Nansemond-Suffolk Academy welcomed alumni, family and friends back to campus the weekend of October 16-17 for our annual homecoming celebration, but the festivities started earlier in the week for current students. Spirit Week is one of the most fun and exciting weeks at NSA, where students and faculty celebrate being a Saint by showing their unity and dressing up to follow a different theme each day.
Middle/Upper School Themes:
Tuesday: Monsters University; College or university attire or a character from the movie
Wednesday: Pajama Day
Thursday: Theme Day
Middle School - Disney characters
Freshmen Class of 2019 - Minions
Sophomore Class of 2018 - The Incredibles
Junior Class of 2017 - Peter Pan
Senior Class of 2016 - Alice in Wonderland
Friday: All-School Spirit Day
The Upper School also participated in a hallway decorating contest on Thursday, where they were tasked with transforming their assigned hallway to match their theme. Kudos to the Sophomore Class of 2018 for taking first place and the Freshmen Class of 2019 for coming in second place! On Friday morning, students gathered at the Arthur E. Jones Athletic field to cheer on our Marching Saints as they practiced their halftime show one last time. Then, each Middle and Upper School Advisory participated in various activities like reading, kickball, crafts, bowling or tag with a Lower School or pre-kindergarten class. The fun continued at our all-school pep rally, where students played games, participated in a dance-off and celebrated our student-athletes. The Homecoming Court was introduced and our Homecoming King, Samuel Neal ’16, and Homecoming Prince, Jack Bivins ’17, were crowned. At the end of the pep-rally, the Upper School enjoyed watching a slideshow of highlights from the week.
On Friday night, the Varsity Football Team played Norfolk Academy. The impressive 42-7 win was featured on Wavy TV 10's Friday Night Flights. Madi Goldberg ’16, was crowned Homecoming Queen and Nicky Pond ’17 was crowned the Homecoming Princess. Congratulations, Madi and Nicky!
During half time, we also recognized the following alumni families who currently have a child enrolled in kindergarten:
Cooper West '28, son of Josh West, Class of 1992
Adelynn Zydron '28, daughter of Bellamy Eure Zydron, Class of 1999
Margaret Laney Cross '28, daughter of Lee Cross, Class of 1997
Taylor Elswick '28, daughter of Marty Aston Elswick, Class of 1993
Kennedy Tomlin '28, daughter of William Tomlin, Class of 1994
Sandy Reveley and Pat Muldoon, who both have dedicated countless hours to the NSA Football Program were also honored. Coach Muldoon spent almost two decades assisting the JV and JJV Saints and preparing these student-athletes to be able to successfully take the next step to NSA’s Varsity Football Team. Coach Reveley walked the east sideline at Arthur E. Jones Athletic Field for 21 seasons and played a key role in some of the proudest moments in NSA football history.
After the game, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends stayed for a post-game party, featuring the band, The Deloreans. Thanks to our event sponsor, ITM Construction (Julie and Mark Mizelle ’92), everyone had a fabulous time dancing to songs from the ‘80s and catching up with friends.
On Saturday, NSA families and alumni returned to the Arthur E. Jones Athletic Field for Saints Fest. This family friendly event featured over 25 carnival games, a dunk tank, concessions, hayrides, inflatables and more! Proceeds from the carnival games benefited NSA’s service clubs, athletic teams and their charitable organizations. Thank you again to our volunteers and to our sponsors for helping to make Saints Fest such a success!
Annual Fund Coordinator Melissa Holland Hlinovsky '02, Director of Advancement Kenda Goldberg Council '91 and Head of School Debbie Russell enjoyed visiting the various reunions that were held on Saturday evening.
Class of 1975 and Class of 1980 at Founders Pointe
Class of 1985 at the home of Lynda and Hunter Odom
Class of 1989 at Harper’s Table
Class of 1990 at the home of Rana and Donnie Weaver
Class of 1995 at Mosaic Cafe in Suffolk
Class of 2005 at O’Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk
We hope that everyone had a wonderful time celebrating what it means to be a Saint. If you were not able to attend one of the many events this year, please save the date for next year’s Homecoming Celebration, which will be held October 21-22. We will be celebrating NSA’s 50th Anniversary and have many exciting things planned! Go Saints!