North Raleigh Christian
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
Make sure that you RSVP by March 27!
We are excited about this year's banquet. The invitations have gone out and now it is time to plan. For the girls make sure that your dress is following NRCA's Dress Code:
Each girl (including non-NRCA students) attending the Junior-Senior Banquet is required to have her dress approved by April 20. An NRCA permission form is required for all non-NRCA students. Dresses should reflect a spirit of modesty.
General guidelines include: strapless dresses must be modest, slits should be no more than two inches above the knee, midriffs should be covered (no see-through materials), and low necklines and plunging backs are inappropriate. Girls failing to meet the approved guidelines or the required modifications may be asked to wear a shawl during the banquet. In extreme cases, they may not be permitted to attend. Consequences for dress code violations are at the discretion of the administration and may result in a Saturday detention.
Dresses must be approved by Monday, April 20.
Dress Approval Contact:
Also, new this year is the Guest Permission Form. Any NRCA student bringing a guest from outside NRCA will have to have that guest complete the permission form and turn it into Mrs. Blom no later then Monday, April 20. Any guest that does not have this form on file when they arrive will not be permitted into the banquet.
All students will have to check in at a registration table upon arriving to the banquet.
Drive is on Friday, April 17th from 11am-4 pm in the middle school gym.
Students ages 16 and older may donate but they must have a parent permission form signed that they can obtain from Mrs. McInnis.
Sign Up (search for date - April 17 and then NRCA location)
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
The NRCA Knight’s League is an instructional based Volleyball Program designed for girls in Grades 4th - 8th. It offers a unique aspect to traditional recreational leagues. The League is played in a Christ centered environment emphasizing our core curriculum and implementing the fundamental skills: pass, set, hit and serve. Each session will begin with a time of Scripture and Prayer followed by a Skill topic lecture. This league will teach each child the fundamentals and comprehension of team play.
Cost: $75 per person
Questions: Please contact Varsity Volleyball Coach Chris Murray - firstname.lastname@example.org
NRCA Summer Art Camps
Art and Painting Boot Camp
Take your Skills to a New Level
Advance your Creativity and Confidence
Monday June 8
Tuesday June 9
Wednesday June 10
Thursday June 11
Art camp 9:00 to 12:00 am
for rising 4th 5th 6th and 7th graders
Camp will be held at North Raleigh Christian Academy
7300 Perry Creek Rd. Raleigh NC - Room B 209
Sessions will include:
Water Color Painting
Printmaking and Collage
Fee for the Camp is $95 and includes all materials.
For the break, students are encouraged to bring a drink and snack.
For more information, please contact
Christine Pecore @ 919-796-8993
The varsity girls basketball team lost a hard-fought game 27-35 against the Durham Academy Cavaliers.
Written by: Sabrina Zirkle, Shield Staff Writer