Eight Pace Academy Upper School students and faculty advisors Helen Smith and Keith Newman traveled to Budapest, Hungary, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3 to participate in Yale Model Government Europe. The trip was part of the Pace Academy Policy Simulation program.
Following four days of meetings, deliberation and crisis, the Pace delegation received the Outstanding Delegation Award. The school was one of three delegations recognized for overall excellence. Smith credits the delegation’s success to "each student's strong presence, diplomatic skills and quick thinking."
More than 35 schools and 350 delegates from around the world participated in the Model, and Pace students Jeri Brand, Rebecca Husk, Maryellen Malone, Rachel Much, Harrison Halberg, James O'Brien, Nathan Sokolic and Bobby Stonecipher helped shape and guide the decisions made by European Union country cabinets and the Councils of Ministers.
The following Pace students received individual recognition: Much, Honorable Mention as the Hungarian Minister of Health; Halberg, Honorable Mention as Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs; O'Brien, Outstanding Delegate as the EU Affairs Minister from Belgium; Brand, Best Delegate as the Economic and Financial Affairs Minister from Greece; Husk, Best Delegate as the German Cabinet's Minister of Defense.
"We congratulate each of the eight students for unique contributions to Pace's awards," says Smith. "We appreciate their research skills, written position papers and knowledge of current events, all of which combined to form a strong policy simulation team."
On November 13, the first day of the NCAA early signing period, Pace Academy senior baseball players Jared Datoc and Raphael Ramirez signed National Letters of Intent. Datoc, a relief pitcher and the Knights’ starting shortstop, will play for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Centerfielder Ramirez will join the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
Datoc and Ramirez have been power players for the Knights since they were freshmen. For three years, they have combined to lead the team in every offensive category. During the 2013 season, Datoc played in 22 games with 23 runs scored, 32 hits, 10 walks, a .578 on-base percentage and hit .464. Ramirez played in 22 games and had 27 runs, 31 hits, 10 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, 17 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and hit .435. Both were named 2013 First Team All-Region.
Entering their junior season, Datoc and Ramirez were named 2013 Perfect Game Pre-Season High School All-Americans, identifying them as two of the top high school players in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. This past June, the pair traveled to Minneapolis to participate in Perfect Game’s National Showcase, an event assembling the top 300 rising senior prospects for the benefit of college coaches and Major League Baseball scouts. During the event, Datoc’s throws across the infield were clocked at 92 miles per hour, ranking him eighth on the list of the Nation’s Top 10 Infield Arms in the Class of 2014.
Later in the summer, Ramirez headed to Arizona to represent Georgia in the annual Area Code Games, and in October, Datoc and Ramirez traveled to Jupiter, Fla., where a field of the nation’s 85 elite club teams vied for the title of World Wood Bat Association World Champions. Ramirez led the Atlanta Blue Jays to the round of “Sweet Sixteen.” Datoc led the offensive strike for Team Rawlings/East Cobb Astros and garnered a spot on the WWBA World Championship All-Tournament Team Roster. Team Rawlings/East Cobb Astros advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated from the contest. The finish represents the highest of all Georgia teams in the tournament.
“Jared and Raphael have made a tremendous impact on our baseball program during their time at Pace,” said Pace Academy Head Coach Matt Hall. “I look forward to coaching them during their final season as Knights and to following their college careers in the years to come.”
The Knights kick off their 2014 season on Jan. 13.