October 18, 2012 - Inside WCA

In God We Trust

On Wednesday, October 10, the first-graders presented Amerikids, a patriotic musical about our country's faith in God.

Alumni Spotlight

Each year, WCA posts our graduates' intended colleges, but you may wonder where they end up years later.  We'll use this newsletter to highlight alumni who are working in a specific field, and spend some time catching up with them.  Below is a listing of some former WCA graduates who went on to pursue careers in the science and medical fields.  To read more detailed accounts of their lives after graduation, including education, internships, and corporate moves, visit

Randy Ball, '75 - Pharmacist and Pharmacist Consultant
Dr. Ty Wadsworth, '78 - Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Louis University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Athletic Training Education Program, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, Doisy College of Health Sciences; Attending Physician, President, CEO, Sports Medicine Consultants, PC, St. Louis, MO
Dr. Margaret Edwards Meyer-Cuno, '79 - Veterinarian and Owner, Wellington Animal Hospital
Tammy Dupree Ferebee, '79 - Speech/Language Pathologist, Lenoir County School System
Ginger Lane Bryan, '82 - Registered Nurse, Supervisor/Educator in Cardiovascular Intermediate Care at Wake Med
Susan Wadsworth Pearce, '80 - Research Biologist, Laboratory of Reproductive and Endocrine Toxicology, RTI International
Donna Lane, RNC-OB, '81 - Registered Nurse, Manager of Labor and Delivery, Wake Med
Tim Shepard, '83 - Senior Toxicology Technician, The Hamner Institute for Health Sciences
Pamela Pate Bass, '84 - Dental Hygienist
Dr. James Holleman, '84 - Adjunct Professor at Western Carolina University Nurse Anesthesia Program, General Surgeon, Carolinas Physician Network; Chief Medical Officer, St. Luke's Hospital
Cindy Pleasants Crist, '85 - Registered Nurse, Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Wake Med
Dr. Stewart Collins, '87 - Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Cary, NC
Dr. Paul Hoyle, '88 - Global Commercial Lead for New Products in the Gastrointestinal Therapeutic Area, Shire Pharmaceuticals
Michelle Perry, '89 - Registered Nurse, GI Office
Susan Crane Nader, '90 - Chair of Dental Assisting Program, Miller Mott College
Paula Pierce, '90 - Registered Nurse, School Nurse, Wake Christian Academy
Dr. Jake Behringer, ’93 - Resident PhysicianUniversity of Wyoming
Alan Sanders, ’94 - 911 dispatcher
David Lee, '95 - Advanced Project Engineer, GE Healthcare Technologies
Jennifer Brady Collins, '96 - Program Analyst, Division of Extramural Research and Training 
Dr. Rob Fish, ’96 - Radiology Residency Program, University of Florida
Scott Godwin, ’96 - Diabetes Care Specialist, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals 
Crystal Powell Modlin, '96 - Registered Nurse
Dr. Christan Turner Holt,  ’97 - Pharmacist
Dr. Ryan Swanson, ’00 - Pharmacist
Katie Sturgill Edmondson, ‘01 - Registered Nurse, Raleigh Pediatric Associates
Dr. Tony Woolet ’01 - Optometrist, Risk Optometric Associates
Burke Dickens, '02 - Registered Nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Mission Hospital
Nathan Humphries, '02 - End User Device and Application Engineering Team, Cone Health Hospital System
Nikki Jackson Hefner, '03 - Registered Nurse, Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit
Andy Woolet, ’03 - EMT , Wilson, NC
Michelle Larson, '03 - Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Pediatric Therapy Associates
Zack Otto, '03 - Quintiles
Dr. Troy Swanson, O.D., '03 - Optometrist, My Eyes Optometry
Jon Douros, ’05 - Pursuing a doctorate degree in Functional Genomics, North Carolina State University
Barrett Martin, ’05 - Completing School of Optometry, University of Alabama, Residency with Dr. Bob Johnson of Johnson Optometric Associates
Dr. Morgan Surles, '05 - Pharmacist, Kerr Drug
Jessica Buker Chiu, ’06 - Pursuing doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, Xavier University
Eric Jones, ’06 - Pursuing doctorate degree in Electronic Nanotechnology, MIT (Published in the American Journal of Applied Physics)
Brittney Martin, ’08 – CNA & EMT, Rex Hospital
*Please contact with any additions or corrections.

Upcoming Alumni Event

Join us Saturday, November 3rd for an Alumni Volleyball Game and Alumni Co-ed Soccer Game. Volleyball warm-up will begin at 5:00pm in the gym with game starting at 5:30pm. Soccer warm-up will begin at 6:30pm on the field with game starting at 7:00pm.
Please let Robynne Brown know if you will be playing by Wednesday October 31st.

Teacher Spotlight

Sonya Massengill, English 11 AP, English 12 College Prep, Honors, and AP

Mrs. Massengill has taught at WCA for 15 years.  For five years prior to that, she taught Voice at the University of North Carolina, as well as privately. When asked about her hobbies, Mrs. Massengill solicited the help of her husband, who informed her that hobbies "need to be recent in order to count," so he suggested what he calls her "expensive hobby of collecting graduate degrees and chocolate."  She jokes, "I'm not sure that chocolate is a hobby exactly, but I spend a lot of time with it, so maybe that qualifies."  Mrs. Massengill's husband, Darrell, is a software development manager at SAS Institute.  Her youngest daughter, Katie, is an engineer with Balfour Beatty Construction.  Daughter Mary Beth is a software developer at Toshiba, and her son-in-law, Jacob, is in seminary at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, "in preparation for following his mother-in-law in a lifelong addiction to higher education."  When asked what advice she would offer new teachers, this sweet chocoholic replied, "Develop short-term and long-term plans for building on your strengths and addressing your weaknesses.  We've all got both, and the students in your classroom benefit when you discover who you are as a teacher and stop worrying about being someone you are not."     

Student Spotlight

Rusty Martin, Jr. (pictured with his father) Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Rusty, a junior at WCA, has been awarded the Eagle Scout Award, upon completion of his Board of Review.  This award is granted to scouts and venturers after they have completed 21 merit badges, an extensive service project, and several hours of community service, in addition to demonstrating unquestionable moral character.  Through his continued service to God, his country, and other people, Rusty has followed the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  Starring in the movie "Courageous" and several more in the future, Rusty is delivering on those principles.  As President of Venture Crew 75, he led the crew in several High Adventure and local excursions, with the culmination of his Eagle service project.  He chose to build three movable benches for the American Legion Post 116.  Since the first Eagle Scout Award was awarded in 1912, 2,151,024 boys have earned the nation's top-respected award.  Congratulations, Rusty!   

News & Events

Friday, 10/19
Open House
Electronic Report Cards
First-Grade Science Fun (On-Site Field Trip)
MS/HS Teacher Luncheon Hosted by 10th Grade Families
Varsity Football Game Vs. NRCA- Senior Night

Tuesday, 10/23
Third-Grade Science Fun (On-Site Field Trip)

Thursday, 10/25
First-Grade Mission Outreach (Garner Senior Center)

Friday, 10/26

Fitness Day
Elementary Teacher Luncheon Hosted by Fifth-Grade Families

Monday, 10/29
Elementary Manners Club Starts

Wednesday, 10/31
Fourth-Grade Play

Thursday, 11/1
Third-Grade Colonial Day
MS Fall Sports Awards
HS Beta Club Inductions

Saturday, 11/3
Alumni Volleybal and Soccer Games

Monday, 11/5
Elementary Election Day

Tuesday, 11/6
MS/HS Military Appreciation Chapel

Wednesday, 11/7
Elementary Military Appreciation Chapel

Thursday, 11/8
Early Dismissal

Friday, 11/9
Teacher Workday

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