Rome Student Accomplishments in Rome Sentinel

Student Accomplishments in Rome Sentinel
Posted on 10/30/2017
Students in Rome Sentinel

Rome Free Academy seniors Noah Nardozza, Moriah Humiston, Rebecca Matte, Xander Pardee and Jared McCullough and junior John George were featured in the Student Accomplishment section of the Sunday Rome Sentinel on October 29th.

The Student Accomplishment section will be featured in the last Sunday paper of each month throughout the school year. It is sponsored by Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Moriah Humiston:


“Moriah Humiston is a senior at Rome Free Academy. She found her passion for journalism during her freshman year when she learned that she enjoyed making videos. Since then, Moriah has founded the new RFA broadcasting network "RFA Knightly News", is the head yearbook editor, and is currently doing an independent study with 6th ward councilor Riccardo Dursi on journalism in government and politics. This summer, Moriah was able to go to the national Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University where she was able to speak with journalists from CNN, NBC, and the New York Times. Moriah makes videos and broadcasts because it "keeps people informed, lets students have their voices heard, and it shows some of the positivity and opportunities Rome has to offer". Moriah plans to major in Broadcast and Digital Journalism next fall with a minor in political science and Spanish. She is extremely thankful that she has been able to grow up in the Rome Community.”


John George:

“My name is John George and I've tried to stay involved with our school district and our community since I began high school. RFA is a fantastic school and I'm proud to be a part of it. Involvement in multiple clubs, sports and organizations at RFA has deepened my appreciation for all we have to offer. I'm part of the speech and debate team, STASS, Rotary Interact, and other groups. In the past year, our dedicated faculty and PBIS team have improved RFA with the addition of TVs, graphics and the Take CHARGE program, Moriah Humiston has spearheaded the RFA Knightly News, and many other students and teachers have contributed. I've loved seeing our school incorporate more technology and get better and better as time goes on. But Rome as a whole is a great city with lots of growth potential, and I've noticed a major opportunity for our tech-savvy youth to contribute to its progress and prosperity. 


The modern storefront lies behind a computer screen - it's how business works in today’s society. But decades after the advent of the internet, small businesses across the country struggle to optimize their online presence and reach new customers. This problem is especially evident in our community, where many of our small businesses could benefit from a stronger online marketing program.


I’ve started an online marketing and promotional media company called Rome Visuals. We seek to leverage our students' talent to fill the need for quality content and help small businesses grow. Our business model is inspired by a passion to improve our community and a skillset to match. We strive to maintain a high standard in online promotional materials. Our specialties include promotional videography, photography and social media management to help your business grow. 


I am motivated by the value Rome Visuals creates for our community. Rome is a city with tremendous propensity for economic growth. Attracting visitors to Rome and to our businesses begins with a first impression. Often, this first impression happens online. Local politicians continue to advocate for the beautification of our city - an issue that is certainly of paramount importance. Rome Visuals seeks to contribute by beautifying our city's online presence as well. ​If your small business is interested in promotional media of any kind, visit our website at or email me at”


Noah Nardozza:


What You Want & What You Want to Work For:


“It’s not every day that someone invites you to write a paragraph detailing achievements you’ve made or an encounter during your high school experience that will impact your future. That’s why I was so incredibly honored and excited when that opportunity presented itself.


Now, I could take up the next few minutes of your time and tell you about how great my years at RFA have been, but instead I’ll tell you something that took me four years to learn. Before that, let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Noah Nardozza and I’m a senior this year at Rome Free Academy. Throughout my high school career, I’ve been involved with numerous clubs, sports, and originations; all in an effort to broaden my understanding of each area and to explore possible career paths within those areas. It has been an absolute privilege to have such a hands-on and unique experience with my school, community, and church.


I could tell you about my years as class president, my induction into Honor Society, or maybe even my career as a morning announcer at school, but there is a larger lesson to take away from this. It took plenty of trial and error and a healthy dose of constructive criticism from my mother, grandfather, and grandmother, but I’m confident that I will graduate high school this year with more than just involvement in these activities.


All of my experience in and outside of Rome Free Academy taught me that there is a huge difference between what you want and what you want to work for. You see, anyone on this planet can wake up in the morning and say that they want to become a millionaire. But, how many of those people can say that they did everything in their power to go above and beyond expectations and become one?


People will continue to set goals for themselves and have dreams that they want to follow. But the difference between those who “want” and those who “get” is the work that they are willing to put into a task. As I wrap up the remainder of my senior year, I’m faced with the reality that my hard work has just begun.”


Rebecca Matte:


“In 2016, I auditioned for NYSSMA chorus with a level 6 Soprano 1 piece, and earning a perfect score, was accepted to the Conference All-State Women’s Choir, All Eastern Mixed Choir, and was selected as an alternate for the All Nationals Mixed Choir. In 2017, last spring, I auditioned again with another level 6, received another perfect score, and was accepted again to Conference All-State, this time for Mixed Choir, and was also accepted to the area All-State Mixed Choir.”


Xander Pardee:


­­“I auditioned in May for All-State. I practiced my piece “The Green-Eyed Dragon” with Mrs. Rushford all year long to perform it at the audition. I received a perfect score on my audition and in August, I got a letter in the mail, telling me I made All-State Mixed Choir. It’s truly an honor to be accepted and be a part of All-State, and I wouldn’t be here without Mrs. Rushford.”


Jared McCullough:


“I had to prepare a classical piece, “O del mio dolce ardor” by Gluck and audition at the NYSSMA Solo Festival in May. In August, I was accepted into All-State Mixed Choir. I’m very excited to be a part of All-State. I’m also very grateful to have Mrs. Rushford as a music teacher and I’m glad she could help me.”

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