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National Honor Society Inducts New Members

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Congratulations to our 2023-2024 National Honor Society Inductees! Thirty-six new members were inducted prior to the Thanksgiving break into this premier organization which recognizes outstanding high school students across the nation. The minimum criteria for the inductees are that they must be in tenth grade, a student of good character, in their second year at PCA, having either completed one honors course or are currently taking an honors course, and have a 4.2 GPA. 

NHS Co-Advisor, Marcia Siebert, stated, "The five pillars of NHS are: leadership, scholarship, character, citizenship and service. This will be the largest number of new inductees, a total of 36, that PCA has ever inducted at one time, bringing our total club membership to 61 students. That means 61 students who are excelling in each of those very important aspects of character. This is huge, both for our school and our community to have so many young people that are excelling in not just academics but these other very important leadership ways as well." 

The induction ceremony opened with a Welcome from NHS Co-Advisor, Rachel Tisdale, followed by the pledge to the Bible and to the American Flag, and the National Anthem sung by the High School Choir. Mrs. Siebert made some introductory remarks, and NHS officers: President Autumn Benton, Vice President Joshua Matthews, Secretary Blaise Sorensen, Treasurer Ava Bowen, and Chaplain Hannah Delaney continued by lighting a candle for each of the 5 pillars, speaking on each of the service traits. 

Each of the inductees were invited to the stage to receive their certificate of recognition. Upper School Principal, Sean Keiper, closed the ceremony with a prayer. Students then posed for pictures with their families and attended a small reception in the Welcome Center for parents and new inductees.

Congratulations to the newest inductees: Micah Batzig, Alden Baugh, Lawton Blevins, Alyssa Carper, Lily Calderon, Avery Clark, Ashley DeWeese, Harper Geiger, George Greene, Chloe Guyan, Sadie Holdridge, Josie Hurley, Reed Jones, Jenna Leon, Benjamin Marlow, Benjamin McCartney, Amelia Morris, Davis Murphy, Lucia Noce, Grace Anna Parker, Keane Parker, William Perkins, Sophia Ralph, Lydia Renau, Charlotte Roberts, Anna Claire Romine, Evan Seay, Isabella Sese, Saylor Sorensen, Sam Smith, Kyler Stille, Addison Surratt, Joseph Terry, Eliana Thomas, Leah Vesper, and Katherine Grace Winther.

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Exploring The Power Of Pulleys Through Science Lab

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PCA eighth graders recently engaged in an exciting pulley system lab as part of their "Work and Machines" unit. This unit focuses on understanding simple machines and how they can enhance our ability to perform work. Middle School Science Teacher Kim Moser explains, “The specific objective for this lab was to calculate the absolute and ideal mechanical advantages of different pulley systems. I wanted them to discover that as the number of pulleys in a system increased, the mechanical advantage would also increase, leading to a decrease in the effort force required.”

To achieve this, students were tasked with building three distinct pulley systems. The first system consisted of a single pulley, the second had two pulleys, and the third boasted four pulleys. By using spring scales and 1 kg weights, they were able to test and calculate the effort forces and mechanical advantages of each system. Not only was this lab a fun and engaging experience for the students, but it also allowed them to make remarkable discoveries about the power and principles of simple machines. 

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