North Raleigh Christian
NRCA's fifth-grade choir, Knights of Note, has been selected to perform at Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 19th annual Elementary Choral Celebration. This event, sponsored by the Raleigh Fine Arts Society, takes place on Thursday, March 30, and brings together elementary choirs throughout Wake County for an evening of music sharing. Knights of Note will have the opportunity to sing two songs for an adjudicator, who will critique their performance and give feedback for growth and improvement. They will also be combining with seven other choirs to perform three "massed" songs for the audience of parents, teachers, principals and other administrators.
One of the benefits of this experience is having a choral clinician come to campus several times to work with the singers on different elements of vocal technique and performance. Marshall Butler, retired choral director at Sanderson High School, is NRCA's clinician and recently worked with the fifth-grade choir on breathing and phrasing within their music. He will return on March 2 for a second session with the students.
The Knights of Note look forward to singing on a professional concert stage and representing NRCA with their high level of excellence.
Every year during the Valentine’s season, seniors run through the halls clad in pink and red singing their favorite love songs because Valentine’s Day at NRCA means seniors get to deliver Valograms to all elementary, middle school and high school classrooms. “I couldn’t believe I was finally old enough to be doing Valograms,” senior Reba Miller said. “It really hit me when the first room we went to visit was Mrs. Roberts’, my kindergarten teacher.”
Valograms are sent across the school by students, parents and teachers. They include a Valentine’s Day message, paired with a combination of candy, flowers and a performance of a
song. “I love seeing the seniors all dressed up and excited to be celebrating Valentine’s Day,” junior Savannah Hunt said. “I especially love when they sing to teachers because it visibly brightens their day.”
This year, students had the option of selecting from two new songs: “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles and “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell. “My favorite of the new songs is ‘Ain’t no Mountain High Enough,’” senior Nicole Tiu said. “It’s just such an irresistible jam.”
The day before distributing Valograms, the seniors worked hard to make the special day run smoothly. Every senior came in, either right after school or at 6:00 p.m., to sort cards, bag candy and assemble Valograms for delivery. Faculty Valogram coordinator Mrs. Canady said, “It was a big help that the seniors came out and helped organize the whole process.”
Valograms are an opportunity for the seniors to have fun spreading love around the school and for others to take a brief break from class to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Senior Chase Leslie said, “I loved being able to sing with all the seniors because I always thought that was what the ‘big kids’ did, and now we are the big kids.”
By: John Thorn, Senior Editor
Please help NRCA display a good Christian witness to the neighborhood by not using the neighborhood entrance to drop off students, to enter to drop off students in the student parking area then exiting back out the neighborhood entrance, or to cut the line by driving by the field house to enter the main car line. We have received calls from the neighborhood expressing their concerns about not being able to get out of their driveway and cars not stopping at the stop sign, and people being inconsiderate by honking at the neighbors as they try to get out of their driveways. Please extend the courtesy to our neighbors of letting them exit their driveways into the traffic. The neighborhood entrance is for our student drivers. Please use the soccer gate entrance for entrance to the car line. Thank you for your help with this matter.
SAT Math Prep Class
Spring 2017 Sessions
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 1
Make checks payable to: “Kristin Deim”
Classes will be held in J-203
Come join us Every Wednesday from 8-9, Room D-207
Mothers around the world come together to passionately pray before God for the lives of their children. Imagine the impact of God answering prayers for a generation of children throughout the world. We have a Moms in Prayer group here at NRCA. Join us at our weekly prayer time for our children and school each Wednesday from 8-9am in D-207 (4th-5th grade hallway). Contact Leigh Berrier (919-556-2321 or email@example.com) for more information.
NCMEA Elementary Honors Chorus
Congratulations to fifth-graders Charlie Beguelin and Mollie Shoaf, who auditioned and were selected as members of the 2016 North Carolina Music Educators Association Elementary Honors Chorus. Approximately 600 students auditioned for 150 spots in the chorus, so the competition was tough. This state-level honors chorus draws singers from across North Carolina.
Beguelin and Shoaf gathered with the other participants during the NCMEA Conference in Winston-Salem in November to work with guest conductor Dr. Henry Leck, professor emeritus at Butler University and founder/conductor of the Indianapolis Children's Choir. The honors chorus presented a final concert at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem to culminate the event.
NCMEA Middle School Honors Chorus
Congratulations to seventh-grader Ivan Tew who auditioned and was selected to participate in the 2016 North Carolina Music Educators Association Middle School Honors Chorus. This is the highest level of choral achievement for a middle school singer. Only 145 singers were selected for this year's group, with over 700 students auditioning from around the state.
Ivan gathered with the other selected singers during the NCMEA Conference in Winston-Salem in November to work with guest conductor Dr. Rollo Dilworth, professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. They presented a final concert at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem to culminate the event.
Wingate Middle School Choral Celebration Features Six NRCA Singers
On Friday, February 3, MaKayla Ciancanelli, Josiah Fox, Emily McAteer, Aaliyah Pugh, Ivan Tew and Madeline Walter traveled to Wingate University for two days to participate in the 12th-annual Middle School Choral Celebration. This was the first time that NRCA had representatives at this festival.
This seventh- and eighth-grade selected group was comprised of singers from around North Carolina. About 100 singers participated in the event, working with guest conductor Mr. Robert Waller, Cultural Arts/AIG Curriculum Specialist for the Buncombe County School System. Celebration participants presented a final concert on February 4 that included a song with the Wingate University Singers.
The NRCA singers noted that joining with other choir students from around the state helped all participants reach new levels. "Everyone there was good and knew their music well, so we could rise to the next level," one NRCA middle school student said.
Our 13th Annual Grandparents Academy is March 24. 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 23! 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 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.
On February 1, senior soccer extraordinaire, Kylie Olexa, signed her National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall.
Signed as a forward, Olexa will compete in one of the top conferences in Division I women's soccer, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), playing powerhouses like Clemson, Duke and UNC. “I never thought I'd be going that far north or even in a city, but I've always wanted to play in the ACC. After a couple visits I really fell in love with the city atmosphere. Everyone, not just on campus but throughout the whole city, supports you,” Olexa said.
For the past three years, Olexa has played for the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) at the highest level. She has spent a total of nine years in the league. Along with playing forward, she also plays outside back.
Olexa’s athletic talents reach beyond the soccer field. Gymnastics was also her sport for a few years. Although she is now a D1 signee, Olexa chose to focus on soccer relatively recently. “I started out doing gymnastics when I was about two. I started actually competing when I was about five or six and started playing soccer about the same time. I just really enjoyed both. They definitely complemented each other well, but I didn't really get serious about soccer until my sophomore year,” she said.
In late June, Olexa heads to Pittsburgh to begin training. She said she was most excited about “the team atmosphere and the fact that I get to play around here a lot and see my family.”
By: Rachel Weyne, Junior Editor