Sunday, February 17, 2019

Voyager Academy High School News, February 17, 2019

In this Week’s issue.
  • 2019-20 Course Selection Begins Feb. 25 
  • All 11th Graders Take the ACT on Tue. March 12th
  • The Annual VA Golf Tournament April 7th
  • Voyager Students EXCEL at the NCHSAA 1A/2A Swimming State Championship 
  • Raleigh National College Fair, March 19, 2019  4:30-7:30pm 
  • 2018-19 Chorus-Band t-shirt sale! 
  • Spanish Class Field Trip: Visit The Lost City of the Incas 
  • Visual Arts is in Need of Supplies 
  • Drivers Education Class During Spring Break
  • Attention Juniors:  Junior Parent/Student Information Session 
  • Graduation Tickets 
  • Cap and Gown Order 
  • Syrian Refugee Drive 
  • Spring Athletics Fees 
  • Kleenex needed   
  • Yearbook Information 
  • Save the date: VAHS Junior Parent Workshop 
  • Would You Like to Win $1,000 Gift Card, While Helping VA Athletics? 
  • The Silent Auction Benefit is Feb 23, At Umstead Pines 
  • Advanced Placement Tips and Information 
  • Spring Sports Tryouts 
  • Important Message For Voyager Athletics Participants 
  • All your Athletics Updates 
  • Check out the VAHS Counseling Department Blog 
  • Be a Smartie and join the PTO 
  • FCA...E (Fell Fellowship of Christian Athletes... and Everyone!)


2019-20 High School Course Selection Begins Feb. 25!
Hard to believe that we are already about to begin the course selection process for the 2019-20 year, but that time is almost upon us!  This begins on February 25, but you can start to browse the VAHS course catalog now to get a head start (click here).

Should students have any questions, they may contact their VAHS Advisor.

All 11th Graders Take the ACT on Tuesday March 12 (UPDATED).
Just a reminder that all 11th graders take the ACT on the morning of March 12th (changed from Feb. 20 due to inclement weather). Be sure to get a good night’s sleep and good luck to all!

The Annual VA Golf Tournament is April 7th
Hello Viking Families, it is that time of year again for our annual Athletic Department Golf Tournament. As an entirely self-funded program Voyager Athletics hosts this tournament each year to support our athletes, coaching staff, and our school. We appreciate any and all support that this community is willing to give our youth as we strive to reach our goal of 100 teams in this year’s tournament. Competitors will have a chance to win various prizes while they enjoy a great day of golfing.  Each athlete will have a copy of the entry form and the flyer or teams may contact Deuce Harris directly to register their team. Again, we thank everyone in advance for their contributions and support of one of our biggest fundraisers each year. Go, Vikings Go!

Voyager Students EXCEL at the NCHSAA 1A/2A Swimming State Championship

Our Voyager swim team competed in the 1A/2A NCHSAA State Championships for swimming. Both women and men's relay teams finished top 14 in each of the 200 Medley, 200 Free and 400 Free.

Special Congratulations to
Cordi Murray who placed 14th in the 100 Butterfly.

Ede Kosik who placed 6th in the 100 Free and 11th in the 500 Free.
Adam Cheifetz, who won an Individual State Championship by placeding 1st overall in the 100 Breaststroke and 10th in the 50 Free.  

Overall the Women's team finished 13th and the Men's Team 18th. The best in Voyagers History.

More Details on Performances
Ten VAHS swimmers qualified for 1A/2A Regionals in individual events plus three more swam as part of relay teams.  Of these 13 swimmers, 10 qualified for 1A/2A States (plus 2 alternates), which an all-time school record. At States, all three of the girl’s relay teams (comprising six swimmers) and one boy’s relay team (four swimmers) qualified for the State Finals.  Additionally, three swimmers (Cordi Murray, Ede Kosik, and Adam Ch) qualified for the State Finals in five individual events.

1 - Adam Cheifetz
2 - Ali Hibbard
2 - Adyn Dail
2 - Bailey Credle
4 - Cole Scarantino
2 - Cordi Murray
2 - Faith Murray
2 - Ede Kosik
3 - Luke Thomasson
2 - Rosie Scott-Benson
2 - Tom Kijrattanakarn
2 - Zack Wilson
3 - Zoe Vette

1 – State Champion
2 – States (Prelims and Finals)
3 – Regionals and alternate for States
4 – Regionals only

Raleigh National College Fair. March 19, 2019  4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public, National College Fairs are the perfect place to kick off your college search.

Admission representatives from schools across the country are all gathered in one place. Their goal: To encourage you to learn more about their institutions, and help you sort through the qualities you’re looking for in a college.

Use your visit to:
Explore your options. Each fair draws representatives from 175 to 400 colleges. The schools are located throughout the US, and from around the globe.

Ask questions. What’s college life like? What majors are popular on campus? Chatting with representatives from a variety of colleges can help you cement your own preferences.

Gather information. Pick up brochures and other materials about the schools that interest you. Ask admission reps to scan your barcode—an easy way to help colleges follow up with you after the fair.

2018-19 Chorus-Band t-shirt sale!
Competition season is fast approaching for Bull City Lights & Sound AND Vocal Affinity! Order your 2018-19 chorus & band shirts & show your support from the audience! Only $15 each!
Orders placed through Feb. 24th will be available by March 5th--in time for our first competition in Virginia! Click here for to see the t-shirt options.

Spanish Field Trip: Visit The Lost City of the Incas
Are you ready to explore the world?

Explorica is offering a $150 discount for our group to travel to Peru April 2020, but it’s only available until May 10th.  

Explorica tour will immerse us in new cultures through authentic interactions, hands-on activities and delicious cuisine. Our tour director will be our go-to local expert, helping us do more, see more and learn more than you ever thought possible.

On this trip, we’ll explore Peru’s bustling capital of Lima, immerse ourselves in the country's history at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology and then experience it first-hand with a trip to Cuzco, and the famous “Lost City of the Incas”, Machu Picchu.

To learn more and enroll, visit

Be sure to sign-up by May 10th and enter code Manuel2019 on the payment page to take advantage of the $150 discount!

Remember you only need $50 to sign-up!

I hope you’ll join us!


Visual Arts is in Need of Supplies
Hello from the art room! We are in need of some supplies if you can contribute to our classroom:
- Magazines with pictures for cutting up, yarn of any type,  and pantyhose (old ones, they can have holes).
- Glue sticks and ziplock bags are always welcome.  

Thanks for your support!
ClarkStover in the Art Room

Spring Break Driver's Education
I know it’s early, but we are already we are now looking to book the Spring Break driver’s ed class from April 15 - 19, 2019.  The registration form is on our website! Again, the class minimum is 10.   Confirmation of the class will be once we have at least the first 10 students to register or April 1st. If you missed it last week, the registration form is posted on our website!
Attention Juniors: Junior Parent/Student  Information Session
All 11th grade parents and students are encouraged to attend an information session on Thursday February 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at VAHS. Information sessions will include:   Graduation Requirements, College Application Information and College Application Evaluation Criteria.

Graduation Tickets
Seniors:  Graduation for the class of 2019 will be at the Carolina Theatre on May 28, 2019 at 5pm. A google form was sent to all senior families in order for them to  request and secure graduation tickets. Each student will receive at least 8 tickets, and additional tickets may be available. Please check email and be sure to submit the form for your family. As a special treat, The National Honor Society is holding a raffle for the chance to win box seats for the ceremony. Stay tuned for more information!  

Cap and Gown Orders
Students who have not ordered their caps and gowns need to do so before March 1st in order to ensure delivery in time for graduation and to avoid a late order price increase.

The link to order is below:

The link to make a payment is below:

If you do not have your order number or can not see your balance, please call Herff Jones:

(336) 228-7770

Syrian Refugee Drive
The Syrian Refugees need your help!  Donate canned food and lightly used clothes.  You can drop it off at the front office. Contact Amani Abumuais or Mr. Mills, room D125 if you have any questions.  The grade that donates the most items will receive a pizza party.

Spring Athletic Fees
Please remember that upon final team selection athletic fees are due.  The website to pay athletic fees is linked below and the school code is 375VASNC.  In order for your student-athlete to dress first contest, this fee must be paid, or a plan established with Coach Harris.  You can reach him directly at
school code - 375VASNC

Thanks for your attention to this issue.

Please stay up to date with games, locations, times and results and news from our athletic department by visiting our website at

Kleenex Needed!
The high school is in need of Kleenex! Please consider donating a couple of boxes to the front office to distribute to classrooms. Thank You!

Yearbook Information
- The LAST day to purchase a PERSONALIZED yearbook is 2/21.
- Thank you Seniors for submitting your creative and thoughtful Senior Quotes on time!  
- The price for the yearbook will increase on 2/23.  Order now to purchase for only $60.

Questions?  Contact

Would You Like to Win $1,000 Gift Card, While Helping VA Athletics?
Voyager Student-Athletes are selling raffle tickets for $10, and 1 ticket gives you 2 chances to win one of 2 $1,000 gift cards or an Athletic Gift Basket valued at $150.  The drawing will be on Jan. 11th and you do not need to be present to win.

Please take a chance and help our students at the same time.  Thank you for your support. If you do not know a student-athlete please contact Deuce Harris for tickets at

Taking an AP Course? READ THIS -- Advanced Placement Tips and Important Information
Please follow the links below for helpful, and must-see information about the Advanced Placement test:



Spring Sports Tryouts
Spring sports are allowed to begin at the HS level on Feb. 13 and the MS on Feb. 20th.  Please keep an eye on your email and the website for more information to follow.

Please Join Us in Our First Ever Silent Auction Benefit Feb. 23, 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. See the important links below:

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.

Obtain a physical and return form to High School front desk, Attn: Mr. Harris and Mr. Rice.

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.

All Your Athletic Updates
Please visit our website at for all up to date schedules and news.

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!"

Feb. 20
ACT exam
All 11th graders
March 5
Mid-term Exams
Pds. 1 and 3
March 6
Mid-term Exams
Pds. 2 and 4
March 12

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