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Exciting Choices

Jackson Lopez '21

University of Virginia

“Norfolk Academy has taught me to be responsible for my own education.” 

Varsity Football, Varsity Lacrosse, Monogram Club, Livestrong Club, NAMAC 

Favorite Refectory Meal: Grilled Cheese 

Most Meaningful Activity 
Football has been my favorite extracurricular activity during my time at NA. I love the competitive atmosphere alongside my teammates. 

Reflections on Learning 
My best classroom experience was my 10th grade English class with Dr. Jenkins. The class was interesting, hilarious, engaging, and introduced me to some of my best friends. 

Inspirational Teacher-Coach 
Coach Acra has had the greatest impact on me as a person. I love that he is always joking around and having fun. 

A Word of Advice for his Fellow Bulldogs 
Get involved with as many extracurriculars as you can. You’ll form closer relationships and enjoy your NA experience that much more. 

A Quick Word About Jackson 
“The best comparison I know to make when describing Jackson is that he is a modern day, and more athletic, Andy Dufresne (from The Shawshank Redemption). He is sharp, has a big-heart, and improves everything and everyone he touches. His peers gravitate towards him for his great sense of humor, for his loyalty, and for his tremendous and caring friendship. He is always gracious, looks out for those around him, and respectfully listens to others’ perspectives so that they feel heard and valued. Every time Jackson stops by my office or I see him in the hallway, I can expect to laugh, learn something new, and engage in thoughtful and meaningful conversation. Out of all of my students, he stands out as someone who is impressively comfortable speaking with adults, and I am continuously amazed by his down-to-earth approach to life. I know that his college professors are going to similarly love working with him for his refreshing candor, flawless work ethic, and humble excellence.” ~ Mr. Brad Harlan, Jackson’s College Counselor 

The thing that most makes me a Bulldog is… my attitude.