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.

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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

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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

Dear NRCA Parents & Alumni,
Career Day 2016 is coming up on Tuesday, November 15 from 8:00-9:45am. We count on NRCA families, alumni and friends to be our resident experts on a variety of career options for our high school students to explore. Please consider registering via the link below to share your time and talent with our students. We need professionals from all walks of life to share the possibilities that lay ahead for our students. 
Thank you in advance for your willingness to share your morning with us!
Debbie Monahan
College Counseling Director
North Raleigh Christian Academy
Dear Parents,

Thank you for investing in North Raleigh Christian Academy for your student’s education.  I want your student to be safe as they arrive on campus and as they dismiss from campus.  Thank you for your patience for the first couple weeks with traffic and getting back into the routine of the car line. Here are some friendly reminders for the school year!


Please drop off students in the car line drop off area under the canopy.  Faculty members are positioned in that location to help monitor the safety of the students.  Please do not drop off in the car line until you get to the canopy…even if the cars are stopped.  There have been some close calls of students almost being hit due to parents not paying attention for students exiting in non-designated areas and in the drop off area under the canopy.  Please remember to put your cars in park when your student is exiting your car. Do not start moving forward until you hear the whistle by the faculty member at the front of the line. Please be watchful at all times of students crossing in front of your car.

Please do not use the neighborhood entrance to drop off students, to enter to drop off students in the student parking area, or to cut the line by driving by the field house to enter into the main car line. The neighborhood entrance is for our student drivers. Do not park in student parking areas or block students from getting into their parking spaces by not following the car line pattern, this causes the students to be late to class and prevent them from parking safely.  Please use the soccer gate entrance for entrance to the car line.


Please pick up your student in the designated pick up area under the canopy.  This is for the safety of the students.  Please refer to the following schedule for entering into car line (at the soccer field entrance not the neighborhood entrance) and picking up students:

2:00 Dismissal for Kindergarten  Do not arrive before 1:40 or after 1:50
2:20 Dismissal of Grades 1-2 Do not arrive before 2:00 or after 2:15
2:45 Dismissal of Grades 3-4 Do not arrive before 2:25 or after 2:45
2:55 Dismissal of Grade 5 Do not arrive before 2:50 or after 3:00
3:00 Dismissal of Grades 6-8 Do not arrive before 3:00* or after 3:15
3:05 Dismissal of Grades 9-12 Do not arrive before 3:15* or after 3:30

*Allows time for students to go to their lockers.



  1. Please do not arrive before the above pick-up time.  This will allow the lines to move more smoothly.
  2. Please come at the arrival time of the oldest child in your family.
  3. If you arrive too early, circle through the parking lot in front of the school.  Please do not back up traffic waiting for a child in another pick-up time.
  4. Carpools should pick up at the arrival time of the oldest student in the carpool.


Thank you for following these reminders.  I want your students to be safe while entering and exiting the campus. 


Because of Calvary,
Mr. Hassert
Assistant Elementary Principal

 On Saturday, August 27, NRCA celebrated their second annual Founders Day. Last year’s 20th-Anniversary celebration marked the debut of the annual festivities. Students, staff, teachers and alumni were all invited to the event, located on the softball field.

 Founder and Superintendent Dr. S.L. Sherrill said the event was “a time for school families and friends to come together at the beginning of the year, for fun and fellowship.”

 Carolina Barbecue and Kona Ice catered the event. There were bounce houses, pony rides and a petting zoo with an alpaca, rabbits, a lamb and a ram. Sixth-grader Avery Thomas said, “I like the horses, and I like the petting zoo.”

 Ninth-grader Ellie Bauguess said, “The petting zoo and all the animals here and the Kona Ice” were her favorite parts of the day. “Rock climbing and getting to have fun with my friends” were favorites for fourth-grader Tyra Listenbee.

By: Nia White, Staff Writer

News & Highlights from NRCA Coaches

JV football defeated High Point Christian by the score of 18-6. Evan Holmes, Trey Murray, and Parker Hayward scored for the Knights.

The Girls' Golf team played Ravenscroft- who won 125 to 137. The low scoring medalist was Channing Hensley (40) Also scoring for NRCA- Rachel Weyne(46) and Emma Finster(51).Congrats to 3 team members broke their scoring records. Ellie Bauguess, Nia White & Isabella McNeill.

Middle School Girls Cross Country team won the season's first Cross Country Meet. 
The top 5 finishers for the girls team were: Emily McAteer, Makayla Ciancanelli, Rachel Teague, Anna Grace Austin and Bella Rivera. 

Mathew Nelson and Paul Smith finished in the top 15 out of 56 for the boys.

The JV football team defeated Wake Christian by the score of 16-0. Evan Holmes scored twice for the Knights. Trey Murray ran and passed for the extra points. On defense, Denny Dunmire, Parker Hayward, and Evan Holmes had interceptions for the Knights.

Congratulations to the Girl's xc team for their accomplishments in their 1st meet: Girl's Championship Team finished 4th overall with Christa Dutton placing 2nd overall as an individual. Girl's Open Team finished 3rd overall as a team.

The tenacious boys JV soccer team beat Franklin Academy soundly, 8-1: Jacob Swinson scored 2 goals, 2 assists, Connor Cabot added a goal, 2 assists. Logan Nugent scored twice. Also, goals by Will Weider, Christian Aguilar & Seth Beltran. Assists by Will Weider, Nathan Hirscher and Kyle Hector (our goalie).

The middle school boys soccer team won their first home game against Ravenscroft 5-4! It was a great team effort all over the field. Glory Moo and Andrew Austin both had 1 goal, and Wes Liddle had 3 goals.

The MS Girls Cross Country Team won their second straight cross country meet beating Wake Christian and Trinity Academy. The tops finishers were Emily McAteer 2nd place, Anna Grace Austin 3rd place, Makayla Ciancanelli 4th, Rachel Teague 5th, Mary Beth Doyle 6th and Anna Grace Shoaf 10th place overall.

The MS Boys Cross Country team won their first CC meet of the season beating Wake Christian and Trinity.
Top Finishers: Joshua Frazier who placed first overall, Zach Martin 2nd, Paul Smith 6th, Mathew Nelson 7th and Walker Stowe 13th. Congrats team!!!

Last Friday, JV girls tennis played their first away match at Forysth Country Day School. Sophia Wright, McClain Varnum, Caroline Fergeson, Katie Rowley Mia Taylor, and Reese Woody brought home a win. The team won across the board with 6 singles and 3 doubles.

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