The rainy weather was not friendly to our spring athletic teams this year, so it was with great relief that the senior game was bathed in sunshine and blue skies. Coach Eric Lawrence honored his three seniors: Lucas Allara ’17, Josh Greenway ’17 and Charlie Lemon ’17 for their commitment to the team, the sport and in helping to shape the next generation of baseball players at North Cross. Joined by their families, coaches and Dr. Proctor, the players accepted flowers and a memorial baseball as a token of their time as a Raider. We look forward to hearing of their accomplishments—on or off the field—as they head to college this fall.
Monday afternoon, surrounded by their families, members of the Lower School Spanish Society, which consists of the fifth-grade class, held its annual awards ceremony. The awards given recognize academic excellence, community involvement, and for promoting the Spanish language and culture in a spirit of friendship. This year's members all received the Service to School award; 18 members were recognized for Academic Excellence; and three received an Honorable Mention for Academic Commitment. Other awards included recognition for those student's and their families who hosted an international student or are planning to in the coming year. Ashton Shannon ’24 was recognized for The Friendship Award—for which members vote to recognize a member who displays all the qualities of a good friend and a loyal and active member of the Society.
Señora Hermosilla sponsors the Society and distributed the awards in Fishburn Auditorium. The members are as follows (alphabetical by homeroom): Selden Burns, Amelia Cullen, Austin Frantz, Dajah Garrison, Teea Hash, Eleanor Lake, Hudson Lawrence, Uzair Mirza, Xavier Mitchell, Mason Murchison, Hania Raza, Ashton Shannon, Paula Storm, Ned Tower, Dami Bankole, Attilio Ciccozzi, Cate Cook, Harry Daugherty, Alexandre Dickenson, Nilaa Elangovan, Thomas Greer, Maddox Haskins, Alexandria Helmer, Lydia Horner, Kaeleigh Howlett, Umair Rasul, Paul Schueler, Torri Tickle and Elle Williams.
At today's Upper School assembly, Polly Jones presented promotions to the chapter of the International Thespian Society (ITS) members of North Cross School. At the end of her remarks, she inducted four new members who then took the oath of the Society, administered by the current president of the North Cross chapter, Zack H'Doubler ’17.
This morning at the Upper School assembly, Eric Lawrence, Director of Athletics and Wellness, presented a championship banner and rings to the Girls Varsity Tennis Team whose VISAA State Championship was won this fall. Coach Amy Bagliani said a few words to her team and the assembly, reiterating that it was the hard work and dedication of these girls who made this all possible. We congratulate the team again on its win and for adding a little more decoration to the CAC walls.
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Thursday afternoon in the Muscaro Game Gym of Carter Athletic Center, Director of Athletics and Wellness Eric Lawrence (pictured far right) announced that the position of Head Coach for Boys Varsity Basketball will be transferred to Shannon Taylor (left), moving him from his role as Head Coach for the Girls Varsity Basketball team. Mr. Lawrence sites the school's ongoing desire to have varsity head coaching positions held by full-time NCS employees. Although a very difficult decision, the timing was right to make the switch to Coach Taylor. Coach Taylor also serves as Defensive Coordinator for North Cross' varsity football program, and as Physical Education Instructor for its Middle School.
Coach Taylor takes the place of Ed Green (center) who held the position for four seasons and led the Raiders to win more games in a stretch of four years than at any other time in the history of the basketball program. Mr. Lawrence had this to say about Coach Green's tenure: "We have been very blessed and fortunate to have Ed Green in this position. Coach Green is a gracious and true professional in every sense of the word—a class act. The team's success is a source of pride and an indication of the quality of coaching North Cross has enjoyed under his direction."
Hometown: Roanoke, Va
Education: BS Physics, University of the South; BS Civil Engineering, Washington University
Profession: President of Thor Inc, General Contractors
On which board committee(s) do you serve? I serve as Treasurer and on the Finance and Buildings and Grounds Committees.
What was a highlight for you as a student at North Cross? I know I should be highlighting an academic achievement, but my most vivid memories involve athletics. One goal (penalty kick...) I scored in soccer actually got my name in the USA Today newspaper.
What is your favorite tradition at North Cross? The Alumni Soccer Game
What is one thing people may not know about you? I can be overbearing about being punctual. It can drive my wife crazy...
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Distance running.
When you think about North Cross, what makes you proud to be part of the school community? Everything. Most recently, I am happy to have been a part of a few campus improvement projects.
This morning marked a bitter-sweet tradition for North Cross. Any graduating senior who has been at the school since first grade or earlier receives a red "fat pencil," like the ones used in the Lower School to practice penmanship, as a parting token of their tenure at the school. What makes this so special, however, is the fact that the pencils are handed over by the senior's "buddy," an ECP-2 student who has spent the year getting to know their senior friend at various organized activities. Prior to the pencils being passed, the young students serenaded their older counterparts with songs of friendship and farewell (with a cheer thrown in for good measure).
Today spectators were sent back in time to 52B.C. for the Battle of Alesia recreated in full force by the fifth and sixth grades. The grades were divided into two groups: The Roman Army and the Celtic Army. The original brain child of Victor Lamas, the Battle was a beloved tradition for many years, but took a small army itself to put on. The Battle took a year off, but was sorely missed. This year, parents came forward to help bring back The Battle and led by parent Kimberly Eakin (Nathan ’25 and Mariah ’22) as director, this year's Battle was the largest mock battle in North Cross history. Fathers Al Weed (Kalani ’23 and Indira ’25) and Erik Storm (Paula ’24) led the troops on either side, Dr. Weed performing the part of Vercingetorix, a Gallic king and warlord, and Mr. Storm as Julius Caesar.
The battle took place on Thomas Field Thursday morning with many enthusiastic spectators to cheer on the warfare. Mr. Lamas narrated the battle and the first and second graders acted as the missile (read: water balloon) brigades for each side. History was indeed brought to life and the students relished their roles as warriors. Read more for special thank-you's to all who made this year's Battle truly epic.
If you missed it, you can watch the entire production on our YouTube channel.
On Monday, the Upper School students were welcomed by SCA Advisor Susan Wenk and Parents' Association President Susan Card for a special recognition assembly. The SCA sponsored the awards, the first of their kind at the school, which aim to recognize the contributions from students within each class of the Upper School (within and outside of the SCA) for their contributions beyond the classroom. The ten students honored were: Isaac Harris ’20, Grace Wenk ’19, Everett Ward Jr. ’18, Charlie Card ’19, Margo Winn ’18, Maurice Garrison Jr. ’18, Sulan Yan ’17, Remus Li ’17, Shaida Campbell ’17, and SCA President Lucas Arnold ’17. In her remarks for each student, Mrs. Wenk illustrated the many ways these students have improved the lives of their classmates through support, leadership and contributions to school life.
On Tuesday, our school community came together to support our mission during a Day of Giving. For this campaign, the development team worked together to present an entire day where our community would hear and see first-hand what extraordinary things happen on our campus every day through support for the Annual Fund. The team produced a series of videos, with the umbrella term "Give us a minute" to encapsulate different programs at the school such as the Lower School Garden and Global Studies through the voices of students and teachers at the school.
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