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Matthew Wetmore '21

Williams College

“My advice to underclassmen is this: Challenge yourselves in every way possible. Hard work and having fun are not inversely related; in fact, you can argue that they are directly related. The harder you work, the happier you will be with the results you see at the end of your time as a student at NA. Also, never let the opinions of others affect your happiness and never regret not leading others the way that you want to.” 

Senior Class President, Chesapeake Bay Fellow, Varsity Football (Captain), Varsity Wrestling, Varsity Lacrosse (Captain) 

Three Words to Describe the Class of 2021: Consistent, Overcoming, Intelligent 

What will you miss most about NA? Running out of Wynne-Darden Stadium 

Most Meaningful Activity 
I have had the privilege of being a part of the lacrosse program. This has undoubtedly been my favorite extracurricular activity because of the wealth of knowledge held by the various coaches, at all levels, and because of the memories I have made. My peers and I have put a great deal of effort and hours into the sport, as well, which is why it has become something that I love and take pride in. 

Inspirational Teacher-Coach 
Entering 10th grade, I was unsure if I belonged on the advanced math track, as I did not love math and was not particularly good at it. However, Mrs. Mann’s instruction for the past three years has instilled in me a much greater appreciation, passion, and skill for the subject. I know that the problem-solving skills that Mrs. Mann has taught me will take me far beyond finding integrals and derivatives. 

The Academy Difference 
Being a student at NA has forever impacted me in the way that it has taught me the importance of taking advantage of your opportunities. Simply being a student at NA is not enough; if you do not capitalize on all that is afforded to you, you will come and go all the same. Taking yourself up on some of the opportunities that NA provides can and will change your life if you go into them with purpose. This lesson will stay with me as I enter new communities. 
What is your COVID silver lining? 
The silver lining that I see in the world is this whole new school of thought and innovation that would have NEVER been unlocked or conceived any other way. Innovation is at its peak, global health is being put first, and people are thinking more creatively and smartly than ever before. I think this will carry our world forward and will make for a diverse and interesting job market for us seniors when we graduate from college. 
A Quick Word About Matthew 
“Matthew is a forward-thinking, team-oriented, young man who understands the power of his willingness to speak - and his willingness to listen. While not a formal role, Matthew’s natural inclination to buck archetypes is, in my opinion, the most significant way he impacts our community. A science Fellow who loves to write, an athlete who (just this past year) pursued involvement with a cappella, a young man who is equally likely to hang out with the bookish introvert with whom he shares a love of Queen, as he is to enjoy time with the soccer team captain working on a student government project, Matthew doesn’t fit into any silos. Further, he wishes those silos didn’t exist. The definition of a well-respected and inclusive voice on our campus, Norfolk Academy has been fortunate to be touched by his profoundly positive influence.” ~ Mrs. Jennifer Scott, Matthew’s College Counselor 

The thing that most makes me a Bulldog is… my curiosity, intellect, and worldview.