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NRCA Alumni Legacy

“We believe that our upbringing in a solid Christian school helped build the foundation of our worldview. We were taught by Godly men and women that glorified God in their words and their actions.” - Mr. & Mrs. Young

Adam and Brooke Young graduated from NRCA in 1999 and decided to send their daughter Mallory to NRCA in 2009, wanting her to get a Christ-centered education. Mallory, now a senior, graduates this year having attended NRCA since kindergarten - the first graduating student of alumni parents. Throughout Mallory’s time here, Mr. and Mrs. Young were able to see the many things that have changed since their time as students.

“We were at a much smaller campus, and the class size was much smaller as well,” Mr. and Mrs.Young said. “It (NRCA) did not have the amazing facilities that it has now. We remember meeting each other in Mr. John’s Bible class. I (Adam) was also one of the few students that had a pickup truck, and Dr. Sherrill would get me out of class from time to time to have me pick up supplies like playground equipment, chairs for juniors and seniors, or whatever was needed.”

For the Youngs, the impact NRCA had on their walk with Christ also contributed to their decision to ultimately send their daughter Mallory here, returning to NRCA as parents. “NRCA taught us that Christ should be at the center of our family,” Mr. and Mrs. Young said. “We believe that our upbringing in a solid Christian school helped build the foundation of our worldview. We were taught by Godly men and women that glorified God in their words and their actions.”

Now, Mallory goes to the same school and even has some of the same teachers as her parents had when they attended NRCA. “It’s really cool to have the same teachers as my parents and know that some of the teachers went to school with them,” senior Mallory Young said. “Mrs. McInnis has taught me for years and also taught my parents. Dr. Ridlehoover went to school with my parents for many years.”

Many aspects of NRCA have changed from facilities to faculty members. However, one of the most significant aspects has remained: a Christian education environment that acknowledges the sovereignty of God and His words.

“We knew from our time at NRCA that this was a place that would partner with us in raising both our students Mallory (12th) and Michael (8th) in a God-centered atmosphere,” Mr. and Mrs. Young said. “We wanted her at a place that would reinforce Christ’s teachings and help her apply them to her life. Ultimately, we wanted her to receive a top-notch education, taught by people that would reinforce Mallory’s need for having a personal relationship with Christ.”


By: Haley Lee, Shield Staff

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