North Raleigh Christian Academy

Our Mission Statement

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.

Prospective Families

The Book Fair at North Raleigh Christian Academy is almost here!  Come by and cruise through the miles of reading from Monday through Friday, October 31-November 4, 2016.  You will find something for everyone – fiction, biographies, storybooks, books for learning, and books for fun.  There will be books for all ages as well – elementary, middle, high school and adults.

Take advantage of this opportunity to raise funds for your trip!

  • Start:  Monday, October 3, 2016
  • End:  Tuesday, November 1, 2016
  • Delivery:  Fruit:  week of December 5, 2016   Poinsettia:  Friday, December 2, 2016

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On Monday, September 26, NRCA held its 11th Annual College Fair in the high school gym. Representatives from close to 50 colleges came to the fair to answer students’ questions. Melissa Simpson, a representative from the NC State College of Exploratory Studies, said, “It's a great way to get to know potential students and answer any questions they may have about our school.”

The college representatives supplied students with different categories of college-related information, such as specific programs of study, living opportunities and potential scholarships. Senior Lyndon Stacy said, “I learned about a few programs I might be [interested in]. The College of Exploratory Studies at NC State sounded good because they bring in retired workers in various fields to help students figure out a major. Also, I learned that UNCW’s M.B.A program is at night, which is pretty cool.”

All students in grades 10-12 attended the college fair, and different grade levels approached the college fair in different ways. Sophomore Nathan Welch said, “It was a little overwhelming when I learned about all the options that I have. You get the idea that there’s one perfect college for you, but just knowing how many options there are kind of opened my eyes.”

The reality of college planning started to set in for juniors at the fair. Junior Rachel Weyne said, “I realized how many colleges I know nothing about when I found out that there are two St. John’s Universities and that Wheaton is a music college. I need to start planning more college visits.”

College is only a school year away for seniors, and most have already started their applications. Some, however, saw the fair as an opportunity to get information on additional schools and programs. Senior Lyndon Stacy said, “The college fair probably won’t change what my top colleges are at this point, but it influenced me to apply to UNCW.”

The ability to talk personally to admissions representatives from so many colleges was a great opportunity for NRCA students. Senior Stephanie Kaveny said, “I loved the college fair. I’m thankful to have it, especially now, when we’re actually applying to colleges.”

By: John Thorn, Senior Editor

The Knights homecoming football game was on Friday, September 23, and their second win couldn't have been sweeter. They defeated North East Carolina Prep School with a score of 46 to 8.

Quarterback Ryan Rock completed two touchdown passes to wide receiver Creighton Ball. Ball finished with 90 receiving yards. Rock rushed for 23 yards, sneaking into the end zone to add another six points to the scoreboard. Also adding to the running game, Willie Norris returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown. The defense, led by middle linebacker Brady Forbes who had ten tackles, held their opponent to scoring only on special teams.

“Our running game was very strong. We put the rubber to the road and didn't stop driving. We knew that there was only one homecoming game a year, so we played to win,” said junior Clay Berrier.

This was Head Coach Rivera’s 100th career win. “It was nice to get a 100th win. I was ecstatic to have it at North Raleigh where I know God has called me, and I hope, if God has me continue coaching here, to win another 100, but it is far more important for me to know that our kids’ salvation is secure and that they know what God has called them to do on and off the field,” Rivera said.

The Knights travel on September 30 to Metrolina Christian where they hope to advance their record to 3 – 3.  

By: Rachel Weyne, Junior Editor

About AmazonSmile

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

How does AmazonSmile work?

When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. 

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.


The Shield team of graphic designers and writers is looking for contributing photographers to share their photos for publication in the Shield magazine, the NRCA Student News (online), the State of the School publication, the NRCA Knights website and Graphic Design class projects.
If you take photographs at NRCA-related events or activities at any divisional level---elementary, middle school or high school--- we would love for you to share your photos with our print and digital publications. While we do not pay for photos, we are glad to give photography credits at your request. 
Please submit your photos using the link below. 
We cannot guarantee that all photos will be published, but we do guarantee that we are grateful for all submissions. 
Serving Christ together,
Karen Blom
Executive Assistant to Dr. Sherrill/Board of Governors, Graphic Designer


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and in support of freshman Harrison McKinion who is battling leukemia, fans, cheerleaders and players wore orange at the home athletic contests on Friday, September 9. Harrison plays soccer and baseball at NRCA.

Orange is the color of the Childhood Cancer Awareness campaign. Harrison was first diagnosed with cancer in December of 2011, and after a period of treatment and remission, is fighting Round Two.

Steve McKinion, Harrison’s father, is an advocate for Childhood Cancer Awareness. He will travel to Capitol Hill on September 21 - 22 to speak at the Rally for Medical Research. Harrison’s sister, Blakely, is a senior at NRCA, and his brother, Lachlan, is a 2015 graduate of the academy. Steve McKinion coaches football and baseball for the Knights, and Ginger McKinion, Harrison’s mother, works as a substitute teacher at NRCA.

"It was so encouraging to see all those people decked out in orange in honor of my little brother. I know he feels special knowing how many people care about him," Blakely said.

Students from PreK through high school dressed in various shades of orange during the school day. The halls, cafeteria and classrooms were wall-to-wall orange. Official #prayforharrison t-shirts were sold prior to the Orange Out Day.

"Seeing everyone decked out at the game made me appreciate NRCA at a new level because of the constant support, love and prayer for Harrison,” said junior Claire Kight who was a part of the student section, the Castle Crazies.

The Orange Out was a chance to support members of the NRCA family, but it also drew attention to the bigger picture of the impact cancer has on all children and teens and families affected by the disease and the need for more research funding.

"It's means a lot to be in the same grade as Blakely and to be able to support her and her family as they go through this time. Being able to wear orange in support of those [battling] leukemia like Harrison means the world," senior cheerleader Alyssa Barber said.

By: Rachel Weyne, Junior Editor, and Shield Staff

On Wednesday, September 7, junior Channing Hensley was awarded Athlete of the Week by the Raleigh Sports Club. The Raleigh Sports Club, established in 1964 to recognize athletic and academic achievements, meets weekly to discuss athletics and hear from great athletes.

Hensley has played golf for three years and is co-captain of the girls varsity golf team. She started playing in eighth grade, yet was not as successful as she hoped. However, through determination and hard work, she has become a solid golfer with a handicap of 4.

Varsity girls golf coach Robby Carruth said, "She basically lives at the [golf course].  They should put a cot at the practice area because of all the time she spends at the putting green, chipping area, and the driving range."

Her practice routine is rigorous because her goals are high. Hensley's plan for the future consists of playing collegiate golf "at a school that challenges her academically and athletically." After college, Hensley plans to compete professionally.

By: Clay Berrier, Junior Editor


NRCA will host the ACT for seniors on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Elementary Gym. Since public schools offer the test in-class in March, private schools are allowed to administer it when the ACT organization allots. 

Holding the exam at NRCA benefits students, not only because the academy requires seniors to take the ACT to graduate, but also because students often see an increase in their scores by taking the ACT in a familiar environment. "Taking away the stress of driving to an unfamiliar high school, finding the registration desk, finding the testing room, etc., around strangers is a big plus to achieving better scores on test day," said Debbie Monahan, the College Counseling Director.

Higher scores can lead to greater scholarship opportunities, as well as aid in the pursuit of college admissions. The average ACT score for the class of 2016 was 26, four points higher than the national average and seven points above North Carolina's average. The test this year’s seniors will take on Sept. 27 counts as an official ACT score they can send to colleges.

Being aware of the time given for each section is crucial for success. NRCA high school math teacher Kristin Deim has studied the major college entrance exams and teaches math-oriented prep courses outside school hours. "I would recommend they buy a prep book and work through three or four sections with a timer to work on time management," Deim said.

Senior English teacher Suzanne Canady suggested using one of the many free online practice tests and checking for the correct answers afterward. Canady teaches English-oriented prep courses periodically outside school hours.


For underclassmen, NRCA will offer a PSAT overview night led by Founder and Superintendent Dr. S.L. Sherrill, with tips specific to math sections by Deim and English sections by Canady. The registration fee for the PSAT overview is $35. The session begins at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12.

Sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT on the morning of October 19. For sophomores, the exam will identify strengths and weaknesses with ample time to work on problem areas before they take the SAT. For juniors, the PSAT is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

By: Sabrina Zirkle, Senior Editor

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