Last Friday, Raiders came out to support a different type of red as they donated blood during the annual drive sponsored by the SCA and organized by senior Helen Schmetdje. Virginia Blood Services had 30 donors come, and 22 were able to donate a full unit of blood. Together, the school affected 70 people's lives!
With the theme of the Academy Awards that never were, students took to Muscaro Gym Tuesday afternoon for the Winter Pep Rally, hosted by the School's SCA groups. First off: Pirates of the Caribbean and a match between Lower and Upper Schools in a game of Treasure Hunt. The scrappy Lower Schoolers were too quick for the Upper School pirates and were able to steal enough treasure to earn their own eye patches. Next, Middle Schoolers took us to a galaxy far, far away (well, center court), with their re-enactment of the many battles and characters in the Star Wars series. The Light Side won, and Yoda was victorious. Then, the Average Joe's easily defeated the Purple Cobras in a energetic game of Dodgeball. Poor Caroline McGimsey ’17 was the last Cobra standing... but not for long. Finally, after the Lower School was dismissed, the Middle and Upper schoolers cheered on the Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams as they took on a motley crew of faculty members, including Dean of Students Stephen Belderes, Field Hockey Coach Lilly Judge, Physical Education Instructor and Coach Mary Semler, and Middle School Basketball Coach Jason Jones, Soccer Coach James Brown, and even alum Kennedy Nwabia ’15, just to name a few. Faculty squeaked out a win in the last minutes of the game, giving them a third win in a row.
Today North Cross honored Mr. Peter Lewis for his contributions to education and the advancement of less fortunate youth through his Apple Ridge Farm summer program. Alex Hash, Community Outreach Coordinator, presented Mr. Lewis with a plaque during the North Cross School Black History Month Assembly. Also honored was Mrs. Annette Lewis (no relation), Director of TAP in Roanoke for her continued and outstanding contributions to the Roanoke Valley community. Singer Nefeteria Hash was our musical guest. (Read More to see photos.)
Afterwards, the Upper and Middle schools, faculty, staff and guests were, in a word, inspired by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn's presentation. Dr. Strayhorn is a professor and researcher at The Ohio State University where he is also the director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise there.
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