Kristen Hood Receives Award
Kristen Hood, class of 2012, was awarded the W. Forrest Robertson Band Leadership Award, established in memory of Forrest Robertson, former band director at Wilmington Christian Academy, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2001. Mr. Robertson was a kind and gracious Christian man, who was one of the original organizers of the NCCSA All State Band Clinic. Kristen is an Honors Band participant, nominated by her band director for recognition of her leadership and character qualities. A six-member committee, using eight criteria, judged the nominated applicants, and chose Kristen based on her achievements, personal testimony, volunteer ministries, and more. Kristen is an officer in her school's Tri-M Music Honor Society, chaplain of the Beta Club, and currently holds a 4.5 GPA. She plays in the band, marching band, auditioned chorale, and is on the varsity girls' softball team. She has played piano for 11 years, piccolo for five, and flute for eight. She is active and faithful in her church, and participates in youth group, Bible study, church choir, children's activities, and special music. She is described as a "godly young lady that excels in Christian character, always displays a positive attitude, and is a leader among her peers, as well as a role model for younger students." Kristen accepted Christ when she was eight years old. In the seventh grade, she rededicated her life to God, with the desire to seek His will for her life. She writes, "Daily, I want to pursue a closer relationship with God by reading my Bible, praying for all aspects of my life, and having fellowship with Him and other Christians. He is the One I should be living my life for, and I owe Him everything." Kristen plans to major in Music Therapy, and use her gifts to help and serve others. Congratulations, Kristen!
Mrs. Hostetler Joins WCA Faculty
Lori Hostetler joins the faculty as the Yearbook Class teacher. She has been a substitute teacher in Wake County for five years, and volunteered in the Wake County Public School System for the past 12 years. Her favorite verse is, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Mrs. Hostetler's hobbies include nutrition, traveling, working out, beading, and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband have been married for 26 years, and have two children, Alexa, 16, a junior at Fuquay Varina High School, and Shane, 11, a sixth-grader at WCA. Mrs. Hostetler says, "There are so many things about WCA that I love! The genuine love of teaching that the teachers here have radiates throughout the school. The students are respectful and have a desire to learn. The warm and caring atmosphere, as well as the welcoming staff family, have been wonderful. My favorite thing at WCA are my yearbook students! They are a great group of hardworking young people, producing a yearbook that will be on the cutting-edge!" Welcome, Mrs. Hostetler! We're glad you're here!
Congratulations to Clearwater Christian College Lady Cougars Katherine Helder, '10, NCCAA DII South Region Second Team, and Brooke Buffaloe, '12, All Tournament Team Goalkeeper, for being NCCAA DII National Champions! This was by far the most successful season in the Clearwater women's soccer program history, with 18 wins! The team scored 80 goals this season, while giving up only 15. The Lady Cougars outscored their NCAA DII opponents 61-2 and had 12 shutouts. Congratulations, Katherine and Brooke! You make WCA proud!
We are extremely proud of all our recent graduates who are playing at the college level -
Brooke Buffaloe, '12, Clearwater Christian College Soccer
Ronnie Hatfield, '12, Methodist University Baseball
Taylor Knox, '12, Guilford College Football
Tyler Renfroe, '12, Campbell University Football
Courtney Saunders, '12, Meredith College Softball
Storm Baker, '11, Coastal Carolina University Football
Jacob Sebold, '11, Liberty University Soccer
Nicole Smith, '11, Barton College Soccer
Emma Haegele, '10, Cedarville University Soccer
Katherine Helder, '10, Clearwater Christian College Soccer
Emily Buffaloe, '09, Piedmont Baptist College Volleyball and Basketball
Kendra Kassonie, '09, Cedarville University Softball
David Keel, '09, Johnston Community College Golf
Sean Willingham, '09, North Greenville University Baseball