North Raleigh Christian
The varsity girls golf team hit crisp shot after crisp shot to beat St. David's School with a final score of 135 to 181 on August 25. The score of 135 broke the all-time team record. On August 18 against Ravenscroft, the team tied their previous record of 141.
With the oldest players being underclassmen in high school, the young team consists of three tenth-graders (Channing Hensley, Sibeal Lundie and Rachel Weyne), two eighth-graders (Ellie Bauguess and Emily Brubaker) and a seventh-grader (Emma Finster).
Hensley broke the NRCA school record with an individual score of 38. The previous record of 41, held by Stacy Williams, was set in 2013.
"Last year our total scores were normally in the 160's, and now we've gotten them down to 135 to 140, and I think that's something to be proud of. I can't wait for more matches and more opportunities to play some good golf," Hensley said.
Team captains Hensley and Brubaker both have played competitive tournament golf and have aspirations to play in college.
The new scoring records have given the Knights a surge of confidence. "I believe the win over St. David's will have a major impact on the rest of the season because of the fact that NRCA records were broken for both individual and team scores. This kind of result builds confidence and is a strong indicator of the future direction of the team," said Head Coach Robby Carruth.
By: Rachel Weyne, Shield Staff with Angela Garnett
The middle school cross country team whisked through the forest against Franklin Academy, Trinity Academy of Raleigh and Grace Christian School on Tuesday, August 25.
The team struggled against summer temperatures as they ran the course. "It was hot, very hot, and harder than last time. You have to run like a gazelle,” said Rachel Teague, a returning runner. Despite the heat, she and the rest of the team stayed competitive.
The girls team came in second while Franklin took the gold. The boys came in fourth. "It was tiring, but that won't stop me from improving my time," Zack Martin, a first-year runner, said.
At the end of the meet Coach Mary Beth Loyd shared her vision for the team. "My goals for them this year are for them to learn the meaning of teamwork, learn to love running, learn how to rely on God and each other when things get tough, reach personal goals, to grow as a person in everything they do, and be a shining beacon so that all see Jesus in them."
By: Nicole Riggs, Shield Staff
“To God Be The Glory!”
DEAR NRCA Families, Alumni, and Staff,
Saturday promises to be a beautiful, sunny day as we celebrate NRCA’s 20th Anniversary. Please REMEMER this is a NRCA family, alumni, and staff event. We already have 1633 that will be here for the blowups, pony and horse rides, petting zoo, and rock climbing walls, 1954 for the dinner on the grounds, and 1724 for the Sanctus Real Concert. Don’t panic over the numbers; but simply do not have the space to open it to those outside of our school community. We are putting plans in place to accommodate our NRCA families, alumni, and staff. If you have NRCA families within our school community Please note that parents of elementary children must be present while your students are on campus.
PARKING (On and off campus):
The NRCA staff will park at the Stell property next door. We will have parking attendants in the school parking lot for our parents and alumni, so please follow their directions. The carpool entrance will not be open. You must enter at the main gate like we do for football games. If all parking is filled, we have made arrangements to use Wake Tech’s parking lot G. We will have shuttle buses throughout the day that will pick you up at parking lot G and drop you off in front of the school flagpoles. The flagpoles will also be the pickup spot to go back to Wake Tech’s parking lot G. Directions to Wake Tech’s Parking Lot G are as follows: (1) Turn left out of the NRCA parking lot and go south toward Hwy 401, (2) go through the light at 401 continuing on Perry Creek, (3) go straight for about ¼ of a mile and Wake Tech’s Parking G will be on your right. We will have directional signs along Perry Creek. We will have police officers from 5:00 p.m. until after the concert directing traffic to keep everyone safe.
2:30-5:30 FUNTIME LOGISTICS (Baseball and Softball Fields)
The crowds will be less the earlier you come. The blowups are on the baseball outfield along the outfield fence. The pony and horse rides are on the baseball infield. There will be a snow cone truck on the baseball field where you can purchase refreshments for the children. The petting zoo is on the softball infield and the rock climbing walls will be to the left of the Fieldhouse Entrance in the parking lot. The Fieldhouse concessions stand will be open to purchase drinks, popcorn, ice cream, and candy.
5:00-6:45 PIG-PICK’IN DINNER ON THE GROUNDS (Football Stadium)
Due to the size of the crowd, we will begin serving dinner at 5:00 p.m. in the football stadium. There will be three serving lines that you can go down either side on the track in front of the home football stands and one on the track in front of the visitor stands. Please use the bleachers to sit for dinner. We will have tents for the elderly or those who have health conditions that require them to be out of the sun. We will also have an alumni tent. There are also picnic tables with umbrellas and bleachers by the tennis courts as well as picnic tables by the cafeteria with umbrellas.
7:00-9:00 SANCTUS REAL CONCERT (High School Gym with overflow in FAC)
Doors to the High School Gym will open for the Sanctus Real Concert at 6:00 p.m. The group will perform live in the high school gym. We will have overflow seating in the Fine Arts Center where you can watch the concert on the big screen. Please fill in the rows of chairs, bleachers, and move to your seats in the gym to expedite everyone being ready for the start of the concert at 7:00 p.m. You will want to arrive early to find a parking spot and be in the gym by 7:00 p.m. After the concert, we will have police officers directing traffic. Please follow their directions.
August 29 is an historic day for our school in celebrating its 20th anniversary. We are almost at an all-time attendance record. We have almost 1470 students. What a great way to begin this special 20th year. As we said in June of 1996 at the first registration meeting, “To God be the glory.” These 20 years have truly been a God-Story Journey.
Photo Credit: Bonnie Mayo
Senior running back Tyree Hawkins’ 76-yard touchdown run against Cannon School is a finalist for the High School OT Play of the Week. Voting is open until noon on Wednesday, August 26, at highschoolot.com. High School OT is a division of WRAL Sports.
Picture Day is Tuesday, September 1st! This is a reminder that the fall pictures are a prepaid program. If you plan on purchasing the pictures your student needs to bring the prepaid envelope with their money/check and give it to the photographer when their picture is taken.
Over the summer, five NRCA representatives attended the YMCA Conference of National Affairs (CONA), a national governmental conference for students at the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The program was created by the Alabama family YMCA, and to participate, the students, who were part of their state’s YMCA Youth and Government (YAG) program, completed a written application.
CONA focuses on the legislative portion of government and has a media branch also. Delegates must exemplify the YMCA core values and leadership to attend this conference.
These NRCA Knights represented the academy well. Each legislative delegate wrote a proposal, which is more general than a bill. Proposals were voted on throughout three committees, then the top ones made it to General Assembly. The proposals that the advisers felt deserved special mention went to Plenary.
Shipway and West both made it to General Assembly and Coleman moved to second committee. In the media branch, Schweibinz’s conference articles appeared regularly in the Blue Ridge Journal, which was the morning paper at CONA. Schweibinz ran the social media accounts and blog for the Journal.
“My favorite memory from this past CONA conference was round table the last night. I realized that I had made so many lifetime friends in just seven days. It overwhelmed me with happiness,” Schweibinz said.
By: Madeline Coleman, Shield Editor
Friday night lights are shining once again This Friday night, the varsity football team returns to the gridiron to take on Cannon School at home.
Senior running back and linebacker Mike Jerrett said, “I’m excited for playing on Friday nights again. Being on the team with my best friends makes be want to compete better.”
The Castle Crazies student section plans to return in force this year for the season opener. Senior Crazie Peyton Brown said, “I cant wait to see the boys tear it up on Friday Nights this year.” The spirit theme for the opening game is “Aloha Knights,” so Crazies should come dressed in their best Hawaiian luau attire.
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m., but fans should plan to arrive early to get a good seat and enjoy the pregame activities. The Marching Knights will perform the National Anthem and spirit pieces before the game. They will debut a portion of their 2015 show, The Resistance, at halftime. “We are excited about this year’s show. Some of our songs were arranged by Natalie Bell, who graduated from NRCA [in 2012],” sophomore Lydia Gray said.
The excitement level for football season is high. “I am CRAZIE excited about Friday night lights this year. We are going to have an awesome year, and everyone should come out and support the team,” senior Crazie Greyson Kelley said.
By: Brooks Hill, Senior Staff Writer
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