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Homecoming is a staple of Norfolk Academy culture, anticipated by students and teachers alike. It can be described as organized chaos, with spectators running through the fields, playing games of soccer, watching the festivities, and catching up with friends.

This year’s Homecoming has made Norfolk Academy more full of spirit than ever before. And spirit is the most important aspect of Norfolk Academy culture because it unites students, faculty, and alumni unlike anything else.

Friday, October 13 was the big Homecoming day this year, but leading up to that day, there was a week dedicated to spirit and energy. Students collected donations supporting the ForKids organization and were allowed to dress down in themes: USA Day, PJ Day, and Orange and Blue Day.

On Friday, the Homecoming festivities started with the long-awaited Pep Rally. The rally is a competition between all of the seniors on sports teams, and only one will be voted winner by the three teacher-judges. This year, the judges voted the football team as the winner, but there were many other deserving teams.

More fun comes once school ends and athletics games start. There are many amenities, including tents with tables spread through the parking lot, which are filled by students, alumni, parents, teachers, and more. Everyone waits to fill their plates with the great food the refectory staff has made. The handmade lemonade attracts many for its signature tart taste, and the hand grilled chicken has many complex flavors.

That night, the varsity football game was an amazing victory for Norfolk Academy. The Bulldogs played Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and won by 33 points, with a score of 46-13. There were many exciting plays, and times when all the fans were on the edge of their seats. The Wynne-Darden Stadium was packed with fans of both teams.

Norfolk Academy, in our opinion, is one of the most diverse and enthusiastic schools in Virginia. That shows through during Homecoming.

Elijah ‘29 and Jakub ‘29 are both new to the school this year. Both came away impressed with their first Bulldog Homecoming.

“It sounds hype and I’m hyped too,” Elijah said.  

“It's a nice way to celebrate the school,” Jakub said.

  • This article was written by students participating in the Royster Middle School News Club.

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