December 19, 2012 - Inside WCA

Merry Christmas!

Student Spotlight

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!  

Teacher Spotlight

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!

Alumni Spotlight

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


Elementary students collected 611 new Joy Toys for the Child Evangelism Fellowship ministry!  Missionary Bob Fowler holds Christmas party clubs, where children and parents are invited to hear the Christmas story and have a birthday party for Jesus.  The parents are encouraged to "shop" for toys to give their children on Christmas morning.  The CEF program expects to minister to more than 1,500 children during the month of December.  What a blessing to know our students helped make a difference in the lives of so many this Christmas season!

News & Events

Wednesday, 12/19
MS Ice Skating
Early Dismissal
End of Second Quarter

Thursday, 12/20
Christmas Break
No School

Tuesday, 12/25
Merry Christmas!

Friday, 12/28
Alumni Basketball & Volleyball Games

Wednesday, 1/2
School Resumes
Elementary Chapel

WCA Alumni Basketball/Volleyball Games

You won't want to miss the annual WCA Alumni Basketball/ Volleyball games, Friday, December 28, 2012.  Spectator admission costs are $3 for adults and $1 for students, with a family rate of $8 total.  Door prizes will be announced throughout the event, and concessions include hotdogs, hamburgers, and food from Chick-fil-A.  At 7:00 pm, the annual alumni group photo will be taken.  Contact Robynne Brown ( to sign up to play.  See you on the court!

5:00pm - Open Gym/Warm-Up
6:00 pm - Ladies Volleyball (all ages)
7:00 pm - Men's Basketball (70s - 90s)
8:00 pm - Men's Basketball (2000 - Up)

A Message for All WCA Supporters

At this special time of the year, I am reminded of the many blessings God has bestowed upon WCA - a beautiful campus, wonderful facilities, teachers who love Him and share that love with their students, and a warm, welcoming community of parents and children.  I am very thankful for your involvement with Wake Christian Academy.  Our students deserve the best possible educational experience, and we believe WCA offers that and much more.  Our tutition covers the cost to operate the school, but the Annual Fund allows us to continually expand and improve the overall educational experience of our students.  May I ask that you prayerfully consider how your family can contribute to this fund, making the Wake Christian Academy experience the very best it can be?  With your prayers and support, we can continue to improve our school, and WCA can realize its full potential.  For more information about the 2012 Annual Fund visit our website.  To participate in the 2012 Annual Fund, click here, or mail in your tax-deductible gift to the school.  Thank you for the many contributions of your time, talents, and gifts.  God has blessed us with so much, and it's exciting to envision all He has in store for the future of WCA.  May your family enjoy the Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In Him,
Mike Woods

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