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.
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."
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