Commencement 2017 ~ student speakers
As is tradition, the Class of 2017 picked two of their classmates to speak at graduation. This year, Elle Ruffridge, daughter of Brandon & Karla Ruffridge, gave the first student speech. She talked about the who, what, when, where, why and how of her classmates lives. She ended her speech with an emphatic plea that the Class of 2017 show the world how small school kids "get it done!"
Jake Samuelson, son of Mark and Terri Samuelson, gave the final student address of the day. As is Jake's way, he joked with the crowd and even waved to his mother. He inspired his classmates by reminding them that if they would make their mark on everyone they know, this could really make a mark on the world.
congratulations class of 2017
veteran's day program held at pac
The annual Veteran's Day Program was held at Pocahontas Area High School on Friday, November 11. The keynote speaker for the event was Glenn Markley, a Rolfe native. He spoke to the capacity crowd about his time in the military and the value of teamwork.
The high school choir and band as well as the middle school band and elementary music students entertained the crowd with various musical numbers featuring the songs from the five military branches.
A tradition at PAC is to showcase veteran's stories. The showcase this year included the uniforms of William Devereaux, Glenn Markley, Eugene "Tike" Strathman, Clint Fogde, Clifford Smith, and Russell Shields.
Justice Mansfield visits Pocahontas area ms/hs
On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Pocahontas Area MS/HS had a special guest speak to the students. Justice Edward M. Mansfield talked to PAC students about his job as a member of the Iowa Supreme Court. He spent about two hours talking about his job and different types of cases he has been involved with as a member of the Iowa Supreme Court. He entertained various questions from the students as well as answered questions submitted ahead of time by the PAC social studies students. The PAC students were interested in learning about his thoughts on the Des Moines waterworks lawsuit and the laws surrounding eminent domain in light of the Bakken Oil pipeline currently being installed in Iowa. The also asked his thoughts on the currently presidential election.
Justice Mansfield was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2011 after a distinguished career in law. He received his law degree from Yale and clerked for the US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Prior to his appointment to the Iowa court, Justice Mansfield worked as an attorney in private practice.
Pocahontas Area would like to thank Justice Mansfield for taking the time to meet with our students.
STUDENTS COMPETE AT ANNUAL IOWA CENTRAL COMPETITIONS
STATE MOCK TRIAL
On Monday, March 28th, the Pocahontas Area Mock Trial program attended the state tournament at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. PAC took a total of 3 teams to the tournament, which consisted of Team Law, Team Justice, and Team Order. The teams had the case of The State of Iowa VS Robin Wayne, which involved a cop (Robin Wayne) being charged with the murder of Ozzie Cobblepot. Each side of the case had three witnesses. The prosecution called Fischer Mooney (the victim’s cousin and an eyewitness of the shooting), Eddie Nygma (a forensic expert), and Sally Kyle (a close friend of the defendant) to the stand, while the defense called Robin Wayne (the defendant), Jem Gordon (security guard at the scene and coworker of Robin Wayne), and Allie Butler (a park manager who witnessed drug-related incidents with Ozzie Cobblepot) to the stand. Team Order and Team Justice went 1-2, hitting some tough teams from schools like Johnston.Team Law went 2-1 and placed 11th overall at the tournament. Law lost to a Johnston team in the second round that went onto be a semifinalist. Among other honors, Parker Aden received Outstanding Attorney. Overall, the Pocahontas program had a fair fight against good competitors and managed to gain another year of great experience for the program.