Voyager Academy High School News, Sept. 29, 2023


New this week:

  • It Was A Great SPIRIT WEEK at VAHS!
  • Midterm Exams Next Week, 10/4 and 10/5
  • Real Talk Event For Black Students And Their Parents/Guardians
  • Learn How To Be A Leader:  HOBY Registration Is Now Open
  • Red Cross Blood Drive At VAHS On Oct. 25
  • VAHS Baseball Team Receives The ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award

Recent news items:

  • Seniors: Here Is An Excellent Resource To Find Scholarships
  • North Carolina Governor’s School
  • Reminder: Students Must Leave Campus By 4pm Tue-Fri (2pm on Mondays)
  • Yearbooks Are On Sale Now

News You Can Use

  • The Voyager Academy "Bring Your Own Device" Policy
  • Student Clubs And Organizations
  • The Voyager Academy High School Website
  • VAHS Counseling Department Blog
  • Athletics: Calendars, Schedules, And More
  • Important Dates



Firstly, THANK YOU to Ms. Higdon and the VAHS Student Council for leading such an awesome Spirit Week–one of the best ever!

70’s afros, a pep rally, tug-of-war, a free concert, Kens, Barbies, Crockpots carrying books, musical chairs, and more. And we’re not finished!  We look forward to our culminating Spirit Week event–our semi-formal Homecoming Dance tomorrow night at Umstead Pines. Hope to see you there!

Dr. “Ken” Nolan and Sage “Barbie” Kuehner, on Thursday’s Barbie Day

More Barbie Day

Full contact musical chairs at the pep rally

Pajama Day!

Cool PJs

More Pajama Day!

Anything but a backpack Day

No backpacks here either.

Nice PJ’s

Midterm Exams Next Week 10/4, 10/5

Just a reminder that we have midterm exams next week at VAHS. They are as follows:

  • Wed. 10/4 – pds. 1 and3

  • Thurs. 10/5 – pds. 2 and 4

  • Fri. 10/6 – exam make-up day

Real Talk Event For Black Students And Parents/Guardians

The Real Talk virtual event series is back, with two special nights lined up on October 3 and 10 to help Black students and their families navigate the college selection process. These events will help students decide whether an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) or PWI (Predominantly White Institution) is right for them. This is a great opportunity for Black students and their families in your school community to directly engage with college leaders and current college students from both HBCUs and PWIs. 🎓

📌 Night 1: Tuesday, October 3, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

HBCUs, PWIs, and You: Join to connect directly with HBCU and PWI reps from across the country as they share real talk on selecting a college home that aligns with each student’s personality and college and career aspirations.

📌 Night 2: Tuesday, October 10, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT

The Real Tea on HBCUs and PWIs: Want to know what college life is really like at HBCUs and PWIs? Students and their families can connect with current Black students who’ll spill the tea! Don't just hear it—experience it through their stories.

Interested? Click here for a flyer with much more info.

Learn How To Be A Leader:  HOBY Registration Is Now Open

Registration is now OPEN for the 2024 State Seminar Season!

Since 1958, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) has provided transformative leadership development training that has positively impacted the lives of over 500,000 high school students around the world. HOBY is looking  forward to providing VAHS students with the transformative experience of the HOBY State Leadership Seminar.

For more than five decades, HOBY has inspired young people to make a difference and become catalysts for positive change in their home, school, workplace, and community. As America’s foremost youth leadership organization, HOBY has a long history of successfully motivating young people to develop into outstanding leaders. Every year at least one VAHS student has participated. They each have a unique experience and use their leadership skills to benefit to entire student body.       

Check out the HOBY Leadership Video
or the website

Contact Jill O'Kane for more information 

Red Cross Blood Drive At VAHS On Oct. 25

Hello everyone! This October 25th there will be a blood drive hosted at the Voyager Academy High School parking lot. It is form 9am-2pm. More details to come. Thank you to VAHS Morgan King for her leadership in making this happen!

VAHS Baseball Team Receives The ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award

Congratulations to the 2022-23 VAHS Vikings Baseball Team. They were awarded the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award (click here). To receive this award, the team must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the 2022-23 academic year. GPA may not be rounded up.  The Voyager Academy sends a big thank you to Head Coach Shawn Ryan and his staff, for their leadership and mentorship of our players. Way to go Vikings!

Seniors: Here Is An Excellent Resource To Find Scholarships

With scholarships for “Women in Stem,” for “Community Service,” for outstanding GPAs and more, the scholarship resource, is an excellent place to begin your search.

To find and apply for scholarships, students and parents can sign up for Going Merry ( -- it’s free! Going Merry has thousands of national, regional, and local scholarships. There are also opportunities for every grade level, from freshmen to seniors. Check out the current list in Going Merry:

Also check out this Scholarship Website handout for additional Scholarship Platforms (click here).

Questions, or need assistance?  Please contact VAHS School Counselor, Jill O'Kane (

North Carolina Governors School

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students in the nation. The program is administered by the State Board of Education and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) through the Office of Advanced Learning & Gifted Education. Each summer, selected rising 12th grade students are invited to Governor’s School to help build a learning community during a four-week residential session. The Governor’s School emphasizes collaborative efforts in all disciplines. 

For more information visit:  and check out the Governor's School Family Overview below, or contact Jill O'Kane, VAHS School Counselor/Governor's School Local Coordinator (  

Also, please click here for a handout containing all details.

Reminder: Students Must Leave Campus By 4pm Tue-Fri (2pm on Mondays)

Students and Parents/Guardians: Please remember that all students must be picked up (or leave campus if driving) after dismissal by 4pm Tue-Fri and 2pm Mondays, unless attending an event or meeting supervised by a Voyager Academy staff member. Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Yearbooks are on sale now!

Order a yearbook today to get the lowest price of the year!

Click here to order.

The Voyager Academy "Bring Your Own Device" Policy

Hey Voyager Vikings, remember that Voyager Academy is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school. All students are required to bring their own device to school each day. Please click here for the Voyager Academy BYOD policy.  (Also found in the Voyager Academy Student/Parent Handbook).

Student Clubs And Organizations

Hey Vikings, Check Out All The VAHS Clubs!

Student life at VAHS isn’t all tests, quizzes and homework.  We have Chess Club, Ice Skating Club, Gamers Club, Service Club, Computer Coding Club, American Sign Language Club, Business and Leadership Club and more.  VAHS students are encouraged to join a club or other extra-curricular activity! Get involved.

Click here to see a list of VAHS Clubs.

Other Useful Sources of Information

The Voyager Academy High School Website

One of the first places to check for basic information about VAHS is the VAHS website.  Among the information you can find there are calendars and schedules, student clubs and organizations, faculty directory, the counseling page, special bulletins, etc. Here is the VAHS website:


VAHS Counseling Department Blog

Please be sure to check the VAHS Counseling Department blog frequently. The blog provides news, information, and opportunities for VAHS students and parents all in one convenient location. Topics range from Career/College Counseling and Application Support to Summer Programs and Opportunities. Check it out!


Voyager Athletics: Click here for the sporting events calendar, and more.

Voyager Academy Student/Parent Handbook

Important Dates



Sept. 30

Fall Semi-Formal Dance 7-10pm at Umstead Pines 

Oct. 4

Midterm exams for pds. 1 and 3 

Oct. 5

Midterm exams for pds. 2 and 4

Oct. 6

Midterm exam make-up time; End of 1st half of Fall semester

Oct. 9-13

NO CLASSES – Fall Break

Oct. 19

Report cards go out

Nov. 1

Pre-ACT/CRAA (required for all 10th graders)

Nov. 9

Teachers alert parents/students w/grade below 60

Nov. 13

Project Exhibition Day

Nov. 27

Advisors alert parents of students w/grade below 60

Nov. 28

NC Biology Check ins (diagnostic exams)

Dec. 12 - 20

Final Exams