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News from the 12/6/2017 issue

Looking Back....

Lady Cane Cheerleaders Bring Home State Title

The PCHS Varsity Cheerleaders competed at the NCHSAA Cheer Invitational Championships yesterday and brought home another State Title! Way to go ladies! (Contributed Photos)

PCC Instructor To Show Students The World

Pamlico Community College Environmental Science Instructor Zac Schnell served with the Peace Corps in the Philippines for two years. He plans to return with a group of PCC Study Abroad students next year. Contributed photo

By Sandy Wall, Pamlico Community College

Pamlico Community College Environmental Science Instructor Zac Schnell wants to show his students the world – at least part of it, anyway.Schnell is developing a plan to take four or more students to the Philippines in May 2018 to conduct fieldwork and to assist with projects in a rural part of the sprawling island country.

The idea is for students to spend 30 days living and working on the island of Tablas. There they will assist two municipalities, a non-profit group and a university with their efforts to preserve and protect the tropical environment there.

“This is not a vacation,” Schnell said with a chuckle. “You will definitely learn how to take care of yourself in some of these places.”The effort, formally named the PCC Environmental Science Study Abroad initiative, is designed to give students valuable hands-on experience in Environmental Science and to develop the skills needed to implement plans and projects. Perhaps most importantly, participants will learn how to work with people unlike themselves and will experience the culture of a distant part of the world.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about life in the Philippines and to make a positive impact on the lives of the people there,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “The students who go on this trip will get to see and experience a very different part of our planet, but I think they’ll also find that we have a great deal in common with the people there. I’m thrilled to see our college embracing this effort due to the outstanding leadership of Zac.”

Schnell is no stranger to the Philippines: The 29-year-old N.C. native spent two years there working on coastal management projects as a member of the Peace Corps.The contacts he developed there have critical to his effort to launch a Study Abroad program for PCC students, he said.

Plans call for the PCC students to live and work in and around the municipalities of Ferrol and Odiongan, although there will be some work in more remote areas of the island. Possible projects include cave assessment, coral protection, implementing solid waste plans and working in local schools. The accommodations will be simple, and there will be times when students will not have access to the internet, air conditioning or, on occasion, electricity, Schnell said.

However, those inconveniences will be well worth the experiences – educational, personal and professional – that participants will gain, he said.

“They’ll learn more in the short 30 days they are there than they could in taking classes for two years in the tropical para-dise environment,” Schnell said. The core group of students interested in the trip is comprised of both men and women, many of whom have never been overseas.

Schnell plans to document the adventure with the students from beginning to end with videos and pictures that will be updated throughout the trip for anyone interested to follow.He estimates it will cost about $2,800 for each student to make the trip. To help offset the cost, the PCC Foundation has established an Environmental Science Study Abroad fund.

“This idea has generated a lot of excitement on campus,” said Foundation Development Officer Michelle Noevere. “PCC faculty members and staffers have donated more than $2,000 to the fund already, and I am hopeful that news of this effort will spur others to help us provide these students with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

For more information on the planned trip, contact Schnell at 252-249-1851, ext. 3115, or

For more information on how to contribute to the Environmental Science Study Abroad program, contact Noevere at 252-249-1851, ext. 3084, or visit to donate via PayPal.

Sandy Wall can be reached at 252-249-1851, ext. 3010, or

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GOTR Giving Back While Giving It Their All

Girls on the Run of Pamlico County gave it their all in many ways this past season. They collected and presented beautifully decorated bags of personal hygiene items to the Coastal Women’s Shelter last week. They also pulled out all stops at the 18th 5K Fun Run, held last Saturday at the Pamlico County High School track. Over 100 family, friends, and volunteers helped the girls celebrate completion of the session. Head coach Cynthia Cochran proudly presented medals and certificates to each team member. Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Guns & Hoses

The Third Annual Guns and Hoses Brotherhood Bash took place Saturday night at the Delamar center. The sold out event supporting the Pamlico County Firemen’s Association and Law Enforcement Association was a great success. Attendance has quadrupled since its inception. (Contributed Photo)