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PCA Plano Teacher Mrs. Pam Merryman Awarded Highly Competitive Fellowship

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) is proud to announce PCA Plano Upper School teacher, Mrs. Pam Merryman, who teaches AP/Honors English IV and is a doctoral student at Southern Methodist University, was recently named the 2022 Eudora Welty Fellow. Mrs. Merryman used archival holdings at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) this summer to research how Eudora Welty constructed her identity in her writing.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to conduct research in the Eudora Welty archives and am grateful to those who make the Eudora Welty Research Fellowship possible,” said Mrs. Merryman. “Through my research in the Welty archives, I hope to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the personal inspiration and creative process that went into Welty’s writing of her only children’s book, The Shoe Bird. Ultimately, I seek to note how this entertaining tale of Arturo the Parrot and the bird community—who gather from all over the world to learn about the power and value of communication, love, memory, and freedom—provides insight into Welty’s other literary works that also explore these vital aspects of the human experience."

Established by MDAH and the Eudora Welty Foundation, the fellowship seeks to encourage and support research in the Eudora Welty Collection by graduate students. The Eudora Welty Collection is the world’s finest collection of materials related to Welty and one of the most varied literary collections in the United States.

“We are so grateful and blessed that Mrs. Merryman is using her God-given talent through her research and that our students are the beneficiary of her passion and expertise,” said PCA School System Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Shannon Cole.

After receiving her BA in secondary education from Howard Payne University, Merryman completed her MA in liberal arts at Southern Methodist University where she is currently working toward her Ph.D. Merryman used the $5,000 fellowship to cover travel, housing, and other expenses incurred while doing primary research at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson.

Interim Upper School Principal, Dr. Chad Nichols, who has worked with Mrs. Merryman for many years, said, “Pam Merryman is one of the finest educators I have had the privilege to know, and that is in part because of her intense scholarship and dedication to being a life-long learner.  By constantly honing her skills in literary interpretation, she is able to draw from a constantly growing pool of knowledge to pour into her students as is evidenced by this fellowship.”

 

About the Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,000 students are enrolled at four campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade with first graduating class of 2023), PCA Hybrid (a three-day in classroom/two-day at home program) and PCA Online. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2021, graduates have been offered more than $154.6 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now enrolling for the 2022-23 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

 

About The Eudora Welty Research Fellowship

The Eudora Welty Collection is the world’s finest collection of materials related to Welty and one of the most varied literary collections in the United States. The collection includes manuscripts, letters, photographs, drawings, and essays that span Welty’s entire life. Beginning in 1957, and over the course of more than forty years, Welty donated materials to the department, primarily literary manuscripts and photographs. At her death the remainder of her papers were bequeathed to MDAH and included unpublished manuscripts and 14,000 items of correspondence with family, friends, scholars, young writers, and noted writers. The collection may be accessed at the William F. Winter Archives & History Building, 200 North Street, Jackson. The application is available at mdah.ms.gov. For more information about the collection or the fellowship, email April Blevins at ablevins@mdah.ms.gov.

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PCA Opens New Film & Broadcast Studio on Plano Campus

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) Plano celebrated the opening of a new working studio for Upper School students in film, broadcasting and photography to explore the art of storytelling through media communications. In the new studio, PCA students will become creators of meaningful messages instead of passive receivers of them.

PCA leaders ceremoniously cut a ribbon celebrating the newly renovated space. “When you have an opportunity like this studio opening, that provides students and staff to be on the forefront of communication, you are able to equip the next generation to be world class impactors,” said Prestonwood Christian Academy School System Superintendent, Dr. Michael Goddard. “We are so thankful for parents and sponsors who invest in the next generation where it matters most, like this media studio. Our students will be the next generation of influencers with a Biblical Worldview being their priority.”

The studio provides kinesthetic learning opportunity for Communication Arts programming available to more than 400 Upper School students. The studio includes acoustical tiles that also serve as backdrops for filming, four lighting areas which include backlights and color-changing LEDs, a green screen track, podcast station, TriCaster lighting console, and new paint and carpeting.

“As the Communication Arts Program continues to grow and expand offerings for students, it has been not only a dream but a real need for Prestonwood Christian Academy to build a studio for students in Film, Broadcasting and Photography,” said Mrs. Meg Parker-Wilson, Director of Communication Arts for the System. “We are humbled by and grateful for the donors who caught the vision for present and future Lions whose passions lie within these disciplines. Our mission is to inspire our students to be creators of meaningful messages not just passive receivers of them and now they can do this in ways they never could before!”

PCA’s Communication Arts curriculum is a difference factor which exists to train students to be intentional storytellers who think critically about their message, creatively engage their audience, and effectively use communication to transform the culture for Christ.

“Each of us has a unique story inspired by the greatest of all storytellers—God,” said Mrs. Parker-Wilson. “Based on this truth, curriculum and faculty aim to inspire and train students how to use various mediums of communication to transform the culture even beyond their primary education experience.”

“We want to thank our donors, the Harley and Strawbridge families, for helping us raise the funding needed to provide this state-of-the-art studio space,” said Dr. Goddard. “The PCA family always responds generously to make plans a reality in order to avoid incurring any long-term debt.”

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of six schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 2,000 students are enrolled at four campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade with first graduating class of 2023), PCA Hybrid (a three-day in classroom/two-day at home program) and PCA Online. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2021, graduates have been offered more than $154.6 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now enrolling for the 2022-23 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

PCA Plano Honors National Merit Commended and Recognition Program Scholars

PCA Plano Honors two National Merit Commended Scholars, three Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars and four National African American Program Scholars!

Congratulations to two Prestonwood Christian Academy seniors who placed in the 2021 National Merit competition. Matthew Bower and Benjamin Oommen were named National Merit Commended Scholars based on their results of the fall 2020 PSAT. In addition, Kimberly Beeman, Abram De Armas (Class of 2023) and Monica Spooner have been named College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. Maia Brown, Sydney Brown, Rihana Nesru and Jackson Shuler are College Board National African American Recognition Program Scholars.

About 34,000 Commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They placed among the top 50,000 scores of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The College Board, which administers the PSAT and SAT among its activities, recognizes academic excellence through its National Recognition Programs. Students selected for this prestigious honor can cite it on their college and scholarship applications. In turn, colleges use the listing of this honor as a way of identifying students from underrepresented groups—i.e., ethnic minorities and/or those who attend school in rural areas or small towns—who have excelled on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in their classwork.

"We are incredibly proud of these bright students who excel academically and are involved as leaders on our campus,” said Dr. Mike Goddard, Superintendent of PCA School System. “Each of these faith-filled Lions is able to articulate their biblical worldview in a culture of opposing ideas. These nine students represent Prestonwood Christian Academy well, and they showcase how a student can shine at a liberal arts school where faith is intentionally integrated with learning resulting in a distinctive environment and community."

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church and made up of six schools serving more than 2,000 students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. Schools include PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 11th Grade), PCA Hybrid (Kindergarten through 2nd and 5th through 6th) and PCA OnlineSt. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2021, graduates have been offered more than $154.6 million in scholarships for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA schools are enrolling.

PCA School System Faculty & Staff Volunteer across Dallas!

More than 250 PCA School System teachers and staff took time to volunteer with community partners!

PCA School System faculty & staff spent a morning volunteering in the community with partners like Grace Bridge food pantry in Celina, Grace Bridge Resale in Frisco, Minnie’s Food Pantry, Metrocrest Services, Neighbors Serving Neighbors Food Pantry and more. It was a great pause in the busyness of getting ready for school in order to serve God in North Texas!

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