Christ School students and their fathers stood upon the shores of Normandy on June 6, watching the waves lap gently against the beach. The scene could not have been more different 75 years ago, and the Greenies had a firsthand chance to appreciate this solemn contrast.
"Red Dead Redemption 2" was nothing short of a cultural phenomenon when it was released in October 2018. The western-themed video game generated $725 million in worldwide sales the first three days it was out. As of May, more than 24 million copies have been shipped, and along with commercial success, critics have showered the game with praise for its story, characters such as gun-toting outlaws Arthur Morgan and John Marston, its open world, and detail. Look closely in the credits for "Red Dead Redemption 2" and you will find a Greenie. Christ School alumnus Judson Eley '06 has been an Environment Artist for Rockstar Games for the past five years.
Will DuBose '19 knows it is one thing to be a mature, fully-formed high school student and another to be a newcomer to college. The Class of 2019 should embrace the change on the near horizon, he said Sunday.
Dr. Brent Harris did not have an acceptance speech prepared Friday, but all was forgiven. The second-year member of the Science Department was voted Teacher of the Year by Christ School students, an announcement made in the final Assembly for 2018-19.
Five Greenies took part in the sacramental rite of confirmation during Christ School's last Eucharist Chapel service of the 2018-19 school year – Ashe Hamrick '21, Connor Booher '20, Mitchell Donahoo '21, Peyton Surface '19, and Spencer Strickland '22. According to the Book of Common Prayer, candidates for confirmation "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop."
Since last August, Greenies have volunteered 7,747 hours in and around the Asheville community. That averages out to approximately 27 hours per student through various outings, as well as a school-wide Day of Service on September 11.
Oftentimes, the most memorable submissions for Christ School's arts and literary magazine come from unlikely sources. Such is the case again this year. The Struan, a 64-page annual collection of works from Greenie students and faculty, was published last week.
Worshippers have found the natural setting to be spiritually uplifting, tucked away in the woods and within view of a calm lake. And as of Sunday, the new Outdoor Chapel at Christ School bears a familiar name. The Father Kirk Brown Outdoor Chapel was formally dedicated during a special Eucharist service inside St. Joseph's Chapel, and later outside, as part of Alumni Weekend.
Headmaster Paul Krieger said assuredly that Christ School "will not be the same without them." Pingree Auditorium was full of appreciative Greenies who could not have agreed more. Tributes to Leigh Harris and Mary Jane Morrison highlighted Saturday's Alumni Awards and Hall of Fame Induction, part of Alumni Weekend at Christ School.
Seniors have reached the homestretch of their time at Christ School and Friday was a reminder of what a bright future awaits. College Spirit Day is organized each year by the College Guidance Office, allowing Greenies to proudly display their university of choice with a shirt.
Kilian Mittermeier '21 and Teo Beleuta '20 knew the clock was ticking from the moment they arrived at Christ School in August. Both international students are limited to only one year as Greenies through the ASSIST exchange program.
Back in the 1980s when Richard Haake '87 was a Greenie, in addition to all the other festivities held during Alumni Weekend, he remembers a special tradition that took place throughout the night. "There were certain alumni who would come back every year and there was a little covered pavilion that was set up back behind the old Frat House, and they would do a Carolina Pig Roast with cinderblocks and a fire," said Haake, who is Christ School's Alumni Council President. While pork has remained on the Alumni Weekend menu ever since, the pig roast tradition had disappeared. Haake aims to change that this year.
"We are excited to have Coach Cioce take the reigns of a program that he has been a part of not only as a player, but also as a coach this past season," Thorp said. "Matt understands the expectations on the student-athletes as members of the Christ School community and his emphasis on discipline and skill development blends very well with his player-focused approach.