Enkhee Dendev ‘17 scored the winning goal against Westover Christian Academy this past Monday night, her mother and sister Marla joining the excitement as they helped Enkhee celebrate her Senior Night for the Girls Varsity Basketball team. During the game, Julia Brown ’19, had 16 points, 6 rebounds and Madison Charles ’18 had 8 points, 3 blocks. The final score was 36-33.
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.
This morning we were treated to Naima Rasul's ’17 senior speech on Service Dogs. She outlined the skills unique to these animals, such as those trained to sense changes in blood sugar for diabetics, the training, cost and time involved in honing these skills and the various uses and applications for service animals. She was introduced by her younger sister, Narmeen Rasul ’18. You can listen to the talk in its entirety and see more photos by visiting the Featured Content section of onCampus.
On Wednesday, two of North Cross School's standout players from this year's 2016 VISAA Div II State Finalist football team formally committed to play football next year with their respective colleges: Davis Call ’17, to College of William & Mary and Miles Lowman ’17, to Hampden-Sydney College, surrounded by their parents, friends and coaches.
Please help us celebrate both Davis and Miles, their accomplishments as tremendous high school student-athletes as they prepare to play football at the next level.
On Tuesday morning, Claiborne Creasy ’17 gave a presentation on the history of Title IX, a section of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972, which states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." In 2001 and 2011, further guidelines were added addressing the handling of sexual assault cases on campuses. Though intended to help schools deal with sexual assault cases swiftly, the guidelines were broad sweeping and took away much of the due process and evidence requirements for the handling of accusations of sexual assault which can have lifetime repercussions for those wrongly accused, both male and female.
Though there was some swimming to get done, the seniors eventually had their moment in the spotlight during a winning meet against Roanoke Catholic, Southwest VA Home School, plus, for the Boys (and their only loss that night) Hargrave Military Academy. See photos and the scores below.
Last Friday and this Monday two students delivered their DeHart presentations to the Upper School in Fishburn Auditorium: Sulan Yan ’17 and Blake Marvin ’17. Due to technical problems with our sound board software, the talks were not recorded. However, a brief summary of their topics follows:
Sulan Yan spoke on globalization and the influence of westernization on Chinese culture.
Blake Marvin's topic was law enforcement and its effect on community relations, illustrating his point with examples such as airport racial profiling and the events leading to the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Photos from DeHart Speeches can be found in the Featured Content section of onCampus.
This morning, Caroline McGimsey ’17 delivered her DeHart presentation on the perception of America to foreigners as related by pop culture. She discussed how many of the films we produce, which may have nominal success here, are quite popular abroad and gross quite higher numbers than on American soil. With the predominance of the Internet and social media channels such as YouTube, the media readily available to foreign cultures paints quite a different picture of Americans than reality would portray. These characteristics such as frivolity, excessive partying, and material wealth promote an image of Americans which, in actuality, is applicable to only a small number of individuals, and even those are distorted through the filter of video editing or carefully chosen images and wording. The full audio of her presentation can be heard by visiting the Featured Content of onCampus.
Laney Fralin ’17 presented her topic this Monday morning on Service and Therapy Animals and the unique benefits they provide to those who are differently abled, physically and/or emotionally. Along with her, Tide, a dog trained by St. Francis Service Dogs, and his handler demonstrated some of the physical tasks accomplished so that those who they serve can remain independent, such as retrieving and handing off objects, and moving items like laundry baskets. Along with her speech, Ms. Fralin showed some before-and-after case studies of those who have benefitted from this unique form of therapy, often helping emotional disorders which otherwise would be untreatable or inadequately addressed by modern medicinal therapies. Partial audio of her speech can be played from the Featured Content section of onCampus.
Back from Thanksgiving break, our Upper School community was treated on Tuesday to Bruce Farrell's DeHart Speech on the extraordinary and remarkable life of Nelson Mandela. The research was inspired by his own trip to South Africa and conversations with Denis Goldberg, the third accused in the Rivonia Trial which convicted Nelson Mandela and others who were active in the anit-apartheid movement of sabotage. Goldberg was given four life sentences and served 22 years in a prison for white political prisoners. Bruce reflects: "I spent a day with him learning about Nelson Mandela's walk to freedom. Denis Goldberg may be one of the most inspiring and genuine men I've ever met. He was the inspiration behind my DeHart Project."
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