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Pinnacle Classical Academy to Host State Archery Championship

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Pinnacle Classical Academy, a K-12 public charter school in Shelby, North Carolina, will host a state archery competition on Saturday. Last year, the Pinnacle Thunderbirds placed third in the country at the Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) 3D National Championship in Rend Lake, Illinois. Makenzie Glenn, a 9th grader, won the Individual S3DA National Championship (youth female pins division).  (Read more about those accomplishments here.)

Pinnacle has provided the following information about this year’s statewide competition:

Pinnacle Classical Academy will host the North Carolina Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) State Championship on Saturday, June 8, at its grade 4-12 campus on Joes Lake Rd. in Shelby.

Check-in begins at 7:30 AM, with an 8:30 safety meeting and a 9:00 AM shotgun start. Concessions, including various food items, will be available during breakfast and lunch hours.

The North Carolina S3DA State Championship is open to the public with free admission. Members of the community are invited to cheer on the PCA Thunderbirds — whose archers have won multiple state and national championships — as well as talented archers from other teams.

Pinnacle Classical Academy is a free public charter school in Shelby that attracts 1,165 students from five counties. PCA’s elementary school, middle school, and high school are all ranked among America’s best schools by U.S. News & World Report.

At last year’s national archery competition, the Pinnacle Thunderbirds placed third in the country. Photo credit: Pinnacle Classical Academy.

Learn more about this year’s competition on Pinnacle’s Facebook page. Pinnacle is a Coalition member school led by Dr. Shelly Shope, who serves on the Coalition’s Board of Directors.

Students from Pinnacle Classical Academy Named CLC Junior Scholars

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Congratulations to William Brooks and Hannah Clontz, both rising 11th graders at Pinnacle Classical Academy, a Coalition member school. William and Hannah have been named Junior Scholars by Classical Liberals in the Carolinas (CLC). CLC is an organization composed of scholars and business leaders, and it seeks to “cultivate the ideas of individual liberty, responsibility, equality before the law, in keeping with the American founding and the classical liberal tradition,” according to its mission.

Here’s an excerpt from Pinnacle’s press release:

The students were named CLC Junior Scholars in honor of Dr. Michael C. Munger, the recipient of the inaugural John A. Allison IV Award, given annually by CLC and Pinnacle Classical Academy’s Classical Foundations Program. Dr. Munger is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at Duke University. Brooks and Clontz were honored on August 4 at CLC’s annual conference, as was Dr. Munger.

“We are so proud of William and Hannah, and deeply grateful to CLC for recognizing our students’ hard work,” said Dr. Shelly Shope, the school’s headmaster.

Pictured from left to right: Professor Michael Munger, Hannah Clontz, John Allison IV (retired CEO, BB&T), and William Brooks. Photo credit: Pinnacle Classical Academy.

Congratulations to these students, their families, to Shelly Shope–the headmaster and a Coalition Board member–and to Pinnacle Classical Academy! We’re proud of your achievements.

Sixteen N.C. Charter Schools Make Annual List of Best High Schools

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Sixteen North Carolina charter schools earned a top-50 spot in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking, released yesterday, of the state’s best public high schools. Top 2023-24 high schools across the nation, according to the publication, were those producing high student test scores and “strong underserved student performance, college readiness and curriculum breadth, as well as graduation rates.”

Today the Coalition distributed a press release highlighting the achievement of these 16 charter schools. Find the release here.

The N.C. charter schools earning a top-50 spot for 2023-24 were:

  • Raleigh Charter High School, #5
  • Woods Charter School, #9
  • Community School of Davidson, #13
  • Pine Lake Preparatory, #15
  • Gray Stone Day School, #16
  • Lake Norman Charter, #21
  • Research Triangle High School, #22
  • The North Carolina Leadership Academy, #27
  • The Hawbridge School, #37
  • Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, #38
  • Longleaf School of the Arts, #40
  • Triangle Math and Science Academy, #43
  • Franklin Academy, #45
  • Oxford Preparatory School, #46
  • Henderson Collegiate, #47
  • Pinnacle Classical Academy, #49

Six of these schools are Coalition member schools (highlighted in bold).

See the ranking of all N.C. public high schools here. View the charter-only list of top public high schools here.

9th Grader at N.C. Charter School Wins National Archery Championship

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Congratulations to Pinnacle Classical Academy‘s archery team! The Thunderbirds came in third in the country at the recent Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) 3D National Championship in Rend Lake, Illinois, held June 15-18. Makenzie Glenn, a 9th grader, left as the lead women’s archer, winning the Individual S3DA National Championship (youth female pins division). Well done, Makenzie and the rest of the PCA Thunderbirds!

Pinnacle Classical Academy’s Thunderbirds celebrate a strong showing at the national archery championships. Photo credit: Pinnacle Classical Academy.

Makenzie Glenn, a 9th grader at Pinnacle Classical Academy, takes top honors in the women’s national archery competition. Photo credit: Pinnacle Classical Academy (PCA Eagles/Facebook).

Here are some additional highlights from Pinnacle Classical Academy’s news release this morning:

Heather Carswell, an eleventh grader, placed fourth in the nation in the young adult division, and the school’s youth team placed third in the nation. Pinnacle Classical Academy had the highest ranked school youth team at the national championship, placing behind two club teams.
“What an amazing weekend,” said Todd Tongel, coach of the Pinnacle Classical Academy Thunderbirds archery team. “These students and parents traveled ten hours to compete against the best young archers in the country and held their own once again.”
… Earlier, at the North Carolina S3DA 3D State Championship, held on June 10 in Mount Airy, the middle school (youth) team won the state title, and four Thunderbirds (Heather Carswell, Makenzie Glenn, Anzlee Kilby, and Aidyn Smith) received shooter of the year awards.
Congratulations to these young archers and to Pinnacle Classical Academy!