Winners of the “Service Matters” Drawing

Norwich students, parents and families, alumni, faculty, and staff live our Guiding Value of ‘service to nation and others before self’ in our daily lives. In recognition of the myriad of ways that we serve to better the world and make a lasting impact in our communities, we draw a name each month of one survey participant and will send a donation to the nonprofit organization of their choice.

Here are the profiles of our first winners. Please share your service story with us by completing our service survey.

Flying Stars Model Aviation Club

Walter Legan ‘70

“I live the Norwich Guiding Values of Service by not casually volunteering for other organizations, but by funding and operating my own informal entity and to be certain our standards are met.”

Walter Legan ‘70
Volunteer Director
Flying Stars Model Aviation
Central Florida STEM Education Council
Daniel F. O'Donovan

Daniel F. O’Donovan ‘70

“Following graduation and commissioning in 1970, I entered active duty for five years, serving as an Army Intelligence officer and military aviator. After active duty, I spent thirty years with a global risk management firm based in NYC. Both the military and civilian occupations afforded me the opportunity to be placed in leadership positions. Norwich provided me with the tools and leadership experience as a young cadet that would continue to guide me throughout my military and civilian careers.”

Daniel F. O’Donovan ‘70
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Erin Paradis

Erin Paradis M’12

“My career choice to continue to serve in public education reflects my core belief in service. I taught middle and high school students for five years and, thanks to my Norwich education, I have had the incredible opportunity to spend the last four years as a public school administrator. Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I believe in the transformational power of education. Whether I am coaching students in their academic pursuits, working with teachers to improve instruction, coordinating tests and school programs, listening to parent concerns, or even hauling school supplies around campus, I feel that I am making a difference. As a school leader, I am deeply humbled that every day I get to serve as a support for the students, parents, teachers and staff in my school community. It is truly an honor.”

Erin Paradis M’12
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Raven Killinger

Raven M. Killinger ’18

“I have worked with the Special Olympics for the past 4 years. While in high school, I dedicated a lot of my time and energy to children with disabilities. I worked with a gym teacher to start Unified Soccer and Basketball teams where we paired children with disabilities with athletes without disabilities. I have also volunteered many hours with the Connecticut Special Olympics as a mentor and peer. The Special Olympics gives athletes with disabilities a sense of self-worth. Through my own experience, I have seen first-hand how excited athletes are when they achieve a goal in their sport.”

Raven M. Killinger ’18
Special Olympics Connecticut
Gaines Harrell

Gaines Harrell M’13

“The Noah Foundation supports the education of learning-challenged and special needs students, primarily those who score on the autism spectrum. The Norwich motto is ‘I Will Try,’ and each day I try to make someone else’s life better through my work and actions.”

Gaines Harrell M’13
Noah Foundation Logo