Sunday, November 4, 2018

Voyager Academy High School News, November 4, 2018

In this week’s issue...
  • November is Empathy Month at VAHS 
  • The Voyager Bass Assassins Bring Home Trophy for VAHS 
  • Project Exhibition Night is Nov. 19, and You’re Invited!
  • Please Join Us in Our First Ever Silent Auction Benefit At Umstead Pines 
  • Senior Cap and Gown and Junior Class Ring Orders 
  • Fall Choral Concert, Nov. 15th, 7:00pm
  • VAHS Bass Assassins Take the Prize on Jordan 
  • Check Out the VAHS Student Newspaper, The Viking Tide 
  • Buy a T-shirt From the Nat’l Junior Honor Society 
  • Important Message For Voyager Athletics Participants 
  • Tumblers Sale! (Fundraiser for the HS Music Program) 
  • Celebrate Your Senior With a Personalized Yearbook Ad 
  • Students: Want to Take a Durham Tech. Course? LOOK HERE NOW! 
  • Help Needed for Simulation Interview Project at the High School, Tuesday, Nov. 20th 
  • Check out the VAHS Counseling Department Blog 
  • Be a Smartie and join the PTO ! ! (click here) concert
  • FCA...E (Fellowship of Christian Athletes... and Everyone!)


November is Empathy Month at VAHS

The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

As Voyager Academy continues its effort to inspire and instill its core values of Confidence, Curiosity, Empathy, Integrity, and Reflection, VAHS designates November as Empathy Month.  Please feel free to encourage this value at home as well, as we help our students continue to learn to care about others.

Please Join Us in Our First Ever Silent Auction Benefit At Umstead Pines
This is an all-school, parent event to socialize and have fun. All K-12 parents are invited and encouraged to attend! There will be food, music, friends, colleagues, a cash bar, and most importantly, memories. Your contribution to this event will help make it a night to remember!

All the money raised will go right back into Voyager. We will use the money raised to help Voyager families who need support-- things like funding field trips, purchasing school supplies, and covering participation fees for sports and the arts. We will also use money raised to further develop our arts and technology departments.

The Voyager Bass Assassins Bring Home Trophy for VAHS
We had an amazing day on the water yesterday at the Riley’s Cup tournament on beautiful Lake Norman! The tournament is in its third year and we were so excited to go and participate in such an amazing event for such a special cause. The students had a blast on the water and got to meet some amazing people including 2014 Bass Masters champion Randy Howell who talked to them all about his time fishing Falls, Kerr, and Lake Gaston as a kid! This tournament was started to honor a special young angler who had a dream to share his passion and love for fishing with his classmates just like our Bass Assassins. Unfortunately his time was cut way to short! You can read his story here

The students competed in a pool of 53 boats with our three teams all bringing in fish to weigh. The team of Avery Doughty/Austin Haney placed 32nd with 4 fish weighing in at 4.42 lbs. The team of Casey Hudson/Cade Dunn finished 19th weighing in 5 fish with a combined weight of 6.69 lbs and last but not least the team of Brycen Hendriks/Kyle Dillon brought home the trophies for their second place win weighing in 5 fish for a combined weight of 10.64 lbs.

Project Exhibition Night is Nov. 19, Monday 5:30pm and You’re Invited!
The Voyager Academy community is warmly invited to Fall 2018  Voyager Academy High School Project Exhibition Night. Come see student projects in action and on full display, as we celebrate Project Based Learning.  Exhibition Night takes place at the high school on Monday November 19, 5:30--7:00pm.

Senior Cap and Gown and Junior Class Ring Orders
On Monday Nov. 5th, a representative from Herff Jones will be on campus during lunch and from 4:00-6:00. He will be collecting orders for cap and gown and class rings. Please bring the order forms that were provided to order your items.

Fall Choral Concert, Nov. 15, Thurs. 7:00pm
Join us for an evening of song & dance at NCCU's BN Duke Auditorium! Come show your support of our high school & middle school singers & band with a special performance by our high school Gospel Choir & 3rd grade singers.

You'll also get a sneak peak of both Bull City Lights & Vocal Affinity's show choir competition songs! Tickets are $10 for adults/$5 for students (children 5th grade & younger admitted FREE & Voyager staff admitted FREE with ID). Doors open at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7:00...PLEASE ALLOW TIME FOR PARKING. Contact Jenny Hobgood with questions:

VAHS Bass Assassins Take the Prize on Jordan

Another great day of fishing last weekend on Jordan Lake by four of our Bass Assassin's teams. The team of Kyle Dillon and Brycen Hendriks took 2nd place. We had three other teams placing as well...Tyler McLamb/Austin Haney, Collin Tunstall/Casey Hudson, and Avery Doughty/Cade Dunn took 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively. This week we are off to beautiful Lake Norman for the Riley's Cup Tournament.

The team also held a fundraising bake sale this week which was a huge success.Thanks you to all the bass team parents who provided "goodies" for us to sell. We will be starting to sell Hershey Candy bars for our next fundraiser so be on the lookout for the bright orange boxes.
We had a great time at Fall Festival this year with our first ever pitch-and-cast fundraising stand. We enjoyed showing the children how to use the fishing poles and have some future fishers in the bunch for sure!

The Viking Tide (the Official VAHS Student Newspaper)

Click here to get to The Viking Tide.

Buy a T-Shirt From the National Junior Honor Society

Please help support the NJHS in their service projects by purchasing a T-Shirt.


- $18.00 (short sleeve)
- $22.00 (long sleeve)
*Click on Form Builder
*Click on NJHS T-Shirt Fundraiser
ORDER DEADLINE: Friday, November 17, 2018
Items will be delivered to students prior to Winter Break. If you have questions contact Ms. Green or Mrs. Weber (,

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.

3. 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.
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.

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

Students: 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

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.

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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