September 26, 2014 â€¢ Volume: 2014-15, Issue 7
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Campus Update

Homecoming Schedule Updates

Homecoming activities begin on Monday. The week starts with Spirit Days in the middle and upper schools and ends with a Homecoming dance for upper school students on Saturday, October 4. Along the way there will be a Powderpuff football game on Thursday afternoon, a pep rally on Friday, and five Raiders teams will be in competition Friday and Saturday. The Boosters have arranged for a special giveaway for the first 300 spectators at the athletic contests scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Please come out and support the Raiders! Click here for a full list of Homecoming events and the complete Spirit Days schedule.

CrossWalk Open House

After a summer of expansion and renovation, the CrossWalk Program held an open house and dedication on Tuesday evening. Dr. Proctor recognized the contributions of the many volunteers and board members who shared a vision to create a program unique to the Roanoke Valley that would meet the needs of students with language based learning differences. He also recognized donors Richard Bell and Toni Clark (at left in photo with CrossWalk Program Director Kit Prillaman and Dr. Proctor) who were instrumental in funding the classroom renovations.

Dr. Proctor also announced that a member of the community has stepped forward and wants to make sure the program continues to grow. This anonymous donor will match, up to $50,000, all donations made to the CrossWalk Program through the month of October. WDBJ7 aired a story about the program expansion and challenge announcement on their 6 p.m newscast on Tuesday. Click here, or the video image, to watch the news story from

If you are interested in taking advantage of the challenge gift and doubling your gift to the program, click here to download a pledge card

Teacher Feature: Liz Holt

How did you end up at North Cross?

After graduate school I was working as the Headmaster for a school in South Carolina that was very similar to North Cross. I had been there for 10 years and was looking for something new.

Who was your mentor when you first started working at North Cross?

Dave Calvert. Dave started working at North Cross right after college. Before I started he was the Director of the Lower and Middle School.

Click here to read the full feature. Photo: Liz Holt, from the 2000 yearbook, with fourth graders Daniel Inman (left) and Johnathon Nakhle (right).

Academic Update

Getting Students Excited About Science

The Forensic Science class is a great way to get students to expand their scientific knowledge and discover new ways to apply scientific methods. This year the students in Jennifer Landry’s Forensic Science class will be investigating topics ranging from hairs and fibers to blood spatter and DNA. For the past two weeks students have focused on working a crime scene. They have heard and read about how to search a scene for evidence, identify evidence, and how to document a crime scene. In this photo the students are documenting a staged crime scene. In class they will present their photos, case notes, and crime scene sketches.

Shaff Earns National Merit Scholarship Honor

Earlier this week Sarah Shaff ’15 was named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship program. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Art Update

Calling All Student Performers

Students who are interested in performing at the FOTA Coffeehouse on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the South County Library should click here to download and complete the participation form. The start time printed on the school calendar has changed to 6 p.m. The event is organized by Friends of the Arts (FOTA) and features North Cross student art, live music and performances, gourmet desserts, and beverages by Mill Mountain Tea & Coffee. Proceeds from the event support the Fine Arts Department at North Cross School. 

Athletic Update

Stepping into the Goal

When Varsity Field Hockey Coach Katherine Kelly found out she would be without her starting goalie heading into the Carlisle Tournament last weekend, she needed a solution. Playing goalie in field hockey against top competition in a tournament is no easy task, and her team was poised for a great showing.

Katie Sayers ’15 (right center in team photo), a standout soccer goalie and basketball player, stepped in to give field hockey goalie a try. After receiving an email from Coach Kelly, Sayers said, “I was really shocked at first because I had never played field hockey, and I didn’t think that I would be good; but I figured since I was a soccer goalie, it might make sense. I talked to some of the girls on the team, and they said they would really appreciate it if I stepped in.”

She met the bus at 6:15 a.m. on Saturday morning for the trip to Martinsville and suited up for two tough games. Playing two talented opponents, the team lost in overtime against St. Anne’s-Belfield and beat Bishop Sullivan 2-1.

Thanks to parents like Colgate All-American Brenda Wilson and Kathy and Charlie Sturm, along with the support of many loyal parent fans who loudly cheer from the stands or sidelines, the field hockey program has developed a strong following and many young women have gravitated to the team to give field hockey a try. The program is not only being followed by the parents and friends of the team, but also by college coaches who see something special in the program and its players. For example, Avery Sturm ’15 is headed to Miami University (OH) to play for Keli Smith-Puzo—a two-time Olympian and international spokesperson for field hockey—and Paxton Helmer ’14 recently made the club field hockey team at the University of Virginia.  

Come out and support the team on Homecoming weekend. They will play on Saturday, October 4 on Thomas Field against Trinity Episcopal School.

Strong Showing at VES Meet 

In Lynchburg on Tuesday afternoon, the Varsity Cross Country teams took first place in the boys’ race and second in the girls’ race on the VES campus. The boys from North Cross pushed each other hard and swept the top three spots against VES and Hargrave Military Academy. Chester Pruitt ’18 (left photo) took the victory in 19:16, just one second ahead of Walter Mann ’16. Harrison Macher ’15 finished third overall with a time of 19:41.

Akaela Feng ’19 (right photo) picked up her first win of the year with a time of 22:38 in the girls’ race with runners in the field from VES and Chatham Hall. Feng ran strong and finished forty seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Rebecca Benson ’17 completed the course in 25:31 to finish second for the team and sixth overall. Audrey Lemon ’19, seventh overall, achieved her best time of the season by finishing in 25:36.

Coach Ed Dickenson was pleased with the sportsmanship displayed by his team. “Beyond the performances I saw during the race, I was proud of the effort I saw in congratulating the runners from other teams after the race and thanking the other coaches.  It takes character and team leadership to perform well both during competition and before and after the competition takes place.”

Raiders Scoreboard

Wednesday, September 24

Varsity Field Hockey
Chatham Hall 0
North Cross School 3

JV Field Hockey
Chatham Hall 0
North Cross School 3

Tuesday, September 23

Girls’ Varsity Volleyball
North Cross School 1
Chatham Hall 3
Game scores: 24-26, 18-25, 25-21, 19-25

Varsity Cross Country

Boys’ Varsity—3.1 miles (1st place)
Chester Pruitt finished first overall with a time of 19:16.

Girls’ Varsity—3.1 miles (2nd place)
Akaela Feng finished first overall with a time of 22:38.

Saturday, September 20

Varsity Football
North Cross School 56
Blue Ridge School 16
Quarterback Max Revercomb completed 15 of 26 for 197 yards and four touchdowns. Ryan Dent rushed for 45 yards.

Varsity Field Hockey
North Cross School 2
Bishop Sullivan 1

Varsity Field Hockey
North Cross School 2
St. Anne’s-Belfield 4

Friday, September 19

Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Fresta Valley Christian 1
North Cross School 10
Christian Entleitner three goals and Kennedy Nwabia scored twice.

Celebrating 70 Years

“She stays where she lays.”

The Class of 1995 decided the school needed a rock that students could paint for homecoming each year. Headmaster William Stacey, however, was not happy with the prospect of turning over the landscape gardens to student artistic expression. Class representatives decided to get their own rock and took a trip to Rockydale Quarries to find the right one. When the driver arrived on campus two days later with the 15 ton rock, there was much discussion about the proper location. The driver warned the students that regardless of what they decide, “She stays where she lays.” He pulled up over the curb and placed it near the freshly painted football field, where she lays to this day.

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