Dance Marathon - A Milestone Moment

Congratulations to senior Sydney Silverstein and the Pace Miracle Knights team, which once again hosted a successful—and socially distanced—event in support of the Miracle Network Dance Marathon and its work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Thanks to students’ hard work and the generosity of the Pace community, the Miracle Knights raised $33,505, making them the only high-school group in the history of the Georgia program to surpass $20,000.

The funds raised will assist with care for children in metro Atlanta whose healthcare costs are not covered by insurance or Peachcare. A huge thanks to all the members of the Pace community for making this possible and supporting Atlanta’s Miracle Network!

Lower & Middle School Robotics Teams Advance to State

On Feb. 13, five Lower and Middle School robotics teams competed against schools from across the state in a Regional GA FIRST LEGO League Tournament hosted by STEAMSport. The new virtual format eliminated this year’s Super Regional round of competition, meaning that fewer teams advanced to the State Tournament. Nevertheless, Pace RoboKnights swept the Regional award categories. 

The Lower School’s Coding Chickens, coached by Lower School science teacher Katie Sandlin and fifth-grade teacher Hayley Hardwick, were named tournament champions and won first place in the Robot Performance category. The Lego Legends, another Lower School squad led by Sandlin and Lower School Librarian Catherine Lampley, took the top prize in Robot Design and placed third overall. Sandlin also joined forces with Lower School Counselor Ashley Zomalt to coach the COVID Coders to a solid performance. 

Code Jedi, the sixth-grade team led by Middle School science teacher Alyson Tockstein, placed first in the Core Values category, and coach Zach Slaney and the seventh- and eighth-grade members of Pick Up the Pace won first prize for Innovation Project and were second overall. 

Both the Coding Chickens (pictured) and Pick Up the Pace will continue on to the State Tournament. A live online awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 13. Congratulations, Knights!

Seven Knights Receive Basketball All-Region Honors

Following the regular season, seven members of the varsity girls and boys basketball teams earned Region 6-AA All-Region recognition. For the girls, junior Gabby Hudson (pictured) was named to the All-Region First Team, while senior Hanna Vincent earned a spot on the Second Team, and junior Margo Kaye received Honorable Mention Honors. 

For the boys, senior Matthew Cleveland was named Region 6-AA Player of the Year. Senior Cole Middleton and junior Josh Reed joined the All-Region First Team; senior Madison Durr landed on the Second Team. Congratulations, Knights! 

Canstruction Stocks Shelves Across the City

On Friday, Feb. 12, teams of Middle School students weighed down by countless non-perishable items put their creative juices to work to benefit Meals On Wheels Atlanta. Students worked throughout the Garcia Family Middle School to build elaborate themed structures out of cans, boxes and bags of food. Following the competition, students packed two vans full of items for Meals On Wheels pantries. 

“As You Like It” Makes ThesCon Debut

Every year, the Georgia chapter of the International Thespian Society hosts a theatre conference called Thescon. The gathering consists of workshops, acting competitions and shows representing the best of Georgia high-school theatre. 

This year, the Upper School’s production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It has been selected as a featured performance at the virtual conference. “Our students will have the honor of ‘performing’ their production in front of an audience of more than 7,000,” says Upper School Theatre Director Sean Bryan. “This is the ultimate reward.”

Congratulations to the cast and crew! Watch As You Like It.