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Farewell to the Class of 2014

Pace Academy’s Class of 2014 officially joined the school’s alumni ranks on Saturday, May 17. The 107 young men and women received diplomas during a commencement ceremony at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. The ceremony followed a weekend of celebrations, which included a Saturday-afternoon state-championship win for members of the girls soccer team, six of whom are graduating seniors.
The members of the Class of 2014 left an indelible mark on Pace Academy, contributing to the arts, athletics, service learning and academic programs. The senior class averaged nearly 1300 on the SAT, and each member completed at least one Advanced Placement course. They will matriculate to 53 colleges and universities in 22 states and the District of Columbia. One member of the Class of 2014 will attend college in Scotland, continuing a streak of international students that extends back to 2008.

Nine seniors were named National Merit Finalists, and three of those students were selected as National Merit Scholars. The Class of 2014 also includes two National Achievement Scholars. For the second year in a row, a Pace Academy graduate will enroll as one of 22 prestigious Foundation Fellows at the University of Georgia, and one of this year’s seniors was named a Gates Millennium Scholar. Nine student-athletes have committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level, five at Division I schools.

See where our seniors are headed:

Wilson Alexander, University of Georgia
Mackenzie Attridge, University of South Carolina
Osei Avril, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hallie Bedol, College of Charleston
Marc Bernstein, Vanderbilt University
Katie Brewster, Rhodes College
Morgan Brewton-Johnson, Princeton University
Jordan Brown, University of Pittsburgh
Kelly Brown, Southern Methodist University
Charlie Burruss, University of Georgia
Tommy Burruss, University of Georgia
Cory Bush, New York University
Alex Bussey, University of New Haven
Eda Calapkulu, University of Georgia
Arden Carlton, James Madison University
Hunter Cesinger, University of Colorado at Boulder
Scarlett Chang, University of Georgia
Baiza Cherinet, Rhodes College
Tripp Conrad, College of Coastal Georgia
Jessica Cooper, University of Georgia
Wilson Crisler, University of Mississippi
Callie Cunningham, Georgia Southern University
Jared Datoc, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dishon Davis, Auburn University
Mark DiMeglio, Boston College
Tess Dillon, University of Alabama
Sam Downey, New York University
Caroline Draughon, Wake Forest University
Carter Draughon, Undecided
Shabrea Duffy, Georgia Southern University
Katie Duval, Emory University
Will Egan, University of Georgia
Nathan England, University of Virginia
Mary Liles Fiveash, University of Georgia
Lauren Flick, Boston College
Kenneth Foote-Smith, University of Miami
Denzel Franklin, Stanford University
Kal Golde, University of Georgia
Daniel Gray, Northeastern University
Max Greenberg, University of Michigan
Kelliann Haidet, University of California at Berkeley
Harrison Halberg, Vanderbilt University
Pate Hardison, University of Georgia
Wylie Heiner, University of Miami
Amelia Hess, Tulane University
Evelyn Hobbs, Wake Forest University
Madison Hoff, Wake Forest University
Erik Howard, University of North Carolin
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  • Campus Construction Nears Completion

    The term “organized chaos” perfectly describes the environment on the Pace Academy campus this summer. From summer campers and cement trucks to bulldozers and bricklayers, there has been no shortage of activity.

    But the end is in sight. Crews have entered the final weeks of construction on the Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School, a four-story, 75,000-square-foot facility. Classroom furniture has arrived, and library books will soon follow. The Inman Center’s Deans Hall has been transformed into Middle School art studios and an Academic Resource center, and a new sand-cap field will soon sit in the space formerly occupied by a temporary Upper School facility.

    “The entire project remains on budget and on schedule,” says Head of School Fred Assaf. “The new Upper School will open in plenty of time to prepare for students’ return on August 20. It’s a truly amazing testament to the hard work and skill of our project partners and the Pace facilities team.”

    Designed by alumnus Sandy Cooper ’79 of Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, the Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School fits seamlessly into the Pace campus and surrounding neighborhood. The three-story Woodruff Library, a gift of Jane Woodruff, and Buck and Ann Woodruff, fronts W. Paces Ferry Road, and its turret and stone facade echo the architecture of Kirkpatrick Hall, the school’s iconic “Castle.”

    The building also includes the Seaman Family Student Commons, a 1,500-square-foot space for community building and collaborative learning that will serve as a hub for all Upper School students. The building’s Sheft Family Academic Resource Center features private tutoring rooms and a learning lab, and the fourth-floor Correll Richards Family Student Terrace overlooks the Pace Gardens and provides space for outdoor learning and socializing. Throughout the new Upper School, state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs allow students to use cutting-edge technology and gain hands-on experience in a safe environment.

    “It’s often said that the people make the place,” Assaf says. “I have no doubt that this will hold true for our new Upper School. It will be reflective of the Pace community – a place filled with intellectual challenge and curiosity, joy, humor, creativity, acceptance, spirit and love.”
  • Meet Student Body President Tanenblatt

    On Senior Honors Day, in front of the entire Upper School, outgoing Student Body President Katherine Merritt ’14 officially passed down the Student Council gavel to senior Matt Tanenblatt.

    Tanenblatt, who has been at Pace since he was 6 years old, described the feeling of being elected to lead the student body as “truly magical.” An Orkin Scholar, lacrosse captain and Student Council veteran, it’s hard to imagine anyone more qualified to steer the Upper School in the upcoming school year.

    “I could not be more excited about the opportunity to help lead this community as so many new things unfold this year,” he says.

    One of Tanenblatt’s upcoming projects is Scootle, an app aimed at solving Atlanta’s traffic problems. Tanenblatt and fellow seniors Larine Hamied and Tanner Lewis devised the concept as part of Pace’s inaugural Social Entrepreneurship Challenge – and won. With the help of mentor and Pace parent Faraz Zubairi and a $10,000 grant, the team has partnered with local gyms, restaurants, attractions and non-profits to sponsor activities for Atlantans during rush hour, thereby reducing the number of cars on the roads.

    With plans to test in Atlanta’s Buckhead district, the group has already established partnerships with local restaurants and bars, organized volunteer opportunities and met with coders to prepare for the launch of Scootle’s Beta version in the fall. The group is currently planning a $100,000 fundraising campaign as well.

    “We knew that it would be unrealistic to try to change the city to accommodate more traffic with any one project, so we decided to try to change behavior instead,” Tanenblatt says. “It’s really an amazing opportunity to have Pace support our entrepreneurship.”

    - By Morgan Brewton-Johnson ’14
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