As we finish up classes and look forward to our celebrations next week, there is a special achievement that our school would like to recognize.
Christopher Parker ’20 was selected for the Presidential Naval ROTC Preparatory Scholarship at Norwich University. His academic achievements, coursework in Nautical Science, and leadership roles were likely factors in his selection for this opportunity. Christopher served Tabor as a captain of the football and wrestling teams this year, as well as a proctor in Williams dormitory.
Upon completion of the preparatory program during his first year at Norwich, Christopher will be awarded a four-year Navy ROTC National Scholarship. Just 21 schools in the nation offer this scholarship and less than 2000 students are selected. Christopher is 1 of only 5 members of Norwich’s class of 2024 to receive this honor. We offer our congratulations!
It is our custom at Tabor, given our Naval Honor status, to celebrate those graduates attending a U.S. Service Academy at Prize Day. Typically an officer from the Service Academy will attend graduation to share the news of the scholarship with a hearty congratulations and a warm welcome. As the School by the Sea, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are the usual service academies our students seek out for commission as active duty military officers. Additionally, we have seen students take advantage of the scholarships our military affords qualified applicants to attend other schools that result in armed forces commissioning and duty. Last year, we recognized two students who decided to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, which offers careers in the merchant marine or a commission as an active or reserve duty officer. These are great opportunities to learn leadership, teamwork, and technical skills.
Regardless of the branch of service our students choose or whether they serve as an active or reserve duty officer, they are making a serious commitment to safeguard our country that deserves our recognition. Indeed, depending on the program, some will serve the USA for up to eight years after graduation. This perhaps is one of the most selfless ways a graduate can display care for others and committed citizenship.
Just as we are proud of our past graduates who have taken these steps, we are proud of Christopher and his commitment. He is a valued member of the Tabor community and we know his personal growth and the leadership he has learned here will help him excel and to serve our country with pride and distinction. We wish him well on his way!
In lieu of Prize Day this year, we will launch a webpage on 5/27 that will include a video greeting and speech from Eileen Marceau, Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs. Below that will be a brochure outlining the prizes and their winners. Several prizes will be held for distribution during the Celebration of Seniors event on May 29. After that event, all the prizes will be included in the brochure, which will be printed and mailed to prize winners as a keepsake.
Please join us at www.taboracademy.org/celebrate for a fun virtual celebration of the Class of 2020. There will be music, speeches, a walk down memory lane, awards, and more. We hope you and your friends can join us. The live stream will begin with a countdown and some student musical numbers at 9:30 AM. The program will begin at 10:00 AM.