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Address by Dr. Brian M. Kelly, NFA Head of School

Congratulations, Class of 2021! There are many reasons to be proud when it comes to graduating high school, but doing so at the end of 15-month period that has impacted our world forever? I believe that is a new level of pride, and you should all be commended for your grit and perseverance in making it through very challenging times.

I learned a long time ago that the true test of character is how one reacts in a time of crisis. What has impressed me during my first year at this outstanding institution is the multiple examples of students, especially seniors, rising to the challenges surrounding them and embracing the opportunities that change creates. No matter the crisis—quarantine, remote learning, cancelled sports seasons, political unrest, social justice issues—you have continued to work hard at school and undeniably passed the character test.

As you begin the next chapter of your lives, I urge you to take the lessons you have learned over the last year and a half and keep them close in your memory. Remember to cherish the time you have with friends and family, and appreciate the here and now. Celebrate life and new opportunities, and understand that kindness and compassion are much more powerful than negativity. Most importantly, remember that you are responsible for your own happiness—so please take time to take care of yourself.

The Class of 2021 will be remembered as the class that persevered. Although we have only had one year together, please know you will be missed. I hope we will see you all again in the near future—as NFA alumni. Again, congratulations!

Dr. Brian M. Kelly

Head of School

 

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