North Raleigh Christian
On Thursday, October 1, North Raleigh Christian Academy's varsity boys soccer team defeated High Point Christian Academy 6-2.
Due to the extended period of rain, the field was extremely muddy and slippery. "It was a game of who wanted it the most, and I felt that we wanted it more," senior Ryan Patton said.
The Knights started out strong with a quick goal scored by senior Brent McCready. Sophomore William Welch assisted the goal with a pass to the penalty box. The Knights held strong, scoring a total of four goals for the first half.
Sophomore Justin Armel scored a rebound outside of the penalty box. Welch scored the third goal with a solid through ball from McCready. "We knew going in that we had a good chance of winning, but we needed to be on our A-game. We fortunately were able to determine the direction of the game by getting on the board early," McCready said.
During the last few minutes of the half, senior Jon Breazeale kicked a corner kick, sending the ball to the goal box. This set up a goal by senior Eli Strong. The half ended 4-1. "Key moment in the game was Justin Armel's goal. It was a great shot and gave us a big boost to go ahead 2-1 after giving up a goal 10 min prior to tie 1-1," Head Coach Ed Piñon said
The Knights came out filled with energy to finish the cold, wet game. Right off the bat, senior Ryan Killen scored with an assist from Welch. Unfortunately for the Knights, the Cougars got a goal, moving the score to 5-2.
The last and final goal of the game was by a sophomore duo. Sophomore Gabe Piñon sent a corner kick sailing into the box to Welch, allowing an easy goal. "The field was not up to par, but we adapted quickly and beat them at their own game. It was a well fought battle from both teams, and I'm glad we came out on top. A good team performance all around," sophomore Daniel Brackett said.
"Last night's performance was a good team win by everybody and that was apparent by the different goal scorers. High Point Christian is a very good team, but we came to play and it was a good night for us. We just have to keep this going and do well in our next game. Playing for 80 minutes is important to us and we are pursuing better performances game in and game out the rest of the season," Coach Piñon said.
By: Madeline Coleman, Shield Senior Editor
On September 28-30, NRCA’s Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) featured speaker William Branch, who preaches his message through hip-hop. Branch gave five inspirational sermons to high school and middle school students. Each day before Branch spoke, Chad Lister, a graduate of NRCA who has produced three Christian music albums, led the audience in worship with songs such as "Our God" and "We Believe."
In the five sermons, Branch emphasized the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. He said, "I mean, it is Spiritual Emphasis Week--let's talk about the Spirit." Branch taught from passages in 2 Kings, Romans and James, and he referenced C.S. Lewis and Charles Spurgeon during his talks. Then on Tuesday night Branch rapped for over an hour with songs such as "Favor" and "Gimme Dat."
The evening services allowed more time for the message and the music. "I thought the night services in particular were pretty hype," sophomore Harrison Clark said.
SEW concluded on Thursday with small groups, where students discussed personal applications of the teaching Branch shared.
By: Clay Berrier, Shield Staff
Varsity volleyball(18-1) returns home for a nonconference game against Cardinal Gibbons(7-3), this Monday, October 5, at 5:30p.m. Since capturing the Volley with the Knights championship title, the Knights have been undefeated.
The Knights are No. 1 in the NCISAA 3A standings. High school sports website MaxPreps ranked NRCA at No. 4 overall in the state this week.
The Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders have won six straight 3A state championships and hold a postseason record of 43-1 over the past nine years. This year they moved to 4A and joined NCHSAA-affiliated PAC 6 conference.
"[I am most looking forward to] the competition between the teams because the intensity will be high, and we both just want to beat each other," sophomore Lauren Janok said. Janok is a right-side hitter for the Knights.
The Castle Crazies will bring added hype to the contest with a timely tropical theme of Aloha Knights. Head Coach Chris Murray and the varsity volleyball team urge all NRCA fans to join the Crazies in supporting the Knights on Monday.
By: Brooks Hill, Shield Sports Editor
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On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, NRCA will once again host Career Day for our high school students. We are seeking your help to make this day successful.
We are asking you to participate in three 30-minute Career Sessions, whether as a stand-alone presenter or along with a panel. We are looking for about 25 different sessions highlighting various careers for our students to attend. You may use a media presentation if you wish (although not required), as we have capabilities with AppleTV Airplay and/or computer display of Powerpoint or video in our classrooms. You will be assigned a classroom along with one of our teachers, with no more than 24 students per session.
If you would like to be a part of our morning (8:00-9:45am), please use the link below to register and someone from our staff will contact you within the next few weeks.
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On Saturday, September 26, NRCA’s Speech and Debate team won three trophies and one honorable mention at the Pinecrest High School Speech and Debate Tournament. This was the team’s first tournament of the debate season.
In Novice Public Forum Debate, the team of Brittany Hayward and Cohen Steffens earned an honorable mention, a notable feat for first-time debaters. In Junior Varsity Public Forum Debate, the teams of Isabella Garrison and Ben Gray; Emily Bologna and Michael Houser; and Emily Holland and Nicole Tiu-Romano won first, fourth, and fifth places, respectively. As a novice debater at her first competition, Emily Holland placed fifth in the junior varsity division- a first for an NRCA debater.The topic of debate was whether the United States federal government ought to pay reparations to African-Americans. The team will debate this topic again this Saturday, October 3, at the Jack Britt Speech and Debate Tournament.
On Saturday, September 19, six out of seven middle school students who are preparing to audition for the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA) Middle School Honors Chorus traveled to East Carolina University to participate in an auditions preparation workshop with several ECU professors and students from their music department.
The students began in a large group with other middle school workshop participants warming up their voices and getting ready for the day. They then broke out into sections (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) and worked on their specific voice part for the audition. Students also had the opportunity to work on sight reading skills and give a "mock" audition for feedback to better prepare them for the actual audition on October 1.
Pictured are (L to R): Mary Stanford Austin (7th), Jackeline Sarria (7th), Leah Bryant (8th), Brooke Denton (7th), MaKayla Ciancanelli (6th) and Ivan Tew (7th).
By: Lisa Bass, Choral Director
With a final score of 2-0, NRCA’s JV boys soccer team claimed the school’s first-ever soccer win against Wesleyan Christian Academy.
The game started off strong for the Knights, with the ball predominantly on Wesleyan’s half of the field. Within the first ten minutes, sophomore Brian Himmel scored the first goal for the Knights. Offense kept the intensity high and Himmel scored once again, making the score 2-0. The first half ended with the score 2-0, and energy from the Knights’ first-half success was enough to carry them into the second half. "My favorite part was scoring the first goal and grabbing the momentum. The team rallied and we held on for the win,” Himmel said.
The Knights started the second half with high intensity. "Offense was incredibly strong and we played as a team," sophomore Andrew Weider said. The team held strong as the Knights secured the 2-0 win. "I was thankful when the ref blew the final whistle because it meant we had won," Cooper Edmunds said.
"It was fantastic team effort from everyone. That's a fact," sophomore Michael Meares said. The Knights season record moved to 6-3-0.
On the heels of this historic win, the JV Knights soccer team plays Monday, September 28, at home against Durham Academy at 4:30 and again on Thursday, October 1, at home against Cary Academy at 5:30.
By: Madeline Coleman, Shield Senior Editor, and Daniel Brackett, Shield Writer