Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
On the evening of May 25th, 2018, thirty-one seniors stepped acroos the stage in the Foundation Center and received their diplomas to beome alums of Harrells Christian Academy during the school's 47th Commencement Exercises. J. Bradley Creed, current President of Campbell University, gave the Commencement Address.
The HCA Class of 2018 received over 1.7 million dollars in scholarship offers. College matriculations include The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, The University of California-Los Angeles, Campbell University, Coastal Carolina University, The University of North Carolina-Greensboro, High Point University, and Wake Forest University.
The Valedictorian was Brayden Sutton, and the Salutatorian was Kaleb Jessup.
Citizenship Awards were conferred to Dylan Sessoms and Kyra Gensel, and the Newkirk Award, named after the school's founding headmaster, was presented to Noah Warrick.
The rain falling in Sampson County the morning of the 24th could accurately be called a deluge, so the parent organizers of Harrells ChristIan Academy’s annual Spring Fling event were understandably concerned that their event might have trouble beating last year’s $30,000 in funds raised for the school. They needn’t have worried: the Crusader community came out in droves for the annual BBQ dinner and auction to raise nearly $60,000 for the school.
Headmaster Andy Wells had previously announced that any monies raised beyond last year’s total would be dedicated to improving campus security for HCA students and teachers. “I thought it was a great event for our HCA families. To exceed our goal and be able to put some of that money toward improving our safety and security at HCA is icing on the cake.”
The school’s PTO volunteers transformed the Foundation Center to provide two buffet lines, round-table seating for 400 guests, and an incredible silent auction area. Starting at 5:30 on the stage, the program featured a live auction and a musical performance by the entire Lower School (grades K-5).
The delicious BBQ dinner with fixins was generously provided by 4M Farms of Harrells, Duplin Winery, Stephen & Lauren Grady, Barry & Angie Moore Farms, Greer & Blake Moore, House of Raeford, and Southern Smoke, with desserts by HCA grandparent Rose Vann.
For months leading up to Spring Fling, class parents and PTO volunteers have worked to assemble a fantastic array of items for the Silent Auction, which was held in the Foundation Center. The school is grateful to the families and businesses who donated to the live and silent auctions, including fishing trips, football tickets, and vacation homes. In addition, each of Harrells’ 13 grades contributed special auction items ranging from framed class portraits to handpainted furniture to handmade quilts.
Harrells Christian Academy held its annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 28. Teams competed in “superball” competition on the beautiful River Course at River Landing Country Club in Wallace. The event, consisting of golf, a raffle, and a delicious lunch, raised over $27,000 dollars to further athletic programs at the school. Over 50 area families and businesses contributed their support to the event. The title sponsor was Bill Carone Chevrolet-Buick-GMC of Wallace, the meal was sponsored by Bryan Griffin and Edward Jones Investments, the awards were sponsored by US Foods, and the scoreboard was sponsored by Deacon Jones of Clinton.
Headmaster Andy Wells remarked, “We got a beautiful day for this tournament and we know that God is smiling on our efforts. This is truly a community event that represents all of the towns we serve, and we appreciate the support as we continue to try to provide the best academics and the best athletics in the region.”
The school is grateful to all sponsors, players and volunteers who helped make this year’s event the best ever! Congratulations to these winners:
1ST PL Michael Mason, Greg Thornton, Ashley Odum, and Bob Yow (Han Dee Hugos)
2ND PL Jonathan Williams, Jason Kivett, Jeffrey Bell, and Stephen Horne (Group Benefits)
1ST PL Tommy Melvin, Fulton Peterson, Jackie Robinson, and Terry Potter (Melvin Blueberries)
2ND PL JC Thomas, Jamie Nolan, Rusty Scopano, and John Cavalier (DuBose Strapping)
CLOSEST TO THE PIN
#3 Tyler Sholar
#6 Terry Potter
#10 Ted Demott
#17 Taylor Thornton
To cap off their time as Lower Schoolers at Harrells Christian Academy, the 5th grade travelled as a class to Winston-Salem for a two-day exploration of Wake Forest University and Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Mrs. Jessica Sawvel, 4th and 5th grade Language Arts teacher, says, "This trip not only afforded our students a glimpse into the world of college athletics, a world many of them dream of one day becoming a part of, it also brought to life the customs and lifestyles of one of North Carolina's earliest settlement communities, the Moravians."
On Tuesday, the group started their visit to Wake Forest with a tour of the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex, where they met Women's Golf Coach Dianne Dailey and her puppy Mulligan and watched the WFU mens golf team practicing. Following a stop at Wait Chapel, the students toured the University’s indoor football practice facility and watched football players at work in the new Sutton Sports Performance Center.
That night, some of the students attended the WFU baseball game against the 2016 National Champs, Coastal Carolina.
Leaving Wake Forest, the traveling Crusaders made their way to Old Salem. They walked over the Heritage Bridge, explored the Frank L Horton Museum Center, and toured the gunsmith shop, market-fire engine house, bakery, the St. Phillips African Moravian Church, and the graveyard. A group of students also met the CEO and President of Old Salem, Franklin Vagnone. Mr. Vagnone is well-known for his practice of staying overnight in famous historic buildings, then writing about the experiences in his blog. His account of staying in the Old Salem tavern can be found here: https://bit.ly/2iNQxdK.
5th grader Landon Coats reflects, “I’ll never forget catching a ball at the Wake Forest baseball game! Another thing I’ll always remember is the African-American Moravian church. It was so cool to see that people are still worshipping as an active church in this old, old building.” Asked why he thinks overnight field trips are valuable, he says, “You never know what life will bring in the future. It’s great to make these special memories with my friends.”