Sam Clark (21), an upcoming graduate, reflected back on his North Cross experience fondly. Clark has led a sports-oriented high school career, participating in three different athletic programs. Clark has been involved in the track and field, cross country, and tennis programs.
Clearly, Clark is interested in athletics, as he has spent countless after-school hours working as a member of assorted sports teams. In fact, one of Clark’s favorite teachers at the school helps out with tennis. Mr. Robillard, our Director of Global Studies and History Department Chair, is a teacher Clark speaks fondly of. “Mr. Robillard and I shared a strong bond over tennis, as he has helped out a lot with the team,” Clark says. “When it comes to teaching the amount of enthusiasm and encouragement that Mr. Robillard provides to his students is unparalleled,” Clark notes about the style of Robillard’s teaching.
Aside from school, Clark has a couple activities he likes to do. Clark enjoys the sport golf which he plays with his friends, and working out. Clark’s role model is Chris Bumstead, a 26-year-old Canadian bodybuilder. Bumstead often competes in physique competitions, and has won several titles through his career. Clark’s favorite food is a burrito and his favorite subject is art. When asked the type of person Clark would describe himself as, he said “I like to try and make the best out of any situation.”
Hanging on the glass window of the senior center, is a sticky note with Clark’s name on it. The note says that he is committed to the University of Tennessee, where he will be a 2025 graduate. Clark plans to study finance and minor in political science. After college, Clark hopes to live in New York City.
Clark has made quite the impression on Mr. Dickenson, English teacher and head coach of cross country & track and field. “Sam was a great part of the team,” Dickenson says about Clark’s participation in track. “He has a great sense of humor, he gets out there, he works hard, he’s dedicated, he’s coachable, he listens, and he’s just a fun guy to be around,” Dickenson adds. Dickenson recalls coaching Clark as a child and his growth throughout the years. Ms. Wenk, SCA advisor, also speaks highly of Clark. “Sam is a quiet leader, which I respect very much,” Wenk says. “Everybody likes Sam, he always puts others before himself.”
With graduation nearing, Clark remembers his past years at the school. He remembers his participation in tennis as his favorite high school experience. Clark values the opportunity to have gotten to play with his closest friends in a sport he is very passionate about. He emphasizes the incredible friends he has made here. “Being at this school for 14 years has helped me create a family-like bond with many of my classmates,” he says. Clark is wished the best of luck in future endeavors.
Written by Helen Hertz
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