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.

Prospective Families

The North Raleigh Christian Academy junior varsity boys basketball team defeated Cary Academy on Monday, January 26.

Victor Thomas was the leading player for the Knights with 17 points and  5 assists.  Closely followed was Jonathan Pearsall, with 14 points and 2 assists.  Pearsall started off the game with winning the jump ball and scoring the first points of the game.  Shortly after, Kyle Barnett was fouled and made both free throws, only to get the ball back within 10 seconds.  Barnett drove to the basket and got fouled again, going one-and-one.

The second quarter started out strong for the Knights, with Barnett, Joseph Powell, and Pearsall scoring layups and jumpers.  Ben Wolff had a perfect pass to Lyndon Stacy for the score, which ended the second quarter.  

The Knights had a strong lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter with a score of 42-26.  Thomas had an amazing pick off of a pass and drove to the basket to get the crowd on their feet.  Moments later, Thomas pulled off another steal and sprinted full court for the layup while the crowd cheered him on.

The Knights ended the game with a score of 79-49.

By: Jared Bocanegra, Shield Staff Writer



Our 11th Annual Grandparents Academy is March 20, 2015. The invitations have been mailed to the grandparents instructing them to contact you if they are interested in attending.  You must register for them by 12:00pm on Thursday, March 19!  This will allow us adequate time to forward the information to your child’s teacher.  If you do not give permission for your student(s) to leave campus with their grandparent, via the registration process IN ADVANCE, they WILL NOT be allowed to go off campus.

The link to register is on the home page of our website under Quick Links marked Grandparents Academy and in Power School via your Parent PowerSchool account.  I want to remind all our parents that this event is for our Grandparents only.  Thank you in advance for assisting us in providing a memorable experience for our grandparents.

The middle school A basketball team played an impressive game against the Magellan Mariners on Thursday, January 15. The NRCA Knights brought home a win with the score of 41-30. The Knights were lead by Trevor Kirk and Ryan Justice, each scoring 10 points. Kirk added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. Justice also contributed 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 assists. Justice said, "The win was exuberating, and we played strong as a team."

 The first quarter was dominated by the starters, getting a big lead of 13-3. The Mariners’ defense came up short in the first couple of minutes, leading to fast-break points for NRCA.

Magellan started to come back in the second quarter, but the Knights were able to stay in the lead. The Knights’ Ta'Sean Manley said,"They were good. They missed a lot of shots, but they were good."

 In the second half, the score was close, but the Knights endured, and they ended with a win. "We played well as a team, and we got off to a quick start and never looked back," said Tripp Lilly. In the end, NRCA pulled out with a great win to advance to second in the conference.

By: Grayson Coleman, Trevor Kirk, Molly McElroy, NRCA Middle School Creative Writing

Students in the middle school creative writing elective divided into groups to cover news around NRCA. The article above was selected as an excellent example of middle school journalism.

Knights Café continues Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-4:15 in the Student Life Center. This is a perfect time for your child to hang out with friends, do some homework, and get a snack after school in a supervised, safe environment. Snacks are $.50-$1 each. 

Parent Volunteers Needed!

In order to make this opportunity available for students, 2 parent volunteers are needed each Wednesday.  It’s a great way to meet other parents and students. Volunteering is easy; just set out the snacks for sale, collect money, and help kids sign in.  If you have younger children, they are welcome to come with you during your volunteer time. 

Sign Up today at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a49afae2ba75-knights

Hope to see you there!
Monica Collins & Amy Elder
monica@tmsnc.com & aelder@hopelutheranwf.org

Knights Café Co-Chairs

It’s that time of year again. 

The days are filled with blissful thoughts, hums of love songs, and thoughts about that special someone. Whether on this Valentine’s Day you are thinking of your daughter, son, friend, or teacher a Valogram is the perfect way to let them know. Support the Senior Class by sending as many of these little notes of joy to someone special and show them how much they mean to you.

You can order and pay online or download the form below and turn it in with payment to the main office.

Downloadable Valogram Order Form

It’s that time of year again for our senior students to start selling the chocolate bars. It is the fundraiser they do each year to raise money for their trip to Europe. These chocolate bars will be sold in various locations around school during school hours. I wanted to inform you that this year the boxes state the chocolate bars are gluten free and peanut free. The chocolate bars come in a variety pack with the following ingredients:

  • Crisp bar- contains almonds, milk, soy
  • Carmel bar- contains milk and soy
  • Dark Chocolate bar- contains almonds and soy
  • Almond bar- contains almonds, milk, and soy

These bars are all packaged in the same box. Since many of these bars do contain almonds I would recommend that if your child has ANY KIND OF NUT OR TREE NUT allergy that they should not eat these candy bars at school. I feel that this is the best and safest way to make sure no child has an allergic reaction. Thank you!

Anna Slay, RN
NRCA School Nurse 

NRCA Optional Senior Europe Trip Fundraiser

9th – 12th graders wishing to participate should pick up case(s) from the Armory hallway on
Friday, January 23rd 7:30am – 8:30am or 3pm – 4pm.  After that, on Monday, Wednesday or 
Friday afternoon 3pm-3:30pm.

Ira David Wood III, Executive Director of Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park and legendary talent behind the Triangle area’s favorite musical comedy A Christmas Carol, spent Tuesday  afternoon talking with the cast of NRCA’s spring musical Mary Poppins.

Wood stopped by for a question-and-answer session with NRCA Theatre Arts Director Michael Green and the young actors who are currently in rehearsal for the show. Wood gave a glimpse into the life of a theatre professional.

For Wood the workday never ends.“It’s a full day’s work, but it really isn’t work. Work is something you don’t like to do. I love this,” Wood said.

Born in Enfield, NC, Wood attended the Governor’s School of North Carolina in 1964 and then was selected to attend the NC School of the Arts in 1965, where he studied his senior year of high school and remained through four years of college. In the summer season, he took the stage for Paul Green’s outdoor drama The Lost Colony. He played Sir Walter Raleigh in college, and this year Wood will return to Roanoke Island for his third year of directing the historical production.

Questions about Wood’s life and craft came for more than an hour, as students sat captivated by his storytelling skills. 

Wood spilled the secret to overcoming stage fright: physical activity redirects adrenaline from the “butterflies in your stomach” to the muscles. “The best way to get rid of butterflies is to do something physical…do pushups… or lift a chair,” he said.

To memorize lines, Wood suggested that actors combine movement with memory. “I find it so easy to memorize when I have the blocking and I know the movement and why I’m saying something.”

The nutshell advice he had for the aspiring actors was this: “If you want to be an actor, don’t. If you have to be an actor, God bless you.”

Wood will play Billy’s dad in the NC Theatre production of Billy Elliot, which runs February 10-15. As he prepares for a new role, Wood brings the character to life, beginning with the exterior. “I imagine what he will look like,” he said. The voice and mannerisms follow. Finally, Wood pinpoints the character’s vulnerabilities. He cautioned that each actor has to find his own way of developing a character. “Your job is to make the magic. How you make it is up to you.”

Wood shared choices behind the magic he has worked as the character of Ebenezer Scrooge for the past 40 years. He explained that he chose to have Scrooge carry a teddy bear to bed because it helps the audience identify with the character by revealing his vulnerability. A comedic Scrooge, “people can laugh and identify with. Then the audience is willing to go on the journey with Scrooge and make the transformation with him.”

With more than 50 years in theatre, Wood identified what keeps him going. “Passion. Passion for what you do… The older you get, the more you realize how short a lifetime is.  Once you have that inside of you, you have a passion for living that you never had before. I don’t have time to kill. I have time to live. I have time to do what matters.”

As for his advice to young performers facing comments that theatre is not worth pursuing as a career, Wood said, “A lot of times parents say that [acting] is great as an avocation because they want you to be secure. There aren’t a lot of people who are secure in what we do. But it is a career, and to me, it’s been more than a job; it’s been more than a career. To me, it’s been a ministry. My ministry is to touch hearts, to change lives… If I weren’t an actor, I would be a minister.”







North Raleigh Christian Academy’s varsity boys basketball team took a tough loss to Ravenscroft School on Tuesday night.

Nick Johnson led the Knights with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Johnson started the game with two quick dunks to get the crowd roaring. Kaleb Hunter was next up with a dunk against Michael Okauru, Ravenscroft's starting point guard who ended the game with 9 points and 9 rebounds.

It was a battle on the block between Ravenscroft’s David Reynolds and NRCA’s Johnson. Both players hit clutch shots in moments when they were needed.

By the fourth quarter, the Ravens were up 4 points, 56-52 with about 25 seconds left on the clock. North Raleigh's Johnson set a screen for Drake Harris to get him enough room to get a shot off in the corner to close the gap 56-55. NRCA quickly fouled P.J. Stephens to put him on the foul line for a one-and-one. The first shot rimmed out and Reynolds recovered the rebound. He was fouled on the shot and hit both free throws to put the Ravens up 3 points.

NRCA failed to make a 3-pointer to put the game into overtime. The ending score of the tough fought rivalry game was 58-55.

The Knights take the court again on Friday, January 23, in Charlotte against Hickory Grove Christian School and on Saturday, January 24, against Charlotte Christian School.

By: Trent Harris, Staff Writer, with Brooks Hill, Staff Writer


A look behind the scenes of Mary Poppins through the
eyes of the director.

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