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  • Counselors give advice for success

    Wondering what every student needs to be successful in high school? The PRHS School Counseling Department has you covered!

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  • Student artists receive accolades

    This year several PRHS artists won awards and honorable mentions at the 2022 Union County Community Arts Council (UCCAC) Student Artist Showcase. Art teachers Kristen Baucom and Nicole Crowley were each allowed to select 8 pieces of student artwork to submit for the art show.

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  • World Languages mural winner

    Spring semester of 2022 the Spanish Club decided to have a World Language Mural Contest for students to enter with their ideas for what to paint in a mural in the lower F wing. The winner, sophomore Hanna Areh, was announced in February of this year. 

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  • PRHS 2022 Grecian Nights

    Saturday, May 7th Porter Ridge High hosted their annual Junior & Senior Prom. The prom was planned by faculty sponsor English teacher Rachel Lukasik and the 2022 Prom Committee. This year's theme was Grecian Nights and the event was held at Founders Hall in Uptown Charlotte. 

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  • Eggcellent collaboration

    PRHS Art and Culinary classes came together before Spring Break this year to decorate eggs in the Ukrainian art form called Pysanky, both using what they’ve learned as art and culinary students. 

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  • PRHS pledged to help the Earth

    Traditionally at PRHS Earth Day is celebrated with activities for students to participate in during lunch and this year, that took place the week before Spring Break. The cafeteria was also decorated with informative posters and facts about the Earth and what students can do to help the planet. 

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  • Leadership at its best-PRHS StuCo

    The PRHS Student Council, called StuCo, is a group of 42 students (this school year) who work closely together to brainstorm, plan, execute, and host fun events for the student body. Leadership is the title of the class they have 3rd block and Math teacher Jennie Yearick is their teacher/sponsor. This year the Class President is Gracie Helms, the Vice President is Sarah Myers, and the cabinet member is Renee Rodriguez.  

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  • AFJROTC Cadets take flight

    On Friday, March 18th two Porter Ridge High AFJROTC students, Jordan Morefield and Elijah Bostick, got to experience their school day from a new perspective, flying at 2,000 feet above Monroe in a Cessna 182! 

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  • PR wrestlers made states this year

    February 2022 was a big month for the PRHS Wrestling team. Three members made states this year, one female and two males. Congratulations are in order for junior Zoey Green who competed in the Women’s State Championship and for juniors Christian Hasty and Nathan Carnes who competed in the Men’s State Championship!

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  • PRHS celebrates Teachers of the Year

    This year two Porter Ridge High School teachers won Teacher of the Year awards: English teacher Rachel Lukasik and CTE teacher Kenisia Taylor. Lukasik won Teacher of the Year for PRHS and Taylor won CTE Teacher of the Year for PRHS and made the Top 5 for UCPS! These awards were given to recognize teachers’ above and beyond efforts and because they have demonstrated commitment toward their students and their profession.

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  • Art students inspire with sidewalk chalk designs

    Monday, February 23rd was a special day for Porter Ridge Art students and for the healthcare workers at Atrium Health Union West. Visual Art students, as well as members from the National Art Honor Society, were the secret artists in a surprise sidewalk chalk art exhibit!

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  • Indoor Track wins at states

    This indoor track season has been one to remember, where the team not only broke records but also sent many team members to compete at states. Team members who qualified for and competed at states were Brandon Benitez, Dominic Conroy, Margaret Garner, Sallie Garner, Michael Gyasi, Jacob Laney, Calen McKinney, Aiden Webb, and Stephan Zayachkowsky.

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  • New club focuses on Science

    The Science National Honor Society is an academic-based club that focuses on advancing students' knowledge about classical and modern science. The club is focused on helping the school and community learn more about science and meets once a month. They also hold and participate in several events throughout the school year including Fall Fest, Earth Day Clean Up, and crime scene analysis learning activities.

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  • Castaways win awards at NCTC

    The Porter Ridge Castaways are celebrating their recognition at the 2021 NCTC High School Play Festival. The program, led by Drama teacher Todd Ford, presented I Don’t Want to Talk About It at the Festival, and brought home the following awards: Excellence in Choral Execution; Excellence in Ensemble; Acting Excellence in Acting - Chevonne Van Heerden.

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  • PR Cadet Major Jakob Reagan awarded Union County Patriot Award

    On Saturday, November 6, 2021, the city of Monroe awarded Porter Ridge High Cadet Major Jakob Reagan the Union County Patriot Award. The Patriot Award recognizes one outstanding JROTC cadet from each of the high school programs in Union County. The recipient is selected for demonstrating a high degree of patriotism, leadership, military bearing, scholarship, and general excellence.

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  • PRHS senior's poem featured in Charlotte poetry installation

    Twelfth grade student Ginnie Van de Riet recently made her mark on uptown Charlotte. A line from her poem, “Eulogy for the Self," was featured as a part of the project Of Earth and Sky currently on display in Uptown.

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  • New Assistant Band Director joins the Band of Pirates

    The Porter Ridge Band of Pirates gained a new assistant director over the summer, Patrick Foray. This is not Foray’s first time at PRHS as he was a student-teacher at PRHS and PRMS back in 2018.

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  • AP Capstone Program

    Congratulations to our PRHS 2021 Capstone Diploma Recipients and our 2021 Capstone Certificate Recipients. We are excited to announce that 11 of our students earned the diploma and 6 earned the certificate. This is AMAZING for the first cohort of students and is representative of the rigorous body of college level work that our students completed!

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  • Graduate Named McRae Scholar

    Ziyanah-Grace Alexander from Indian Trail, North Carolina, is a graduate of Porter Ridge High School. She is a two-year member of the Porter Ridge Student Council and is involved in the National Honor Society and Beta Club. As part of her AP coursework, she conducted research on the motivations behind why people choose plastic bags over paper bags at grocery stores, and she hopes to continue environmental research as part of UNC Asheville’s seminal Undergraduate Research Program.

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  • PRHS Communications

    Porter Ridge High School is committed to providing parents and students with a lot of communication. School staff reinforce with students the very applicable adult life skill of checking their UCPS email daily, reading their Canvas announcements, and reviewing all school communications. Our main form of communication is our Pirate Press newsletters which are sent on a weekly basis during the school year so that the whole community can read about the great things our children and teachers are doing. In addition to that we use the following as other main sources of communication for families: PRHS website, facebook, instagram, and twitter.

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