Several members of the 2011 graduating class of North Cross School have received scholarships and offers at the collegiate level. Of the 47 seniors, 10 have either received athletic or art scholarships from, or been recruited by, some of the most highly selective schools in the country.
Yezid Gracia and Visnu Maharaj have been recruited to play collegiate level soccer. Gracia will play for Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Majaraj was recruited by Cleveland State University, a Division III school that has one of the top soccer programs in the country.
CSU’s assistant soccer coach, T.J. Kolba, was recently quoted saying, “Visnu is a very solid central defender that has the ability to start from day one. He is very confident on the ball and will help us build from the back, as well as win balls in the air and on set plays. We are excited to have a player like Visnu come to Cleveland, and are eager to see him help us from day one.”
The NCS Class of 2011 has four seniors who were recruited to play football. Matthew Watson and Fuller Clark were recruited by Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, VA. Christopher Moore, Jr., will play for Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, and Antoine Martin was recruited by Chabot College in Hayward, CA.
Craig Hoelzer was recruited to play collegiate baseball at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. “Craig is not just an outstanding baseball player, but a fine person,” says Eric Lawrence, Head Baseball Coach at North Cross School. “He will be a great asset to Johns Hopkins, and I expect him to earn a starting spot on the roster very quickly.”
In addition to athletics, North Cross School has several seniors who were awarded scholarships in fine arts. Lauren Oddo will play the oboe in the orchestra at the University of Richmond. Jonathan Mitchell received a music scholarship to Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, and Ryan Hodges will play the alto saxophone in the orchestra at Roanoke College.
“The seniors who have participated in the fine arts program have worked hard to excel in all areas of the arts,” says Jimmie Donnini, Director of Fine Arts at NCS. “We are graduating a well-rounded group of musicians and artists who will continue to grow their talent in the future.”
North Cross School is very proud of the accomplishments and scholarships received by these students and optimistic about the future of the graduating class of 2011.
Written by Whitney Campbell, Assistant to the Headmaster at North Cross School. Submitted by Tammy Shank.