2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees: Marshall Fall '89 (left), Charlotte Neder (center), Laura Stanley '02 (right)
Three individuals were inducted into the Carolina Day School Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend. Marshall Fall '89, Laura Stanley '02, and Charlotte Neder were honored in a ceremony Saturday, October 11.
The Carolina Day School Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2005 and recognizes accomplishment and impact. Whether on the court, trail, course, field, or track, Hall of Fame members past and present have made their mark on Carolina Day School.
Athletics play a central role in the student’s lives at Carolina Day School. For some, it's an outlet to try new things and participate on a team. For others, it's where they realize they have a real talent and can develop that talent to impact the rest of their lives. That's a unique quality of Carolina Day athletics - there's a place for participation, and there's space for stars to emerge, compete, and go on to play at the highest levels. Fall and Stanley did just that - built their skills and abilities at Carolina Day and utilized what they built at the next level. Neder, honored in memory, inspired a generation of others to participate and succeed in sports.
Laura Stanley '02: All-American Cross Country Star
Laura Stanley ran Cross Country and Track and played Soccer and Basketball at CDS. As a Cross Country runner, she came in 5th place in the country at the Foot Locker championship in FL and was named a Foot Locker All-American. She was a 3-time State Champion in Cross Country and she won State Championships in the 1600 and 3200 in Track. She was a 2-time Washburn award winner and won the Jackie Gouge award for Best Female Athlete.
For Laura, she says her time at CDS influenced the rest of her life. She went on to run competitively at the Division 1 level at Duke University. She recalls the amount of support she received as a CDS athlete, "One special memory was during my senior year when I was racing at the Food Locker National Cross Country Championships in Orlando, FL. As I prepared to leave, the high school student body and faculty presented me with a giant 'good luck' banner in the cafeteria that everyone had signed. And the support didn't stop in Asheville. The school sent a charter bus to Orlando carrying a fan-club for the race. I will never forget the feeling of racing in a national championship and seeing friends, family, teammates, and coaches lining the course wearing 'Stanley Steamer' shirts and screaming louder than any fans there. There's no doubt that this support influenced my outcome in that race."
Pictured: Student fans "Stanley Steamers" who took a charter bus to watch Laura Stanley compete at the Championship meet in Orlando, FL
Marshall Fall '89: True 3-Sport Athlete - All-State in Basketball and Golf and All-Conference in Soccer
Marshall Fall was recognized as All-State in Basketball and Golf and All-Conference in Soccer. He also won a number of other accolades including MVP in Basketball, Soccer, and Golf, was the team captain in Basketball and Soccer, won the coaches award in Golf, received the James Hamilton Best Male Athlete award, 2-time winner of the Washburn award, and received a scholarship to play golf in college. As important to Marshall, he also won the Academic Art Award and was inducted into the community service Highlander society in his time at CDS.
Marshall says that his time at CDS shaped his integrity, character, and confidence and provided a foundation for him to overcome challenges in his life with determination and hard work. He says, "CDS offered me the opportunity to be the best person, best athlete, and the best student I could be. I use these principles today when raising my kids, working a business transaction, and coaching my players."
Pictured: Marshall Fall's 1987-88 Basketball Team
Charlotte Neder: Lower School PE Teacher, Middle School Soccer and Basketball Coach
Charlotte Neder is being honored in memory - she passed away on October 23, 1994, 20 years ago this month. She coached the middle school soccer team to win the state championship. Charlotte brought her athletic background to the position - she was a member of the 1968 US Olympic Women's Basketball Team. And she was a top-10 ranked Florida Tennis Lawn Association player and won all-state softball honors at University of Florida.
The Lower School playground bears her name. Less than two weeks before her passing, she returned to CDS to be honored and to see the unveiling of the playground plans. Claudia Sherry, LS Principal at the time, remembers her contribution to the project, "Her words are still so clear to me, 'None of these build upper-body strength. Our kids need more upper-body strength!' The play structure she chose included monkey bars and a zip line. Now, learning to cross those monkey bars is a rite of passage for our younger students."
Pictured: Charlotte at the 1994 event honoring her and the playground that would be built in her honor
The inductees were honored in a special ceremony during Homecoming weekend.