Inside WCA

March 4


WCA Senior Publishes First Novel by Evie Fordham

Carson Smith, Class of 2014
In many ways, Carson Smith is a typical teenager. A senior in high school, she has attended Wake Christian Academy for 10 years, enjoys playing in the marching band, and had the honor of being elected to the 2014 Winter Court as a senior class representative. Unlike many of her peers, however, Carson has published a novel, Sicari, under the pen name Karson Leigh. Carson's website summarizes Sicari by saying, "Valkyrie is a teenage assasin who only remembers the last year and a half of her life. Her past still haunts her in dreams she can't quite remember, but she knows the rules: to waver is death. Vitas, the organization Valkyrie works for, is perfectly capable of killing her if Valkyrie begins to rebel."

Carson says she does not know when she first became interested in writing, but she adds, "I can, however, date Sicari: the first draft of a draft of a draft was written in eighth grade, and I finished fixing it sometime during my sophomore year." She credits the origins of Sicari to "A misspent childhood watching the Bourne trilogy. Actually, it's a bit of a mystery, because while I've always enjoyed action movies, particularly ones with espionage, I'm still not sure how I ended up with Sicari. My guess is that everything came together in my head and spat out a plot line, but there wasn't any single defining instance where I said, 'Self, that inspires me. Write about it.' Then again, I suspect it's entirely normal for there to be a combination of influences."

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Seuss Day

Mrs. Moody's Fifth Graders on Dr. Seuss Day
Our Elementary students enjoyed Dr. Seuss Day on Friday! Throughout the classrooms, there were many cats, "Things," and "Whos" to be seen, and even a Grinch or two! The students read Dr. Seuss books, enjoyed green eggs and ham, and made crafts featuring characters from the beloved children's books. They also "dropped everything" to read at several points during the day, and our high school student assistants enjoyed reading stories to the children. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Middle School Grandparents Day

On Friday morning, our middle school students had the opportunity to honor their grandparents during the school's Grandparents & Grandfriends Day. More than 300 special guests attended and were treated to musical performances, presentations from the middle school engineering and forensics classes, a lively game of "Are You Smarter Than a Middle-Schooler?," a catered lunch, and more! Many thanks to each of our Middle School grandparents who were able to attend, as well as the countless number of volunteers who assisted that day!


Meet Becky Matthews

The Matthew's Family
Mrs. Matthews' favorite verses are Isaiah 40:28-31, because "they remind me that no matter how weak or tired I may get, the Lord is always there giving me power and strength," and Matthew 18:2-4. "These verses have become meaningful to me over time and through life's lessons. I believe that if we all take heart and listen to what the Lord is saying, and have faith like a child, we would stumble less in life and life would be brighter every day."

Becky Matthews has been part of the WCA family since 2004, when she became the After School Care Director. She served in this position for two years, but in 2005, she started Wake's new Human Resource Department, as the Human Resource Coordinator. From 2006 - 2009, Becky's responsibilities included everything from HR, to Accounts Receivable, to Operations and Development. In 2010, she began to focus solely on Human Resources, and was named Director of HR in 2012. Becky is married to Phil Matthews, who many may know as Commissioner Matthews on the Wake County Board of Commissioners. The Matthews have been married for almost 35 years, and they have one daughter, Ashley, a 2009 graduate of WCA. Ashley was married to Justin Layman last September, and will graduate from Old Dominion in 2015, with a degree in Psychology and Pre-Law. The couple is stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, and Ashley's current plans are to attend Regent Law School, if they are still in the area at that time.

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Oh, the Places They'll Go...

If you have a senior, tell us about his or her plans after college! Send us a picture, along with the school or career of choice, and we'll add your student to our board. Please send all information to Christy Straight.

Alumni News

Private Cameron Lucas ('13) and Andrew Dry ('13)

Mrs. Sprowl's fourth-graders had a visit from a very special member of the Class of 2013. Private Cameron Lucas, who visited the class before he left for boot camp, came back to share his experiences. Mrs. Sprowl said, "To see the difference in his physical, emotional, and spiritual being was both unbelievable and humbling." Cameron told the students how tough the drill sergeants were and how the marine recruits are expected to verbally yell their responses, even when their voices are gone, which happened to all of them at one time or another. "I didn't understand why the sergeants demanded everything they did at the time," said Cameron, "but eventually I saw the reason for everything. Every single thing we were instructed to do had a reason." He discussed the intensity of the physical training, and said the most difficult part was how the instructors would break them down mentally. "I made it because of my relationship with the Lord and the love of my family. I had to really rely on His strength like never before."

Cameron, who excelled in marksmanship, got down on the floor in the classroom to demonstrate various positions, which delighted the kids! Cameron shared with the students some boot camp basics, like uniforms, his living quarters, and the food, which he said was actually pretty good. He ate almost 5,000 calories a day, and chicken became his favorite meal. When he talked about the uniform haircuts, one student asked, "Do the girls in the marines have to get the same haircut?"

The most important messages Cameron shared with the children was remembering the importance of family, working hard to do their best in school, and growing strong in the Lord. Mrs. Sprowl said, "Our class has been praying since school started for Cameron to find another Christian in boot camp so they could encourage each other during tough times. He told us he did find a Christian friend, and they encouraged each other often throughout the weeks. We also prayed for Cameron to find someone to witness to, and that it would be a huge blessing to Cameron's spirit to share Christ with an unbeliever. He told us about his friend who is a Muslim and will be going to the next training with him and then to Missouri for more training. This is a huge answer to our prayer!"

Cameron is the son of WCA's beloved high school physical science teacher, Wanda Lucas. "When Cameron first told us about his desire to become a Marine, we were obviously a little hesitant," said Wanda. "But we knew he didn't have a passion for school and was looking for something that he could finally get excited about. He was VERY excited about the potential of being a Marine, so after a great deal of prayer, we gave him our blessing and supported him as he took the oath. During boot camp, he had many times when he only had the Lord to lean on. Those opportunities have strengthened his faith and made his relationship with Jesus more personal and 'up close.' What more could a mama want? He finished boot camp with a 99 on his written test, and fired 'Expert' on the firing range - the highest level you can achieve! We are so proud of Cameron, and continue to pray daily for his protection - physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. We are excited to see him grow into the caring, Godly man that he was designed to be. Sometimes, God's path for your child may not be the path you expected or would have chosen for them; but if God is in it and walking beside them, then as a parent you have to be excited to see where it will lead."

Cameron, your entire WCA family is so proud of you, and we will continue to pray for you!

Congratulations to the following WCA alumni:

  • Caleb Layton ('03) and his wife, Molly, on the birth of their daughter, Ella Gray, born January 23. Caleb is the son of Ricky ('76) and the late Pam Layton, who taught fourth grade at WCA from 1995 - 2004.
  • Lauren Poindexter Peavy ('01) and her husband, James Peavy, on the birth of their son, Samuel Michael, born February 23. Lauren and James are missionaries to Australia with Baptist Mid Missions. 
To receive periodic alumni updates, please be sure to keep your contact information current with our office. Contact Phil Crane, Alumni Coordinator, with any questions.

Send Us Your News
We want your stories! If you are a current student or graduate of Wake Christian Academy, we're interested in hearing about your accomplishments and activities. Please contact Christy Straight, Communications Associate, with story suggestions and photos.  


First Look Friday
March 7 is First Look Friday! Tell your friends about our strong, Christ-centered academic program, dedicated faculty and staff, and quality fine arts and athletic programs, and invite them to tour our campus from 10 am - 2 pm. No appointment is necessary. We can't wait to share with them all Wake Christian Academy has to offer! 

Admissions at WCA
Open enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is well underway, and each week we are welcoming new families! For more information on admissions at Wake Christian Academy, please contact Admissions Coordinator Dawn Currin. It is truly a privilege to partner with you, and we thank you for entrusting us with your child's education! We are also grateful for how you share information about our school with your family and friends. The Lord has blessed us with three schools, yet one family!

Elementary Girls Volleyball Club

WCA Volleyball Coaches Malcolm Deans and Lindsay Floyd are offering four FREE Volleyball Club sessions for girls in grades 3 - 5. The camp dates are March 19 and 20, and March 26 and 27. Activities include an introduction to volleyball basics, individual games, and team games. Click here to register by February 28, or contact Coach Deans with any questions.

It's not too late to train for this year's Missions 5K and Family Fun Run, set for Saturday, March 22! Race Director Dawn White has some tips on our blog to get you started! All proceeds benefit 58ten, a community of Christians dedicated to bringing about change in the lives of Kenya's orphans. Go here to register for the event, or contact Dawn White with any questions.

Summer Camp at WCA
Summer Camp at Wake Christian Academy is better than ever! In addition to full-day themed camps for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, we offer week-long half-day programs for kids of all ages in athletics (cheerleading, football, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, and strength and conditioning), cooking, technology, babysitting, engineering, science and forensics, middle school math and reading, and SAT prep classes. Camps run during the weeks of June 9, June 16, June 23, July 7, and July 14, and are open to WCA families, as well as our friends in the community. Click here for a complete listing of all camps and to register.

Employee of the Month
Wake Christian Academy has teamed up with CarFix, Electric Beanz, Nephew's BBQ Sauce, Terrie Jernigan's Catering, and Something You to recognize our faculty members who are doing an outstanding job! To share your nomination, go here. Winners will be announced the first Wednesday of each month at the schoolwide staff meeting, and results will be posted on our Facebook page. Many thanks to our sponsors for their generous contributions to the Employee of the Month prize package! To contribute prize items for the winning faculty or staff member, please contact Dawn Russell, Director of School Advancement. 

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, March 5
Third Grade Program
8:30 am

Friday, March 7
First Look Friday
10 am - 2 pm

End of Third Quarter

Monday, March 10 -
Friday, March 14

No School
Spring Break

Tuesday, March 18
MS/HS Chapel

Wednesday, March 19
Elementary Chapel

Beta Club Meeting
3:10 pm

Thursday, March 20
NCCSA Fine Arts

Friday, March 21
NCCSA Fine Arts

Electronic Report Cards Issued

Saturday, March 22
Mission Outreach 5K Run & Family Fun

Tuesday, March 25
MS/HS Chapel

Wednesday, March 26
Elementary Chapel

Thursday, March 27
State of the School Meeting
7:45 am

Friday, March 28
Otis Lennon
Fourth Grade

Monday, March 31 - Friday, April 4
Achievement Testing

Saturday, April 5
Super Saturday 2014
Carnival Attractions
Silent Auction
Cornhole Tournament
Basketball Competition
Volleyball Competition
More Info Coming Soon!

Don't Forget to...

Pray about your family's contribution to the 2013-2014 Annual Fund! We've already received 100% participation from the Board of Directors and our faculty and staff! Join us in our efforts to enhance the Wake Christian experience for our students! Contact Dawn Russell, Director of Advancement, for more information. 

"Like" us on Facebook, "Follow" us on Twitter (@wakechristian), and "Friend" us on Instagram (@wakechristianacademy)! Can't attend a game? Up-to-the-minute scores are tweeted throughout Bulldog games!

Go here and here to write an online review for Wake Christian Academy! Prospective families often turn to online reviews when exploring their schooling options. By sharing your positive experiences with WCA, you help us spread the word about our quality, Christ-centered program! Thank you for sharing our school with others! 

Contribute items for the Alumni Military Care Package initiative! Contact Phil Crane for more information.

Re-Link your Harris Teeter VIC Card to WCA!  Our school's code is #3939. Click here to update your profile. Schools must be added each year.

Send in your Box Tops for Education! Here's a tip: Tape a collection envelope to the inside of a cabinet or pantry door, and use it to save your Box Tops for Education! Last year, we raised more than $5,000 for our Fine Arts Program through the Box Tops initiative! Send the Box Tops in to your child's homeroom teacher. Volunteers are also needed to assist with counting and sorting. If you are able to help, please contact Gynell Sippy, K5 Assistant and Box Tops Coordinator. For more ways to earn, visit the Box Tops Marketplace, which has special links to stores like Target, Kohl's, Walmart, and more!

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