Middle School Clubs
High School Clubs
The Book Club is the club for you if love reading books and talking about them. We read a book each month and discuss the month’s book at our meeting. We choose books from various genres, including apocalyptic fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, Christian fiction, and fantasy. Some months club members each choose their own free choice book, and they present summaries of their selections to fellow club members. Our meetings always begin with fun and engaging lunch fellowship involving small group discussions. We continue with large group discussions of the characters, settings, plots, and literary elements of novels. Book Club members are offered the opportunity to volunteer to serve our media center after school a few times during the year.
The Castle Crazies exist to promote school spirit within the Middle School Sports. At our monthly meetings we eat lunch together and then we have 2-3 games that involve all of the attendees. This promotes school spirit within the MS students. We then make team posters and display them in the middle school hallways to inform students of key home games. We do this for each middle school sport in the Fall, Winter and Spring. At these games we cheer and support our MS teams. We also do a halftime contest at the Boys and Girls Basketball games.
Club 31 is designed for middle school young ladies. Proverbs 31 provides a great example about being a godly woman. The purpose of Club 31 is for our middle school young ladies to grow in their relationship with their Heavenly Father and learn what it means to be a godly woman through studying Proverbs 31. The desire is for our young Lady Knights to seek the Lord, reject wrong and harmful behavior, and point others to Christ with their words and actions.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes strives to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes by presenting to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. Middle School FCA meets every Friday morning in the Student Life Center. All middle school students and coaches are welcome. FCA is led by a team of student leaders who plan and execute each meeting. We have breakfast, play a game, honor a team of the week, and hear from a great speaker every week.
Knights of the Roundtable
Knights of the Roundtable is a club designed for middle school young men to understand what it means to be a true man of God, from a biblical perspective. Knights of the Roundtable will study great men from the Bible and gain life application in order for these young men to understand the true meaning of what it means to be a true man of God. Knights of the Roundtable will use Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” ESV as their key verse from the Bible.
Engaging Youth in STEM Exploration with FIRST® LEGO® League. FIRST® LEGO® League guides youth through STEM learning and exploration at an early age. From Discover, to Explore, and then to Challenge, students will understand the basics of STEM and apply their skills in an exciting competition while building habits of learning, confidence, and teamwork skills along the way.
This club will embody the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The acronym is STEM, and the academic disciplines can include the following: physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, applied mathematics, robotics, engineering [i.e. electrical, mechanical, civil, industrial, aerospace], optics, nanotechnology, nuclear physics, bio-mechanics, atmospheric sciences, instructional technology and more. STEM education helps to cultivate interest in the sciences and mathematics. This initiative uses technology to encourage interest in STEM fields. As a club, we will be doing many hands-on experiments and get a chance to connect their experience to real life. We will learn about new technology, implement change, and develop new innovative ways to think or reach the intended goal. We will use these experiences to link to our community in some effective way. This is a marvelous way to build on the talents God has given us and use them to impact society for the better, always giving Him the glory.
Young Patriots Club
In the Young Patriots Club, students have opportunity to discuss and present on current events in National and State politics, as well as looking at our politics from a historical perspective. We look at our role as Christians in the political life of our country and state. We wrap up the year with field trip to downtown Raleigh to visit our North Carolina seat of government.
Art Club allows students to express themselves through art and art-related activities. At monthly meetings, we step away from the academic realm and into creative activities in the visual arts. Club members learn about various art forms and have the chance to create something unique and beautiful using their gifts.
The main purpose of Castle Crazies is to support our student-athletes throughout the year. We also encourage school spirit by having the students dress in various themes at games throughout the year. Students involved in Castle Crazies sit together in the student section for the games. The club officers lead the students in chants and cheers during the games and organize activities during halftime games. The Castle Crazies service project is a toy drive during one of the basketball games in December. The toys are donated to the Raleigh Rescue Mission.
Chemistry Club (CHEM CLUB)
NRCA hosts a chapter of the American Chemical Society ChemClub. In the three years that we have had the club, our roster has averaged around 75 students each year. ChemClub gives high school students a unique opportunity to experience chemistry beyond the classroom. Students engage in activities that enhance their understanding of science, get them involved in the community, and help them better appreciate how chemistry plays a role in our everyday lives. Our monthly meetings open with engaging chemistry experiments and we plan our outreach activities. Each year the students plan and implement an Elementary science night to share their love of science with the younger students. Members of the ChemClub also participate in our annual blood drive through direct donations of blood or helping to organize.
This club aims to share, learn, teach, and enjoy all the cultures of the world, to focus on building knowledge and relationships and to correct misunderstandings about cultures other than your own.
NRCA eSports was started to meet the needs of students who were interested in general features of gaming, production, or competitive gaming. The goal is to engage students and give them a place in school where they can be recognized and valued for their interests, creativity, and competitive spirit. eSports combines features of gaming for students in three categories: competitive, production, and casual. Competitive is for those students who desire to compete in tournaments for prizes and scholarships aimed towards the collegiate level. Production is for those students interested in content creation, video editing, podcasting, hosting and production, or shoutcasting. Casual is for those students who are casual gamers or spectators and are interested in eSports as a hobby.
FCA is one of our largest clubs. Although FCA stands for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, one does not have to be an athlete to attend. Each week, students are given time to fellowship and are given a motivational message by someone who has excelled in the area of athletics. Students hear from their peers, alumni, college and pro athletes. This is a fanatic club for those who enjoyed being challenged by others.
HOSA: Future Health Professionals
(formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America).
Are you interested in becoming an EMT (emergency medical technician)? A Pharmacist? A Nurse? A business office administrator in healthcare? MD? PA? The opportunities are endless.
HOSA is 100% healthcare!!
It is a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for post-secondary and collegiate students who have interests in pursuing careers in healthcare professions.
National English Honor Society
The NRCA chapter of NEHS is for students who have experienced the power of literature, the pleasures of good writing, and the excitement of language studies. For these students NEHS provides: national recognition for outstanding achievements; scholarships; enlightened involvement in the English experience, especially through non-classroom participation; • distinction on college and job applications; opportunities to develop leadership skills; publication opportunities; and a means to link with other students, locally and nationally, who share similar interests. For membership, students should be AP eligible Juniors and Seniors.
The photography club is open to all high school students with an interest in cameras and photography. Students will increase their knowledge and hands-on skills in digital and film photography, as well as phone/iPad photography. Members will be involved in photography-related service projects as well as have opportunities to learn more about developing film in a darkroom.
Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.
Youth and Government
YAG is a YMCA program that gives high school students the opportunity to serve in model governments at the local, state, and national levels. Each February, NRCA 9th-12th grade delegates join with students from all over North Carolina for a four-day conference to model a state government. Each student chooses a role in one of the three branches of government. Students can also select roles from media and mock trial. They prepare for Conference from August through February during bi-monthly lunch meetings, Regionals (Oct.), Defend the Bill Night (Nov.), and Pre-Conference (Dec.). In preparation for State Conference, students are trained by NRCA advisors, an A.E. Finley YMCA advisor, and other experienced students.
NRCA students have been elected as NC Youth Governor for three years in a row. In addition, students can apply for National Conventions held during a week in the summer. Several NRCA students have participated in the Conference On National Affairs (CONA) and National Judicial Conference (NJC). The NRCA delegates won National Champions at the NJC mock trial in 2014.
YAG has become a very popular club at NRCA with 125 delegates or more in the past several years making it one of the largest (or the largest) delegation at the State Convention. It provides an opportunity to be a light for Christ in the public arena. Students usually start out in YAG with a bit of apprehension when they think about writing a bill or speaking before other students, but they gain confidence and continue growing in their God-given abilities. They also enjoy the social aspect of YAG and the fun activities conducted at the State Convention. Whether they learn new writing or speaking skills or rise to the position of governor, students who participate in YAG gain experiences that can help them through life.