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The Palmetto Show

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On Thursday, May 10th the PCA upper school arts were on display at the annual Palmetto Show. The evening began with an entertaining concert by the PCA middle and high school Bands and Choirs. Selections from the bands included classical and popular tunes, including a John Williams medley which included songs from Star Wars and Jurassic Park. The bands have continued to grow under the direction of Mr. Mike Doll, and this year PCA was excited to add high school band among the music classes offered.

The middle school choirs also sang a collection of songs including songs from Korea and Africa, as well as a touching rendition of "What a Wonderful World" which was dedicated to Mr. Moser. The high school Ensemble sang a collection of songs including "Mojuba" from Nigeria, "I Surrender All" and "Singing in the Rain". Among the performances, were cameos by our three seniors who have all been in Choir at PCA for eight years. Samuel Biggerstaff performed an original piano composition, "Marshlands." Nicole Watson wowed the audience vocally with an Italian art song, "Vittoria, mio core!" and Katie Keenan ended the night with a tender solo on "This is Me" from the movie The Greatest Showman. Both Samuel and Nicole plan on continuing to study music in college. PCA is extremely proud of our seniors and all of our students for their work and performance in music!

The evening ended with an amazing display of upper school visual art, provided by PCA art teacher Rachel Tuck. Beautiful paintings, colorful drawings and realistic renderings from our PCA middle and high school artists were exhibited throughout the Welcome Center. Parents and students enjoyed the art walk and opportunity to see the many talents of our students. Art work for both the Palmetto show poster and program were presented by talented artists, Abby Landfried (11th) and Zella Horton (7th).

The Palmetto Show was a beautiful success! Thanks to all of our PCA students for sharing their many talents!

3rd Graders Visit Historic Boone Hall Plantation

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Last Monday, the third grade classes enjoyed a lovely May morning at the Boone Hall Plantation. The students heard the history of the plantation dating back to its origins in 1681 when Major John Boone and his wife received the land as a wedding gift. They also learned that over the years Boone Hall Plantation has produced a number of cash crops including lumber, brick, indigo, cotton and pecans and that it houses the oldest building in Mount Pleasant- a smokehouse built with bricks made on the Plantation in 1750. Another interesting fact about the Plantation is that its stable was once home to Princequillo, a Thoroughbred whose progeny includes three Triple Crown winners - Secretariat, Seattle Slew and America Pharoah.

The students also heard a powerful and moving lesson on Gullah history by Ms. Jackie Mikel, the Gullah Gal. Ms. Mikel taught the group that the Gullah culture has its roots in Western Africa because the people there could tolerate the heat of the South and had developed an immunity to malaria which was a problem during the warm months on the plantations. Also, we learned that the slaves dropped parts of their words and spoke quickly so the slave owners couldn't understand them. By doing so, this led to the development of the Gullah/Geechee language.

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