Norfolk Academy entered into official existence on November 13, 1728.
As the school's birthday fell on a Saturday this year, students and teachers celebrated Charter Day early! On Wednesday afternoon, November 10, Upper School students headed to Wynne-Darden Stadium for friendly competition in advisee groups. Challenges included Kan Jam, water balloon toss, sprints around the track, and three-legged races. The grand finale was a Fight Song Palooza challenge with judging by volume of audience applause.
The day also included some staples of birthdays past, such as the awarding of the prestigious Charter Day Award, given annually by the Tunstall Student Council to a teacher of at least three years tenure who has earned the respect of colleagues and students through excellence in teaching and extracurricular activities, depth of knowledge in his or her field, and the ability to create a trusting environment for students. This year's award went to Upper School Chemistry Teacher John Craig, who also serves as co-director of the Medical Scholars Program, part of the Batten Leadership Program, and assists with the girls soccer program. The award was announced by TSC President Oliver Jones '22 at the Charter Day celebration at Wynne-Darden Stadium to enthusiastic cheers from students in the stands.
As usual, students also devoured cupcakes with blue and orange icing, celebrating Academy team colors.
Onward Bulldogs and Happy Birthday!