PPAS Campus News
February 2018
Vol. 7, No. 1
Outdoor Leadership 'Mo' Fun for Students
Mo Ranch 2.10.18
Junior Omar Ortiz and 37 of his classmates stepped up to the challenge of Mo Ranch’s Environmental Leadership Program over the February 9-11 weekend. Thanks to Mo Ranch’s generous sponsorship, PPAS has sent a group of students to the hands-on, outdoor environmental education program for more than 13 years. "It was different than what I was expecting, but in a good way,” Omar says.   “I learned patience.” All attendees face and overcome personal fears, build team skills, and problem solve through the various activities, including canoeing, high and low ropes courses, and a nighttime nature walk.
 
"It was great to see the students open up in nature, and worship and grow together over the course of one weekend,” says  Director of Spiritual Life, Rev. Rebekah Tucker-Motley (aka, Pastor T-M), who chaperoned the kids.  “They encouraged each other, and helped their sisters and brothers in Christ to do things that they might not do on their own .” We give thanks to the Mo Ranch staff for making this weekend possible, and for graciously hosting our students and staff each year.

Mission Work Group Lends a Hand
The 7-hour drive from northeast Texas to Kingsville that the good folk from St. Andrew Presbyterian Church (SAPC) in Longview, TX endured didn’t diffuse their joy of serving. The 10-person mission group came to PPAS’ campus over the Presidents’ Day weekend “to serve God through work, to meet the [Pan Am] kids, and to have fun.” They not only got a lot accomplished -- repairing the wooden ramp outside of our portable classroom building, pressure-washing the outside of the art building, and making improvements to the long-jump area of the track — they conversed and worshiped with students. Additionally, they made themselves forever popular by hosting an ice cream social on the final night of their stay.

“It was an incredible experience,” says Rev. Nick Setzer, Co-Pastor of SAPC. “The vision of our church is to be a welcoming, inclusive, and diverse community; and we found PPAS to be exactly that. Our time on campus, engaging with the kids and working together as a group, helped us get a glimpse of who we want to be as a church.”
St. Andrew PC Mission Group
Ice Cream Social
Two more mission work groups will visit over Spring Break. If you or your church would like information on opportunities to serve, please email a member our development team — Ms. Signe Fredrickson, Director of Development, at sfredrickson@ppas.org; or, Rev. Angie Mabry-Nauta, Development and Marketing Coordinator, at amabrynauta@ppas.org.
Another Success for Eagles 4-H Club
Livestock Show
Our 4-H Eagles performed well at the Kleberg-Kenedy County Livestock Show that was held January 29-February 3. In all, 11 students participated: seven students showed lambs, two showed goats, and one, Senior Sofia Lara, participated in the Homemaking Division. All but one of the animals made it to the auction and sale; and Sofia won a red ribbon for her pumpkin cake.

The preparation for the livestock show is one of our most intense educational experiences. A shout out goes to our young ranchers who put in the hard work with their animals, year after year. 
Dr. Dalglish on the Recruiting Trail
President Dalglish traveled to Xonacatlan, Mexico February 16-19 to share the great news of our school with El Divino Salvador Presbyterian Church. He participated in multiple church services, visited with Sunday School classes, and discussed the unique learning opportunities that Presbyterian Pan American School has to offer. Several alumni attended, and they gave glowing reports about their experiences of Pan Am with church members. We have six students from this church currently attending PPAS.
El Divino Salvador Xonacatlan
It’s a First: Morris Chapel Choir Brings Music to Longview
Choir at FPC Longview
One of the benefits of membership in Morris Chapel Choir is traveling to visit congregations in various parts of Texas. First Presbyterian Church in Longview’s invitation provided the Choir an opportunity to visit a place completely new to us. January 27-28 was great weekend of music, worship, and making new friends. 

When asked about the trip, PPAS senior, Paulina Boudesocque remarked, "I had a really good time with my assigned family who was very kind. I really liked that we felt welcomed there."  
 
The choir usually makes two long road trips per semester, in addition to various day visits to churches in the surrounding area. We would love to visit your church! Please email our Director of Development, Ms. Signe Fredrickson, at sfredrickson@ppas.org to book at date for the 2018-2019 school year.
Accepted! Senior Eagles Headed to College
Amidst the busyness of the spring semester, our seniors are keeping an eagle eye on the mail. Per school requirements, each graduating student must apply to at least 4 colleges or universities; and, most of this is accomplished in the fall. Around this time of year, letters of notice begin arriving. The ones that begin with, “Congratulations!" of course, are the most welcome. 

Many of our seniors have already been accepted from multiple schools in Texas, the U.S., and their home countries. Below is a partial list. We are proud of every member of the Class of 2018, and we wish them the best as the make the important decision of where they’ll spend the next chapter of their lives.
College Acceptances
Presbyterian Pan American School
223 N. FM 772
P.O. Box 1578
Kingsville, TX 78363
Phone: 361-592-4307