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2023

  • Dr. Theodore “Ted” Forté passed away on Jan. 23, 2023, following an extended illness. Ted was a gifted educator who was instrumental in building Carolton Oaks School into the Norfolk Collegiate we know today.  

    Theodore "Ted" Forté

    Dr. Theodore “Ted” Forté passed away on Jan. 23, 2023, following an extended illness. Ted was a gifted educator who was instrumental in building Carolton Oaks School into the Norfolk Collegiate we know today.  
     
    Foremost an instructor of music and physical education, Ted’s legacy far exceeds the classroom. During his time at Carolton Oaks (1958-1965), he was instrumental in the growth and development of the student experience, having instituted the first homecoming, holiday dance, field day and extracurriculars. Ted coached basketball, started the junior varsity team and launched the tennis and baseball programs. In 1960, he unveiled the school’s alma mater, and in 1962 he became the first director of student activities. He also served as a guidance counselor for the school’s first graduating class. All of this while teaching music and physical education. 
     
    Ted went on to work in Norfolk Public Schools and later became an educational consultant and coach. He was also involved in Old Dominion University's Teacher Preparation Program. In addition to working with generations of students and teachers, Ted used his musical talents to serve as the organist and choir director of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Norfolk.
     
    Ted is survived by his sister, Mary Josephine Powers of Moss Point, Mississippi; his daughter, Alexandria Forte-Nijssen; and granddaughter, Alexandra Elizabeth White ’11, her husband Robert Adam White; and "adopted" daughter Mary Nolte Ruffin (Louis). 
     
    A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, 1501 Colonial Ave., Norfolk.
     
    Please keep Ted’s family in your thoughts and prayers during the very difficult days ahead.
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  • Norfolk Collegiate pre-Kindergarten students enjoy new recess equipment in Jan. 2023. The equipment was part of a student-driven initiative to provide more recess options.

    Student Council Association Purchases New Recess Equipment

    Shoutout to our lower school Student Council Association! They recently purchased several new pieces of equipment for our lower school students to enjoy during their daily recess. The new pieces include pop-up soccer goals and new soccer balls, portable cornhole boards and a bean bag game similar to Skee-Ball®.
     
    The new equipment was a student-driven initiative following SCA campaign speeches and ideas from the representatives. The funds came from the SCA’s account, which is funded by initiatives such as the Lower School Birthday Program.
     
    We love that our students saw an opportunity to impact their fellow Oaks in such a fun and positive way and acted on it so responsibly. Way to go, Oaks!
     
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  • Julian de Nijs ’09

    Shoutout to Julian de Nijs ’09 on his venture, Da Boon.
     
    A startup entrepreneur, Julian is focusing his passions on his startup, Da Boon, which designs and manufactures original dog supplies. With two products on the market–a reflective dog collar (pictured) and dog leash (pictured second) –and seven in the works, Julian is staying busy working to ensure our furry family members have quality products.
     
    Learn more about Da Boon at da-boon.com.
     
    Way to go, Julian! We’re excited to see your company expand!
     
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  • Norfolk Collegiate fourth graders created

    Students Create Dirty Snowballs in Science Lab

    Fourth grade students will never look at the solar system, comets, meteoroids or asteroids the same again after their recent lab! 

    Did you know that dirty snowballs are the nickname for comets? It's because comets are made from ice, rock and other organic compounds. To bring the comet to life, students created "dirty comets" with lower school science teacher Melissa Economou.

    They did so by crushing dry ice and putting it in a bag with ammonia, dirt and syrup (under adult supervision). It then formed a ball. Then they held it up to a heat lamp to imitate the sun and watched as the comet began to burn and dissipate as it would when near the sun. This also creates the famous tail of the comet which we learned always points away from the sun, or its heat source.

    How amazing is that and what an engaging way for students to experience science in action!?
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  • David Kirkland '10

    Congratulations, David '10 and Courtney Kirkland on their newest addition to their family…and the Collegiate family, daughter Maddie.

    Do you have life updates to share? Email Cayte Brown '08, associate director of alumni, family & community relations at cbrown@norfolkcollegiate.org, and let her know!

    Congrats, David and Courtney!
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  • Allison Casper ’19

    Congratulations, Allison Casper ’19!

    Allison was recently nominated as an IFDA Rising Star. The nomination is awarded to a student in each interior design department throughout the Carolinas whom the faculty feels exemplifies outstanding achievement within their program. While at the ceremony, Allison had the opportunity to display selected works and connect with professionals in the industry.

    Way to go, Allison!
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  • Bailey Jones '16

    Bailey Jones '16 was recently honored as a 2022 SOFT ERA Award winner from The Society of Forensics Toxicology. Bailey gave a platform presentation on the research she conducted as part of her master's thesis, "Developing a Unified Method for the Analysis of Five Ethanol Metabolites: EtG. Et5, GTOL, 5-HTOL and 5-HIAA using UPLC-MS/MS," in forensic science and technology.

    Bailey graduated in May from Virginia Commonwealth University and now works in Washington, D.C., as a forensic chemist.

    Way to go, Bailey!
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  • Norfolk Collegiate Middle School Spelling Bee Coordinator and English Teacher Chrisy Cooper honors the 2023 Spelling Bee top honors. Left to right are Grace O. ’29, Black C. '29 and William V. ’28. 

    Blake C. '29 Takes Top Honors in Middle School Spelling Bee

    This year’s middle school spelling bee saw 34 students face off for the first-place honors, competing in 10 rounds and spelling 187 words. In the end, it was the word “urchins” that stumped all but Blake C. ’29, who took home the title of spelling bee champion.

    Third place was awarded to Grace O. ’29 and second place went to William V. ’28. 

     
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  • Cate Curtis Whiteside ’09

    Congratulations, Cate Curtis Whiteside ’09! She recently graduated from physician assistant school at Thomas Jefferson University and will officially begin her career at Sentara in the coming months!

    Way to go, Cate!
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  • Emily Miller '11

    Congratulations, Emily Miller '11! She was named Teacher of the Year for the 2023-24 school year at Coleman Place Elementary in Norfolk.

    Way to go, Emily!
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  • Haley Bartel ’18

    Congratulations, Haley Bartel ’18! She recently landed a gig as a digital producer for US News and World Report! She also celebrated another milestone graduating from The New School in New York City this spring.

    Way to go, Haley!
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  • Henry Meredith '11

    Congratulations, Henry Meredith '11!

    Henry was recently promoted to associate producer at Epic Games, where he continues to work on the video game, "Fortnite." He and his wife Meghan are also enjoying living in Raleigh!

    Way to go, Henry! 
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  • Houston Wilson ’12

    Congratulations, Houston Wilson ’12!

    He recently started a new position as director of recruiting and scouting at CP3 Rising Stars National Camp & National Combine. He also works as a recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com.

    Way to go, Houston!
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  • Madison Doyle ’17

    Shoutout to Madison Doyle ’17 who’s growing her hands-on experience in the Big Apple working in production at CBS! For the past year, she has been working in news and entertainment. She recently wrapped up production on the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, the Tony Awards in New York, and just field produced the Red Carpet Pre-Show for the MTV VMA’s in Newark. This year she’s focusing on growing her hands-on experiences in live television.

    Way to go, Madison!
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  • Megan Silverman '19

    Congratulations, Megan Silverman '19. She recently was honored with the 2022 John Bateman Award at The University of Georgia’s (UGA) Greek Life Awards.

    The John Bateman Award recognizes outstanding dedication and commitment to building a strong Greek community through relationship building and using strong relationships to advance the positive impact fraternities and sororities have at UGA and beyond.

    Congratulations, Megan!
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  • Melinda Marcus Vooss wore several hats as part of our community—she was an active alumna of the Class of 1987, mother to Zoey ’16 and Maxwell ’19, and beloved lower school art teacher from 2009 to 2020. 

    Melinda Marcus Vooss '87

    It is with a heavy heart that I share Melinda Marcus Vooss ’87 passed away early Sunday, Oct. 23, surrounded by her family following a battle with cancer. Melinda wore several hats as part of our community—she was an active alumna of the Class of 1987, mother to Zoey ’16 and Maxwell ’19, and beloved lower school art teacher from 2009 to 2020. 
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  • Mitchell Maguire '19

    Shoutout to Mitchell Maguire '19! Mitchell was featured in September's Tidewater Family Plus article, "The Magic of Theatre," which featured local performers who are working to bring the magic of theater to children in the 757.

    “Theater, in general, has taught me good social skills, and performing has instilled confidence, taught me to talk in front of people,” he said in the article.

    Mitchell, who's currently a senior at Coastal Carolina University and majoring in musical theater, hopes to become a director/choreographer. We have no doubt his talents will take him there!

    Way to go, Mitchell!
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  • Reid Wilkinson '16

    Congratulations, Reid Wilkinson '16! He was recently honored with the 2022 Student of the Year Award by the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants. Reid is a member of the Class of 2024 at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

    Way to go, Reid!
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  • Don Chapman, Class of 1972, passed away.

    Don Chapman '72

    Don Côqayohômuwôk Morgan Chapman II passed away following a battle with cancer. Don was an active alumnus of the Class of 1972, a devoted husband and father and a talented singer and musician. He was a proud member of The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and an expert on Indian Country economic development and indigenous culture. 
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  • The artwork of 16 middle school students is on display at Norfolk International Artwork this month for travelers and you to see and we could not be prouder of their pieces. The students were recognized in a middle school meeting in Jan. 2023.

    Student Artwork on Display at Norfolk International Airport

    The artwork of 16 middle school students is on display at Norfolk International Artwork this month for travelers and you to see and we could not be prouder of their pieces.

    “Each month, a local school is invited to feature artwork to display at the Norfolk International Airport. Norfolk Collegiate middle school was asked to display student artwork for the month of January,” said Emily Pope, middle and upper school art teacher.  

    Pieces include scratchboard sugar skulls, Huichol yarn paintings, color theory mandalas and more. The artwork was chosen based on craftsmanship, creativity and the use of the elements of art. 
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  • AP Literature students ventured to the Big Apple with Mrs. Babkov and Mr. Owens to experience “The Piano Lesson” on Broadway on Jan. 7, 2023.

    AP Literature Students See "The Piano Lesson" on Broadway

    AP Literature students ventured to the Big Apple with Mrs. Babkov and Mr. Owens to experience “The Piano Lesson” on Broadway this weekend.

    “The Piano Lesson” is the fourth play in playwright August Wilson’s century cycle and part of the AP Literature curriculum. Students recently concluded their August Wilson author study which explores “The Piano Lesson.” After reading and discussing the original text, students watched a Hallmark version of the film and then took to the city to view it on Broadway to see the different adaptations of Wilson’s work. The current Broadway adaptation stars Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington and Danielle Brooks. 

    “This was an opportunity to see one of his works on the stage, which doesn't happen often,” said Sarah Babkov, AP Literature teacher. “Wilson is known for his gritty realism." His project was “to depict the African-American experience and he focuses on each decade of the 20th century," of which “The Piano Lesson” examines a family in the 1930s that is haunted—literally and metaphorically—by their family history.

    Babkov hopes this opportunity not only provides a unique experience for students but also gives them a review for their upcoming AP Literature exam in which students may opt to highlight “The Piano Lesson.”

    In addition to seeing the revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, students also took in some of the sights and sounds of the city.
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