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."
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.
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."
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.
The rain held out just long enough for the last potato chip to be crunched and the last game of tag to find a winner. Families on both ends of the buddy line, seniors and ECP-2 students, came out to picnic blankets and hamburgers for this annual tradition. Though the skies were overcast, the smiles were bright. Parents of seniors got to meet their child's little buddies, while the ECP-2 parents got to meet what will be their counterparts in about 13 years. Good thing about almost-rainy weather? No ants.
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.
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