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Hooray for our home teams!

    The school year isn’t even halfway through, but in that short time our high school students, coaches and teachers have racked up laudable awards for our little hometown. We want to publicly say congratulations for making us all proud, and for giving us a break from the polarity, vitriol and backbiting caused by this election cycle.
    Since the beginning of the school year:
    •The PHS band had a stellar performance at the Southern Invitational Music Festival where they placed first in the 2A division and were awarded Silver Division. They also received Best in Class for Percussion, Outstanding Performance Award for Majorette, Best Overall Music, Best General Effect, and Best Majorette.    
     •For the first time since 1980 the drama team won 1st place at the Region 6AAAA competition with the performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. They also won Best Set, Best Costume, Outstanding Acting awards for three students and Best Actor Overall. They competed at state last weekend.
    •The PHS Dragons - led by Coach Chris Parker who was selected as a Falcons Coach of the Week in October – will head to playoffs this weekend. They finished 4th in the region. 
    •The cross country girls finished 2nd in the region and 14th in state. Cross-country boys finished 1st in region and 10th in state. One student took 1st in region and 4th in state.
    •Volleyball teams had their best record since the program began.
    • During the 89th National FFA Convention a former Pickens County FFA Member won the American FFA Degree, the highest award bestowed by the organization. 
    • There is most likely at least one other team/group we have inadvertently missed in this list. Sorry.
    When the Chicago Cubs won the World Series last week it felt so good to have the country unified rather than tearing each other apart --- it didn’t matter if you were a Cubs fan or not, you couldn’t help but be happy for the team. We get that same warm and fuzzy feeling when our students do well at home because we can all get behind them; Cheering on a football team or marching band doesn’t require you be a registered member of a certain political party or be affiliated with a specific religious sect or denomination.
    We love seeing our kids get involved in things they are passionate about and succeed; Achievements from our students spanned the arts, sports and a variety of extracurricular disciplines.  These successes foster community pride, encourages our students to be their best, teaches them the valuable skill of working on a team, and inspires up and coming elementary and middle schoolers who might want to give something new a try.
    The school year isn’t over yet and we look forward to all the upcoming opportunities to cheer all our kids along – from kindergarteners to high schoolers, from recreation leagues to school teams, and from arts to sports and agriculture.
    Again, congratulations on a job well done!