K-12 Private Christian Education
  • Crusaders Have Green Thumbs!

    The first-ever sale of plants grown in the new Harry Shaw Greenhouse at Harrells Christian Academy will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the greenhouse. Students in HCA’s horticulture, ag science, ag business, and biotechnology classes have worked hard to produce nine varieties of annual flowers plus houseplants and assorted vegetables for this special sale.

    Students began their first growing season in the greenhouse by installing a custom irrigation system in conjunction with Williamson Greenhouses of Clinton. HCA Director of Maintainence Mr. Dean Wells taught students how to work the cool cells, heater, and fans, and how to troubleshoot problems. Ag teacher Mrs. Reva Weathington then taught students everything they need to know to grow and market potted plants. “I love seeing students get excited about propagation and fertilization, inventory and market research,” she said, and added, “I also love that at Harrells we can connect all these things back to God’s love and creative power.”

    As a part of their class assignment to identify 70 different plants, Mrs. Weathington’s horticulture students chose begonias, calibrachoa, geraniums, impatiens, petunias, menarda, petunias, portulaca, verbena, and vinca to grow for the sale. As the plants started emerging from the soil, senior ag student Billy Prestage made a video commercial for the sale to spread the word on social media. Senior Corey Pruitt is in charge of all watering, disease prevention, and temperature control for this project. He said, “It’s just fun going out there to watch plants grow. I’m from the city so I don’t really see that a lot.”

    The Harry Shaw Greenhouse was established through funds raised at a breakfast attended by over 200 community members from five counties who wanted to support and "grow" future agricultural leaders in February of 2015. In addition, HCA partnered with Cargile in Raleigh, who gave a generous donation to see this first achievement in the vision for an ag complex at Harrells come to fruition.

    The May 6th sale will feature hanging baskets for $10, 6-inch pots for $3, and vegetable pots for $2. All proceeds will benefit the ag program at HCA.

  • Great Showing at Science Olympiad!

    The HCA Science Olympiad competed at the Kinston Regional tournament with great success, bringing home 18 medals and placing 2nd overall. This win qualifies HCA to the State Science Olympiad at NCSU in April.

    First held in North Carolina in 1974, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 7,600 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad's ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.

    Harrells senior Madison Tart of Clinton says, “This year’s competition was lots of fun, and so exciting to come in 2nd place overall. Everyone got a medal!” She adds, “My events were Dynamic Planet, Invasive Species, and Code Busters. Science Olympiad’s value for me is in learning about something I normally wouldn’t study on my own—like this year, the Earth’s crust—then going out of my comfort zone to apply it in competition.“

    First place winner Chance Bryant of Elizabethtown reflects on his win in the Electric Vehicle event: “Two days before competition, our front axle messed up, so we had to redo it. That was super stressful, but it probably made out car better. The coolest part was increasing the car’s traction by wrapping balloon rubber around the tires so it would brake cleanly.”

    Every member of the Harrells team placed in at least one event:


    1st place

    Electric Vehicle: Chance Bryant, Luke Quinn

    Write It, Do It: Mackenzie Odum, Ivey Rouse

    2nd place

    Bottle Rocket: Holden Quinn, Luke Quinn

    Chem Lab: Brooke Raynor, Brayden Sutton

    Duct Tape Challenge: Kaleb Jessup, Brayden Sutton

    Materials Science: Wilson Escalante, Harley Evans

    Towers: Chance Bryant, Cameron Tyler

    3rd place

    Amazing Mechatronics: Kaleb Jessup, Miranda Wells

    Helicopters: Don Banks, Holden Quinn

    Wind Power: Wilson Escalante, Harley Evans

    4th place

    Codebusters: Tyler Evans, Billy Prestage, Madison Tart

    Dynamic Planet: Will Huff, Madison Tart

    5th place

    Microbe Mission: Brooke Raynor, Miranda Wells

    Optics: Kaleb Jessup and Luke Quinn

    Junior Varsity

    1st place

    Bottle Rocket: Matt Darden, Will deAndrade

    Duct Tape Challenge: Mary Lila Blackburn, Cameron Simpson

    Rocks & Minerals: Ellie Carone, Cameron Simpson

    Towers: Stancil Bowles, Seth Harrell

    Wind Power: Matt Darden, Will deAndrade

    2nd place

    Anatomy & Physiology: Matt Darden, Will deAndrade

    Dynamic Planet: Stancil Bowles, Seth Harrell

    Forensics: Mary Lila Blackburn, Amaya Sloan

    Hovercraft: Mary Lila Blackburn, Ellie Carone

    Microbe Mission: Stancil Bowles, Cameron Simpson

    3rd place

    Remote Sensing: Ellie Carone, Seth Harrell

  • HCA Spring Fling: April 27th

    Everything You Need To Know About Spring Fling

    Spring Fling is almost here! Mark your calendars for the afternoon of April 27 for fun, food, and fellowship all on the campus of HCA. Last year Spring Fling raised $30,000 for the school. We want your participation to make this year's event even more successful! This year some awesome things will be happening…

    1. SPORTS EVENTS: Varsity softball, soccer, baseball, and
    middle school baseball will all be playing games at home that
    day. Check your “HCA Reminders” email for times.

    2. GREAT FOOD: A delicious, all-the-fixins BBQ meal has been generously donated by some of our family farms &
    businesses: Greer & Blake Moore, Murphy Family Ventures, Parks Livestock, House of Raeford, Smithfield Hog
    Production, Duplin Wineries, Southern Smoke, and desserts by Missy Tart and Rose Vann! This year, the meal will be served inside the Foundation Center. Because we anticipate many visitors to campus for sports events, we encourage you to buy tickets early! We will send home BBQ ticket order forms in Tuesday Folders on APRIL 11.

    3. MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Student musical performances can be enjoyed in the Foundation Center (not
    Newkirk Auditorium) throughout the evening beginning at 5:30pm with Kindergarten and subsequent grade levels
    performing every 10-15 minutes. You should have received a schedule from Mrs. Bowker, but we will send a reminder closer to the event. We love to hear our children sing and praise God!

    4. Ok, so HOW did we raise all that money for our school?? The SILENT AUCTION! By April 17th (while we’re on
    Spring Break), an amazing list of auction items with photos will be online for viewing at http://bidpal.net/hcaspringfling17. Bids for these items can be placed online through any mobile
    device the day of Spring Fling starting as early as 9:00 a.m.! We will again offer the BidPal online auction system which worked very well last year. You can download the BidPal app on your phone and bid at the event. Relatives can also view items online and bid from afar. If any folks need help with this “high tech” approach at the event…look for our student-leader “Bid Buddies” walking around with iPads and “Ask Me” lanyards who can help anyone who
    might be having trouble. We’ll also have charging stations for your mobile devices and a help desk. We can’t wait to see the many class-made gifts and other special items donated by local businesses. See you on April 27th!
  • A Night with Mrs. Newkirk for the HCA Crusaders

    On the evening of March 25th, over 150 family members, friends, students, and longtime colleagues of Betty Newkirk, secretary at Harrells Christian Academy since the school began, all gathered together to remember and celebrate her 47 years of service.

    The event was held at Kyle’s Farm in Harrells, a building that once served as HCA’s original gymnasium and, after being moved from the campus to its current resting spot in 2010, now serves as an event venue.  Most of the original hardwood floors from years of basketball, as well as the original hoops and scoreboard, are still present in the “Old Gym” today and highlighted the importance of the venue for this special event.

    Sparkling lights, tables decorated in black and burlap linens, and handmade centerpieces transformed the building from a historical location to a magical evening of love and laughter.  Each table setting was also outfitted with mason jars etched with the Harrells’ logo and filled with Newkirk’s signature cure-all:  peppermints.  Guests were later told that these were gifts for them to take home in honor of “Mrs. N.”

    The evening’s festivities were opened by a prayer, given by HCA senior and Spiritual Life Prefect Joseph Lee of Atkinson, NC.  Lee later presented Newkirk with a gift bag of canvases painted by students in the Upper School depicting her dedication to HCA.

    “Honestly, my favorite part of the evening was seeing the smile that broke out across Mrs. Newkirk’s face when she entered the room and saw all the people who had come to wish her well,” recalled Lee.  “You knew, without a doubt, that every person in that room had been greatly impacted for the better by Mrs. Newkirk in some way.”

    Personal stories recounted by Headmaster Kevin Kunst as well as a video of friends and family members honoring Newkirk were shared between the dinner and dessert services.  Shortly thereafter, Harrells Mayor Jimmy Moore recited an official declaration stating that March 25, 2017 would henceforth be recognized at Betty Newkirk Day.

    Rounding out the evening, HCA alumnus and Assistant Headmaster Andy Wells announced that the school would be changing the name of their auditorium to “The Joseph and Betty Newkirk Auditorium.”  He then invited Newkirk’s son, Bud, and grandson, Tommy, up to the podium to unveil her official oil portrait—a painting which will reside alongside a matching one of her husband in the auditorium bearing their names.

    “They couldn’t have chosen a better location,” stated Newkirk. “The entire night I could feel the presences of my husband, Joe, and my son, Mike, who both spent countless nights in that building.  It was as though they were there with me even though they both are now with the Lord.”

    While Mrs. Newkirk is originally from Pennsylvania, her time at HCA began at the founding of the school where she served as secretary while her husband, Joseph Newkirk, served as headmaster until his untimely death in 1978. Prior to that she worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation under J. Edgar Hoover in Washington D.C.  It was there that she met and later married Mr. Newkirk before moving to the Rose Hill area to be closer to his family.

    Newkirk will officially retire from her post at the front of HCA in May and plans to spend time visiting local nursing homes so she can share Christ's love with others. 



  • HCA Takes First & Second In FFA Ag Sales Competition

    At the FFA’s recent Ag Sales Career Development Event, senior Holden Quinn took first place in a field of 124 students, and the Harrells team as a whole took second place in a field of 31 schools.

    The Ag Sales event challenges future farmers to learn in-depth marketing research skills and to develop the personability, etiquette, and on-the-spot problem-solving that a successful career in agricultural sales, or sales in any field, will require. Harrells’ team members Kyra Gensel of Elizabethtown, Amos Lanier of Burgaw, Blake Phillips of Warsaw, and Holden Quinn of Kenansville worked hard to successfully pitch their product, a needleless livestock vaccinator called Pulse NeedleFree Systems.

    The Harrells team did a tremendous amount of research to thoroughly understand this company and what it sells. They studied the health risks and problems associated with traditional needle vaccination, and learned about new practices, including the Pulse system, that allow life-saving vaccinations to be administered to large animals without the dangers inherent to using and disposing of needles. They also arranged three informational interviews with different departments at Pulse NeedleFree via conference call, and even visited the company’s CEO in Kansas City.

    This deep preparation as a team was put to the test on March 8th, when each student walked alone into separate rooms where judges playing the role of farmers awaited their marketing pitch. The judges could ask them any question or role-play any kind of customer response, and later compared notes to see how coherent the team’s knowledge and performances were. Add in the written test and problem-solving practicum, and one can see why Harrells ag teacher Reva Wethington is so proud of her students’ two big wins. “They worked incredibly hard,” she said, “and I’m so glad that work has been rewarded.”

  • Sports Pics Rescheduled for April 12

    The spring sports pictures originally scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, March 15, 2017) have been rescheduled to April 12, 2017 due to the wind and cold weather.

    Class photos and individual spring portraits will still take place tomorrow (Wednesday, March 15, 2017) in the Foundation center.


    Class portrait envelopes were sent home last week and must be paid for at the time the photos are taken. Individual portraits do NOT require prepayment and will be available for purchase when they are returned to the school by the company.

    Checks may be made payable to Strawbridge.

  • 2017-2018 School Calendar

    Click to view the approved school calendar dates for the 2017-2018 school year.



  • Student Ambassadors' First Project

    Harrells Christian Academy’s newly formed Student Ambassadors group has partnered with the Sole Hope Foundation to make and send over 200 pairs of upcycled denim shoes to clinics in Uganda, Africa who treat children infected with a painful parasite called jiggers. In a culture where walking is necessary to get to school, shoes are of the utmost importance. The shoes made by Sole Hope protect the feet of Ugandan kids who do not have the means to buy shoes.

    The HCA Student Ambassadors is a special group of 4th & 5th grade students who come together to tackle community service projects of greater depth and scope than might be possible as individuals or in short-term settings. Their mission is to explore Christ’s call to serve “the least of these.” All the cutting that was involved in making 200 pairs of shoes was “inspiring,” says 5th grader Carson Gooden of Elizabethtown. “When I learned about the way those kids in Uganda are in need, I felt good that we could do something to help them.” Says 5th grader Elam Moore of Harrells, “When our scissors start to wear out, we get to see how much work we did. I want to do this project again—tons of times!”

    Sole Hope, based in Salisbury, NC, establishes and runs jigger-treatment clinics and gives out durable but inexpensively made shoes to Ugandans in need. Founder Asher Collie says, “Jiggers are not like any other parasite. The health implications and social stigma that comes with them is crippling to those affected by them. We believe there is hope for the problem of jiggers in Uganda, and the way Sole Hope makes a difference is by helping the “next two feet” at a time become jigger free and remain that way.

  • Senior Beta: Another Strong Showing!

    For the third year in row, Harrells Christian Academy took first place in the character skit competition at the North Carolina State Beta Convention in Greensboro. The skit, which highlighted different character strengths in the Disney characters Woody, Olaf, Belle, Pocahontas, Ariel, and Lumiere, was written and produced by HCA students Brayden Sutton, Miranda Wells, and their peers. This first place win once again earns them a spot at the national Senior Beta competition this June in Orlando, Florida. They will be joined by nine other Harrells students who placed first or second in academic and creative subject competitions (listed below).

    Additional achievements at this year’s state convention include junior Cameron Tyler of Elizabethtown’s election to the office of Vice President for the State of North Carolina, and senior Holden Quinn of Kenansville’s selection to receive the Hannah Leitner Scholarship. These honors represent significant achievements: seven schools mounted vigorous campaigns for Vice President, and the $1,000 Leitner Scholarship recognizes Quinn’s outstanding academic achievement, strong character, and multiple ongoing service projects.

    Founded in 1934, Beta exists to promote the ideals of achievement, character, leadership, and service in young people nationally and internationally through school clubs, state and national competitions, scholarships, and camps. Many Harrells parents and teachers remember their own experiences as junior and senior Beta members.

    Overall, in a field of over 2,000 competitors, Harrells Christian Academy students placed in the following Senior Beta events:



    Advertisting & Design – Abbigail Clark of Clinton, Mackenzie Odum of Clinton, Anna Rackley of Clinton, and Lydia Thompson of Wallace, 9th-12th grade

    Character Skit – Abbigail Clark, Will Huff of Clinton, Caroline Jones of Kenansville, Joseph Lee of Atkinson, Sydney Norris of Garland, Gracy Peterson of Garland, Brayden Sutton of Clinton, and Miranda Wells of Rose Hill, 9th-12th grade

    Short Story – Lucas Thornton of Teachey, 11th grade

    Speech – Gracy Peterson, 9th grade



    Fresh Look At Beta – Josh Barber of Rose Hill, Stefani Boussias of Elizabethtown, Jeana Grace Bowker of Clinton, and Mya Sloan of Kenansville, 9th grade

    Mixed Media Art – Madison Guthrie of Kenansville, 10th grade



    Speech – Miranda Wells, 11th grade


  • Harrells Junior Beta Wins BIG!

    When the National Beta Club expanded its Junior division this year to include 4th and 5th grade members, Harrells Christian Academy jumped at the opportunity. Over 80 Harrells members competed at the state Beta convention in Greensboro on February 4th, bringing home 16 awards in multiple events and earning multiple spots at the national convention this June in Orlando, Florida.

    Founded in 1934, Beta exists to promote the ideals of achievement, character, leadership, and service in young people nationally and internationally through school clubs, state and national competitions, scholarships, and camps. Many Harrells parents and teachers remember their own experiences as junior and senior Beta members.

    In a field of over twenty-one schools and 4,000 students, Harrells Christian Academy students placed in the following Junior Beta events:


    Black & White Photography – Ella Campbell of Elizabethtown, 4th grade

    Digital Art – Eli Hardison of Clinton, 4th grade

    Pastels – Piper Moore of Clinton, 5th grade

    Poetry – Georgia Pope of Clinton, 5th grade

    Social Studies – Evan Boussias of Elizabethtown, 5th grade

    Speech – Hudson Griffin of Clinton, 4th grade

    Technology – Harrison DeVane of Elizabethtown & Ty Smoak of Garland, 8th grade


    Advertising & Design – Case Barber of Rose Hill, Molly Hilton of White Lake, Leelee Votaw of Harrells, and Wright Waters of Clinton, 4th & 5th grade

    Sculpture – Jase Blanchard of Rose Hill, 4th grade

    Woodworking – Daughtry Jackson of Clinton, 4th grade


    Color Photography – Joesen Pope of Clinton, 4th grade

    Group Talent – Numerous members, 4th-8th grade

    Handmade Jewelry – Camryn Fussell of Wallace, 4th grade

    Math – Jesse Kunst of Clinton, 5th grade


  • Lower School Celebrates Grandparents Day

    On January 28, HCA’s Kindergarten through 5th grade students performed “Red, White, and You,” a musical production that honored American patriots and the values that make our nation uniquely strong. The audience for this performance was a special one: grandparents!

    Fifth graders took the lead in this 45-minute program, singing, acting, and dancing their way through America’s beloved patriotic anthems, including “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee,” “America the Beautiful,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and more. An especially powerful moment was a reenactment of the raising of the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima.

    Our younger students, massed on risers below the stage and dressed in an astonishing variety of red, white, and blue, were anything but passive partners. Their joyful noise raised the rafters in many of the songs, and smoothly executed arm motions completed a visual spectacle that was truly breathtaking.

    HCA’s music director Mrs. Margo Bowker is the beating heart of this latest Lower School production. Many hours went into the staging and rehearsing of this special program. She’s the brains as well as the heart: a beautiful prayer and extended meditation on the spiritual benefit of grandparents was written entirely by Mrs. Bowker.

    And how could we forget to mention the fourth graders’ tribute video to their grands? One by one, on screen, the fourth grade class offered jokes, sayings, and heartfelt testimony to the power of grandparents.

  • $16,000 Raised For Cancer Research In 9th Annual Pink Out Games

    On Friday, January 13, 2017, Harrells Christian Academy’s “Pink Out” fundraiser raised over $16,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s Play4Kay program and honored local cancer victims and survivors in a special ceremony.

    Under the direction of Holden Quinn, Athletic Prefect, the event began with a simple goal, to beat the money earned the year before.  “I knew we had a ton of work to do, so we started brainstorming different ways to make our goal.  I knew we had been recognized for our achievements the past three years in a row and I didn’t want to let the school down by not achieving that again,” said Quinn.

    The entire K-12 student body took part in this spectacular event which kicked off earlier in the week with a pie a teacher in the face fundraiser.  By Friday, students competed for who could wear the most pink and the senior class held a pep rally to get everyone hyped up for the big game and the fight against cancer.  From a three-point shootout and dunking contest to a blindfolded makeup application contest, the pep rally was full of fun and laughter and pink.

    Friday evening, JV and Varsity basketball teams played their hearts out on the court, surrounded by a whirlwind of balloons, a silent auction, and mini fundraisers throughout the gym.  This year Quinn invited Pork City Que, a food truck out of Rocky Point, to provide brisket, barbecue, and chicken to hungry fans.

    The night was capped off with a moving halftime ceremony during the varsity boys game, complete with a special appearance by Sampson County’s own Chasity Melvin, a former player under Coach Kay Yow from 1994-98. Fighters and survivors of all cancers were invited out on the floor and a lighting ceremony was held in memory and in honor of all cancer patients.  At the end, Quinn presented a pair of pink boxing gloves to Tracy Moore, an HCA mother who is currently in the middle of her fight with breast cancer.

    “HCA did an outstanding job with their event as far as their fan and community participation, and a donation that far exceeded expectations,” said Melvin, who  currently serves as the Fund’s Director of Communications. “Their half-time celebration of the survivors added a sentiment that everyone in the audience could feel,” she added. “We appreciate all the young adults for their commitment to charitable excellence and the community for exemplifying what the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Play4Kay movement is all about.”

    Since 2007, the Kay Yow Play4Kay initiative has raised over $3 million dollars in support of women’s cancer research and related projects. The initiative carries out Coach Yow’s vision to unite coaches, student-athletes and fans in the fight against women’s cancer.

    Since 2014, Harrells has been named a division winner, contributing more to the Play4Kay program than any high school in North Carolina.

    HCA teacher Meredith Horne added, “We have to give credit to Debbie Campbell, the HCA parent who started our Pink Out games.  And this event’s success wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors who gave so readily and so generously.  We are so blessed to live in such a giving community.”  Sponsors for the event included:  Star Communications, Performance Automotive, Duplin Winery, Deacon Jones Automotive of Clinton, The Beach Shop and Grill, Bill Carone Chevrolet, GMC, Buick of Wallace, Black, Chesnutt, & Johnson PA, Southern Bank of Kenansville, Hobbs Auto Sales, Lee Graham - Farm Bureau of Wallace, and South End Outfitters.

  • HCA Holds 4th Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition

    Junior Miranda Wells of Rose Hill has won the Harrells Christian Academy Poetry Out Loud recitation
    competition, receiving a $100 prize and the opportunity to compete for the state championship title in Greensboro this March.

    All HCA Upper School students memorized and recited a poem of their choice in the classroom round of this national competition. The twelve finalists who won their classroom rounds prepared a second poem for recitation in the schoolwide competition. A panel of four outside judges awarded 1st place to Miranda Wells, 2nd  place to junior LucasThornton of Wallace, and 3rd place to freshman Aidan Kunst of Clinton.

    "It was amazing to see these young people performing great poetry at such a high level," said Mark Cox, a poet and UNCW professor who helped judge the contest.

    A total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends will be awarded at the Poetry Out Loud finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the national champion in Washington, DC this spring.

    Launched in 2006, the annual poetry recitation contest is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation, and is open to any North Carolina high school. Participating high schools conduct initial competitions to determine one student to represent the school at the state finals.

    The Poetry Out Loud program is designed to encourage youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, and helpstudents master public speaking skills, build self-esteem and internalize an appreciation for American literary heritage.


  • HCA Geography Bee

    The 23nd annual Harrells Christian Academy Geography Bee was held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in the school auditorium.  The competition is open to all fourth – eighth grade students.  There were seven preliminary rounds administered to all fourth through eighth grade students. There was also a tiebreaker round to determine the ten finalists on stage.

    The ten finalists were:

    Ty Smoak – Winner
    Matthew Thornton – 2nd place
    Kolby Jessup – 3rd place
    Josh deAndrade
    Jacob Barnes
    Sarah Benton
    Diego Fleury
    Isabella Rumbold
    Harrison DeVane
    Aaron Sessoms

    Each participant received a certificate and a $10.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble.  The winner this year was: Ty Smoak of Garland.  The winning question was: The Bab el Mandeb, a strait between the Arabian Pennisula and the Horn of Africa, connects the Gulf of Aden to which body of water?  The answer was: Red Sea.  The winner in addition to the $10.00 gift card, also received $25.00 CASH, a medal, and their name engraved on a plaque that stays in the media center.   Ty, after winning the school title, will take a written test to possibly advance to the state level bee in Raleigh.  The state level winner will advance to the national level, where a $25,000 scholarship will be awarded by the National Geographic Society.

    The event was coordinated by Mrs. Joy Usher, the librarian, who also served as judge during the competition.  The moderator was Mr. Holden Quinn, HCA Senior.  The scorekeeper was Mrs. Sabrina Armstrong, HCA lower school Art. The timekeepers were Miss Allison Usher and Mrs. Michelle Quinn, both are HCA Alumni.  The Geography Bee is sponsored annually by the media center as a way of gaining a better understanding of the world in which we live.


    Front row, left to right:  Aaron Sessoms, Matthew Thorton-2nd place, Ty Smoak-1st place, Kolby Jessup-3rd place, Diego Fleury; back row: Josh deAndrade, Jacob Barnes, Harrison DeVane, Sarah Benton, and Isabella Rumbold.


  • Miss Crusader 2017 Crowned
    Left to right:  Homecoming Queen Hope Cottle, Anna Burgess, Tyler Evans, Talina Giles, Ashlynn Hardison, Marianne Moore, Miss Crusader 2017 Sierra Votaw, Madison Tart, Brooke Raynor, Payton Johnson, Madison Guthrie, Eleni Georgiadis, Harley Crumpler, Miss HCA 2016 Harley Evans

    Congratulations to HCA senior Sierra Votaw on being chosen by her peers as Miss Crusader 2017.  The court was presented and the winner crowned on Friday, January 6 during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game.

    Sierra Votaw, Miss Crusader 2017, is crowned by Miss Crusader 2016, HCA alumna Mary Grace Norris.  To the right is Votaw's escort for the evening, her father, Troy Votaw.

    Miss Crusader is an honor bestowed upon one female member of the senior class each winter during halftime of a designated varsity boys basketball game. She is voted upon by the entire upper school student body. 


    Miss Crusader exemplifies what it means to be a Crusader. She is proud to wear the H and cross swords and represents the school positively both on campus and away. Through her words and actions she shows the love of Christ in her heart. She is friendly to all she encounters: interacting with her peers and making new Crusaders feel welcome at the school, while also being a role model for the younger Crusaders in the lower school. She shows respect to her teachers and administrators. Miss Crusader is trustworthy. She is bold. She truly loves the green and gold. 

  • HCA STEAM Lab Receives Bright Ideas Grant

    The Harrells Christian Academy STEAM Lab, which provides a project-based learning space for science and technology initiatives integrated with art and design, received a 2016 Bright Ideas Grant from the Four County Electric Cooperative.  The grant will provide support for the lab's innovative Exo-Bot coding programs.  HCA appreciates FCEC for its commitment to learning in our region.

  • HCA Students Win Big in Story Contest

    Harrells Christian Academy students participated in WBLA’s Giddie’s Story Time and the Bladen County Public Library's story writing contest.  Students were asked to write a children’s story appropriate for grades Kindergarten to 5th grade. HCA’s winners were Mary Lila Blackburn, 1st place in the 7th – 9th grade division, Baines Raynor, 1st place in the 1st – 3rd grade division, Eli Hardison, 2nd place in the 4th – 6th grade division, and Landon Coats, 3rd place in the 4th – 6th grade division.

    Winners received prizes and will read their stories on the air during Giddie’s Story Time on WBLA.  Congratulations to these budding authors!

    Pictured: Baines Raynor, Eli Hardison, and Landon Coats.  Not pictured: Mary Lila Blackburn

  • HCA FFA Attends National Convention in Indy

    Led by new FFA Advisor Reva Weathington and State Representative Amos Lanier, the officers of the HCA Chapter of the FFA attended the national Convention in Indianapolis.  The students attended workshops, presentations, and concerts - all furthering their knowledge of FFA principles.  

  • Stuff the Bus a Huge Success

    Thanks to all of our HCA families who donated much needed food items and cleaning supplies during our Stuff the Bus campaign.  Our large bus was filled to the brim, and on Thursday, October 20th representatives of our Junior Beta Club and our Senior Prefect Board delivered these goods to the Bladen County Food Pantry to help families that have been impacted by the floods resulting from Hurricane Matthew.


  • HCA 5K: Postponed

    HCA's 5k Run/Walk for Technology, originally scheduled for Saturday October 15, 2016, has been postponed due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew.  No reschedule has been set but we will inform you of the new date as soon as it is determined.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

  • Click here to read 7th grader Ayden Fussell's account of his summer experience in Cooperstown, NY.

  • ACT Review Offered

    The Harrells Christian Academy Upper School will be offering several review sessions prior to the on-campus ACT test on September 27th. The initial session will review test taking strategies and offer tips for success on the ACT specifically. Subsequent sessions will offer help on the English and Math sections. We would recommend that any student taking the ACT on the 27th or who are planning to take the ACT later in the year attend as many of the review sessions as possible. Please contact Mr. Grey if you have any questions. 

    Schedule for Harrells Christian Academy ACT Review Sessions:

    Tuesday September 13- Room 640 -2:23pm -General test taking strategies and tips with Mr. Kunst

    Wednesday September 14- Room 640-2:23pm- Math review (Pearson)

    Tuesday September 20-Room 640-2:23pm- English review (Kunst)

    Wednesday September 21-Room 640-2:23pm-Math review (Pearson)

    Monday September 26-Room 640 - 2:23pm - English Review  (Kunst)

    Tuesday September 27-ACT@HCA

  • FFA Chapter presented with NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Grant

    HARRELLS, N.C. – The Harrells Christian Academy FFA Chapter was recently awarded a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. On April 21, the chapter hosted a check presentation in conjunction with the HCA Spring Fling. Jason Davis, the North Carolina State FFA Coordinator, presented the check to the HCA FFA chapter on behalf of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.


    The grant monies, which totaled $4,993.50, were used to help offset the costs of the equipment inside of the new 35-foot by 72-foot greenhouse facility through the purchase of tables, water hoses, planting materials, and supplies for a mum growing area.


    As a part of a partnership between the North Carolina FFA Association and the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, this joint effort, which is in its fifth year, has given out over $700,000 to agriculture education programs across the state. All of the grant monies are used for innovative and sustainable projects designed to enhance teaching and provide subjects that meet the needs of the agriculture industry.


    This grant was a portion of an ongoing capital fundraising campaign that will fund an agriculture education complex at Harrells Christian Academy. Once completed, the complex will include three acres of land, the already-completed greenhouse, and a hunter safety range. Future plans for the agriculture education complex include an agriculture mechanics shop as well as a forestry range.



  • 8th Annual Pink Night a HUGE Success

    The eighth annual Harrells Christian Academy Pink Night in support of the Play4Kay Foundation took place on January 15th and was a huge success.  Through food sales, auctions, and other special fundraisers, the Class of 2016, who sponsored the event, raised an incredible $9300 for the Play4Kay Foundation.  The HCA community comes through again!

    The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation, is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research and related projects, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. Coach Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. With the creation of the Fund, Coach Yow hoped to raise money to further cutting-edge research conducted by the nation’s top doctors and medical experts to allow more and more cancer patients to have access to experimental drugs and clinical trials. Since the majority of these research projects are privately funded, these researchers desperately need our support in order for them to continue to make strides in finding a cure for cancer. 

  • Senior Beta Earns Eight Top 3 Finishes at State Convention

    Congratulations to our Senior Beta Club for their performance at the State Convention. Several students are coming home with trophies and they all worked as a group to create and execute award winning skits and performances. Here's a run-down of their wins this weekend:

    McKenzie Parks: 2nd Place, Science Division 2

    Brayden Sutton: 2nd Place, Spelling Division 1

    Group talent: 3rd Place

    Character skit: 1st Place

    Haley Bowles: 2nd Place, Banner

    Lucas Thornton: 1st place, Short Story

    Joseph Lee: 3rd place, Onsite Poetry

    Campaign skit: 1st Place

    Congratulations to our entire BETA club and their dedicated and committed sponsors. We are very proud of all of their efforts!!!


  • HCA Hosts Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest

    Congratulations to Caroline Jones on being named the champion of our third annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. Caroline will have the opportunity to compete at the state level in February.  Other finalists included Cameron Blue, Taylor Brinson, Hunter Hathaway, Thomas Rhodes, Lydia Thompson, and Lucas Thornton.  Caroline recited "Curandera" by Pat Mora and "Barter" by Sara Teasdale.


  • Tough Competition in National Geographic Bee

    On January 13th, HCA hosted its finals in the National Geographic Bee competition.  After a very close match that ended in a three question tie-breaker for the win, 8th grader Aidan Kunst won the title and earned the right to complete a test to see if he will qualify for the state competition.  The other finalists were: Ty Smoak, Twinkle Patel, Brinkley Spearman, Harrison DeVane, Camryn Brown, Lizzie Blackburn, Matthew Evans, Stefani Boussias, and Matthew Darden.

  • HCA fills shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child

    Harrells Christian Academy was pleased to participate in Operation Christmas Child in partnership with Samaritan's Purse International.  Student leaders from the Upper School FFA and Prefect Leadership programs worked with Lower School students to assemble 142 shoeboxes that will be distributed around the world to those in need. Each shoebox was filled with toys and crafts provided by HCA families.


  • HCA raises $4300 in Annual Penny Wars

    The final Penny Wars count is $4,245 over 5 days! The FFA chapter will round that figure up to $4,300. Thank you so much for all of your support for this community service project. It's incredible to see the giving nature of our students, staff and parents!

    Winner of the lower school pizza party is the Kindergarten class and winner of the middle school pizza party is the 8th grade!

  • 3rd through 5th Graders Support Bladen Crisis Center

    This year Harrells Christian Academy’s third through fifth graders have engaged in Project Based Learning, or PBL. The project is called Solving World Hunger and it will last for the first semester.

    Students have learned about local and global solutions to feeding the hungry. The first portion of the project focused on solutions to fight hunger locally. Students began in August collecting non-perishable items for the Bladen Crisis Center of Elizabethtown.

    Students developed ways to sort donations and developed ways to advertise the food drive during the collection period. They were able to collect a ton and a half of food during the drive. At the conclusion of the drive, Mrs. Kathy Page, who volunteers at the center, came to HCA to allow students to package individual bags for recipients. Through the process, they were able to see how just a few food items were meant to feed families. They developed a better understanding of how little food recipients were given and deepened their appreciation for the need all around them.

    Students are appreciative of the time and knowledge Mrs. Page shared and for the community support for the food drive. The project will continue as HCA’s FFA partners with the Lower School to learn about food production and distribution worldwide. The project will then move toward addressing world hunger as students find ways to combat the problem and make others aware of the many needs around the world.


  • HCA's 3rd Annual 5K for Technology a HUGE success!
    HCA 5k Logo

    The HCA Run/Walk for Technology 5K supports 21st Century computer labs, online learning, and other technology initiatives at Harrells Christian Academy. Last Saturday's event was a HUGE success, raising over $20,000 to be used towards HCA's tech initiatives!  

    Thank you to all the sponsors and runners who participated.

    In addition, this year's event was our first year partnering with Ainsley's Angels of America, an organization that serves our special needs communtiy by providing "legs" (runners who are able to push riders along) for these types of races.  The regional director commented that the HCA Run for Technology was "one of the most organized, well-planned, inclusive, and just plain fun races that we have participated in this year!"


    If you would like to sponsor, volunteer, or donate to this event in the future, please contact Karen Burton:

    kburton@harrellsca.com  •  910-532-4575



  • HCA Book Fair Ongoing Until Tuesday, 10/20

    The Usborne Book Fair will be at HCA Friday, Oct 16 - 8:00 until Grandparents’ Day ends, Monday, Oct 19 - 8:00 - 3:00, and Tuesday, October 20 - 8:00 - 10:00 in room 130 of the Lower School building.

  • We are taking orders for this year's edition of The Shield's Image, HCA yearbook. 
    Own a remembrance of what is sure to be a great school year! Yearbooks are currently on sale for $55.  




    For more information, to download an order form, or to place an order online, click here.

    If you have any questions, please contact our yearbook advisor, Meredith Horne Allen at mhorne@harrellsca.com.


  • HCA Booster Club Membership

    2015-2016 HCA BOOSTER CLUB

    The HCA Booster Club is dedicated to providing our athletic programs with the extra support they need, not only to survive, but to thrive.  In the past we have purchased such items as tennis bleachers, weight room equipment, backstops, outfield fences, scoreboards, public address system and installation, uniforms for all of our teams and the list goes on.  These are all items that are essential to outfitting our teams that are not covered in the school budget or by tuition.

    Our first meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.  We need your support by joining the Booster Club.  Whether your child is in kindergarten, or is a senior, we need you.  Many times parents do not think they need to join since their child is not yet involved in sports, but this is not so.  Why not join now, and insure that the athletic programs have the support they need to be even better when your child is able to be a part of them?

    You have the opportunity to join the HCA Booster Club now, again at the meeting on Aug. 4, at Open House, Aug. 11 and again at the first home football game. If you have not joined before, we urge you to join and become an even more vital part of the HCA family.  If you have been involved in the Booster Club before, we thank you for your continued support.

    Booster Club membership levels:

    ________GREEN: $125.00 – Membership and 2 admissions to regular season home games

    __________GOLD: $200.00 – Membership and 3 admissions to regular season home games

    __________CRUSADER: $500.00 – Membership, 4 admissions to regular season games and 4x8 advertisement sign during fall sports

    _________________________________       ___________________________________

                        Full Name                                     Telephone

    _________________________________       ___________________________________

                    Mailing Address                   E-mail Address

    Please check the level at which you wish to become a member of the HCA Booster Club, fill in all the requested information, and return to Mrs. Susan Frederick with check made payable to the HCA Booster Club.



    Clayton Hall, HCA Athletic Director


    Crusader Super Booster sign information must be returned by Wednesday, August 5.         



  • Sign up for Renweb

    Parents and students need to create a Renweb account in order to access their grades and class information.  Renweb will take the place of Edline.  An e-mail was sent to you on August 11 explaining the process.  We've made this change in order to have a more integrated system that replaces the work of five different companies by narrowing it down to one.


    There will be some information that needs to be double checked and filled out in the beginning (contact, emergency, allergies, etc.).  However, once your child reenrolls for the next year you will not have to fill all of that out again; you'll only have to check the information for accuracy or changes.  This eliminates the need for the paperwork we usually ask you all to fill out at the beginning of ever year.


    If you are having trouble signing up, please contact Meredith Horne Allen mhorne@harrellsca.com

  • School Supply List

    Harrells Christian Academy

    2015 – 2016 Supply Lists



    • 8 ct large Crayola crayons
    • 16 ct regular Crayola crayons
    • 5” blunt scissors
    • 4 Elmer’s Glue Sticks
    • Pencil box (5”x8”)
    • Pencil bag with three holes for binder
    • 1” white binder with clear cover
    • 12 large Tri-Write pencils
    • 12 regular Tri-Write pencils
    • 10 ct broad Crayola markers classic colors
    • 4 pink pearl erasers
    • 4 dry erase markers
    • Rest mat (19”x45”)
    • 2 boxes of tissues
    • 1 roll of paper towels
    • Clorox wipes


    • 3 boxes 16 ct regular Crayola crayons
    • 8 ct Crayola broad markers classic colors
    • 8 ct Crayola colored pencils
    • 5” sharp scissors
    • 2 Elmer’s gel glue sticks
    • 4 oz. Elmer’s school glue
    • Pencil box (5”x8”)
    • 24 sharpened pencils
    • Pencil bag with three holds for binder
    • Plastic 3-hole folders with pockets – 1 each of these colors – red, blue, green, yellow and purple
    • 4 pink pearl erasers
    • 2 packs cap erasers
    • 2 dry erase makers
    • 1” white binder with clear cover
    • 1 box of gallon Ziploc bags
    • 2 boxes of tissues
    • Baby wipes

    Headphones - Each new student will need a set of headphones for use in the Computer Lab.   Returning students’ headphones are at school and will be distributed to the homeroom teachers.  These will be available from HCA for $5.00 the first week of school.



    • Pencils
    • Pencil box (6”x13”)
    • 2 pink pearl erasers
    • 5” blunt scissors
    • 24 ct colored pencils
    • 12 ct thin colored markers
    • 16 ct regular Crayola crayons
    • 12” standard/metric flexible ruler
    • 4 oz Elmer’s glue
    • Plastic folders with pockets – 1 each of these colors – green, purple, red
    • 2 glue sticks
    • 1 box of quart Ziploc bags
    • 1 box of gallon Ziploc bags  
    • 3 boxes tissues
    • 2 rolls paper towels
    • Baby Wipes
    • Clorox Wipes


    • Wide ruled filler paper
    • 24 sharpened pencils
    • Pencil bag with holes for binder
    • Pencil box (5”x8”)
    • 7 “ sharp scissors
    • Elmer’s purple glue stick
    • 2 yellow highlighters
    • Pens (one blue and one red)
    • 12” standard/metric flexible ruler
    • 1½” white binder
    • 1 package 5-tab dividers
    • 2 Mead brand composition books (one green and one blue)
    • Plastic folder with pockets (one green and one purple)
    • 2 boxes of tissues
    • 1 roll of paper towels
    • Bottle of hand sanitizer
    • Clorox wipes
    Headphones - Each new student will need a set of headphones for use in the Computer Lab.   Returning students’ headphones are at school and will be distributed to the homeroom teachers.  These will be available from HCA for $5.00 the first week of school.
    4 gb Flash Drive – All students in grades 3 – 5 will need a flash drive for use in the Computer Lab.  These flash drives will be kept at HCA and will be available from HCA for $5.00 the first week of school.


    • 5 packages wide ruled filler paper
    • 24 sharpened pencils
    • Pencil box (5”x8”)
    • Pencil bag with holes for binder
    • 12 ct Crayola colored pencils
    • 24 ct Crayola crayons
    • 6 Yellow highlighters
    • Pens (2 black and 2 red)
    • 3 “pink pearl” erasers
    • 7 “ sharp scissors
    • 2 glue sticks
    • 12” standard/metric wooden ruler with 3 holes
    • 5 folders with 3 holes and vertical pockets
    • 2 Bound Mead composition books 100 pages (one red, one blue)
    • 6 wireless wide ruled 1 subject notebooks 80 pages – page size 8½ x 11, not Mead as above
    • 1 – 5 Star wide ruled 5 subject notebook with pockets
    • 2 boxes of tissues
    • 1 roll of paper towels
    • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer

    Headphones - Each new student will need a set of headphones for use in the Computer Lab.   Returning students’ headphones are at school and will be distributed to the homeroom teachers.  These will be available from HCA for $5.00 the first week of school.
    4 gb Flash Drive – All students in grades 3 – 5 will need a flash drive for use in the Computer Lab.  These flash drives will be kept at HCA and will be available from HCA for $5.00 the first week of school.

    Middle School - Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades

    • Notebook paper
    • 2 Three-ring 1½” binders – 1 for Language Arts & 1 for Science
    • 1 pack of Tab dividers with slide in pockets
    • 1 Bound composition notebook for Science
    • 1 Spiral Bound composition notebook with pockets for Math
    • 5 subject composition book for Social Studies
    • 2 folder/portfolio with clasps
    • 1 package 4x6 note cards
    • 4gb Flash Drive for Computer class
    • Erasers
    • Pencil pouch
    • Pencils
    • Pens – black or blue
    • 2 Highlighters – light colors
    • Colored pencils
    • 1 package graph paper
    • Glue Sticks
    • Scissors
    • Protractor
    • Compass
    • 2 boxes of tissues
    • 1 roll of paper towels
    • 1 container disinfectant wipes
    • 2 cans of tennis balls for desks and chairs
    • REQUIRED for 7th and 8th grade:   Texas Instruments TI 83/84 Graphing Calculator

    Upper School Supply List:

    • 1 large box of facial tissue (ex:  Kleenex®)
    • 1 large roll of paper towels (ex:  Viva®)
    • 1 large container of disinfecting wipes (ex:  Clorox ®)
    • 1 pack of No.2 wooden pencils (minimum 10 per pack/ NON-mechanical)
    • 1 pack of BLACK Ink pens (minimum 3 per pack/ no specific brand preference)
    • 1 pack dry erase markers (specifically Expo ®, original chisel tip, 2 per pack/ ink can be black, red, blue or green in color)
    • 1 pack of copy paper 8 ½” x 11”
    • Basic USB Flash drive
    • 1 box of basic markers (ex: Crayola® classic color 10 count) OR 1 box of basic colored pencils (ex: Crayola® 12 count)
    • 1 pack of 3” x 5” Lined Ruled White Index Cards (minimum 100 per pack)
    • College-Ruled Notebook paper
    • 3-ring Binder (minimum 2”) WITH Tab Dividers  AND a Basic Binder Pencil Pouch

    **Note: Individual teachers may require additional materials for his/ her specific subject. **