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Franklin Wetmore '21

University of Richmond

“Norfolk Academy has shown me the value of discipline. I've learned here that the work you put into something will always equal the reward you get from it. The school teaches that lesson so well.”   

Tunstall Student Council (Vice President), Varsity Swimming, Jazz Band 

Favorite Refectory Meal: Chef Mike's Sausage Tortellini Soup 

Three Words to Describe the Class of 2021: Ambitious, Pioneering, Accomplished  

Most Meaningful Activity   
I enjoyed my time in the Upper School Band. We're a small group, so we work together well and can produce great music. I've always found creating music to be my natural talent. 

Reflections on Learning 
In my International Relations class, Dr. Rezelman brought in an army general who fought in Kuwait. It was interesting to hear about those experiences and learn more about U.S./Middle East relations from his perspective. 

Inspirational Teacher-Coach 
Ms. Rankin completely transformed me into a stellar math student. She was always approachable and made sure I knew the course material. She prepared me well for standardized testing. 

Words of Advice for My Fellow Bulldogs 
Be fearless and take risks. Focus on growing yourself. You'll become stronger because of it. 

A Quick Word About Franklin  
“Franklin embodies the qualities of perseverance, determination, honor and passion. I’m struck by the number of times throughout his NA tenure that he has been the only or one of only a few students who has pursued a particular endeavor. That speaks to the most salient qualities that Franklin embodies: boldness, self-confidence, a strong sense of adventure, a willingness to take risks, and an unrelenting dedication to making himself and those around him better. ~ Mrs. Wendy Livingston, Franklin’s College Counselor  

The thing that most makes me a Bulldog is…my desire to succeed.