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533 graduate from Norwich Free Academy

By Claire Bessette

Publication: theday.com

Published June 20. 2014 6:33PM   Updated June 20. 2014 11:45PM
Sean D. Elliot/The Day
Members of the Norwich Free Academy Class of 2014 wait on the stairs of the Shattuck building for the procession of the school's commencement ceremony Friday.

Norwich — With 156 years of experience, Norwich Free Academy knows how to run an efficient commencement.

As the 533 members of the Class of 2014 entered the Wildcat football field Friday followed by 72 members of the 50th reunion Class of 1964, two spectators guessed it could take 2 to 2½ hours to complete the ceremony.

The entire ceremony, with speeches, songs, diplomas and applause, took 90 minutes on a bright sunny afternoon that also kept NFA’s long track record of good graduation weather intact.

Class speakers Moira Lewerk and Tim Jorsz both used the theme of “choices” to congratulate their classmates and urge them to embark on successful future lives.

“Every single person here will be defined by choice, no matter how small,” Lewerk said. “Choice makes all the difference.”

Both speakers also recalled difficult but life-shaping English classes they loved, Jorsz telling how a teacher had pressed him to do better than “an uninspiring answer to a question.”

The cheering crowd at the football field made graduate Marcus Outlow feel at home. The NFA star football player drew the loudest and longest cheers, led by parents Thomas and Serita Outlow, sister Cebria, 15, and his godparents’ family.

God-brother Isaiah Stewart graduated the night before from Bacon Academy in Colchester. His advice to Marcus: “Don’t trip.”

Unlike many NFA grads, Outlow won’t have a summer break. He reports to Boston College Sunday, and football practice starts Monday, Thomas Outlow said.

Norwich’s Bilda family celebrated three generations of NFA tradition Friday, with graduate Daniel Bilda on the field with grandmother Charlotte Vinsky in the Class of 1964. Daniel’s father, John Bilda, is an NFA corporator.

Graduate Francisca Presmy’s family made it easy for her to spot them, wielding a 19-balloon bouquet that towered above the football end zone. Her mother, Gertrude Vernizier and aunt Catiana Jean bought the balloons.

“We’re very proud,” dad Frantz Presmy said. “It was a lot of pressure to get here.”

This year’s graduates experienced nothing like the event that hit the Class of 1964 in November of their senior year. Edward Banas of East Lyme said the entire NFA community was stunned by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The class dedicated its yearbook to Kennedy.

“We don’t always understand world politics and we may be with many of you who will never understand world politics,” Banas said. “But we the Class of 1964 do understand what can happen when we neglect a critical part of our lives, America’s youth. And we know that did not happen to you.”

c.bessette@theday.com

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The Norwich Free Academy Class of 2014

Breana Nicole Adams, Zhané Alexandria Adams, Videlinee Alexis, Stephanie Deborah Alice, Bryan José Alicea Nazario, Kelsy Paola Almonte Arvelo, Brenda Almonte Garcia, Nicole Almonte-Mateo, Zahra Amiri, Kobe Marcellous Amos, Kendrick Jamall Amy, Laura Beth Ander, Thomas J. Anderson, Zachary Tyler Andosca, Robert Donald Angle, Assiah Azaleah Antonetti, Dennis Alexander Arias, Rebecca Toby Arpin, Joshua Allyn Aubin;

Margaret Rose Babb, Susan Irene Babb, David Lee Badgett, Zachery Michael Bagge, John Allen Baldino, Joseph David Ballestrini, Gary Anthony Ballinger, Jenny Ellen Banta, Heather Lynn Barber, Timothy Aaron Barber, Shylia Mikelle Barnes, Susana Melisa Barragan, Rheanna Shay Basley, Isaac Ray Bassham, Elizabeth Jacqueline Baton, Kimberly Mercedes Bautista, Alexander Robert Beaudreault, DeVonte Melik Belin, Matthew Albert Belmont, Madeline Leah Bennett, Nixon Djino Bernard, Kaitlyn Renee Betancourt, Daniel John Bilda, Brittany Ann Biller, Emily Andrea Black, LeeAnn Jean Black, Diana Lee Blais, Kyle William Blake, Morgan Leigh Blake, Timothy John Bobbin, Justin David Bohara, Trevor James Bolstridge, Kayla Lynn Bonomi, Sadie May Boone, Precious Aprill Bowe, Patrick Robert Boyle, Brianne Frances Brennan, Daniel John Briggs, Noah Tyler Briggs, Colby Alexander Britt, Kie'Andra Anai Britto-Sebastian. Nathan Patrick Brockett-Smith, Stefanie Jeannine Bromley, Anna Lee Brown, Hunter Douglas Browning, Jahlil Tyree Bryant, Victoria Elizabeth Burgess, Brielle ShaVonne Burns, Stephen Michael Burroughs, Courtney Elizabeth Burton, Milagro Eli Butler;

Erin Ivy Eileen Calhoun, Jasmin Campos-Sanchez, Megan Ellen Cannon, Diana Gabriela Carbajal, Aldana Carlosviza-Torres, Sean Raymond Carney, Jamie Louise Carrell, Zachary Elias Carter, Ty Santos Caruso, Melissa Lisette Castillo, Steven Lee Castleberry, Nicholas Edward Ceccarelli, Travis Christopher Cellucci, Derrick Chen, Audrey Sumyi Cheng, Jean Herby Cherisme, Michaela Elisabeth Chilcote, Jared Michael Chinigo, Samantha Taylor Chinigo, Amanda Ha Choi, Sea Heil David Chun Wu, Matthew Alan Church, Jordan Wayne Churchill, Allison Paige Cilley, Miranda Rosanne Cirrito, Amanda Lynn Ciufecu, Erica Lynn Claman, William H. Claman III, Justina Marie Clarke, Christine Alyssa Cocheo, Cameron John Coffey, Stephanie Diane Collins, Melinda Ashley Converse, Walker Thomas Cook, Nicholas Tyler Coons, Dyi'mond Nhi-Stazia Corbin, Jonathan Patrick Corcoran, Jared Brandon Cormier, Nicole Mary Cormier, Nicole Leigh Coughlin, Tessa Nicole Cournoyer, Aaron Michael Couture, Nicole Lisa Craig, Steven Michael Craney, Cassidy Katlyn Crawford, Nicholas Crooks, Josian Manuel Cruz, Rogui Cruz, Anna Belle Curry;

Jorge Bayardo Dabdoub, Anfernee Dae'Quann Dancy, Wendy Cylena Darragh, Christelle Dauphin, DaVonté Davis, Michael Alan Davis, Adimilson Barros De Pina, Leonardo Del Rosario, Jennifer Antoinette DelCore, Desmond Milon D'Elia-Miller, Phaydra Delmas, Michael Thomas DePolito, Jr., Brandon Patrick Deveny, Emily Jessica DeVito, Zachary B. Diacetis, Amanda Joy DiFrancesca, Joseph John DiGangi, Kailyn Rose Dimalanta, Anthony Mason DiPietro, Mikayla Muriel DiStasio, Shane T. Dixon, Winfred Maurice Dixon, Mikaella Donna Dombrowski, Meagan Leigh Dorsey, Deion Jorge Dos Santos, Jessica Elisabeth Drake, Taylor Patricia Driggers, Curt James DuBois, Christien Thomas Ducharme, Angelina Denise Duddie, Shenider Dufort, Brandon Alexander Duncan, Lawrence Joseph Ejchorszt, Jr., Damian Phillip Ellis, Anna Madison Estrada, Emmanuella Roberta Etienne, Tevonte Juan Evangelista, Elise Ann Evans, Jonathan Kane Eyberse;

Sarah Nicole Falman-Florez, Jiani Fang, Samantha Jean Farland, Sean Laurence O'Toole Feeney IV, Tatyanna Nichele Fernandez, Nina Rose Finley, John Henry Joseph Finnell III, Rachel Lee Fish, Jaime Leigh Fisher, Taibah Fisher, Jeffrey Allyn Fitch, Christopher Ladd Fleming, Kaylee Ashtyn Flowers, Amy Lynn Fontaine, Samuel Steevenson Fontilus, Korrie Leigh Ford, Pourche' Candace Foreman, Azeris Rain Fowler, Joseph David Frenier, Caela Marie Friese, Alexander Wells Frost, Brooke Marie Fulcher, Jesus Gabriel Garcia, Mark Vernon Gardner, Sarah Rose Gardner, Edward Sebastion Gates, Jonah Abraham Geligoff, Chance Allen Gendron, Julia Shea Genest, Patricia Luvelly Georges, Kyle Everett Gervais, Jazzlynn Lee Gilot, Lucas Lawrence Girard, Nicole Cherie Gladue, Shyanne Mary Gocka, Michael Edward Gootkin, Alaina Gabriella Goulart, Tyra Selene Grace, Allison Catherine Grant, Mariah Kim Jee Mee Gravelin, Calvin Sharrod Walter Green, Dontae James-William Greenaway, Mathias Soiki Gribbin, Melissa Ann Griffes, Mitchell George Grillo, Janiece Elizabeth Grimes, Jairo Alfonso Guzman;

Angela Maree Haller, Addison Randall Hamby, Hallie Ann Hamby, Zara Tara Hanif, Jakob Arnold Hartikka, Aaron Marc Hebert, Ashley Marie Hebert, Tristen Raquel Heller, Abdiel Alejandro Hernandez-Mercado, Pamela Michelle Hernandez-Mercado, Kayla Tyra Hicks, Jason Lee Hill, Jessie Marie Hill, Makenna Marie Hill, Sarah Elizabeth Hillyer, Luke O'Connor Hindle, Rachel Lauryn Hodges, Lauren Jessica Hodkinson, Courtney Kristen Holland, Trevon James Holland, Shania Sue Homiski, Nicholas Anthony Houle, Kelsey Anne Houlihan, Jazmyn Lorraine Houtman, Rosario Huamani Carpio, Carmen Jia-Min Huang, Yifan Huang, Michelle Mei Chang Hung, Phillip Michael Hyman, Jeffrey Martin Hynds, Jessica Patricia Hynds, Ashley Marie Jackson, Ludwrig Jacquet, Austin William James, Serena Paige Johnson, Seth David Johnson, Ki'ari Angel Shade' Johnson-Claudio, Geneva Aliyha Jones, Harmony Briana Jones, Kalyn Dae Jones, Molly Elizabeth Jones, Timothy Gilbert Jorsz, Richard Dale Joseph, Hayley Marie Joyal, Jordan Cecilia Joyal, Jennifer Lu Jules;

Bridget Catherine Kaiser, Natalie Mae Kaplan, Aidan Jeffrey Karam, Nicholas Allen Kasem-Beg, Tyler Morgen Keith, Marina Habbib Kelada, Kaitlyn Morgan Kelly, Ramsha Waseem Khan, Colleen Joan King, Alexandra Leeann Kobelski, Forrestt Miller Krug, Renée Monique LaChance, Lily Elyse Lachapelle, Alexandra Kimberly Ladd, Nicholas James Ladyga, Jeremy Christian LaFerriere, Killian Marja Laffey, Ryan Eugene LaFleur, Brianna Christine Lamonda, Alexandra Laura LaSaracina, Olivia Katherin Lattimore, Miranda Jude-Marie Lauture, Meghan Elizabeth Lavallee, Connor William LeBlanc, Francis Rutherford Lee, Christian Adam Lefebvre, Joseph Michael Lefebvre, Stephanie Pauline Lefebvre, Lindsay Ann Lefrancois, Schyler Lindsay Lemaire, Jessica Katherine Leone, Camden Addison Levine, Jessie Junyi Lew, Moira Gonzales Lewerk, Chelsea Ann Lewis, Zhi Jian Liang, Andrea Milagros Llerena Donayre, Percy Andree Llerena Donayre, Hannah Elizabeth Long, Brandon Loo, Katherine Elanis Lopez, Emma Corinne Lotreck, Erin Margaret Lounsbury, Adrianna Michelle Lowe, Tyler Neil Lucas;

Ethan John Machalick, Joshua Allyn Mackin, Joseph Shanahan Mahoney-Balestracci, Ashley Victoria Main, Victoria Anne Majcher, Kyle Daniel Marciniak, Chloe Katherine Marien, Jessica Nichole Marion, Phoebe Eliza Marsh, Tyler Charles Marsico, Jordon Walker Martell, Monica Catherine Mason, Jean Jr. Mathurin, Sydney Lynn Maurer, Sarah Elizabeth Maynard, Jerred Michael McCann, Jake Walter McClelland, Lindsay Jordan McElroy, Andrew Shane McGee, Dariennah Devondrah-Diamonte McGee, Matthew Robert McKay, Timothy John McKee, Jr., Camille A'Lelia McKenzie, Francis Michael McMahon, Hannah Kate McShane, Jonas Dennis Mendes, Jocelyn Delia Mendoza, Saul Antonio Meraz, Jr., Melonie Jasmine Merise, Emily Marie Messer, Cindy Mezidor, Tausif A. Mian, Kelsey Elisabeth Miles, Alexander Scott Miller, Izaak Alan Miller, Alexandra Milliance, Katherine Elizabeth Mirochnick, Ryan Tyler Mocek, Bailey Kaelyn Moore, Fallon Breih Moore, Joseph Alan Moquin, Juliet Alise Morales, Javon Anthony Morse, Turner McLean Moss, Cassandra Mary-Mae Moyer, Dominic Anthony Lorenz Mrakovcich, William Xavier Murray, Mia Marisa Muscarella;

Rhyess James Nash, Christopher John Nasios, Luis Angel Nazario Ferrer, Antonia Marie Nelson, Nicki Melissa Neou, Trevor Wyatt Neves, Anna Elizabeth Newcomb, Alexandra Doris Newsome, Matthew Thomas Novosad, Jean Ricks Obas, Kelsey Lynn O'Connell, Jessica Marie O'Connor, Mark Brian O'Friel, Ehi Zachary Ojieyan, Motyat Abiola Olatunmbi, Jeffrey James Olson, Evin Charles O'Shea, Olivia Margaret Ouellet, Marcus Thomas Outlow;

Angelika Michelle Pagan-Rivera, Kevin James Palmer, MiaLynne Mikyoung Park, Connor James Parkinson, Deborah Christine Parlemont, Daniel Edward Parr, Pulkit Vikram Patadia, Akira Queandra Patterson, Sharai Uneek Viola Patterson, Rebekah Grace Patton, Timothy Ronald Paz, Tysheika Naomi Perez, Bianca Marie Perez Colon, Matthew John Perras, Gabriella Marie Perrotta, Laura Lea Pianka, Kimberly Marie Piñero Almonte, Alexandra Fernandes Pires, Alexis Ann Pizzo, William Michael Platz, Zachary Patrick Podurgiel, Benjamin Karl Poettgen, Kimberly Noel Postler, Brandon Kyle Edward Pratt, Haley Alece Pratt, Hannah Elizabeth Preble, Francisca Presmy, Cory Nathaniel Provau, Jacob Timothy Provost, Katherine Grace Pugliese, Queenie Yee Pun, Qi Qin, Ifrah Iftikhar Qureshi;

Victoria Rose Rae, Shivang Raval, Angelica Noelle Rayment, Taylor Morgan Renfree, Niceforo Reyes, Brianda Jo Rice, Sabrina Ann Rickey, Airec Alexander Ricks, Angela Lee Rineer, Michelle Angelica Rios, Ricardo Arthur Rios Juro, Daisy Riser, Alexia Nicole Rivera, Ibo Oscar Rivera, Jonathan Thomas Rivera, Mason Rivera, Emily Allison Rix, Kayla Ann Rizzuto, Cynthia Robles, Dale Bradley Rodgers, Daniel Javier Rojas, Susan Barbara Roper, Kimberly Rosas, Juliana Elizabeth Rourke, Michael William Ryan;

Jean Claudel Saint Simon, Stephanie Sanon, Israel Joel Santiago, Sean Robert Saunders, Alex Roland Savaria, Madeline Fay Sawchuk, Caroline Rose Scheck, Travis James Scherp, Duncan Alexander Schmitt, Evan Grad Seder, Christopher Ryan Shaw, Rhienna Ryan Shaw, Haley Marie Silcio, Tyler Renee Simmons, Autumn Alexus Singtai, Tuzar A'Due Skipper, Ella Irene Skorupski, Caitlin Joy Smallidge, Jacob Collin Smith, Morgan Renee Smith, Niasja Pieije Smith, Nicholas William Smith, Hannah Michelle Smullen, Joshua Sosa, Kelsey Marie Spring, Savannah Jo Steeves, Emma Katherine Stewart, Andrew Carl Stone, Christopher Allen Stoute, Kellen Robert Strader, Alexa Simone Strickland, Brandin Charles Strickland, Katherine Keefer Strickland, Melissa Ann Strong, Melissa Louise Stuart, Josh William Suchocki, Kiera Breen Sullivan, Ulrica Sun, Joshua Jason Synott, Alyssa Marie Szydlo;

Alexis Elizabeth Tanguay, Rochelle Lynn Tasca, Brittany Marie Taylor, Eric Alexander Taylor, Jennifer Michelle Tepale, Julianna Marie Tetreault, Sara Catherine Tiffany, Alexandra Nicole Tio, Matthew John Tirocchi, Samantha Rose Trahan, Patrick Michael Trainor Jr., Peter Joseph Tramontozzi, Teddy Isac Trinidad, Samantha Rose Trombley, Bradley Thomas Tudisca, Alyssa Ann Urbinati, Jaeda Cristal Valencia, Charlotte Elizabeth Van Sambeck, Katherine Marie Vargas, Henry Vasquez-Altamirano, Margarita Vazquez, Samantha Lynn Veaudry, Jarvis Javier Vega, Vicente Anselmo Velazquéz, Jr., Katlyn Ann Velk, Alyssa Marie Velles, Anthony Matthew Velte, Israel Francisco Vicente Osorio, Sheyla Michelle Villafuerte Palomino, Jonathan Alfred Villalan Sanchez, Anna Kathleen Vittucci, Caitlyn Elizabeth Vittucci, Victoria Lee Ann Von Seeberg;

Jessica Lynn Walker, Danielle Mary Walsh, Julie Wang, Minxiang Wang, Xiao Mei Wang, Yizi Wang, Jacob Ryan Warbin, Nathaniel Patrick Ward, Darius Karl Watkins, Joseph Allen Watrous, Jr., Emma Rose Wawrzynowicz, Hannah Lynn Webster, Joseph Gary Weekly, Erika Joyce Wesolek, Chandra Mari White, Alexander Gabrial Whitmore, Derrian Dé Janel Williams, Ebony Alexandria Williams, Ra'mel Williams, Brandon Edward Winakor, Brittnee Lynn Winski, Gabrielle Hogan Wise, Annie Wojciechowski, Joseph Robert Wojtkiewicz, Olivia Berry Wolfe, Colline Wong, Evangeline Zhou-Zhou Wong, Brittney Lynne Wood, Anne Miriam Woronecki, Casey Leonard Worski, Kathryn Stella Wyland, Nicole Lee Yackovetsky, Anita Yip, Sally Lilian Yraita, Jimmy Yuen, Jonathan Ting Yuen, Kevin Alexander Zeller, Sally Zheng, Nuolin Zhu.

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