Good afternoon and welcome to our 73rd birthday, or Founders' Day, as we remember it.
Beyond celebrating our birthday, we gather to give thanks to the members of our community that had the foresight to create an independent school for the Roanoke Valley. People like Billie Northcross Ellis, Tom Slack, Gordon Willis, Bob Fishburne and Sally Crockett, the Lawson Family, the Parrott Family, and more recently Stephen Lemon, George Cartledge Jr. and III, David Willis, Katherine Walker, John Fishwick, and Russ Ellett. Each have given of themselves to make North Cross not just a school but as our speaker today stated, a “Seminar in Modern Life.”
We need to remember, because each of us is part of that legacy; and I mean each of us. Some of you have been to Founders' Day celebrations so you are aware of our rich history. Some of you are brand new this year and you are just learning that North Cross is not an ordinary school. It is a school with a proud history and even prouder tradition of excellence. Now that you are part of your legacy, you must live up to the high expectations set upon us. I ask each of us to leave here today honored that you are a North Cross student and committed to achieving to the best of your ability. You can’t give any more than that.
I hope you will repeat the names that I have mentioned before, or at least think about them as you see their names on the many plaques around our campus. These are the people that made your education possible and in turn, we will ask you to help make the education of future generations possible.
In advance, I appreciate your attention as we present some very important awards to two people that will now always be written in to the history of North Cross. And in the end, I may have some valuable prizes to hand out!