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Students Learn Engineering & Biblical Lessons In Design Challenge

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For the past two weeks, Lower School STEM students have been working on designing, building, and testing a boat. 

STEM teacher, Ellen Peek said, "As we built, we focused on the foundation of our boats. We discussed what would help it float and how to balance weight on the boat. Students found that some foundations tipped easily even though they floated. We then discussed the importance of foundations in life. What we build our life on and around matters." 

During the lessons, students studied the story in Luke 5 where Jesus tells Peter to let out the nets again even though they worked all night and caught nothing. Miraculously they caught so many fish that the boats began to sink. Students also learned about the Galilee boat, a fishing boat from biblical times that was found in the Sea of Galilee in 1986. They loved testing how many “fish” their boats would hold!

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Middle School Choirs Receive Top 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 past weekend, PCA's Middle School Choirs and Bands traveled to Carowinds to participate and had a fantastic trip. This time of fun and fellowship was a blast for the more than one hundred students and chaperones making the trip. The choirs performed beautifully at the festival with both choirs earning high scores.

The 6th Grade Choir earned an excellent rating singing "Hine Ma Tov" and " El Cielo Canta Alegria", and the 7th & 8th Grade Choir earned a superior rating singing "Haida" and "Where the Light Begins".

In addition to the excitement over their incredible performances, students were also thrilled to get the opportunity to spend some time together enjoying the rides at Carowinds Amusement Park.

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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