News & Announcements

Mar 19, 2014

NCHE Athletic Conference Teams Return to Top Division at the East Coast Championships

The NCHEAC State Champion varsity girls team, the GC Heat of Greensboro, won the top division at the East Coast Basketball Championships at Liberty University on March 12-15 with the Durham Flight finishing in 3rd place and Surry Runnin’ Patriots in 8th place in the top division. In the boys varsity top division, the Cabarrus Stallions finished in 4th place. 

Also winning championships were the South Wake Sabres of Cary in the Middle School Girls Division, Durham Flight won the Varsity Boys 5A division, North Wake of New Life Camp won the Varsity Girls 4A division, Wake Forest (Lighthouse) won the Varsity Boys 3A and JV A, and North Wake of New Life Camp won the Varsity Boys A division. The Cabarrus Stallions placed 3rd in the Girls Varsity 4A division and Wake Forest 4th in the Varsity Girls 2A. The South Wake Sabres finished in 3rd place in the Boys Varsity 5A and were 4th in the JV 2A, while the JV A division the Forsyth Hawks of Winston-Salem placed 3rd.

2014 East Coast Basketball Championships Results

Program

Division

Place

GC-Heat (Greensboro)

Varsity Girls Top Division

Champion

Durahm Flight

Varsity Girls Top Division

4th Place

Surry Runnin' Patriots

Varsity Girls Top Division

8th Place

        (Surry County)

   
     

Cabarrus Stallions

Varsity Boys Top Division

4th Place

         (Cabarrus County)

   
     

Durham Flight

Varsity Boys 5A

Champion

South Wake Sabres (Cary)

Varsity Boys 5A

3rd Place

     

North Wake (New Life Camp)

Varsity Girls 4A

Champion

Cabarrus Stallions

Varsity Girls 4A

3rd Place

     

Wake Forest (Lighthouse)

Varsity Boys 3A

Champion

     

Wake Forest (Lighthouse)

Varsity Girls 2A

4th Place

     

South Wake Sabres (Cary)

JV Boys 2A

4th Place

     

South Wake Sabres (Cary)

JV Girls

2nd Place

     

Forsyth Hawks (Winston-Salem)

JV Boys A

3rd Place

Wake Forest (Lighthouse)

JV Boys A

 
     

South Wake Sabres (Cary)

Middle School Girls

Champion

Mar 15, 2014

En garde! Fencers Ready?

In August of 2009, Tammy Reid contacted Walter Triplette, owner of Triplette Competition Arms in Elkin, about teaching fencing in her area. He referred her to John Myers, a former student, who was willing to come to Winston to teach.

By 2012 six teams went to competition in the state public high school league but still were not able to compete in a state tournament. This frustration was the inspiration to form a homeschool league.

In the fall of 2013 NCHEAC, with the help of Tammy Reid and Walter Triplette, as technical consultant, started with five coaches willing to have teams from Asheville to Wilmington. Four tournaments were hosted by GC-Heat in Greensboro as well as the final “A” team tournament and individual tournament.

The “A” team tournament was held February 8. The winners of the “A” team tournament were Surry Home Educators. The winners of the individual tournament were Allison Brown (Girls Division), Sam Cason (1st), Josh Clark (2nd) and Zach Brown (3rd).

The focus in 2014 will be to build the sport and league even more. We will host some training sessions to be announced after the NCHE Conference in May.

Mar 5, 2014

2014 State Homeschool Basketball Tournament: 6 New State Champions Crowned

The 14th Annual State Basketball Championships were held at Greensboro College with a number of first-time state champions crowned. In the varsity boys division, the Asheville Trailblazers won their 2nd varsity boys crown. The Greensboro program, GC-Heat, won their 1st girls state championship. First-time champions were crowned in the JV Girls division, by 1st year Chatham County Thunder, being victorious. In the middle school boys division, North Wake won. In the middle school girls division, the GC-Heat from Greensboro repeated for the 2nd season. Repeating for the 4th year in a row in the JV Boys were the Asheville Trailblazers.

Pictured: Asheville Trailblazer varsity boys winning team      

  The results of the semi-final, consolation and championship games are below:

Semi-Final Games

       

Semi-Final Games

 
                     

JVG

31

Greensboro 

Chatham

33

 

MSG

31

Durham

South Wake

24

JVG

34

Wake Forest

North Wake

42

 

MSG

31

Greensboro

Wake Forest

21

JVB

38

South Wake

Cabarrus

40

 

MSB

45

North Wake

Greensboro

34

 

 

       Maroon

     

 

 

     

JVB

71

Asheville

So. Wake White

19

 

MSB

52

Cabarrus

South Wake

58

VG

47

Durham

Cabarrus

43

           

VG

49

Greensboro

North Wake

38

           

VB

42

Durham

Cabarrus

34

           

VB

62

Asheville

South Wake

33

           
                     

Championship  Games

     

Consolation  Games

   
                     

MSG

25

Durham

Greensboro

29

 

MSG

20

South Wake

Wake Forest

21

MSB

39

North Wake

South Wake

29

 

MSB

37

Greensboro

Cabarrus

42

JVG

28

Chatham

North Wake

24

 

JVG

36

Greensboro

Wake Forest

35

JVB

62

Asheville

Cabarrus

40

 

JVB

56

South Wake

South Wake

32

 

 

       

 

 

     Maroon

     White

 

VG

30

Durham

Greensboro

32

 

VG

50

North Wake

Cabarrus

36

VB

35

Durham

Asheville

71

 

VB

60

South Wake

Cabarrus

66

 

2014 NCHEAC State All-Tournament Teams

           
                       

MS Girls

       

MS Boys

       
 

Greensboro

     

North Wake

 
   

Lauren Bevis, MVP

     

Paul Storey, MVP

   

Britta Hilton

     

Campbell Suffridge

   

Lydia Stucker

     

Drew Moore

 
 

Durham

       

South Wake

 
   

Hannah Geerts

     

Luke Chambers

 
   

Tirzah Lloyd

     

Joseph Dalola

 
 

Wake Forest

     

Cabarrus

     
   

Isabel Nobles

     

Jordan Kalenian

 

South Wake

     

Greensboro

 
   

Kenzie Hart

     

Joey Van Eerden

                       

JV Girls

       

JV Boys

       
 

Chatham

       

Asheville

     
   

Bethany West

     

Paul Rennard, MVP

   

Cassidy Shoun

     

John Blum

 
   

Hannah St. Jean

     

Samuel Rennard

 

North Wake

     

Cabarrus

     
   

Ally Stone

       

Bailey Benham

 
   

Brittany Stone

     

Dalton Lankford

 

Greensboro

     

South Wake Maroon

 
   

Tia McCutcheon

     

Noah Wilson

 
 

Wake Forest

     

South Wake White

 
   

Jaeda Jennings

     

Seth Shearin

 

Varsity Girls

     

Varsity Boys

     
 

Greensboro

     

Asheville

     
   

Hannah Van Eerden, MVP

     

Charles Blum, MVP

   

Jordan Lanier

     

Holder Mills

 
   

Madison Whitt

     

Nathan Rennard

 

Durham

       

Durham

     
   

Rebecca Lobach

     

David Senerchia

   

Stormi Abernathy

     

Carrson Oakley

 
 

North Wake

     

Cabarrus

     
   

Emily Stone

     

Rockford Stoller

 

Cabarrus

       

South Wake

 
   

Alayna Long

     

Nathaniel Sprecher

 

Feb 28, 2014

February Frenzy, AKA East and West Basketball Regionals

The East and West Basketball Regionals were delayed but not knocked out by Winter Storm Pax.

     The NCHE Athletic Commission (NCHEAC) East and West Basketball Regionals were delayed until Feb. 21-22 with the state finals being delayed to Feb. 28-Mar.1. In spite of the storm, there were very exciting games and a number of teams advanced to the state finals for the first time.

     Here are the scoring results along with seedings and schedules for the NCHEAC State Tournament in Greensboro:

East

Regional

 

 

 

 

JVB

Chatham

58

 

Durham

69

MSG

Durham

35

 

North Wake

  26

MSG

South Wake

18

 

Wake Forest

  24

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSB

Wilmington

34

 

Harnett

10

MSB

North Wake

53

 

Alamance

17

MSB

Wake Forest

31

 

Durham

33

JVB

Wake Forest

57

 

East Wake

44

JVB

S. Wake (White)

59

 

Wilmington

25

JVB

Alamance

61

 

Durham

45

JVG

Goldsboro

20

 

South Wake

27

VB

Goldsboro

71

 

Harnett

52

MSB

North Wake

47

 

Wilmington

17

MSB

South Wake

39

 

Durham

18

JVB

S. Wake (Maroon)

69

 

Wake Forest

44

JVB

Alamance

47

 

S. Wake (White)

48

JVG

Chatham

45

 

North Wake

43

VB

South Wake

41

 

Wake Forest

40

JVG

Wake Forest

46

 

South Wake

28

VB

Durham

60

 

Goldsboro

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSG

South Wake

35

 

North Wake

22

JVG

North Wake

51

 

South Wake

35

MSG

Durham

19

 

Wake Forest

14

MSB

South Wake

35

 

North Wake

36

JVG

Wake Forest

43

 

Chatham

37

JVB

S. Wake (Maroon)

48

 

S. Wake (White)

32

VG

Durham

55

 

North Wake

37

VB

South Wake

53

 

Durham

55

 

 

MSB

VG

 

West Regional

           

JVB

VB

 

 

 

 

       

Fri 2/21

                 

8:30 AM

1

 

JVB Greensboro

59

 

JVB Surry

53

   

9:45 AM

2

 

MSB Cabarrus

55

 

MSB Forsyth

34

   

11:00 PM

3

 

MSB Greensboro

23

 

MSB Asheville

19

   

12:15 PM

4

 

JVB Asheville

84

 

JVB Greensboro

52

   
       

 

 

       

1:00 PM

5

 

JVB Forsyth

43

 

JVB Cabarrus

65

   

2:30 PM

6

 

VB Cabarrus

96

 

VB Hickory

78

   
       

 

 

   

Number 1 seed to

Number 2 seed to

       

 

 

   

State Tournament

State Tournament

9:00 AM

7

 

MSB Greensboro

26

 

Cabarrus

43

Cabarrus

Greensboro

10:30 AM

8

 

VG Cabarrus

42

 

VG Surry

41

   

Noon

9

 

VG Greensboro

58

 

VG Asheville

38

   

1:30 PM

10

 

VB Asheville

92

 

VB High Point

29

   

3:00 PM

11

 

VB Greensboro

60

 

VB Cabarrus

75

   

4:30 PM

12

 

JVB Asheville

70

 

JVB Cabarrus

36

Asheville

Cabarrus

6:00 PM

13

 

VG Greensboro

80

 

VG Cabarrus

30

Greensboro

Cabarrus

7:30 PM

14

 

VB Asheville

61

 

VB Cabarrus

56

Asheville

Cabarrus

 

 

 

 

NCHEAC State Basketball Championships

 

Hanes Gym @ Corner of W. McGee & Fulton St.

     

Bryan YMCA @ 501 W. Market St.

     

Feb. 28

             

1

10:30

 

JVG

Greensboro 

Chatham

11:00

2

 

MSG

Durham

South Wake

3

11:45

 

JVG

Wake Forest

North Wake

12:15

4

 

MSG

Greensboro

Wake Forest

5

1:15

 

JVB

So. Wake Maroon

Cabarrus

1:45

6

 

MSB

North Wake

Greensboro

7

2:30

 

JVB

Asheville

So. Wake White

3:00

8

 

MSB

Cabarrus

South Wake

9

4:00

 

VG

Durham

Cabarrus

           

10

5:30

 

VG

Greensboro

North Wake

           

11

7:00

 

VB

Durham

Cabarrus

           

12

8:30

 

VB

Asheville

South Wake

           
                       
     

Mar. 1

         

Greensboro Day School

 

Hanes Gym @ Corner of W. McGee & Fulton St.

     

Lawndale Dr.

 

13

10:30

 

MSG

Highest Seed

Lowest Seed

10:00

14

 

MSG

   

15

12:00

 

MSB

Highest Seed

Lowest Seed

11:15

16

 

MSB

   

17

1:30

 

JVG

Highest Seed

Lowest Seed

12:30

18

 

JVG

   

19

3:00

 

JVB

Highest Seed

Lowest Seed

2:00

20

 

JVB

   

21

5:00

 

VG

Highest Seed

Lowest Seed

3:30

22

 

VG

   

23

7:00

 

VB

Highest Seed

Lowest Seed

5:00

24

 

VB

   
                       
       

* East will be home team unless meeting a higher

   
       

    seed from the West

           

 

Feb 25, 2014

Author of Article Calling for Homeschool Regulation Is New Employee of DNPE

On February 21, NCHE learned that a new employee of the NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) had written an article, before being hired, advocating for more homeschool regulation. NCHE started working immediately to get clarification from DNPE and the new employee. We also contacted friends in the NC General Assembly. We expressed our concerns. One influential friend in the NC General Assembly assured us that any attempt to add homeschool regulation during the 2014 short session will be blocked. 

This employee in DNPE is Jessica Sammons. She received a juris doctorate degree from Campbell Law School and passed the North Carolina Bar Association exam in September 2013. Her new position is educational consultant, and she will work with private schools.

While she was a law student, Jessica was given an assignment in a litigation class. Her professor told Jessica that she should apply the court decisions of the Leandro Case to homeschools. (You may remember that five low wealth counties sued the state and six wealthier counties saying that the education funding system for public schools was creating an unequal and inadequate education in poor counties by relying on local property taxes to supplement state funding for necessary expenses, and they won in the NC Supreme Court.) Jessica did so even though she thought the Leandro Case had no bearing on homeschools. The paper suggested that the General Assembly should add more regulation to the current homeschool law. Her professor made the NC Bar Association aware of the paper because she believed it to be a well written paper. They contacted Jessica and asked if they could publish the paper more than a year ago.

While this article raised NCHE’s concerns, Jessica has said that the paper was to fulfill a class assignment and that it does not reflect her opinion of home education. Here is a link to the paper she wrote. http://educationlaw.ncbar.org/newsletters/educationlawnov2013/homeschooled

No employee of DNPE has the authority to add regulation to homeschool law. However, they can make things more difficult for homeschoolers. DNPE director, David Mills, stated that he and Kristy Daughtry will be doing the record review meetings with homeschools and that Jessica will be looking at private school records. He has assured NCHE that his office will not make things more difficult for homeschoolers.

Feb 21, 2014

State Champions Named at Homeschool Swim Meet

NCHEAC held its third annual state swim championships in Winston-Salem on February 8. A number of individual and relay records were broken. There were a total of five teams and ten unaffiliated swimmers. The meet was approved by NC Swim as an observed meet. Times for swimmers with a US Swim registration number were reported to US Swimming and listed on their official list.

Girls - Team Scores

State Champions: Trailblazer Swim Team from Asheville, 134 points--pictured

State Runners Up: Forsyth Home Educators, 18 points

Boys - Team Scores

State Champions: Forsyth Home Educators, 78 points--pictured (L-R) Ty Hutchins, Ben Slate, Coach Ben Parsonage, Zach Waters, Anthony Cantanio (Jacob Hutchins & Eric Compton were not pictured.)

State Runners Up: Clinton Homeschool Barracudas, 58 points

Third Place: Trailblazer Swim Team from Asheville, 38 points

Individual Event State Champions:

Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay: Clinton Homeschool Barracudas--pictured (L-R) Joel Bradshaw, Eli Bradley, Joseph Johnson and Joel Joseph.

Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay: Trailblazer Swim Team

Girls 200 Yard Freestyle: Krysia Goodwin, not attached to a team

Boys 200 Yard Freestyle: Drake Moretz, Trailblazer Swim Team

Girls 200 Yard IM: Cape Murch-Elliot, not attached to a team

Boys 200 Yard IM: Ben Slate, Forsyth Home Educators

Girls 50 Yard Freestyle: Ariel Wallace, Trailblazer Swim Team

Boys 50 Yard Freestyle: Moses Alley, Trailblazer Swim Team

Girls 100 Yard Butterfly: Ashleigh Lechner Trailblazer Swim Team

Boys 100 Yard Butterfly: Zachary Key, not attached to a team

Girls 100 Yard Freestyle: Ariel Wallace, Trailblazers Swim Team

Boys 100 Yard Freestyle: Zachary Key, not attached to a team

Girls 500 Yard Freestyle: Caroline Veater, Trailblazer Swim Team

Boys 500 Yard Freestyle: Michael Williams, Trailblazer Swim Team

Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Trailblazer Swim Team

Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Clinton Homeschool Barracudas

Girls 100 Yard Backstroke: Indya Moretz, Trailblazer Swim Team

Boys 100 Yard Backstroke: Michael Williams, Trailblazer Swim Team

Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke: Cape Murch-Elliot, not attached to a team

Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke: Ben Slate, Forsyth Home Educators

Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Trailblazer Swim Team

Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Forsyth Home Educators

 

Individual records were broken by:

Krysia Goodwin                     Girls 200 Free             2:10.00

Cape Murch Elliot                  Girls 200 IM                2:16.09

Zachary Key                          Boys 100 Fly             0:53.31

Ariel Wallace (Asheville)         Girls 50 Free              0:26.90

Ariel Wallace (Asheville)         Girls 100 Free            0:57.43

Cape Murch Elliot                  Girls 100 Breast         1:09.70

Forsyth Home Educators     Boys 400 Free Relay   3:54.60
Anthony Cantanio, Ty Hutchens , Ben Slate, Zachary Waters

 

 

NCHEAC Swim Meet Results

Event 1           Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay                                                                                     

Team                                     Relay                           Finals Time

1 . TST‑NC                              A                                 2:05.87

        1) Moretz, Indya 16        2) Lechner, Ashleigh 14

        3) Wallace, Ariel 18        4) Adcock, Alyssa 18

 

Event 2           Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay                      

        Team                             Relay                           Finals Time

1. CHB                                    A                                 1:59.99

        1) Johnson, Joseph 17     2) Linton, Alec 17

        3) Bradshaw, Joel 17      4) Bradley, Eli 14

2. FHE‑NC                             A                                 2:00.22

        1) Waters, Zachary         2) Slate, Ben

        3) Compton, Eric            4) Hutchins, Jacob

TST‑NC                                  A                                 X1:51.67

        1) Loew, Harrison 15      2) Williams, Michael 17

        3) Moretz, Drake 14        4) Alley, Moses 13

 

Event 3           Girls 200 Yard Freestyle                 

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Goodwin, Krysia P  17  UNAT                         2:09.97

    2  Haire, Leah             17  TST‑NC                      2:45.42

    3  Cockerham, Haley         FHE‑NC                     2:57.07

 

Event 4           Boys 200 Yard Freestyle                  

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Moretz, Drake          14  TST‑NC                       2:01.74

    2  Linton, Alec             17  CHB                            2:19.83

    3  Johnson, Adam        15  CHB                            2:24.64

    4  Hutchins, Jacob             FHE‑NC                      2:32.23

 

Event 5           Girls 200 Yard IM                                       

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Murch‑Elliot, Cape C 16                     UNAT    2:16.94

    2  Moretz, Indya          16  TST‑NC                      2:33.19

    3  Wallace, Rachel       17  TST‑NC                     2:53.57

 

Event 6           Boys 200 Yard IM                                        

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Slate, Ben                        FHE‑NC                     2:09.52

    2  Schwandt, Jerod               UNAT                         2:10.62

    3  Keating, Joel                    UNAT                         2:20.23

    4  Cantanio, Anthony         FHE‑NC                     2:35.01

    5  Walker, Jalon                  UNAT                         2:45.88

 

Event 7           Girls 50 Yard Freestyle

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Wallace, Ariel          18  TST‑NC                      26.09

    2  Adcock, Alyssa       18  TST‑NC                      28.18

    3  Veater, Caroline       14  TST‑NC                      30.18

    4  Edwards, Hannah    18  TST‑NC                      31.98

    5  White, Lauren          17  TST‑NC                      32.89

    6  Lenz, Faith                    UNAT                         34.15

    7  Cockerham, Katlynn       FHE‑NC                     34.87

 

 

Event 8           Boys 50 Yard Freestyle

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Alley, Moses            13  TST‑NC                        24.27

    2  Johnson, Joseph       17  CHB                            24.69

    3  Bradshaw, Joel         17  CHB                            25.09

    4  Hutchins, Ty                  FHE‑NC                       25.54

    5  Waters, Zachary            FHE‑NC                       25.64

    6  Bradley, Eli              14  CHB                            25.71

    7  Lenz, Samuel                UNAT                          26.28

    8  Soltani, Mohsen             UNAT                         29.84

    9  Johnson, Adam        15  CHB                           30.30

  10  Walker, Justin                UNAT                         32.39

 

Event 9           Girls 100 Yard Butterfly

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Lechner, Ashleigh    14  TST‑NC                      1:03.81

    2  Slate, Addie                  FHE‑NC                     1:10.94

 

Event 10         Boys 100 Yard Butterfly

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Key, Zachary                  UNAT                         53.31

    2  Moretz, Drake          14   TST‑NC                      56.97

    3  Basden, Will                   UNAT                         57.27

    4  Compton, Eric                 FHE‑NC                 1:18.39

    5  Walker, Justin                 UNAT                     1:29.36

 

Event 11         Girls 100 Yard Freestyle

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Wallace, Ariel          18 TST‑NC                     57.43

    2  Goodwin, Krysia P   17  UNAT                       59.10

    3  Aiello, Claudia         16  TST‑NC                  1:07.47

    4  White, Lauren          17  TST‑NC                  1:28.16

 

Event 12         Boys 100 Yard Freestyle

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Key, Zachary                  UNAT                         51.12

    2  Alley, Moses            13   TST‑NC                      54.45

    3  Waters, Zachary              FHE‑NC                     56.80

    4  Hutchins, Ty                   FHE‑NC                      57.23

    5  Bradshaw, Joel         17  CHB                            59.09

    6  Bradley, Eli              14  CHB                        1:00.21

    7  Lenz, Samuel                  UNAT                     1:00.64

    8  Soltani, Mohsen              UNAT                     1:03.76

    9  Walker, Jalon                  UNAT                     1:04.48

  10  Gilley, Jacob                   UNAT                     1:05.11

 

Event 13         Girls 500 Yard Freestyle

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Veater, Caroline       14  TST‑NC                      6:30.75

    2  Cockerham, Haley          FHE‑NC                     7:54.25

 

Event 14         Boys 500 Yard Freestyle

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Williams, Michael    17    TST‑NC                      5:08.18

    2  Schwandt, Jerod             UNAT                         5:08.71

    3  Gilley, Jacob                   UNAT                         7:08.11

    4  Compton, Eric                 FHE‑NC                     7:17.98

 

Event 15         Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay

                                                                                      

        Team                             Relay                           Finals Time

1. TST‑NC                              A                                 1:56.93

        1) Lechner, Ashleigh 14 2) Aiello, Claudia 16

        3) Edwards, Hannah 18  4) Wallace, Ariel 18

FHE‑NC                                 A                                 X2:07.03

 

 

Event 16         Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay

                                                                                      

        Team                             Relay                           Finals Time

1. CHB                                    A                                 1:45.48

        1) Johnson, Joseph 17     2) Johnson, Adam 15

        3) Linton, Alec 17           4) Bradshaw, Joel 17

2. FHE‑NC                             A                                 1:54.25

        1) Hutchins, Ty               2) Hutchins, Jacob

        3) Cantanio, Anthony     4) Compton, Eric

TST‑NC                                  A                             X1:41.66

        1) Moretz, Drake 14       2) Loew, Harrison 15

        3) Alley, Moses 13          4) Williams, Michael 17

UNAT                                     A                             X1:46.18

 

Event 17         Girls 100 Yard Backstroke

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Moretz, Indya          16  TST‑NC                  1:09.14

    2  Wallace, Rachel       17  TST‑NC                  1:16.72

    3  Edwards, Hannah     18  TST‑NC                  1:18.18

    4  Adcock, Alyssa        18  TST‑NC                  1:18.21

    5  Lenz, Faith                    UNAT                     1:29.62

        Cockerham, Katlynn       FHE‑NC                 DQ

 

Event 18         Boys 100 Yard Backstroke

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Williams, Michael    17  TST‑NC                      58.31

    2  Basden, Will                  UNAT                         59.75

    3  Johnson, Joseph       17  CHB                        1:11.17

    4  Cantanio, Anthony         FHE‑NC                 1:13.05

 

Event 19         Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Murch‑Elliot, Cape C 16                     UNAT     1:09.68

    2  Lechner, Ashleigh    14  TST‑NC                      1:16.62

    3  Slate, Addie                  FHE‑NC                     1:20.95

    4  Aiello, Claudia         16  TST‑NC                      1:28.06

    5  Haire, Leah              17  TST‑NC                      1:32.52

 

Event 20         Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke

                                                                                      

        Name                      Age    School                        Finals Time

    1  Slate, Ben                        FHE‑NC                     1:02.74

    2  Keating, Joel                    UNAT                         1:10.28

    3  Linton, Alec             17     CHB                           1:16.39

    4  Hutchins, Jacob                FHE‑NC                     1:24.91

 

Event 21         Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay

                                                                                      

        Team                             Relay                           Finals Time

1. TST‑NC                              A                                 5:15.88

        1) Veater, Caroline 14    2) Haire, Leah 17

        3) White, Lauren 17        4) Wallace, Rachel 17

 

Event 22         Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay

                                                                                      

        Team                             Relay                           Finals Time

1. FHE‑NC                             A                                 3:54.58

        1) Hutchins, Ty               2) Waters, Zachary

        3) Cantanio, Anthony     4) Slate, Ben

UNAT                                     A              X4:03.80    

Jan 15, 2014

Harris Teeter “Together in Education”

Want to support NCHE, but the wallet is getting thinner and thinner? Here is a solution!

NCHE has joined the Harris Teeter “Together In Education” program to help raise funds for the organization. It’s easy to do and free to participate. Simply give your Harris Teeter cashier our code, 2534, and your VIC card when you check out, and your card will be linked for the rest of this school year. You can also do this online at the Harris Teeter website. You only need to do this once for the school year. When your card is linked, NCHE (2534) will receive a percentage of your purchase for these products:

Harris Teeter
Premier Selection
H.T. Trader
Harris Teeter Naturals
Your Pet
Hunter Farms
Highland Crest
More Value

The program does not interfere with your VIC savings or cost you any money.
Don’t forget to link your VIC card to the NCHE account - 2534.

We appreciate your help!

Jan 9, 2014

National Choice Week in NC: Jan 23, 2014 in Charlotte

What: National Choice Schools Week - NC Event
When: Thursday, January 23, 2014. 8:30-10:30am
Where: Carolinas Aviation Museum, 4672 First Flight Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208
RSVP: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Cost: Free

Homeschoolers have been invited to participate in a National School Choice Week celebration. For the first time, National School Choice Week will be stopping in North Carolina for one of their whistle-stops on a nationwide train tour. National School Choice Week, a non-partisan celebration underscoring the importance of having high-quality education options for all children, has been around since 2011 and hosts thousands of annual celebrations across the country.  Over 5,500 events are already confirmed for National School Choice Week this year which runs January 26-February 1, 2014.

The event is being coordinated by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. The celebration will be a series of speeches and performances and will take place in the Carolinas Aviation Museum, 4672 First Flight Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208. The event will begin at 8:30 am and NCHE president, Kevin McClain, will be speaking about home education at about 8:55 am.

There will be about 50 seats for available for homeschool parents and students. Among the dignitaries speaking there will be well known politicians and public figures. The news media will be present, and this is a wonderful opportunity to get positive public recognition of home education. Please plan to attend to present a positive impression of home educators.

If you plan to come, please email Spencer Mason at Spencer.Mason@nche.com by Saturday, January 11 to let him know how many people will be in your group.

Nov 13, 2013
Inside NCHE

NCHE Board Recommends New Bylaws

The current structure of the NCHE board of directors is essentially the same as it was since 1992 when the last major revision of the bylaws was done. In those 21 years, a lot has happened that has greatly affected the workings of NCHE. The number of North Carolina homeschools has grown from 3,315 to 57,888, the Internet has grown from a novelty to a tool that has wide use in the homeschool community, and the services that NCHE provides to the homeschool community have grown in number and complexity.

In August, the NCHE board began to evaluate the current board structure in light of current needs and resources. Through this process, we were able to more clearly define our mission and develop a new organizational structure that will enable NCHE to be more effective in working toward our mission.

On November 2, 2013, the NCHE board approved the modified bylaws to be presented to the NCHE membership for a vote by ballot by November 15 and to be concluded within 30 days (to be submitted by Dec 13). If the membership approves the adoption of these bylaws, the current nominations and elections committee shall begin work to find candidates for the new positions to take office on May 24, 2014.

The NCHE board of directors recommends that you vote FOR the herein proposed bylaws.

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Ballot

Current voting members (must have been a member for at least 6 weeks) may submit an electronic ballot.

You can access your Supporter ID number in your NCHE.COM User account

 

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The text below is the proposed new NCHE bylaws.  
The current bylaws are also available online.

Proposed NCHE Bylaws


Home education is a growing movement in North Carolina and our nation. Homeschooling is not new, but old as history. In Deuteronomy 6:5-9, God clearly makes parents responsible for the education of their children. America's own educational heritage is rooted in both home and church sponsored schooling. Many of our nation's greatest leaders received their education at home.

North Carolinians for Home Education is an organization of families who support home education in North Carolina. It has grown from a small group of concerned parents into a statewide organization serving homeschoolers and advocating for home education. The following bylaws are adopted to clarify our vision and structure and to unite homeschoolers in North Carolina for the common good of home education.

Article I - Name
The name of this organization is North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE), Inc., a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of North Carolina. Our name was selected so as to include all who are for home education, not just those who are currently homeschooling.

Article II – Mission
NCHE has a vision for flourishing families and thriving generations in which people remain passionate, curious and actively engaged in their faith and in their learning.  Home education is a great way to educate children, especially young children, and to nurture future generations. Home education situates a child’s development in their natural environment and encourages learning that is experiential and knowledge that is integrated.  Home education fosters strong social relations, starting in the home.  As a result, home education nurtures the whole child. NCHE encourages parents in their home education and advocates for a state which respects and protects the right of parents to practice home education.

Article III - Purpose
NCHE affirms the right and responsibility of parents to direct the education of their children. Our purpose is to protect the freedom to educate at home, to provide encouragement and support to families choosing home education for their children, and to promote home education as an excellent means of education.

Article IV – Core Values
A.  NCHE is operated on the basis of biblical principles, welcoming members of all races, nationalities, and religions who support home education.
B.  NCHE shall promote the positive aspects, and excellent quality of home education. There shall be no public statements or any materials distributed that denigrates other organizations, religious affiliations, or any governmental officials or agencies. However, NCHE shall defend home education against specific policies, which jeopardize the freedom to homeschool.
C.  NCHE shall work to establish and maintain a professional working relationship with other organizations, the NC General Assembly, and government agencies to affect our mission and carry out our purpose.
D.  As parents have the freedom to choose the methods and materials with which to educate their children, NCHE will not develop or endorse any specific curriculum or methodology for use in homeschooling. NCHE does encourage individual members to share their curricular and method experiences with other homeschooling families.

Article V - Membership
A.  Classes of membership: There are two classes of membership, regular members and members with restricted privileges.
B.  Eligibility for regular membership: Anyone over eighteen (18) years of age and residing in North Carolina who supports homeschool education may join NCHE, having the privilege of membership and one (1) vote per family. A family or household member who homeschools must be in compliance with existing North Carolina law. The board of directors has the authority to require a minimum level of contributions or dues for regular membership.
C.  Eligibility for membership with restricted privileges: A family or an individual over eighteen (18) years of age residing outside the borders of North Carolina who supports home education may join NCHE with restricted privileges, having the benefits of membership, but not having the privilege of voting. The board of directors has the authority to require a minimum level of contributions or dues for membership with restricted privileges.
D.  Qualifications to vote: All families who have been enrolled as regular members at least six (6) weeks prior to any election or ballot may vote.
E.  Membership roll: The names, addresses and telephone numbers of members shall not be sold, published or distributed for use outside of NCHE.

Article VI - Board of Directors
A.  Authority of board: The control, administrative, and judicial authority of NCHE shall be vested in the board of directors (board). The board shall have the authority to engage and dismiss such employees and contractors as necessary for the operation of NCHE.
B.  Voting board members: There shall be twelve (12) voting officers elected annually: the president, development director, media manager, IT director, marketing director, events director, activities director, community relations director, homeschool helps director, law and policy director, secretary, and treasurer.
C.  Non-voting members: Non-voting members of the board shall be advisors elected by the board and the spouses of the elected officers
D.  Board member qualifications: Board members shall be 1) actively homeschooling at least one child in their home except in cases where there are no school age children in the home, 2) believers in and followers of Christ, 3) an NCHE member for at least one year and have at least three (3) years of homeschooling experience prior to taking office and 4) in agreement with the NCHE mission, purpose and core values.
E.  Members ineligible: No individual shall become or continue as a member of the board if he/she is a director, officer, or employee of any other homeschool organization providing services similar to that of NCHE (This shall not apply to local support group leaders.)
F.  Vacancies on the board: The position held by a member of the board of directors shall automatically become vacant in the event such member 1) is convicted of any felony while holding office, 2) is declared legally incompetent, 3) is absent from regularly called board meetings for six (6) months without an excuse satisfactory to the board, 4) submits a written resignation to the board, or 5) is removed by 3/4 majority of the board. A vacancy of all board positions shall be filled by appointment by the board of a qualified NCHE member to that position for the duration of the unexpired term.
G.  Meetings: The board shall meet at least quarterly and otherwise as needed to carry out the business of NCHE. Meetings may be called by the president or by four (4) voting board members who communicate their request to the secretary, and notice of such meetings to all board members is required at least one (1) week before the meeting. The president shall moderate all meetings unless he/she is not present. In the absence of the president, the meeting will be moderated by the community relations director, the law and policy director or the media manager in that order.
H.  Quorum: A quorum shall be declared when at least fifty percent (50%) of voting board members are present, and adjournment of a meeting is affected if less than fifty percent (50%) of voting members are present after the meeting has been called to order.
I.    Order of business: The order of business for each meeting shall be determined by the president and delivered to each board member at least one (1) week prior to the meeting. The first action of the board at each meeting shall be to approve the order of business. The order of business may be suspended or ordered by a simple majority of those present and voting. A closed session of the board (consisting of voting board members and whomever the board determines needs to be present) may be ordered by a simple majority of those present and voting.
J.    Rules of order: The law and policy director will act as board parliamentarian who is or will become knowledgeable of a standard code of parliamentary procedure (such as Robert's). Such standard code shall stand as the rule of order except when in direct conflict with these bylaws and will control all parliamentary proceedings of the meeting of the board. Rules of order may be suspended by a simple majority of those present and voting.
K.  General business: A two-thirds (2/3) majority of those voting members present shall be required to pass motions of general business and policy and to elect committee members unless the there is a specific exception provided for in these bylaws.
L.  Policy and Procedures Manual: The board shall maintain a policy and procedures manual that will more clearly define the job descriptions of the board members and the procedures the board will follow.
M. Board members that receive pay from NCHE for any service rendered or have any relatives receiving compensation from NCHE shall not be present during the debate and the vote of any motion that relates to that service or compensation.

Article VII - Election of Officers
A.  Nominations of officers: Recommendations for consideration for elected offices shall be called for from the membership at least ninety (90) days prior to the beginning of the new board year. The nominations and elections committee shall review all qualified candidates and nominate at least one (1) NCHE member for each generally elected office and regional directors at least sixty (60) days prior to the new board year. No nomination shall be made by the committee without stated agreement by the nominee to serve in the office if elected and agreement of the nominee to uphold the bylaws of NCHE.
B.  Election of officers by balloting: If there is only one nominee for an office, that office will not be listed on the ballot and the election will be performed by the NCHE board. If all offices have only one nominee, a ballot will not be sent out. If there is more than one nominee for an office, the nominations and elections committee shall ensure that the applicable biographical sketches of the nominees and ballots are sent to all NCHE regular member families eligible to vote at least thirty (30) days prior to the new board year. To be counted as valid, ballots must be marked for no more than one (1) candidate per office and returned to the nominations and elections committee at least fifteen (15) days prior to the new board year. A majority of valid ballots elects a candidate. Results of the balloting shall be announced to NCHE members prior to new board year.
C.  Advisors shall be nominated by board members and elected by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the outgoing board. Vacant positions may be filled by the NCHE board at any time.

Article VIII - Duties and Qualifications of Officers
For general qualifications see Article VI. paragraph D.

A.  President: This person is to provide strategic and operational leadership to the organization. The nominee for president shall have a minimum of one (1) year of service on the NCHE board and shall be serving at the time of the nomination.
B.  Development Director: This person is responsible for raising funds for NCHE operations.
C.  Media Manager: This person will oversee NCHE media assets and will be responsible for the public face of NCHE.
D.  IT Director: This person will oversee information technology assets and is responsible for system administration and support. They will function as liaison to third party vendors.
E.   Marketing Director: This person will expand NCHE’s mission reach through the strategic development of branding and marketing efforts.
F.   Events Director: This person oversees NCHE events and develops new event offerings.
G.  Activities Director: This person shall oversee and develop NCHE sponsored activities.
H.  Community Relations Director: This person will function as a liaison to the community, focusing on North Carolina, working to develop positive relationships with home educators, other non-profit organizations, and the general public.
I.    Homeschool Helps Director: This person is responsible for homeschool community parent education and encouragement.
J.    Law and Policy Director: This person will be responsible for monitoring the actions of the NC General Assembly and government agencies to determine the effect of pending legislation or regulations on the homeschool community and manage grassroots and direct legislative action as needed.
K.  Treasurer: This person shall oversee the management and reporting of NCHE’s finances.
L.   Secretary: This person shall ensure that records of NCHE board actions are accurately recorded and organized for easy access for official purposes.
M. Advisor: These people will draw from their experience on the board to advise current board members. They will serve on the nominations and elections committee. Nominees for advisor shall have a minimum of three (3) years of service on the NCHE board.

Article IX – Regional Liaisons
The nominations and election committee will make nominations for these volunteer positions, and they shall be elected by a two-thirds (2/3) majority by the board. They shall keep abreast of happenings in designated NCHE regions.

Article X - Committees
A.  Standing and ad hoc committees: NCHE shall have the following standing committees: bylaws, conference, community relations, finance, legislative, marketing, media, and nominations and elections. Ad hoc committees may be appointed by the board with the period of existence and goals and objectives of such committees determined by the board.
B. Bylaws committee: The law and policy director shall chair this committee and appoint members with approval from the board. This committee shall make an annual review of the bylaws and propose to the board revisions necessary to update the bylaws. This committee will give consideration to any proposed changes to the bylaws and will advise the board of their merit.
C.  Conference committee: The events director shall chair this committee and appoint members with approval from the board. This committee shall handle arrangements for publicity, registration, vendor services and accommodations for speakers, meetings and workshops, and all other conference needs. The committee through its chairperson shall report at each board meeting on the plans and progress for upcoming conferences.
D. Community relations committee: The community relations director shall chair this committee, and shall appoint members with board approval. This committee shall develop outreach initiatives to engage homeschool families and homeschool groups and provide support to help them meet their objectives.
E.  Finance committee: The treasurer shall chair this committee and appoint members with the approval of the board.
This committee shall develop an annual budget and keep NCHE finances in order.
F.  Legislative committee: The law and policy director shall chair this committee and appoint members with the approval of the board. This committee shall keep current a network of legislative contacts, ensure that NCHE is apprised of pending legislation that might affect home education and inform the membership of issues raised publicly which have impact on homeschooling.
G.  Marketing committee: The marketing director shall chair this committee and shall appoint members with board approval. This committee shall develop marketing campaigns that are in keeping with our brand identity for NCHE events.
H.  Media committee: The media manager shall chair this committee and shall appoint members with board approval.
This committee shall oversee NCHE publications and shall provide resource assistance for NCHE publications. The board shall appoint or employ an editor of periodical publications who shall have the responsibility of preparing NCHE's periodicals for publication and distribution on a timely and regular schedule. This editor shall be an ex-officio member of this committee. An editorial board made up of the president, the media manager, and the law and policy and community relations directors shall directly review the content of each issue before publication to insure that the publication meets the standards stated in NCHE core values.
I.    Nominations and elections committee: The nominations and elections committee shall be composed of six (6) members: the community relations director (who shall chair the committee), advisory board members, and additional committee member/s elected by the board by a two-thirds (2/3) majority. This committee shall make nominations for officers as provided in Article VI of these bylaws. This committee shall oversee the elections of board positions as well as the sending, receiving and counting of ballots for officer elections and votes for bylaw changes.

Article XI - Amendments
Any five or more regular member families may propose changes to these bylaws by submitting these to the bylaws committee. If the board shall approve, the nominations and elections committee shall publish such proposed changes along with the board’s recommendations for adoption or rejection and submit them to the membership eligible to vote for vote by ballot. Affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the members returning ballots by the election closing date shall constitute adoption.

Article XII - Adoption
These bylaws shall be adopted after review by the NCHE board and presentation to the regular membership for approval by ballot. A two-thirds (2/3) majority of families returning ballots within thirty (30) days shall affect adoption which shall take effect upon the date of adoption.

 

 

Nov 6, 2013

State Financial Scholarship Not for Homeschool Students

A postcard from School Choice North Carolina has caused confusion for some NC homeschool families. The postcard pertains to the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship, a recently enacted program that subsidizes tuition costs for qualified families to enroll in a nonpublic school. The postcard advises; "Check your family's eligibility for a state financial scholarship." Homeschool students are not eligible for this scholarship. 

For those who would like to know about this program, here are the details:

The North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship program was passed in July 2013 and will help students from low income families by allowing them to receive scholarships up to $4,200 per student to attend private schools. Scholarship amounts must not exceed the actual cost of tuition and fees.

To qualify the student must live in a household that meets 100% Free and Reduced Lunch qualifications and be a full time student who has not graduated from high school and attended a public school during the 2014 spring semester.

The State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA) will administer the program and award the scholarships. The SEAA will make applications available for the 2014-2015 school year no later than February 1, 2014. They will begin notifying scholarship recipients by March 1, 2014. Once a child has been awarded a scholarship, the SEAA will send scholarship funds to the appropriate nonpublic school at least twice each school year, after the student has selected and been admitted to a qualifying nonpublic school. A homeschool does not qualify.

The nonpublic school must administer a nationally standardized test at least once a year to all scholarship students enrolled in grades three or higher. Scores are not public record unless the school has more than 25 scholarship students.

Schools that receive these scholarship monies have accountability requirements to meet including background checks, and the requirement to have a financial review if they receive more than $300,000 in scholarships.