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Welcome to the Upper School at Cape Fear Academy. 

"The Upper School embodies the school’s mission through outstanding teaching, a wide-ranging curriculum, thriving Leaders for Life Program, and extensive college counseling.  CFA strives to develop lifelong learners and responsible citizens for a global society.  The Upper School is served by responsive and innovative teachers who, in partnership with the community, provide learning experiences that nurture the uniqueness of each child and promotes happiness and success."

- Mr. Eric Miles, Director of Upper School

Meet the Faculty

Teacher Spotlight

 Benedict Fancy 

         Photography by Kristen LaCoe
Benedict Fancy is the Film and Video Productions Instructor as well as Performing Arts Technical Director at CFA.  As a screenwriter, Mr. Fancy recently optioned his first feature film screenplay to a European production company and, as an independent filmmaker, he has directed three films and several episodes of a television show for the FOX network. With more than a dozen years of experience freelancing in technical thea
tre and the local film industry, as well as serving on the board for the Cucalorus Film Festival, Mr. Fancy always looks forward to working with his students on upcoming productions at Cape Fear Academy.
"Ben Fancy puts tireless hard work into our theatre department and all of the classes that he teaches.  He is the man who will come early on the same day that he will stay late.  Ben is not just an employee.  He is invested, passionate and the best at his craft.  It was clear from day one that his work is taken seriously and he is a role model for these kids.  Numerous awards he has brought to our students across the state and nation do not even scratch the surface of the true shine that he brings to Cape Fear Academy."

Thank you for your hard work Mr. Fancy!

__________________________Through  February 28, 2018


From Benedict Fancy, "Congratulations to Eric Kanzinger, Ariana Baginski, Tess Tarses; and Caitlin McGarrity (class of 2017) whose set construction for last year's winter play 'Crimes of the Heart' for Big Dawg Productions was nominated last night for a 2018 Star News Media Theatre Award for 'Best Set Design'!

The award ceremony where the winners for each category are announced will be at Thalian Hall on March 14th.
Over 20 theatre companies are represented in town with over 60 productions being reviewed for consideration. Five productions are nominated for this category. Our original production of 'Crimes of the Heart' was built by the 2016 - 17 Technical Theatre and Design class and staged in the Brown Family Theater in January 2017. The opportunity with Big Dawg Productions presented itself shortly before we opened our show with the idea of reconfiguring our set from the 500-seat Erin E. McNeill Fine Arts Center into the 50-seat micro theater at the Cape Fear Playhouse downtown.
These four students, along with myself and Mrs Cheryl Kanzinger loaded in and built the newer version of the show in just under 48 hours! I'm so very proud of their work and for this awesome recognition! Congratulations!"

___________________________________________Posted January 23, 2018

Announcing the Literary Arts Recipients for Scholastic's 2018 Writing competition:

​​More than 330,000 student​s throughout the nation submitted original art and writing to celebrate the "future of creativity" and to showcase their hard work and talent as artists and writers.  Eight CFA​ students ​submitted their writing this year, and all eight ​earned ​either a​ "Gold Key," ​a ​"Silver Key," or "Honorable Mention" in the Scholastic Southeast Regional (10 states) competition.

The pieces were judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of a voice or vision.   ​​Moreover, those individuals who were awarded a "Gold Key" will compete against students across the nation ​to receive ​a National Medal and to ​join ​Art.Write.Now.2018, a​ National Exhibition​ of literature and art​ held in New York City.

We are so proud of each of these students for helping to build a literary legacy here at CFA.  Please​ congratulate the following individuals for their thoughtfulness, determination, and creativity​ in earning a 2018 Scholastic Arts and Writing award.

George Austria, Class of 2018, Silver Key - Personal Essay & Memoir -  “Musical Passions”

Anna Collie, Class of 2018, Gold Key - Personal Essay & Memoir -  “I'm An Iceberg”

Grant Frazier, Class of 2018, Silver Key - Personal Essay & Memoir - “Letter to a College Essay Reader”

Laurel Homer, Class of 2018, Honorable Mention - Personal Essay & Memoir - “Life Without My Father”

Grayson Keith, Class of  2018, Gold Key - Poetry - “Darkness Into Light”

Brooke Sanderford, Class of 2020, Silver Key - Poetry - “Identity: More Than Just a Label”

Sara Frances Butler, Class of 2022, Silver Key - Short Story - “The Girl in the Meadow”

Jagger Van Vliet, Class of 2023, Gold Key - Science Fiction & Fantasy - “The Tales of Kerson Snare”

We extend our congratulations also to their teachers--Mrs. Emily Fancy, Mrs. Mandy Hamby, Mrs. Amanda Holliday, Ms. Teresa Lambe, Mrs. Becky Mills, Ms. Mallory Tarses, and Mrs. Maureen Vanscoy--for nurturing their creative spirits and supporting them as writers.  Our students earned these honors due to these educators' everyday instruction, through the support of the Writing Center & the MS Creative Writing Club, given their advisement to High Tide, and as a result of their consistent expectation that our kids can "Go Further"!

Photography by Harris Dozier
2018 Senior Jack Corcoran working with CFA Discrete Math teacher, Mr. Bobby Palmer

Statewide Leadership position eld at this year’s conference: Dani Kranchalk 12) (Media: Editor in Chief), Pearce Lewis (10) (Speaker of the Freshman Forum), Alexa Borstad (12) (Associate Justice), Tershona Branch (12) (Associate Justice), Ugonna Agbafe(12) (Media: Social Media Editor), Holt Robison (11) (Media: Broadcast Editor), and Grace Ljung (11) (Media: Copy Editor).

Students elected or appointed to statewide leadership roles for the 2019 conference:

Speaker of the Freshman Forum: Amir Shaheen (9)

Media: Broadcast Editor: Holt Robison(11)

Student Honored for their participation in their program area:

George Austria: Model Debater

Harris Dozier:Model Debater

Tershona Branch: Model Judge

Amir Shaheen: Model Forum Participant

Students who had bills passed by House and Senate and signed by the Youth Governor:

Caroline Caviness(12), Porter Creighton(12), Sydney Williams (12): Requiring all NC public universities to use the Common Application (2nd year in a row these ladies have had a bill signed!!)

Tyler Smith(10) and Michael Paul Moulton(10): Regarding the Film Incentive Program

Students who wore the “Robert’s Rowdies” Chain for superior engagement in legislative debate.

Harris Dozier(11)

Amir Shaheen (9)

Students who were awarded Gold Stars by CFA Advisers for outstanding performance:

Charlotte Gabbard(10) and Parker King(10): For growth in the area of App

ellate Court and winning their first case of the weekend

Amir Shaheen(9): For strong participation in Freshman Forum and for running for Speaker of the Forum

Pearce Lewis(10): For her work as Speaker of the Forum and her candidate speech before the entire conference for Speaker of the House

Thomas Cooke(11): For his candidate speech before the entire conference for Lieutenant Governor and his willingness to serve as Delegation SDL for the upcoming summer.

Also a big THANK YOU to our US Faculty who attended the conference with our delegation:

Jonathan Allen, Julie Capps, Casey Chen, Rachel Hatfield, Eric Miles, and Teresa Lambe

______________________________________________Posted February 13, 2018

If you have any requests for the Upper School web page or stories you would like to share, please contact Ms. Sara Auld in the Upper School Office at sara.auld@capefearacademy.org

We are thrilled to share that Class of 2018 member Tershona Branch has been named a Morehead-Cain Scholarship recipient. She is the third winner from Cape Fear Academy in the last four years! Congratulations, Tershona!

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition, it features a distinctive program of summer enrichment experiences. Over four summers, scholars will have the opportunity to complete an outdoor leadership course, carry out public service in the United States or abroad, conduct research at sites across the world, and gain experience in private enterprise.

Congratulations, Tershona!
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Click the coffee link below to see Mr. Miles


 US Coffee Presentation 02/02/2018

 Click the link below to see Mr. Campbell's presentation! 

Japan/China Tour 2018

Teacher Websites

    Adams, Cody

    Allen, Jonathan

    Bennett, Claire 

    Bowen, Laura

    Campbell, Mark

    Capps, Julie

Camp, William

    Chen, Kexin (Casey)

    Fancy, Emily

    Fullagar, Carr

    Hatfield, Rachel

    Higgins, Caroline

    Holliday, Amanda

    Lambe, Teresa

    McAllister, Jeff

    McFarlane, Meade

    Miles, Eric

    O'Connell, Lynn

    Palmer, Bobby

    Reid, Jan

    Rienks, Keni

    Robbins, Sue

    Rojek, Lisa

    Scuteri, Ani

    Tarallo, Amy

    Tarses, Mallory

    Vanscoy, Maureen

    Williams, Kwabene

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Sara Auld | Head Community Service Coordinator


Caroline Broderick | Student Community Service Coordinator


Shop for upcoming community service events and volunteer opportunities in the U.S. Office with Ms. Sara Auld.  Please see senior, Caroline Broderick for advertising extra community service events and email blasts.

 The Community Service Clipboard 

WARM Project by Beta Club

 Photography provided by Sara Auld

January 20, 2018

Over 40 Beta Club Kids paint the home of a disabled woman to make her life easier!  This event was made possible by the Wilmington nonprofit organization, WARM.  WARM stands for Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry.