National Junior Honor Society
The Timothy Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at Asheville Christian Academy is active in both the school and the surrounding community. Students in grades seven through nine must have a cumulative GPA of 93% or higher to be considered for membership, in addition to having done service at school, in the community, and through leadership opportunities. The purpose of NJHS is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service as a responsible citizen, to encourage leadership, and to develop Christian standards of good character. Those who accept the honor of being made a member, use their talents, skills, and knowledge in service for the betterment of others.
The purpose of the council is to help create an environment for the student body that promotes unity with Christ and with the student body itself. The council consists of elected student leaders in service to their peers. It’s fun serving others! Students plan and run booths at the Homecoming Carnival, propose and carry out charitable activities, and plan exciting events to bring students together outside of the school day, events like bubble soccer, a team dodgeball event, or a movie night. Student council also assists with Alliance activities. The two chaplains plan and lead worship and chapel for the Middle School.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a club for students who love to read. Members read a list of twenty-seven non-fiction, classic, and new fiction books compiled by North Carolina librarians. Each year, there’s a new list. The ACA library provides these books both in paper form and on Nooks, which are a portable way to carry around all the books inside one small device! Once school starts in August, the team (usually 10-15 students) meets during lunch several times a week to hold lively quizzing sessions on the books already read. Most students read between six and ten books over the summer and then add about three or four books per month during the school year. It’s a big commitment, but it’s a fun way to read books you may never have heard of, hang out with literary types, and sharpen your memory skills. We compete in early spring against other independent schools in our area. Mrs. Hutzler (librarian) and Mrs. O’Steen (English teacher) are the coaches.
Middle School students are invited to join the World Changers Club and grow as leaders who are motivated by love, valued the well-being of others and work to create a more just and caring world. Students will explore global issues such as environmental stewardship, peace and conflict, literacy, hunger and other challenges.
Within the Middle School are 10 consistent small groups that meet with a teacher for occasional intimate small group discussion chapels. Each small group consists of students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to allow for mentoring among the grades. Additionally, small groups are paired into Alliances: Bears, Cheetahs, Eagles, Stallions, and Tigers. These teams work together in competitions throughout the year, ending in the awarding of the Alliance Trophy, and bragging rights for the next year!