The NHS Class of 2021 has been hard hit by the global pandemic that continues to restrict the joys typical of Norwich High School graduating classes. We are establishing this special scholarship fund for the Class of 2021 to recognize the special sacrifices and losses that they have shared and endured this past year. We wish to communicate to our graduates that their community supports them and wishes them all the best on their upcoming graduation.
Think back to your senior year at Norwich High School. Fresh off of your junior prom, you had the summer before your senior year to take driver's education. The joy and carefree days of youth, looking forward to your senior year. There was Homecoming, a senior class picture on "The Hill", time spent with your best friends and classmates in the senior courtyard. You were able to shine as the senior on your sport team, whether it was basketball, football, swimming or cheerleading. You got the best roles in the winter and spring concerts, and the spring musical. Maybe you joined the trip to Europe with Mr. Callahan or Mrs. Fertig. There was a fun senior trip to look forward to, either to Boston, Six Flags or Dorney Park.
The Class of 2021 has been struck by the global pandemic that has virtually eliminated any activities their senior year.
Their junior prom was cancelled. Senior homecoming, nixed. Senior year of sports, eliminated or dramatically curtailed with friends or family unable to cheer from the stands. No senior class picture. Senior class trip, cancelled. Teachers and classes have been eliminated due to budget cuts. They have not even been able to spend time together in the senior courtyard because the majority of the school year has been spent virtually.
The sacrifices our graduates have endured to ensure the safety of themselves, the collective student body and our community have been substantial.
Norwich Dollars for Scholars works throughout the year to raise funds for our graduates each and every year. Fundraisers for the Class of 2021 have been significantly curtailed as a result of safety precautions surrounding Covid-19.
To recognize the sacrifices of the Class of 2021, we wish to create a scholarship specifically for our graduating class. For every $500 raised, an additional college, technical or vocational scholarship will be awarded to the Norwich High School Class of 2021. Help us support the higher education needs of our graduates!