Parade, assembly to honor state basketball champs
March 25, 2014
Midland will hold a parade down its main street at 1 p.m. Thursday (March 27) to recognize the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School Leopards, 2014 PIAA Class A state basketball champions.
Instructing the younger generation in Midland's tradition of producing champions is as important as celebrating the new state title, said Principal and Acting CEO Patrick K. Poling.
In addition to team members and other students from Lincoln Park, marchers are to include schoolchildren in grades K-8 from Midland Elementary-Middle School. They'll be carrying banners from Midland's Lincoln High School teams that won state basketball championships in 1965, 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1976.
"That's why we have basketball at Lincoln Park: to give back to this community," Poling said.
Starting at First Street, the procession will march down Midland Avenue to the Midland Gymnasium at Ninth Street. Native son and radio personality Chris Shovlin - who also is LPPACS board president - will emcee an assembly at which the team will be introduced and the 2014 state trophy officially be presented to school officials.
Last Friday in the PIAA state Class A finals, the Leopards overcame a 16-point deficit to win 70-66 over Philadelphia's Math, Civics and Sciences Charter School.
About Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School (www.lppacs.org) is a Pennsylvania public school providing a state-approved academic program and pre-professional training for grades 7-12 in music, theater, dance, creative writing, health science arts and media arts. The school enrolls students from more than 65 surrounding school districts.
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