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.
Friday, September 29, 2017, families gathered under beautiful blue skies with the smell of crispy fried chicken and fresh biscuits in the air, to celebrate a unique quality afforded to only a small group of current North Cross students: being a Legacy student. Legacy students, as the name implies, have at least one immediate family member who has attended North Cross. This year we had the unique instance of having a third-generation legacy student in our midst, Grace Hamlin ’32, whose father Jack Hamlin ’03 and grandmother Colleen Hamlin ’78 also walked these halls. As people were finishing their lunch, two seniors took the microphone after being introduced by Dr. Proctor. Katherine Lake ’18 and Ansleigh Graeff ’18 spoke of what makes being a Legacy student so special. The shared experiences (and in some cases teachers!) at the school and the lifelong bond to this institution. Thank you to the families who joined us today. To see the speeches and view a recap of the day's festivities, visit our YouTube Channel.
2017 Alumni Service Award Recipient Ian McDade ’91 reflects on his relationship with North Cross School
Delivered at this year's Commencement on May 27, 2017
I would like to first thank the alumni board for bestowing upon me this tremendous award. I recognize how fortunate I am to join past recipients of this award. I also want to thank my family. Victoria and I try and instill in our three children the importance of giving back, but that wouldn’t be possible without my family’s sacrifice. Every hour spent on NCS is an hour not spent with one’s family, so I want to thank my family for the sacrifices they have made for NCS so that I can stand before you today and accept this award. I would also like to thank my fellow board members and my partners on the Audit, Compliance and Policy Committee for their sacrifices and the hard work they have put into North Cross. Finally, I would like to recognize the contribution of staff members like Chris Proctor, Karen List and so many others who have done a remarkable job in improving the school. No school is perfect and we’re not done improving, but we have come a long way and we are moving in the right direction.
The last few weeks have felt like a graduation for me as well. As some of you know, after 10 years in Roanoke and many cancelled flights home, we’re moving to Charlotte, and I couldn’t think of a better way to go out then to receive this award. I was driving across Michigan in the rain when Lee Huff called me to let me know that I had been selected to receive this award. I had a couple of hours of driving ahead of me and my mind wandered to memories from long ago. I thought of 1978 when my family moved to Roanoke and enrolled me in NCS, playing on the lower school playground, the friendships from my years at NCS that are still so important to me, the teachers and coaches who pushed me to be more than I thought I could be, my own graduation 26 years ago, and the wonderful years our children have had at NCS.
Thursday afternoon CrossCurrents and the Horace G. Fralin Global Studies Program hosted NCS alumna Sarah Hazlegrove ’77 to present her experiences documenting the tobacco industry across countries. Hazlegrove began recording the people, livestock, machinery, and landscape of her family's Southside Virginia dairy and tobacco farm over twenty years ago when she was asked to do a show here at NCS. What had begun as a personal project about a family and its history with tobacco raised larger issues about extended families, continuation of community, history, immigration and the ending of a way of life that had existed and thrived for almost four centuries. These initial photos led to trips across the tobacco regions of the United States then around the world in a continuing project that has grown to include traditional photographs, projected photo essays, videos, and installation pieces.
She came to share her experiences, photographs and videos, and to inspire middle- and upper-school students to look beyond what is there. Take a deeper dive into what interests you and it could take you to places you never expected. After her presentation she took questions from students and met with our own budding videographer Charlie Card ’19 about his own ambitions. We appreciate her time and beautiful imagery in addition to the stories she shared. Audio from the talk is available through onCampus. More photos can be seen on the Crossties Blog.
An anonymous donor has generously offered a matching challenge for the classes of 1970-79 on the Day of Giving on May 9. He encourages alumni of this era to give in honor of what they're most passionate about at North Cross. Reflect on the memories and friendships you still enjoy today as you consider your gift. In the meantime, flashback to the 70's with this special video. All of the photos in the video are included in the gallery at the bottom of the page.
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As the end of the school year draws nearer, there has been so much to keep up with, so we apologize for the tardiness of this news. On Friday, April 21, the North Cross community, including former Athletics Director Jim Muscaro, came together to honor Rich McGimsey ’82 for his creation and support of the girls lacrosse program. In his remarks, Director of Athletics and Wellness Eric Lawrence told of Rich's accomplishments: "Rich has dedicated 6 years of unselfish service to the girls lacrosse program. He has spent his time and energies as Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and probably even equipment manager field liner, and has helped build a program that is enjoying its first year with a Varsity team! This will also be our first ever Blue Ridge Conference season."
Today marked an international effort, if you will, for the first Mini Metric Olympics at North Cross. Hosted, run and judged by CrossWalk fifth-grade math students Rex Owen, McKayla Hartman, and Blake Shaner, their fellow fifth-graders were invited to participate during their regularly scheduled math times in the multipurpose room of Ellis Hall. The three judges agreed that the event was a lot of fun.
Jack Fishwick ’16, will be assisting the hosts with setting up, running, and judging the Olympic Games.
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Profession: Corporate/M&A attorney
Education: Washington & Lee University (BA) and University of Virginia School of Law (JD)
Board Committee: International Oversight Committee
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