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Varsity Football Team Wraps Up Season

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The Varsity Football team lost to Dorchester Academy by a score of 54 - 24 on Friday.  The Eagles played close in the first half before eventually dealing with fatigue. Senior quarterback Chad Shimakonis had over 200 yards passing in the game including a 49-yard touchdown pass to Grayson Silvester and a 76-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Hickman. Jackson Shogren and Gage Kennington each caught a 2 point conversion pass from Shimakonis.

Throughout the season the boys played every snap with tremendous heart and dedication. Athletic Director Dale Hoover says,"several opponents commented about how our boys never quit and left everything they had on the field. The loss Friday may have marked the last varsity football game for 5 seniors but the examples of hard work and sacrifice that they set will impact future PCA teams for years to come."

Head Coach Chris Shimakonis calls them gladiators. "Football is the life blood of the high school experience in every town USA. To watch this team continue to battle, play after play, game after game, is a true testament to their belief in Team and the responsibility of carrying the torch for PCA... no matter how big the challenge or how small the odds. Not sure what I've done to be so blessed as to witness it up close."

We want to thank Coach Shimakonis, Coach McDonald, Coach Manning, Coach Rourk and Coach Shogren for being "All In" with this team.. dedicating many hours to coach and mentor these young men. A huge thank you also to the cheerleaders, parents and Eagles fans for supporting our Varsity Football team throughout the season! 

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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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