North Raleigh Christian
The competition cheer team captured the FCC National Cheerleading Championship in the Large Varsity Unlimited Music division. The team combined both high school and middle school cheerleaders into one mega-squad. The competition was held January 5-7 in Orlando, Florida.
The Knights performed twice, leaving slim room for error. They were eager to bring home a title. “On Day One our partner stunts were shaky, but on Day Two we were able to come back and hit them,” sophomore Molly McElroy said.
The cheerleaders took home the third-place trophy for their division last year and won both their division and the Grand Champions title in 2015. “Last year was a rebuilding year for our team after losing eleven seniors, so placing first was a nice way to end on a good note for senior year,” said senior captain Stephanie Kaveney.
The team received honors for best stunts, tumbling, jumps and showmanship. Individually, senior Alyssa Barber earned the Scholar Cheerleader award. “Our team really progressed this year. I think we deserved to win because we worked really hard all season,” junior Brooke Wallace said.
Rockstar Cheer and Dance choreographed the competition routine.
By: Rachel Weyne, Junior Editor
On Tuesday, January 17, the sophomores and juniors will have a PSAT meeting, where College Counseling Director Debbie Monahan will go over the results from the October administration of the test at NRCA.
"I will be giving students a paper copy of their PSAT results and their test booklets so they can view their areas of weakness and understand the concepts they missed," Monahan said.
Students will also learn how to practice for the SAT with the online resources provided by the College Board and Khan Academy.
"I will also show them how to log in to their College Board account so they can view all of the results online and then show them how to share their scores with Khan Academy so they can receive free, online, individualized practice on the SAT," Monahan said.
Lastly, the meeting will cover next steps students can take towards preparing for college.
"We will talk about the next steps the students in each grade (10 and 11) should be taking to get them ready for their college applications. since all colleges require one of the standardized tests (either ACT or SAT) as part of the admission process."
The steps sophomores and juniors will take will differ because of where they stand in their high school career.
"Most college applications open on August 1 each year, so juniors need to plan now. For sophomores, they have another chance to take the PSAT in October and can prepare now since they have an opportunity for the National Merit Scholarship in eleventh grade. The highest scorers in the country are given a scholarship to use at any university. Last year, Isabella Garrison was given full tuition and board at the University of Alabama as a National Merit Finalist," Monahan said.
The parents of sophomores and juniors can also take steps to assist their children in navigating the college application process.
"Parents can help their students by having discussions with them about their scores, developing a plan of action to improve their scores (everyone can improve), and setting up a plan (if they haven't already) to visit colleges (especially those in eleventh grade)," Monahan said.
Overall, the PSAT is a test students should take seriously because it makes both sophomores and juniors think ahead to their college plans.
"The PSAT is a good starting point to show students where they need practice and maybe just a refresher on the concepts they will need to be successful in college," Monahan said.
PARENT ORIENTATION MEETINGS (Grades 1-4) RESCHEDULED
This message is for 1st-4th grade parents. Due to inclement weather, the 1st-2nd grade and 3rd and 4th grade parent orientation nights have been rescheduled.
NRCA has a new phone system, this is what you will hear when you call the school number.
Thank you for calling North Raleigh Christian Academy. Our office hours are 7:30 am to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you know the 4-digit extension of the person you are calling, you may enter it now. If not, please listen to the following prompts.
Two NRCA varsity baseball players signed National Letters of Intent on Friday, December 9. Center fielder Michael Caveney signed to play with the Brunswick Community College Dolphins and left fielder Ben Tilley signed to play with the Wake Technical Community College Eagles.
Caveney and Tilley are both excited about the next chapter of their lives. Both colleges are in the National Junior College Athletic Association and will compete against each other in the spring of 2018.
“I hope that they have learned more than just the game of baseball from their time in the NRCA program. First, I hope that they have developed a personal relationship with Christ and that this relationship has been strengthened as a result of their time on the team. Second, I hope that they have developed lifelong friendships with their teammates. Third, I hope that they have learned the value of teamwork, commitment, sacrifice, self-discipline, and overcoming adversity. Finally, I hope that they have learned to set high goals for themselves and not to settle for less than their best, both on and off the field,” NRCA Head Coach Bill Cook said.
While on the team, both players helped the team reach the conference championship in the spring of 2015 and look forward to winning the title again this year.
“This season our team goal is to win conference,” Tilley said.
“It's going to be fun playing my teammate in the spring of 2018. We've both put in hours of work and have a love for the game. I can't wait to see what his future has in store for him,” Caveney said.
By: Clay Berrier, Sports Editor
English ACT Prep Class
January 28 & February 4
Book is the same one you will use for math ACT, so you will not need to buy another book if you already have this one.
If you need a book it is $23 and you will need to let Mrs. Canady know by December 15 so it can be ordered in time for the class.
The cost is $100 for each session.
Students may attend one or both. Register with Mrs. Canady as soon as possible if you plan to attend and need a book ordered.
Suzanne L. Canady, MS Eng Ed
NRCA's annual Book Fair took place at the beginning of November, offering books to people of all ages.
"[The] Theme was Under the Sea for a second year," Book Fair Committee member Amy Brown said. Committee members were also able to incorporate the theme with souvenirs for Pre-K students. "This year we also gave an ocean pencil, with 'Dive into God's Word' on it, to each Pre-K student to visit the Book Fair with their parents on Wednesday," Brown said.
Also on Wednesday, author Jerel Law taught writing seminars for fifth through seventh grades during the day. "He also sold and signed his four-book ’Son of Angels’ series along with those seminars, as well as at the Book Fair after school on Wednesday," Brown said.
Another author who made an appearance was NRCA parent Felicia Bridges. "We enjoyed a surprise visit on Thursday, Family Night, from Felicia Bridges, author and wife of eighth-grade math teacher Randy Bridges. She was offering her new book, ‘CzechMate,’ the first in her International Mission Force series," Brown said.
The Book Fair has been a successful fundraiser for several years. "We have hit $20,000 or more the last five years. We continued to offer second semester required reading novels for English classes and those sales were over $3,500 for over 360 books. We offer books for first, third and fifth through twelfth grades. Our parents love this opportunity to support the Book Fair and get their students' second semester books all at once," Brown said.
One great feature of the Book Fair is that there is something for everyone in the family. "The Book Fair brings together our NRCA families, from the youngest babe in a stroller looking at a board book to our wonderful grandparents buying books for their grandkids or an adult Christian title or cookbook for themselves," Brown said.
The best part of the Book Fair, though, is the kids, who get to explore different genres of books. "The best part is always the kids. We love seeing them get excited looking at the books, reading the books and hoping their parents will purchase them books," Brown said.
By: Rachel Girimonte, Senior Editor
On Career Day 2016, parents, alumni, and community friends came to NRCA to share details of their professions. Careers represented at the event ranged from molecular genetics to entrepreneurship to military to writing.
“My favorite presentation was finance,” senior Lyndon Stacy said. “The presentation from the Edward Jones people was entertaining and it reflected my preferred career path.”
Representatives from various careers provided information about the qualifications needed to enter a field, paths people can take to advance in those careers, and what a typical day looks like.
Van Eure, owner of the Angus Barn, gave students a glimpse into the restaurant industry. “I taught them that hospitality is about making memories,” she said. “I felt very welcomed, and two students even asked about applying for an on-call position.”
Many students discovered career options in fields they had not considered before. Junior
Casey Justus said, “I never knew about genetic engineering, but I learned that it’s basically the future of healthcare.”
Students and members of the NRCA community made valuable connections at Career Day. “I hope the students realized that whatever you do, in order to do it right, it is hard work, but when you are serving others you are ‘giving back,’” Eure said.By: John Thorn, Senior Editor