During the first two weeks of December, the Parents' Association asked, and they received. NCS families generously donated new, unwrapped toys to several local agencies for children in need. Two HUGE boxes of toys were delivered to CHiP — the Children's Health Initiative Partnership and to the Salvation Army. Thank you to all the parents and students who helped these children have a gift for Christmas!
On Friday night, January 6th, the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs were cheered on by more than 160 North Cross fans! Our fantastic choir, under the direction of Mr. Miller, sang the National Anthem while our Cub Scout Troop #23, lead by NCS parent Declan Daly, were the flag bearers and color guard. Students and parents alike enjoyed the evening, even though the Dawgs lost to the Fayetteville FireAntz 5-2. For each ticket sold, the Parent's Association is donating $5 to FOTA to purchase an item needed for the Art Department.
After being delayed by snow days, this morning, Enkhee Dendev ’17 finally presented her speech entitled: Regenerative Medicine: Bioartificial Organs to the Upper School assembly. She briefly chronicled the history of organ transplantation and then detailed the burgeoning field of regenerative medicine where whole organs are produced using a person's own cells to replace traumatized or disease-damaged organs such as the ear, trachea or bladder. Scientists are moving closer to human trials for more vascularized artificial organs (those which need a high amount of blood supply) such as the heart or kidney. Enkhee's 7-year-old young sister, Marla, introduced the topic and was a very patient observer for the talk. Enkhee hopes to study this topic further in college, but as far as we can tell, she's definitely off to a good start in understanding its complexities. You can hear the speech in its entirety in the Featured Content section of onCampus.
Education: BA in Economics from Wake Forest University
Professional Background: Marketing for a mutual fund company and then in pharmaceutical sales
What was a highlight for you as a student at North Cross?I stayed in touch with a lot of my NCS classmates throughout the years, and I had several in my wedding. I have the additional blessing of meeting and befriending other alumni in Roanoke who graduated 5-10 years ahead of me, so we did not really know each other as students. It is a close knit community in Roanoke that I adore.
What is your favorite North Cross tradition? The annual Fat Pencil ceremony.
What is one thing people may not know about you? I have a paralyzing fear of heights.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Playing tennis, running, traveling anywhere.
When you think about North Cross, what makes you proud to be part of the school community? What makes me proud is hard for me to put into words. Seeing my son as a student in the Lower School halls makes me incredibly proud that our school has only gotten stronger since I graduated. I am continually impressed by the caliber of Upper School students and all faculty that I meet, and I look forward to our continued improvement and growth.
For the Upper School's submission to the Winter Gala and Auction, teacher Amy Jackson found a way for everyone to contribute; and we mean everyone. As a base for the painting, Jackson had every student enrolled in the Upper School, from freshmen to seniors, sign the canvas. The signatures served as an abstract scaffolding for what is to become an impressionist/abstract landscape. The finishing touches are still in progress, so here's just a sneak peek at some of the details of this extraordinary and truly original effort. Students continue to add brush strokes while Ms. Jackson guides the project. The work will be featured in the silent auction which will be available online prior to the Gala on February 4.
Nature is surely playing some tricks on us this winter, but let's not forget how colorful and gorgeous it can be. Remind yourself by visiting our latest installation in the Logan Gallery in Old Slack. Hours are 8-4, Monday thru Friday. The name of the show is Nature and More: In Color, a mostly painting exhibit featuring bold colors and brush strokes and mutlimedia collages. A feast for the eyes. Thanks to Karen Sewell and Mary Tousman for offering their pieces to show. The artwork will be on display through the end of the month.
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