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Luke Cross comes back to school

Cindy Ramunno

Luke Cross used to be a Husky. The 2000 Battle Mountain graduate earned his degree from Buena Vista University in western Iowa last May and was recently hired to teach at his old rival – Eagle Valley High School.Cross is teaching history and will also be serving as an assistant wrestling coach this winter for the Devils. Cross wrestle, played football and excelled in academics while he was a Husky.”I wanted to come back to the area,” he says. While he searched the Web for job postings, his first choice was to teach in a high school. Once the history position opened at Eagle Valley, he applied and was asked to come out and interview.”It worked out perfect,” Cross says.Ironically, Cross’ new boss principal Mark Strakbein, was the principal at Battle Mountain during Cross’ four years at the school.”Luke was the definition of the term, ‘student-athlete,'” says Strakbein, explaining that while Cross worked hard in athletics, school always came first. “He has tremendous work ethic,” Strakbein says. Strakbein scored an additional employee – math teacher Dan Sohl, whom Cross met in college.”We’re excited to get both of them,” says Strakbein. “We were able to land these guys and one of our jobs is to help make them successful.”Cross says he was equally excited about his colleague getting a job in the valley.Meanwhile, Cross’ parents have since moved back to the Iowa area and the two new teachers are renting Cross’ father’s home in the valley.”He’s not giving us a break in the rent, either,” Cross laughs.Cross says he is not worried about liking his new boss.”I know what he’s like as a principal and I wouldn’t ask for anyone else,” says Cross. “Working for him will be a great experience.”


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