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    Tuesday, July 16, 2024

    511 students graduate from Norwich Free Academy

    Twin siblings Navaeh Brianna Yorke, left, and Nehemiah Tysean Yorke hug after receiving their diplomas during Norwich Free Academy’s graduation ceremony Thursday, June 13, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Class Speaker Ashnaelle Bijoux, left, and Ivy Orator Stecie Celestin cheer for a classmate during Norwich Free Academy’s graduation ceremony Thursday, June 13, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Victoria Rose Buchholz dances after receiving her diploma during Norwich Free Academy’s graduation ceremony Thursday, June 13, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Graduates throw their caps during Norwich Free Academy’s graduation ceremony Thursday, June 13, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Students line up in the school’s hallways before Norwich Free Academy’s graduation ceremony Thursday, June 13, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Alisha Haily Ladyga hugs Head of School Dr. Nathan Quesnel after receiving her diploma during Norwich Free Academy’s graduation ceremony Thursday, June 13, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Jae’Lynn Trinity Lowe reacts to losing her cap as she walks up to receive her diploma during Norwich Free Academy’s graduation ceremony Thursday, June 13, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Graduation 2024 logo

    School Name: Norwich Free Academy

    Ceremony location: Norwich Free Academy athletic field

    Number of graduates: 511

    Guest speaker ― Michael Schmidt, Class of 1974: “You will be able to vote in this election. I am proud to say I have never missed an election in 50 years. And this election coming up in November will be, in my opinion, the most important election of the past 50 years. The future of our country is at stake. The lowest voter turn-out has historically been amongst 18- to 24-year-olds. Please change that statistic: Register to vote and let your voices be heard. It really is critical.”

    Ivy Orator ― Stecie Celestin: “We are the sum of our experiences. Made up of our greatest passions, brightest dreams, dumbest choices, reflections of the lessons learned from our communities, cultures, and legacies. As we carry these lessons of perception through life’s uncertainties, let us remember that these lessons are not just ours to keep ― they are meant to be shared.”

    Class Speaker ― Ashnaelle Bijoux: We are meant to grow, whether that's away from people, a place, or even from our old selves. You are not meant to stay in the same place you are currently in. You are meant to grow and prosper in a new place or maybe in a new way. Don’t allow the people around you to hold you back from truly expressing yourself. And don’t let your fear hold you back either.

    Highlights: NFA continued its tradition of inviting the graduating class of 50 years earlier to celebrate on the field with this year’s graduates. Class of 1974 speaker Michael Schmidt had been the student Ivy Orator 50 years ago and even brought with him a piece of his 1974 graduation speech.

    During three student award ceremonies prior to graduation, 282 students and 19 alumni received 567 awards totaling $784,000.

    Norwich Free Academy 2024 graduates

    List of graduates:

    Michael David Adan

    Jennifer Rachel Aguilar **

    Diego Elias Aguilar Osorio

    Samantha Yayza Alfaro Munoz *

    Lydia Nicole Alfred **

    Anjali Rouse Ali Fernandez ***

    Morgan Jade Allen ***

    Kaitlynn Anna Alves

    Talon Putchen Amado

    Adriana Amado Rodrigues Silva ***

    Ariana Amado Rodrigues Silva **

    Anthony Francesco Ambot

    Celeste Amoretti Hermenegildo

    Cambell Rachel Apperson ***

    Arianna Marie Aristy

    Rowen Avery Arnold ***

    James Christopher Avery

    Christopher Luis Ayala

    Yesenea Leeshaylovee Ayala

    Jordan Zaer Ayala Martinez

    Sofia Nicole Ayer ***

    Keenan Anthony Ayuyu

    Julian Harris Ballester ***

    Abdul Ali Bangura

    Veda Joy Barber ***

    Camron Ilias Barboza

    Sawyer Montgomery Barile **

    Kiara Mae Barrientos ***

    Gabriel Thomas Bartlett ***

    John William Bass

    Jacob Charles Bastien

    Kailey Cheyenne Beaudet

    Arieya Navaeh Beausejour-Young

    Bryant B. Beauvil

    Emma Louise Bell

    Lily Josephine Benedict

    Joshua Todd Benjamin

    Jose Raul Bermudez **

    Brandon Steven Bertocki

    Ashnaelle Bijoux ***

    Kylie Jean Bishop ***

    Neijah Tita Blanco

    Raunel Blyden

    Nippauush Paul Boisvert

    Ava Inez Bolles

    Brooke Denise Bolles

    Dean Lee Bonnin Jr.

    Nyla Rashelle Bostick *

    Ocean Skyler Boyd

    Nora Jeanne Blachly Brassard

    Amanda Joy Brink

    Ashley Rachel Brockenberry

    Matthew Michael Brooks

    Jaquinn Anthony Brown

    Tamaya K. Brown **

    Yasmine Izabella Brown

    Victoria Rose Buchholz

    Alyssa Susan Burgess

    Emoni Elese Burgess

    Sariah Michelle Byrd

    Lucas Goncalves Cabral

    Abigail Cabrera Lucero *

    Lauren Abigail Cadieux ***

    Anthony Julian Calderon Barreto

    Hailley Heather Campbell

    Sarella April Capps

    Andrew Gabriel Card

    Kevin Richard Carlosviza Gallegos ***

    Joseph Anthony Carlosviza Torres **

    Amelia Belle Carney *

    Honey Raquel Carter

    Owen James Cartledge

    Stecie Celestin ***

    Alexandra Kaley Chabot

    Brooklyn Star Chabot

    Griffin Kyle Chapel

    Glenn Rodney Charles

    Naema Charles ***

    Anghely Mya Chavez Campos **

    Allen Chen ***

    Simon Chen-Ruan *

    Matthew Baptise Cherenfant

    Ruby Sze Chiu ***

    Desiree Clea Chow ***

    Roodensky Chrispin

    Keira Deana-Jean Cicardo

    Larsha Cina

    Nasir Ta'Ron Clarke

    Pheonix Jacob-Henry Clifford

    Cadence Elizabeth Cole

    Bryan Cesar Contreras ***

    Pedro Geovany Cor Osorio

    Carlos Lorenzo Cor Vicente

    Alana Rose Correll

    Karice Camela Costas

    Justin Michael Cote

    Nicolas Irving Cotner **

    Jacob Virgil Cream

    Vincent Cregheur

    Keyannah Shirlene Crespo

    Makenzie Marie Crouch **

    Jorge Raul Cruz Andrino

    John Anthony Cruz Montoya **

    Liam Edward Daley

    Jairo Josue Dall´Orso Arevalo

    Iain Raymond Dauplaise

    Hailie Grace Davidson **

    Noah Francis Davila

    Armanee Isiah Davis

    Nevaeh Grace Deandrade ***

    Nicholas James Debartolo ***

    Galilea Alexandra Del Angel

    Stephan Delmas ***

    Mylissa Raquel Dent

    Nadia Jolie Derose

    Kaima Philomena Desamours ***

    Naima Philomena Desamours ***

    Shelbie Latrice Desir **

    Nathan Joseph Desrosiers

    Jean Paul Diaz Matos

    Peter Dickens

    Grey Rose Dombkowski

    Michelle Dong ***

    Connor R. Doyle ***

    Nevaeh Marie Drake

    Alexander Zachery Drupa

    Ella Grace Duarte *

    Crimson Duerrler

    Tayshaun Pierre Duzant

    Maddix Edouard

    Matthew Mark Edwards Jr.

    Vincent Sage Eleazer Jr.

    Rayman Alexis Espinal Collahuacho

    Keano Esquivel-Kearns

    Carlos Jomar Estrada

    Minerve Etienne

    Rebecca Etienne *

    Madison Grace Everett

    Jordan Lynne Fabry ***

    Emma Rae Fanning ***

    Trenton Matthew Farland

    Omar Faruk ***

    Jared Osvaldo Feliciano

    Brielle Elizabeth Fitzpatrick ***

    Naomie Fleury

    Fernando Roberto Flores Nepomuceno

    Mavet Flores Perez ***

    Jonathan Fontanez

    Olivia Renee Fox **

    Max Francois

    Christopher Paul Frank

    Adara Genisis Franklin

    Shayla Glenn Freidenfelds

    Catherine Ann Fusaro ***

    Zachary Gagnon

    Ismael Garcia Bernardo

    Jeremy Yei Garcia Muñoz

    Aneylis Melissa García Ramos

    Sean Tyler Gaucher

    Conor Joseph Gaughan

    Matthew Armando Gavidia

    Joheremy Elias German Victoriano

    Allison Janelle Giglio *

    Lily Catherine Gilbert ***

    Adrien Jeanette Girard **

    Elliotte Viola Girard

    Moshea Arew Gittens Brown

    Jonathan Gomes **

    Katie Theresa Gomes ***

    Antonio Gómez Simaj

    Abdiel Osvaldo Gonzalez Silva

    Luz Welianny González Vargas

    Celina Caroline Goupille

    Anna Sarai Laurenn Gracius *

    Hannah Ashley Graham ***

    Gianna Jade Graves

    Melina Rose Graziano

    Diane Marie Greatsinger

    Jah-Ki Alexander Green

    Christopher Greenfield

    Nathan Gabriel Gregorio

    Rylie Rose Grijalva

    Almira Elain Gulotta

    America Gutierrez

    Ismael Guzman Rodriguez

    Madisyn Skye Hagberg-Porter

    Julia Rose Hagerman

    Jahrel Haggan

    Caleb Anthony Haggett

    Nicolas David Halle-Tanco

    Trinity Ella Hamilton

    Bella Sue Hartung

    Alexis Faith Hatlee

    Jerone Douglas Hauser

    Louis James Hawkins III

    John Christopher Heck ***

    Areanna Star Hecker

    A’mya Duval Henry

    Hannah Catherine Henry ***

    Manuel Adrian Herazo

    Eshaad Ivan Hernandez

    Janaraliz Hernandez

    Nellylisa Sade Hernandez

    Monica Guadalupe Hernández Flores

    Sofía Hernando Martín ***

    Stephanie Joan Herr ***

    Cheyenne Dezireé Herrera

    Mary M. Hester

    Gage Cooper Hinkley

    Sadie Grace Holley ***

    Caroline Cavin Holmberg ***

    Mason Joshua Holt **

    Emily Hong ***

    Zosia Grace Hospod ***

    Saegh Michael Hourihan

    Halie Marie Hughes

    Jedrick Curtis Hull

    Sadie Elizabeth Hungerford

    Madison Aaliyah Hurley

    Areanna Reed Iovene ***

    Rebekah Leigh Jacobs ***

    Lidwrig Rodney Jacquet ***

    Carmela Marquise Jean

    Shamar Jean

    Logan Thomas Jenkins *

    Mengting Jiang ***

    Vian Jiang *

    Lameya Chowdhury Jim

    Ryan Onix Jimenez

    Randy Daniel Jiménez Paredes **

    Vidhiben Prashantbhai Jivani

    Adele Katherine Johnson *

    Jason Ory Johnson Jr.

    Ashanailove Josaphat

    Mathis Clebert Jozile

    Nathan Michael Judge

    Yakima April Kearse

    Zachary Dwight Keller

    Ayden Lee Kempesta

    Isaiah James Kennedy

    Sienna Nicole Knowles ***

    Conner Joseph Konarski ***

    Noah Koscher ***

    Alyssa Nicole Labrecque

    Alisha Haily Ladyga

    Félix-Antoine Laflamme ***

    Blair Bronwen LaPierre

    Maya Elizabeth Laroco **

    Thomas Benjamin Lawton

    Daniel Alberto Lebron Gonzalez

    Joseph Daniel Lee

    Rico S. Lee **

    Nicolas Javier Leon Fuentes ***

    Yuan Wilfredo Leon Rojas

    Ashley Yvonne Lewis

    Tyler Jin-Xuan Lin ***

    Jacob Yanxing Liu ***

    Simon Loewenstein ***

    Luis Alberto Lopez Jr.

    Aryah Marie Lorenzo-Rodriguez ***

    Julean David Louis

    Olivier Charly Louis-Jean **

    Jae’Lynn Trinity Lowe

    Willow Grace Ludlow *

    Lawrence Lumene

    Annarayne Marie Madore

    Alexander Matthew Mahan

    Thomas M. Mainville

    Logan Michael Manfredi **

    Nicola Roberto Marcuccio

    Ryan Ulla Marden

    Nicolas William Marin

    Aaliyah Maritza Marino

    Elora Xiann Marquand-Mendez

    Dugan James Marsh **

    Jacob Martineau ***

    Marisella Henrietta Martinez ***

    Kimberly Nicole Martinez Colon

    Nayelis Martínez-Diaz *

    Breanna Liz Martir

    Nicholson Mathurin

    Tyler Brian McDermott ***

    Nevaeh Princess-Sani McKinnon

    Gabrielle Mary McLead

    Dany David Mejia Leon

    Yesir Emir Mercado Melendez

    Nicholas Arthur Roland Metzermacher

    Connor Jacob Meyer

    Talia Jade Millas ***

    Madisyn Pauline Miller

    Quinten Xavier Lubosi Lewanika Miller ***

    Yetzaida Lissette Miranda Lebron

    Blake Alexander Mondor ***

    Elijah Edward Montgomery

    Luis Daniel Morales Calle ***

    Ava Morgan Morello

    Joshua Rocco Mosquera

    Kristy Git Zing Moy **

    Maria Mucun Tzalam ***

    Grace Madeline Mueller ***

    De'Mari Jamel Muhammad-Thomas

    Junlee Tora Munroe ***

    Malachy Zaire-Anthony Murray

    Abigail Lynn Myers

    Angelina Elizabeth Napuri ***

    Fabiola Nelson ***

    Kiarra Jeanette Nelson

    Maniese Ema Nelson

    Jaquan Notorius Nero

    Sage Elizabeth Grace Newman

    Kaylee Ng ***

    Andrew Stanley Nicholas

    Adriana Nikollaj

    Amanda Jan Noel

    Katelynn Eloise Nowakowski ***

    Olli Juhani Nyfors

    Grady Evan O'Dell

    Caleb Charles O'Lari ***

    Liam Witter O’Neil

    Nahjae Cynthia Oaks

    Elle Ashtyn Okoney ***

    Brendaliz Del Carmen Oliver

    Trinity Rosemarie Orowson

    Maximus Maximillion Armondo Ortiz-Brown

    Leeandre Strong Overton

    Alicia Marie Pacheco

    Suelynette Pacheco Pacheco

    Alessandro Palomino Salcedo

    Amber Lynn Parent ***

    Evan Graham Parker ***

    Indiah Mia Parraga *

    Roselin Maria Parraga

    Dave Patel *

    Diya B. Patel ***

    Eva Catharine Patnoad

    Mason Brady Payton-Twiggs

    Evan Charles Pelletier

    Reagan Lee Pennewill

    Lucia Elena Perez

    Jaden Daniel Perkins

    Amiah Skye Perry

    Victoria Bo Phoumindr ***

    Nicholas Peter Picard **

    Payton Ann Picard ***

    Kaden David Pieniozek ***

    Leilani Pineda Vargas ***

    Hazel Marie Pitre

    Kody Robert Plante

    Daviana Mary Plaza Roman

    Abigail Michaela Politowicz

    Janira Pontes

    Erik Carlos Portillo

    Saniyah J. Powell

    Angelo Joseth Pucuna Alarcon *

    Alora Elsie-Danielle Queen

    Kaie Wittmann Quimby

    Kaylin Amber Rainey ***

    Tianna Alexis Rainey

    John Paul Ramos

    Yashila Leilani Ramos

    Alfredo Vidal Ramos Cornejo ***

    Alejandro Rey Ramos-Labonte ***

    Hunter Riley Rathbun

    Logan Andrew Rathbun ***

    Gracy Lee Reed Fisher

    Basil Reels

    Iris Lynne Regan

    David Richard Reischerl ***

    D'Andre S. Reyes

    Mackenzie Rose Reyes

    Jada Nickole Riley

    Keila Marie Rios **

    Vidal Saul Rivadeneyra Serna ***

    Jaime Alejandro Rivas Toro

    Samara Sofia Rivera ***

    Nicole Marie Roark **

    Hezekiah Jair Robbins

    Laniyah Marie Robichaud

    Aaliyah Destiny Robinson

    Dejean Emmanuel Robinson

    Joshua Reed Robinson

    Mackenzie Lynn Rodriguez

    Yamil Yair Rodriguez

    Juana Yessmith Rodriguez Morales

    Juliette Rodriguez Perez *

    Zuleyka Rodriguez Villar

    Andrew David Rogers **

    Kael Rane Rojo **

    Brooke Tetlow Romanski ***

    Noah Justice Rosa

    Cristian Eduardo Rosalez Velasquez *

    Alaysia Lynne Ross

    Haley Anne Ross ***

    Alice-Ann Mary Rourke ***

    John Leo Rush ***

    Maria Saavedra Mera **

    Morgan Paige Sadler ***

    Rose Snarslendie Saint Eloi ***

    Naleishka Salas Agosto

    Anthony Sampson

    Demecco Martrell Sampson

    Angel Yadriel Sanabria ***

    Daniel Sanchez

    Victoria Sanchez

    Yadiel Joel Santiago Lopez

    Carly Santos

    Anna Elizabeth Sasarak **

    Emily Ann Schaen **

    Amanii Christian Scherf **

    Samantha Nicole Schies ***

    Brandolf Ross Schlieper

    Donna Jessica Scott **

    Avery Belle Scroggins ***

    Joseph Vincent Semmelrock

    Chloe Leah Senat ***

    Jaslyn Massiel Serna Rona

    Shayla Lynn Sheridan *

    Jesse Irvan Sherman

    Lucas Aaron Sherman

    Sonitah Sophear Shook

    Mackenzie Lynn Shortoff

    Felicia Lynn Silva ***

    Ja’Ryee Nyasyah Silva ***

    Joseph Michael Silva Jr.

    Millicent J. Silva ***

    Francisco Simaj Guex

    Nathanael Simko

    Kera Lyn Simpson

    Mitchell Christian Sminkey

    Abigail J. Smith ***

    Gabrielle Nicole Smith

    Hailey Madison Smith **

    Jameson Donovan Smith

    Jessica Louise Smith

    Madeline Grace Smith ***

    Marie Caron Smith ***

    Sophia Marie Smith ***

    Christopher Aidan Southworth ***

    Paris Speller

    Mason Evan Sperry

    Daniel Joshua St. George **

    Alexa Leigh St. Germain ***

    Yuftern St. Surin

    Nala Ann Stahl

    Jay'Lah Amari Sterling

    Kalynn Morgan Stolhammer

    Naiya J’ne Stone-McClellan

    Chloe Isabella Strohl

    Emma Christann Suchoski *

    Julia Marta Sujecki ***

    Rhys David Surprenant *

    Elena Jade Sustache

    Brenden Tyler Swain

    Makayla Trinity Sykes ***

    Maria Elizabeth Tabak

    Alexandra Violet Tabilas ***

    Melainey Veronica Tackling

    Sky Tan

    Richelle Rose Tang ***

    Amelia Marie Tart ***

    Belinda Nesha Tay Vicente

    Christopher Tellier-Pelletier **

    Karla Rubí Tepetl-Rojas

    Victoria Elizabeth Tillinghast

    Lourdie Mennrica Sun Love Tilus *

    Francis Jeremiah Torres

    Isis Josette Torres

    Anginellys Torres Bonilla

    Ashley Briggithe Torres Hurtado

    Brian Will Toussaint

    Emily Jane Tucker ***

    Damir Joel Turner

    Joesiah Isaiah Turner

    Kyshaun Marcus Turner

    Justin V. Valdez

    Kenzi Betzida Valentin

    Kyanna Sharee VanAlstyne

    Dylan Andres Vanegas

    Brandon Irving Vanlew

    Isaac Michael Varrone

    Angel Gabriel Vazquez

    Pablo Jose Vázquez González-Elipe **

    Alanis Vega Dìaz ***

    Juvehlee Candice Ventura *

    Candelaria Yanira Vicente Ajeataz

    David Emanuel Vicente Lucas ***

    Adryonia Mariah Vieu

    Aracely Treicy Vivanco Estrada

    Kyle Noel Waldon

    Zaire Ajene Wallace

    Madison Elizabeth Waltke ***

    Nicole Wang **

    Marcus Grayson Warner Lopes

    Sean Michael Wedge

    Benjamin Matthew West

    Preston Michael Wilder

    Leila Raquel Williams

    Nicholas James Winton

    Nickolas Russell Wong

    Luke Terry Wotring

    Jake-Sebastian Skyler Wright

    Lily Yi ***

    Sean Franklin York

    Nehemiah Tysean Yorke

    Nevaeh Brianna Yorke

    Gavin Rolf Yu

    Jie Yu

    Sadeya Ahmed Zakaria ***

    Phoebe Jia Hua Zhang ***

    Winnie Zhang

    Shellina Zheng ***

    *Cum Laude: 3.333 to 3.499

    **Magna Cum Laude: 3.5 to 3.655

    ***Summa Cum Laude: 3.666 and above

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