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49 Middle Schoolers Win National Latin Exam Awards

The National Latin Exam (NLE) encourages students in their study of Latin language and culture by providing a sense of personal accomplishment and success. More than 100,000 students in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 26 countries take the exam, and this year, the NLE recognized 49 Pace Middle School students with awards for outstanding performance. 

Congratulations to the following students:

Sixth Grade
Gold: Brooke Huang
Silver: Ben Bramwell, Dean Brown, Mikah Burnett, Trace Dexter, Eddie Elkins, Advithi Maddineni, Nora Partin, Andrew Partin, Mia Zajic

Seventh Grade
Silver: Evie Brunt, Sam Halpern, Mac Luber, Helen Mitchell

Eighth Grade
Silver: Annika Soni, Walker Webb

Recognizing Middle School Award Winners

Earlier this week, the Middle School honored students who have gone above and beyond in the classroom, in the athletics arena and in our school community. Congratulations to this year’s Middle School award winners (view photos in Vidigami), and to Middle School history teacher Kirstin Baillie, who received the John M. Anderson Excellence in Teaching Award! 

The Sanford and Barbara Orkin Scholarships honor exceptional students in grades six, seven and eight who exemplify “the courage to strive for excellence.” They challenge recipients to continue personal growth and to provide outstanding models for other students. This year’s recipients are:

Sixth Grade: Biddy Mautner and Emmy Webb

Seventh Grade: Rohan Brahma and Jane Murphy

Eighth Grade: Ann Cole Canova, Nik Kothari and Hiruni Manawadu

The Jim & Lesley Wheeler Scholar Athlete Award is given to two students from each grade, seventh and eighth, who excel in athletics and have earned a minimum academic average of 90 for the year. These scholar-athletes exemplify the highest standard of academic excellence, good sportsmanship and citizenship. This year’s recipients are:

Seventh Grade: Connor Chitwood and Bodhi Venturi

Eighth Grade: Grayden Auchincloss, Henry Baddley, Katie Wrigley and Megan Wrigley

The Mark A. Sommerville Citizenship Award is awarded to eighth-grade students who exemplify honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism. This year’s inaugural recipients are Braylen Drews and Dean Hindman.

The Kathie M. Larkin Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to two students from the eighth grade who epitomize community leadership, school spirit and dedicated diligence. This year’s recipients are Asim George and Chloé Quéguiner.

The BJ Hayes Good Citizenship Award is given to two students from the seventh grade who best represent the ideal of good citizenship as displayed by their fine character, humility and willingness to put others first. This year’s recipients are Sophia Fetter and Roman Pace.

Math Team Seals Season at State

This past weekend, a powerhouse Upper School math team of seniors Alex Finn, David Fu and Morgan Goldstrom and junior Stephen Yang attended the invitation-only state math tournament in Macon, Ga. The team finished seventh overall across all classifications and third in Class AAAA. Yang finished in the top three among all participants, just missing first place by approximately 1% of the total points. Many congratulations to these students on a wonderful result to end the 2023-2024 tournament season!

Jiang & Muller Win Statewide GJCL Elections

From April 12-14, 27 Middle and Upper School Latin students joined more than 700 delegates from schools across the state at the 2024 Georgia Junior Classical League (GJCL) Convention at Rock Eagle Convention Center for a weekend of competition, fun and fellowship. Events included elections for the 2024-2025 year, for which sophomores Harrison Brown and Evan Babrow thoughtfully represented Pace as voting delegates and advised their fellow students on the various candidate choices. The results of the officer elections were announced at the closing assembly, and we are proud to report that junior Claire Jiang won the race for GJCL president, and junior Van Muller was elected second vice president. Next up, Jiang and Muller will lead the Georgia delegation at the National Junior Classical League Convention at the University of Tennessee from July 22-27. 

All of the student delegates participated in academic, creative arts and graphic arts competitions—individual awards went to Jiang, Muller, eighth-graders Charlie Hall and Ansley Kirbo, and sixth-graders Nora Partin, Dean Brown, William Griffin, Anna Bates, William Rich, Sara Claire Laddin, Thea Bickenbach, Hudson Tarvin, Mia Zajic, Andrew Partin and Advithi Maddineni. The cherry on top of a fantastic weekend, the Knights won second place in Spirit for Large Delegations. Gratulationes, Knights!

Model UN Concludes Season

Three models; 39 delegates; six sponsors—oh my! Pace Middle and Upper School MUNers covered the Southeast to attend three models: at George Washington University (GWU), at Emory University and at Paideia School. Students explored topics from the Trojan War and deep-sea mining to book censorship and the climate crisis—and everything in between.

GWU’s WAMUNC provided an opportunity for eighth- through 12th-grade students to take a break from final position paper preparation by enjoying peak D.C. cherry blossom season, exploring an urban university campus and collaborating with students from across the world. Sophomore Jack Ellner received Honorable Mention recognition for his work.

Pace Model UN alumnus and Emory professor Dr. Courtney Freer ’04 kicked off Emory’s ENMUNC with an impressive keynote speech exploring the intersection of domestic and foreign policy in decision-making. After three days of strong diplomacy and participation by all, two “crisis” committee delegates received Verbal Commendations for their work: sophomores Nekhi Stover and Arnav Maddineni

Finally, Middle and Upper School students met local MUNers and slogged through the frustrations of committee work with political strategizing, shifting alliances and, in some cases, outright betrayal, at Paidea’s second-ever local model. Pace delegates recognized for their committee contributions were seventh-grader Rohan Brahma, named Outstanding Delegate, and eighth-grader Emma Rich and freshman Sriarvind Padmanabhan, who received Honorable Mentions.