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William and Mary honors Norment … twice

Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, and the College of William and Mary have quite a thing for each other.

Norment, a graduate of the W and M law school and a partner in the Williamsburg office of Kaufman & Canoles PC, represents an area that includes the school’s Williamsburg campus. He is one of the college’s staunchest supporters on Capitol Hill.

Norment worked to secure $5.4 million for the W and M School of Education, which will be getting a new building, thanks to the General Assembly. With that money, the project now can move forward with planning and design.

The ed school showed its appreciation by honoring Norment with the Jo Lynne DeMary Award last month. Named for a William and Mary alumna who served as state superintendent of schools, the DeMary award recognizes individuals for leadership in education.

And tomorrow, William and Mary President Gene Nichol will present the college’s Prentis Award to Norment at a reception in his honor.

Prentis Awards are given annually to community members whose civic involvement benefits the community and the College.

And for whom is this award named? The Prentis family owned an 18th-century shop on Duke of Gloucester Street that was a hub of colonial life. Members of the Prentis family have been friends of the College and the community since 1720, when the store was first established in Williamsburg.

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