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The PRIDE POST            
March 4, 2016

Campus News (full calendar available on home page)

Friday, March 4
  • SHREK the Musical 7 p.m. at Charles Mack Citizen Center. Shows also Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 
Saturday, March 5
  • General Lottery, 9 a.m., Upper School Seminar Room
Wednesday- Friday, March 7-9
  • 7th Grade Field Excursion to Washington, D.C. 

Friday, March 11
  • TCBY- Middle and Upper Schools
  • Non-Uniform Day $5
PLP Senior Named National Merit Scholar Finalist

Rebekah Costello with her proud family: sisters, Alexandra and Bethany; and parents, Joanne and Joe.

Rebekah Costello, Pine Lake Prep Class of 2016, has been named a Finalist in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program,  and is among the top 1 percent of PSAT test scorers across the country.
She plans to study Chemical Engineering in college, a departure from an earlier plan to be a book author.  "We thought she would go into the Humanities or Arts," said her mom, Joanne, "but after she took AP Chemistry with Mr. (Jeff) Walker, she decided it would be chemistry."
Rebekah is involved with Science Olympiad at the high school level, and is a mentor for the Pine Lake Middle School team.  She also volunteers to work with Lower School students, and is a peer tutor for Chemistry and Math 3. She is two belts away from a black belt in karate, and has studied the oboe and saxophone. Rebekah is a member of National Honor Society, in addition to Honor Societies for Spanish, Music, and Mathematics.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016  National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (psat/nmsqt®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. 
Upper School Robotics Team SPORK Heads to Regionals

Team SPORK is headed for their first regional competition, in Greensboro this weekend. Follow the competition live at this site: FIRST North Carolina. Look for team # 3196!
Odyssey of the Mind Teams Head to Regionals

PLP will send three Odyssey of the Mind (OM) teams to regional competition this weekend in Greensboro, including two teams from the Lower School and one from the Middle School.
In OM, students work in teams of seven to solve complex, open-ended problems creatively, encouraging them to "think outside the box." The teams have been solving long-term problems for the last four months. Two of our teams have been working on one called "Furs, Fins, Feathers & Friends," which involves creating an original, humorous performance showing three animals' points of view while showing emotions. The third team's long-term problem is called "Aesop Gone Viral,"  which involves creating an original performance about a fable gone "viral" - that is, being shared throughout the community and beyond. Along with presenting their long-term solutions, PLP teams will compete in "spontaneous" problem solving. In that part of OM, teams won't know their problem until competition time and will work together to solve it on the spot.
Best of luck to our OM teams!
Lower school:  Zaira Beck, Laurel Finger, Brennan Greene, Taylor Greene, Jack Miles, Emma Payne, Abby Pike,  Reagan Ellis, Rebecca DeCamp, Lindsay Frye, Hadley Amick, Andrew Cook, Kaaviya Raghuraan and Payton Muckenthaler
Middle school: Sruthi Anil, Andrew Battalia, Gavin Brower, Kate Hatcher, Abby Merryman, Asher Ostrowski.

- Contributed by Coach Trisha Ostrowski

2016 Putt for Pride Golf Tournament 

The Putt for Pride Golf Tournament will be held at  the beautiful Peninsula Club on Monday, May 9th. 

Registration for golf is open at EventBee

Sponsors needed: A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsorship of this event is a great way to support PLP. It is also a high profile opportunity to strengthen market awareness of a business' services and products to members of the PLP community.

Non-Uniform   March 11

Please note that the Non-Uniform Day originally scheduled for March 5th has been moved to Friday, March 11. Please mark your calendars! 

Upper School Pride Singers Score High

Today the Pride Singers, Men's Ensemble, and Women's Ensemble of Pine Lake Upper School performed for a panel of Judges at the Music Performance Adjudication Festival in Hickory, NC. They were judge based on their performance of two pieces. The highest scores are granted a rating of Superior then Excellent. 

Our Pride Singers and Men's Ensemble received the rating of Superior and our Wom en's Ensemble received the rating of Excellent! 

- Contributed by Mrs. Ashley Krebs

PTO Seeking Officers for 2016-17 Academic Year

The PTO is seeking applications for 5 open positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Co- Treasurer (Teacher Grants)
  • Co-Treasurer (Events)
Members will vote at the Annual Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 12th. All interested candidates should send a brief bio to Jennifer Mautz, PTO Secretary, no later than Monday, March 7th.
*Please send bios to

Basketball Summer Camp! 

Spring Book Fair at the Lower School

The Book Fair is coming to the Lower School! Lots of
volunteers are needed to keep the Book Fair
running smoothly, to keep up with PLP's voracious readers. If you can devote a few hours to helping, please sign up here: 

On and Around Campus

Spring sports are in full swing! Support your Pride teams and catch a girls' soccer or softball game, or boys' tennis, golf or baseball game. The schedule is posted on the Athletics page of the web site.
- Photo by Jennifer Lingvai
Caroline and Finley celebrated Dr. Seuss as The Cat and Cindy Lou Who
AP Chemistry class went to Davidson College last Friday to continue a project started last year to test crumb rubber from the turf fields for harmful chemicals. (In two years of testing limited samples, no harmful chemicals have been detected.)
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