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  • Natalia '24 Heads to Poetry Out Loud Regional 2024 Competition

    Natalia '24 Heads to Poetry Out Loud Regional 2024 Competition
    Good luck, Natalia C. ’24! She is competing in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. The competition will have the top three from each semi-final round moving on to the state competition in Richmond.
    Natalia, Chloe S. ’24, Izzy R. ’24 and Sophie H. ’26 competed for a chance to represent Norfolk Collegiate in this year’s regional Poetry Out Loud competition in December 2023, each reciting from the Poetry Out Loud anthology.
    Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition that encourages students to learn about and memorize great poetry. The goal of the competition is to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literary history while exploring contemporary life.
    Students participate yearly at school, regional, state and national levels. This year, Natalia, Chloe, Izzy and Sophie delivered poignant renditions of the top picks. Two of Natalia’s selections were “All This and More” by Mary Karr and “Mr. Darcy” by Victoria Chang.
    “Poetry is such an interesting form of writing,” Natalia said of why she is drawn to the form of expression. As for why she selected “Mr. Darcy,” she said, “It was a lot of fun to work out a poem with no punctuation.”
    Tomorrow’s competition will have the top three from each semi-final round moving to the state competition in Richmond.
    Good luck, Natalia!
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  • From left to right: Grace O. ’29, Jonas E.' 28 and Kellan H.' 30 took home the second, third and first place honors, respectively, for the 2024 Norfolk Collegiate Middle School Spelling Bee. 

    Kellan H. '30 Takes Home Top Honors in 2024 Middle School Spelling Bee

    This year’s middle school spelling bee saw 32 students face off for the first-place honors, competing in 18 rounds and spelling 300 words. The word “gorilla” landed Kellan H. ’30 with the title of Norfolk Collegiate spelling bee champion.

    Third place was awarded to Jonas E. ’28 and second place went to Grace O. ’29. 

    Words like “amphitheater,” “gastritis,” “Oman,” and “bunion” were delivered to the students by the moderator Mr. Evan Benedict ’04 and the students calmly asked for definitions and usages in sentences before tackling their words.   

    Middle School English Teacher and coordinator of this year’s bee Chrisy Cooper said the event was fantastic. It was evident the students were looking forward to competing against their classmates. 

    Kellan will next compete in The WHRO Public Media Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 10. Good luck, Kellan!
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  • Fourth graders Charlotte and Karter finished their shift at the Oak Delivery Mail System at Norfolk Collegiate lower school. A typical day can see anywhere from 60 to 90 pieces of mail from students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5.

    Oak Delivery Mail System Bustling With Letters

    Norfolk Collegiate’s youngest Oaks have been keeping their new Oak Delivery Mail System busy and their fourth grade postal workers are loving it!

    The newest addition to the lower school is not only improving our Oak’s writing skills, but it’s also improving their communication, thanks to the genius of our lower school Science Teacher Melissa Economou.

    “This system will allow students to authentically write and address letters to friends and/or adults in the lower school no matter what grade,” said Economou. “Fourth grade students will be responsible for checking and delivering the mail.”

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