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Members of the Pace community are invited to join the Pace Alumni Association and the Woodruff Library for an afternoon with writer, producer and Pace parent Chrishaunda Lee Perez on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. Perez is the author of the 2018 coming-of-age novel We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women.

The event will take place in the Woodruff Library, located in the Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School, and will include a lively discussion and refreshments. Those who wish to have Perez sign her book may purchase copies via Amazon prior to the event. Please RSVP to alumni@paceacademy.org.

The Middle School’s Knights of the Galaxy robotics team is out of this world! After winning the Robot Performance and Champion’s awards at the STEAMsport Regional competition on Dec. 1, the Knights participated in the Clayton State University Super Regional tournament on Jan. 12.

The team competed in four categories—Core Values, Projects, Robot Design and Robot Game—and placed fifth in the Robot Game competition. Its combined scores across all four categories earned the Champion’s Award and merited a spot in the state tournament on Feb. 2. Out of more than 700 FIRST LEGO League teams in the state, only 24 achieve this level of success.

Congratulations to team members Stone Chambers, Belle Divine, Alex Finn, Morgan Goldstrom, Mary Ellis Irvin, Aarav Kokane, Jaxon Praise Perez and Ethan Rucker, and to coach Zach Slaney.

Pace’s equestrian club teams competed in their final meet of the regular season over the weekend of Jan. 12. Junior Lauren Stebbins finished first on the flat event and second over fences, while junior Emily Caton received a third-place ribbon in her over fences class. Freshman Maryam Dandashly was fifth in her flat class. Overall, the Upper School team placed fourth out of 14 teams.

For the Middle School, eighth-grader Peach Wilson placed second and third in two flat events, and eighth-grader Anna Nuckols was first over fences and fourth on the flat. The Middle School equestriennes combined for a fourth-place finish out of 11 teams.

Both Stebbins and Nuckols qualified as individuals for the region finals, which will take place at the Georgia International Horse Park on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Calling all family and corporate sponsors! In years past, funds raised from the Pace Parents Club Auction have helped fund classroom supplies at all levels, a pediatric couch in the Lower School nurse's station, new technology and the Isdell Center for Global Leadership’s Citizens of the World Travel Grant Program. Available at a variety of levels, sponsorships of A Diamond Knight support our school and offer great visibility.

The Auction team also needs donations of trips, event tickets, experiences and other items for the live and silent auctions. And speaking of things that sparkle and shine, the Pace community has a special invitation to visit the Kendra Scott boutique at the Around Lenox location on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6-8 p.m. Twenty percent of the evening's sales will be donated to the Parents Club Auction. Save the date, support our school and jumpstart your Valentine's Day shopping!

Fans of Pace Arts are invited to the Upper School’s Winter Showcase on Thursday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Attendees will travel to specific locations around campus as our performing artists present scenes from various productions, including Proof, Hamilton and Machinal, as well as an adaptation of Oh, Hello On Broadway, now streaming on Netflix.

The Upper School theatre department partnered with Serenbe Playhouse Director of Education Cory Phelps to present this production, and Phelps spent three weeks working the 44 members of the cast and crew. The Winter Showcase includes three original plays, written and directed by students, as well as work that Pace performing artists will present at the Georgia Thespian Conference in Columbus, Ga., next month.

The production is free and open to the public. Attendees should report to the Fine Arts Center theatre promptly at 7 p.m.