Last Friday, January 13, the Upper School SCA held the first annual Upper School Volleyball tournament under the direction of Varsity Volleyball Coach Terri Craig. The tournament was held right after the Varsity Boy's Basketball team defeated Covenant in the game gym. Students in all Upper School grades formed six person teams to compete. Each student on a team paid $5.00 to play. Upper School spectators payed $2.00 to watch. Six teams were formed from the Senior Squad called the Oscar Meyer Winners to the Freshmen team called Bump, Set, Psych. The tournament lasted two and a half hours until the final two teams with the most wins played for the entire money collected for the event. This year's Volleyball tournament winners were Davis Call, Jack Holley, Lucas Arnold, Blake Willis, Massey Semler and Luke Carter. Everyone had a great time and congratulations to our winners!
Monday is a holiday, the observation of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and school and administrative offices will be closed. In observance today, a special assembly for Middle and Upper School students was held where Director of Community Programs Alex Hash spoke about why he believed we celebrate Dr. King's accomplishments to this day: the unwavering kindness that he bestowed upon all people, not just those who agreed with him and his beliefs. Kindness is sometimes against human nature, Mr. Hash pointed out; when we see difference in others, often, our tendency is to separate ourselves from that difference. True kindness is the act of compassion in spite of difference and challenge; something we can all try to emulate and honor.
We invite you to watch this excerpt from Mr. Hash's speech and to consider a day of service on Monday, as a group of our Upper School students will be performing, in honor of Dr. King's contributions and philosophies.
On Friday night, January 6th, the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs were cheered on by more than 160 North Cross fans! Our fantastic choir, under the direction of Mr. Miller, sang the National Anthem while our Cub Scout Troop #23, lead by NCS parent Declan Daly, were the flag bearers and color guard. Students and parents alike enjoyed the evening, even though the Dawgs lost to the Fayetteville FireAntz 5-2. For each ticket sold, the Parent's Association is donating $5 to FOTA to purchase an item needed for the Art Department.
After being delayed by snow days, this morning, Enkhee Dendev ’17 finally presented her speech entitled: Regenerative Medicine: Bioartificial Organs to the Upper School assembly. She briefly chronicled the history of organ transplantation and then detailed the burgeoning field of regenerative medicine where whole organs are produced using a person's own cells to replace traumatized or disease-damaged organs such as the ear, trachea or bladder. Scientists are moving closer to human trials for more vascularized artificial organs (those which need a high amount of blood supply) such as the heart or kidney. Enkhee's 7-year-old young sister, Marla, introduced the topic and was a very patient observer for the talk. Enkhee hopes to study this topic further in college, but as far as we can tell, she's definitely off to a good start in understanding its complexities. You can hear the speech in its entirety in the Featured Content section of onCampus.
For the Upper School's submission to the Winter Gala and Auction, teacher Amy Jackson found a way for everyone to contribute; and we mean everyone. As a base for the painting, Jackson had every student enrolled in the Upper School, from freshmen to seniors, sign the canvas. The signatures served as an abstract scaffolding for what is to become an impressionist/abstract landscape. The finishing touches are still in progress, so here's just a sneak peek at some of the details of this extraordinary and truly original effort. Students continue to add brush strokes while Ms. Jackson guides the project. The work will be featured in the silent auction which will be available online prior to the Gala on February 4.
Girls Varsity Tennis: BRC and State Champions!
First Team: Emma Cartledge, Charlotte Cartledge, Helen Schmedtje
Second Team: Caroline Lystash
BRC Singles Champion: Emma Cartledge
BRC All Tournament Team: Emma Cartledge, Charlotte Cartledge, Helen Schmedtje
BRC Player of the Year: Emma Cartledge
BRC Coach of the Year: Amy Bagliani
VISSA Div II All-State:
First Team: Emma Cartledge
VISSA Div II Coach of the Year: Amy Bagliani
Varsity Field Hockey: (7-5-0) BRC 2nd place
First Team: Julia Brown, Shaida Campbell, Audrey Lemon & Morgan Sturm
Hon. Mention: Margaret Lawrence
BRC All-Tournament Team: Morgan Sturm, Shaida Campbell, & Julia Brown
BRC Coach of the Year: Lilly Judge
First Team: Morgan Sturm
This past Sunday, five North Cross upper school students from Troop 17 celebrated becoming an Eagle Scout at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at St. John's Episcopal Church: (from left to right) Bruce Farrell '17, Davis Alcorn '19, Andy Benson '19, Gray Pollock '18, and Zack H'Doubler '17. Congratulations to all of them on this impressive milestone!
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