MAGAZINE. Then and Now Cannon School Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence SUMMER 2009

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1 CANNON MAGAZINE Then and Now Cannon School Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > SUMMER 2009

2 CANNON MAGAZINE SUMMER 2009 Cannon Magazine is published semiannually by the Office of Development. Send us your thoughts: EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR David L. Long Director of Communications ASSISTANT EDITOR Susan D. Arrington Communications Coordinator CONTRIBUTORS Alexander Poutous ( 11), Jennifer Calvert, Hunter Horton ( 10) and Mack Montgomery ( 09) ADMINISTRATION HEAD OF SCHOOL Matthew E. Gossage UPPER SCHOOL HEAD Shayne Cokerdem MIDDLE SCHOOL HEAD Matthew J. Rush LOWER SCHOOL HEAD Gay Roberts DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION William Diskin DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS Doug Maynard DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS AND FINANCE Joseph Ianco Jr. DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING Anne Shandley DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Brian P. Scales > Engaged Learning The Choice 4 By David L. Long The Honor Roll 7 Class of > The Arts Quick Feet, Big Steps 10 By Susan D. Arrington A Fantasticks Experience 12 By Alexander Poutous 11 Arts Jam 13 > 40 th Anniversary Cannon Celebrates 40 Years 14 By David L. Long Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future 18 By Susan D. Arrington > Athletics Stronger Cougars 20 By Susan D. Arrington Cougars in College 22 Aqua Cougars Make Waves 23 New Cats 23 > Character Education Book Buddies 24 Pennies for Peace 24 Cameron Ray Goes Beyond to Give 24 Fifth-Graders DARE to Take a Stand 25 Goodwill Hunting 25 Habitat for Humanity Shack-A-Thon 25 > Community Warm Welcome 26 By Mack Montgomery 09 > Supporting Cannon A Letter of Thanks to the Cannon Community 27 By Brian P. Scales Cannon Foundation Grant 27 Welcome Grandparents! 27 > Alumni Alumni Spotlight: Deeona Gaskin Alumni Notes 29 > News Eyewitnesses to History 30 Two Short Weeks, One Lifetime Friendship 30 By Hunter Horton 10 In the News 31 First Meet 31 > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Table of Contents Letter from the Head of School < < < < < < < < < < < < If the phrase the rest is history applies, then it is this birth of Cannon School and our 40 years of history that we want to learn more about this year. Dear Readers, September Of course, the first question centers on your own day of birth and your age in September My family moved to Atlanta in July I like to say I crash landed into Atlanta in 1969: a huge public high school, two-a-day football practices, a different vocabulary and way of talking, and Atlanta during its first boom of development. I realize many of you had not yet been born. Others of you were very young. Let me help you with a context. In September 1969, Colonel Muammar al-gaddafi came into power in Libya by way of a military coup. The first ATM in the U.S. was installed in New York. Lieutenant William Calley was charged with six counts of premeditated murder in what became known as the My Lai Massacre. The Beatles released Abbey Road, the last album they recorded together, and Warner Brothers released the last cartoon of the original Looney Tunes series. The Brady Bunch premiered as a series on ABC. Professional golfer Ángel Cabrera and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones were born in September 1969, and Ho Chi Minh died. Also in September 1969, eighty-nine students started school at Cabarrus Academy, a brandnew co-educational independent day school located on Union Street in Concord, North Carolina. And if the phrase the rest is history applies, then it is this birth of Cannon School and our 40 years of history that we want to learn more about this year. Ours is a wonderful opportunity this year to take this turning 40 to seek out those things in our beginnings and our history that will engage students in learning. I hope you can see in this edition of Cannon Magazine the potential that exists for all of us to learn as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of our school. Sincerely, Matt Gossage, Head of School 2 CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 3

3 The Choice Cannon s college counselors work with students to find the school that best fits. By: David L. Long Education is not one-size-fits-all. When it comes to college, it should be made to order. That s where Cannon School s college counseling team comes in. They help Cannon students choose the right college for them, not just the best college. A high school senior has a lot of decisions to make. What kind of learning environment is best for me? What are my educational goals? Should I attend a state or private college? Would I best fit in at a small or big school? Where can I participate in athletics or the arts? Does a scholarship offer tip the scale to one school over others? All of these questions lead to one very simple truth: The best school is the one that best fits a student s individual needs and goals. Four-Year Partnership Finding the right college can appear to be a daunting task to a high school student. Cannon s Upper School students are fortunate to have helping hands guide them along the right paths as they seek that best fit. The college counseling process at Cannon School is a four-year partnership between students and college counselors, beginning when students enter the Upper School in their freshman year. This relationship steadily grows as students learn more about their skills and interests, research their options, submit applications for college acceptance, and make their final selection. For Cannon freshmen, college preparation begins with their first Upper School classes, which paves the way for the remainder of their curriculum. Students benefit from Cannon s wide variety of course offerings, which gives them many opportunities to explore different subjects and discover their individual passions, intellectual interests, and academic talents. As college counselors, we work with faculty to help kids stretch, says Anne Shandley, the director of Cannon s program. She and Alex Segura, the program s associate director, use their substantial knowledge about specific colleges and programs to ensure that students are taking a rich variety of courses that will prepare them for college study. College counselor Anne Shandley helps Cannon students gain acceptance to colleges appropriate for their goals and priorities. Throughout the school year, Shandley and Segura meet with seniors to offer their advice and counsel and to help students complete their applications. The counselors are in close contact with college admissions offices throughout the application process to ensure that Cannon students receive every consideration. They also offer workshops for students on preparing for tests, interviewing, writing college essays, and making college visits. Their work isn t limited to students, however. They also meet with parents for individual conferences scheduled by Walt Hutchinson, the team s administrative assistant. Cannon families can track each step of the application process online by logging in to their personal account on Naviance, better known to parents and students as Family Connection. College counselors do more than work with Cannon families. They also work directly with representatives from colleges throughout the country at which Cannon students seek acceptance. Both counselors establish and strengthen Cannon s relationship with colleges through college rep visits to Cannon, phone conversations with admissions officials, and their attendance at college counselor workshops and conferences. Why is this important? Shandley and Segura can better advocate for Cannon students and act as resources at every step of the college application process. If they don t know the specific information for which a student or parent is looking, they know the right people to call. Their work has also raised Cannon s profile as a college preparatory school. When college reps come to Charlotte, they want to come visit us, says Segura. We re in the same sentence as Charlotte Latin School, Providence Day School, and Charlotte Country Day School. The Team Shandley and Segura don t do all this work on their own. Anne Hoffman, the Upper School guidance counselor, helps each freshman put together their four-year academic plan (read more about the plan on page 6). She eases students into the beginning stages of this important planning process and talks with them about career exploration. Hoffman also works with any student in grades 9-12 looking for summer enrichment opportunities. Walt Hutchinson s role is to support Shandley and Segura. He works with students and parents to set up one-on-one planning meetings and organizes and streamlines the college planning process for the counselors and students. Behind the scenes, he makes sure that all documents involved in the college application process are sent correctly. He also keeps scholarship information current, schedules college rep visits, and coordinates the AP testing program. During his first year at Cannon, Hutchinson has been impressed by all that Cannon s two college counselors bring to their positions. Anne and Alex are high energy, student-centered, and you can tell they love their profession, says Hutchinson. They are leaders in their field. Four Fundamental Themes Throughout the four-year college planning process, Shandley and Segura focus on two factors when working individually with students: best fit and decision-making. We believe that the more self-aware a student is the more likely they are to make better decisions about their college choices, says Shandley. The two counselors encourage each student to base his or her college decision on four fundamental themes that are presented each year and then revisited as life experience shapes their goals: 1. Freshmen: Know yourself and what you value. 2. Sophomores: Learn what colleges expect and evaluate if you are preparing yourself well. 3. Juniors: Do your research and match your interests and skills to offerings at a variety of colleges and universities. 4. Seniors: Create a list of potential colleges and apply. Reevaluate your educational goals before making a final choice. Meet the Team Anne Shandley Director of College Counseling Alex Segura Associate Director of College Counseling Anne Hoffman Upper School Guidance Counselor ext. 333 Walt Hutchinson Administrative Assistant ext CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 5 > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Engaged Learning

4 The Choice (continued) Students are introduced to these four themes so that they feel equipped to make a decision that meets their college needs whether that s a social fit, academic fit, geographic fit, or athletic fit. The college counselors believe in following up with Cannon graduates to check on the fit of their college choices and to reevaluate the decision-making process. Cannon graduates have noticed the difference their college counselors made. Mrs. Shandley was a saint, says Katie Muldowney 08, now a rising sophomore at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. She was not only incredibly dependable but also unconditionally supportive. Throughout the course of my senior year she walked me through every step of the application process. She suggested schools she thought I would be interested in, reminded me of due dates, wrote me a recommendation, sent out all of my applications, met with me to see how I was holding up, and just made herself available to help me in whatever way. The Finish Line One by one, Cannon s college counselors are preparing each student to go beyond Cannon to begin his or her college journey. Their highly-personalized, made-to-order approach is bearing fruit. In the past few years, Cannon graduates have been accepted at a long list of colleges and universities nationwide, from Ivy League schools and major state universities to military academies and small liberal arts colleges, like the one that Katie Muldowney chose. College counseling helped me in my decision because they knew me personally and understood what I was looking for in a college, she says. Students participate in a series of college planning programs and workshops during the Upper School years. The Four-Year Plan Cannon School s college counseling program offers parents and students exceptional advising in preparation for the entire college admissions process. The college counseling staff seeks to first educate freshmen and sophomore students about the college application process, and then advise each student on how to act on that knowledge beginning in the winter of his or her junior year. Counselors continue to support students with college admissions decisions through the senior year. Sophomore Gavin West participated in a week-long youth leadership conference on national security in Washington, D.C. Fifth-graders Sara Wilder Bryant, Mimi Cheung, Austin Coale, and Davis Nelson visited the Nation s Capital for the People to People World Leadership Forum. Eighth-grader Cassie Calvert was awarded a generous scholarship to attend this summer s Oxbridge Academic Programs in Cambridge, England. She will attend classes and visit Spain and France. Nineteen Middle School students achieved state recognition by the Duke Talent Identification Program for performing well on the SAT, a test normally taken by juniors in high school to qualify for college admissions. The Honor Roll Taylor Williams 09 was named one of North Carolina s top scholarathletes by the 2008 Wendy s High School Heisman Award program. Thirty-two seventh grade students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society for demonstrating the five qualities valued by the Society: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship. Make the Most of Summer Use summer as a time to do things that you don t have time to do during the school year that enrich your life, says Anne Shandley, director of Cannon s College Counseling program. Summer is a great time for a job, a volunteer experience, camp, or learning a new skill. Check out the Summer Opportunities list on College Counseling s My Cannon Web page. Summer is also a time to check important items off the college search checklist if you are a rising junior or senior. Rising Seniors Visit colleges. Begin writing drafts of essays and a personal statement. Update your activities resume. Search for scholarship opportunities. Put upcoming application deadlines on your calendar. If you are an athlete, complete athletics information for the NCAA Clearinghouse. Rising Juniors Research colleges on the Web or thumb through college directories. Visit different colleges to experience their unique environments. Freshman Year Ninth graders put together a four-year academic plan while they learn how to take advantage of all that high school offers in preparing for college. Counselors help students adjust to Upper School and explore their extracurricular interests. The Learning Styles assessment begins the process of self-awareness. Sophomore Year Visits to colleges with Cannon s college counselors help students gain exposure to different school environments, learn to tour a school effectively, and talk openly with admissions personnel. In the spring, college counselors present the application process to sophomores. Junior Year Starting in the early winter of the junior year, students begin to visit and interview at schools that pique their interest. Counselors work with students and parents to ensure productive visits and to help students form a list of potential schools. Senior Year In the senior year, Cannon counselors help students manage the application process, make the most of scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and provide advice on adjusting to college. College counselors meet extensively with students and parents between August and April. Cannon s Continental Math League teams of second through eighth grade students each placed first or second in the state. Sixth-graders Kent Andrews and Uday Uppal received perfect scores and placed first in national standings. The 87 graduates of the Class of 2009 received approximately $6.2 million in merit-based college scholarships. Juniors Camille Davis, Alex Gordon, and Brooke Matherly were accepted to the 2009 North Carolina Governor s School, the nation s oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students. Fifth-grader Isabella Jacoby, first-grader Anna Ruth Morrison, fifth-grader Mary Weaver, and seventh-grader Liz Wahid were named winners of the Young Authors Writing Contest offered by the Greater Cabarrus Reading Association and the North Carolina Reading Association. 6 CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 7

5 > > > > > CLASS OF 2009 < < < < < Ross Alexander Adams East Carolina University Eric Sen-Lu Altamura Johns Hopkins University Kristian Edwards Andaas Southern Methodist University Allain Charles Andry University of San Diego Justin Khalil Bitar University of North Carolina at Charlotte Curt James Black University of Southern California Jonathan Taylor Boesel Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Trevor Alexandra Bray University of North Carolina at Wilmington Alexander John Bruce Duke University Madeleine Claire Burke Appalachian State University Caroline Ashley Campbell Ohio Wesleyan University Luke Samuel Carnes East Carolina University Elene Alexis Clemens Davidson College Brandon Jacob Clement Appalachian State University Bryan Steven Clement University of North Carolina at Charlotte Carson Holloway Coggins Clemson University Nicklaus Patrick Coleman The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina Joseph Lloyd Craighill University of North Carolina at Charlotte Ashley Elizabeth Cunningham Clemson University Megan Elizabeth Dawson University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Rebecca Britton Dayton University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kathryn Anne DeSutter Middlebury College Robert Austin Dollar Purdue University Taylor Denny Duke Clemson University Andrew Dean Dunn Auburn University Jennifer Barbara Dunn Auburn University Rachel Leigh Durboraw The Culinary Institute of America Kaitlin Karol Eibeler University of South Carolina Jessica Lee Ekstrom North Carolina State University Cecile Francoise Estebe Boston University Austin Day Felker University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kristin Marie Foster Belmont Abbey College Emily Blair Fradley University of South Carolina Meredith Nicole Frazier Elon University Molly Elizabeth Frowine Elon University Francisca Maria Carolina Gilmore Yulee Stanford University John Andrew Glenn University of South Carolina Krista Emilia Gross University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Whitney Catherine Harriss Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Nathanial Martin Haselden University of North Carolina at Charlotte Elizabeth Withington Hyde North Carolina State University Julia Ruth Iglehart University of North Carolina at Wilmington Samuel Bennett Jaszewski University of Miami Breanne Michelle Kacer Lehigh University Ranika Pradeep Kejriwal Carnegie Mellon University William Wallace Kerr Clemson University Kim Anne Kleimeier Guilford College Johanna Gloria Klein Ohio State University Alec William Lamb Clemson University Michael Wayne Lloyd Elon University Benjamin Daniel Lovin Cornell University Shelby Jeanette Mason University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Brian Sherwood McManamy Grinnell College Kevin Holland McManamy Stevens Institute of Technology Lawrence Brandon McReynolds Pfeiffer University Alicia Caroline McVane Columbia College Payne McQueen Montgomery Stanford University Zoë Elizabeth Moore Tufts University Austin Beck Mudd Davidson College Garrett Charles Natalello Elon University Sarah Kristen Oddo University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Paula Antonia Peña University of Southern California Margaret Marie Peterson Clemson University Matthew Walker Poppe Wake Forest University Marina Lynn Provenzano Samford University Alexandra Marie Ramdin American University David Thomas Randolph Washington University in St. Louis Kalyne Elizabeth Reid East Carolina University Christopher Stephen Rennie Michigan State University Jordan Tyler Reynolds North Carolina State University Justin Michael Ringuette North Carolina State University Zachary Rose Mars Hill College Anna Elizabeth Royal College of Charleston Jordan Paul Rubens University of Georgia Filmon Mack Sexton Washington and Lee University Benjamin Marcel Shafran North Carolina State University Here 14 Years Parth Kamlesh Shah North Carolina State University Savannah Hopkins Sipperly University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Joshua Sotomayor Elon University Andrew Charles Turner University of South Carolina Katherine Pauline Vendley Clemson University William Tyler Webb North Carolina State University Sarah Nicolle Anderson Wheeler University of Georgia Alley Katherine Wiebusch Wofford College Ryan Taylor Williams Brown University Colin Scott Wilson University of North Carolina at Charlotte Rebecca Kathleen Zacharias North Carolina State University A select group of Class of 2009 graduates reached a special milestone on graduation day. They had attended Cannon from junior kindergarten, when the School was still known as Cabarrus Academy, through their senior year. The following students thus earned the special distinction of being Cannon lifers! : Jonathan Boesel, Luke Carnes, Lloyd Craighill, Ashley Cunningham, Austin Felker, Drew Glenn, Whitney Harriss, Lauren Hunstad, Sam Jaszewski, Shelby Mason, Brandon McReynolds, David Randolph, Anna Royal, Jordan Rubens, Fil Sexton, Parth Shah, and Drew Turner. 8 CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 9

6 Quick Feet, Big Steps Seventh-grader Tyler Haritan balances the demands that come with being an aspiring dancer. By: Susan D. Arrington 10 CANNON MAGAZINE Tyler Haritan performs in The Nutcracker. Rising seventh-grader Tyler Haritan loves to play baseball and ride dirt bikes. He takes piano lessons and participates in Cannon s Battle of the Books program. He is also working hard to master a double tour en l air. Basically, he says, you jump up in the air and spin around. Twice. If it seems like Tyler s interests go beyond those of your typical middle school boy, it s because he is far from typical. He began taking ballet classes at the North Carolina Dance Theater (NCDT) in Charlotte when he was 10 years old as a way to fill the time he spent waiting for his older sister to finish her dance classes. My mom encouraged me to audition and I said that I would give it a try, he says. Two years later, Tyler s mom Andrea, a former ballerina, now waits alone. Tyler takes classes in ballet, modern, and jazz four days a week, including Saturday. He also helps out with NCDT s Boys Scholarship Class offered to young men ages 9 through 11 who are interested in exploring dance in an all-male environment. As if that wasn t already a big enough commitment for a 12-year-old boy and his family, the sevenand-a-half hours Tyler spends on dance lessons each week doubles when he is rehearsing for an upcoming show. I don t think our commitment with Tyler and dance is any greater than any other family who supports their talented child, says Andrea Haritan. Seeing him performing on stage and the rapport he has with the NCDT professional dancers, his classmates, and his teachers make our sacrifices and commitment worthwhile. Tyler s passion and hard work paid off when he was selected to play Fritz in NCDT s winter production of The Nutcracker and to play a young Alfred Hitchcock in the theater s spring production of A Night at the Movies. Not bad for one of NCDT s youngest dancers, and someone who has been dancing for less than three years. He wants to pursue a career in dance and is encourage by the support of his family, his teachers, and the 24 girls in his dance program. I m the only boy in my class, he says with a smile. At first, Tyler found it difficult to explain to his friends why he was taking dance classes, but now says he doesn t feel shy when talking about his performances. I know how hard it is, he says of the rigors of dance. So it doesn t matter to me what other people might think. Tyler has found a way to balance the demands of school and dance. He finishes his homework and studies in the car or when he is on a rehearsal break. Tyler did an outstanding job this year balancing his school responsibilities with a demanding dance schedule, says Stephanie Ranson, his sixth-grade teacher. He is focused and driven, and having had the pleasure of attending his performance as Fritz in The Nutcracker, I can attest to his passion for theater. He truly shines when he s on stage. Does Tyler ever wish he could just go home after school and do nothing? No, he says. I like being on the road. Good thing, as it appears Tyler Haritan is well on his way. NCDT Boys Scholarship Class Tyler Haritan has performed with the N.C. Dance Theatre, which offers boys an opportunity to audition for the Boys Scholarship Class. The class is open for boys ages 9 through 11 and allows them to try dance in an all-male environment. An audition is required for boys to be considered, and those selected will receive a full tuition scholarship for the class. Auditioning boys should have an interest in dance and a sense of musicality, but no prior dance experience is required. Call the NCDT at for more information. CANNON MAGAZINE 11 > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > The Arts

7 Arts Jam A Fantasticks Experience < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < By: Alexander Poutous 11 April 24 was the opening night for Cannon Theater Company s production of The Fantasticks, and a very exciting night for me. All of the hard work, time, and effort that had been put into the making of the play had paid off, and what a success it was! I had the role of El Gallo, one of the principal parts in the two-act play, which required a large amount of acting, singing, and dancing. Considering that it was only my second play at Cannon, I can honestly say that it was not an easy process. In addition, the cast and crew had just two months to pull it all off, so we had to work both quickly and efficiently. However, I felt confident from the very first rehearsal that we would do well, and we did. Rehearsals were held almost every afternoon with both Tim Rancont and Melissa McDaniel, the chorus instructor and dance instructor, who both did a great job of helping us learn the show s complex songs and intricate dances. Then we worked with theater director David Fitzsimmons, who helped us learn everything from the timing of our lines and positions on stage to the exact emotions we as characters should feel. Once we had memorized our lines, we began the technical work of set layout and design, costumes, and props. Again, this required a heavy time commitment and we even came in on a Saturday to complete certain tasks. Austin Mudd 09 and T.J. Parsons 11 managed most of the tech work, including lighting and curtain use. Finally, a week before opening night, we started having dress rehearsals that lasted until 8 p.m.! This time was crucial for finalizing any parts that were still rough and practicing the show in its entirety. Although staying at school five extra hours may sound demanding, I enjoyed it and felt that I was able to bond with other cast members while doing something fun. Overall, the show was a great experience for me. The fact that we were able to make the performance happen with just two months reveals not only how hard everyone worked, but also the talent of our cast, crew, and teachers. It goes without saying that our performance of The Fantasticks was truly fantastic. Madeline Hurley and Alexander Poutous in a Fantasticks rehearsal. Cannon School s campus came alive on May 1 with the sights and sounds of Arts Jam. There was something for everyone: creative workshops, performances in dance, theater, and music, and fireworks at dusk. The annual event is coordinated by Cannon s arts faculty with Cannon Advocates For The Arts (CAFTA). 12 CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 13

8 40 th Anniversary < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < Cannon School Celebrates 40 Years By: David L. Long Cannon School s 40th anniversary is a reason for celebration and for education. The 40th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Cannon s campus on Saturday, October 10 (see details on the back cover of this magazine). The Cannon community is also encouraged to come to Taylor Hall on each of the following evenings to gain a deeper understanding of the world in which our school was established and how it and our region have changed since September 30, 2009: The Year 1969 and the Founding of Cannon School The events of 1969 were truly memorable. A man first walked on the moon. Woodstock rocked during 3 days of peace and music. War raged in Vietnam and on American college campuses. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered an immediate end to racial segregation in schools. The first ATM and Internet communication signaled coming innovations. And, in Concord, North Carolina, a small group of concerned parents established Cabarrus Academy. Four decades later, the Cannon community is invited to come together to experience 1969 through the voices of some of those founding parents. They will talk about the reasons they established the school and the challenges they overcame to build what has become Cannon School. Join the 40th Celebration Through Sponsorship Opportunities That Connect Your Business with Our Community Cannon School s 40th Anniversary Committee is currently seeking business sponsors to help fund the October 10 Birthday Party. Sponsorship is a great way to promote your business on all Cannon School 40th Anniversary-related communications from now until our 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 10, and on signage displayed on Cannon School s campus throughout the school year. Four levels of sponsorship are available: Cupola ($2,500), Cougar ($1,000), Maroon and Gold ($500), and Friend of Cannon ($250). If you are interested in serving as a sponsor of the event or learning the benefits of each level of support, please contact Brian Scales at or Our school community will also begin a year-long school-wide conversation led by parents and teachers about the music, fashion, and culture of 1969, school desegregation, and the national political scene and Vietnam. January 27, 2010: Our Community: Present In 1969, eighty-nine Cabarrus Academy students attended classes in the charming downtown Concord home of textile entrepreneur J.W. Cannon. Fast-forward 40 years. That small school has grown into Cannon School, a prominent college preparatory school with a regional reach. Dedicated parents and supporters made that possible and showed clearly the true meaning of community. Our present community will gather to talk about who we are, what we do, where we live, where we come from, and how long we have been here. We will review the results of our recent constituent survey and discuss what community means at Cannon in Lastly, we will discuss tuition, financial aid, and enrollment for the school year. April 7, 2010: Cannon School, Our Region, and Diversity Our conversation about the topics of diversity and inclusion will feature a student-planned symposium of leaders from across the broad spectrum of industries and voices in our region. Cannon parents are encouraged to join what promises to be an engaging and enlightening conversation about a topic that has been central to the history and growth of the Charlotte region. The public will be invited to join our conversation. The events of 1969 continue to reach across the span of time to touch our lives. As Cannon celebrates its 40th anniversary, we invite the school community to participate in this unique opportunity for meaningful learning about that momentous year and all the changes that have taken place in our school and region in the 40 years since. How We ve Grown! 14 CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 15

9 1976: Gay Roberts Arrives Gay Roberts begins teaching first grade in August. She spends the next 33 years enriching the lives of students as a teacher, coach, dean, and Lower School head. Read an interview with Mrs. Roberts on page : Breaking New Ground The Academy breaks ground for a new 65-acre campus off Poplar Tent Road in fast-growing western Cabarrus County. Liles Construction Co., owned by alumnus Jock Liles, builds a new 50,000-sq. ft. facility designed by Yates and Chreitzberg Architects of Concord. 2004: Next Stop: China Cannon School begins a sister school relationship with Tianli International School, located in Sichuan, China, that features an annual cultural exchange program. Cannon begins offering Mandarin Chinese language classes in : Opening Day September 10 is the first day of school for Cabarrus Academy and its 89 students enrolled in grades : An Apple a Day The Academy is the first school in the area to install an Apple II computer lab. Computer programming classes are offered to Academy students. 1995: Seal of Approval Cabarrus Academy is only the fifth private elementary school in North Carolina to earn accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Ten years later, Cannon School becomes the first independent school in the state to achieve accreditation by both SACS and the Southern Association of Independent Schools. 2008: Game On Cannon adds football to a growing roster of athletic opportunities that already includes state championshipwinning basketball and swimming programs. The Cougars are invited to join the highly-competitive Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association > > > > > > > > 40 Years 1968: Building a Foundation In February, a group of parents meet to discuss starting a private school in response to poor funding and inadequate conditions at public schools. Later that year, parents secure funding for the new school, christened Cabarrus Academy, and Charles A. Cannon agrees to allow the school to convert the old J.W. Cannon home on Union Street in downtown Concord into a schoolhouse. 1972: First Class The 11 members of the Class of 1972 receive their diplomas during a June 1 ceremony. The Academy graduates two more classes before eliminating upper school grades in : Healthy Spirits In May, the inaugural Field Day is held as a fun way to keep fit. Later in the decade, Gold and Maroon Day is first held to promote school spirit. 1985: Mapping the Future Cabarrus Academy outgrows the beloved Union Street schoolhouse and considers alternatives. The UNC- Charlotte Urban Institute suggests that the school can best serve the growing region by relocating to an undeveloped area near Interstate 85 and Poplar Tent Road. Seven years later, after exhausting efforts to remain on Union Street, the school purchases 65 acres on Poplar Tent Road. 1998: A New Era Begins at Cannon School Cabarrus Academy changes its name to Cannon School to reflect its growing regional profile and honor the Cannon family s longtime support. In August, Cannon becomes a college preparatory school with the opening of a new upper school. 1994: A New Campus, a Regional Reach On August 25, the new Poplar Tent Road campus opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Earlier in the year, the Academy s admission office begins its first major outreach to growing communities in Cornelius, Davidson, and University City. As a result, the new facility welcomes the highest number yet of students from Mecklenburg County. 2009: Happy Anniversary! On October 10, Cannon School will mark another major milestone. On that date, the Cannon community will gather to celebrate the School s 40th anniversary. 16 CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 17

10 Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future Lower School Head Gay Roberts looks back on 33 years of change at Cannon and looks ahead. In the fall of 1976, Gay Roberts walked into her classroom at Cabarrus Academy for the first time. She taught 18 first-graders in a room that had once been a den in the historic downtown Concord home of textile entrepreneur J.W. Cannon. In the 33 years since, she has gained a unique perspective on the school s growth into Cannon School as a teacher, a dean, a coach, and long-time Lower School head. As Cannon School celebrates its 40th anniversary and plans for the future, Gay Roberts looks back and looks ahead. Gay Roberts teaching in a Cabarrus Academy classroom during the late 1970s You joined Cabarrus Academy in 1976 as a first grade teacher. How did you hear about the school? A friend of mine had a daughter attending first grade at Cabarrus Academy during the school year. Her daughter s teacher retired at the end of that school year, and I was in my fifth year teaching first grade in Kannapolis City Schools. My friend begged me all summer of 1976 to apply for the first grade position at Cabarrus Academy. I kept telling her I was not looking for another teaching position, and I was happy where I was, but my friend was persistent. Once I walked into the school on Union Street and heard about the program there, I was enticed. While I loved the idea of teaching at Cabarrus Academy, I was at that time giving up job security because Cabarrus Academy was a small school and only seven years old. After I made the move, I realized it was the right decision and I have had no regrets. Tell us about your first classroom at Cabarrus Academy. I had 18 children in my first class. I was in a room that probably had been a den. I still remember the color yellow. It was a bright room with a beautiful stained glass window above a picture window that looked out to the street beside the school. There was a big closet in my room that was great for storage. There was also a closed fireplace in the room. What was the best thing about working at the Union Street school? And the hardest part? I loved the ambiance of the school itself it was so inviting. The hardest part was having such small rooms with little to no storage space. We often had to change rooms because your room assignment was determined by the size of your class. What other hats have you worn during your 33 years with the School? In addition to teaching, I helped with admission, mainly supervising the testing and ordering test materials. I was academic dean, in charge of curriculum, dean of faculty, coordinating professional development for teachers, and I coached girls basketball, which was a lot of fun. What are the most dramatic changes you have seen in the ways that teachers teach and students learn? Brain research has helped us better understand how children learn and how to teach. Children have different learning styles and teachers are being trained to better teach to those individual learning styles. At Cannon, teachers are looking at assessment for student learning to drive their instruction. I do think that students today are more visual than in years past and their attention spans seem to be shorter, which is believed to have a connection to television and computer games. Now, with technology, teachers can present information in ways that students can better identify with and will keep their attention. What remains the same about student learning, from a Lower School perspective, is that children are sponges and love to learn. What experiences from the past 33 years stand out the most? One memorable moment was watching several students from the class of 2009, who I taught in first grade, graduate from Cannon. Another was when I helped chaperone the fourth grade classes on an overnight field trip to Earthshine in the mountains about 10 years ago. This was an outside adventure experience where students had to live for one day in a Cherokee Indian Village, which meant they had to gut fish, and the next day in a Pioneer Village. It gave students a greater appreciation of how people lived long ago. We were outside both days and it poured rain. I was so proud of our students because they never complained. They were real troopers. I think the most rewarding experience for me is to see students I taught at Cabarrus Academy enrolling their children in Cannon School. That speaks volumes about our school. Why have you given so much of yourself to the School during your career? I have a great love for this school and the children and families that I have had the opportunity to serve. I have made wonderful friends here. Cannon has been good to me. It gave me the opportunity to grow and develop as a teacher and as an administrator. I am grateful to be a part of this school community. You have been such a big part of the education of so many Cannon students. What have you learned from Cannon? I have learned to adapt to change. There have been a lot of changes during my 33 years at Cannon. We added a Middle School. We moved from Union Street to Poplar Tent. We have had numerous building projects and additions since we have been out on Poplar Tent, which brought about change in policies and procedures. We changed our school mascot from a roadrunner to the Cougar. We changed the name of the school The yearbook was dedicated by students to then-lower School Dean Gay Roberts. from Cabarrus Academy to Cannon School. We added the Upper School. I have worked with four heads of school during my tenure. Being a part of these changes has been exciting and helped me learn how to handle the challenges of change. The change that was most difficult for me was leaving the classroom to become an administrator. It was a big adjustment giving up the group of children that was to be mine to another teacher. What excites you most about Cannon s future? I am excited about Cannon s growing reputation. Cannon has acquired a wonderful reputation in its first forty years. We have been true to our mission and have continued to attract quality teachers and outstanding students. With its forward thinking, I am confident that Cannon s reputation will continue to grow beyond what it is today. Mrs. Roberts has nurtured close relationships with scores of Cannon parents. 18 CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 19

11 By: Susan D. Arrington Cannon School named Doug Maynard athletic director last February following his six-month tenure as interim athletic director. He brings valuable experience to the position gained during his five years as athletic director at Charlotte Christian School. During his career, he has also directed swim and tennis clubs, and coached tennis at all levels. Last summer, Maynard was chosen to guide Cannon School s athletic program on an interim basis following an intensive search process. School leadership contacted officials at Davidson College, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Pfeiffer University, the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association during the School s search for candidates with the right mix of leadership experience and a vision for building a first-rate athletics program. He is the right person at the right time to lead Cannon athletics, says Head of School Matt Gossage. Cannon Magazine sat down with Maynard earlier this spring to discuss his vision for Cannon athletics. Talk about your first year at Cannon and early impressions of our student-athletes. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year at Cannon School. The feelings I had on my first visit with administrators, teachers, and coaches have been confirmed. I felt Cannon was a special place where each student was really known and cared about by faculty and staff. I am impressed with how our students excel in the classroom while still participating in multiple activities at school and in the community. I really see and hear that our students want to be prepared for their college experience, and look forward to making an impact on our school culture and in their chosen pursuits. What was your proudest moment this past year? The NCISAA state swimming championships in Cary was very special. To see our boys and girls teams and coaches come together to be the class of the state meet was fantastic. Watching the swimmers and coaches support and cheer for each other throughout the highs and lows of the day was a great example of what interscholastic competition is all about. No team member will ever forget that day, regardless of their personal performance. What are your goals and focus areas for the athletic department heading into next year? My goal is for every student-athlete to have the best athletic experience possible. I would like to see every program continue to improve both in results on the scoreboard and in developing the whole student. I would like to see a strong connection between all our programs and levels [middle school, junior varsity, and varsity] with increased overall athletic and multi-sport participation. I would love to see us compete for conference and state titles and make progress toward winning the Wachovia Cup. How is your department using the information provided in the spring 2008 Athletic Audit? We have used information from the audit to help develop a set of guiding principles for athletics at Cannon. This framework of core values integration, vertical articulation, balance, teamwork, and adaptive expertise will help us continue to improve in all areas while helping carry out the school s mission. Why is Cannon a good fit for you? I would like to see every program continue to improve both in results on the scoreboard and in developing the whole student. 20 CANNON MAGAZINE I believe that excellence can be pursued in both academics and co-curricular activities, and Cannon is committed to this mission. I appreciate and believe in Cannon s commitment to developing the whole child and the individual care that is given to help each student be successful in all their chosen activities. Having come from a school in the CISAA [Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association], I understand the challenges of competing at the 3A conference and NCISAA [North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association] level. Cannon s JV football team went undefeated in its first year. CANNON MAGAZINE 21 Athletics Doug Maynard prepares to bolster Cannon s growing athletics program. > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Stronger Cougars

12 Stronger Cougars (continued) How did our program adjust while making the jump from the Metrolina Athletic Conference to the CISAA? The biggest adjustment is in the addition of eight tough CISAA games each season. Typically, conference games fall consecutively in the last segment of the season, which is very challenging. CISAA teams are perennial state contenders in every sport. In many cases, conference regular season games can be against defending or eventual state champions. I feel our teams and coaches did an outstanding job in our first year. To win two CISAA championships is a credit to our students, coaches, and the work of the Athletics Department over the past several years. Talk about the success of our football program in its first year and Coach Hayes. The inaugural football season was special. Coach Donnie Hayes and his staff provided an excellent experience for a very wide variety of players in age and ability. They allowed each player, whether a beginner to football or a starter, to understand, learn, and grow through the rigors of practice and competition. It is not an easy task to field two teams out of a combined seventh through ninth grade group of young men. The teams were successful on the scoreboard and in understanding the commitment it takes to compete as a football team. It will be exciting to see our football program grow and mature in the next few years. Why is physical education and athletics important in the development of a child? Coaches have a wonderful opportunity and awesome responsibility when it comes to our students. Athletics and physical education provide an opportunity to impact students on a physical, emotional, and intellectual level each day. There are few activities that bring all these components together. There are so many lessons that are learned on the field of play that will contribute to the future success of our students. Athletics and physical education help our students develop habits for healthy and successful living. How do you work with coaches to help Cannon students achieve a balance between the high expectations they experience in academics and athletics? We ask our coaches to be mindful about everything that is required of our studentathletes. I ask coaches to partner with students, parents, and school divisions to see that athletes achieve success on and off the field. We have guidelines in place for practice time and scheduling, and ask that students be provided study hall opportunities prior to practice and games when needed. Coaches stress and teach the importance of time management skills, and how athletics can have a positive impact in the classroom. We want athletics to be a vital component, and an enhancement, of their school experience. What enhancements are necessary to move Cannon athletics to the next level? Cannon has a great deal of nice athletic facilities. We expect to expand and upgrade those facilities in the coming years. But, I consistently tell our coaches that more stuff can help, but in the end it s about the people. It s about relationships, teaching, hard work, and coaching. Where would you like to see Cannon athletics in five years? I would like to see Cannon athletics as a perennial contender for conference and state titles and the Wachovia Cup each year. I look forward to seeing even more opportunities for students to play at the next level if that is their goal. I would like Cannon to become known for producing well-rounded, quality student-athletes who will be assets to colleges and universities. I d like to see an even higher percentage of Cannon students participating in athletics. Most of all, I would like to know that all students who participate in Cannon athletics will be better individuals, and better prepared for life, as a result of their experience with coaches, teammates, and competition. Cougars in College The following student-athletes from the Class of 2009 will continue their academic and athletic pursuits in college. We couldn t be more proud of them. Men s Swimming Mack Montgomery Stanford University Taylor Williams Brown University Women s Basketball Krista Gross UNC-Chapel Hill Men s Basketball Brian McManamy Grinnell College Kevin McManamy Stevens Institute of Technology Zac Rose Mars Hill College Women s Soccer Kristin Foster Belmont Abbey College Cannon s state championship-winning Aqua Cougars. New Cats Following extensive searches, Cannon School has named new head coaches in boys varsity basketball, girls varsity basketball, boys varsity soccer, and varsity lacrosse. Boys Varsity Basketball Glen Taylor is Cannon s new director of the boys basketball program and head varsity coach. He brings more than 15 years of coaching experience and a track record of success at the varsity and junior varsity levels. He comes to Cannon from Christchurch School in Christchurch, Va., where he led its varsity basketball team to four consecutive Virginia Prep League championships during his five years as coach. Last season, Cannon earned a share of the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) conference championship in the School s first year in the league. Girls Varsity Basketball Jack Warren brings more than 29 years of coaching experience, including 24 years as a head coach, to his new role as Cannon s head girls varsity basketball coach. Warren comes to Cannon from Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C., where he led the girls varsity team to the 2008 South Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (SCISAA) 3-A state finals. He was the 2008 SCISAA 3-A Coach of the Year. In his career, Warren has led his teams to two state championships, five regional championships, and nine conference championships. In addition to his coaching duties, he will teach physical education. Boys Varsity Soccer Cannon School has promoted Tony Delgado to be the head boys varsity soccer coach. Delgado coached Cannon s junior varsity squad in fall 2008 and directed the team to an undefeated season with a record and a first-place finish in the CISAA during Cannon s first season in the highlycompetitive conference. Delgado has coached soccer since 1996 at local soccer leagues, including FC Carolina Aqua Cougars Make Waves Cannon s varsity girls swim team claimed its second consecutive North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship in February. The boys team finished second behind state champs Covenant Day School. The two teams had earlier won the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association championship in Cannon s first year in the highlycompetitive conference. Alliance and North Meck Soccer Club. He played in premier soccer leagues in his native Peru before coming to the United States in 1989 to play professionally with the New Jersey Eagles of the American Soccer League. Varsity Lacrosse Steve Schattner is Cannon s new head varsity lacrosse coach. Since 1996, Schattner has been a driving force in the development of lacrosse in Charlotte. He worked with school athletic directors and parents throughout the city to provide opportunities for all age groups to be able to play and learn the proper fundamentals of the sport. Providence Day School s lacrosse program became one of the top ranked in Charlotte and the state during Schattner s eight years as coach. Most recently, he was the coach at Lake Norman Charter School. He has been instrumental in developing college level players through coaching and individual lessons, at camps and clinics, and in leagues and programs he established in Charlotte. 22 CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 23

13 Book Buddies By: Jennifer Calvert, Lower School counselor and Lower School coordinator of Character Education Cannon School second-graders were book buddies this past school year with the boys and girls of McKnight Elementary School s Head Start program in Kannapolis. After an exciting December holiday music presentation, our students presented their buddies with a gift book. Several of the children remarked to our students that no one had ever given them a book to keep. Our second grade parents also donated supplies and games to the McKnight Head Start teachers, who were very appreciative because state budget cuts have restricted their classroom purchases. When we made our January visit, Head Start Director Nancy Gilmore gave us a framed picture to proudly display in the Lower School hallway. It reads, A Book Is a Present You Can Open Again and Again. Pennies for Peace This past spring, Cannon students embarked on a Pennies for Peace campaign to raise funds for a literacy program benefiting children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The campaign was a joint effort between sixth and seventh grade students, the Middle School Diversity Club, and the Lower School Student Council. Students collected spare pennies that can add up to make a real difference in the lives of children: 1 penny = a pencil 2-3 pennies = an eraser 15 pennies = one notebook $20 = one child s school supplies for one year The Pennies for Peace campaign is a program of Central Asia Institute (CAI), founded by Greg Mortenson, author of the bestseller, Three Cups of Tea. CAI provides community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of Central Asia. Mrs. Gilmore also read the following thank-you note to Cannon students: In recognition of the good you have done: Your Christmas gifts of music, art supplies, and books were appreciated by all. Your monthly visits, a gift of time, continue to improve the lives of all our children here at McKnight Head Start. Please know your time spent here will improve the future for many children. It is people like you who hold the world together! Very sincerely, Your book buddies at McKnight Head Start in Kannapolis, N.C., January 28, Cameron Ray Goes Beyond to Give Rising third-grader Cameron Ray celebrated his eighth birthday with friends last March. It was a special birthday, but not because of the gifts he received. Cameron had asked that his friends bring gifts not for him, but for the young residents at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson or the four-year-olds at McKnight Elementary School in Kannapolis. Cameron had done the same thing for his seventh birthday and the presents were donated to the Ada Jenkins Center. This year, after being moved by meeting needy children during Cannon s secondgrade community outreach, he asked his parents if this year s gifts could be split with the youngsters at McKnight Elementary. Just four days after his eighth birthday, Cameron and his friend and fellow Cannon second-grader Patrick Carlson visited McKnight Elementary to present students with a huge new supply of board games for their school. Patrick knew how much the children at McKnight Elementary love reading, so he contributed 30 new books as well. In May, Cameron, Patrick, and the entire second grade class hosted their McKnight Elementary Wee Wonder buddies at Cannon. Fifth-Graders DARE to Take a Stand On April 16, Cannon s fifth grade class completed a six-week curriculum on resistance against drugs, alcohol, and violence. These new graduates of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program each wrote an essay about what they learned and pledged to stay drug- and alcohol abuse-free. Two members of the Concord Police Department helped recognize the students for their commitment: Officer Tracy Parker, the course instructor, and Major Allen Overcash, who was the event s guest speaker. Essays written by Rachel Harris, Justin Fromke, and Kendall McReynolds received special recognition from Officer Parker while Preston Miller was asked to read his essay to fellow students at the assembly. D.A.R.E. is a collaborative effort by D.A.R.E. officers, educators, students, parents, and the community to offer an educational program in the classroom to increase youth resistance to peer pressure to experiment with tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. The program gives special attention to fifth grades to prepare students for entry into junior high and high school, where they are most likely to encounter pressures to use drugs. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of the nation s school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. The highly acclaimed program gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. Goodwill Hunting A Cannon School freshman partnered with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont to bring a Goodwill truck to Cannon s campus for a donation drive in April. Thanks to the initiative of Tyler Carson, the Cannon community donated 278 gentlyused and much-needed items to Goodwill s newest retail store, recently opened just down the street from Cannon at 5511 Poplar Tent Road. This donation drive gave Cannon School students an opportunity to give back to their community, says Tyler. It s always important to give back and help others. Habitat for Humanity Shack-A-Thon On March 27 several of Cannon s Upper School students participated in Habitat for Humanity s Shack-A-Thon at Concord Middle School, where they spent the night sleeping in cardboard boxes to raise awareness and funds for the homeless. Below, rising junior Dylan Mason reflects on his experience. Shack-A-Thon was an eye-opening experience. We raised money from sponsors to give as charity to Habitat for Humanity, who organized the event in order to raise awareness about the homeless. The participants were given cardboard and a few supplies to build shacks. We then slept in our shacks overnight in order to get a small taste of the experience that people without homes have every night. I found out that sleeping in a shack is very unpleasant. In saying this, I also realize that most people have an even worse situation every day. We were all in a heated middle school gym, while it was pouring down rain outside. I can t imagine how bad it would be to sleep outside in the freezing rain, but that is what many people go through every night. 24 CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 25 > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Character Education

14 Community < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < < Warm Welcome A new student s perspective on Cannon. By: Mack Montgomery 09, Stanford University 13 How many movies have you seen that show a student new to a school being preyed upon, bullied, or ostracized? Having been a new student at Cannon School for my senior year, I find this cinematic perspective curious because I never had these experiences. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed being a new member of the Cannon community. My first time setting foot on Cannon s campus as a new student was not my first day of school. It was actually during last summer when I met with Ms. Anne Shandley, my college counselor. She immediately recognized that she would be writing a recommendation letter for me when I applied to colleges, and went out of her way to meet with me before the school year began so that she could write the best possible letter for me. This was just the first of many times Cannon faculty, staff members, and students went out of their way to make sure that I was comfortable and successful here. In fact, before I had even stepped foot into a Cannon classroom, a classmate who I had not yet met obtained a locker for me because I was out of town at the time, and the Upper School staff had worked to make sure I got into the classes I desired. Things only got better once the school year began. Ms. Shandley introduced me to the senior class at a meeting and a group of students who are now my close friends invited me to eat lunch with them. The Upper School offered several student meetings, orientations, and assemblies reviewing school policies on the first day of school so that other new students and I could familiarize ourselves with the Cannon environment and culture. After one day at school, I already felt like I fit in. As the fall semester progressed, I kept meeting more and more people, all of whom made me feel welcome and valued. It didn t take long for me to feel comfortable at school and within the community and on the swim team, of which I was a member. Students and teachers weren t the only people who went beyond to help me assimilate and mine wasn t the only family the School reached out to. In fact, each year, Cannon Connections, the parent volunteer organization, pairs new students with a host family who help answer questions new students might have about Cannon. Our host family frequently reached out to us to make us feel welcome and well-informed. Mack Montgomery came to Cannon for his senior year. Another stereotype popular in movies about high school life is the presence of cliques. In a school like Cannon, where many students have attended the school and have known each other for as many as 14 or 15 years, it would seem logical that social groups would be very exclusive and cliquey. I found the opposite to be true. In my experience, students know each other very well and are very comfortable with each other as a result of their time together, making social groups remarkably fluid and accepting. I wasn t the only new Upper School student this year to have this positive experience. Angela Jia, a rising senior, transferred to Cannon from an international school in Shanghai. The transition was hard for her, she says, because she came from a completely different culture and environment. However, Cannon students made her very comfortable with the transition. Angela says she felt close to her classmates because they always talked to her and helped her. She says that she was helped by the strong school spirit and united student body of Cannon School. The new student experience is important to Cannon School, which welcomed more than 100 new students in August This fall, another 100 new students are expected to join the Cannon community. With this many new students, it s important that Cannon students, parents, faculty, and staff make each and every one of them feel welcome. I can attest to a job well done. Mack Montgomery graduated from Cannon School in May. He will attend Stanford University beginning in August. A Letter of Thanks to the Cannon Community Dear Cannon Community, American playwright Thornton Wilder wrote, We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. At Cannon School, our treasures are our students, and we are so grateful to the families, grandparents, and friends who are alive in those moments and invest in the education of children. Cannon is fortunate that so many people came together this year in support of various capital projects and endowment programs, as well as our most important ongoing campaign, the Annual Fund. Gifts to the Annual Fund empower the School to go beyond by enhancing the educational experience for every child. Since tuition dollars only account for 87 percent of the School s annual operating budget, a successful Annual Fund is essential in providing students with the full Cannon experience. In these difficult economic times, it was your generosity, and the efforts of our Annual Fund parent volunteer group, that enabled Cannon School to exceed its goal and raise more than $415,000 for the school year. It is with special appreciation that we thank Annual Fund chairs, Anthony and Nancy Sparrow, and the following Annual Fund parent liaisons: Jim and Karla Venos, Barney and Maria Hammond, Jennifer Kramer, Michelle Risdon, Nancy Reavis, Lisa Livingston, Heidi Fromke, Shelly Johnson, Tina Enrique, Amy Lovett, Mike Randolph, and Steve and Dakeita Johnson. Every volunteer hour and every gift makes a difference. We cannot begin to fully express our sincere gratitude to all of you who continue to invest in Cannon School. Thank you for being conscious of our treasures our students. Sincerely, Brian P. Scales Director of Development A special Grandparents Day moment. Cannon Foundation Grant Thanks to the generosity of the Cannon Foundation, which has provided Cannon School with a $100,000 grant, the roof of the Richard H. Snyder Building will soon be renovated. This important project will have a direct and positive impact on classroom and office spaces housed in the Snyder Building. The Cannon Foundation was encouraged by the School s current direction and successful fund raising efforts last year that made possible track and field enhancements and the Upper School addition. The Cannon community is most appreciative of their generous support. Welcome Grandparents! Cannon School welcomed close to 300 grandparents and special friends of Lower School and Middle School students to campus in February for an early celebration of Valentine s Day. Our guests were greeted in Taylor Hall by Head of School Matt Gossage and then joined their grandchildren for a special valentine s luncheon. Following the luncheon, grandchildren took their grandparents on individual tours of the School and welcomed them to their classrooms. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to honor and host these special visitors and we look forward to our next Grandparents and Special Friends Day, which will be held on November 24, CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 27 > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Supporting Cannon

15 Alumni Spotlight Current location: The Class of 2005 graduate recently received a bachelor s degree in Political Science from Yale University. She begins pursuing a law degree and Master of Public Health degree at Harvard Law School in the fall. What are you doing now? I am currently working at Yale as a Woodbridge Fellow in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel and the Office of Digital Dissemination. I work on intellectual property and trademark issues, and on Yale s open access initiatives. To get a glimpse of projects I work on, please check out Tell us about your experiences as a student at Yale. College was a great experience. I loved Yale. I learned a lot and was constantly inspired by bright and passionate people. I now have friends from all over the world. I m most thankful for the way Yale supported me in my individual interests. For example, I received a fellowship from Yale to do an independent study on HIV/AIDS in Cameroon, and that experience gave me new ideas about how to improve public health around the world. You were accepted at nine different law schools, how did you make your decision? I tossed a lot of coins! I also made a lot of pros and cons lists. It was really important for me to attend a school that would allow me to do a dual degree program. I want to pursue my law degree and my Master of Public Health degree. Harvard has great faculty members specializing in public health law. It seemed like the perfect option for my goals. I m excited to go there in the fall! What types of law are you most interested in pursuing? Public health law and immigration and refugee law. To me, they re interconnected. I want to work on our detention policies and I want to improve health access and health care for immigrants, refugees, and internally displaced people here and abroad. How did Cannon School prepare you for college and life? Cannon was where it all started! Cannon gave me a great intellectual foundation. The teachers were really supportive. I believe that to do well one needs really strong teachers and mentors throughout life. What is your fondest memory of Cannon? Winning the state championship in track and field! You have two younger brothers at Cannon, Seve 10 and Christeon 15. What advice have you shared with them about managing a Cannon School course load? I tell them to challenge themselves. I want them to pursue their intellectual curiosities. I remind them to write things down, have Deeona Gaskin 05 a schedule and prioritize, which I believe is key to success. It s important to work hard and work thoughtfully. What advice do you have for rising seniors as they prepare for their final year at Cannon and college planning? Cannon has prepared you well. Take classes you enjoy and work hard. Spend quality time with your classmates. Remember that it s natural to feel nervous (I certainly did!) and remember that you will get in to college. Start thinking now about teachers you want to write you recommendations and keep on top of deadlines. It s never too early to start drafting a personal statement. Cannon has amazing college counselors, so make sure to use that resource. And enjoy your final year at Cannon! Have you kept in touch with Cannon School classmates or teachers? Yes, I keep in touch with some of my closest friends from Cannon. I ve also been back for visits. Who are you going to root for at the annual Harvard-Yale football game? Great question. I like to think of it as a win-win situation, but honestly my heart will always root for Yale (Cabarrus Academy) James Morrison works as a banker in Boston and was married in October Anthony Lebaron is working on his M.S. in Engineering at the University of Utah and is performing research in rock mechanics. Kristi Shullaw graduated from UNC-Wilmington in May with a B.S. in Statistics, a bachelor s degree in Psychology, and a minor in Spanish. She is a member of the Rho Lambda Chapter of the Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Mary Dudley Bertram was the top female runner from the Charlotte area in the 2009 Boston Marathon. She finished 53rd among all female runners. Jeff Hammond and Callie Ellison tied the knot in Charlotte on May 30. Jeff and Callie met at Cannon and began dating during their junior year. Callie graduated with a B.A. in Chinese Studies from Gettysburg College in May. She will join Jeff in Philadelphia where he is completing a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Both hope to eventually pursue master s degrees. Ashley Oke graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in May with a bachelor s degree in Exercise and Sport Science. She will enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Elon University in January. Sarah C. Rhodes graduated magna cum laude with high honors from Davidson College. She plans to volunteer at an orphanage in Nepal before she returns to Davidson to work in a professor s research lab Daniel Bongaard received a Letter of Commendation from a U.S. Navy admiral for his duties as an information systems technician on a naval submarine base. The letter cited Daniel s outstanding performance and loyal devotion to duty University this summer. She will take advanced classes on Shakespeare and the nineteenth-century medieval revival. Robert Vendley is enrolled in Army ROTC at Wake Forest University. He attended U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., where he learned how to parachute from a C-130 aircraft at 1,250 feet. After completing five solo jumps, including two with full combat gear, he graduated and was deemed a paratrooper. He was honored to have his dad, Bob, also a graduate of Airborne School, pin his wings on his uniform. Anthony Oddo will spend a six-week term at the University of Sienna, in Italy, with Emory University s Chemistry Studies Program. He will study wine fermentation, analyze local water sources, and travel to Rome, Tuscany, and Venice to learn about the wine-making process at local vineyards and wineries. During the second half of his summer, he will work as a medical office assistant for an orthopedic surgeon. Lyndsey Chepke declared a double major in English and Classics at Emory University and will study at Oxford Alumni Notes 2008 Virginia Goode joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at Rollins College and was elected as pledge mother for next year. Katie Muldowney finished her freshman year at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., where she majors in International Studies and Theater. She will perform the role of Amanda in an upcoming production of the Glass Menagerie. Katie was selected to be a peer mentor and will work alongside a group of 30 students to welcome, educate, and help new students meet the challenges of freshman year inside and outside the classroom. Justin Weaks looks forward to his sophomore year at Greensboro College, where he is majoring in Theatre with an emphasis in performance. He earned a spot on the Dean s List and will soon join a chapter of the co-ed theater arts fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega. Colin York is a Division I athlete competing in men s rowing at George Washington University. He is currently ranked fifth on the freshman team and rows in the first freshman boat. Next year, he will be on a rowing scholarship as a member of the varsity team. Steve Barilovits enjoyed his first year at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he made a lot of great friendships, was appointed coordinator of a substance-free dorm, enjoyed the Tar Heels basketball national championship, and participated in Men s Club Tennis. This summer, he intends to volunteer with the American Chestnut Foundation in Meadowview, Va., and take an Organic Chemistry II class at UNC-Charlotte. 28 CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 29 > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Alumni

16 Eyewitnesses to History Upper School students had a front-row view of history when President Barack Obama was sworn-in as the nation s 44th president on January 20. They traveled to Washington, D.C., with Social Studies teacher Howard Clark to watch the swearing-in ceremony and Inaugural Address on the National Mall, participate in inaugural festivities, and visit historic Washington sites. Upper School students on the steps of the Supreme Court. CANNON Two Short Weeks, One Lifetime Friendship By: Hunter Horton 10 Hunter Horton has hosted a Tianli International School exchange student each of the past three years, including during a two-week visit in February. Tianli s annual wintertime visit to Cannon and the Southeastern U.S. is a highlight of the fiveyear-old sister-school relationship between Cannon and Tianli. My two weeks living with Jerry, better known as Tong Zhou in her hometown of Luzhou, China, began with nervous anticipation and ended with heartfelt goodbyes at the airport. While initially appearing shy, my family later learned that Jerry had the ability to break language barriers by using her many talents, her universal sense of humor, and her kind smile. Luckily, she accepted doing nearly any activity from spending time watching English shows on the Disney Channel and helping us cook, to getting dressed up to see a musical in Charlotte. No matter where we went, Jerry always mentioned how beautiful America was in that moment and how happy she was to be spending time in this country. The same went for her time at Cannon. Jerry always wanted to get to school early so she could talk with students, who constantly amazed her with their own kindness and friendly hellos. She returned each act of kindness with a small traditional Chinese gift. All of the Tianli guests felt this same welcoming spirit from Cannon students. From this experience, Jerry, my family, and I learned a lot about the similarities and differences between our two cultures. The most important thing we learned was that a strong new friendship between two students from two countries could be created in just two short weeks. In the News Cannon School and its students and faculty continue to make news in the academic, athletic and artistic realms. Charlotte magazine profiled Cannon in its January 2009 issue, calling the School a more popular choice among parents in their quest for a top private school. Student-led service learning projects made front-page news in the spring. The Charlotte Observer featured Molly Frowine 09 and Maggie Peterson 09 and their Boats for Goats project benefiting Third World families. The Independent Tribune shared with its readers a Goodwill donation drive organized by freshman Tyler Carson. The Concord and Kannapolis newspaper also featured Cannon s growing chess program on its front page. The Mooresville Tribune and Salisbury Post shined a light on Cannon seniors commended by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Krista Gross 09 was profiled as a rising star in the February 2009 issue of University City Magazine. reported on a February visit to Cannon by students and faculty from our Chinese sister-school and a trip Upper School students took to Washington, D.C. for President Obama s January 20 inauguration. The Washington, D.C. visit also received notice in the Charlotte Observer, Cornelius Today, and Salisbury Post. The Lake Norman Herald Weekly reported that the 87 members of Cannon School s Class of 2009 have received more than $6.2 million in merit-based scholarships for the next four years. The newspaper also noted that Meredith Frazier 09 is one of 50 Honors Fellows enrolling this fall at Elon University. The Charlotte Observer reported on Jarell Eddie s participation in the 2009 National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va. NEWS 30 CANNON MAGAZINE CANNON MAGAZINE 31 Tianli student Tong Zhou with Cannon School junior Hunter Horton. The Charlotte Observer called Associate Director of College Counseling Alex Segura a guiding hand for choosing college in an April profile. The Kannapolis Citizen reported on a Lower and Middle School Pennies for Peace campaign to raise funds for a literacy program for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Cannon hosted its first N.C. independent school state track meet in May. First Meet Cannon School hosted the 2009 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) 3A State Track and Field Championships on May Last summer, Cannon installed a new eight-lane, rubber track and modernized its field facility. This meet marks the first time Cannon hosted a state championship event. Athletes from 17 North Carolina independent schools participated in the meet, including the following local schools: Cannon School, Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Latin School, Covenant Day School, and Providence Day School. Thank You, Dot Monroe Dot Monroe in her classroom in Second grade teacher Dot Monroe retired at the end of the school year after nurturing Cannon students for 23 years. Dot was a dedicated teacher who cared deeply for her students. She is loved by her students, their parents, and by her colleagues. She has left a rich legacy of life-long learners. > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > News

17 > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > CANNON 40th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, October 10 Throughout the next school year, which lasts from August 2009 through May 2010, the Cannon community will celebrate the people, events, and achievements of our first 40 years. The highlight of our 40th Anniversary Celebration will be a Birthday Party on Saturday, October 10, on Cannon s Concord campus. The day will include games and activities for children of all ages, a Forty for the Fortieth silent auction, a fun run, speeches from important members of Cannon s past and present, food and beverage vendors, the making of a birthday wish, and of course, cake! We hope you will save the date and plan to join our celebration on October 10. Please visit Cannon School s website at in the coming weeks to learn more. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! 5801 Poplar Tent Road Concord, NC

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