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PCA Students Selected For Prestigious Palmetto Boys & Girls State

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PCA is proud to announce our representatives selected for Palmetto Boys & Girls State. Harper Geiger, Isabella De Los Reyes, Joshua Matthews and Hans Payne were selected through an application and interview process and will be representing PCA at the statewide programs June 11-17. These programs are a unique way for young men and women to learn about the American system of government and politics by participating in a mock governmental system and leadership training. In fact, many of our state’s political, business, and community leaders attended Boys & Girls State. Students will have an opportunity to prepare speeches, compose party platforms, debate current issues, and vote for elected offices. Participants also have the opportunity to hear from some of South Carolina’s top leaders. 

Academic Counselor Emily Faile explains the significance of being chosen as a representative for this nationally recognized program. "In a traditional year, only 2 candidates are selected from a school our size so the process is incredibly selective. The fact that we have four students attending from PCA speaks highly of the caliber of our students. Participants in Boys and Girls State are also awarded automatic scholarships from over 20 colleges and universities around the state. Those scholarships range from $1000 to $25,000."

Middle School Choirs Receive Superior Ratings!

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Carowinds’ Festival of Music is one of the most anticipated and celebrated student performance events in the Carolinas. Middle and high school concert bands, jazz ensembles, orchestras, and choral ensembles are invited to showcase their skills. 

This year, PCA's sixth, seventh, and eighth grade choirs traveled to Charlotte to participate in the festival. We are thrilled to share that each choir received a Superior rating.. the highest rating possible! Students were celebrating with high fives on the buses!

In addition to the awards, an added bonus happened after the sixth and seventh graders finished their on stage performance. The last piece they sang was arranged by one of the judges, Emily Holt Crocker, about a Spanish dancer. She stopped the competition and went on stage and talked to the students about the piece. What a surprise and proud moment for everyone to hear how much she enjoyed the performance. 

All of the students enjoyed the fellowship of riding rides at Carowinds Amusement Park and as they said all day, "witnessing for my Lord".

Congratulations to Dr. Jo Hethcox and all of the middle school choir members for wonderful performances and for representing PCA so well.

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