Sunday, April 14, 2019

Voyager Academy High School News, April 14, 2019



In this Week’s issue
  • Project Exhibition Night a Shining Success
  • Spring Senior Portrait Day on Wed. 4/24 (9:00am)
  • Only 33 yearbooks left!  Buy Now!
  • Save the Date (May 13): Senior Breakfast and Awards Ceremony
  • ISO: SINGERS & DANCERS! Chorus Auditions for 2019-20
  • YES, Vaping is Harmful.  See These Two Important Articles From Yale University
  • VAHS Hosts a Blood Drive on April 30, 2019
  • Help Needed for Interview Project at the High School, Tuesday, April 9th
  • PTO Hosts Spring Fling on May 3rd
  • Win Box Seats for VAHS Graduation Ceremony!
  • Spanish Class Field Trip: Visit The Lost City of the Incas
  • Drivers Education Class During Spring Break
  • Graduation Tickets
  • Advanced Placement Tips and Information
  • All your Athletics Updates
  • Athletics Physicals
  • Check out the VAHS Counseling Department Blog
  • Be a Smartie and join the PTO
  • FCA...E (Fell Fellowship of Christian Athletes... and Everyone!)


Project Exhibition Night Was a Shining Success

Those who came to see Voyager Academy High School celebrate Project Based Learning had the opportunity to see students proudly present their projects to the public. Projects are inquiry based, each driven by a central question. Among those driving questions were the following: What constitutes a healthy body? (Anatomy and Physiology); How does the Wizard of Oz serve as an allegory for the populist movement of the late 1800’s? (AP U.S. History); How can I use trigonometry to navigate? (Advanced Functions and Modeling); How can we make novels relevant to our lives? (English 3). Click here for the Program, detailing all of the exhibits

Spring Senior Portrait Day on Wed. 4/24 (9:00am)

This past week during Advisory seniors received envelopes from Strawbridge Studios with information about Spring Senior Photos.

Strawbridge photographers will be in the Commons on Weds 4/24 beginning at 9:00 to take photos of students in their caps and gowns.  Students should bring their caps and gowns to wear for the photo (or be prepared to wear a loaner). Guys will need a shirt with a tie, and girls need a top that does not show above the gown.

Only 33 Yearbooks left!  Buy Now!

The 2019 VAHS Yearbook will be here soon and only 33 copies are left for purchase.  We are almost SOLD OUT!

Go to to purchase now.
Save the Date (May 13): Senior Breakfast and Awards Ceremony
All seniors and their parents are invited to attend the class of 2019 Senior Breakfast and Awards Ceremony! The celebration will be held in the VAHS gym on Monday May 13, from 9:00-10:30.  An Evite invitation will be mailed to senior families soon.

ISO: SINGERS & DANCERS! Chorus Auditions for 2019-20
Do you like to sing? Do you like to dance? Do you like to perform? Do you want to be a part of an award-winning choral arts program? Voyager HS Chorus WANTS YOU! Placement auditions for Chorus for the 2019-20 school year will take place on Monday, May 6th & Tuesday, May 7th in the HS Music room (E-136).
NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!! You do NOT have to audition to be in chorus, however, auditions are encouraged for placement in the group that best suits your ability level. See this flyer for more details & contact Mrs. Hobgood with questions:
Please fill out the audition info form PRIOR to May 6th:

AUDITION INFO>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
WHEN: Monday, May 6th, 2-5pm -- rising 10th-12th grade
--OR-- Tuesday, May 7th, 3:45-5:30pm -- rising 9th grade
WHERE: E-136 (HS Chorus Room)
WHY: for correct placement in 2019-20 HS Chorus classes
HOW: Be prepared to sing a short song (chorus + verse) that shows off your voice (max 1.5 mins) You can sing a capella or use instrumental accompaniment that you provide.
DRESS COMFORTABLY for the choreography portion of the audition

YES, Vaping is Harmful.  See These Two Important Articles From Yale University

VAHS Hosts a Blood Drive on April 30, 2019
Hello Voyager Academy! We are hosting another BLOOD DRIVE, on APRIL 30, 2019! Please register to donate at using the sponsor code; ‘Voyager.’ You must be at least sixteen years old to donate, with a parental consent form (in the VAHS lobby). Anyone seventeen or older can donate without a permission slip. Additionally, some sort of ID is needed upon donation day, validating the donor’s age. Please consider donating blood to those in dire need.

Help Needed for Interview Project at the High School, Tuesday, April 9th
The project will give all of Mr. Baker's Personal Finance students the chance to participate in a realistic job interview experience. Ideal helpers would be actual employers who might be interested in hiring some high schoolers for real jobs and/or internship opportunities right now, or maybe this summer; but any adult with interviewing experience or just the free time to help us would be appreciated! The project will take place from roughly 8:45 am through 12:10 pm on April 9th.  Any adults in the Voyager Family who would be willing and able to help with this Interview Project, please contact Mr. Baker at

PTO Hosts Spring Fling on May 3rd
The PTO is in the process of planning for Spring Fling. If you would like to be a vendor, or know someone who does, please email Emily Wilder at and she will send out our vendor app and other important information. 

Win Box Seats for VAHS Graduation Ceremony!
The National Honor Society is holding a fundraising raffle for a chance to win special box seats (for 2) at the VAHS graduation ceremony on May 28. Tickets are on sale during lunch in C-115. Tickets are $5.00 each, or 3 for $10.00. All proceeds will go towards future NHS projects. Don't miss a chance for a great view our graduation ceremony!

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!


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!

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!  

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:



(Please visit our website at for all up to date schedules and news.)

The 2019 Voyager Golf Tournament Fundraiser...
Thank you to all that participated and had a hand in the success of this year’s Voyager Golf Tournament Fundraiser, and a special thank you to the Booster Club for their help with logistics with this year’s tournament and to Richie Mitchell for his hard work. We had 104 golfers, good weather and a great time.  The success would not have been possible without everyone’s help and the monetary support of our sponsors, listed below. We ask that you support those business and individuals that supportus.
  • Blue Wire Electric Company 
  • Herring and Bickers Insurance 
  • Andy Jones – State Farm 
  • Sue Ruedi – Real Estate 
  • Charter Success Partners 
  • Affordable Jewelry and Pawn 
  • Bahama Road Vet. 
  • Freddie’s – Roxboro Road 
  • ARS Rescue Rooters 
  • Takla Engineering 
  • Orange Theory Fitness – MLK Blvd. 
  • Ad Resources 
And as always, our annual level 1 sponsors:
  • North Durham Orthodontics – Where a smile is always in style 
  • Emerge Orthopedics – Getting our athletes back in action after injuries 
  • El Rodeo – N. Duke Mall 
  • Chick-Fil-A – Roxboro Road 
  • Law Offices of Shelley Campen-Brown – for all your legal needs
Upcoming Events...
Looking to get back in shape or take your conditioning to a new level while helping raise money for Voyager, we can help.
Sunday May 5th– Voyager Booster will be hosting a VIP class at Orange Theory Fitness
Orange Theory is a high intensity interval training studio with classes that work for all fitness levels run by Certified Personal Trainers.  We look forward to partnering with this event. Should you have any questions please email Deuce Harris at
Cost - $30 for Adults and $20 for students

Please see our website www.voyagerathletics.comfor up to date schedules, results and other announcements.

Athletics Physicals
EmergeOrtho is excited to once again offer our annual $10 Sports Physical event! This year Sports Physicals night will take place on Wednesday, May 15th from 6:00 – 8:00pm at multiple locations around the Triangle. Please see below for the list of participating locations. Cash or check ONLY. Please advise student-athletes to fill out the medical history portion of the physical form, signed and dated by a parent/guardian.  As always, ALL proceeds are donated back to the schools! Attached is a flyer that can be displayed or distributed to students or parents. Please feel free to reach out with any further questions. Have a great week!

List of participating locations:

• Apex · 910 West Williams Street
• Brier Creek ·­7850 Brier Creek Pkwy
• Chapel Hill ·­100 Perkins Drive
• Durham · 120 William Penn Plaza
• Oxford · 107 E. McClanahan Street
• Raleigh ·­3100 Duraleigh Road
• Roxboro ·­799 Doctors Court
• Smithfield · 100 Kellie Drive(New location opening May 1st!)
• Wake Forest ·­11550 Common Oaks Drive

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!"

April 8
April 15
April 22
April 15 – 19: Drivers Ed. Classroom Portion (in H.S. Commons)
April 24
Spring Senior Portrait Day
April 23
April 27
April 30
Blood Drive at VAHS (12:30pm)
May 3
Spring Fling!
May 6
May 17
May 20
May 24
May 28

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