A L U M N I - Wake Christian Academy


A L U M N I - Wake Christian Academy
2008 Annual Report
Wake Christian Academy
January 12, 2009
Re-Enrollment Information
Board of Directors
Mr. Ed Chappell—Chairman
Mr. Larry Beaton
Mr. Robert Bryan
Mr. Donald Dickens
Dr. Robert Johnson
Mr. Trent McKay
Mr. Trent Pierce
Mr. Jack Smith
Mr. Leonard Van Houten
Mr. Mike Woods
*On The Cover:
Walk for Wake
WCA Campus
October 6-9, 2008
Mrs. Sandra Sauls
Elementary Principal
Mr. Larry Hoxie
Middle School Principal
Mr. Wayne Helder
High School Principal
in full-time vocational ministry
celebrating those who serve
Mrs. Ardyss Woods
Assistant High School Principal
Mr. Ricky Hering
Budget & Finance
Mr. Ronnie Jeffreys
Mr. Randy Johnson
Mrs. Tina Scribner
Operations, Technology & Development
* Cover photo by Annette Taylor, StoneTaylor Photography (WCA alumna ‘85)
2008-2009 Theme
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16
Design and artwork by Mr. Jim Sanders
Mr. Philip Crane
Admissions & Alumni
Mrs. Jan Evans
Mrs. Dawn White
Missions & Summer Camps
Areas of Interest
WCA Re-Enrollment
Tuition and Payment deadlines for the
2009-2010 school year
Welcome Mr. Blackwell to guidance, SAT scores, and where are the members of the class
of 2008?
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34
Events and fundraisers
22 Technology
Technology advancements
23 Around Campus
Campus improvements & updates
24 Staff & Faculty
Teacher of the Year Awards
CPR Classes
Teachers become students
Concerts, NCCSA Competitions and beautiful artwork created by WCA students
Roundup from 2008 and confirmed camps for summer of 2009
26 Budget & Finance
Info and updates from Mr. Hering
‘Neath towering pines and deep blue sky,
Our noble school doth stand,
With parents, students, teachers,
Directed by God’s hand.
We will remember thee with pride
From mountains to the sea.
We pledge our hearts and prayers for thee,
Wake Christian Academy.
28 Chapel
By: M.B. Greene
Worship at WCA
18 Athletics
October 31, 2008
Fine Arts
15 Summer Camps
20 Development
From every season to every sport let’s look at the results for 2008
Special thanks to so many who gave of their time and talents in helping to complete
our 2008 Annual Report. Pictures, writing, proofing, and so much more.
As always, a “team” effort!
Nondiscriminatory Policy
WCA admits students of any race, color, gender, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights,
privileges, programs, and activities accorded to students at the school.
Christian Academy
invites you to
Open House
February 4th-6th
10:00am until 2:00pm
Drop in or call Phil Crane for an
appointment at
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting
those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I
press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philipians 3:13-14
WCA family and friends,
In the summer of 2008, the greatest athletes in the world were showcased at the summer Olympic Games
in Beijing, China. Americans cheered swimmer Michael Phelps as he broke the record for the most gold medals in one
Olympics and for most career gold medals for an Olympian. Usain Bolt, a Jamaican sprinter, took home the title of the
“World’s Fastest Man” by winning the 100m, 200m individual and 4x100m team relay. These men are two athletes who
prepared for their sports and reached the pinnacle of their professions.
However important as these accomplishments are, they pale in comparison to the eternal race we are running.
The Apostle Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but
only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” (1 Cor 9:24-25) Paul is challenging the believers to
run the race of faith with the same vigor as an Olympiad athlete. The victor receives a reward, but the Christian who
lives his life with the same discipline and dedication to the Lord as a world-class athlete will find the reward to have
eternal value. The righteous Judge will render the decision, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been
faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matt 25:21)
Since 2004, Wake Christian Academy has produced an Annual Report to give our school family an opportunity
to see the dedication and effort extended by our students and staff in fulfilling our mission. Our goal is to achieve the
ultimate prize: the approval of our Heavenly Father. The staff of Wake Christian Academy is dedicated to partnering
with our families in the spiritual, academic, physical and social education of their children. (Luke 2:52) As your partner,
we have prepared this formal evaluation of our progress toward achieving our mission during the 2008 calendar year.
The Annual Report is a summary of the events of the second semester of the previous school year and first semester
of the current school year. It is a report card on the work that has been accomplished and a vision of the future work to
be attempted. The report provides a summary of each major area of the school: spiritual, academic, fine arts, athletics,
facilities, staff development and finance. You will also find information pertaining to re-enrollment for the 2009-2010
school year.
On behalf of our staff, I would like to thank you for allowing us the opportunity to assist you in teaching, training and developing your children for His glory. Through our partnership we are providing an academic and spiritual
education with eternal rewards. It is my prayer that we are found faithful as we continue to run the race!
Mike Woods, Administrator
Annual Report 2008
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For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all
men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God,
and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a
ransom for all, to be testified in due time. I Timothy 2:3-6
Middle School
High School
Total Enrollment
Re-enrollment Information
• Re-enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year begins on
January 14, 2009.
• Paid on or before February 27, 2009, the re-enrollment fee
is $100.00 per student.
• Beginning March 2, 2009, the re-enrollment fee will increase to $200.00 per student.
Enrollment at 98% capacity for 2008-2009
There are two options for payment of tuition:
(1) Pay annual tuition in full by April 30, 2009, directly to
Wake Christian Academy ($100 discount per student for
choosing this option).
How do they hear about WCA
from whence do they come?
The majority of prospective students hear about the school
through another school family or by means of a website.
In addition many find out about WCA through one of our
marketing avenues. Wake advertises in several real estate
magazines, as well as newspapers and other periodicals.
Marketing is also accomplished through participation in
school fairs, church functions, CEF Spectacular, and Super
Saturday at WCA. The internet outreach of the school
marketing is extensive. Families from Maine, Minnesota,
New York, California, and many other states have requested
information about the school. Also, families from England,
Germany, and Iraq have inquired about admissions. It is a
blessing to see how God directs families to WCA.
Personal Tours: 85
Open House Tours: 82
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Please direct questions or concerns about tuition to Ricky Hering at
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27% of prospective families hear about the school
through another school family
27% of prospective families hear about the school
through a website (school or otherwise)
20% of prospective families hear about the school
through a church
7% of prospective families find the school through a
19% of prospective families hear about the school
through a billboard, a friend, realtors, flyers, siblings
and other avenues
(Family Financial Needs Assistance)
Wake Christian Academy offers need-based tuition assistance for families who have been enrolled at WCA for at least one year. Families who
qualify can receive up to 25% of the tuition amount. If you have questions about tuition assistance or would like to apply, go to www.ffna1.
com and click on the online application.
Applications must be submitted to FFNA no later than April 3, 2009.
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Visitors to WCA
(2) Enroll / Re-enroll with FACTS to pay in 10 or 12 monthly installments with a draft on either the 5th or 20th of the month.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy
scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in
Christ Jesus.
II Timothy 3:14-15
Phil Crane, Alumni Coordinator
n May 29, 2008, sixty-six seniors became alumni as Mr. Woods pronounced them the “Graduated class of 2008.” Their class
increased Wake Christian Academy’s graduates’ total to 1,574. It is the desire of WCA to provide students the foundation
by which they are able to stand firm for their faith, as well as be able to make the academic grade in college. While many of our
graduates are serving the Lord in the workplace, at home, and in church, some of our alumni have been called by God to full-time
vocational ministry. The following is a list of those of whom we are aware:
Melody (Gardner, '74) Rogers and her husband, Steve, live in Leland, IL, where Steve is pastor of the Faith Baptist Church in Sandwich, IL.
Dr. Roy Mason ('76) and Mary (Pollard, '76) Mason live in Charlotte, NC, where Roy is an evangelist, and
founder of Global Evangelism Ministries. (http://gemonline.org/)
Bobby Johnson ('79) is head of maintenance and supplies at New
Life Camp in Raleigh, NC. (http://www.newlifecamp.com/)
Roy (‘79) and Suzan (Gardner, ‘80) Tripp are missionaries to Belize.
Jamie (Blackman, ‘81) Bullman and her husband, Scott, live in
Lynchburg, VA, where Jamie is an administrative assistant and Scott
is the choir director at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA.
Bob Johnson (`
Roy & Mary Mason (`76)
Amy Jones (‘82) is Director of Leadership & Development at Christian Life
Home on a national and international level.
(http://www.christianlifehome.org) or (http://clhsupporter.org)
Alan Owens (‘82) is worship pastor at Heritage Free Will Baptist Church in
Gilbert, AZ. (http://www.heritagefwbc.org/)
Mike Beasley (‘83) is pastor of Freedom Bikers Church in Benson, NC.
Joe Cockrell (‘83) is a teacher and financial administrator for First Baptist
Christian School in Suffolk, VA. (http://www.firstbaptistchristian.org)
Ivey (Watkins, ‘84) Palmer and her husband, Brian, live in Alaska, where Brian is a chaplain in the army.
Jimmy Carroll (`86)
Mike Beasley (`83)
Jimmy Carroll (‘86) , along with his wife Beverly
(Massengill ‘86) Carroll is founder and pastor of
Journey Church in North Raleigh.
Bob Fowler (‘86) is the Greater Raleigh Area Director
for Child Evangelism Fellowship, Raleigh, NC.
Jim Gardner (‘86) is a missionary in Christian
camping and evangelism in Mexico.
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Jimmy Talton ('86) is pastor of Millertown
Community Church in Indian Head, PA.
Peter Cooper ('91) is Associate/Administrative Pastor at
Assembly of God in Indiana, PA.
Jim Gardner (`86)
Bob Fowler (`
Heather (Harvell, '92) Jones is a high school English and history teacher at
Cape Fear Christian Academy in Coats, NC. (http://www.capefearchristianacademy.com)
Billy Jones ('93) moved in September from Grace Baptist Church in Santa Barbara, California, where he was Associate Pastor, to
Vermont, where God called him to be involved in a replant of a 200-year-old church. They started with 15 people in September, but have seen the
Lord bless with about 40 people in November.
If you are an alumnus of WCA in full-time vocational ministry and not listed, please contact Phil Crane at 919-772-6264, extension 223 or
email at [email protected] We apologize for any omissions. For other alumni news and to update your personal information go to our website at www.wakechristianacademy.com. We’d love to hear from you !
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Michael Lee ('93) is Associate/Youth Pastor of Eastland Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida, where he also coaches basketball at their
Christian school. (http://eastlandchristianschool.com/)
Nathan Rogers ('93) is the youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Ottawa, Kansas. (http://www.calvaryottawa.org/)
Ellen (Saunders, '96) Hibshman and her husband, Luke, live in Birdsboro, PA, where Luke is youth pastor at High Point Baptist Chapel in Geigertown, PA. (http://www.hpbchapel.org/)
Brandi (Turner, '96) Loch and her husband, Kenny, are serving in the middle school ministry at Mid-Way Baptist Church in Raleigh,
NC. (http://www.mid-way.com/)
Nathan Rogers (‘93)
Holly (Hinton, '97) Blinson and her husband, Philip, live in Westmoreland, TN, where Philip is the pastor of Westmoreland First
Serena (Payne, '98) Martin and her husband, Steven, live in Adamsville, Alabama, where Steven is associate and youth pastor of
Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church. (http://www.ogfwbc.org)
Erin Ritter ('98) lives in Raleigh, where she works for Bethany Christian Services. She is involved in counseling adoptive parents and
birthmothers. Erin also speaks to area church groups explaining Bethany's mission. (http://www.bethany.org/raleigh)
David Calvert ('99) serves as Assistant Pastor for Church Ministries at Grace Community Church in Angier, NC.
David Jeffreys ('99) serves as the youth pastor/school administrator at Fayetteville Street Baptist Church in Asheboro, NC.
(http://www.visitfsbc.com )
Brook Everett Harding ('00) is in full time ministry at NC State. She is ministering to women through Campus Christian Fellowship.
David Jeffreys (`99)
Stephanie (Fisher, '00) McCreight and her husband, Tim, live in Virginia, where Tim is youth pastor at Gateway Freewill Baptist Church.
Michael Talley ('01) lives in Plumtree, NC, where he is program director for Teen Valley Ranch, a Christian camping and retreat center. (http://www.tvr.org/)
Sarah Greene ('03) is serving the Lord for two years in Krakow, Poland. She is serving as a Journeyman for the International Mission Board of the Southern
Baptist Convention.
Ben Wickel ('04) is serving the Lord as a missionary to Africa. The following is an explanation by Ben of his ministry: "I have been allowed by God's grace to
partake in His purposes for the southern region of Africa. Last spring and again in the fall, I will journey back to South Africa, Mozambique, and Swaziland
to encourage our brothers and sisters overseas. A majority of our work includes discipleship and foundational Bible studies with a lot of the natives in the
surrounding communities. We have also shared in the ministry of lending helping hands at orphanages and homeless shelters. It has been incredible to see
the Kingdom of God at work in these parts of the world. I am deeply thankful for all your prayers and encouragement and hope to share again what the Lord
is wonderfully doing.”
All WCA alumni senior class officers from 1972 through 2008 are invited to join us for BBQ,
alumni fellowship, and the Bulldog Classic basketball game! NO COST FOR YOU! After dinner,
we’ll spend time together talking a little about the old days, taking pictures, and then talking
about future alumni activities and participation.
BULLDOG CLASSIC: Girls Varsity Basketball at 6:30pm - Varsity Boys Basketball at 8:00pm
Contact Phil Crane (email below) to purchase tickets for a spouse or other family members.
Senior Class Officers Fellowship
January 16th
6:30 PM
RSVP by January 9th to
[email protected]
Wake Christian Academy
Alumni News
5500 Wake Academy Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603-4120
Phone: 919-772-6264
Fax: 919-779-0948
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Check the WCA
website for
follow-up and
pictures from the
held on
January 2nd.
It was
L Our treat in your honor . . .
All Alumni Senior Class Officers
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15
Mr. Paul Blackwell recently joined the
Guidance Department as an academic
advisor. In addition to advisor he will
continue to teach Bible, Accounting, and
US History at the high school level. Mr.
Blackwell has an A.S. in Education from
Danville Community College in Virginia, a
B.A. in Bible Education, and a M.S. in Education Administration and Supervision from
Bob Jones University. He has taught in Christian education for
26 years from 5th through 12th grades and was WCA’s first
middle school principal. In the fall of 2008 Mr. Blackwell compiled College Quest, a notebook containing a wealth of information on how to be successful in high school and college. The
notebooks were made available to each student and will be
updated on a regular basis. He is married to WCA alumna,
Pat Bryan; they have 3 daughters and became grandparents
for the first time in November 2008. Mr. Blackwell may be
reached at 772-6264, ext 311 or email at [email protected]
The students’ skills in kindergarten through tenth grade are
assessed each spring, using the Stanford Achievement Test.
This test measures a student’s achievements in basic concepts
and subject content typically taught at specific grade levels.
Wake Christian Academy elementary students have once again
achieved in the top ten percent of students attending private
and public schools across the United States. Middle and high
school students scored in the top sixteen percent. (A percentile
score of 89, for example, means that only eleven percent of
students nationwide who took the test had higher scores.)
Complete battery percentile scores for 2007-2008
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First grade
Second grade
Third grade
Fourth grade
Fifth grade
Sixth grade
Seventh grade
Eighth grade
Ninth grade
Tenth grade
Wherever a student goes in today’s world, he needs
writing skills. Increasing emphasis is placed on
one’s ability to express himself through the written
word. The SAT test added a mandatory writing
section, and the ACT test added an optional writing
component. To equip our students more fully, for the 20082009 school year, WCA added a new class, SAT and College
Preparatory Writing.
Our God is a God of excellence. Whatever is done in His
name should be excellent. In keeping with that philosophy,
WCA is studying its curriculum structure by examining and
re-writing goals and objectives. During 2008 members of
the social studies department met with the department chair,
Becki Buffaloe, to perform that process for their department.
Members of the mathematics department, led by chair Sandra
Therit, also completed their curriculum study. As a result of this
analysis, the decision was made to change the math curriculum
in middle and high school from Saxon to that produced by Bob
Jones Press. The difference is in their approach to mathematics and the method of teaching. The social studies and math
departments follow the science department, whose goals and
objectives were completed in 2007 and tested in 2008. The
establishment of goals and objectives is an on-going practice
with refinement and adaptation taking place continually. Four
questions must be answered: (1) Are the students achieving the
appropriate learning for their age and grade level? (2) Does
the material in one grade prepare students for the next level?
(3) Are there gaps in the curriculum? and (4) Are we achieving
the level of excellence God expects?
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers
students the opportunity to take challenging college-level
courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit,
advanced placement, or both for successful performance on
the AP Exams. For 2007-2008 23 WCA students received
sufficient AP scores to earn college credit. About 18 percent
of the more than 1.4 million high school students in more than
16,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP Exams
performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition
of AP Scholar. From the Class of 2008, two WCA students
qualified for this honor by completing three or more AP exams
with grades of 3 or higher.
Advanced Placement Offering
AP Literature & Composition
AP Language & Composition
AP Chemistry
AP Music Theory
AP Biology
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
Twenty-two percent of eligible 11th graders and thirty-two
percent of eligible 12th graders are taking at least one Advanced Placement Course.
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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy
One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10
The Class of 2008
66 Graduates
20 in Beta Club (30%)
16 had GPA of at least 4.0 (24%)
Graduates were offered nearly $2 million
in scholarships and grants.
Tayla Howard (‘09) and Ginger Hobgood (‘09), were nominated for one of NC State’s top honors, the Park Scholaship.
Pim Violette (‘08) received the Square D Scholarship through
the National Merit Scholarship Program. Caroline McKay (‘08)
was named student of the month and later student of the year
by the West Raleigh Exchange Club. Designated as scholarathlete by the Wendy’s High School Heisman organization were
Rita Beard (‘08), awarded in 2007, Kendra Kassonie (‘09) and
Collin O’Kane (‘09), both awarded in 2008.
Where did the Class of 2008 go?
Appalachian State University
Barton College
Brevard College
Campbell University
Cape Fear Community College
Chowan University
East Carolina University
Fork Union Military Academy
Greensboro College
Liberty University
Maranatha Baptist Bible College
Mars Hill College
Meredith College
North Carolina State University
Southeastern Free Will Baptist College
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wake Technical Community College
Post-Secondary Education – Class of 2008
State Schools
Private Colleges
Christian Colleges
Community Colleges
Community College Transfer
Armed Forces
Most of those attending community colleges will transfer to
four-year colleges or universities.
Verbal Math
Writing Verbal Math
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(NC Scores are for college bound students only;
WCA scores are for all students who took the test.)
Dawn White, Missions Coordinator
So, as for those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Colossians 3:12
olossians 3:12 says, “So as those
who have been chosen of God,
holy and beloved, put on a heart
of compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience.”
from Jesus”, and doing “a little cleaning” in our gymnasium.
The winter sports teams sponsored several Christmas party clubs
to help Mr. Bob Fowler, missionary with Child Evangelism Fellowship. The teams also helped the underprivileged at “The Christmas
Store” in Apex by wrapping presents and greeting visitors. This
organization gives donated Christmas presents to the needy in the
With a goal of reaching the surrounding community for
Jesus Christ, students at Wake Christian Academy participate in at least one ministry outreach during the school
year. Many others also minister along with sports teams,
special clubs, or fine arts groups.
In keeping with the 2007-2008 theme at WCA, the 1st grade
classes designed “Armor of God” greeting cards to deliver to
the elderly in our area. The 2nd grade classes also designed
homemade cards to deliver to the elderly, but these cards were
centered on Easter. Each of these students enjoyed delivering
their specially made card to the different men and women at one
This past spring our sports teams participated in a wide
of the following: Laurels of Forest Glen Rehab Center, Garner
variety of ministries. The varsity baseSenior Center, or Aversboro Assisted
ball, softball and soccer teams all
Living. Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Beverly
volunteered one Saturday at Miracle
accompanied their 5th graders to the
League. This organization seeks “to
Oaks of Carolina Center. The Oaks
provide opportunities to all children
of Carolina is a nursing home facilwith special needs to play baseball
ity located in Raleigh. While there,
regardless of their abilities.” Our
the students shared excerpts from
athletes became “buddies” for the
the infamous “5th grade Country
day and assisted the special-needs
Project,” complete in costume. During
children during their baseball game.
our annual food drive, Mrs. Carr’s 5th
The JH girls’ soccer team worked
graders were a big help with packagdiligently to sort some 10,000
ing and weighing the many pounds
CEF Spectacular
gift certificates from Basic Needs
of food collected. Our theme this year
Ministries. This organization gives
was “Pack on the Pounds” and the total
free clothing to the less fortunate. The
amount collected was over 3,000 pounds
JH baseball and softball teams were a tremendous help
of food. All the food was donated to the Raleigh Rescue Mission,
during the annual Super Saturday event held at Wake
the Durham Rescue Mission or Garner Area Ministries. The 3rd
graders are beginning a pen pal ministry with the men and women
at Windsor Point in Fuquay. Each student has a pen pal they will
correspond with several times during the year. The entire grade
is planning to visit Windsor Point in March to meet their special
pals. The kindergarten class visited Windsor Point to present a
Thanksgiving special during November. Windsor Point is a “continuing retirement community of men and women from similar
backgrounds.” Each of the 4th grade classes will visit the YWCA in
Raleigh to minister during the “Golden Oaks” program. This program is open to the elderly and provides opportunities for fellow-
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Junior High Volleyball at Raleigh Rescue Mission
Christian Academy. These two teams helped to
monitor rides and games as well as clean up following the event.
The fall sports teams completed another successful ministry season by helping at the Child Evangelism Spectacular (CEF), sorting and delivering
the “Walk for Wake” t-shirts, volunteering at the
Raleigh Rescue Mission, helping at “With Love
Mrs. Swanson’s class at the YWCA
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“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you
not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at
the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:34-35
In honor of Mother’s Day, the elementary students at Wake Christian Academy partnered with Bethany Christian Services to raise
needed funds. Each of the 450 elementary students was given a
baby bottle to fill with change. When the final coin was counted
the students had donated $5,000.00.
The “me fine” 5k family fun run/walk was a huge success. Over
150 runners and walkers were registered for the event. Lori Lee,
founder of “me fine,” was able to attend the 5k run and Super
Saturday. WCA presented a check for $6,000.00 to the “me fine”
Seniors at the Food Bank
ship, games, and food. Our students created a word search puzzle
during computer class for each of the men and women to use and,
weather permitting, will take a stroll around town with them.
The Book Drive netted over 700 books for the two libraries.
Some of these books will be given to the Christian Library International and distributed to men and women currently in prison.
Many prisoners have come to know Jesus as personal Savior
through the ministry of Christian Library International.
The 6th grade students get involved by playing games at the
Laurels of Forest Glen Rehab Center, while each of the 7th
graders volunteer at “With Love from Jesus”. “With Love from
Jesus” is an evangelical outreach seeking to minister to the
“spiritual needs as well as physical needs of those individuals they serve each week.” The 8th graders participated in a
variety of outreaches including serving lunch at the YWCA,
sorting food at the Food Bank, and wrapping presents at “The
Christmas Store”.
Not to be outdone, the high school has ministered in a variety
of ways. The seniors volunteered at the Food Bank of Eastern
N.C. this past September while the juniors have been involved
with the Raleigh Rescue Mission’s Golf Classic fundraiser, the
Durham Rescue Mission’s “Back to School Party”, and packaging food at Urban Ministries. All the sophomores donned an
apron and hairnet to serve lunch to the homeless men at the
Wilmington Street Center, and the freshmen helped Mr. Bob at
the CEF office.
First graders at Garner Senior Center
Lots of planning and prayer go into making missions at
Wake Christian Academy a reality for our students. The
support of parents, students, faculty, staff, board members, and the administration is crucial to our success.
The Missions Department covets your prayers as our
students seek to minister to others in our community
and surrounding areas. Thank you for your support over
the past ministry year!
Ministry with a smile, always!
Juniors at Urban Ministries
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The high school Beta Club and middle school Student
Council sponsored a clothes, purse, and shoe drive last
April. The two recipients were “Hannah’s Hands”, which
works in El Salvador to provide shoes and purses for
the needy, and “With Love From Jesus”, which serves
the needy in this area by providing clothing, food and
household items free of charge. We collected over 250
pairs of shoes and purses as well as hundreds of clothing items.
Fine Arts
When they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music,
and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then
the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD
II Chronicles 5:19
he Fine Arts Department of WCA provides an avenue for students to participate in the performing and visual arts.
Programs available include art, band, drama, handbells, strings, choral groups, and music theory. Art and general
music are offered to all kindergarten through 5th grade students. Vocal groups begin in 3rd grade; band, strings, and
chimes in 4th; and drama and handbells in middle school. AP music theory is generally taken in 11th or 12th grade.
Auditions for the honors Chorale and Concert Bells are held in the spring. Local church and civic concerts are a major
part of the curriculum for the honors classes. Performances in 2008 included several churches in the Cary, Garner, and
Raleigh areas. In November, Chorale and Concert Bells traveled to Stillwater Lodge in Dunn for the annual rehearsal
retreat. Led by Dr. Steve Woolet, the devotional times around the campfire centered on listening when God speaks to
us. The rehearsals were productive, and plans for next year’s retreat are already in the works.
Now in its 3rd year, the marching band continues to increase its participation in statewide competitions. Everyone
admired the pirate ship built by band parents for performances. The vigorous marching season concluded with performances in the Raleigh and Garner Christmas parades. Outstanding student performances in NCCSA Fine Arts Competition, as well as other area events, continue to reflect the tradition of excellence in fine arts at WCA. In all things, our
goal remains to equip students for ministry in their churches and communities – both now and throughout their lives.
Last year at the Fine Arts Festivals, our students proved Colossians 3:23, a verse prominently displayed in one of our
rehearsal rooms: “Whatsoever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord and not unto men.” We practice, prepare, and
pray, and then we leave the rest up to God. The students performed as unto the Lord, bringing home several high scores
and encouraging comments. A veteran judge commented that in his twenty-plus years of judging, he had never heard a
better children’s choir. To God be the glory!
The 2008 spring concerts were a blessing as parents observed the progress their children had made over the
course of the school year. The elementary concert presented a choral tribute to veterans and demonstrated the
great progress of the band and strings students. The strings and band concert concluded with a patriotic medley featuring John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” which received a standing ovation. The focus of
the choral and bell concert carried us around the world with a sampling of music from many cultures, including
a salsa band consisting of several high school brass students and a guest performance by some of the 5th grade
students in their country costumes. The fine arts department continues to strive towards the blending of the
three schools into one musical family.
The elementary Christmas concert ended with the traditional singing of “Happy Birthday, Jesus,” while the
highlight of the band and strings concert on Dec. 4th was the combined performance of “Sleigh Ride.” After
multiple performances by the music students in the community, the vocal and bell choirs held the final concert
of the season back at WCA on Dec. 11. The encircling candlelight enhanced the final piece of the season, “Silent Night,” sung by the combined choruses and accompanied by the combined bell choirs.
Annual Report 2008
Elementary Choir directed by Susan Burke
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Fine Arts
I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for
Psalms 87:12
NCCSA Competition
National Competitors
HS History – Gideon Gourley
Accounting – Chris Harrell
Academic Testing - State
Elementary Poetry - 1st place - Allison Harkness
Elementary Science - 2nd place - David Bass
Elementary Math - 3rd place - Brianna Ims
MS Math - 3rd place - Morgan Coleman
MS New Testament - 1st place - Josh Buchta
Accounting - 2nd place - Chris Harrell
Algebra I - 1st place - Felix Lam
World History - 1st place - Gideon Gourley
Spanish - 2nd place - Ashley Colavito
Elementary Small Group – 2nd
Elementary Large Group – 1st
Elementary Vocal Solo, Julia Sharrar, 1st
Middle School Choir – 1st
MS Bell Choir – 3rd
MS Choral Group – 3rd
MS Classical Piano Solo,
Autumn Wendt – 1st
MS Men’s Vocal Solo, Dillon Garrison – 2nd
MS Band - 2nd
High School Choir - 2nd
HS Bell Choir - 2nd
Marching Bulldog Band and Color Guard
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Fine Arts
Many exciting events have taken place in 2008 for the Art Department! In March our Middle School and High School students competed in the North Carolina Christian Schools Association Fine Arts Competition. We had entries in oil painting,
acrylic painting, monochromatic drawing, polychromatic drawing, batik (crafts), textiles, printing , color photography, digital
photography, black and white photography, digital media, mixed media, and watercolor.
Our students stretched themselves creatively; and we were pleased to submit 37 pieces of art in this competition. The results
were very encouraging for our students, with 18 of the works of art winning 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Three students at the high
school level went on to represent our state at the American Association of Christian Schools National Fine Arts Competition
(shown below).
Jessica Porter - National Team / Digital
Cameron Hoeben - National Team / Acrylic
Jordan Lewis - 1st Place Printing
State Winner - Middle School
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Leah Broadwell - National Team / Film
Brittany Yuhas - 1st Place Watercolor
State Winner - Middle School
Garrett Davis - 1st Place Monochromatic
State Winner - Middle School
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Summer Camps
Summer Camp Roundup
As the last school bell sounds and the students rush out the door, preparations are already in place for summer camp at WCA. These camps continue the theme of Wake Christian Academy in emphasizing the preeminence of Christ in life and learning. Each day at camp begins with a devotion and prayer from God’s Word.
Last summer over 15 different camps were offered to students from rising kindergarten through twelfth grade.
A variety of camps were offered, including the “Little Doggies” day camp, sport camps and even cooking. Not
only do the coaches, faculty and staff from Wake Christian
Academy direct the camps, but student helpers assist in
the process. This past summer we had a record number of
campers with 238, and the camp leaders totaled over 45.
The sport camps offered this past summer included softball,
baseball, soccer, color guard, basketball, football and volleyball. The mini camps included forensics, yearbook, soccer,
volleyball, MS/HS cooking and Elementary cooking I and II.
Information and registration for 2009 Summer Camps can
be found at www.wakechristianacademy.com in March.
Cooking Camp
Confirmed camps for Summer of 2009
Day Camp
Sport camps for rising 5-9th grade students:
June 1-4 Volleyball
June 8-11 Baseball and softball
June 15-18 Basketball
June 22-25 Soccer
June 29-July 2 Football
June 1-3, June 8-10, June 15-17, June 22-24
Cooking camp for rising 5th-12th grade students
June 2-4, June 16-18
Cooking camp for rising 1st-5th grade students
June 15-17
Russian for rising 7th-12 grade students
June 22-24
Soccer for rising 1st-5th grade students
Day Camp for rising K-6th grade students:
June 1-4, June 8-11, June 15-18, June 22-25
Additional camps and details TBA.
For updates and new listings, check the
WCA website at
Football Camp
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Color Guard Camp
Mini camps:
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WCA Celebrates
and so many more for whom we did not have pictures available!
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The power of one kind heart added to
another and another gives birth to a
heritage of love, which yields a harvest of
commitment to the lives of others, and lives
beyond our earthly days. We lift our faces
toward you Lord and express gratefulness and
praise for each and every WCA volunteer. With
thankfulness and awe we ask you to bless each one.
As we reflect back on this year and see the steady flow of
time, talents, and love generated by hundreds of volunteers,
we become aware that love has and is enriching the lives of our
families,friends, and our community. We thank our heavenly
Father for you, our grace-filled volunteers for your compassionate
and giving hearts.
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run,
that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all
things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
I Corinthians 9:24-25
Varsity Baseball
won the NCCSA 3-A Division Commissioner’s Cup this
past year for the seventh consecutive year. The Commissioner’s Cup is an award that honors overall varsity
athletic excellence by awarding points based on each
school’s finish in regular and post-season play along
with points for any sportsmanship awards that may have
been won during the year. The school that accumulates
the most points from the spring sports season through
the following winter sports season wins the Cup. The
combined record for all the sports teams during this
time period was 267 wins, 115 losses, and 6 ties (69%
winning percentage).
ALL-SPORTS TROPHY -- Wake Christian Academy
WCA Cross Country Team
won the All-Sports trophy again this past year for the
eighth consecutive year. This trophy is given by the
Capital Christian Middle School Conference and is patterned after the Commissioner’s Cup that is awarded
to schools based on varsity competition. The All-Sports
trophy honors overall athletic excellence within the
CCMS by awarding points based on each school’s finish
in regular and post-season play. The school that accumulates the most points from the spring sports season
through the following winter sports season wins the
All-Sports trophy.
WINTER SPORTS 2007-08 -- The combined record
for the winter sports teams last year was 81 wins and
41 losses. The varsity boys’ basketball team finished
the season with a record of 12-10. The varsity girls’
basketball team had an excellent season at 21-5 as they
repeated as the NCCSA 3-A State Champions. The JV
basketball teams had outstanding seasons as both teams
finished with winning records. The JV girls’ record was
12-6, and the JV boys’ record was 15-5. The JH girls’ basketball team had a solid season, finishing with a record
of 11-7. The JH boys’ basketball team
competed well this season, finishing
with a record of 10-8 and placed second in the CCMS tournament.
Varsity Girls’ Softball
Randy Johnson, Director of Athletics
COMMISSIONER’S CUP -- Wake Christian Academy
Annual Report 2008
-- The
combined record for the spring sports
teams in 2008 was 73 wins, 31 losses,
and 4 ties. The varsity baseball team
had a great season with 18 wins and
5 losses. The team finished first in the
conference and won the NCCSA 3-A
State Tournament, defeating Wilson
Christian by the score of 11-0 in the
finals. The varsity golf team finished
third in the central division of the
NCCSA. The varsity girls’ soccer team
(11-6) finished strong at the end of the
season to win their second consecutive NCCSA 3-A state championship.
Varsity Boys’ Soccer
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And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God and the Father by him.
Colossians 3:17
The varsity softball team (17-7) had an outstanding season and won
the NCCSA 3-A state championship also. The JH baseball team had a
very good season, finishing with a 12-4 record and a second place finish in the CCMS tournament. The JH softball team had a fine season
with 9 wins and 5 losses. The JH girls’ soccer team competed very
well this season with 6 wins, 4 losses, and 4 ties.
-- The combined record for the fall sports
teams in 2008 was 113 wins, 43 losses, and 2 ties. The varsity boys’
soccer team had an outstanding season with 15 wins, 6 losses, and 2
ties en route to winning their second consecutive NCCSA 3-A state
championship. The JH boys’ soccer team finished the season with a
Varsity Girls’ Basketball
Varsity Girls’ Soccer
perfect 20-0 record and a CCMS championship. The varsity volleyball
team had a solid season with 13 wins and 12 losses on their way to
finishing third in the NCCSA state tournament.
The JV volleyball team finished the season with 11 wins and 6
losses as they claimed third in the JV Invitational tournament at
Wilson Christian. The JH volleyball team had a terrific season,
finishing with 14 wins and 2 losses. The varsity football team
finished the season with a record of 4 wins and 7 losses and third
place in the Big East Independent Football Conference. The JV
football team continued to improve on their record, posting 7
wins and 2 losses as they finished second in the BEIFC. The cross
country program continues to grow as the boys’ team posted 15
wins while losing only 3. The girls’ team competed very well also
as they posted 14 victories and 5 defeats. Wake Christian Academy hosted the first NCCSA Cross Country State Championships
this year and the WCA girls’ team finished first while the WCA
boys’ team finished third.
-- Wake Christian Academy claimed 6 NCCSA state titles
during this calendar year. Congratulations to
the following teams on their great seasons:
Varsity Girls’ Basketball, Varsity Baseball,
Varsity Girls’ Soccer, Varsity Softball, Varsity
Boys’ Soccer and Varsity Girls’ Cross-Country.
PROJECT -- Phase II of the bleacher
• Krystin Moore is attending Barton College in Wilson, NC and playing volleyball and softball.
• Kara Mulligan is attending Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC and playing soccer.
• Travis Carroll is attending Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia and playing post-graduate football.
• Donnie Brown is attending NC State University and playing on the club baseball team.
• Dane Carroll attending Greensboro College and playing football.
• Zach Hicks is attending Chowan College and playing basketball.
• Lauren Parker is attending Barton College and cheering.
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renovation, replacement of bleachers on the
school end of the home side, was completed
in the summer of 2008. Now, the entire home
side has new bleachers that are aluminum,
handicap-accessible, and elevated for better
viewing of the field.
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will
for you in Christ Jesus
I Thessalonians 5:16.
Annual Report 2008
Tina Scribner, Director of Development
Super Saturday 2008
uper Saturday, held on April 5, 2008, at Wake Christian
Academy, was an amazing event. The rain did not stop
the fellowship or fun. Even with the rain, we had the largest
attendance to date. The
dedicated Super
Saturday committee
worked all day Friday
until 2:00 am Saturday
morning implementing a setup plan. After
a few hours of sleep,
they were back directing and guiding the
The rain did not stop
the setup of inflatable rides and games.
The WCA campus was transformed into a fun-filled carnival venue. Students and adults had a blast on the giant
“water” slide and other inflatables. Parents, teachers, and
students partnered to run food booths and games throughout the campus.
Super Saturday is designed to reach out to the community,
and it continues to expand that mission. Alumnus Bob
Fowler shared the gospel through Child Evangelism Fellowship. WCA sponsored a 5K
Fun Run/Walk; with the “me
fine” Foundation. This foundation
provides necessary resources and
financial assistance to parents and
caregivers with children treated
at Duke and UNC Children's
Hospitals, raising over $5000.00.
The Sheriff’s Department joined
us with "KID ID” informational
kits and demonstrations from the
canine unit. Your support helped
the American Red Cross secure 50
pints of donor blood.
Mark your calendar
for April 18, 2009, from 9 am
until 3 pm, for this year’s
Super Saturday!
ake Christian Academy held its second
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night October 27th, 2008, from 4 to 8 pm.
Staff and faculty helped with cleaning tables, seating guests, and running “Plinko.” Thanks to the dedication and support of our families we
raised $637.47.
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Spirit Night 2008
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ
Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20 –21
Psalm 100
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He
that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His
Psalm 100:5
pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts
with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the
LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to
all generations.”
he 2008 benefit auction, Celebrating His Goodness, held
April 19, 2008, at Colonial Baptist Church was a blessing. The
goals of the auction were to lift high the name of Jesus and
celebrate His continued blessings on WCA. It was an opportunity
for our WCA families to fellowship, introduce new friends to WCA, and
celebrate the Lord’s goodness.
Psalm 100:5
Psalm 100:5
Psalm 100:5
With over 400 individuals attending, the auction netted over $33K, which directly
benefits the students and supports the mission and vision of Wake Christian Academy. These funds were used to complete
Phase Two of the outdoor stadium seating, purchase band instruments, install playground equipment, and continue upgrading our auditorium. A special thank you goes to our 74 auction volunteers and sponsors, who gave selflessly of their time and
resources to make the event a success.
ith your help Walk for Wake in September, raised $36,760.00. It was a great time of fun and fellowship for students,
parents, and staff. We had 61amazing volunteers who monitored the course, distributed water to thirsty walkers,
cooked, prepared and served lunch to over 940 students and 60 staff. May the Lord bless you for your involvement. Please
take the time to thank our generous sponsors for their support of WFW and the mission and vision of Wake Christian Academy:
Glover's Home Improvement, Raleigh, NC, Eddie Glover 919-818-7820
Chick-Fil-A Garner Town Square, Jerry & Mary Colemann
Harris Teeter Kings Grant Shopping Center #283
Grocery Boy Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Steve Byers 919-821-2586
Missions Sports, Dan Bowers www.missionsports.com
Carolina Benefits, Trent Pierce
Walk For Wake 2008
Ruckus Restaurant,
Robert & Ashley Royster
Gypsy Shiny Diner, Tony
Gillman 919-469-3663
Fast Lube Plus, Garner
T-j’s Lunchroom, at WCA
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Fonville Morisey,
Nancy Szabados
My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philipians 4:19
Tina Scribner, Director of Technology
Wake Christian Academy’s use of technology continues to grow. We strive toward using technology to support and
enhance teaching and learning. To do this, WCA continues to integrate technology into the everyday lives of teachers
and students. Through your generous support, the technology at WCA continues to improve.
The technology department’s vision at WCA is to ensure that all our students develop the technology skills expected
in college or any vocation to which they are called. Student resources include:
Elementary, middle and high school instructional computer labs
Curriculum-based, structured computer-integration projects
Star Reader and Accelerated Reader Program
Introduction to Computers I & II, Web Graphics and Yearbook
Real Journeys curriculum
2007 Microsoft Office application projects
Multi-media equipment for classroom integration of technology
We are excited about our new cameras and recording equipment in our auditorium. This equipment allows us to
capture plays, concerts and guest speakers and create DVDs of these events. This equipment is a direct result of
your kind donations at last year’s auction.
Technology continues to help with communication allowing teachers to devote their time to academics. The addition of ClassNotes enables teachers to continually update important information for students and parents and also
adds supplemental teaching material (PowerPoint, notes, websites etc.).
The old sound booth was disassembled by
WCA staff and was history by the end of the day!
Creative Acoustics installed a larger sound booth to hold
the new computer, monitors and sound equipment.
Annual Report 2008
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Around Campus
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep
the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
Psalms 127:15
HS Science Lab
Campus Projects Completed This Year
Ronnie Jeffreys, Director of Facilities
• Renovated high school and middle school science
• Renovated the showers in the boys’ locker room
• Upgraded all the plumbing fixtures in the gym building
with auto flush toilets and urinals
• Replaced all hand washing faucets in the children’s
restrooms and added warm water
• Finished Phase II of the athletic field grandstands
• Completed the landscaping around the west side of the
• Installed additional cameras and card access door locks
to add to the security system on campus
• Put new shelving in the art room for storage of supplies
and art work
• Completed Phase II of the high school auditorium
renovation, with the installation of cameras and equipment to enable the school to tape and record school
Looking to the future, we are working on several ongoing
• Upgrading the MS and HS classroom white boards
• Adding directional signage along our campus roads
• Continuing to upgrade our plumbing fixtures campuswide in order to reduce water usage
• Renovating the showers in the girls’ locker room
• Continuing the replacing of classroom door locks with
ADA approved levers
HS Science Lab
west side
God has blessed our school this past year with donations
of furniture from a research facility in RTP that enabled us
to renovate our science classrooms. As a result we were
able to donate our used furniture and equipment to another Christian school so they could renovate their science
Elementary Playground
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Staff and Faculty
But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among
you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction and that you esteem
them very highly in love because of their work.
1 Thessalonians. 5:12
Middle School
High School
Susan Burke was selected as the 20072008 Elementary Teacher of the Year.
She has served at Wake Christian Academy for eight years and during that time
has demonstrated her passion for teaching. Whether she teaches computer or
chorus, her classroom is well organized
and orderly, promoting an excellent
learning environment. A fellow teacher
notes the impact she has on the elementary students, “She enriches our classrooms with activities and assignments
the students complete in Computer and
Chorus. She has helped us tremendously
with our international project, programs
and graduation. We are so blessed to
have her!” She encourages students to
strive for excellence, and students love
going to her class. There can be no
higher compliment for a teacher.
As a graduate of Wake Christian Academy, Susan Lee has a special fondness
for the school at which she has been
faithfully teaching for nineteen years.
This is Mrs. Lee’s second time being
chosen as Middle School Teacher of the
Year. In her role, she has the opportunity
to guide elementary students and parents
as they transition into middle school.
Through her leadership, she continues
to provide a foundation for their future
academic and spiritual success. Every
year, Mrs. Lee makes it her goal to ask
each one of her students individually if
they have received Christ as their Savior,
giving her the opportunity to lead many
to Christ. Her peers recognize her as a
master teacher with an incredibly sweet
spirit for the Lord, stating, “Her influence
is much greater than she may realize. She
exemplifies Christ to her students and
fellow teachers. She is dependable and
consistent and is a spiritual leader. She is
just plain great!”
This year Karen Rhodes was given a great
challenge in the form of cancer. She has
served as a teacher at Wake Christian
Academy for sixteen years, but this year
God allowed her peers to watch her live out
her faith in Jesus Christ each day. Here are
a few of their comments as they selected
her 2007-2008 High School Teacher of the
Annual Report 2008
Susan Burke
Susan Lee
of the
Year !
Karen Rhodes
“For perseverance the award would have
to go to Karen Rhodes. She has stretched
herself beyond belief this year as she has
continued to uphold all that is expected as
a teacher, regardless of her health and just
plain not feeling well.”
“Despite what she has endured this year,
Mrs. Rhodes has continued to remain positive in her outlook and dedicated to her
Heavenly Father. I believe that she is an
incredible role model for our students. She
loves them tremendously, and she is loved
and respected by them. Mrs. Rhodes brings
a warmth and energy to the classroom every
day that she is able to be there.”
“Mrs. Rhodes has been influencing students
and counseling them through problems
for many years. Students and faculty have
relied on her for Godly wisdom and a word
of encouragement. God has taken her on
a path this year that none of us can understand, but we have observed the unfailing
faithfulness and joy during a year of trial.
Will there be a standing ovation in heaven
when we hear, “Well done, my good and
faithful servant”?
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Staff and Faculty
“Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good
Galatians 6:6
The Five Star Classroom
Teachers become students for many reasons: to maintain their certification, fine tune their classroom skills, and keep current with new techniques for effective teaching, but especially to be their best in the ministry
God has given them. This summer at the North Carolina Christian School
Association (NCCSA) offices Cathy Dotson, elementary principal of
Wilmington Christian Academy, led a class in “The Essential Ingredients
for a Five-Star Classroom.” This class focused on developing classroom
techniques that are “outside the box.” As students, the teachers had the
opportunity to practice different cooperative learning techniques related
to the different learning styles their students bring to the classroom.
These techniques provided many potential ways to increase learning and
retention in students. Through every aspect of the class, teachers were
reminded that their first priority is to remain spiritually minded as they
seek to develop their own “five-star classroom.”
CPR Classes
On November 14, 2008, Wake Christian teachers and staff received
Adult/Child CPR/AED training from the American Heart Association
through Vector Health Services. The class included proper techniques
for assisting adults and children who may be choking. In order to earn
this certification, each person must complete the class and demonstrate proficiency with the rescue techniques. These are skills we pray
our staff will never have to use, but annual training assures that they
are prepared.
Piedmont Baptist
College Class
Mr. Smith learns technique . . .
Southeast Christian School Convention
On September 24 – 26, the WCA faculty attended the Southeast Christian School Convention in Myrtle Beach,
SC, sponsored by the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia state branches of the American Association of
Christian Schools. The theme was Leaving a Legacy. The emphasis was on the Christian school educator’s opportunity, responsibility, and privilege to influence generations to come. Dr. Chuck Phelps from Maranatha Baptist
Bible College, Dr. Jim Bennett from Northland Baptist Bible College, and Dr. Jim Schettler from Santa Maria, CA,
as keynote speakers, brought soul-stirring challenges. Seventy-two workshop leaders shared their experience and
expertise. It was a time of physical rest, spiritual renewal, and educational refreshment.
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This past summer twenty-two Wake Christian faculty members
journeyed back to campus from summer vacation to sit under the
instruction of Piedmont Baptist College’s Dr. Harlie Miller. The
three-day course was entitled, “Developing Thinkers in Your Classroom.” In an effort to become better and more effective teachers,
they studied the topic of thinking biblically in the areas of
multiple intelligences, memory strategies, and standards
and stages of thinking. Ultimately, our desire is to meet
the learning needs, as well as the spiritual needs, of each
student in our classrooms. Sixth grade science and Bible
teacher Mrs. Lee commented, “I always enjoy continuing
education classes with Dr. Miller because his strategies
are so practical and biblical.”
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and
not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11
Ricky Hering, Director of Budget and Finance
Tuition Information
As WCA begins the re-enrollment period, please recognize
that this information is vital in our preparation for the new
school year. It assures accurate hiring of new staff, ordering
of curriculum and supplies, and the scheduling of classes.
• The Early Re-enrollment fee is $100 per student if paid
by February 27, 2009.
• The Re-enrollment fee is $200 per student beginning
March 2, 2009.
Annual Report 2008
5 10 15 20 • Elementary: $5,250
• Middle School: $5,450
• High School: $5,765
These tuition levels represent an increase in the range of
2.8% to 2.9%, representing an increase of $14.50 to $16.50
per month on a 10-month payment plan. We have several
categories of expenses such as insurance, utilities, books
and other paper-related items that continue to rise faster
than inflation. WCA has tried to balance these rising costs
with the realization that many of our families are facing the
same increases in cost.
Average Monthly Expenditures
Salaries & Taxes (98 Employees)
Fuel (Propane)
$ 230,072
Wake Co.
Total Revenue 2007/2008 - $4,966,146
Tuition includes all of the following:
• All academic classes, academic services, elective class
• Student insurance
• One yearbook per student
Annual tuition per student for the 2009-2010 school
year has been established as follows:
• K-5: $5,045
*Source: www.wcpss.net
There are two options for payment of tuition:
1. Pay annual tuition in full by April 30, 2009, directly to
Wake Christian Academy ($100 discount per student
for choosing this option.)
2. Enroll / Re-enroll with FACTS to pay in 10 or 12
monthly installments with a draft on either the 5th or
20th of the month.
If you have any questions, please contact the business office at 919-772-6264.
WCA and Wake County Public Schools
STARTING Teacher’s Salary Comparison*
Other Revenue
Reenrollment / Application Fees
After School Care
Food - Primary
Total Revenue
Total Expenses 2007/2008 - $5,020,832
Compensation & Benefits
Capital Improvements & Depreciation Athletics, Yearbook, FA’s & Student Services General Expenses / Overhead
Facilities Maintenance
Books & Curriculum
Principal & Interest
Computer Services
Donations - Cash & Gifts In Kind
Benefit Auction
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Franklin Pierce Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 37337
Raleigh, N.C. 27627
In 1967, Franklin Pierce began serving as the first administrator of Wake Christian Academy, a position he held for over 23
years. A visionary with a servant’s heart, Mr. Pierce was always intent on providing a Christ-centered education for every
student. It is in his memory that the Franklin Pierce Education
Foundation was established as a charitable organization to promote and fund a need-based financial aid for students attending
Wake Christian Academy.
Consider how you can partner with the Franklin Pierce Educational
Foundation in the following areas:
Franklin Pierce Educational Foundation
Financial Report
July 2007-June 2008
Beginning Balance
Gross Revenue
Total Revenue
Bank Charges
Loss on sale of security
Occupancy, utilities and maintenance
Printing, publication, postage, and shipping
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BentwindsGolf Course
Fuquay Varina, NC
Contact Mr. Allan Swicegood
919-772-6264, ext 378
[email protected]
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May 4, 2009
$ 7,214.00
$ 4,263.00
Total given to Wake Christian Academy
for financial aid and capital improvements
$ 50,583.00
FPEF Golf Tournament 2008
Pray for the ministry and leadership of Wake Christian Academy.
Make a tax-deductible gift to the Franklin Pierce Educational Foundation.
Sign up for an ongoing monthly tax-deductible contribution to the Franklin Pierce Educational Foundation.
Donate your time or talents to assist the Foundation with future projects.
Consider the benefits of donating Appreciated Securities, Property or
Deferred gifts.
919-772-6264 (ext. 378)
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his
Psalm 29:2
“Worship - It's all about God”
Middle school principal, Mr. Larry Hoxie, was asked to
describe the importance of chapel at Wake Christian Academy. He commented, “We believe that worship is the central
focus of our lives and becomes the motivation for everything
we are and do. Worship is a life lived before God--an ongoing
response to God in every circumstance and every moment.
Therefore, at Wake Christian Academy we give our family the
opportunity to participate in a corporate worship service we
call chapel.
The foundation of chapel is the proclamation of the Word of
God. We gather on Tuesday mornings as a family to celebrate
His presence, feast together around the Word and prepare for
life in His service.”
. . . celebrate His presence, feast together
around the Word and prepare for life in
His service.
Mr. Wayne Helder, high school principal, had this to say
concerning chapels, “We strive for chapel to be a highlight
of the student's week. This time in our hectic schedule is set
aside to focus on corporate praise and worship followed by
instruction from God's Word. The Lord's direction is sought in
utmost impetus we have to praise is simply the greatness of
God. I Chronicles 16:9 says we are to sing to Him, sing praises
to Him, and speak of all His wonders. We are told over and
over in the Psalms to sing unto Him. The WCA Chapel Praise
Team uses many of these verses as our guide each week as we
pray over what songs to sing in chapel. Our heart’s desire as
a group is to honor and glorify God, and to draw hearts and
minds into focus to be ready to hear His Word proclaimed.”
Psalm 22:22 says “I will tell of Your name to my brethren:
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.” It has been
gratifying to hear from many students and teachers that God
is accomplishing these objectives through our music. Perhaps
singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin said it best when he said,
“How can I keep from singing Your praise? How can I ever say
enough- How amazing is Your love!”
The middle and high school began 2008 with a series of
chapel services led by Pastor Andy Guissman from Baptist
Bible College in Pennsylvania. He challenged our students with
the question, “Do I have an impact in my culture or world?”
Focusing on 2 Chronicles14-16, Pastor Guissman defined four
qualities needed to be a student of impact. These qualities
include committing to God publicly and privately, acting immediately on truth, never making a deal with the enemy, and
confessing sin. He followed up with encouraging our students
to be risk-takers for God. Using Daniel 3 as the primary text,
he showed how Daniel was willing to stand out, refused to be
led astray by other gods, and demonstrated actions that reflect
Annual Report 2008
Our heart’s desire as a group is to honor
and glorify God . . .
the selection of each speaker to ensure the message is
presented through the leading of the Holy Spirit. The
WCA administration desires that the chapel program
be a distinctive aspect of Wake Christian Academy."
Each chapel service begins with praise to the Lord.
Mrs. Susan Burke was asked to describe the praise
team ministry at WCA. She remarked, “The Bible
is full of reasons to worship, praise, and sing unto
the Lord – winning wars, overcoming oppression,
and forgiving sins, just to name a few. Perhaps the
the character of God.
Alumnus Chris
took time away
from college
to share with
our students.
Using Deuteronomy 10 he
outlined four
areas a Christian needs to
consider in
their own life:
to serve and
obey the Lord,
fear the Lord,
praise Him,
and to grow
WCA students
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always appreciate Pastor Tom Wagoner from Central Baptist
Church in Dunn and Pastor Kyle Sullivan from Bethel Baptist
Church in Cary. Both of these men are able to have an impact on our students by making practical life application of
Scripture. Pastor Wagoner taught how Elisha was used of the
Lord. Pastor Kyle, also known as “PK,” focused his message on
Matthew chapter 7. He explained the necessity for Christians to
take care of their own problems first and then be willing to help
others with difficulties they are facing.
Our elementary students also received special blessings from
many different chapel speakers. On Book Character Day
. . . this years Veterans Day theme, Home
of the Free - Because of the Brave!
Chapel, historian William A. Roy, Jr. dressed as Christopher
Columbus, Admiral Christbearer, and delivered excerpts from
the log of Columbus. Several children became participants in
the unfolding drama of the life of this great adventurer as they
were costumed as Queen Isabella, King Ferdinand, and others.
The students learned of Columbus’ “burning desire” for Christ
and how the power of the Gospel brought Christianity to the
Western Hemisphere. Mr. Roy highlighted the characteristic of
perseverance in the life of Columbus.
Isabel the Clown visited in May with a humorous way of
reminding the children of some very important biblical
principles. The message of obedience to parents and perseverance were highlighted as evidences of Christ in our lives.
She presented the Gospel with joy, and her enthusiasm was
The High School Handbell Choir presented two concerts for the
elementary. This talented group used several techniques and
performed many types of music. The children enjoyed the slide
show of Paul and Silas in prison while the ringers provided the
correlating musical score and effects with the bells. Everyone
was inspired after these chapels, and future bell ringers were
The saga of the “round green thingie” was finally solved after
many adventures of the skunk brothers. Pastor Kyle wove
tales of Inky, Stinky, Winky , Blinky and their friends as they
learned important lessons of not allowing “things” to capture
their hearts and produce covetousness and selfishness. They
learned the value of following the instruction of God’s Word,
obeying parents, and choosing good friends. Ask your child
about the “round
green thingie”!
The Veterans’ Day
theme this year was
Home of the Free . . .
Because of the Brave.
Alumna Ivey Watkins
Palmer, of the class
of 1984, was guest
speaker for the
elementary program.
While her husband,
Chaplin .Palmer, has
been deployed for a
second tour in Iraq,
she and their two
sons have remained
at their post in Fairbanks, Alaska. Mrs.
Palmer shared that
the boys are sacrificing time with their
daddy so children in another country can be free. Special
patriotic music and visuals highlighted the freedoms we know
as Americans and their cost. Recognition was given to all the
veterans attending the service.
The elementary students received a special blessing
this year through a Robert Doares (1911-2005)
painting, “Jesus Blessing
the Little Childen,” given
by Rev. and Mrs. Dale
Praise the Lord for the
many decisions our
students made this year.
The elementary reports
at least ten students
accepting Jesus as Lord
and Savior. The middle
school and high school
combined report between 20-30 decisions
for Christ.
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Super Saturday
Saturday, April 18, 2009
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
. . . family fun at its best!
7:00 am
Multi-Family Yard Sale
Sponsored by the Junior Class
Furniture, Electronics, Sports Equipment, Kitchen Items, and more!
(New location on campus this year!)
MS/HS Building
It has been said that the key to success is the ability to
adapt. Friends of WCA (FWCA), now in its third year,
is changing to meet our goal of encouraging WCA
teachers, faculty, and staff, as well as supporting the
administration. Vital to our success is ensuring that all
families within the school are informed about events,
changes, and needs.
WCA Campus
Vendor Fair
Shop til you drop!
American Red Cross Blood Mobile
The gift that can save a life...
We exceeded our goal again this year!
Beginning with the 2008/2009 school year, FWCA began meeting four times a year. Thus far, the meetings
have focused on introducing new personnel, encouraging participation in Walk for Wake, and hearing
from each of the school principals about changes and
expectations for this year. In addition, parents were introduced to the new and improved science lab facilities
in the high school building.
Wake County Child ID Kits
Protecting God’s precious gift
Wake County K-9 Unit
Loads of K-9 fun for the little ones!
Friends of WCA
The quarterly meetings have given parents opportunities to hear directly from WCA administration and to
receive information regarding upcoming plans and
projects. As we learn about events, we discover how
we can become involved in supporting the school.
FWCA continues to work with room and grade parents
to meet the unique needs of each level within the
school. We want to be an integral part of helping WCA
grow as “Three Schools, One Family.”
As we begin each new school year, we pray for God’s
leading and hope that this year is filled with learning opportunities and chances to see God at work in
amazing ways. Together we can achieve great things
for Christ’s glory.
Volunteers are seldom paid -- not because they are
worthless, but because they are PRICELESS!
Angela Boykin, President
Upcoming FWCA Meetings are scheduled for:
February 2nd
April 13th
Time: 7:00pm
Place: WCA Auditorium
Super Saturday provides a time of fellowship for
our school family, and outreach opportunities
within the community, and allows school classes
and groups to raise money for special wishes.
Vendors interested in
Giant Inflatables
showcasing products or
Hay Ride
services should contact
Lesa Howard at lesashowMoon Bounce
[email protected] before
Pedal Carts
the registration deadline
Cake Walk
on February 5, 2009.
Cotton Candy
Carnival Game Booths
Hillbilly Golf
Football Toss
Face Painting
Food Court in Auditorium
Unicycle Clown
Chick-fil-A Breakfast 7:00am
Coffee & Beverage Bar
WCA Fine Arts Stage Performances
Fine Arts Photo Booth
Super Saturday Committee Chairman
Dana Johnson
[email protected]
We encourage you to contact the committee
for information or to sign up as a volunteer !
The Princess
Presented by the class of 2009
Wake Christian Academy
5500 Wake Academy Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603
Thurs., Fri.
January 29th-30th
7:00 PM
Tickets - $8.00 each
Dinner Theatre
Sat., January 31st
Tickets - $25.00 each
To purchase tickets, call Barbara Williams,
senior class chairman at 919-772-6264, ext.355
Book by Michele L. Vaccca
(based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story)
Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
2008 WCA Publications
The “Princess and the Pea” will be directed by Mr. Melvin Duckenfield
and the
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Wake Christian Academy
5500 Wake Academy Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603-4120

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