North Raleigh Christian
It is hard to believe that another school year has come and gone. It seems like just yesterday we were meeting in the Fine Arts Center for our very first iPad deployment meeting. It has been amazing and truly a blessing to see the many creative projects the students have produced with help of the iPad. We are looking forward to what the future has in store.
We wanted to touch base on some iPad items as the students settle in for the summer.
As it is during the school year, your rules for your family always apply when the iPad is at your house. If your child has limited screen time during the school year then it is your choice if you want to limit screen time at home while they have the iPad over the summer. You can give them free reign over iPad use during the summer, lock it up until August or somewhere in between. They will need to bring it with them on the first day of school charged and ready to use on the first day.
Thanks and have a great summer!
The NRCA boys varsity tennis team completed their best season in school history. After making the playoffs twice in the last three years, the team’s main goal for the 2015 season was to host a playoff match. In order to accomplish this, NRCA had to rank in the top eight among the best schools in North Carolina in the NCISAA state tournament.
NRCA competes in one of the toughest conferences in the state, the TISAC. During the season, the Knights played two matches each against Cary Academy, the No. 2 seed and eventual state champions, and Durham Academy, the No. 4 seed. The Knights also played against Cardinal Gibbons, NCHSAA 3-A state champions four years in a row (2011-2014) and Charlotte Country Day, the No. 1 seed in the NCISAA state tournament. With an overall record of 8-6, the Knights “had a good season with a really difficult schedule,” according to Coach Matt Walton.
The Knights accomplished their playoff goal, earning the right to host their first round match. As the No. 8 seed, NRCA defeated the No. 9 seed Greensboro Day School, 8-1. The playoff win was actually the second victory of the season over Greensboro, improving from a narrow margin of victory of 5-4 earlier in the season. The Knights fell to No. 1 seed Charlotte Country Day in the second round of the state playoffs.
In addition to a solid team performance this season, the Knights achieved notable individual success. The Knights’ No. 1 player junior Jack Pyritz was named all-conference. Pyritz currently ranks 31st in the state. "I got honorable mention all-conference last year and it feels really good to finally have accomplished that," said Pyritz.
No. 2 junior Michael Houser, No. 3 freshman Max McKeeman and No. 4 seventh-grader John French also brought big contributions to the table. Both Pyritz and Houser finished with a singles record of 8-6, and both McKeeman and French finished with a singles record of 9-5.
By: Michael Houser, Shield Editor
On Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, over 600 of the best NC high school singers and their directors converged on downtown Raleigh for a weekend of incredible music making! NRCA was represented by 8 students in the 4 honors choirs:
These students were in rehearsals with the rest of their choir and guest conductor for over 12 hours over the 2-day event at the Raleigh Convention Center, culminating in concerts at Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center. They went straight from there to NRCA for the Spring Pops Concert that evening. Congratulations on a job well done and having the stamina to sing for that many hours!
Lisa P. Bass, Choral Director
The Speech and Debate program earned their National Speech and Debate Charter from the National Speech and Debate Association (formerly the NFL). NRCA’s chapter ranks nationally in the top 20 percent of schools with membership in the NSDA and in the top 15 percent in North Carolina.
Program Director Ellen Robinson received notification of their charter status, which is the highest membership honor in the organization, in April. “I am thrilled. Our program here is small, yet each student is significant. They have worked hard, and hard work eventually reaps reward.”
In order to receive a charter, NRCA’s Speech and Debate program had to exhibit growth and excellence, marked by obtaining new members and earning degrees in Speech and Debate activities.
Individual performances as well as debate participation accrue points towards degrees, or levels, of membership. The levels that NRCA’s program achieved are merit, honor, excellence, and distinction, in order of lowest to highest.
This year junior Graham Lowder, junior Gabriel Bendfeldt and senior Sarah Paige each received a degree of distinction, marking the first time any NRCA student has earned this award. “I am proud I was able to be a part of the group of students who were able to bring the program to the next level,” Page said.
Along with debates, NRCA students also earn points in public speaking and oral interpretation in competition, school activities, and community service. “I’ve spoken on a World Book Night panel at my local Barnes & Noble bookstore and spoken at NRCA in the National Honor Society inductions and as a nominee for various student government offices,” Page said.
In recognition of achieving charter status, this year's debate team will receive an embossed certificate which lists Ellen Robinson as coach and the names of all currently active members. The 2014-2015 active members of NRCA’s Speech and Debate team are members are Deana Arbelaez, Gabe Bendfeldt, Emily Bologna, Carson Butts, Brantley Cooper, Isabella Garrison, Ben Gray, Michael Houser, Rebecca Lawson, Graham Lowder, Sarah Page, Jack Pyritz, Felicia Shepard, Stephen Snyder, Nicole Tiu and Mary Glenn West.
By: Michael Houser, Shield Editor
The Class of 2015 camped out on the tennis courts on Tuesday, April 26, braving cold and darkness to build class unity in preparation for Senior Field Day 2k15.
Wearing t-shirts creatively designed for each class and fashionably tailored for individual students, the senior homerooms competed against each other in a series of games. The events included flag football, badminton, soccer bowling, three-ball baseball, a memory game, Know Your Calves, and relay races of all kinds.
Homerooms were divided into two or three separate teams to play multiple games at once, and their combined scores made up the homeroom's total score. The homerooms that participated were Hoover's Honeybees, Kung Fu Keown, Carpe Deim, Landis' Landsharks, Stott Bots, and Canady's Crushers.
Senior parents helped throughout the day. Volunteers set up and officiated events and kept seniors well-fed and well-hydrated. NRCA’s volunteer coordinator Mrs. Nita Lykins ran a refreshment stand for seniors who need that extra "kick" to help them through the day.At the end of the day, Ridlehoover’s Honeybees won a close race to capture the Field Day championship. Mrs. Stott of Stotts Bots said, "My home room was awesome! Everybody had a blast! Unfortunately we couldn't defend our title as champion, but we still had a great time."
NRCA swept the 2015 City of Raleigh Environmental Awards: High School PSA Competition this year. The awards went to the following seniors:
Last month, NRCA seniors in Mrs. Kristi Stott’s Honors and CP Ecology classes were assigned a video project for a test grade. Each student had to put together a 60-second video on stormwater runoff. The projects had to be creative and focus on the contamination of North Carolina’s streams, lakes and wetlands.
The overall goal of the project was to raise awareness of the impact stormwater runoff has on local communities. “Communicating environmental awareness is important because most people are willing to help the environment, but they just don't know practical ways to do that. Stormwater runoff is one of those topics that few average citizens know much about. It is a challenge to communicate an effective message in 60 seconds. The students did a great job!” Stott said.
After all of the videos were submitted, the students had the chance to watch all of the videos from their class period and vote on the best three to be entered into Raleigh’s Environmental Awards: High School PSA Competition. This is the second year in a row NRCA seniors have participated in the contest and the second time an NRCA student has received first place.
“I wanted to bring awareness to how we, as a community, can pollute our stormwater runoff by innocent acts such as washing a car with soap or littering. It all ends up in our rivers and creeks,” Hatton said. Hatton’s timelapse video displayed her creative abilities as she sketched colorful drawings and messages about environmental stewardship. Hatton said her favorite part of this project was “being able to combine my artistic ability with something that is of concern to me.”
This year the awards will be presented to the students in Downtown Raleigh at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences on Wednesday, April 22, from 6:00 to 9:00 in the evening. This is the program’s eight-year anniversary, and it is open to anyone who would like to join the celebration and participate in the fun.
By: Amanda Spence, Shield Assistant Editor
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:
NRCA students also won the following awards:
"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
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