Appel Named to 20 Under 20

We spy a familiar face on Reporter Newspaper and Atlanta Intown's 2021 "20 Under 20" list honoring students making a difference in their communities! From her work with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and shadowing doctors at Whiteriver Indian Hospital to funding the Evan Appel Immunotherapy research grant, senior Carly Appel raises the bar when it comes to service for the lives of others. Read the full article. Congratulations, Carly!


On Friday, Nov. 5, the girls and boys cross-country teams took charge at the GHSA State Cross-Country Championships and won the AA titles. Senior Edward Blaha defended his 2020 state title, with the rest of the Knights close behind at the top of the ranks. E. Blaha, seniors George Blaha, Grant Thompson and Robert Mallis and sophomore Matthew Wells all finished in the top 10 and were named to the AA All-State Team.

For the girls, sophomore Caroline Hood and senior Laura Arenth led the pack and were named state champion and state runner-up, respectively. Among all merged classifications in the state, the boys team ranked second overall, and the girls, sixth. Hood, Arenth and seniors Kate Jonas and Jordan White finished in the top seven and received All-State recognition.

Then, on Saturday, Nov. 6, the varsity volleyball team dominated Gordon Lee High School and claimed its FIFTH consecutive state-championship title. “The team came together like a perfect storm when we faced a senior-laden Gordon Lee team,” notes head coach Anna Bush. “The same team we defeated a year earlier was bent on revenge and wanted to ‘rewrite the ending.’ Our team was not a book to be rewritten.” 

Following the Knights’ victory, sophomores Dhru Lalaji and Ellie Siskin and junior Briea Craft were named to the All-State Team. 

Congratulations to all three of these teams on closing their outstanding seasons with state victories!

Michelle Nunn Joins the Education Conversation

President and CEO of CARE USA and ICGL Visiting Scholar Michelle Nunn, accompanied by CARE staff members, spent Monday, Oct. 18, on campus to dive into our annual global theme of Education. Nunn spoke to students, faculty and staff across all divisions about the work that CARE USA does to support girls' education across the globe, and left our community with an empowering reminder: "as much as problems are global, change starts locally." We are grateful for her and her team’s time and expertise, and we’re looking forward to continuing the conversations around global access to education this year.

“Metamorphoses” Opens Tonight!

The Upper School theatre season kicks off today—and we want YOU to be part of it! Join the cast and crew of Metamorphoses for performances on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 22, at 3:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center (make Friday all about Pace spirit and go from the play to the varsity football game—it’s Senior Night!).

The play by Mary Zimmerman is composed of a series of vignettes that take the audience on an imaginative journey through Ovid’s classic stories. Told through narration and innovative shadow play, Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change.

The 45-minute production, an entrant in the Georgia High School Association's One-Act competition, is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. All 20+ members of the cast and crew are fully vaccinated; however, masks are required for audience members. Nothing beats live theatre, so performances will not be streamed online. 

Moving In!

Wednesday, Oct. 13, marked a major milestone in the history of Pace Academy as the Kam Memar Lower School officially opened its doors to students. 

Science, STEAM and design classes now find their homes in state-of-the-art makerspaces, while an expanded Academic Resource Center provides individualized support for all students. Music and strings programs enjoy large, soundproof spaces with accessible storage, and an indoor gymnasium with direct access to the playground accommodates P.E. classes and community events while offering shelter during recess on rainy days. Administrative offices and meeting spaces throughout the building ensure that school operates smoothly.

“We’re looking forward to officially celebrating the opening of the Kam Memar Lower School and the generosity of the Pace community once we’ve reached our $35-million goal,” says Director of Advancement HEATHER WHITE. “We need all members of the Pace community—current parents, parents of alumni, faculty, staff, alumni, grandparents and friends—to participate in the Accelerate Pace campaign. If you haven’t made your gift or pledge, now is the time!” 

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