North Raleigh Christian
January 25, February 1 & 22
With 34 participants, NRCA had the largest percentage of band students in the North Carolina Christian School Association’s 31st annual All-State band clinic and concert. In addition, NRCA was the only school to hold 10 principal positions in the top state instrumental ensembles. The NRCA band members filled over 20 percent of all the open positions in the NCCSA top bands of 2013.
The following students from Honors Band participated in the All-State ensemble: Abigail Oden, Caroline Garrett, Keelie Butler, Joshua Scovern, Ashley Martin, Meredith Lee, Lindsey Scott, Sabrina Zirkle, Abby Kroner, Nathan Wheeler, Staton Michaels, Austin Shafer, Evan Churchill, Clay Shafer, Daniel Bridges, Zack Wells, Ben Gray, Abigail Rutherford.
The following students from Symphonic Band also participated in the All-State ensemble: Lydia Gray, Hunter Mullins, Alyssa McInnis, Anna Crowley, Peyton McLaughlin, Carrie Mason, Zach Winston, Jimmy Cvetkovski, Will Rojas, Zach LeMaster, Brady Stewart, Dillon Greene, Mary Liz Comer, Jackson Kidd, Rachel Ogelsby, Kaden Blalock. These middle schoolers who qualified for the Symphonic Band were also selected for the Top Ensemble for Middle School Musicians.
To qualify for the NCCSA Honors or Symphonic Bands, students around the state were asked to prepare a taped audition and submit it in September. The tape included a solo selection, scales, and sight-reading.
By: Wallis Sugg,
WOW it’s almost Thanksgiving and we are gearing up for our first big school break. I wanted to send out an informational and reminding email regarding sickness here at NRCA.
Please be aware that the flu has struck early and there are several confirmed cases in the lower elementary and a few others throughout the school. If your child has a fever and you suspect the flu please take your child to the pediatrician as soon as possible, as treatment is only helpful if given in the first 48 hours. The following rules when it comes to illness are very important when trying to decrease the spread of any illness:
It is a pleasure to care for your children while they are here at NRCA. Please remember I am not a substitute for you physician and cannot diagnose your child.
Have a great holiday
Thriftiness: A Spiritual Reinforcement
Character Trait for December
“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16
Parents are provided supportive suggestions to be used as a springboard in instructing and explaining each monthly character trait to their child. Children are greatly influenced by those around them, and parents have the potential of wielding more of that influence than anyone else. NRCA teachers partner with the parents to nurture in our children positive character traits demonstrated by Jesus Christ. This emphasis gives us the opportunity to explore ways to live out Christian character, while acknowledging that we can’t do it without Christ. Our goal is to help our student body discover their need for Christ and His power in their everyday lives. Excluding God from the teaching of character can overemphasize “being good” which becomes a human effort and as such is doomed to fail. If the focus is on “my behavior” then the focus is on “me” rather than God. Human efforts toward moral "perfection" will always fail. A personal relationship with and reliance on Jesus Christ will always succeed!
How to Order:
Orders can be placed between the 1st and 15th of every month!
Fans anticipated this year’s NRCA Powderpuff game between the junior and senior classes to be a battle between two evenly matched teams. However, the seniors showed up with the game plan to insure their victory.
Seniors jumped out to an early lead, 14-0, behind leading rusher Mabry Griffin. The class of 2014 had huge success with the reverse play, and the juniors could not stop it. The seniors scored once more before the half, going up 20-0.
The second half turned out to be a defensive battle as the juniors had two interceptions from Megan Clark and Shelby Raymond. The class of 2015 finally found the end zone on a quarterback run by Brooke Stitt. This touchdown made the game 20-6 which would end up being the final score.
Junior Head Coach Tripp Norris said, “I feel very proud of my players and I am 110% confident that we will get the win next year.”
Senior coach Austin Miller said, “I am so proud of how our girls played. We knew going into the game that we had to play assignment football to win, and we absolutely did that. Our Head Coach Daniel Rose did an incredible job of getting the offense together, and they played to perfection on Saturday night. Our defense did a phenomenal job of adjusting during the game. They did everything we asked of them, and more, and we are so incredibly proud of our team and thankful for the victory.”
Photo by: Scot Della Rosa, Yearbook Staff
By: Christian Vinson,
The JV football team went undefeated in conference play to win the conference championship. The Knights won their final game of the season on Thursday, October 31, against the Wake Christian, defeating the Bulldogs 18-8. Chaz Smith scored two touchdowns, and Brady Forbes scored one. Will Davis made two interceptions and Brady Forbes made one interception.
The team finished 8-0 in conference play and 8-1 overall. Their only loss came in a non-conference game against Cardinal Gibbons early in the season.
Some of the Knights toughest competition came from conference foes Ravenscroft and Wake Christian. Freshmen Jake Mott and Ryan Rock said that beating Ravenscroft was one of the highlights of the season.
Head Coach Bill Cook said, “All of the ninth-grade players did really well this year. My highlight of the season as a coach was seeing all the players improve rather than the results and our record.”
Photo provided by the NRCA Yearbook Staff
By: Joseph Powell,
NRCA’s varsity boys and girls cross country teams ended their seasons with both placing the highest they have ever placed at the NCISAA 3A state meet. The boys placed fifth with a combined time of 1:25:30.87, and the girls earned a seventh-place finish with a combined time of 1:47:27.52.
The boys were led by junior Ryan Speer, senior Blanton Smith, and sophomore Miller Meares. Speer came in third place with a time of 15:44.70, Smith came in eighth place with a time of 16:25.59 and Miller Meares placed 14th with a time of 16:44.86.
Speer was pleased with the overall results for both the team and himself. “I had a really good race even though this wasn’t my personal best. However, this was the highest I’ve ever placed for states,” he said.
The girls were led by eighth-graders Julianna Fischer, Savannah Hunt, and Brittany Hayward. Fischer came in 24th place with a time of 20:35.90, Hunt came in 33rd with a time of 20:53.90, and Hayward placed 49th with a time of 21:42.51.
Varsity girls cross country Head Coach Mary Beth Loyd was ecstatic and proud of the girls’ results at the state meet. “This year we didn’t have a superstar on the team," said Loyd. "The reason we were able to do as well as we did was because of the combined speed of the girls on the team.”
Photo provided by NRCA Yearbook Staff
By: Amanda Spence,
After a four-set win against fifth-seeded Cary Academy, North Raleigh Christian Academy’s fourth-seeded varsity volleyball team fell in the NCISAA 3A semifinals to top-seeded Charlotte Country Day School in five sets.
North Raleigh Christian began the day in the quarterfinals against their conference foe Cary Academy. Despite being the higher seeded team, the Knights were forced to play on Cary Academy’s home floor in front of a packed gymnasium of Charger faithful. The Knights came out strong, however, forcing Cary Academy to take a timeout as North Raleigh raced out to a 14-9 lead. The Knights continued the momentum, taking the first set 25-17.
During the second set, the Chargers played tight as the Knights dominated the set to win 25-13 and take a 2-0 lead. Cary Academy was able to rally to take the third set 25-16 to force a fourth set. The fourth set was closely played with the teams tied at 14 halfway through. A well-played set ended when North Raleigh freshman Kincey Smith’s serve trickled over the net and fell to the floor, giving the Knights a 25-23 win and a semifinal berth.
Top-seeded Charlotte Country Day was clicking on all cylinders to start the semifinal match taking the first two sets 25-11 and 25-9. North Raleigh came out inspired in the third set, forcing the Buccaneers to take a timeout, trailing 10-8 and again at 17-11. A tight third set went the Knights’ way as North Raleigh won 26-24. The Knights were the dominant team in the fourth set, winning to force a decisive game five, played to 15.
The final set was close until North Raleigh senior Britni Johnson was called for being into the net, giving Country Day a 10-8 advantage. The Buccaneers were able to hold on to take the fifth set 15-11.
The loss concluded a season which saw the Knights reach the state semifinals for the second consecutive year and claim both the regular season and tournament TISAC championships. Johnson, who will play volleyball at Mount Olive College next year, said, “It felt so amazing to reach the semifinals, especially after our win against Cary Academy. I hate to lose when we were so close, but in the end it was a great game.”
By: Austin Miller,