On Friday, May 17, several members of the varsity track team competed in the post-state Meet of Champions. Junior Payton Payne was sixth in the 1600 meters and tied her personal record of 5:26.

The Adams twins ran the 800 meters and dropped their state times even lower. Junior George Adams placed fourth with a new school record of 1:54.11, and junior Sam Adams placed sixth with a new personal record of 1:55.80. Both boys have been named track-and-field All-Americans. Congratulations, George and Sam!

It may only be May, but we’re already excited about Saturday, Oct. 26, and the Parents Club’s 56th annual Pace Fall Fair. Make plans to unleash your inner warrior from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—rain or shine—as members of the Pace community become Ninja Knights! Get ready for new and exciting top-secret attractions; challenge yourself to overcome obstacles; and enjoy Fall Fair favorites like the MASH Tent, rapid slide, karaoke and Street Market.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at multiple levels; individuals or businesses that commit by July 5 at the $2,500 level and above will be included on the Fall Fair T-shirt. Interested in sponsoring? Email Look for more information regarding volunteer opportunities—as well as T-shirt, ticket and wristband sales—soon.

On May 18, 119 prepared, confident citizens of the world crossed the stage at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church as Pace alumni. The ceremony marked the culmination of a weekend of celebrations surrounding the Class of 2019.

During Senior Honors Day, Jacob Sloman (pictured) was announced as the class’s valedictorian, and Abigail Lund received the salutatorian medal. Sloman and Lund were also recognized with the Frank D. Kaley Award, Pace’s highest honor.

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, delivered the Baccalaureate address, and endurance athlete Colin O’Brady spoke at Commencement. O’Brady is the fastest person to complete The Explorers Grand Slam—summiting the tallest peak on each continent and skiing the last degree to the North and South Poles. The graduation ceremony is available for viewing and download at Congratulations, Pace alumni!

This spring, more than 139,000 Latin students in all 50 states and 20 other countries took the National Latin Exam. Eight Upper School students received gold medals: freshmen Sydney Faux, Giana Karamanolis and Jason Tapper; sophomores Amalie Little and Harley Ryan; juniors Mae Shippen and Alan Tapper; and senior Jacob Sloman. Special congratulations to A. Tapper and Sloman, who also received Book Awards for their fourth- and fifth-consecutive gold medals, respectively.

In addition, four Upper School Latin students earned Letters of Commendation following their participation in the annual Classical Association of the Midwest and South Latin Translation Contest. Faux, Sloman, and juniors Paul-Louis Biondi and Austin Fuller scored among the top 20% of entries in 32 states and three Canadian provinces to earn the recognition.