North Raleigh Christian Academy

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North Raleigh Christian
Academy is a community
Christian school assisting
families by providing
excellence in academics,
fine arts and athletics,
while instilling Biblical
principles in students’ lives
that they might impact
their society for Christ.

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NRCA students collected 12 superior ratings, two excellent ratings, and one good rating at the ACSI regional Science Fair on February 20 in Charlotte. The young scientists traveled to Northside Christian School for the event.

A preliminary science fair took place at NRCA on January 23. This activity was a mandatory event for all freshman science students. “It was cool to go around and look at all of the designs people made,” freshman Jake Strasser said.

Projects for this year were exceptional, with some scores outpacing previous years. “I think they did very well,” biology teacher Mr. Jamie Parker said. “I like seeing the kids go through the whole process and finding something that interests them.” Parker and Mr. Mark Sandy taught freshman science students the process in class.

NRCA Science Fair winners were Alyssa McInnis, first place; Julianna Fischer and Gage Woodlief, tied for second place; Lauren Coleman and Max Woodlief, tied for third place. Alyssa McInnis’ winning project studied ethanol fuel. “I made ethanol out of cardboard, cotton gin trash, and corn husks to see which would produce the most ethanol compared to corn,” McInnis said. “I learned that there are alternative methods for using corn and learned how to conduct different experiments.”

Seeing what students in other science programs across the region did for their experiments was a highlight for those traveling to Charlotte. “I liked looking at everyone’s projects,” Andrew Weiter said. His project scored a superior. Weiter tested the bacterial levels in ice from different fast food restaurants.

Traveling with the students to Charlotte were science teachers Mrs. Cindy McInnis (Science Department Chair), Mrs. Kristi Stott, and Mr. Bill Cook. NRCA students fared well in the evaluations. “They were great. There were a lot of superior ratings,” Stott said.

Written by: Peter Breazeale, Shield Staff Writer

One hundred thirty-three NRCA high school students attended North Carolina’s 2015 Youth & Government (YAG) Conference, sponsored by the YMCA. The conference brought 1,200 students from across the state to the Convention Center, Wake County Courthouse, and the General Assembly in downtown Raleigh to act as a mock government.

Youth Governor Pierce Shipway, a senior at NRCA, challenged the delegates to “step out of their comfort zones” and make new friends as well as be brave and speak their opinions in the legislative debates. Shipway was the second NRCA student to serve as governor. Chase Edmunds (Class of 2014) was the first. At the 2015 conference, junior Mary Glenn West was elected as the third consecutive YAG governor from NRCA.

The various roles for participants were legislative, judicial, budget analyst, lobbyist, and media. Over the course of the four days, Feb. 12-15, the students engaged in both legislative debates and courtroom cases. "The delegates prepared their bills or cases for months, and their work paid off as they successfully participated in this mock government,” History Department Chair Dr. Betty Lawson said.

Several NRCA delegates were elected to leadership positions for the 2016 YAG Conference:

  • Governor--Mary Glenn West
  • Attorney General--Rebecca Lawson
  • Speaker of the Forum--Cooper Edmunds
  • Print Editor--Leah Schweibinz
  • Associate Editor--Emily Kate Wallace

NRCA students also won the following awards:

  • Best Bill--Sydney Handley, John Thorn, Amelia Bryn Cooper
  • Model Mock Trial Witness--Emily Parker
  • Winner of Mock Trial All-Star Team--Emily Parker, Graham Lowder, Isabella Garrison

"The skills that NRCA students developed at YAG--whether in creating and defending bills, arguing cases before judges, analyzing budgets or creating media projects--are skills that will benefit them the rest of their lives,” Lawson said. "The delegates successfully fulfilled the Conference's motto:  Democracy must be learned by each generation.”

Written by: Madeline Coleman, Shield Assistant Editor and Shield Staff

Dear Parents, 

This has been an unusual year of inclement weather and many are concerned about Winter Break due to family plans.  Please read to the following explanation as to whether days must be made up or not.   

 In the planning for the academic year,  we have enough academic hours to allow for 6 snow days.  However, academic hours include the two hour delays.  At this point, we have used 5 days that include the 4 snow days and 1 day for the two-hour delays making a total of 5 days.  There is 1 day left which we will probably use tomorrow.  If we missed tomorrow, our time will be gone and any additional days will have to be made up.  

Therefore, if we are out Friday, we will make the day up Wednesday, March 4, the last day of Winter Break.  I know some families will have airline and/or travel plans.  The day will not count against perfect attendance, but students will have to make up any work missed.   

March 4 was going to be a Staff Professional Day while the students were on Winter Break. To provide our staff preparation time for our Accreditation Visit March 8-10, if we must make-up Friday, we will do a 2-hour delay on March 4.  On March 4, the staff will have their accreditation meeting from 7:15-9:15 and students will arrive for classes at 9:45 (Grades 6-12), 10:00 (Grades K-5), and 10:30 for PreK.  

This information will be emailed and is on our website.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

Yours for Kingdom education,


Students in first through sixth grades joined the Chemistry Club on Saturday, February 7, for the Elementary Science Fun Night. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., first-graders through third-graders enjoyed fun experiments set up by the high school students. Fourth-grade through sixth-grade students attended from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Some of the experiments that the Chemistry Club designed for the younger students included making a lava lamp, testing how the mind works when encountering illusions and even learning some elements from the periodic table. “I was in charge of the demonstration room. This year we taught the kids about pH and acids and bases. We did a milk of magnesia and hydrochloric acid demo that changed colors. Seeing the kids’ reactions when the solutions changed colors was really fun,” senior Sarah Page said.

The remaining experiments included testing air and water displacement with empty Coke cans, building homemade parachutes, making snow and even identifying the acidity of some common household things. “I really liked being able to lead the kids around and seeing all of the experiments,” junior Felicia Shepherd said.

Written by: Michael Houser, Shield Editor

The NRCA Knight’s League is an instructional based Volleyball Program designed for girls and boys in Grades 4th - 8th. It offers a unique aspect to traditional recreational leagues. The League is played in a Christ centered environment emphasizing our core curriculum and implementing the fundamental skills: pass, set, hit and serve. Each session will begin with a time of Scripture and Prayer followed by a Skill topic lecture. This league will teach each child the fundamentals and comprehension of team play.

League Highlights

  • Games emphasizing movement and skill fundamentals
  • 5 Week Program
  • Equal playing time for all participants
  • Individual Instruction and Fundamental Development
  • Volleyball T-Shirt Included
Cost: $50 per person

Questions: Please contact Varsity Volleyball Coach Chris Murray - murraychris77@yahoo.com

Registration & Payment


NRCA Summer Art Camps

Art and Painting Boot Camp


Take your Skills to a New Level 

Advance your Creativity and Confidence

Monday June 8

 Tuesday June 9

 Wednesday June 10

Thursday June 11

Art camp  9:00 to 12:00 am

for rising 4th 5th 6th and 7th graders


Camp will be held at North Raleigh Christian Academy

7300 Perry Creek Rd. Raleigh NC - Room B 209


Sessions will include:

 Acrylic Painting

Water Color Painting

Printmaking and Collage


Fee for the Camp is $95 and includes all materials.

For the break, students are encouraged to bring a drink and snack.


For more information, please contact 

Christine Pecore @ 919-796-8993


The varsity girls basketball team lost a hard-fought game 27-35 against the Durham Academy Cavaliers.

Senior Kayla Shelton scored first in the game for the Knights with a quick jump shot from inside. Shelton has attended NRCA for five years and played on the basketball team for four. Crisp passes broke the Cavaliers’ defensive press. During the first half, Jordan Moore scored six points on fast breaks for the Knights. Tia Rodgers deflected passes and drove to the basket for two.   

NRCA freshman Rachel Wayne sunk long range shots to dominate the third quarter with six points. A clean look from the elbow by Wayne closed the gap 15-16 for the Knights. Jamila Jacobs and Shelton drew several fouls in the paint and made their free throws. To stop the Cavaliers inside, NRCA switched from a zone to a man-to-man defense.

In the fourth quarter, the Knights’ offense moved the ball around well and created opportunities to score. Seventh-grader Christa Dutton hit a jumper, and Shelton scored again from the block. With three minutes left in the game, Wayne tied the game at 27 all. Durham Academy pulled ahead, but NRCA fought back until the final buzzer.

The varsity girls will play away in the NCISAA state tournament.

Written by: Sabrina Zirkle, Shield Staff Writer


It is a Jolly Holiday with MARY POPPINS and BERT as they made an appearance on NBC My Carolina Today. Check it out!
NRCA studnets: Amy Blom, Cody Young, Paige England and Brent McCready.

June 8-12, 2015

Online registration & payment ONLY!

Come join us the week of June 8-12, 2015 for a week of Fun in the Son. This week will include many exciting activities and adventures such as water wars, sport activities, crafts, games, singing, snacks, and Bible stories.

Who: Rising K5-5th Grades
When: JUNE 8-12, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Registration is on-line ONLY!

(This camp is a fundraiser for North Raleigh Christian Academy’s Honors Ensemble.)

NRCA Student Missions - Camp Caleb 

What Is It?
Camp Caleb is NRCA’s longest running missions experience. This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in short term missions with a low cost. We are partnering again, with Joshua Expeditions for this great trip.

Where Is It?
Camp Caleb is operated in Islamorada, Florida.

When Is It?
This trip will be taken July 11-18 2015

What Will We Be Doing?
NRCA will be hosting a vacation Bible school for migrant children, whose parents spend all day in the fields harvesting fruit. Students will have the opportunity to share Bible stories, teach songs, arts, and crafts. Of course the objective of the trip is to simply share God’s great news with those who have not heard.

How Much Does It Cost?
NRCA has been able to secure this great missions opportunity for only $375 per student. This includes your food, housing, and transportation. 

Camp Caleb Information & Application



A look behind the scenes of Mary Poppins through the
eyes of the director.

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