The Upper School production of She Kills Monsters participated in the GHSA Class AAA state competition on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center and came away with fourth-place honors.

Seniors Madison Edwards and Jackson Gray were named to the All-Star Cast. Congratulations to Director Sean Bryan and the cast and crew of 31 Upper School students! 

Each year, Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, marks the triumph of good over evil during a five-day celebration. The Pace community celebrated the holiday on Nov. 7 with a series of assemblies and activities in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. 

Student and parent leaders assisted the diversity and inclusion team with planning and helped educate the community regarding the traditions, foods and festivities associated with the holiday. 

The varsity boys and girls cross-country teams hit the course at Carrollton High School for the GHSA Class AAA state championship on Nov. 2. The boys raced first and finished in second place overall. Senior George Adams took bronze, while sophomore Edward Blaha finished sixth. 

The girls also had an outstanding race and claimed the team silver. Individually, sophomore Laura Arenth was fourth, while senior Payton Payne was sixth. Following the meet, the Atlanta Track Club named Adams to its 2019 Powerade All-Metro High School Cross Country Team, placing him among the top 21 boys from 28 schools across 11 counties. 

On Nov. 2, the varsity volleyball team made history by defeating Westminster 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 to take its third consecutive GHSA Class AAA state title. “I want to thank all the students, faculty and staff that cheered us on,” said head coach Anna Bush. “Your voice lifted us whenever we needed it, and I am so proud of our class and character! You represent the best of Pace Academy.”

Following the victory, seniors Sasha Ratliff and Lucy Ferry were selected to the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association Class AAA All-State Team, and Ratliff was named a 2019 Under Armour Second-Team All-American, one of only two players from Georgia to make this year’s team. Congratulations to coaches Bush, Scott McEwan and Taylor Bryan, our outstanding student-athletes, and the ever-spirited and supportive Pace community! 

On Oct. 25, 12 Upper School students slept out in solidarity with Covenant House, an organization that works to eradicate youth homelessness. These advocates learned about the issues facing those experiencing homelessness before spending the night outside in cardboard boxes, braving over an inch of rain and cool temperatures. 

More than 3,300 youth in metro Atlanta are impacted by homelessness. This year, Pace students have raised more than $4,200 to support Covenant House’s important work. You can still donate to the Pace's team's effort here.