Students in the Upper School now have access to a 3-D printer, thanks to the generosity of the Winn family. Dean of Student Life and Mathematics Chair Stephen Belderes says the machine will be available for use in classes as part of a STEM curriculum. In the past, students had access to a 3-D printer, though it was fussy and wouldn't consistently work. With the purchase of another, currently under repair, the School will soon have access to two machines for three-dimensional design. Our sincerest appreciation to the Winns for their generosity. We can't wait to see what our students come up with.
Last Friday and this Monday two students delivered their DeHart presentations to the Upper School in Fishburn Auditorium: Sulan Yan ’17 and Blake Marvin ’17. Due to technical problems with our sound board software, the talks were not recorded. However, a brief summary of their topics follows:
Sulan Yan spoke on globalization and the influence of westernization on Chinese culture.
Blake Marvin's topic was law enforcement and its effect on community relations, illustrating his point with examples such as airport racial profiling and the events leading to the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Photos from DeHart Speeches can be found in the Featured Content section of onCampus.
Current Position: Assistant to the Director of the Upper School
Year Appointed: 2014
What is your hometown? Roanoke, Va
What’s your passion here? What motivates you to do what you do? I have enjoyed working with all of the students and my wonderful coworkers at North Cross. Luckily for me I have had the chance to work with all ages, which is a great experience. Also, it's a wonderful feeling to wake up and be happy to go to work because I know that some people are not able to say that. I tell people that I have two families—the family that raised me and my work family.
How has North Cross changed compared to when you were a student here? Two people who I wish we had when I went to school here are who I call "The Susans." Susan Wenk and Susan Card have helped add "the fun" back in the upper school. I am just amazed at all of the hard work that they put into each event to amp up our school spirit. We did not have the extravagant pep rallies like the students do now nor the chance to be nominated and vote for homecoming king and queen. They are AWESOME!
Students in Upper School art are required to do weekly assignments outside of class. They choose from a variety of options, such as drawing in their sketchbook or visiting a gallery. Another option is to enter an art show. One show promoted through class in the fall was Carilion Clinic’s first patient art show. The juried show is an initiative of the Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program, conducted in partnership with the National Arts Program®, and includes artwork from all ages and abilities with classifications of Youth, Teen, Adult Amateur, Adult Intermediate and Adult Professional. Freshman Midora Firebaugh entered a watercolor painting entitled Why Can’t I Have That? She is a student in Introductory Art at NCS and takes private lessons with Whitney Brock. At last week’s reception to announce winners, Midora not only won first place in the Teen Category, but she also won the LinDor Arts People’s Choice award out of all the pieces in the show!
The Lower School Chorus, the Middle School's Concert Choir and the Upper School Chorale performed last night to a packed house of parents, friends and members of the North Cross Community to hear songs of the season. Albert Newberry ’17 accompanied most performances on the newly installed Yamaha Baby Grand piano (literally, it was delivered that afternoon) which was purchased with donations to the Piano Fund, part of FOTA's fundraising efforts. Ocean Ding ’18 accompanied on violin as well during the Concert Choir's performance and Victoria Riego de Dios ’19 performed a solo, with Albert Newberry on piano, between the Choir and Chorale's programs. A video with highlights from the Concert Choir and Chorale's performances is available here. Unfortunately, we were unable to record a piece from the Lower School's program, but can safely say, they started the show off wonderfully (jazz hands were involved). For a look at the selections from that evening, download the program.
This morning, Caroline McGimsey ’17 delivered her DeHart presentation on the perception of America to foreigners as related by pop culture. She discussed how many of the films we produce, which may have nominal success here, are quite popular abroad and gross quite higher numbers than on American soil. With the predominance of the Internet and social media channels such as YouTube, the media readily available to foreign cultures paints quite a different picture of Americans than reality would portray. These characteristics such as frivolity, excessive partying, and material wealth promote an image of Americans which, in actuality, is applicable to only a small number of individuals, and even those are distorted through the filter of video editing or carefully chosen images and wording. The full audio of her presentation can be heard by visiting the Featured Content of onCampus.
Laney Fralin ’17 presented her topic this Monday morning on Service and Therapy Animals and the unique benefits they provide to those who are differently abled, physically and/or emotionally. Along with her, Tide, a dog trained by St. Francis Service Dogs, and his handler demonstrated some of the physical tasks accomplished so that those who they serve can remain independent, such as retrieving and handing off objects, and moving items like laundry baskets. Along with her speech, Ms. Fralin showed some before-and-after case studies of those who have benefitted from this unique form of therapy, often helping emotional disorders which otherwise would be untreatable or inadequately addressed by modern medicinal therapies. Partial audio of her speech can be played from the Featured Content section of onCampus.
Current Position: History Teacher, Upper School
Education: Morehouse University—B.A.
Year Appointed: 2015
Hometown: Salem, VA
What's one thing your students don't know about you? I am a Artist/painter and I was awarded 17 Who's Who Among American Teachers awards in 5 years teaching at Garinger High School which is one of Charlotte, NC's most infamous and dangerous inner city schools.
Back from Thanksgiving break, our Upper School community was treated on Tuesday to Bruce Farrell's DeHart Speech on the extraordinary and remarkable life of Nelson Mandela. The research was inspired by his own trip to South Africa and conversations with Denis Goldberg, the third accused in the Rivonia Trial which convicted Nelson Mandela and others who were active in the anit-apartheid movement of sabotage. Goldberg was given four life sentences and served 22 years in a prison for white political prisoners. Bruce reflects: "I spent a day with him learning about Nelson Mandela's walk to freedom. Denis Goldberg may be one of the most inspiring and genuine men I've ever met. He was the inspiration behind my DeHart Project."
This morning, the middle and upper school students, family and teachers came together to honor the oustanding work achieved by our honor-roll students this past semester. North Cross School has two honor rolls: First and Second. Second Honor Roll students must hold a B average during their entire semester, and have no grade lower than a B-, while First Honor Roll students maintain an A average over the semester, with no grade lower than an A-.
After Dr. Proctor opened the ceremony, Middle School Director Ed Dickenson delivered remarks to those gathered in Fishburn Auditorium, noting there is more to be celebrated than good report cards: “Along with the grades and honor roll status that we recognize today, we celebrate in a larger way those qualities that we so admire at this school: a passion for learning, a willingness to accept new challenges and to stick to a problem until it is solved, the desire to see beyond simple stereotypes, the ability to think critically, and a cultivation of educational leadership.”
After presenting the middle school honorees, Upper School Director Mark Thompson spoke on the importance of reading in and out of the classroom as a means to develop a deeper understanding of the world in which we live, and to expand one's abilities as a writer. (Click "Read More" to see a list of honorees.)
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