Beyond CFA:Competing in the larger arena


In the midst of a busy academic semester, several Cape Fear Academy students applied their training in athletics, the arts and leadership in regional and state competitions.

“One of the hallmarks of Cape Fear Academy is to encourage students to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities. Our students have talents that allow them to successfully compete in a much larger arena,” said Susan Harrell, Cape Fear Academy Director of Advancement.

The school’s varsity cheerleading team competed in Raleigh and won first place in the large varsity non-tumbling division.

Four Cape Fear Academy students placed in the annual Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest this year. In the middle school age group, seventh graders Maddie Porter received first place and Sylvia Atwood received third place for their artwork. In the elementary school age group, fifth graders Margaret Dill received first place and Lindsay West received an honorable mention. Five additional students’ art earned recognition within the top 16 entries.

Sophomore Victor Agbafe was elected Speaker of the House at the North Carolina Youth and Government Conference this year. He steps into the highest position available for rising juniors in this statewide student government organization.

By competing beyond the walls of Cape Fear Academy, the students develop a variety of skills.

“They gain self-confidence, poise and the understanding that putting their time and talents into something valuable reaps great rewards that will be useful for the rest of their lives,” Harrell said.

The teachers encourage the students to pursue their interests and these opportunities beyond the school.

“[The teachers] are here long hours coaching and prepping. They are as excited and enthusiastic as the students are,” she said. “It’s part of the whole positive atmosphere of Cape Fear Academy.”

Cape Fear Academy has been a leader in the educational community of southeastern North Carolina since 1967. Known for its academic excellence and outstanding college preparatory program, the pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning across academic disciplines. For more information, visit or call (910) 791-0287.