Every December, Lower School students share the Hanukkah and Christmas stories with the Pace community through Light One Candle. This beloved school tradition celebrates its 27th anniversary this year.

A performance for parents, grandparents, siblings and other relatives will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Lower School parents are invited to a performance on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Those unable to attend may watch the Thursday evening performance live via KnightFlix at Happy holidays!

Members of Pace's two sixth-grade robotics teams competed in the First Lego League (FLL) Regional Tournament presented by Kell Robotics on Dec. 2. Both teams, under the leadership of Upper School science teacher Brianna Korb and parents Julie Goldstrom and Eric Irvin, have worked since August to perfect their robot missions, projects about water and core value of sportsmanship.

The competition consisted of 24 teams in two tournaments. "Each team goes to three judging sessions for their project, core values and robot design," Korb explains. "Each team also has three attempts to complete their robot missions and earn the most points. The highest number of points is what is counted towards their final scores."

The Knights 2 O focused on rainwater harvesting, spoke to numerous experts and prepared a skit including an infomercial about their robot, the ScannerBot 2024. The Excalibergs' project centered on "fatbergs," lumps of waste found in sewer systems. The team's skit played off the television show Chopped, and "chefs" had to make fatbergs out of diapers, wipes, grease, sewage, hair and rubber products. Students also developed a robot prototype, "the fatburgular," to send into sewers to vacuum out fatbergs before they clog the system.

The Excalibergs won the competition's Core Values Award, and both teams advanced to the Super Regional competition, which will take place on Jan. 13. Way to go, RoboKnights!

On Dec. 4, the fifth grade marked a 13-year partnership with the Guice Center, one of Easter Seals North Georgia's child development centers.

In advance of their visit to the head-start program in East Atlanta, fifth graders sold popcorn and the opportunity to wear pajamas to school and raised $1,240.45 to purchase items of clothing for the pre-school-aged children at the Guice Center. They also took with them books, crafts and snacks for a holiday celebration, which included a holiday sing-along.

"The Guice Center was an amazing place," says fifth-grader Peter Davis. "It is amazing how so many people collaborate to help kids in need. It makes your heart feel so big to see all of those little kids."

Six seniors have been recognized for their performances on the PSAT. The National Merit Scholarship Program honored Jeb Carter, Jackson Fuller and Harrison Lewis as National Merit Semifinalists, placing them among the highest-scoring entrants in Georgia.

In addition, the College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program recognized Alexander Holmann, Elizabeth Marr and Erica Tashma as National Hispanic Scholars. Students who achieve the College Board's PSAT qualifying score and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher are invited to apply for the prestigious academic designation. Congratulations, seniors!

On Nov. 25, sophomore runner Payton Payne competed in the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional Rising Stars Race, where she finished second overall with a time of 19:32. Watch Payne discuss her second-place finish.

The same day, senior Jack Douglass was 45th at the Footlocker Southeast Regional Championship with a time of 15:52. Way to go, Knights!