Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Education: James Madison University —B.S.
Year Appointed: 1997
Current Position: Faculty - Early Childhood Program Level 3/Kindergarten
ROANOKE, VA – North Cross field hockey standout Avery Sturm will sign her National Letter of Intent tomorrow with Miami University (OH). Sturm, a four-year starter and All-Conference player, joins Head Coach Iñako Puzo and a Redhawks team that won back-to-back Mid-American Conference championships in 2012 and 2013.
Sturm was the Blue Ridge Conference Player of the Year this fall, after earning First Team All-Conference honors in each of her three previous seasons. She was also a VISAA First Team All-State performer in 2012 and 2013. Additionally, Sturm has helped raise the profile of North Cross field hockey under the direction of Head Coach Katherine Kelly.
“Avery's field hockey skillfulness and knowledge of the game has heightened the level of play for the entire North Cross team,” Kelly said.
I was recently asked by a parent, “Why should I send my child to North Cross?” I am asked this frequently, and I usually reply with any one of a number of stock answers. For some reason this time, I chose to say that I felt North Cross was the only school in the Valley that is focused primarily on preparation for college—not the kind of answer that allows you to slip away and talk ACC basketball with someone else. The answer demanded a follow up discussion, so I spent some time explaining that we did not have religious education as a goal, nor did we have basic minimum state standards as a goal. From the day our students are welcomed onto our campus, our teachers and curriculum are focused on the college admissions process. Obviously, other schools in the Valley send students to good universities, but I stand by my thesis that we are alone in our primary focus.
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