North Raleigh Christian
The NRCA boys varsity tennis team completed their best season in school history. After making the playoffs twice in the last three years, the team’s main goal for the 2015 season was to host a playoff match. In order to accomplish this, NRCA had to rank in the top eight among the best schools in North Carolina in the NCISAA state tournament.
NRCA competes in one of the toughest conferences in the state, the TISAC. During the season, the Knights played two matches each against Cary Academy, the No. 2 seed and eventual state champions, and Durham Academy, the No. 4 seed. The Knights also played against Cardinal Gibbons, NCHSAA 3-A state champions four years in a row (2011-2014) and Charlotte Country Day, the No. 1 seed in the NCISAA state tournament. With an overall record of 8-6, the Knights “had a good season with a really difficult schedule,” according to Coach Matt Walton.
The Knights accomplished their playoff goal, earning the right to host their first round match. As the No. 8 seed, NRCA defeated the No. 9 seed Greensboro Day School, 8-1. The playoff win was actually the second victory of the season over Greensboro, improving from a narrow margin of victory of 5-4 earlier in the season. The Knights fell to No. 1 seed Charlotte Country Day in the second round of the state playoffs.
In addition to a solid team performance this season, the Knights achieved notable individual success. The Knights’ No. 1 player junior Jack Pyritz was named all-conference. Pyritz currently ranks 31st in the state. "I got honorable mention all-conference last year and it feels really good to finally have accomplished that," said Pyritz.
No. 2 junior Michael Houser, No. 3 freshman Max McKeeman and No. 4 seventh-grader John French also brought big contributions to the table. Both Pyritz and Houser finished with a singles record of 8-6, and both McKeeman and French finished with a singles record of 9-5.
By: Michael Houser, Shield Editor
Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina, will be providing our physicals here on campus on Monday June 1st at 5:30-7:00pm, the cost will be $10.00. We will be set up at the weight room and outside the locker rooms. Gender specific doctors, P.A. and trainers will be available to conduct the physicals. Have athletes wear shirt, shorts and sandals or flip-flops.
On Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, over 600 of the best NC high school singers and their directors converged on downtown Raleigh for a weekend of incredible music making! NRCA was represented by 8 students in the 4 honors choirs:
These students were in rehearsals with the rest of their choir and guest conductor for over 12 hours over the 2-day event at the Raleigh Convention Center, culminating in concerts at Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center. They went straight from there to NRCA for the Spring Pops Concert that evening. Congratulations on a job well done and having the stamina to sing for that many hours!
Lisa P. Bass, Choral Director
Second Semester Exams
Middle School/High School
June 1 - June 4
Exam Exemptions: To be exempt from a semester exam, the student must have an A in the class for both the 3rd and 4th nine weeks.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Exam Days: Students only come at the designated times of their exams. Parents should make arrangements for arrival and departure. Students arriving or departing other than designated exam times, must report to the cafeteria (no exceptions).
Dress Code as follows:
Students should be in regular school dress code. Chapel dress does not apply. ANY STUDENT OUT OF DRESS CODE SHOULD BE SENT TO THE OFFICE PRIOR TO TAKING THE EXAM.
**All students (including student drivers) must remain in the exam room for the entire exam period. Teachers should not dismiss students prior to the conclusion of the exam period.**
MIDDLE SCHOOL EXAMS:
Tuesday, June 2
Wednesday, June 3
Thursday, June 4
HIGH SCHOOL EXAMS:
Monday, June 1 (Regular School Day)
Tuesday, June 2
Wednesday, June 3
Thursday, June 4
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It is hard to believe but it is already May, and the end of the school year is quickly approaching. I wanted to make you aware that you can begin picking up your child’s medication from the nurse’s office. All medications need to be picked up by June 1st. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email or call me at email@example.com or (919) 573-1708.
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The Speech and Debate program earned their National Speech and Debate Charter from the National Speech and Debate Association (formerly the NFL). NRCA’s chapter ranks nationally in the top 20 percent of schools with membership in the NSDA and in the top 15 percent in North Carolina.
Program Director Ellen Robinson received notification of their charter status, which is the highest membership honor in the organization, in April. “I am thrilled. Our program here is small, yet each student is significant. They have worked hard, and hard work eventually reaps reward.”
In order to receive a charter, NRCA’s Speech and Debate program had to exhibit growth and excellence, marked by obtaining new members and earning degrees in Speech and Debate activities.
Individual performances as well as debate participation accrue points towards degrees, or levels, of membership. The levels that NRCA’s program achieved are merit, honor, excellence, and distinction, in order of lowest to highest.
This year junior Graham Lowder, junior Gabriel Bendfeldt and senior Sarah Paige each received a degree of distinction, marking the first time any NRCA student has earned this award. “I am proud I was able to be a part of the group of students who were able to bring the program to the next level,” Page said.
Along with debates, NRCA students also earn points in public speaking and oral interpretation in competition, school activities, and community service. “I’ve spoken on a World Book Night panel at my local Barnes & Noble bookstore and spoken at NRCA in the National Honor Society inductions and as a nominee for various student government offices,” Page said.
In recognition of achieving charter status, this year's debate team will receive an embossed certificate which lists Ellen Robinson as coach and the names of all currently active members. The 2014-2015 active members of NRCA’s Speech and Debate team are members are Deana Arbelaez, Gabe Bendfeldt, Emily Bologna, Carson Butts, Brantley Cooper, Isabella Garrison, Ben Gray, Michael Houser, Rebecca Lawson, Graham Lowder, Sarah Page, Jack Pyritz, Felicia Shepard, Stephen Snyder, Nicole Tiu and Mary Glenn West.
By: Michael Houser, Shield Editor
The Class of 2015 camped out on the tennis courts on Tuesday, April 26, braving cold and darkness to build class unity in preparation for Senior Field Day 2k15.
Wearing t-shirts creatively designed for each class and fashionably tailored for individual students, the senior homerooms competed against each other in a series of games. The events included flag football, badminton, soccer bowling, three-ball baseball, a memory game, Know Your Calves, and relay races of all kinds.
Homerooms were divided into two or three separate teams to play multiple games at once, and their combined scores made up the homeroom's total score. The homerooms that participated were Hoover's Honeybees, Kung Fu Keown, Carpe Deim, Landis' Landsharks, Stott Bots, and Canady's Crushers.
Senior parents helped throughout the day. Volunteers set up and officiated events and kept seniors well-fed and well-hydrated. NRCA’s volunteer coordinator Mrs. Nita Lykins ran a refreshment stand for seniors who need that extra "kick" to help them through the day.At the end of the day, Ridlehoover’s Honeybees won a close race to capture the Field Day championship. Mrs. Stott of Stotts Bots said, "My home room was awesome! Everybody had a blast! Unfortunately we couldn't defend our title as champion, but we still had a great time."