On December 2nd and 3rd, the Sophomores made their way to Asheville, North Carolina for the annual literary trip. Upon arrival, the students watched a live Christmas Spectacular in the Flat Rock Theater and then made their way to the historic Biltmore, where they were able to eat dinner at the Deerpark Restaurant on the Biltmore property under twinkling lights. The students then headed inside the spectacular Biltmore Mansion for a candlelight tour of the house that was decorated in ornate lights and Christmas trees. The next day the students set off to tour the homes of O'Henry, Thomas Wolfe, and Carl Sandburg. The Sandburg house was a class favorite as students toured not only the home but the dairy farm founded by the Sandburg's in 1945. The sophomores particularly enjoyed interacting with the animals on the farm, especially the goats. The 10th grade trip to Asheville this year was a success!
'Tis the Christmas season and nothing quite says Christmas like the ringing of the bells. Here at Palmetto Christian Academy, the soft ringing can be heard from the band room to the balcony of the sanctuary, with sixth-graders Bella Davenport, Angelina Xio, Ashley DeWeese, and Emily Creech at the handles. Created this year by Middle School band instructor, Mike Doll, the team began by providing acoustics for the Thanksgiving chapel and will be performing "Oh Come all ye Faithful" at the Christmas Concert later this week as well as a potential performance in the spring. When asked what drew them to the bells, Bella Davenport explained that some of the girls had played piano, which lead them to the marimba and then to the bells. Seventh-grader Angelina Xio said, "the bells [sound] natural and pretty. [They] remind me of mini church bells". When asked about their future bell-ringing career, Davenport said, "I sure hope to continue next year". With such a talented group of bells, I can "hear ringing" in their future.