Yesterday, the week's DeHart speeches began with Zack H'Doubler's ’17 argument for entering e-games into the Olympics. His theory: the necessary mental acuity and physical dexterity required for excellence in video gaming is similarly, if not more, challenging than many of the sports already included in the games. Unfortunately, the microphone was not on during his talk, so we were unable to record it. This morning Josh Greenway ’17 delivered his DeHart project on whether or not fast food chains can be blamed for the rise in obesity rates in the U.S. The entire talk and photos (as well as photos of Zack's speech) can be found on the Featured Content section of onCampus. Tomorrow, Natalie List ’17 will be delivering her talk at 8:00am in Fishburn Auditorium. All are welcome.
Students in grades 3-5 were welcomed to their first Poetry Club session this afternoon. Eleven students worked on poems with the goal of creating an alliterative animal. Teacher Annie Robertson and Terri Craig were there to assist the budding lyricists while they consulted dictionaries and a thesaurus to aid in their vocabulary choices. What a great exercise in creativity and vocabulary!
This morning our second graders presented different jobs and functions of the three branches of government by holding a guessing game of sorts. Students used their heads (literally and figuratively) to describe a specific function or job within the government. After reading a brief "job description" and showing a picture, the rest of the class had to guess which job or department they were illustrating.
Friday night was a big win for both the Boys and Girls swim teams. Both teams came away as conference champions. The teams led the competition from start to finish, beginning with the Boys' 200 medley relay which produced its best time of the season by more than five seconds. Andrew Lorens '19 won four titles in all, two individually in the 100 free and 100 back, and two as part of the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Zack H'Doubler '17 had the best meet of his career, improving by over ten seconds in the 100 fly and winning a thrilling race in the 100 breast by dropping more than three seconds from what was already a state-qualifying time. Patrick Daly '20 and Liam Hu '20 also recorded best times in each event they swam, and Daniel Byrnes '21 took home four gold medals. On the girls side it was a dominating performance as they outpaced second-place Chatham Hall by a 43-point margin. Swimming fast throughout the meet, the girls won two of the three relays, finishing second by a tenth of a second in the 200 free relay. Natalie Lorens '21 placed first in all four of her events and was bolstered by the strong performances of every one of her teammates. Individual event winners also included Margo Winn '18, Emma Cartledge '18, and Aurora Phlegar '20.
Today North Cross honored Mr. Peter Lewis for his contributions to education and the advancement of less fortunate youth through his Apple Ridge Farm summer program. Alex Hash, Community Outreach Coordinator, presented Mr. Lewis with a plaque during the North Cross School Black History Month Assembly. Also honored was Mrs. Annette Lewis (no relation), Director of TAP in Roanoke for her continued and outstanding contributions to the Roanoke Valley community. Singer Nefeteria Hash was our musical guest. (Read More to see photos.)
Afterwards, the Upper and Middle schools, faculty, staff and guests were, in a word, inspired by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn's presentation. Dr. Strayhorn is a professor and researcher at The Ohio State University where he is also the director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise there.
by David Lake, Director of Admission
This year's $1,000 winners:
Heath Long (LS)
Rex Owen (LS)
Nathan Carey (MS)
Lanaya Cephas (MS)
Lennon Kuehl (MS)
What a pleasure it was to call people and tell them their child's name was drawn and that they would receive the $1,000 credit for next year's tuition. It was very special as Director of Admission to be able to make that call, hear their reactions, and receive their thank you's.
Among disco lights, red carpet and psychedelic outfits, the Carter Athletic Center lived a new life as the 70s iconic NYC disco club Studio 54(0). This year's gala was particularly successful in bringing our community closer. Several parents told us how much they enjoyed getting to know other parents in such a fun environment. We also had a strong contingent of alumni, board members, faculty and staff, and friends of the school—and have you seen the Celebration video, which provided a cameo appearance from much of our school. Our goal as a Development team is to keep all the constituencies of our community engaged and active with the school, and gala is a key part in fulfilling that mission.
Above and beyond the fun atmosphere of the gala, our community was extraordinarily generous, allowing us to meet our financial goals. After all, that's why we host the gala each year—to provide more funding for student programs, teacher resources, and operational needs of the school.
We'd like to thank our auctioneers, Will Farmer and Jim Woltz, for bringing such strong enthusiasm to our live auction and raise the paddle fundraiser to raise professional development funds. Our live, silent, and online auctions exceeded expectations, and professional development donations reached an all-time record of over $18,000. The impact this will have on the advancement of our teachers' skills, and in turn our students' learning experiences, is remarkable. Professional development is one of the most important things we can provide our teachers to help students learn. Thank you to everyone who made a donation to this important fund. We look forward to sharing how the dollars are used throughout the year.
On Founders' Day, our Middle and Upper School students were treated to some words of wisdom from a past student, 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Harry I. Johnson III ’86. But why should only they get to hear these amusing and truthful anecdotes from an accomplished lawyer, public servant and mentor? We recorded Mr. Johnson's remarks so that you, too, can experience what was truly an enjoyable and enlightening 20 minutes of our day.
He later attended Joe Harris' Upper School government class in which he reminded students: "You can not make a difference in the world, unless you can get up in front of an audience of strangers and articulate some view point about something, because you're going to be asking them to do something or you're going to be making a point … At North Cross, we have the DeHart Project—it was the senior speech when I had it—that is a great introduction to that. That is important."
Education: B.S. Biology and German, Hampden-Sydney College
Professional background: I am a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch. I've been in the finance industry for over 21 years. I help publicly traded companies manage the equity compensation they provide their employees, and help mitigate the fiduciary liability companies incur managing retirement plans.
On which board committee(s) do you serve? I chair the Audit, Compliance, and Policy committee and serve on the Executive committee.
What was a highlight for you as a student at North Cross? That's tough. I was pretty happy in lower school, but I also enjoyed my senior year. What stands out for me are the friendships I still enjoy 38 years later.
Also on Friday, as part of our Founders' Day celebration, we honored Polly Jones, English Teacher and English Department Chair. In Upper School Director Mark Thompson's remarks to Mrs. Jones, he elaborated on her strengths as an instructor and dedication to her craft:
"A former colleague wrote of Ms. Jones, 'She is a very accomplished English teacher. She has superior knowledge of both literature and grammar and uses a variety of methods to teach both areas. She does a wonderful job requiring students to engage in rigorous study but balances this with the needs of her students.' As Ms. Jones has been at NCS for the past five years, I personally have seen Ms. Jones skillfully work with a range of students and provide outstanding instruction and support on a daily basis. At the heart of this is her deep care for students and her subject matter. Often well after school is over and a good portion of many weekends, Ms. Jones is hard at work, perfecting her craft, reading for pleasure and to improve her curriculum, she is planning her lessons, and perhaps above all, she is grading and assessing and providing meaningful feedback on student work."
We congratulate Ms. Jones on this honor and appreciate her dedication to our students and their success in English, writing and theatre. To watch the award ceremony, visit our YouTube channel.
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