Going Beyond the
Classroom to Help Others
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Cannon Magazine is published semiannually
by the Office of Advancement. Send us your
David L. Long
Director of Communications
Haley Acuff, Caroline Coggins ’12,
Lyndsay Cooper ’12, Bill Diskin,
Corey Inscoe, Angelique Mitchell,
Emily Ranson ’12, Kelly Ratté-Matsey,
Brian P. Scales, Tias Sen ’13,
Megan Thompson, Bri Wyatt ’12
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Matthew E. Gossage
ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL
MIDDLE SCHOOL HEAD
Matthew J. Rush
ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL
DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Brian P. Scales
UPPER SCHOOL HEAD
LOWER SCHOOL HEAD
DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE
> Engaged Learning
Smart Growth 4
By Bill Diskin
The Honor Roll 7
Cannon Alumni, Where Are They Now 8
> The Arts
A Musician of Note 10
By David L. Long and Angelique Mitchell
Bharatanatyam: My Cultural Experience 12
By Tias Sen ’13
Select Singers 12
Follow the Gold and Maroon Walls 12
By Bri Wyatt ’12
Mint Art 13
Creativity From the Start 13
By Caroline Coggins ’12
He’s Not My Teammate, He’s My Brother 14
By Corey Inscoe, Charlotte Observer
Running Starts 16
By Emily Ranson ’12
Cougar Kudos 17
> Character Education
Constructing Character 18
By Haley Acuff
In the Middle of Giving 20
By Megan Thompson
Project Wrap-In 21
40th Birthday Bash 22
What 40 Looks Like to Us 23
By Caroline Coggins ’12
Endowments Helping to Secure the Future 23
By Brian P. Scales
Welcome Grandparents 23
Alumni Spotlight: Mitchell Galloway ’08 24
Alumni Notes 25
BarnStock 09 26
By Lyndsay Cooper ’12
Filling In the Big Picture 26
By Kelly Ratté-Matsey
Golf Tournament Strengthens Cougars 26
In the News 27
Cannon Magazine Wins Gold 27
Old Time Views in New Perspectives 27
By Emily Ranson ’12
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Letter from the Head of School < < < < < < < < < < < <
“Students have had greater opportunities here and abroad to learn more about the
world, others, and self while putting someone else’s needs before their own.”
Activities and programs at schools striving for excellence are self-proclaimed works in progress.
A school striving to be excellent uses a philosophical base daily to make a better and deeper
application of the tenets of that philosophy to program and practice.
To claim a specific program or activity of a school has arrived at its final destination is to write
the preface to a period of stagnancy and ultimate irrelevance.
Each year the excellent teacher wants to do a better job engaging students in meaningful
learning. A grade level team or a department wants to learn how to work together more
effectively. And an excellent school always has a refining eye toward the balance of skills and
content in its course of study.
In this spirit, it is good and fitting in this new year to shine a light on the community service
program at Cannon. All three divisions of the School have made significant strides in the
service and outreach programs over the last several years. Within these service experiences,
students have had greater opportunities here and abroad to learn more about the world, others,
and self while putting someone else’s needs before their own.
Matt Gossage, Head of School
The teachers involved in the overseeing of these opportunities will tell us we are moving closer and closer to the wholeness of students truly
learning from the service of others. I am grateful to the teachers and students who are leading Cannon in developing a deeper commitment to
servicing and learning.
On behalf of the faculty and staff at Cannon, I want to wish your family a wonderful 2010. We appreciate your support of Cannon, and we
hope you enjoy this edition of Cannon Magazine.
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“Earlier is not necessarily better and sooner is not smarter. Children learn and grow at their own rate.”
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School yourself in advocating for your child as he or she grows and develops.
By: Bill Diskin, Director of Admission
A child will learn when he or she is developmentally ready.
That simple truth guides Cannon School’s approach to
teaching and learning. Another simple truth is that parents
are a child’s first and best teachers – and strongest advocates.
As a parent, getting involved in your child’s education is one of
the biggest predictors of academic success. So, how can you be
an effective advocate for your child One of the first steps is to
be familiar with your child’s developmental stages so you can
better know your child, his or her educational program, and
the options available should challenges arise. Put simply, use
information as a powerful tool for understanding the puzzle of
your child’s developmental readiness.
The Three Knows
In September, educator Cheryl Wolfe met with Cannon
parents to present “The Three Knows for Parents – Advocating
for Your Child in the Classroom.” Wolfe, a member of the
Gesell Institute of Human Development’s National Lecture
Staff, has been sharing her knowledge and insight about
the growth and development of children for more than a
decade. She feels strongly that parents benefit from having
information about growth and development research when
they set out to be advocates for their children.
“In ‘The Three Knows for Parents’ we uncover the many
important factors that influence children’s behaviors in and
out of the classroom and the importance of knowing your
child when making educational decisions,” Wolfe explains.
“We also discuss the importance of knowing the school and
the expectations within a program and/or classroom. And
finally, we discuss the importance of knowing your options
and alternatives – within your family, classroom, school, and
community – when challenges or difficulties arise.”
Time to Grow
The work of the Gesell Institute began in the early 1900s when
Yale professor Dr. Arnold Gesell developed a set of norms that
illustrate sequential and predictable patterns of growth and
development in children. The Institute opened officially in
1950 when Dr. Louise Bates Ames and Dr. Frances Ilg opened
the New Haven, Connecticut-based organization to honor Dr.
Gesell, who retired that year.
“Dr. Gesell’s work on the ages and stages of growth
and development in young children is foundational to
understanding why some children, although the same age
chronologically, may not be ready to learn the same material,”
Wolfe explains. “In our approach to education, earlier is not
necessarily better and sooner is not smarter. Children learn
and grow at their own rate. It is important that we as adults
respect this individual growth rate in young children and set our
expectations of them, in and out of the classroom, accordingly.”
According to the Gesell Institute website, the Institute’s
vision is that “…all children enjoy childhood and have the
time and opportunity to grow and to learn at their own pace
and in their own way.” That’s the same message Cheryl Wolfe
shares with parents in her workshops. “Requiring children
to work at a level where they are always reaching and pushing
and stressing to succeed creates unhappy children, unhappy
teachers, and unhappy parents,” Wolfe says. “Young children
have a natural desire to learn and learning at this age should
be fun. Keeping in mind that positive, encouraging, and
successful experiences during the first years of school set the
stage for the love of lifelong learning.”
Cannon School, like many independent schools around the
country, uses the Gesell Development Observation (GDO)
as one of its school readiness assessments in the application
process. “This developmental assessment allows us to observe
developmental readiness for each applicant,” explains Jackie
Hurley, Cannon’s Lower School admission coordinator
and junior kindergarten teaching assistant. “Our junior
Allow Learning to Develop
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Successful classroom experiences early in life set the stage for lifelong learning.
Smart Growth (continued)
kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms
are geared for developmental learning and
the teachers use appropriate activities and
curriculum for the age group.”
A Whole Child
Laura Huffman, a parent of a current
junior kindergarten applicant, attended the
September workshop and was intrigued
by Wolfe’s presentation. “Cheryl’s thesis
– that children will learn when they’re
developmentally ready to – I think fits
perfectly into Cannon’s idea of ‘adaptive
expertise’,” Huffman says. “You can’t force
a child to do something he or she is not
developmentally ready to do; one needs to
respect the importance of developmental age
versus chronological age.”
Huffman, who is also an Upper School
History teacher at Cannon, found Wolfe’s
message about a child’s developmental
readiness helpful in a number of ways. “I
learned so much useful information from
Cheryl’s presentation – as both a teacher and
a parent,” Huffman says. “I was especially
happy to hear that I had not done my son a
disservice by not getting one of those ‘baby
can read’ programs they hawk on TV.”
Huffman also found Wolfe’s explanation
of developmental readiness comforting.
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“Cheryl said that children who learn to read
before they are really developmentally ready
to do so are actually at a disadvantage, because
they can often have significant difficulty with
reading comprehension (attaching words to
meaning) later on,” Huffman says. “In today’s
competitive environment, it was a great relief
to hear that my son will learn to read when
he is developmentally ready to do so. And,
whenever that is, is what’s best for him.
What a relief !”
This emphasis on the importance of
recognizing when a child is developmentally
ready fits nicely with Cannon School’s
approach to teaching and learning. “Cheryl
spoke of teaching to a child’s learning
readiness,” Hurley explains. “At Cannon,
we believe that our whole child approach to
learning reflects the Gesell Institute’s research
and philosophy – that social, emotional,
and physical development are equally as
important as academic development in order
for a student to be successful.”
Laura Huffman agrees. And she has found
some of Wolfe’s strategies helpful – even
with her Upper School classes. “In my own
classroom, I utilized Cheryl’s presentation
regarding the physical inability for a 14-
year-old boy to sit still,” Huffman explains.
“Now I let them ‘take a lap,’ or do jumping
jacks, especially on long class days, or find
another way to get them up and moving
around, because Cheryl suggested that,
developmentally, sitting still for that long
would be agony. The students are greatly
appreciative, and I have a much more
Over the years, Jackie Hurley has
noticed the benefits of this emphasis on
developmental readiness throughout the
halls and classrooms at Cannon. “This
approach encourages the development
of well-rounded students who are able to
communicate with their teachers, socialize
with their peers, and manage their class loads
for the breadth of their education,” she says.
Cheryl Wolfe likes to share three pieces
of advice with parents. And though they
seem basic, she notices that they are often
overlooked in today’s parents’ busy, overscheduled
“Making sure children come to school
having had a nutritious breakfast and a
full night’s rest is so important and yet
emphasized very little,” Wolfe says. “School
requires so much more than academics and
we want all systems to be ready to go each
morning. Also, having family time is so
important – be it reading a book, playing a
game, having popcorn. And then, finally,
making sure that, as parents, you keep
communication open between your children
and their teachers.”
semifinalists in the 55 th
National Merit Scholarship
Program: Will Carter, Camille
Davis, Matt Sarett, and
Sophomore Cassie Calvert attended
contest: first-graders Drake Griffith
and Molly Morrison; fifth-grader
Mimi Wahid; and eighth-graders
Jake Flynn and Liz Wahid.
Thirty-five Middle School
are Parker Cain, Maryclaire
Farrington, George Lovett, Davis
Nelson, Tommy Prindle, Uday
Uppal, and Brandon Wade.
Seniors Ashley Rivenbark and
Menaka Wilhelm were named
semifinalists in the Morehead-Cain
Scholars Program, which pays for
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Raffi Yessayan joined other
nation in Washington, D.C., for
Merit Scholarship Program
Byrnes, Leah Davis, Alex Gordon,
Ryan Scolaro, Sterling Swygert,
and Menaka Wilhelm.
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Cannon Alumni, Where Are They Now < <
Cannon School alumni from the classes of 2006-2009 are continuing their educational pursuits at institutions of higher learning
that best fit their individual goals and needs, from small liberal arts colleges and major state universities to Ivy League schools and
service academies. Students in these four classes attend 106 colleges and universities in 18 states, and received approximately $11.3
million in scholarships.
1. College of Santa Fe
2. Stanford University
3. University of San Diego
4. University of Southern California
5. Appalachian State University
6. Auburn University
7. Barton College
8. Belmont Abbey College
9. Catawba College
10. Central Piedmont Community College
11. Christopher Newport University
12. The Citadel, the Military College
of South Carolina
13. Clemson University
14. College of Charleston
15. Columbia College
16. Converse College
17. Davidson College
18. Duke University
19. East Carolina University
20. Eckerd College
21. Elon University
22. Emory & Henry College
23. Emory University
24. Furman University
25. Gardner-Webb University
26. Georgia Institute of Technology
27. Greensboro College
28. Guilford College
The University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill is the most popular
destination for Cannon alumni from
the classes of 2006-2009. Twenty-four
Cougars became Tar Heels.
29. High Point University
30. Hollins University
31. Lenoir-Rhyne University
32. Mars Hill College
33. Meredith College
34. Methodist University
35. Nashville State Technical
36. North Carolina State University
37. Pfeiffer University
38. Presbyterian College
39. Rhodes College
40. Rollins College
41. Samford University
42. Savannah College of Art and Design
43. Southern Methodist University
44. University of Central Florida
45. University of Georgia
46. University of Miami
47. University of Mississippi
48. University of North Carolina
49. University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
50. University of North Carolina
51. University of North Carolina
52. University of North Carolina
53. University of Richmond
54. University of South Carolina
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66. Carleton College
67. Case Western Reserve University
68. Grinnell College
69. Kenyon College
70. Miami University
71. Michigan State University
72. Ohio State University
73. Ohio Wesleyan University
74. Purdue University
75. University of Dayton
76. Washington University in St. Louis
77. Boston University
78. Brown University
79. Harvard University
80. Lesley University
81. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
82. Middlebury College
83. Northeastern University
84. Tufts University
85. Wesleyan University
86. Williams College
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92 86 84
106 88 104
87. American University
88. Bowie State University
89. Bucknell University
90. Carnegie Mellon University
91. The Catholic University of America
92. Colgate University
93. Cornell University
94. The Culinary Institute of America
95. Georgetown University
96. The George Washington University
97. Johns Hopkins University
98. King’s College
99. Lehigh University
100. Pennsylvania State University
101. Princeton University
102. Skidmore College
103. Stevens Institute of Technology
104. United States Naval Academy
105. Washington College
106. West Virginia University
55. University of Tampa
56. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
57. University of Texas, Austin
58. University of Virginia
59. Virginia Military Institute
60. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
61. Wake Forest University
62. Washington and Lee University
63. Western Carolina University
64. Wingate University
65. Wofford College
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“I haven’t met a student in my career that has his depth of passion for the music.”
– Brad Davis
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A Musician of Note
By: David L. Long and Angelique Mitchell
Cameron Cook was born into music. Literally. “When I was
born, my mom and dad were playing Eric Clapton’s Unplugged
concert,” says the Cannon School junior. His first musical
moment set the tone for what has become a lifelong passion
that is matched by his prodigious talent for making music.
“I haven’t met a student in my career that has his depth of
passion for the music,” says Brad Davis, Cannon’s band and
jazz instructor. He was drawn to music by a childhood
experience that made a lasting impression. “My first powerful
musical memory was a street festival with my parents when I
was no more than three or four,” he says. “I remember hearing
a very loud saxophone and it sort of rattled me, in the way any
loud noise does, but somehow more powerfully than that.”
He didn’t pick up the instrument until he was in fifth grade,
by which time he was already “noodling” around on the piano.
“I started playing piano, guitar, and saxophone in the sixth
grade,” he remembers. He has since added clarinet, bass guitar,
and harmonica to his repertoire.
Brad Davis has seen a growing maturity in Cook’s
musicianship since the budding virtuoso joined the Advanced
Jazz program. “He has started to experiment as much as he
can while at the same time always striving to be empathetic
to other players,” says Davis. In his solos, listeners can hear
the influence of many master jazz tenor players, such as John
Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Dexter Gordon, and a gift for
improvisation that can shine through at unexpected moments.
He felt the melody of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”
during a performance of a jazz piece and launched into a solo
based on the song. He says he likes to “slip into melodies and
quote different songs” in his pieces.
Cameron’s fellow musicians in Advanced Jazz provide the
ideal partners for perfecting his art, Davis believes. “They are
one of the best groups of student musicians I’ve ever worked
with,” he says. “They are hungry to learn.” Cameron agrees.
“I like the artistic freedom and the ability to experiment with
different styles in the Advanced Jazz group.”
The teacher and student have developed a relationship
between musical colleagues, and Davis sees a bright future
ahead for his pupil. “He will most certainly have his pick of
jazz schools because he is that good. It is very rare to have a
student perform at this level for his age.”
Beyond school, Cameron has performed with Quartet
Blue since he and Cannon classmates formed the group in
September. Patrick Beck, a senior, plays guitar with sophomore
bassist Kevin Ross and sophomore drummer Deven Lankford,
while Cameron rounds out the group on saxophone. They
played for a soup kitchen benefit, at Christmas in Davidson
and various Cannon School events, and even a few paid gigs.
Ultimately, music makes Cameron happy and he wants his
gift for making music to bring happiness to others. However,
there’s more to Cameron than music. He is also an athlete on
Cannon’s varsity cross country, track, and swimming teams.
Swimming coach Megan Thompson, also Cannon’s Middle
School guidance counselor, says that Cameron is the type of
student-athlete that every coach dreams of having on his or
her team. “He is the epitome of a Cannon student who ‘goes
beyond’,” she says. “He always comes to practice early, with a
smile on his face, great positive energy and ready to go. He is
always the first in the water, works extremely hard in the pool,
and always wants to do more and improve.”
Music played a defining role in Cameron’s past, from birth
to early childhood memories to “noodling” on a piano in
Middle School. He now imagines a future in which music is
at the center of his life. When he graduates from Cannon in
2011, he plans to go to a large city like New York, or perhaps
to Europe, where jazz is big, and become involved with the
production and recording of music. Rest assured that he
intends to keep playing jazz on the many instruments through
which he brings his musical visions to life.
Cameron Cook’s “Desert Island Discs”
him to a desert island:
Kind of Blue
Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack, Dr. John: His New
A Love Supreme, John Coltrane: The only thing more
Live at the Regal, B. B. King: I listen to other genres
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Bharatanatyam: My Cultural Experience
By: Tias Sen ’13
Recently, as a culmination of our study of
India, I had the privilege of dancing for the
World History I classes. Since I was five years
old, I have been learning Bharatanatyam, a
form of Indian classical dance. It originated
Tias Sen performed Indian classical dance for
in Tamil Nadu in the southernmost part of
the Indian Peninsula and is one of the oldest
forms of Indian classical dance. For the past
nine years, I have been learning this dance
form from my teacher, Radhika Unnithan.
She holds dance recitals every year that always
benefit a charity, and she choreographs about
15 to 20 dances for over 80 students.
Bharatanatyam has been not only a great way
to perform for a good cause, but it has also
given me the chance to learn more about my
culture. Through the mudras (hand gestures)
and abhinaya (facial expressions), dancers
tell the stories of the different Hindu gods
and goddesses and their lives. The songs are
in several different languages, but most of
the time they are in Sanskrit.
As my presentation to the World History
I classes, I performed two dances, showed
my classmates pictures of the traditional
costumes, and told them about my
Arangetram, or classical dance graduation
(a two-hour solo performance).
Doing Bharatanatyam is my favorite extracurricular
activity, and I feel very privileged
to do it. It has given me the chance to learn
about my culture artistically, while sharing it
Two Cannon School students were
chosen to participate in honors
choruses featuring the state’s best young
singers following a rigorous selection
process. Stephen Metz, a senior, and
seventh-grader Joanna Copio were
among a select group who sang with
honors choruses that performed in
November at the North Carolina Music
Educators Association (NCMEA)
Conference in Winston-Salem.
Follow the Gold and Maroon Walls
By: Bri Wyatt ’12
Upper School art teacher Belinda Armstrong spent last summer
creating a masterpiece on the Lower School and Middle School
walls. The Fine Arts Department approached her to complete
the project and she agreed. “I have always been interested in
improving the aesthetics of our school,” she says. “I know that
color can impact how we feel, act, and think.”
The walls show how Cannon values our core values because of
their depiction on the walls in the School’s colors. It was the
perfect touch to the hallways, adding passion, color, and life.
Mrs. Armstrong also painted a “Go Beyond” logo mural on a
wall near the Middle School hallway. See the finished product
next time you are on campus!
The selection process began in October
and culminated with auditions
before a panel of six independent
judges. Stephen and Joanna worked
independently for four weeks with
Middle School/Upper School Choral
Music Teacher Tim Rancont to prepare
for the event.
The experience provided both students
with a valuable opportunity to work
with a nationally acclaimed choral
conductor and then to perform with a
group. This year’s High School Honor
Chorus was conducted by Jefferson
Johnson, director of Choral Activities
at Kentucky University, and the
Middle School Chorus was conducted
by Jonathan Willcocks, a renowned
English conductor and musical director.
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By: Angelique Mitchell
The Mint Museum in Charlotte was the place to be during the
months of November and December to see the artistry of Cannon
School students of all ages. More than 90 works of art by students
in all three divisions were selected to represent the School in the
Cannon School Invitational, a premier art exhibition that showcases
the creativity and talent of our student-artists.
Artwork was displayed in the museum’s STAR Gallery, which
features K-12 student artwork on a regular, rotating basis to
promote the awareness and appreciation for visual education
within the community. This is the third time the Mint
Museum has chosen to exhibit artwork by Cannon students.
“The Mint chose Cannon again,” says Belinda Armstrong, the
School’s Fine Arts Department chair. “It is a very powerful
experience for young artists to have their work exhibited at
the premier museum in Charlotte. For many of the older
art students, it becomes a significant point of affirmation
in their artistic journey.”
Creativity from the Start
By: Caroline Coggins ’12
When it comes to art, Ms. Krista Johns is as enthusiastic as it gets.
Cannon’s Lower School Art teacher lights up when anyone asks her
about her students, what she is currently teaching, or why she wanted
to teach art in the first place. “Art has always been my passion, it’s
what I love,” she says. “I used to love to tutor people in high school,
so I thought why not put my two favorite things together”
Ms. Johns, who studied art at West Virginia Wesleyan College, says
she teaches everything in her Lower School Art classes. She wants her
students to experience as many different types of art as possible. Her
personal favorite is the unit on clay because it involves fun projects
that students do not get to do every day. Perhaps that’s why her
students love it too!
Ms. Johns tries to run a focused but flexible class. “I want them to
be learning one style, but I would never expect their finished work
to look the same.” She has been known to add a project into a unit
simply because a student asked her to. This gives the students more
input while remaining focused on art.
Krista Johns shares many types of art with Lower School students.
Artwork by Lower School students is always displayed in the hallways
and the Arts Link. Ms. Johns encourages everyone to come by and see
all the great projects her students have been working on.
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“There is a unique cohesion that comes from being brothers and being teammates.”
He’s Not My Teammate, He’s My Brother
The Eddie and Belfield brothers are close on and off the basketball court.
By: Corey Inscoe
This article, published on December 2, 2009, is reprinted with
permission of the Charlotte Observer.
Sophomore Jason Eddie, senior Jarell Eddie, junior Keith
Belfield and freshman David Belfield all play varsity
basketball for the Cannon Cougars. The brothers form the
core of one of the best teams in the area.
“They’re typical brothers,” said Cannon basketball coach
Glen Taylor. “They’ll fight and claw each other’s eyes out, but
when push comes to shove you better believe that both those
boys will have each other’s backs.”
Taylor should know, he played three varsity sports with his
younger brother in high school.
Though only a couple years apart, neither of the pair of
brothers have played on the same team since childhood.
“To finally get to play together on the basketball team,
especially varsity basketball at the same school, is a lot of fun,”
said Keith. “I enjoy spending time with him.”
Jarell and Jason even got matching haircuts, the same style
they wore the last time they played together in a recreation
league. Jarell said that the best part of playing with his brother
is how well they know each other’s tendencies.
“He knows my game, and I know his game really well so we
kind of predict what we’re going to do,” said Jarell.
Keith recalled a moment in their first game of the season
against Northside Christian when David looked at him on a
fast break, and Keith knew exactly what he was going to do.
“He did a little behind the back pass to me for a dunk,” said
Keith. “I knew it was going to happen. It’s stuff we’ve done in the
Playing at home against each other has helped Jarell and Jason
learn what the other is going to do in certain situations.
“We just have this kind of connection, and we know how
to read the defense collectively to see what we need to do to
score,” said Jarell.
As much as they enjoy playing together, the four say that there
are definitely times when they get annoyed with each other.
“I have to consciously separate them from certain drills that I
know may lead to fraternal conflict,” said Taylor. “They’re all
four really competitive.”
They are also talented.
Jarell has already signed his letter of intent to play basketball
at Virginia Tech next year, and Keith has gotten interest from
several Division I schools.
Jason was named to the Cannon Classic tournament team this
year, and David is being trained as a true point guard that will
lead the team.
Keith and David say they have different playing styles that
compliment each other when they’re on the court.
“We do some things similar, but I think I’m the more athletic
one right now,” said Keith. “He’s more of the point guard, and
I like to get the ball in the basket.”
Jarell and Jason are the same way. Jarell describes himself as a
finesse player while Jason is more of a tough, physical player,
something that comes from Jason’s time on the football field.
Jason plays tight end and outside linebacker for the Cougar
“He’s a phenomenal athlete,” said Taylor of Jason. “He’s
probably going to be a Division I football prospect in addition
Virginia Tech-bound Jarell Eddie is one of two talented Eddie
brothers at Cannon.
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He’s My Brother
No matter how good of an athlete
he is, Jarell expects a lot from his
“If he doesn’t do something that I
thought he should have done, then I
get on him more because I expect it of
him,” said Jarell.
The brothers are constantly pushing
each other to get better.
“For me and Jason it’s good because...
they’ve got a lot of experience and they
know what they’re talking about so we
have to listen,” said David.
Jason and David won’t have to listen for
too much longer. Jarell graduates this
year and Keith will be leaving next year.
“I’m going to miss him because he’s my
best friend,” said David. “On the court
it’s going to be a little different because
they do some exciting stuff.”
Cannon students begin physical education in junior kindergarten.
By: Emily Ranson ’12
Jason said he’s also going to miss his
older brother, but he’s excited about
getting the chance to make his own
name on the basketball court.
“For me it’s just a matter of getting my
own name instead of ‘Oh yeah, you’re
Jarell Eddie’s little brother,’” said Jason.
If they have their way, though, Jason
and David will follow their brothers to
whatever school they choose.
The brothers have a connection with
each other that most teammates don’t
have. They even accidentally chose
corresponding numbers: Jarell is 33 and
Jason is 13, Keith is 32 and David is 12.
It’s that connection that makes them so
dangerous on the floor.
“There is a unique cohesion that
comes from being brothers and being
teammates,” said Taylor. “And to have
two sets of them on the same team...is
kind of a unique experience.”
“It leads to a very tight knit fabric on
our team, no doubt about it.”
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A good athlete doesn’t become one
overnight. It happens over time. The
Cannon physical education staff works
hard to ensure that Lower School and fifth
and sixth grade students are prepared for
the challenges and rigors of junior varsity
and varsity sports – and for life. Our PE
teachers go beyond in everything they do,
and it shows in the faces of excited Cannon
students entering the gym for another fun
Students begin participating in physical
education in junior kindergarten. Up to
five days a week, students in grades junior
kindergarten-6 migrate from their regular
classrooms to the much-loved “wood” and
“blue” gyms. Anticipation grows as they
enter the gym lobby and they see the many
athletic trophies that line the walls. That
anticipation turns into excitement as they
step onto the gym floor and are greeted by
the welcoming and enthusiastic PE staff.
The young students may not realize it, but
what they are now learning in PE will help
them for the rest of their lives.
The PE staff helps their students develop
physical, mental, and social skills that last a
lifetime, like sportsmanship, cooperation,
physical movement, and a positive selfimage.
They believe that the most important
skills for young students to learn are
eye-hand coordination, how to stretch,
and physical conditioning. These are the
“building blocks” to becoming a successful
athlete and a healthy person.
The coaching staff realizes that it can be
difficult to capture the attention of young
children long enough to teach them the
basic skills of any sport, so coaches have
come up with unique and fun ways to
educate their students. Basic skills form
the foundation of the coaches’ pyramidlike
teaching method, with play time and
strategy built upon that base. In order to
master any sport, these skills need to be
developed in that sequence.
Fun is also a big element in teaching kids.
“We try to encourage them,” says Russ
Marks, a PE teacher for both Lower School
and Middle School students. He believes
that it is vital that students have fun as they
learn basic skills because they might never
again develop skills they need to master at
this early stage.
Dillon Freer, Zach Rossitch, Matt
Sarett, and Zack Tysinger
Tim Gruber and Andrew Powell
The junior varsity football team
The girls’ varsity cross country
and the boys’ team finished eighth
The Middle School volleyball team
state championship. He and
The Middle School girls’
tennis team placed second in
The boys’ varsity soccer team lost
Day School. Zach Rossitch and
Matt Sarett were named to the
The JV volleyball team beat
Charlotte Christian School and
third place at the October 23 end-of
The boys’ varsity basketball team
won the Cannon Classic title
Anna Estep, Allie Gray, and
Darby West were named
and Steven Bennett were named to
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“It was a lot of fun to figure it out on our own. It really brought out our inner adaptive expert.”
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Four Cannon students build shelter for a family in need.
By: Haley Acuff
This past summer, I began reflecting on the growth of the Upper
School Service Learning Program, and how Cannon School
is always encouraging its students to Go Beyond. I wanted to
create an opportunity for students in the Upper School Habitat
for Humanity Club to truly understand the Habitat experience
to its fullest – and to benefit from that experience. There are
few more valuable ways to build character and leadership skills
than by joining with others to help the less fortunate through
the dignity of work. I quickly realized that this would not be
possible without taking this lesson beyond the classroom. So, I
set to work organizing a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for
a team of four Habitat Club leaders: Dylan Mason, William
Nelson, Andrew Powell, and Alex Rennie.
Having worked at Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, which
serves the Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, and Huntersville
communities, before coming to Cannon School, I knew how
fun, rewarding, and eye-opening the work of Habitat for
Humanity can be when you are involved on the ground level.
On November 30, we set off on our week-long journey to
Biloxi, Mississippi with great anticipation. I looked forward
to seeing how this trip would impact and motivate these
four Cannon juniors. I knew that coming to the Mississippi
Gulf Coast four years after Hurricane Katrina and working
with seasoned Habitat employees and volunteers would give
these students an invaluable opportunity to witness Habitat’s
mission in action – and to build their leadership skills as they
joined a Habitat team to build shelter for a family in need of
decent, affordable housing.
On their first day, the four Cannon students helped construct
a home while working alongside AmeriCorps volunteers, Our
Towns Habitat volunteers, and local construction staff. They
worked on insulation, built siding, nailed fascia to rafters, and
painted. On their last day, they were given the opportunity to
put their newfound knowledge to work. They were asked to
build a shed adjacent to the home. They put up siding and the
roof, and they caulked and painted. They built the shed on
Throughout the week I asked the students some questions
that I hoped would inspire them to reflect on their service
experience beyond the classroom.
Why did you choose to take time away from your busy
school schedule to come on the Habitat trip
Dylan Mason: I jumped at the chance to participate in this
trip because I knew it would be very beneficial. I learned
important leadership and relationship skills that will help me
throughout the rest of my life.
William Nelson: The stories that I have heard from friends
and relatives that have gone on Habitat trips really motivated
me. One thing about these stories that inspired me was being
able to work alongside great people who will respect you and
Andrew Powell: I figured that it would be a great opportunity
to work on time-management skills, being away for so long. It
ended up being an invaluable opportunity to build my character
and to grow a better appreciation for how blessed I am.
What have you personally gained from this experience
Did you learn anything about yourself
Dylan Mason: I gained more appreciation for the situation
that I am in. I have a home, I go to school, and I have a bright
future. Unfortunately, many people from the Gulf Coast have
either been forced to leave home, or stay and have to rebuild
an area that was not very prosperous in the first place.
William Nelson: One thing that did come into the light for
me was the damage that Hurricane Katrina caused to the Gulf
Coast. Just seeing the foundation of old houses and nothing
else really motivated me to get as much done during the build
as I could.
How did you go beyond to accomplish something that you
felt challenged you
Andrew Powell: On the last day, the four of us were tasked
with finishing a shed by ourselves. The shed was basically built
in the same way as the main house, only in miniature, so it really
took all of our skills and creativity to properly figure out how to
build it. It was a lot of fun to be left to figure out the process on
our own. It really brought out our inner adaptive expert.
William Nelson: We were supposed to take the knowledge
we had gained from the other members and complete the
shed. After the first couple attempts we began to get the
rhythm and with the right tools and good attitudes we were
able to get the job done.
Dylan Mason: All four of the Cannon kids went beyond.
We finished the entire shed, except for the door knob.
Would you encourage other Cannon students to
participate in a service project like this, and, if so, what
advice would you give them to get started
Dylan Mason: I would definitely encourage them to
participate in a trip like this, but they should remember to
challenge themselves and stay on top of school work.
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Andrew Powell: As for getting started,
just don’t be afraid to take advantage of
opportunities that arise, because you always
take out of the experience exactly what you
put into it.
William Nelson: There is always something
you can do in your local community that
can help get you prepared to travel on a trip.
Start by helping your local Habitat office
with projects they think you can help out
on. If you have the right attitude you will
always be in good company.
Alex Rennie: Volunteer for things and get
active in your community. Eventually an
opportunity like this will arise.
Haley Acuff is an Upper School Spanish
teacher and Upper School Service Learning
William Nelson, Dylan Mason, Andrew Powell, and Alex Rennie worked with Habitat for
Humanity in Biloxi, Mississippi.
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By: Megan Thompson
Courage, teamwork, respect, integrity, and
passion are all values that we, as educators,
encourage our students to exemplify every
day at Cannon. Here in the Middle School,
our students embody all of these core values
through our new community outreach
program. Students in each grade now go
off campus during “outreach days” to work
with organizations and nonprofit agencies
in the greater Charlotte-area, all with the
goal of helping others in a developmentallyappropriate
All 54 fifth-graders travel to Plaza Road Pre-
Kindergarten Center, a Head Start Program
school in Charlotte, to read stories to
students, help them learn how to write their
names, practice counting, and play games
together. It is wonderful to see the faces of
the Plaza Road children light up when they
see their Cannon buddies. Our most recent
visit was a very rewarding one. Cannon
students had collected warm weather items
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and school supplies for the children, all of
which was greatly appreciated.
Sixth-graders help our environment through
their work at Latta Plantation’s Historic
Center and Nature Center, and the Carolina
Raptor Center. Students clean up various
areas at all three parks, making it safe for local
children to play. Many students have said that
it feels good to work outside while helping
keep our environment clean and safe.
Seventh-graders visit the Second Harvest
Food Bank and the Crisis Assistance
Ministry in Charlotte. At Second Harvest,
students work together in teams to create
care packages of food for individuals and
families. They sort through and select
clothing that will be made available at
the Crisis Assistance Ministry clothing
store. Many of the staff complimented our
students’ maturity and efficiency. In fact,
the work they did on December 15 helped
clothe 81 families for one year.
Eighth-graders don’t go off campus for
community outreach, but they do go beyond
while working on various student leadership
projects. They help clean our campus and
local woods and trails, keeping Cannon as
beautiful as possible.
Middle School students have had a great year
so far, filled with helping others and giving
back to our community. Our students have
learned the importance of treating others
with kindness, and they have learned that it
feels good to help others. It is my hope that
through this outreach program, students
will gain a passion for helping others and
encourage their families to get out and
volunteer with them, as there are infinite
ways to help our community!
Megan Thompson is Cannon’s Middle School
Children in need had gifts to
to the generosity of the Cannon
December 9 all-school assembly.
child foster care program, and the
Imani Augustus, Brandee Branche,
Taylor Dicken, Alex Gordon, Nora
Munger, and Kate Sherrill of the
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past and present.
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What 40 Looks Like to Us
By: Caroline Coggins ’12
In a year as monumental as Cannon School’s 40th anniversary,
our students have heard a lot about what life was like in 1969.
We know about the students who attended Cannon during
its first year, when it was called Cabarrus Academy. Thanks
to Head of School Matt Gossage and our teachers, we even
know about the important events happening in the world at
that time. In this year full of celebration, I decided to ask the
youngest members of the Cannon community to express what
40 means to them.
I visited the Lower School to interview students ages four
through nine. Their responses show that there are many
ways to perceive the number 40. When students were asked
what they thought of while considering someone who is
40 years old, some, like fourth-grader Kristen Estep and
kindergarten student Nathan Campbell said they thought of
their mothers. Third-grader Riley Frasier had a very original
A few other responses to this question were, “someone very old,”
from kindergartener Elizabeth Pope, and “Cannon School”
from Kenlee Griffin, who is a junior kindergarten student.
When I asked the students what job they thought they would
have when they are 40 years old, first-grader Gracie Ledet,
fourth-grader Allison Slattery, junior kindergartener Grace
Petzold, and kindergartener Elizabeth Pope all said they
thought they would be veterinarians. Evan Essex, who is in
first grade, wants to be a “zoo keeper to take care of a lot of
animals that are 40 years old.” Some of the other students
wanted to be teachers, firemen, and even chefs.
The answers really started to vary when I asked the Lower
School students where they thought they would be living in
40 years. Allison Slattery wants to live in Chicago, while Riley
Frasier hopes to live “somewhere in the Northeast.” Kenlee
Griffin said he wants to live in New Jersey, “because my mom
used to live there.” And Elizabeth Pope She says she will be
living with her mom and dad!
When I asked these young Cougars which teacher they
thought they would look most like when they are 40 years
old, their faces lit up at such a silly question. “Ms. Royal,”
third-grader Greta Gruber answered. Riley Frasier and
Nathan Campbell think they’ll look like Mr. West, and
Allison Slattery said Ms. White. “Ms. McWilliams,” Gracie
Ledet answered, while Kenlee Griffin thought he would look
most like Mr. Gossage.
These diverse answers simply prove that the number 40 looks
different to everyone. I think there is one thing that all my
interviewees would agree on, and that is that the number 40
has brought the Cannon School community together this
year. Our 40th anniversary helped us remember the past while
celebrating the present and looking forward to the future.
Helping to Secure
By: Brian P. Scales
This year, $20,000 was raised for the general endowment
For more information on endowments at Cannon School
Brian P. Scales is Cannon School’s Assistant Head of School
and Director of Advancement.
More than 250 grandparents and special friends came to
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Current location: The Class of 2008
graduate is an International Studies major at
Virginia Tech following a gap year that took
him from Appalachian trails to Patagonia to
Morocco. He is in the Air Force ROTC and
is considering a career serving our nation in
the Air Force as a search and rescue officer.
He is also considering a career in journalism
What inspired you to volunteer and travel
for a year after graduation from Cannon
I read an article written by a Harvard grad
about how British students take “gap years”
before or after college. The idea stuck
with me, and I explored my options with
Did you plan your gap year in advance, or
did you just wing it
“Winging-it” is dangerous. I spent the
better part of my second semester senior year
planning out the entire gap year. That way, I
could spend more time living it.
You could probably write a book about
your year, but give us a quick rundown of
Someday, I think I might actually write a
book! First, I spent three weeks in the Great
Smoky Mountains volunteering with the
Appalachian Trail Conservancy because
I wanted to give back to a park that I’ve
enjoyed my whole life. We rebuilt damaged
parts of the trail, camping out every
night. We even became well-acquainted
with a local black bear that we nicknamed
“Hershey” right before the park rangers
Next, I spent two months in the North
African country of Morocco helping the
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less fortunate. I learned about other
perspectives on America, especially being in
a less-conservative Islamic country. I gained
a deeper understanding of the world we live
in and of Islamic-Christian relations, all
while improving my French.
At the start of 2009, I was a part of a sea
kayaking and mountaineering expedition
in the wilds of Patagonia, Chile. For three
months, the National Outdoor Leadership
School (NOLS) taught my expedition
mates and me how to become better
What benefits did you gain during your
Maturity and focus. I came into college with
confidence and determination as to what
I want in life and what I need to do to get
there. I’ve also become very self-sufficient
How did your experiences at Cannon help
prepare you for being on your own and
adapting to challenges
Cannon really set me up well. The
support from the teachers was amazing.
Cannon created a positive and competitive
environment that conditioned me well for
life abroad and in ROTC.
You applied for college acceptance along
with your fellow classmates from the class
of 2008. How did you go about deferring
for a year
I wrote Virginia Tech a letter and they were
completely on board, as long as I didn’t
receive college credit during the gap year,
and I had to keep them informed of my
plans. Because I met these conditions, they
reserved a spot for me for fall semester 2009.
What is your fondest memory of Cannon
After 10 years at Cannon, my memory is
inundated with good times. Perhaps my
fondest was when former President Jimmy
Carter visited campus and spoke to us, or
when three friends and I played “Free Bird”
at Senior Night the day before graduation.
There are too many to narrow down to
What advice do you have for Upper
School students as they plan their futures
If you want something, you need to go out
and get it with willpower and determination.
Mitchell Galloway ᾿08 in Morocco.
1993 (Cabarrus Academy)
Jaime Roskam lives in Helena, Montana. She fondly
remembers attending classes in the historic J.W. Cannon home
in downtown Concord and is “amazed at the transformation
of the school” in the years since.
Samantha Kaebe lives in Augsburg, Germany, and is a
Cultural Geography student at the University of Erlangen-
Katie Wells is pursuing a graduate degree at the University
of Virginia. She received a bachelor’s degree in History from
Bowdoin College in 2007.
Gretchen Wells received a B.A. in Theatre last May from
Denison University. She worked last summer at the
Community Children’s Theatre in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kaitlyn Grant lives in Virginia with her partner, Sandra, and
their adopted daughter, LaShawna.
Melody Yuan was inducted into the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish
National Honor Society at the College of Charleston.
Anthony Oddo is a double-major at Emory University,
studying both Biological Anthropology and Chemistry. He is
now performing experiments to analyze the effects of nicotine
on pregnant mothers and their children. He continues to
work as a medical office assistant while also finding the time to
be active in Emory’s American Chemical Society affiliate, the
Alpha Theta chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Students
for a Free Tibet, and the Emory triathlon team.
Brandon Shirley is a U.S. Marine stationed at the Marine
Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina.
Bethany Corbin received two public service grants totaling
$1,800 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
to start a new service program called Project Safe Girls, which
will empower middle school-age girls with safety awareness
and self-defense techniques.
Virginia Goode is an English major at Rollins College. She
was elected new member chairman of Kappa Kappa Gamma
sorority and was chosen to serve on an honor council for the
Greek system. She is considering studying in Europe next fall.
Jessie Robbins, a sophomore at Georgetown University,
traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark in December to observe
the historic United Nations Climate Change Conference.
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Ranika Kejriwal is a freshman at Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh, where she is a member of the
Bhangra Indian dance team and the executive board of a
group called OM. She is also making the most of
opportunities to learn from innovators such as Bill Gates,
Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt, and one of the creators of
Java, all of whom recently spoke at CMU.
Connect with “Cannon School Alumni” on
Young Alumni Homecoming
Anthony Oddo ᾿07 (at left, with teacher Belinda
Armstrong) joined more than 50 other Cannon alumni
on January 5 for our Third Annual Young Alumni
Homecoming. Alumni reconnected with classmates and
teachers, shared their college experiences with Upper School
students, and cheered on Cougar basketball teams.
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Filling In the Big Picture
An Annual Fund Update
By: Kelly Ratté-Matsey, Director
1 Night of Peace & Music
By: Lyndsay Cooper ’10
Senior Miles Brown found a way to combine his passion for music and helping his community.
Last summer, inspired by the 40th anniversary of Woodstock (Cannon’s founding wasn’t the
only memorable thing to happen in 1969!), Miles organized BarnStock 09, a benefit concert
to raise money for the Davidson Fire Department. With the help of his brother, Daniel
Brown ’08, Miles talked with a few local bands about performing on the Brown family’s
farmland. To get the word out, Miles tapped into the social networking of Facebook, on
which he posted an event page to invite all 650 of his Facebook friends. Miles built a stage
using materials borrowed from a local theater company and got his friends to volunteer their
time mowing grass, pruning trees, cleaning out the barn, and otherwise preparing the one-ofa-kind
concert site. To make money without charging admission, he asked for donations and
When asked about his inspiration to host such a big event for such a great cause, Miles said
his love of music started at an early age. “My siblings and I were never allowed to watch much
TV or have any videogames,” he remembers. “Instead, we were encouraged to pick up different
instruments and take lessons.” His passion for music contributed to the success of BarnStock
09. In total, more than 500 people attended the July 24 concert and Miles was able to present
a check for $2,500 to Fire Chief Jeff Almond during a November 10 meeting of the Davidson
Board of Commissioners. Afterwards, Miles said he felt “a sense of accomplishment from
organizing such a big event that people enjoyed and that benefited the community.”
Miles plans to make this an annual event and will host BarnStock 10 in July. “Thanks to my mom
for allowing all those late night practices,” he says. “Hope everyone will come out next year.”
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Senior Miles Brown showed the
difference one person can make in service
to a community when combined with the
efforts of many others who also care (see
story at left). Quite simply, a community
that gives, even during challenging times,
secures the foundation upon which that
community can build and renew.
Cannon School is no exception.
Through the generosity of our many
dedicated supporters, this year’s Annual
Fund “Big Picture” campaign is reaching
important financial and participation
milestones. Every trustee, faculty
member, and 57 percent of Cannon
parents have joined with staff members,
grandparents, parents of alumni, and
friends in giving to the Annual Fund
so far this school year. Our wonderful
parent volunteers are working hard
to encourage every Cannon family to
pledge their support. With each gift
and pledge, our school community joins
together to meet the budgetary needs of
our school and further enrich the unique
educational experiences available to
every Cannon student.
If you haven’t yet helped us fill in
Cannon School’s “Big Picture,”
please visit www.cannonschool.org/
supportcannon to make a pledge or
give online. If you have any questions,
please contact your Annual Fund gradelevel
parent volunteer or the Office of
Advancement at 704-721-7186.
Heavy rains and strong winds were no
match for Cougar Club members and guests
during the athletic booster club’s annual golf
tournament. The event, held on October 12,
2009, at Skybrook Golf Club in Huntersville,
raised approximately $23,000 that will provide
additional benefits to Cannon athletics.
Special thanks to tournament director Tom
Oddo and organizers Paul Jaszewski, Tommy
Watkins, Jim Venos, and Matt Olearczyk.
In the News
Cannon School students continue to make news for achievements
in academics, athletics, and the arts, and for their service
learning projects that benefit the community. Visit
www.cannonschool.org/news to read all about it! In the
meantime, here are some recent highlights.
Charlotte magazine singled out Cannon School’s curriculum
as one of the area’s best independent school programs
( January 2010).
“Cannon students unite for the needy,” reported the Charlotte
Observer about the School’s third annual Project Wrap-In
in December. The Charlotte region’s largest newspaper also
shined a light on the varsity swim team’s “Laps for Life”
benefit that raised $3,000 to help fight cancer.
Fifth-grader Kieran Patel was featured on the Observer’s
front page in December for designing a winning entry in the
newspaper’s eighth annual holiday card contest.
Cannon was featured in a November 2009 University City
Magazine article on “Inspiring Middle School Minds.”
At Cannon, “students in even the youngest grades are
encouraged to help their needy neighbors on a regular basis,”
reported Lake Norman Magazine in November.
Gay Roberts and her 33 years as a Cannon educator and
Head of Lower School made front-page news in the Charlotte
Observer on January 6.
Senior Jarell Eddie signed to play basketball at Virginia
Tech, an accomplishment noted by the Charlotte Observer.
Swimming World Magazine announced senior Leah Davis’
decision to swim at Penn State.
The Lake Norman Herald Weekly, Salisbury Post, Lake
Norman Citizen, and Cornelius Today profiled several awardwinning
DavidsonNews.net reported fourth-grader Michael
Sanders’ busy season of golf and senior Miles Brown’s
BarnStock 09 charity concert that raised $2,500 for the
Davidson Fire Department.
Freshman Murray Farrington’s project to build a leopard
habitat at Tiger World in Rockwell, North Carolina, earned
notice in the Salisbury Post.
The Charlotte Observer reported on Cannon’s growing football
program and called the boys’ basketball team “one of the top
programs not only in private school basketball, but in the
entire Charlotte area.”
Junior Cameron Cook’s dedication to Cannon’s swim team
received notice in the Charlotte Observer.
Cannon Magazine has won a MarCom Award from the
Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.
The magazine, redesigned in late 2008 by Cannon
Communications Director David L. Long and Moonlight
Creative Group, received a gold medal in the Magazine/
Educational Institution category.
The MarCom Awards is an international competition for
marketing and communication professionals involved in the
concept, writing, and design of marketing and communication
programs and print, visual, and audio materials. It is
administered and judged by the Association of Marketing
and Communication Professionals, which consists of several
thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public
relations, media production, and freelance professionals.
Read back issues of the magazine at www.cannonschool.org in
the News section, under School Publications.
Old Time Views in
By: Emily Ranson ’12
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At Cannon School, physical activity is an essential ingredient
for the healthy development of children. Thanks to the
leadership of 13 Cannon School families, Lower School
students will soon have a new playground on which to play
and develop physical and social skills that will last a lifetime.
A newly configured Lower School playground planned for
completion during the 2009-2010 school year promises to be
both fun and aesthetically pleasing. More importantly, it will
offer a place for children that promotes:
peer interaction and creativity; and
The $46,000 renovation project will also include new
playground safety features and add 10 parking spaces to the
A New Place to Play
Lower School parking lot, including spaces for visitors to the
Admission Office and other guests.
With a safer and more secure playground, Cannon School
will be better able to provide our students with developmental
experiences that will make a lasting difference in their lives –
thanks to the generosity of Cannon families.
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