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2021

  • Over the summer, third grade teachers Lolita Kraft and Michelle McNaughton (pictured on the far right) joined teachers from Virginia Wesleyan University for a weeklong session. They performed experiments throughout the week which will be performed with the students in the spring to teach them about the watershed. 

    Collegiate Teams Up with Virginia Wesleyan to Tackle Watershed Issues

    Thanks to a three-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, Norfolk Collegiate will partner with Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) to positively impact the Elizabeth River watershed. The project, “Shared Waters: An Upstream/Downstream Collaborative,” is a shared environmental project between VWU’s science education department and Norfolk Collegiate’s lower school. It’s also a simultaneous partnership between Millersville University and Penn Manor, a private elementary school in Pennsylvania.
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  • Norfolk Collegiate Marine Biology students work with Navy engineers to test their first remotely underwater vehicle.

    Marine Biology Class Teams Up with Navy Engineers on ROV

    Upper school Marine Biology students are getting the experience of a lifetime, thanks to a program that pairs Navy engineers with schools to learn more about engineering remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

    The partnership came to life when Dr. Frank Thomson was contacted by a colleague who wanted to use his personal pool for a ROV test drive. Due to COVID-19, public pools were closed, and his colleague needed a place to test a ROV.

    “I immediately recognized the value of this resource and met with Mr. Arvin Persaud, our Navy STEM outreach liaison,” said Dr. Thompson.
     
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  • Evan Benedict '04, English teacher and alumnus, recently had his poem, “Seven Ways of Being Open,” published in “Silver Rose Magazine” and “Wild Roof Journal.”

    Benedict's '04 Work Published in Literary Magazines

    English Teacher Evan Benedict ’04 had a goal: To get 100 rejections.

    Yet, that was only a piece of his journey. He was on a mission to have his poetry published.

    “I set out to get 100 rejections,” he said. “I managed to get a bunch of acceptances and was stunned.”
    His poem, “Seven Ways of Being Open,” was recently published in “Silver Rose Magazine” and “Wild Roof Journal.”
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  • Norfolk Collegiate's third, fourth and fifth grade students have been working on a large-scale group installation piece for the 6th Annual NEON Festival on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. The inspiration for the piece came from Christo's Yavacheff

    Students' Art Installation on display at NEON Festival

    Norfolk Collegiate's lower school students are bringing an interactive experience to this year's 6th annual NEON Festival, a celebration of local artists located in Norfolk’s Neon District on Thursday, Oct. 21, and Friday, Oct. 22.

    Our second through fifth grade students will have their artwork on display on Friday, Oct. 22, from 6-10 p.m. in front of the Hugh R. Copeland Center, 112 W. Wilson Avenue, Norfolk.
     
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  • A Message of Hope and Resilience

    On Sept. 11, 2001, our nation came together in the wake of tragedy. Many people became heroes that day while many became memories. Today, we honor the brave first responders who rushed to action, the everyday citizens who jumped in the face of danger and those who lost their lives.

    Yesterday, Norfolk Collegiate held three age-appropriate programs to help put into context the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, for our students, but to also honor being a community.
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  • 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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  • Students Honored in Middle School Recognition Ceremony

    The Class of 2025 closed their chapter on their middle school adventure and will begin their upper school experience come August. To celebrate their successes, the class was honored at the Middle School Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in the Hackney Theater.
     
    Due to COVID protocol, the event was livestreamed for parents and family members to join in the celebration.
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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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  • Fourth Grade Students Honored for their Accomplishments

    Our fourth grade friends gathered today to celebrate their classmates’ accomplishments in the Fourth Grade Recognition Ceremony. Parents and grandparents were able to join the celebration virtually as the students were recognized.
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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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  • Upper School Students Honored in Recognition Ceremony

    On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, members of Norfolk Collegiate's upper school gathered to honor the work of their classmates in a staggered Upper School Recognition Ceremony. Members of the Class of 2022 kicked off the ceremony by being honored for their achievements. When they were complete, juniors left the Hackney Theater and members of the Class of 2023 came in to be honored, followed by members of the Class of 2024. Below are the awards that were presented to each class (listed in class order):
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  • Student-Athletes Named to TCIS Teams

    Congratulations to the following student-athletes who were recognized by Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools for their dedication to their respective sports:

    Baseball:
    TCIS Second Team- Adam Beaver '21

    Boys Lacrosse:
    TCIS Second Team- Jackson Holt '23
    Betty Jean Riddick Sportsmanship Award- Norfolk Collegiate

    Golf:
    TCIS All-Tournament Team- Flynn O’Boyle '23

    Girls Lacrosse:
    TCIS First Team- Katie Sullivan '21                                          
    TCIS First Team- Ellie Robertson '21

    Girls Soccer:
    TCIS Player of the Year- Taryn Goodwin '22
    TCIS First Team- Taryn Goodwin '22
    TCIS First Team- Kelleigh Longacher '24
    TCIS First Team- Jillian Reed '23
    TCIS Second Team- Brianna Curro '24
    TCIS Second Team- Jessica Magee '21

    Boys Tennis:                  
    TCIS Second Team Singles- Blake Hrisko '23
    TCIS Second Team Doubles- Logan Reed '23, Lawson Taliaferro '21
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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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  • A group of seventh and eighth grade Norfolk Collegiate students participated in the inaugural Hampton Roads Prejudice Awareness Summit.

    Students participate in inaugural Hampton Roads Prejudice Awareness Summit

    A group of seventh and eighth grade students participated in the inaugural Hampton Roads Prejudice Awareness Summit. The virtual summit was presented by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), with whom Collegiate has partnered for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) work since 2012.
    The intensive day-long workshop was designed for middle school students in Hampton Roads and incudes to a year of programming designed to increase awareness, knowledge and acceptance of differences.

    Students Sarah B. ’25, Hailey G. ’26, Charlotte H. ’26, Natalie K. ’26, David S. ’26, Joshua T. ’26 and Martin T. ’25 participated in the inaugural event.
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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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  • Bethuel '27 took second place in Norfolk Collegiate's middle school spelling bee in January 2021.

    Carmen '25 advances to Virginia Media/WHRO Public Media Spelling Bee

    As with most things in 2020-21, this year’s middle school spelling bee gave our students a chance to show their prowess in the virtual arena. Twenty-two of Norfolk Collegiate’s Grades 6, 7 and 8 students participated in the annual spelling bee this month using the bee’s new online testing platform. Through the online system, virtual and in-person learners were able to participate in the bee as long as they had a web-compatible device. 
     
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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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  • Nora is part of the Norfolk Collegiate’s Run Club, which Coach Luke Reilly started at the beginning of the school year to encourage middle school students to stretch their legs and run 100 miles during physical education classes throughout the year.  Nora is topping the division and just shy of 50 miles!

    Nora '26 first Run Club participant to hit 50 miles

    If you asked Nora ’26 last year how she would feel about being in a running club, she would have laughed.

    This year, the seventh grader would be over the moon!

    Nora is part of the Norfolk Collegiate’s Run Club, which Coach Luke Reilly started at the beginning of the school year to encourage middle school students to stretch their legs and run 100 miles during physical education classes throughout the year.
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