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Save the Date for the Middle School Play 

On Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., the Middle School drama department’s first production of the school year will grace the Fine Arts Center stage. Help Desk, a play by Don Zolidis, takes a hilarious look at customer service calls—when you call the help desk, you're looking for a solution, but your problems might just be beginning. 

From asking for help with a credit card charge to therapy puppets, this show—only the fourth production of the play ever—tackles it all. Middle School drama is all about fun, and our performers plan to bring it with their season theme: #bringjoy.

Given COVID-19 protocols, only parents and siblings of the cast and crew may attend and must wear masks at all times. Those unable to see the show in person are invited to watch it live online (link to come) for FREE! So save that date and tune in for Help Desk—and if you haven’t joined the Arts Alliance, now is the time to do so to help support programs like this. Join now.

A New Start for Pace Debate 

This fall, Upper School debaters have a new coach—Eric Forslund has joined the faculty as director of speech and debate. Forslund, a collegiate All-American debater, comes to Pace from debate powerhouse Greenhill School and hopes to continue Pace’s longstanding tradition of excellence in policy debate.

Under Forslund’s leadership, debaters will tackle the National Speech & Debate Association’s 2020-2021 topic: Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

To prepare for the season, several sophomore members of the team participated in virtual debate camps over the summer. Forrest Pollard and Luca Tanasa attended camp through Dartmouth College; Hanna Yilma participated in Georgetown University’s program; and Kabir Singh attended Stanford University’s camp. 

Over the weekend of Aug. 29, Pollard and Yilma (pictured) kicked off the season at a virtual practice tournament facilitated by Montgomery Bell Academy. Pollard was named the tournament’s second-best speaker, while Yilma was fourth. Stay tuned for additional debate updates as the year progresses. 

Agolli Named to PrepVolleyball Top 150

Congratulations to freshman Grace Agolli, who has been named to PrepVolleyball.com’s list of the top 150 volleyball players in the Class of 2024. 

“The Top 150 player rankings are based on an athlete’s skills now, and not her potential or impact at the next level,” says PrepVolleyball.com. “The rankings criteria are based on skill compared to other members of the graduating class, personal achievement and accolades, and impact on her team.” Rankings are updated three times each year. 

This Week in Athletics: Watch Our Pace Knights Live Online

This fall is far from typical for our student-athletes and coaches, but in true Pace Knights fashion, we’re making it work! As competition kicks off, Pace Athletics will make adjustments related to fan attendance. For example, only the parents and siblings of volleyball and water polo players, this season’s indoor sports, are permitted to attend games in person, and everyone in attendance must wear masks at all times. 

However, you can still support Pace Athletics! All Middle School, junior varsity and varsity games that take place in the Inman Center, at Walsh Field and on Riverview Sports Complex’s multi-purpose field are broadcast live at www.nfhsnetwork.com. To view past events on demand or stream games as they happen, log in to your NFHS account or create a new one, and type “Pace Academy” in the search bar. And remember, you can view schedules for all of our sports teams on our Athletics Calendar, and receive Pace Athletics news via Instagram and Twitter

Welcome to The Year of Global Health

Another year brings another Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) global theme. Throughout 2020-2021, we’re investigating the many issues surrounding Global Health. With newly designed curriculum and exciting co-curricular connections in all three divisions, the ICGL team is as hard at work as ever creating prepared and confident citizens of the world.

“Previous annual themes have focused on humans’ impact on the environment,” says ICGL Director Trish Anderson. “In planning for this year’s theme—two years ago!—we decided to flip that approach and focus on the ways the environment impacts us. Seeking a humanities-based study that could incorporate lessons from our previous themes, we arrived at Global Health.”

Students, faculty and staff will explore Global Health as it relates to the ICGL’s five focus areas: Science & Technology, Culture & Arts, Social Entrepreneurship & Business, Community Engagement & Environmental Sustainability, Public Policy & International Relations. Teachers will incorporate global health issues and study into their curriculum with the goal of building awareness, fostering understanding and encouraging engagement. 

Although ICGL leaders will miss the opportunity to lead students on study tours this year, they are excited about digging into Global Health with students right here. Follow the ICGL on Instagram for daily updates from our Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.