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.
With the wounds of Hurricane Harvey yet to be healed, and Irma heading toward the continental U.S., the students in the Upper School SCA wanted to do something to help aid in the efforts of relief workers on the ground. Claudia Morgan ’19 is the student liaison to the American Red Cross and together with Alex Hash, Community Outreach Coordinator, and Everett Ward ’18, SCA President, a call to action was broadcast last Friday to the North Cross community.
The students are organizing an effort that happens this Friday, September 8. They are asking that all students, in all divisions, bring to school at least $1 to donate to the American Red Cross. Ninety percent of the American Red Cross' workforce is made up of volunteers, keeping their overhead low, which allows for 92 cents of every dollar donated to go directly to on-the-ground relief efforts.
We hope the entire community will come together to show support for those who have been injured, lost their homes or belongings, and/or lost their family members through this devastating storm. Give what you can. All donations are appreciated.
On Tuesday, our school community came together to support our mission during a Day of Giving. For this campaign, the development team worked together to present an entire day where our community would hear and see first-hand what extraordinary things happen on our campus every day through support for the Annual Fund. The team produced a series of videos, with the umbrella term "Give us a minute" to encapsulate different programs at the school such as the Lower School Garden and Global Studies through the voices of students and teachers at the school.
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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Position: Associate Director of Development; Director of Social Media
Hometown: Waynesville, NC
Education: B.A., North Carolina State University
Year Appointed: 2015
What is something that most here wouldn't know about you? I have the most embarrassing taste in music. My Pandora stations range from Spice Girls Radio to 90's Country.
What’s your passion here? What motivates you to do what you do? Every so often, I will grab a camera, walk around campus, and see what I find. I am always impressed by the day-to-day at North Cross—the things that are hard to capture on camera, but give genuine meaning to the "more happens here" message that we promote.
What was your favorite book you read in school? I had a great AP British Literature teacher in high school, so I enjoyed most of the books I read in that class. My favorite was Jane Eyre—I still read it on occasion.
Thanks in large part to a massive volunteer effort, the Big Flea was a great success. Over 2,500 shoppers came to the CAC last Saturday to hunt for bargains. Many returning visitors complimented the new streamlined checkout system and all of the helpful volunteers. A special thank you to our Big Flea co-chairs, Elise and Zack DeMoss, for organizing a wonderful event for the school and the community.
The Big Flea grossed over $35,000, and after expenses we expect to surpass our financial goal. The school and the Parents’ Association will split the net revenue evenly. This marks the second year of our partnership with the PA in Big Flea, and it again proved to be a success.
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