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FBLA Students Compete In National Leadership Conference

FBLA, otherwise known as Future Business Leaders of America, strives to develop competent, aggressive business leadership. 

That challenge was accepted by three PCA students as they traveled to Anaheim, California over the summer to compete in FBLA's National Leadership Conference.

Senior Shelby Muirhead, Junior Bennett Velasquez and Class of 2017's Ashley Browne each made their entrepreneurial mark as they represented PCA well.

Shelby Muirhead says, "The National Competition was a fun way for us to bond as a chapter, and an excellent opportunity for us to try our skills as up and coming business leaders. I learned a tremendous amount about business function and communication, and I had fun while doing it!"

Shelby competed in Emerging Business Issues, an argumentative event based upon a topic provided by FBLA. She placed 1st in her event at the district conference, which advanced her to the state competition. At state, she also won 1st place, which qualified her for the national competition this past summer in Anaheim. Shelby calls it an incredible experience, "It was an absolute pleasure to represent the state of South Carolina for my event, and I feel my performance lived up to the expectations provided by leaders and advisors, and myself. I was not in a fortunate enough position to place, but I have every confidence that I had the skill set necessary to place in the top ten."

This year PCA plans to grow its FBLA chapter to include additional members as well as educating current members on business topics, leadership skills, and proper business etiquette. After last year's success, Shelby says she has high hopes to compete again at the National Leadership Conference next summer among the very best and brightest of FBLA. "I hope to end my career as an Future Business Leaders of America member on a high note."

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Eagles Make Waves At Pinewood Meet Last Saturday

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Nineteen PCA Eagle Swimmers were invited to compete in the Pinewood Meet this past Saturday. Competing were fifteen 2A and 3A teams from around the state. The PCA Boys swam away with a second place finish, narrowly missing a first place finish by just four points to Spartanburg Day.

The PCA girls won a 4th place finish. Overall PCA earned 17 State Qualifying Times, with many personal best times for the season achieved by James Miles, Zella Horton, Simeon McCleod, Regan Baker, Cole Seitz, Ami Friedl, and Brad Chaney.

High points in the individual events were lead by Sam Biggerstaff (11 points), Lauren Pernell (8 points), Brad Chaney (5 points), Will Vandergrift (5 points) and Michael Pernell (3 points). Top three finishes in individual 2A events include Lauren Pernell (1st in 50 free & 2nd in 100 breaststroke), Emi Morgan (2nd in 200 free), Sam Biggerstaff (1st in 200 Individual Medley & 2nd in 100 breaststroke), Michael Pernell (1st in 50 free), Brad Chaney (1st in 100 free), James Miles (3rd in 50 free), and Will Vandergrift (tied for 1st in the 200 free). The Boys Relay team of Biggerstaff, Pernell, Chaney and Vandergrift dropped four seconds in the 200 Medley Relay, placing first in the 2A division. The same four swimmers also placed second in the 200 Freestyle Relay.

The Eagles will be on the road next weekend traveling to Converse College for the Oakbrook Prep Meet on Saturday, September 23rd.

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