Harrells Christian Academy Senior Ellie Carone from Wallace, NC received the AgYouth Leadership Award from Farm Credit. This award is given to a senior who displays a passion for agriculture and leadership skills both inside and outside of the classroom. Ellie says she believes her application set her apart from other applicants because, "Instead of focusing on why I should receive the award I focused on why I love agriculture, how I am active in my FFA chapter/community, and how I hope to one day make a difference in our community as a woman in agriculture.”
The 6th annual Poetry Out Loud student recitation competition was held on Thursday, January 24th at Harrells Christian Academy. Five students vied for the coveted title and the chance to compete at the state competition to be held in Greensboro next month. Poetry Out Loud is a nation-wide program that encourages high school students to develop a new appreciation for poetry from both classic and contemporary authors and a variety of poetic genres. Eleventh grader Gracy Peterson won first place and will advance to the state competition to compete for a $200 award and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national competition.
Harrells Christian Academy held its 11th annual Play 4 Kay Pink Out Games on Friday, January 18th. Nearly $8,000 was raised on behalf of the Kay Yow Foundation, founded in 2007 by the former NCSU head women's baskeball coach who lost her fight with the disease in 2009. Director of the Play 4 Kay initiative Jenny Palmateer attended the game, and in her half-time speech, she reminded the fans that most cancer research projects are privately funded. Therefore, researchers desperately need the support gained from events like HCA's Pink Out in order to continue making strides in finding a cure for cancer.
Eight Harrells Christian Academy students were recognized last Thursday, January 10th at the Terrific Kids, Golden Resource, and Jammin' for Jesus celebration. Kiwanis Club representative Bobby Spell attended the ceremony to present Terrific Kid certificates. Aubrey Edwards, Matilda Parker, Arabella Wasserman, Lilly Kate Rogers, Sammy Martin, Adriana Wasserman, Laney Bell, and Ray Anna Ginn were selected by their teachers for being inquisitive and energetic in the classroom. These students showed great effort and really stood out to their teachers in these categories. Congratulations to all of these young Crusaders!