PCS students' projects took first place awards in two categories at the regional competitions of the Pennsylvania State Computer Fair making them eligible to compete in the state finals in May. The first place award in the Logo Design category for high school went to Alyssa Beard whose imaginative design caught the attention of the judges.
Alyssa's diligent efforts and skill in creating a computer fair logo design were evidenced by her excellent display which included real world implementations of her design on t-shirts and mugs.
In the Middle School Digital Movie category, Lauren Applegate and Katie Tull took first place for their bullying awareness video titled "Check Yourself". This movie was created as a team effort and showcased their skill as amateur videographers as well as their compassion for those suffering the torment of bullies.
Congratulations to these hard working, imaginative students!
The Pennsylvania High School (and Middle School) Computer Fairs are annual events that highlight students' application skills and computer knowledge. Students are able to unleash their creativity, learn how to convey information more dynamically, and enhance the learning process. Students must receive a first place award at the regional event to be eligible for participation at the state level competition. This year the high school state event will be held on May 21st at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA followed by the middle school competition on May22 at the same venue. Go to pacomputerfair.org or www.middleschoolcomputerfair.org for more information about the competitions.
Plumstead Christian School's Mock Trial Team defeated Holy Ghost Preparatory School in the Bucks County Finals on February 19, 2013. The entire team performed with excellence and the presiding judge who has been judging Mock Trial competitions for the last twenty years said it was the most spectacular competition he has seen to date. This sentiment was echoed by several of the attorneys who volunteered as jurors for the case. This victory reflects hard work and tireless preparation throughout the season. It also demonstrates the strength of Plumstead Christian School's program.
Four years ago Mr. Greg Czura, a trial lawyer who devoted over four decades of professional life to the practice of law, volunteered to start a Mock Trial team at Plumstead Christian School. Most of the students who participated that fledgling year were freshmen, and most of these freshmen stayed with Mock Trial through their four year Upper School career. Mr. Czura trained them not only in proper courtroom procedures, but also how to improvise to an ever-changing script, and their persistence and passion for Mock Trial made this year's team the best ever. Special congratulations to Isobel Harvey who was chosen by the young men of Holy Ghost Prep as our "best witness," and Lauren Hawthorne who was chosen by the opposing team as "best lawyer."
Our Mock Trial team is gearing up for regional competition (date TBA). If they win at regionals they will then compete at the state level. Go Panthers!
Congratulations to Plumstead Christian School sophomore Veronica Gisondi (shown in the picture with debate coach Mr. Ben Martin) for qualifying for the Congressional Debate finals for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Debate League (SPDL). Veronica was one of 28 members at last week's semifinals where she distinguished herself and advanced to the finals. Finals will be held the week of 2/18/2013. The SPDL has students from a number of schools throughout the district, both large and small, public and private.
Overall, Plumstead Christian School's debate team did very well, with Veronica and fellow sophomore Michaela Savage qualifying for the semifinals for Congressional Debate. Rachel Cain (sophomore) and Hutch Thurston (junior) also qualified for the playoffs in Public Forum Debate. It has been an excellent inaugural year of competition for Plumstead Christian School with promising starts for freshmen Alyssa Beard and Micah Mooney as well.
While freshman, sophomores, and juniors were seated for the PSAT on Wednesday, October
17, our seniors participated in our third annual College Interviewing Workshop. Seventeen
Plumstead Christian School parents, alumni parents, and friends served the role of interviewer,
and each senior had the opportunity to practice his or her interviewing skills through four
separate interviews. Interviewers carved out a few minutes of each interview in order to provide
feedback and encouragement – all with the end goal of sharpening our students’ interviewing
The College Interviewing Workshop is a tangible example of the importance Plumstead
Christian School places on developing our students “soft skills.” The mastery of soft skills
such as creativity, the ability to collaborate, empathy, leadership, and public speaking cannot
be demonstrated on a standardized test, is of tremendous importance, and ultimately sets our
students up for future successes.
Eric Rivera from Cairn University and Paul Charles from Eastern University also joined us in
the morning’s workshop. Both men gave great advice to our students about how to be a savvy
shopper when it comes to choosing a college.
A special thanks to Susan Hawthorne who coordinated the event and recruited our volunteer
interviewers. And a special thank you also to each of the interviewers: Jason Smeland (’95),
Jim Worth, Nancy Provan, Leigh Ann Thurston, Lane Sattler, Richard Link, Steve Haines (’83),
Ruth Haines, Curt Eshleman, Greg Czura, Donna Cave, Anne Pritchard, Dave Curry, Danielle
Gellman, Rae Desko, Bruce Wissinger, and Brian Hontz. We appreciate your generosity of time
and expertise, and we want you to know that we are confident that your gift of service will have
a lasting and positive impact on our students.
In the aftermath of the seminar we have received positive feedback from many of the students.
One student in particular was excited to share that while he was rated “good” in every category
in his first interview, he saw dramatic improvement on his scores as he went from one practice
interview to the next. The response from the interviewers was also encouraging, and each
response from interviewers served as confirmation of something our faculty and administration
have come to know about our students. For example, Jason Smeland, parent of three current
PCS students and an alumnus himself (’95), shared “if any doubt existed in my mind as to
whether Plumstead Christian School is the place for my kids, it would have been erased by
meeting and hearing from these seniors.” Also, Nancy Provan, parent of four PCS students,
writes, “These kids are quite impressive. I was blown away by how well-spoken, confident and
respectful they were. I can’t tell you how encouraging it was to me to participate today.”
Join us in praying for our seniors. The College Interviewing Workshop is an important step
for these seniors toward college. As exciting as this journey is for our students, it can also be
wrought with anxiety as our students realize that this is one of the most important decisions they
will have to make.
The Most Recent Editions of our School Publications