A beautiful fall day awaited Girls Varsity Tennis' four seniors and their families as Coach Bagliani honored their dedication to the team. Summer Zhang, Narmeen Rasul, Heba Imam, and Emma Cartledge stepped forward with their families while Upper School Director Mark Thompson listed their history with the team, favorite memories, and plans for next year. Afterwards Coach Bagliani and a group of parents offered a picnic buffet for those who attended while the girls looked over the scrapbooks the players and coaches had made for the seniors.
The Boys Varsity Soccer team gathered a half an hour early to celebrate what may be the most seniors ever to be on the team at one time. Thirteen, to be exact. Parents and faculty came out to honor them, beginning with those who had been at the school the shortest amount of time ending with those students who are "lifers."
Members of the immediate and extended North Cross Community came together on a chilly Saturday morning for one purpose: to conquer the Middle School Hill and have as much fun doing it as possible. PA President Marlo Pearson, PA Rep Cheryl Glose, and countless parent volunteers helped plan, organize and execute this amazing, health, ridiculously challenging yet fun community event. The race was chip timed by Run Roanoke, and as 97 runners got ready, they were pumped up by Disco music from the Studio540 tent, complete with gala committee chair Kelly Kemper and committee member Jill Woltz, as well as Board Vice Chair Fourd Kemper in complete 70s disco attire. After the run, whose overall winner in the male category was senior Chester Pruitt and in the female, a much younger fifth-grader Kerrigan Chaney, runners were treated to fresh baked bread and jams, bagels donated by Bread Craft, fruit, and (of course) lots of water. Once the results were compiled, medals were awarded in different age categories. Thanks to the PA and all of the race's generous sponsors for a great run!
It was a gorgeous day to celebrate Homecoming, watch some football, and crown some students! The game began with our Chorale sang the National Anthem while the colors were brought out by the North Cross Cub Scout Troop. It was a rough first half for the Raiders, but things cheered up when at halftime members of the upper school and their parents and guardians came out to be recognized as this year's Homecoming Court and to name the Homecoming King and Queen. This year's recipients were as follows:
The Raiders ultimately lost their game to Roanoke Catholic 30-22, but got points on the board during the second half to close the gap left at half time.
Under beautiful skies, members of the Willis family, faculty, staff, students and alumni, gathered before the start of the Homecoming Football game against Roanoke Catholic to take a moment and dedicate the newly renovated field to Cydney and David Willis. David D.H. Willis ’77 passed away after a battle with cancer. David was a member of the Board of Trustees for 16 years, Past President of the Alumni Association, and the recipient of the 2002 Alumni Service Award. He was also parent to five boys who were all graduates of North Cross. Dr. Proctor's remarks from the ceremony can be accessed by clicking the "Read More" link below.
Before this year's Homecoming Pep Rally, the Parents' Association outdid themselves with an amazing Adventure Walk for the entire school — no small feat when you have almost 500 students and 60+ faculty to corral. The school was broken into groups and then led throughout the buildings to see special decorations and get to know each other along the way. Many piggy backs were given, hands held, and friendships formed. Thank you to all of our parents who made this journey come together!
After the Walk, students enjoyed popsicles and a petting zoo. The theme for this year's Homecoming surrounds the movie Footloose, whose final scene takes place in a barn. So farm animals were a natural match. Spring Valley Farm in Moneta, VA, brought the adorable farm animals to the pep rally. Among the spirited competitions was a dance-off between Hip-Hop and Country Line dancing, lassoing a "mustang" and an old-fashioned hoedown complete with a face-off between a rival sheriff. The students had a blast, and we would also like to thank Susan Wenk, Susan Card, and the Upper and Middle School SCA's for putting this spirit-lifting event together.
Both events are truly what memories are made of. To see video and more photos, visit our Instagram page and Facebook page which has footage of the "dance off."
Earlier this month we were honored to have Dr. Devorah Heitner on our campus as part of our CrossCurrent Speaker and Dialogue Series.
Dr. Heitner is in high demand, and followed our visit with her trip to North Carolina where she was the keynote speaker of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools conference, Charlotte Country Day School, and the SPEAK Series at Colorado Academy.
We certainly hope you and your student were able to gain some valuable takeaways during her time on our campus. As parents and educators it is our responsibility to mentor our children, giving them guidance they crave in an ever-changing digital landscape.
The Upper School has started our partnership with the Rescue Mission with flying colors. So far we have volunteered three days, totaling 264 hours of Community Service. Our efforts have been mainly concentrated in the Distribution Center where goods are serviced and made ready for sale in the two Rescue Mission Thrift Stores. Our students have stood out amongst the volunteers each time they serve. We have greeted the other volunteers with chants of "WE ARE NORTH CROSS,” and “How do We Serve? Hands! Feet! With Praise!” These always seem to lighten the mood of all the volunteers in attendance on that day. Our banner has hung proudly in front of Rescue Mission each time, letting the entire community know we are there.
Elizabeth Giles and Katherine Lake had the spotlight before Varsity Volleyball's game against Craig County (which they won 3-0)! They were joined by their families and Dr. Proctor who detailed their successes and memories.
By the time we were finished celebrating our Varsity Field Hockey seniors Madisen Charles and Margo Winn, the clouds had parted and the sun was shining. We're pretty sure we can take credit for that.
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