North Raleigh Christian
NRCA FAMILIES AND ALUMNI: Join us for the Annual Founder's Day Celebration, Saturday, August 27, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Bring the whole family. Blowups, Pony/Horse Rides, Petting Zoo, and Rock Climbing Walls are the fun activities. There will be food available for purchase with a Kona Ice Truck and Moonlight Swirl Yogurt Truck as well as concessions by Barbecue Lodge with Bar-B-Q Sandwiches, Chicken Sandwiches, Popcorn, Drinks, Candy, etc. Come one and all for an incredible day for NRCA families and alumni.
NRCA's blood drive took place on Friday, April 29. Since the blood drive began, it has existed to honor the NRCA families impacted by necessary blood transfusions.
High school teacher and organizer of the blood drive, Mrs. Cindy McInnis said, "The blood drive was started about five years ago by Sally Pinon to honor three students who had dealt with cancer: Rebecca Simpson, who lost her battle on the day of her special graduation ceremony, and childhood cancer survivors Gabe Pinon and Harrison McKinion."
This year the school also honored NRCA eighth-grade Bible teacher Mr. Kelvin Johns, who is battling pancreatic cancer, and Mr. Bill Keown, husband of high school math teacher Mrs. Gail Keown, with the blood drive. Mr. Keown recently underwent major heart surgery. The 2016 drive brought many donors, some of whom were giving blood for the first time.
"Blood donations provide what money cannot," Mrs. McInnis said. "Cancer patients many times need blood transfusions to survive. Gabe experienced this firsthand. Mr. Keown had problems and needed 36 units of blood during his aorta replacement surgery along with a few extra while in [the] ICU. Without individuals willing to donate, he would not be alive today," Mrs. McInnis said.
"The most memorable scene for me was seeing the three families that we started the blood drive for, joining together during the drive. At one point Jeff Simpson, Sally Pinon, Eddie Pinon, Coach Ed Pinon, Gabe Pinon and Ginger McKinion were together in the room waiting to donate, donating, or encouraging those donating. They understand more than most how important the donations are to the patients and their families," Mrs. McInnis said.
Photo credits: Mrs. Sally Pinon
NRCA’s varsity softball continued its undefeated run of the spring season with a victory over St. Mary's School 22-6. Senior Sidney Shepheard bolted two home runs in the contest and set the school record at 11.
Local media coverage of Shepheard’s record-breaking performance appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer.
On Thursday, April 14, senior Sidney Shepheard signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Glenville State College. “I fell in love with West Virginia and the mountains last year and really enjoyed the small campus. They have great facilities,” Shepheard said.
Glenville State College is located in Glenville, West Virginia, and is a Division II school. The Pioneers compete in the Mountain East Conference.
Shepheard has played softball for ten years, five of which have been spent as a part of the varsity softball team at NRCA. Outside school, two of the main teams that she has played for are Carolina Storm Surge, a travel team, and Triangle Lightning, which had a foundational impact on her. With Carolina Storm Surge, Shepheard won 15 tournaments and placed fifth out of 18 teams in the Florida World Series. However, Triangle Lightning was most influential because her father, Davis Shepheard, was the coach, along with Joe Lee, and that was when she learned the fundamentals of the sport.
“I love to play softball because of the competition and all of the relationships that have come from playing. But, I will miss playing with all these great girls,” Shepheard said.
Her teammates, wins and coaches at NRCA have created a lasting impact on Shepheard. “I really enjoyed beating Wake [Christian] and having my best friend, Amy Brosnahan, catch me during that game. That was the first time we had beaten them in a long time.”
Shepheard credits her NRCA coach with growing her in the sport and in her faith. “Coach [Jon] Mitchell has helped me a lot over the last five years. He has taught me so much about softball but also about the Christian aspect of it. He has always told us, ‘Do what you can and He'll do what you can't.’ That has really played a large part in my life.”
As her final high school chapter comes to a close, Shepheard’s looks to the future with optimism. “I am looking forward to the higher level of competition and fulfilling a dream I have always had.”
By: Madeline Coleman, Shield Senior Editor
Seniors Ryan Killen and Eli Strong signed their National Letters of Intent to play soccer at Hampden-Sydney College, a Division III school in Virginia. The Tigers compete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).
“I chose Hampden-Sydney because I really like the coach there and the feel of the campus. I think that I will enjoy it there and could make an impact right away,” Strong said. Strong has played since the third grade, moving up to play premier league since eighth grade.
Killen has played since the age of four, and at the classic level for eight years. Both played seven years at NRCA. “Picking a favorite part about soccer is hard because I love all of it. I love playing it, watching it, talking about... pretty much everything. Having fun has always been my main passion for soccer. Also I've just always wanted to play at the college level,” Killen said.
The memory that both boys will treasure most is the state championship win in October 2013. “At NRCA, my favorite memories are beating Ravenscroft on Senior Night both my sophomore year and my senior year. Of course the state championship my sophomore year is the most memorable. I'll also always remember the different trips with the team and just enjoying the time I got to spend with them,” Strong said.
Ed Pinon, varsity head coach for both boys and girls soccer at NRCA, anticipates success for Killen and Strong. “I wish them the best as they continue their playing careers at Hampden-Sydney. God is going to use them and they are going to make an impact at the next level,” Pinon said.
By: Madeline Coleman, Shield Senior Editor
Published on Mar 21, 2016
Kelvin Johns, suffering late stage metastatic pancreatic cancer, gathers with family and friends in the chapel of Transitions HospiceCare of Raleigh, NC. Kelvin is a former pastor, an 8th grade Bible Teacher at North Raleigh Christian Academy, Sunday School Teacher at Faith Baptist Church of Knightdale, NC, founder and director EMWE (Educational Ministries for Worldwide Evangelism), and a founding co-director of FBC Video Ministry. This is not a complete list of all the ways in which Kelvin has ministered to the needs of countless souls. While he had the strength, he desired time with family and friends to share 2 Bible lessons; Psalm 37:23-40 and the story of Jesus & Lasarus, John 11.
Sixth-graders Dylan Kirk and Payne Thomas and seventh-graders Mary Stanford Austin and Brooke Denton were chosen to represent NRCA at the 2016 Middle School All-State Choir Festival.
This event, sponsored by the North Carolina Music Educators Association, will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum on April 15-16 and will bring together about 600 students from around the state. Kirk and Thomas will perform with the Sixth-Grade Choir, Austin will perform with the Women's Choir and Denton will perform with the Mixed Choir.
These students are learning a wide variety of music in foreign languages, from different countries and cultures, as well as traditional American folk music and spirituals.
The All-State Choir participants will work with guest conductors throughout the weekend and present a finale concert for family and friends. NRCA's Choral Department is proud to have these students representing the academy.
The high school Math Department celebrated Pi Day on March 14 by making food, singing songs and telling jokes about the mathematical term. All food had to be circular or in a circle-shaped container. During math class, students went to the Student Life Center to eat the food that they have made.
“Pi Day was an amazing experience where I got to explore an abstract mathematical concept and have fun with my friends,” senior Graham Lowder said.
In addition to baking, singing and joke-telling, student also made posters and t-shirts to represent the number that they have used for years to find the radius and diameter of circles in various math classes.
“Pi Day was great. I ate too many sweets, but it was still fun,” senior Ally Williams said.
By: Megan Bissette, Shield Staff Writer
NRCA international high school students visited the N.C. State University campus to get acquainted with the American university system and begin to get a feel for what makes a college a good fit.
When they arrived on campus, they watched an introductory video about the school. Following the video, a student from N.C. State led them on a tour of the campus. One of their stops was the Talley Student Union. “The building was awesome. It had a variety of restaurants, places to study, and even an ice cream place,” sophomore June Son said.
While walking around, the NRCA students saw dorms, the swimming facility, and the basketball gym. Finally, they went to the main library. “It was a great experience for me, getting to see how American colleges work and getting to learn about campus life,” Son said.
By: Daniel Brackett & Shield Staff
Over 80 NRCA high school students travelled to downtown Raleigh on February 11-14 for the annual Youth & Government conference, which is sponsored by the YMCA. This conference brought over 1,300 delegates statewide to the Raleigh Convention Center, the North Carolina General Assembly and the Wake County Courthouse.
Students participated in various roles, such as legislative, judicial (appellate and mock trial), budget analyst, lobbyist, and media. Over the course of the convention, the delegates debated in chambers and courts, while voting for their new officers for the 2017 conference.
NRCA Senior Mary Glenn West led the convention as governor with the assistance of other elected officers, including these from NRCA: Cooper Edmunds, Speaker of the Forum; Rebecca Lawson, Attorney General; Leah Schweibinz, Printer Editor; Emily-Kate Wallace, Social Media Editor and Graham Lowder, Associate Justice. In addition, Committee Chairs included Michael Meares, Chase Leslie and Madeline Coleman. The position of Student Delegation Leaders who served as liaisons between the YMCA the individual schools throughout the year and at conference included Isabella Garrison, Emily Parker and Diego Yanes.
During the conference, delegates perform their selected roles in their designated areas. Students who rose to outstanding performances were acknowledged in the closing ceremony. NRCA delegates who received these awards were Graham Lowder for Model Justice, Brittany Hayward and Carrie Mason for Best Brief, Kylie O'Brien for Mock Trial Model Witness and Diego Yanes and team were winners of the All-Star Mock Trial.
One of the highlights of the conference was listening to speeches and participating in the campaigning process of those who were running for an officer position for next year's conference. After delegates voted and the results were tallied, the last event of conference was the announcement of the new officers.
NRCA will be well-represented on next year's officer board, with the election of Cooper Edmunds as Speaker of the House, John Bailey as Speaker of the Forum, and Frederick Lin as House Presiding Officer.
NRCA had seven bills in the Bill Book this year; six went all the way to the Governor’s Cabinet, and five of them passed. NRCA also had several Freshman Forum bills make it to the Governor’s Cabinet as well.
The following are the House and Senate bills that made it to the Governor’s Cabinet.
“NRCA delegates came prepared for the conference, having learned from their previous experiences at YAG and from preparation throughout this school year. The NRCA students worked well with delegates from all over the state and made a huge impact on the success of the overall conference,” History Department Chair Dr. Betty Lawson said.
By: Madeline Coleman, Shield Senior Editor