Alumni Spotlight: Cy Oelerich ’89

Cy will be celebrating his 30th reunion this year and shared some of his memories and how he remains connected to the School.
“I first fell in love with NSCDS during my 8th grade shadow day visit in the spring of 1985, and it feels like I have never left the School. Over the past 34 years, I have embodied several roles at NSCDS: student, teammate, alum, Alumni Board member, coach, substitute teacher, commencement speaker, reunion organizer and parent. My wife, Molly Shotwell Oelerich ’87 and I have two children at NSCDS—Buckley ’23 and Dixie ’26 (pictured). 
 
I am currently beginning my 17th year as a member of the NSCDS coaching staff. My favorite NSCDS memories are playing football, basketball and baseball for legendary coaches, Mac McCarty and Jay Bach. Currently, I have the privilege of coaching the NSCDS golf team with Jay Bach. I shared the NSCDS fields and basketball courts with my best friends and we still share daily laughs and memories of those glory days. I also cherish my days as a member of the chorus in the Gilbert and Sullivan shows. I remember going to White Hen Pantry during dress rehearsals, dressed in full custom, and drawing stares and raised eyebrows from the New Trier students. My favorite classes at NSCDS were Foundations of Art with John Almquist and U.S. History/Constitutional Law with Jack Ingram. Both of those esteemed teachers made each student feel like they were known and valued. I try to engage daily with my athletes and students the same way.
 
I am very much looking forward to seeing many of my classmates and members of the adjoining classes at the Class of 1989 30th reunion party during Homecoming weekend. I am also anxious to take part in the School’s 100th year celebrations throughout the year.
I spend so much time at North Shore because the School had such a large impact on my life.  Coaching allows me the opportunity to leave a similar mark on today’s students. I believe I am helping develop the next generation of leaders and difference makers. Annual Giving is just one way of paying it forward. Tuition only covers about 75% of the School’s operating budget. I want to make sure the programs that influenced me—athletics, academics, arts, theater, Interim Week—remain an integral part of North Shore Country Day School.   
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