team, composed of Donavan B. ’26, Luke H. ’26, Jake H. ’26, Parker H. ’25, Austin H. ’25, Natalie K. ’26 and Bethuel T. ’27 and mentored by Colin M. ’25, coached by Skip Morrow and faculty member Ellen Alt, blew away the judges with their design and project in the virtual competition. 
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  • Natalia, Aria advance to regional Poetry Out Loud Competition

    This year’s schoolwide Poetry Out Loud contest saw junior Aria L. ’22 compete against freshman Natalia C. ’24 for the title of school champion and the opportunity to compete in the regional competition in February.
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  • Students set to compete in FIRST LEGO League regional tournament

    Middle school students Donavan Baker ’26, Luke Hahne ’26, Jake Householder ’26, Parker Howlett ’25, Austin Hrisko ’25, Natalie Kraus ’26 and Bethuel Terefe ’27 have been hard at work afterschool and during weekends practicing in preparation for tomorrow’s regional FIRST LEGO League tournament. 
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  • Austin '25 read “I am Hermes! Mischief-Making Messenger of the Gods” by Mordicai Gerstein for this year's Robert S. Sergeant Independent Schools Forensics League Tournament Upper Division.. 

    Students place in Forensics Competition

    Fielding a team for this year’s Robert S. Sergeant Independent Schools Forensics League Tournament Upper Division wasn’t easy, but it was worth the practice and dedication. The annual competition with students from Cape Henry Collegiate, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Virginia Beach Friends School, The Williams School and Norfolk Collegiate is held in the winter for students in Grades 7-8 and in the spring for students in Grades 4-6.
    As like with many things, COVID-19 changed the look and feel of the competition; however, seven students rose to the challenge, including Austin Hrisko '25 and Evan Wallach '25 who took home wins– Austin taking third place in Boys Storytelling and Evan taking third place in Boys Prose. 
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  • Norfolk Collegiate's Assistant Head for Advancement Stacy Nixon was named one of Inside Business’ Top 40 Under 40 professionals for 2020.

    Ms. Nixon Named Top 40 Under 40 Honoree

    Congratulations to Assistant Head for Advancement Stacy Nixon! Ms. Nixon was named one of Inside Business’ Top 40 Under 40 professionals for 2020. We're proud to have Ms. Nixon sharing the value of a Norfolk Collegiate education with our community! 

    This year’s slate of honorees represents 40 professionals of varying occupations in Hampton Roads and “includes professionals who not only exemplify success in their profession,” according to Inside Business’ website, but also “place an emphasis on their community involvement and how they give back or use their talents to advance the region.”

    Ms. Nixon spoke to Inside Business and broke down what motivates her. See her interview here.
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  • Fourth grader shows his virtual classmates an example of what rocks from other planets would look like. Norfolk Collegiate's fourth grade class enjoyed learning about the solar system with retired teacher and NASA expert Ron Shaneyfelt.

    Space exploration comes to life for students

    Fourth grade students traveled through space this morning―all from the comfort and safety of our outdoor stage at the lower school.

    The students are learning about the stars, moon and solar system in class, so having Ron Shaneyfelt, an astronomer and retired teacher who also worked at NASA, was a perfect way to bring the lesson to life since in-person field trips off campus are not possible due to COVID-19 protocols.

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  • David '21 finished first place in the summer Stock Market Game, finishing ahead of his investment by more than $20,000. The game was an option Norfolk Collegiate's Economics students could participate in over the summer.

    Students take No. 1, 6 spot in state Stock Market Game

    Learning how to be savvy with your money is an invaluable skill and thanks to the lessons learned in Mr. Gregory’s Economics class, our students learned firsthand what that can mean for your bottom line.
    Each year our Economics students participate in the spring Stock Market Game, a competition with regional and state levels that’s sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Virginia Council for Economic Education (VCEE). Student teams begin the competition with $100,000 in virtual funds to invest in stocks or bonds.
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  • A student works on her eyes only scavenger hunt while visiting the third grade's ecosystems at Norfolk Collegiate.

    Students turn their atrium into ecosystems from around the world

    What started as a science unit that delved into ecosystems turned into a “field trip” that took students around the world. 

    “It was the culminating in-school project for our ecosystems unit,” Third Grade Teacher Michelle McNaughton said. “It turned out better than I ever imagined!”
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  • Congratulations, Colin '25 on becoming the the U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Juniors champion for 2020! The Norfolk Collegiate student has been vying for the distinction since he was 9 years old..

    Colin '25 Earns U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Juniors

    Events in 2020 may look a little different, but that didn’t stop Colin McGlynn ’25 from achieving his goal of becoming the U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Juniors champion.
    The eighth grader has been working to earn the honor since he was 9 years old. The competition is annually held at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and participants must qualify at a regional competition before being invited to compete at the national level.
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