By Grace Simon '22
Amazing faculty lie at the heart of North Cross. The leader of the Student Council Association (SCA), Susan Wenk, plays a crucial role in the North Cross community. She conducts a leadership program for interested students grades 9-12 after school on B weeks, with the goal that students learn to be the best leaders they can be.
Recently, Wenk was interviewed about the program. “The leadership program is all about the leaders at North Cross School, and we have so many leaders,” Wenk said. “The idea of the leadership program was to talk about what leadership is, what leaders do, and how to become leaders. We had our first program last Thursday and had a special guest speaker, Kennedy Nwabia 15’.”
Wenk made a strong point about Nwabia , who is North Cross alumni when she stated, “He was an amazing leader at North Cross,” Wenk said. Nwabia came here from Nigeria and exemplified leadership by overcoming social barriers and projecting his thoughts to become a leader. Nwabia became extremely involved in the school atmosphere and participated in many sports, one reason he came to North Cross. After North Cross Nwabia attended Dayton University, and transferred to University of Virginia, from where he graduated.
Knowing all the hardships Nwabia had overcome, Wenk felt he would have a big impact on the students. “I brought Kennedy in to talk to all the students who came to the resource period that afternoon to tell what it is like for him to leave his home country, come to the United States as a high school student, how he became so involved at North Cross,” Wenk said. “The experience was good for the students to see leadership comes from you as a person.”
Campbell Neel 22’, current member of the SCA, responded to the Nwabia presentation. “Kennedy was definity very informative being that he had overcome many challenges coming here”, Neel said. “It is also good because the grades don’t ever get to be together.”