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A Life-Sized Perspective Of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition in Charleston showcases the awe and wonder of one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements while allowing visitors to experience the art from a life-sized, never before seen perspective. Last Friday, PCA’s Junior AP European History class traveled downtown to Festival Hall to explore the exhibit up close and view Michelangelo’s works of art based on biblical characters and stories. 34 iconic frescoes were featured in a spectacular display of color and beauty, while an expert audio tour explained each piece featured in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. 

History teacher, James Ugland, said this was a unique experience that will help the class gain a greater understanding of the artistic inspiration and historical value of Michelangelo’s works of art. “Students learn a great amount about art and various artists throughout the AP European History course. Throughout the year, students will learn how to look at art and see how it connects to history.” 

Mr. Ugland said many students were amazed by the masterful fresco paintings and couldn’t believe the meanings that Michelangelo hid in each work of art. 

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Senior Retreat: Deepening Christian Leadership

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This past weekend the Class of 2024 packed their bags, boarded the bus, and embarked on their Senior Class Retreat, located at Camp Kinard on the outskirts of Columbia, South Carolina. Throughout the weekend, the seniors had the opportunity to grow in community with their classmates and in their personal relationships with Christ.  

This year's guest speaker was Nick Zerbst, family and student ministries pastor at Lighthouse Church. Zerbst had the students look at five different examples of Biblical Leadership and challenged them to commit to accept their heritage, care for their spiritual family, be unashamed of God, surrender to Jesus and follow Jesus no matter what for the glory of God. 

In addition to worship and small group sessions, our senior class enjoyed plenty of outdoor games and even a trip to the Riverbanks Zoo. 

Dean of Students, Charlie Wulff, says the retreat provided an excellent opportunity for the senior class to prepare themselves to lead others with Christ-like character as we begin the school year. "Spiritually, it was a great retreat. The sessions on Christian Leadership were very practical and relevant to the students. The small group questions were very thought provoking and challenged the seniors to be godly examples for the students. It was so wonderful to see ALL the students singing out loud praising and worshipping God during our time of worship. Socially, the kids had fun and bonded well together!"

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