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Kate Zak '21

Florida State University

“Norfolk Academy has taught me to have a very strong work ethic. Whether it is academics or athletics, I have learned to constantly try my hardest and strive for improvement.” 

Varsity Tennis, Happy Club, Norfolk Adoris Circle (President), CHKD Club (Co-President)  

Three Words to Describe the Class of 2021: Ambitious, Innovative, Perseverant  

What I Will Miss Most about NA: The always friendly environment 

Most Meaningful Activity   
My favorite extracurricular activity that I participated in during my time in the Upper School is Varsity Tennis. Although I didn't join until 12th grade, my teammates were extremely welcoming, and it felt as if I had been with them for years. 

Reflections on Learning 
My best classroom experience was watching critiques during art class. It was fascinating to see what my classmates had been working on and the culmination of their labors, as well as learning about their inspiration. 

Inspirational Teacher-Coach 
Senora Winn has been the teacher who has had the biggest impact on me as a person. She has been my teacher and advisor for the past three years and she has taught me a lot not only about Spanish but also about being the best person I can be. I enjoy spending time with her so much that I asked her to expand her curriculum of teaching Spanish to create a Spanish VI course. She is constantly encouraging and has helped me solve many of my problems. 

A Quick Word About Kate 
“Academically, Kate is a powerhouse. She excels in her classes and works hard to do so. Extracurricularly, she likes to be a part of a team and she likes to help people. She welcomes all opportunities to interact with others, and we are all so lucky to know her. She is a fantastic student, peer, big sister, and friend. She always has a smile on her face. I look forward to interacting with her every day. I think of Kate as a good person, which is ultimately most important. She brings nothing but light and joy to our school community.” ~ Mrs. Taylor Winn, Kate’s Spanish Teacher and Advisor 

The thing that most makes me a Bulldog is…my strong work ethic.