December 10, 2015 â€¢ Volume: 2015-16, Issue 2
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Message from the Alumni Board

Update on Cook Athletic Field

Fellow Alumni:

Thank you to everyone who came out for the annual Alumni Soccer Game and Oyster Roast on November 27—it was great to see so many different classes represented. At the event, Dr. Proctor emphasized why it is so important that we build Cook Athletic Field. For those of you who were not able to attend the event, here is a summary of his remarks:

Richard Cook has served North Cross as a valued professional, mentor, teacher, and coach for over 43 years. His dedicated service exemplifies a level of commitment that is rare, and it should be celebrated and held up as an example to others. We are excited to honor the legacy he created for the soccer program at North Cross by building Cook Athletic Field.

The soccer and field hockey teams need their own field
– a flat field with well rooted grass that is wide enough to accommodate competition at the high school level. The teams currently share Thomas Field with the football and lacrosse teams, which adds a lot of pressure and maintenance costs to our only game field. The Cook Athletic Field will add long term value to our facilities.

Cook Field is important to our school and athletic programs, which build character and confidence in our young men and women. From their participation in sports, the students learn important life skills, like teamwork, perseverance, discipline, and commitment. Our athletes learn what it means to
humbly embrace victory, or gracefully accept defeat. When future generations of athletes speak of their games at Cook Field, there will be a connection to the traditions of soccer and field hockey at North Cross.

Please join me in honoring Richard Cook by making a pledge or gift to Cook Athletic Field at the highest level to which you are comfortable. Your gift really does matter.

We currently have gifts and pledges of $160,158, and our goal is $360,000. We want to complete this campaign by May 2016 to have this field ready by the fall of 2016. You can spread your gift over two tax years - 2015 and 2016. If you want to make a gift online, click here: 
Give to Cook Field

For questions or additional information, please contact Chris Moore at 540-989-6641,ext.271 or

Headmaster Messages

How Do You Know if You Are Doing a Good Job?

A strong indicator of academic success within a school is high Advance Placement (AP) test scores. 

Read the full message on the Crossties Blog

The Core of our Curricula

What should be left up to local jurisdictions, the individual states, or the Federal Government to decide? That’s a pretty broad question so let’s narrow it down a bit and focus on my particular area of interest and expertise: education. Let’s narrow it even further and focus on “Common Core.” 

Read the full message on the Crossties Blog

The Merits of a Liberal Arts Education

It is that time of year when students are completing their college applications, and one of their big decisions concerns what college or university is the right college or university. Big school or little school, public or private, close to home or far away are all questions being asked. I won’t bore you by attempting to answer each of these questions, but I do want to put in a plug for the frequently embattled liberal arts college.

Read the full message on the Crossties Blog

Campus Update

Legacy Picnic

The annual Legacy Picnic brings together alumni and their children, who are current students, for an afternoon of fellowship and fun. At the event, Dr. Proctor recognized five members of the Class of 2016, Jack Fishwick, Campbell Lake, Joseph Cartledge, Jim Card, and Mary Kate Graeff, and asked them to speak on what it means to be a North Cross legacy.

Visit the Crossties Blog to read more and see photos from the event.

Save the Date: Winter Gala & Auction

Save the date for our annual Winter Gala and Auction on February 6 in the Carter Athletic Center. This black-tie optional event will feature dinner, drinks, live music, and an auction. We hope to see you there for "a top secret evening guaranteed to thrill."

Thanksgiving Community Service

This past Thanksgiving, North Cross students, families, faculty and staff joined together for two important holiday community service initiatives. As a school, we collected items to fill 61 Thanksgiving baskets for families in need in the Roanoke Valley. Some of our Upper School students also volunteered at the Roanoke Rescue Mission's Drumstick Dash in preparation for the race and at the event. 

Read more about North Cross's community involvement in Alex Hash's "Thanksgiving Thank You" letter.

Teacher Features and Staff Stories

Enjoy the following features of faculty and staff members.
Teacher Features:
Staff Stories

Academic Update

DeHart Projects Begin 

On October 28 druing Upper School Assembly, Jim Card ‘16 presented the Senior Class’s first DeHart Project to his peers, parents, and teachers. Jim spoke on language acquisition and the value of multilingualism.

Each member of the Class of 2016 will deliver their DeHart Project between now and May, with topics ranging from space exploration to civil liberties.  

Willis Hall Herald Wins Gold. Again. 

For the second time in three years, The Willis Hall Herald, North Cross School’s student-produced newspaper and website, was awarded Gold Medal status by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). 

Read more on the Crossties Blog

Meeting Jon Huntsman


In November, approximately 15 Global Studies students had the chance to attend an address at Roanoke College by Jon Huntsman, Jr., former Governor of Utah and Ambassador to China. The reflection linked below was written and submitted by Jane Ward ’16 (right in photo with Mr. Huntsman), a Global Studies student.

Read the reflection on the Crossties Blog.

Students Travel to Shanghai

Two new students, Blake Marvin '17 and Keegan Gulati '17 had the unique opportunity to join Dr. Proctor on his most recent trip to Shanghai, China for the Xinhe School's 90th anniversary seminar.  As many of you know, North Cross entered into a partnership with the Xinhe School in Shanghai last year to provide an American-style independent school experience for a group of 50 students in China. During their trip, Blake and Keegan attended classes on the Xinhe campus, participated in the school's friendship games, and explored Shanghai.

Art Update

All-District Choir

Nine North Cross students in the Middle and Upper Schools have been invited to participate in All District Choral events in February and March. Selection for All District Choir is based on an audition of a prepared piece and a sight reading portion. Jack Fishwick '16 (in photo from the FOTA Coffeehouse) and Jacob Wadstrom '20 both received the highest scores in their divisions for their voice parts.  

Read the full list of All-District Choir singers in the Crossties Blog

Athletic Update

Fall Athletic Awards


Last Thursday morning, the Athletic Department honored student athletes who participated in one of our ten fall teams.

Visit the Crossties Blog to read a full list of team records, conference and state finishes, MVP Award recipients, and Coach's Award recipients. 

Olinger Commits to WVU Golf


Surrounded by family, friends, coaches, and teachers, Ty Olinger ’16 committed to the golf program at West Virginia University on November 11. He signed his National Letter of Intent at a special ceremony in the Carter Athletic Center.

Visit the Crossties Blog to read statements from Ty's WVU and North Cross golf coaches

Lowery Breaks School Records

Varsity football receiver Jordan Lowery '16 finished his football career at North Cross after the VISAA state semifinals game, but not before updating a few school records. These include records for receptions (174), receiving yardage (3,070), and touchdown catches (39). His athletic and academic accomplishments have generated interest from a number of colleges, including Cornell and VMI.

Read more in the Roanoke Times

Boys' Cross Country Wins Conference

On Saturday, October 31, our boys' cross-country team won the VIC Championship in a close race with Covenant School. The two teams were virtually tied mid-race, and the Raiders pulled out a narrow 3-point victory in the last mile. The win was the first for the North Cross boys team in ten years.

Cross Country Coach Ed Dickenson was named VIC Coach of the Year. Walter Mann ’16Chester Pruitt ’18 and Harry Pearson ’19 were named to the All-Conference Team.

Earlier this season, and in the last home race of his Raider career, Walter Mann ’16 set a new course record on the North Cross course with a time of 18:40.

Read more on the Crossties Blog

Athletic Scores on Twitter


Athletic team results are now available on our Twitter account with the tag #NCSAthletics

Following us on Twitter is the fasted way to get the latest scores and updates from the school. Scores will also be included in our regular Twitter feed on the right side of the home page, and on the Athletics page of the school website.

Class News & Notes

Please send your updates for Class Notes to Rebekah Bradley at If you wish to include a photo, please attach it to your email.

The annual Alumni Soccer Game and Oyster Roast was held over Thanksgiving weekend. About 30 alums participated on the co-ed alumni soccer team. The alums won 3-1 against the North Cross varsity soccer players. Afterward, over 100 guests gathered at the home of Ellie and Chris Proctor (Headmaster) for a fun evening sharing fellowship, and renewing old friendships with faculty and Raider alumni.

View a full photo album from the soccer game on our NCS Alumni Facebook Page

The Class of 2005 held its 10 year reunion recently. The following alumni attended the event: 

Rebecca Hornick
Keyur Patel
Martha Osborne 
Alex Duckworth
John Pendleton
Preston Lemon
Ethan Jorgen-Earp
Kelsey Greenawalt
Holly Bucher Hamlin
Katey Houck McBurney
Rudy Turner
Ainsley Cooper Revercomb
Molly Steele
Chase Morrison
Jonathan Edwards
Maria Williams
Catherine Grainger

Join us in congratulating Sarah Boxley Beck ’98 and her husband, Carl, on the birth of their daughter, Anna Belle Beck. She was born on October 20 at 6:43 p.m., weighing 8 pounds and 1 ounce, and measuring 19 inches long. Anna Belle is pictured to the right with her big brother, William.

Ben Ashton '04 married his wife, Natalie, on Saturday, April 11 at Firefly Hill Vineyards in Elliston, Virginia.
Melinda Summerlin '87 made a career change almost 2 years ago and is now a partner with Dixon Hughes Goodman doing healthcare consulting. Last summer she had the honor of becoming the national chair of her professional organization, Healthcare Financial Management Association. Melinda's oldest of her two children, Tyler, is now a sophomore at NC State and her daughter, Lauren is a junior in high school.
Roanoke photographer and North Cross Alumna Sarah Hazlegrove '77 is being featured in three local museums through March 2016. Her photographic essay, “Tobacco People,” is on display in the Taubman Museum of Art, the O. Winston Link Museum and The Harrison Museum of African American Culture.

Learn more about Sarah's essay in the Roanoke Times

Chris Pollock ’15, Kennedy Nwabia ’15, and Bennett Holley ’15 are featured in the Local Updates section of Doug Doughty’s College Notebook in The Roanoke Times
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