During Senior Honors Day on May 13, Pace Academy named Laura Romig the Class of 2021’s valedictorian and Mary Childs Hall its salutatorian. Both Romig and Hall have attended Pace since Pre-First.
Romig, Pace’s 2021 STAR Student, is a master of the written word. Her short stories, poetry and flash fiction have earned praise at Pace and beyond. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized her with a National Gold Medal in 2020, and she was one of five Regional American Voices Nominees in the short story category. As co-editor of Knight Gallery, the Upper School literary magazine, Romig has lent her critical eye and wordsmithing wizardry to her fellow students’ work. She has also served as a staff writer for VOX ATL and is working on a novel.
Romig has helped lead the Pace Academy Community Engagement Board, volunteered with Books for Africa and Upchieve, played principal viola in the orchestra and served as treasurer for the Class of 2021. This past fall, she helped the varsity girls cross-country team bring home a state title—and she is competing in the state track meet this weekend. In addition to the valedictorian medal, at Senior Honors Day, Romig received the Charlie Owens Pace Academy Letter Award, Ricks Carson Pace Academy Literary Prize and the Frank D. Kaley Award, Pace’s highest honor.
Hall is as well-rounded as she is active in the Pace community. Her involvement includes leadership roles with the Honor and Disciplinary Committee, the Knights of the Round Table spirit organization, Women Mentoring Women, the Pace Admissions Ambassador Program, Baking for Breast Cancer and Meals on Wheels. She served as co-editor-in-chief of The Knightly News, the Upper School student newspaper, and has been a stand-out member of the varsity lacrosse team. At Senior Honors Day, Hall also received the Charlie Owens Pace Academy Letter Award and the George G. Kirkpatrick Pace Knight Award, which honors members of the senior class whose many selfless contributions to the school demonstrate honor, dedication, exemplary attitude and loyalty—attributes of the "true Pace Knight."