PPAS Campus News
April 2019
Vol. 8, No. 2
PPAS Hosts 1st College Fair
College Fair 4.1.19
Students at College Fair
The Harte Center was transformed into a one-stop college shop on Monday, April 1. In partnership with the South Texas Area Recruitment Network (STARN), representatives from over 20 colleges, universities, and organizations came to campus to provide information about the programs they offer and to answer questions from students.

Principal Ellie Perez coordinated this first-time event on campus, not only to benefit PPAS students, but also to serve students from schools in the surrounding area, such as Premont High School, Santa Gertrudis Academy, and H.M. King High School. This was a great way to provide exposure for our school in the community, as well as provide an opportunity for our students to engage with other high school students. Principal Perez was "very pleased" with the event and plans to make this an annual event in the future.
"Celebration" 2019 - #ThisIsOurGod
Each spring, student leaders in Campus Ministry host " Celebration "- a retreat-type event, similar to Presbyterian Cursillo and Pilgrimage. On Friday, March 29, a group of amazingly creative and energetic students led 10 "family groups" in various activities, games, talks about faith, singing, worship, prayer, and times of sharing God’s love. The groups were randomly formed from the entire student body, providing a great opportunity for community building with students from various grade levels.
"The games are designed with team building in mind, and the spiritual
activities help the students engage their faith in a meaningful way."
Pastor Eric Peterson
Celebration 2019
Celebration Games
At the conclusion of the event, letters were distributed to each of the students for a time of personal reflection. Many students were drawn to tears as they read the encouraging words written by parents, family members, friends, other students, and staff.  

Celebrating Easter
As many of our students prepared to leave campus for Easter Break April 18-22, the morning of April 17 was dedicated to celebrating Easter together as a Pan Am family. A special Easter service was held in chapel, where the Morris Chapel Choir provided two musical selections, and Pastor Eric shared a special Easter message for students and staff. This was followed by the flowering of the cross, and the traditional Easter egg hunt on campus, which our students always enjoy (especially when they find the "golden" eggs with money!)
Flowering the Cross
Easter Egg Hunt
We've Got Spirit, Yes We Do!
Seniors at Pep Rally
Even though the seniors came up short (to the juniors) in the spirit competition at the spring pep rally on April 15, there was an abundance of spirit and friendly competition between the classes on display. In addition to recognizing athletes from the winter and spring sports (basketball, girls' soccer, baseball, and track and field) for their hard work on the court and field this season, the cheerleaders performed a "Baby Shark" dance routine that was enjoyed by all.
Baseball players and coach
Then, much to the surprise of baseball coach Hardy Robertson, senior players presented him with an autographed bat, in thanks for his dedication and leadership with the baseball program (which he started in 2012). Not only did Coach Robertson guide these young men on the playing field, but he also spent countless hours in the classroom teaching our students Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus.

The Final Countdown
PPAS Class of 2019
Most of us can remember counting down the days to our high school graduation, and for our newest class of graduating Eagles, the final countdown is on. In just a few weeks, our Class of 2019 will leave our nest and spread their wings and fly!

On Saturday, May 18, thirty-six members of the Pan Am Class of 2019 will graduate and join the ranks of the almost 1,800 alumni who have gone before them.

Graduation is always a bittersweet time, as some of our students who cried when they arrived at Pan Am, will now shed entirely different tears as they leave their friends (who are now like brothers and sisters) and depart from their home away from home. As we like to say, go forth and "bloom where you are planted" next, and never forget where you came from.
College-Bound Eagles
College Bound Eagles
This spring, we have been sharing updates about our College-Bound Eagles as they receive their anxiously awaited college acceptance letters! Our senior class has been accepted to a variety of colleges both in and out of Texas and the United States. These are just a few of them:

The University of Texas
The University of Denver
Dordt College
Schreiner Univeristy
Universidad Anáhuac
Ritsumeikan University (Japan)

As a college preparatory school, our goal is to have 100% of our graduates are accepted into a college or university in their home countries or in the U.S. We are proud of the hard work put forth by these students (and our dedicated faculty members) that help us to continue to meet this goal each year.
Visioning for the Future - "We Are PPAS"
As we envision the future of PPAS, we are fortunate to have ministry partners who journey with us. On Wednesday, March 27, we welcomed Texas Presbyterian Foundation (TPF) President Rick Young and their Director of Marketing, Kristi Posewitz, to campus. They guided key staff members through a brainstorming session to delineate our beliefs and to define our core mission. This is just a sneak-peek of the work that was accomplished, and we are excited to undertake the next steps in our visioning process.
Our beliefs are at the core of everything we do. We believe in developing leaders to transform communities in a global society. We believe all students deserve an exemplary education in a safe environment. We believe in nurturing relationships and providing spiritual formations for our students. We believe in unity, ethics, and the dignity of work.
Presbyterian Pan American School
223 N. FM 772
P.O. Box 1578
Kingsville, TX 78363
Phone: 361-592-4307