North Raleigh Christian
On Wednesday, November 18, senior Christa Wilson signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at North Carolina A&T State University. She has been a part of the NRCA volleyball program for five years and a part of varsity team for three years. She was the lone senior on the 2015 NCISAA state championship team and received all-state honors.
Wilson’s work ethic defines her time at NRCA. “She always gave 100 percent ever since she tried out her seventh-grade year,” Head Coach Chris Murray said.
With collegiate athletics on the horizon, Wilson reflects on why she started playing volleyball. “I have played for six years total. What gives me the passion to play is just that I love the sport so much. I'm very competitive, and when I'm playing volleyball, I'm in a different world. I do it because I love winning, and I love the work that it entails. Being all over the court, diving for balls, and hitting as hard as I can really pushes me to be the best and shows how passionate I am for the game. I love it,” she said.
NC A&T is in Greensboro and is a Division I school. They compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Wilson is excited to play for the Aggies. “I am looking forward to doing whatever I can to contribute to my team as a freshman. I am looking forward to bonding with the team and hopefully having a great season together.”
Leaving her volleyball family at NRCA will be bittersweet. “What I will miss the most is going to be bonding with my team. There is no other athletic team on the planet that is as close as we are. We're a family, and we're always making each other laugh. The number of inside jokes that we have is just crazy. I love them all. They're my sisters, and I'm going to miss them so much,” Wilson said.
By: Madeline Coleman, Senior Editor
First Semester Exams
Middle School/High School
December 14-17, 2015
Exam Exemptions: To be exempt from a semester exam, the student must have an A in the class for both the 1st and 2nd nine weeks.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Exam Days: Middle and high school students only come at the designated times of their exams. Parents should make arrangements for arrival and departure. Students arriving or departing other than designated exam times, must report to the cafeteria (no exceptions). Middle or high school students with elementary siblings should go to the elementary classroom immediately following their exam, pick up their sibling, then proceed to the carline. Middle and high school students should exit the school by 11:00 on exam days.
Dress Code as follows:
Normal school dress applies. ANY STUDENT OUT OF DRESS CODE SHOULD BE SENT TO THE OFFICE PRIOR TO TAKING THE EXAM.
**All students (including student drivers) must remain in the exam room for the entire exam period. Teachers should not dismiss students prior to the conclusion of the exam period.**
MIDDLE SCHOOL EXAMS:
Tuesday, December 15
Wednesday, December 16
Thursday, December 17
HIGH SCHOOL EXAMS:
Monday, December 14
Tuesday, December 15
Wednesday, December 16
Thursday, December 17
Senior Jack Pyritz signed his National Letter of Intent on November 16 to play tennis at The Citadel next year. The Bulldogs are an NCAA Division 1 team and play in the Southern Conference.
“I wanted a structured environment where I can focus on my studies and my tennis,” Pyritz said. “The Citadel is a great place for that.” The competition is very tough as well, as the Bulldogs play powerhouse programs like North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Butler, and Wake Forest. The Bulldogs are coached by the renowned Chuck Kriese, who is a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame.
Pyritz has been a starter on the NRCA varsity tennis team for six years. Last season, Pyritz received an honorable mention for the NCISAA All-State team, but he is undecided about his role in the NRCA tennis program this year. If he does decide to play his senior season, he said he hopes “to be all-state and win the NCISAA state championship.”
Long term, Pyritz hopes to play tennis beyond college. He said he plans to “play some ATP challenger events, and if those go well, then pursue a professional career.”
By: Michael Houser, Senior Editor
Sixteen high school students from NRCA attended the ACSI Southeast Region High School Leadership Conference lead by the speaking group Axis. Their program, the Threads, compared the stories of Christianity, Islam and Postmodernism with the goal of identifying which thread most impacts a student’s worldview. Over 150 attended the November 8-10 conference in Wirtz, Virginia, representing schools such as High Point Christian Academy, Grace Christian and Neuse Christian Academy.
Before each session a band from Asbury University lead the leaders in worship. Senior Parker Mayo said, "The music on the leadership retreat opened my mind to learn on the trip and see how God has a plan for me."
Meetings were not the only thing to do; there was an animal farm, an archery range, a rock-climbing wall and many paths to explore. "The retreat was really great and I learned a lot and I am so excited to learn more about why I believe what I believe," sophomore Caroline Crockett said.
By: Clay Berrier, Shield Staff Writer
Congratulations to Mrs. Shelton's class for collecting 1000 Box Tops! They celebrated at lunch today with an ice cream party.
Senior baseball standout Drake Harris signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Harris has been a member of the varsity baseball team for the past three seasons and looks to cap off his career at North Raleigh in the spring.
Surrounded by an army of friends and family on November 12, Harris was the first NRCA athlete this year to sign to play in college. The early signing period runs from November 11 to November 18.
Harris bolted five home runs as a junior and anchored the Knights when they won the 2015 TISAC championship. He has set high goals for his senior season. "I'm trying to be flawless on defense at shortstop and hit above .400 on offense,” he said.
The University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans are a Division 1 NCAA team based out of Spartanburg and compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference, with teams such as Kennesaw State, North Florida, Lipscomb and Stetson.
One academic semester away from college, Harris said he was most looking forward to “getting the chance to play as a freshman and hoping to make an impact as soon as I walk on campus.” Harris will report to Spartanburg in late June for summer classes and practice.
Harris looks to follow in the footsteps of his father who was a Major League Baseball pitcher. Greg Harris played professional ball from 1988-1995 for the San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins. The younger Harris said his father had been a huge role model in his personal life and sports career.
By: Brooks Hill, Shield Sports Editor
The varsity volleyball team won the 2015 NCISAA 3A State Championship against Charlotte Covenant Day. NRCA captured the title in five sets on Saturday, October 31. Leading up to the championship game, the Knights defeated SouthLake (3-0) and Cannon (3-0) in preliminary rounds on Friday.
Congratulations to 5th graders, Abby Hawkins and Madelyn Robinson, who auditioned and were selected as members of the 2015 North Carolina Music Educators Association Elementary Honors Chorus! There were about 700 auditioning for 146 spots in the chorus, so the competition was tough. This is a state honors chorus drawing singers from all across North Carolina.
Abby and Madelyn will gather with the other participants during the NCMEA Conference in Winston-Salem, on Nov. 7-8, to work with guest conductor/composer, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Their final concert will be presented on Nov. 8 at the Stevens Center at 12:00 p.m.
Congratulations to these fine singers!
By: Lisa P. Bass, Choral Director
Congratulations to the NRCA Varsity Girls Golf team for winning the 2015 TISAC Conference Girls Golf Championship yesterday at the Hasentree Course with a total team score of 269. The girls team beat Ravenscroft, Cary Academy, Durham Academy, and Saint Mary's Schools - to win the Conference Championship. This is the first Conference Championship ever won by our Varsity Girls Golf program.
The low medalist for the tournament was Channing Hensley who shot a score of 87. Rachel Weyne shot an 89. These two girls' scores beat the former NRCA girls low 18 hole score of 91, which was held by Stacy Williams. Also scoring for the NRCA team was Emily Brubaker who shot an 93.
Also, congratulation to these same three girls, Channing Hensley, Rachel Weyne, and Emily Brubaker, for making the 2015 TISAC All Conference Team. Channing, Rachel and Emily are 3 of the nine players to make the All Conference Team.
The Varsity Girls Golf Team is now looking forward to playing in the State Tournament next Monday and Tuesday.
Congratulations to our girls on a great season already - including the many school records this team has broken.