Sunday, October 7, 2018

Voyager Academy High School News, October 7, 2018

In this week’s issue...
  • Senior Family Night Oct. 25 
  • VAHS Students Audition for NC High School Honors Chorus
  • Bass Assassins Score big on Lake Gaston
  • School Supplies for Hurricane Florence Victims 
  • High School and Elementary School classes collaborate to Lend $200 to Developing Country Entrepreneurs 
  • Tumblers Sale! (Fundraiser for the HS Music Program) 
  • Celebrate Your Senior With a Personalized Yearbook Ad 
  • Want to Take a Durham Tech. Course? LOOK HERE NOW! 
  • Help Needed for Simulation Interview Project at the High School, Tuesday, Nov. 20th 
  • "Catch" For Relief 
  • Voyager Academy Helps "Backpack Buddies" Feed Local Schools 
  • 11th Graders Can Register for the Oct. 24th PSAT 
  •  PARENTS:  Are You Interested in Participating or Donating to a Silent Auction? 
  • Check out the VAHS Counseling Department Blog 
  • Light The Night 2018! Raise money for the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society of NC 
  • Be a Smartie and join the PTO ! ! (click here) 
  • FCA...E (Fellowship of Christian Athletes... and Everyone!)
  • Subscribe to VAHS text messages
Senior Family Night Oct. 25
Seniors and Parents/Guardians are invited to attend an information session at VAHS  on Thursday Oct. 25 from 6:00-7:30. Discussion topics will include: graduation requirements, post high school options, and the college application process. Please plan to attend. Childcare will be available.   


VAHS Students Audition for NC High School Honors Chorus

Congratulations to the following students who traveled to Hickory last week to audition for the NC High School Honors Chorus. Over 1,000 high school students from across the state audition, and only 178 will be accepted. The students were required to prepare this year's audition piece and sight-read in front of a judge. Results will be release next wishes to these students!

(left to right)

Kyle Jewell, Melody Wimberly, Abigail Leonard,
Jordan King, Reyna Alston


Bass Assassins Score big on Lake Gaston!

The Bass Assassins participated in their first tournament of the season at Lake Gaston last Saturday. We had two teams compete with both bringing in fish to weigh. Brycen Hendricks and Kyle Dillon brought in 4 fish for a total weight of 5.22 lbs to finish in 6th place, and Avery Doughty and Tyler McLamb brought in 2 fish for a total of 1.83 lbs to finish in 14th place. Fantastic job to both our teams and thank you to everyone who came out and supported the teams at weigh-in. We hope to see you at our next tournament on Jordan Lake, Saturday Oct. 20th at Ebenezer Church Boat Ramp (Beaver Creek Rd, Apex).




School Supplies for Hurricane Florence Victims
National Honors Society will be holding a school supplies drive to aid victims of hurricane Florence starting Monday, October 15th. You can donate new school supplies such as pencils, notebook paper, and binders in the high school front office. Please help NHS support students affected by hurricane Florence through October 19.


Important Message for Voyager Athletics Participants
Hello parents-
If you have a child interested in participating in a winter or spring sport, please make sure to verify that the steps below are complete.
  1. Obtain a physical and return form to High School front desk, Attn: Mr. Harris and Mr. Rice.

  2. Complete concussion form and return to High School front desk.

Complete Online Forms and add the sport(s) your child plans to participate in.
If your child participated in a 2018 fall sport, please verify that the physical on file has not expired (valid for one year form exam date) and add desired winter/spring sport(s) to the online forms by editing your previous account. The concussion form and online forms are valid for the entire 2018-19 school year.

All forms must be complete and on file BEFORE your child can start tryouts or any sports activity.

Questions? Please contact High School Athletic Trainer Nate Rice at Mr. Rice manages Middle School and High School athletic forms along with Athletic Director Deuce Harris. Mr. Harris is out of the office until October 15th. 


High School and Elementary School classes collaborate to Lend $200 to Developing Country Entrepreneurs
This week Mr. Baker's Personal Financauditionse classes from the High School came over to the Elementary School to visit the 2nd grade classes of Ms. Owens and Ms. Morgan for some help with a project. The High School students were asking their 2nd grade friends to help them decide who should get their class's $100 in loan money.

Mr. Baker's class had been learning about credit, and took on the role of lenders, of sorts. They researched several developing countries and the various needs there, and then through, found real people living and working in those countries today asking for loans. They presented on these countries and the potential borrowers, and then asked their 2nd grade friends to decide and vote.

In the end the 2nd Graders decided that Jaka, a retailer from Liberia, and the Playa Bonita Group--a group of tailors--from Nicaragua, should both receive the loan funds. The funds were transferred right away, but both borrowers still need more funding for their loans. Interested Voyager community members can still find them both on the site right now if they want to help these entrepreneurs in other countries get the funds they are seeking to expand their businesses.  


Tumblers Sale! (Fundraiser for the HS Music Program)
Like Tervis Tumblers? Check out these 22 oz.TRITAN Tumblers: for hot or cold drinks, BPA free...only $20 each! And...we have one with our very own Voyager Academy logo!! Proceeds benefit the HS music program! See any chorus or band student to purchase, or find us at the PTO's Fall Festival on October 26th to place an order! Orders due October 29th.


CELEBRATE your SENIOR with a PERSONALIZED yearbook ad!
Tell your student how proud they make you through their yearbook.
Click here for a Senior Ad Form
(email it to Ms. Todd,


Want to Take a Durham Tech. Course? LOOK HERE NOW!
Any juniors and seniors who are interested in taking community college classes (for free) at Durham Tech. during the spring semester of 2019 need to attend in one of the three remaining information sessions. These sessions are scheduled on   Monday, October 15, from 5 – 6 p.m., Monday, November 12, 11 am – Noon and 5 – 6 p.m. Please see the link below for additional information and to register.


Help Needed for Simulation Interview Project at the High School, Tuesday, Nov. 20th
The project will give all of Mr. Baker's Personal Finance students the chance to participate in a job interview. Ideal helpers would be real employers who might actually be interested in hiring a high schooler right now or during the summer, but any adult with interviewing experience (or just the free time to volunteer to help us for the first half of the day) would be very much appreciated! Any adults in the Voyager Family who would be willing and able to help with this Interview Project, please contact Mr. Baker at


"Catch" For Relief
Voyager Bass Assassins is partnering with an amazing VAHS alumni, Nicholas Meyer, which has formed a student-led organization out of UNCW to collect donations for hurricane victims in the Wilmington area. We have placed boxes at each school where donations can be placed.
While WeWilmRebuild is going to focus their efforts on the human side of those affected by Florence, VAHS Bass Assassins, being an outdoorsman based organization will focus their efforts on the four legged (and others) victims. All donations will be collected throughout the month of September and the Voyager Bass Assassins will deliver them to Nicholas and his crew for distribution.

We appreciate your help and thoughtfulness in advance. Thank you for your support!!

Voyager Academy Helps "Backpack Buddies" Feed Local Schools
Did you know that North Carolina is the 10th hungriest state in the nation?  Almost 20% of our children face hunger on a regular basis. 18% of our senior citizens struggle with hunger.  The OCS class at Voyager Academy High School volunteers weekly with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in their program called “Backpack Buddies”.  Backpack Buddies provides local school children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. The children receive a bag on Friday of every week that includes six balanced meals and two healthy snacks.  We are having a Food Drive in order to support the efforts of the Food Bank. The OCS class has boxes around the school for students to donate canned food items.
We will also collect donated food items during Advisory on Mondays for the next 4 weeks.  The Advisory that collects the most food to donate will receive a Pizza Lunch to thank them for donating.  The Food Bank requests canned protein items (canned tuna, Spaghetti O’s, soups, beans, etc), canned vegetables, canned fruits (in light juice), juice boxes and snack items (granola bars, peanut butter crackers, etc). Please contact Amanda Shaw at with any questions. Thank you for your help with this worthy cause!


11th Graders Can Register for the Oct. 24th PSAT
Voyager Academy will administer the PSAT to any interested 11th graders on Wednesday, October 24th at 8:00am in the High School Commons. Please go to the link below to sign up. We have 45 available spots this year.

Register here:


PARENTS:  Are You Interested in Participating or Donating to a Silent Auction?
If you are interested in helping in any way with the silent auction fundraiser for VA, or if you would like more information, please contact Mr. Eisenson at


Check Out the VAHS Counseling Department Blog
All parents and students should frequently check and/or subscribe to the VAHS Counseling Department Blog (click here)! Here you will find  important information and opportunities for VAHS students. Topics range from specific grade level information to scholarships and other interesting opportunities.   


Light The Night 2018! Raise money for the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society of NC
Voyager Academy is once again helping the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Carolina.  Not only are students volunteering at the walk on October 6, 2018, but also we are collecting money to help with research toward finding a cure.  This past week we have raised hundreds of dollars through penny wars. Next week we will be doing a console clean out. Please be generous with your donation!  

-Voyager Academy Service Club


FCA...E (Fellowship of Christian Athletes... and Everyone!)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. room D124. Join us for fun, friendship, and food! No need to be an athlete or a Christian--all are welcome!"

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