Vol. 38 Issue #1
September 14, 2012
The Knightly News Pace Academy 966 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta, Georgia 30327
p. 3 Five Minutes with Miles
p. 5 Students Travel the Globe
p. 6 Meet the Prepster
Class of 2013: Havin’ A Grand Ole Party By: Riley Muse Staff Writer ‘14
“Please rise for the national anthem,” a sleepy crowd of Upper School students heard Mr. Gannon announce on their first day of school. Sophomores and juniors, veterans to the morning assembly routine in the FAC, were puzzled; singing wasn’t usually on the agenda. However, unsuspecting freshmen obediently placed their hands over their hearts and gazed toward the flag on the stage. But then the anthem began to warp into an upbeat song, and in stormed the Class of 2013. Screaming, whistling, throwing candy and streamers, and waving the American flag, the seniors raced up and down the aisles. Their electrifying entrance culminated in the traditional mosh pit on stage as the rest of the student body remained in their seats and watched the celebration. “My sophomore year, when the Class of 2011 entered, Alex Davis [‘11] was completely on the outside of the mob fist pumping and doing his own thing. He
Photo: Mr. Assaf Seniors rave in the FAC on their last, first day of school. kind of inspired Lucy [Wellborn] and me to just go crazy and give everybody something to look at,” senior Ellie Weber said. Student body president Miles Sheft commented, “It was totally surreal. I’m sure from every other grade’s point of view it looked like a normal, obnoxious senior entrance, but when you’re actually up there,
it’s so much more than that.” What separates the Class of 2013 from all those before them? “We’re the 50th class to graduate the school, and we’re also the last to graduate from the old high school building,” Miles said. Twelfth grade dean Mr. Hattori, when asked the same question, said, “This class is very artistic
and are very involved and interested in things outside of academics. We have so many service leaders in this grade, and many students are even involved in projects outside of Pace.” When asked about the impression the Class of 2013 hopes to make on Pace Academy, Miles answered, “We want to leave
Pace as a class that was known to have a lot of fun, work hard, include everyone, and set a good example for what a senior class should be like.” Mr. Hattori said, “This class is very inclusive and very friendly. I feel like when this grade graduates, it won’t only be a senior class celebration, but a whole school celebration.”
building needs to be upgraded. Resembling Alice in Wonderland after sipping the “Drink me!” potion, the high school’s student body is bursting out of the building, and the Aim High campaign provides the antidote. Planning for the new Upper School has been going on for years. When asked about the process, Mr. Gannon said, “Faculty
played such an integral role in planning and the board did such a good job listening to what we wanted. We had faculty reading groups based on design. We pulled aside a lunch table all year long and the topic of discussion was what we wanted for the new building.” After faculty, staff, and administrators had an opportunity to weigh in, the main ideas were submitted to the school’s board of trustees and then presented to five architectural firms competing to design the layout. Given the meager square-footage Pace’s campus has work with, the architects had to get creative. “Some of [the layouts] were really funky; it’s quite an interesting process,” Mr. Gannon said. Collins Cooper Carusi Architects were selected to develop the final plan, and one of the architects, Sandy Cooper, is actually a Pace alum. The layout completely reconfigures the entire high school. The hallways will still be organized by subject, but each will feature a discussion room, filled with white boards, tables, and other tools for group study sessions, extra help sessions, etc. The deans hallway will be in-
tegrated into the new building, while the Middle School ARC and art classrooms will move into the current dean’s hallway in the Inman Center. The library will have multiple levels and features a fireplace, giving it that Hogwarts kind of feel. The design is consistent with the Castle and the Middle School: modern with a hint of medieval flair. After planning came the necessary raising of funds for such a large project. The project in its entirety costs 32 million dollars, and the campaign has already hit the 22 million mark. A considerable amount of the funds came from the Blank family, and the new building will be named The Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School. Arthur Blank is a signatory of The Giving Pledge, which means that he has committed to giving at least 50% of his wealth to charitable causes. When asked why he chose to make such a generous gift to Pace, he said, “It was a fairly easy decision for me. I think everybody in their life should be giving back in any way they can. I’ve been blessed with my successes and I feel I have not
really an obligation but an opportunity.” Mr. Blank explained that taking the garbage out is an obligation, but an opportunity can make a difference. He added, “This was an opportunity to support an institution that I felt was making a difference in the lives of our young people in the most positive way and I wanted to be part of that. [Pace] has the same kind of values that I hold strong and that my family holds strong. It will be an honor to have our name on a building that represents those values. It was not a difficult decision.” Though the new building is incredibly exciting and very much needed, there is some element of Pace that will change with the demolition of the old building. The closeness, though sometimes overwhelming, contributes to Pace’s feeling of family and the comforting atmosphere of a small school. Also, classrooms like Ms. Smith’s and Mr. Carson’s, which have taken decades to decorate to the point where they’re a fire hazard, will be destroyed. However, most agree that the excitement for a
New Upper School Project ‘Aims High’ By: Annie Armstrong Features Editor ‘13 Crowded hallways, claustrophobia-inducing spaces, and teachers without offices or permanent classrooms are all symptoms that the Pace Upper School
Photo: Collins Cooper Carusi Architects
Above is an architectural rendering of the learning cottages which will be located beyond the back parking lot.
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Pace Welcomes New Teachers By: Shaista Dhanesar Opinion Editor ‘14 A new school year comes with new classes, new students, and new teachers, and unless you are in their class, you may never get to discover the new teachers’ interesting qualities. Graduating from Pace in 2005, Mrs. Jenni Coale (yes, Mr. Coale’s wife) never thought she would be back here teaching an AP Art History class. Though she enjoyed the class at Pace, majored in art history, and graduated a year early from The University of Virginia, Mrs. Coale pursued a career in the culinary arts. She returned to Pace in 2011 to work in admissions, later accepting the teaching job from Mr. Hornor, her former art history teacher. As a food expert, Mrs. Coale likes to travel, sampling exotic foods with Mr. Coale, including Guinea pig, alpaca, and sea urchin. If she were a fruit, Mrs. Coale claimed that she would be a blackberry, “the perfect combination of
sweet and tart.” Mr. Knott, a widely renowned potter and our new ceramics teacher, started his pottery career with a risky decision. Realizing that working for the state of Georgia was not very fulfilling, Mr. Knott decided to pursue a full time career in ceramics, making appearances at art festivals such as the Dogwood festival, selling online, and promoting his own work. Though most might assume that he lost his finger in some sort of pottery disaster, Mr. Knott actually parted with it while “exploring” the blender at the inquisitive age of two. Being the daredevil he is and pursuing his fishing hobby, he worked on a Japanese fishing boat for four months and was forced to eat the still beating heart of the first albacore caught as per the tradition. When asked his thoughts about museums, Mr. Knott revealed, “Art museums are not for me. They’re too boring. That’s probably not a good thing for an art teacher to say, is it?” Ms. Barbakow, the newest
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Photo: Shaista Dhanesar The new teachers get to know each other in the gardens. addition to our English depart- mored that Ms. Barbakow resemment, was previously an English bles Holly Marie Combs, Aria’s teacher and dean at Holy Inno- mom from “Pretty Little Liars,” cents.’ During her college years who ironically is also an English at U.G.A., Ms. Barbakow spent a teacher. But, in a movie of her semester in Italy, reading Shake- life, Ms. Barbakow would want speare plays at the places where her role to be played by Anne Hathey were set. Some of her other thaway. favorite destinations include St. After taking a five year hiaPetersburg, Russia and Istanbul, tus from the Academy, Mrs. WilTurkey. She is an only child and helmsen, a ninth grade geometry unmarried; however, her chil- teacher and 11th grade pre-caldren’s names are already picked culus teacher, returns bringing out: Charles, “Charlie” for a boy, a rejuvenated enthusiasm to her and Spencer for a girl. It is ru- math classes. Previously at Pace
for 12 years, she took a break to spend time with her now fiveyear-old twin boys (Eric and Spencer), also getting a chance to spend more time doing the things she loves: reading, hiking, and spoiling her pets. Mrs. Wilhelmsen was the dean of the classes of 2003 and 2007 as well as the recipient of the Kessler Award for Teaching in 2006. Mrs. Wilhelmsen knew she wanted to be a teacher from a young age, as both of her parents were private school teachers.
Meet the Freshmen By: Elizabeth Roos Social Media ‘14 Fresh from a successful retreat at Camp Skyline in Mentone, Ala. the students of the Class of 2016 are thrilled to enter the Upper School on a high note. Freshman class dean Mr. Fleming described the trip as “terrific!” He particularly enjoyed watching the students connect with each other on the two hour bus ride to and from the camp. With 115 students, the freshman class is the largest the Academy has ever seen; there are too many freshman to fit into the freshman section in the FAC. Twenty-nine students of the 115 are new to Pace. New student Conor Pelletier said that his first day of school was “overwhelming, because my old school was much smaller, but everyone has been really nice.” Anneliese Camrud, also new to Pace, said, “I know at least one person in each of my classes from the trip.” Sydney Sommerville said, “I have really bonded with the new students. I feel like they have always been here.” When asked what the biggest difference between Middle School and Upper School has been, Nicole Shafer replied, “We have a lot more freedom in the Upper School, but with that free-
Photo: Wylie Heiner, Dean Papastrat dom comes a lot of responsibility. There is a lot more homework, and making good grades is very important because they actually count.” Sydney said that she was most excited about Spirit Week: “I cannot wait to start decorating, dancing and painting.” Jacob Queller joked that “the seniors told me to go to the wrong classrooms on the first day of school. It was pretty embarrassing when I showed up to a junior math class.”
Mr. Fleming Leads Class of 2016 By Natalie Camrud Co-Editor in Chief ‘13 New ninth grade dean Brooks Fleming seems to be adjusting well to his new office; he already has a ton of books on his top shelf, which is fitting since he’s an English teacher, and some pictures on the walls of the office in dean’s hall, an improvement from the tiny office he shared in the corner of the library last year. Mr. Fleming was chosen to be the dean of the freshman class last year after going through a formal and rigorous applica-
tion process that included going through countless interviews with administrators, teachers, deans, and parents. When asked about why he wanted the position, he said, “It’s getting to know the students on a whole other level which I like. I feel privileged to be working with the people in dean’s hall.” Mr. Fleming is in charge of 115 freshmen, the largest class to ever come through the Upper School. He will have to help the Class of 2016 navigate the journey first to the trailers and then to a completely new high school building. “We’re all in this together,” he said. The most important re-
sponsibilities of his deanship are, according to Mr. Fleming, helping the students with the “whole high school process” and staying in constant communication with parents. Mr. Fleming also coaches football and soccer. His schedule is very busy, but he said that his wife understands completely. Mr. Fleming is probably most well known for his golden retriever puppy, Champ, that he brings to school from time to time, much to the delight of students. When asked if he has had any embarrassing moments as dean yet, he laughed. “Not yet”, he said, “but we’ll see.”
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Five Minutes with Miles Sheft Photo: Suzanne Monyak
By: Suzanne Monyak Co-Editor in Chief ‘13 Knightly News: So how does it feel to be student body president? Miles Sheft: It’s pretty cool! I was on the Student Council for three years as class president, so I feel pretty ready for the job. I’ve seen a lot of good presidents come through here. KN: Do you like the power? MS: (laughs) Freshman year, I would say, was more of a dictatorship because of the lack of experience. But I’ve really tried the past couple of years to sort of be more democratic, with my decisions and things like that. KN: So it’s more like a constitutional monarchy this year? MS: You could say that, yeah. KN: You’re a peer leader, also. What made you choose Claire Wiskind as a partner? MS: Well, it’s a pretty long process, that whole picking process, but we thought that we would be very compatible, and we would bring the best out in each other. It’s been going great so far, so I like my choice a lot. KN: Good! Are you going to be DJing any Pace dances this year? MS: I am! I’m going to be doing probably one, the last one of the year. And I can’t really tell you the theme, but it’s something that’s never been done before at all, and it won’t be done again. It’s gonna be pretty exciting, but we are not releasing it yet. KN: Alright, then. Do you think you are going to DJ after college? Like as an actual career? MS: Well, I know I wanna do it in college. I don’t know about after college. I’m really interested in the music business, sort of, you know, scene or profession. I
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Student body president Miles Sheft has big plans for the Upper School. would like to see if there is anything there that I could pursue. So, I guess college is that time to figure out what it is I can do. KN: OK, so what’s something about yourself that you think would surprise people, that Pace students don’t know about you? MS: Hmmm...Ummm.... Maybe that I am very good with little children. I work at a camp. I’m with, like, 14 little nine-year-olds for like eight weeks. I love it and we had a great time. KN: Nine-year-olds are crazy. MS: I know, right! That’s what I was worried about, but it was awesome. KN: Definitely a lot of energy in that group. MS: Yeah, exactly. KN: So, if you could look back on your high school career as a whole, what would be your most embarrassing moment? Middle School included. MS: Oh god... here’s one that I remember that people don’t always remember. On the Student
Council we used to do skits, but now we do more videos, to either get people excited for something or explain something. I think it was my freshman year, and Jon Allen [‘11] made me go up on stage and talk about, or like reenact a scene from “Wedding Crashers” that I knew and thought was funny, but clearly a lot of people had not seen the movie. So I go out there and start yelling about meatloaf, complete, like, direct reference to the movie (laughs), and Jon is in the crowd cracking up, but other than that, it was pretty silent. KN: (laughs) Awww... MS: It was very embarrassing. KN: How were you able to come back from that? MS: Believe it or not, you can ask people on the Student Council, it literally took a year and a half, two years before I started... that video last year with the library constitution was my first time back on the stage, per say. It was a devastating experience
KN: Well I’m sorry about that! OK, so if you could be any animal in the world -- random question -- what would you be? MS: I’d be a shark. Actually. Adam Ellender: A badger MS: No, not into badgers. They are kinda small. They have to go against snakes, and I’m not a snake guy, not into that. KN: Well, why a shark? MS: Well, I’ve been watching Shark Week the past week and a half and it’s just outrageous, how powerful those things are. And how big... I just think they’re awesome. I wouldn’t wanna encounter one in the ocean, but if I could be one, I would be one in a heartbeat. KN: Really? It’s because you like the power. Student Council president, peer leader, you like to, like, rule over people? MS: More like physical power. Physical power, not (laughs), governing power. KN: OK. If you could go to any concert for no cost, what concert
From Korea to Wisconsin to Pace: Philip Kim Joins Senior Class By: Suzanne Monyak Co-Editor in Chief ‘13 Philip was born in Seoul, where he lived for the first 15 years of his life. He spoke Korean with his family growing up, but started learning English in school at age eight. His English was further improved during the two and a half years he spent in Wisconsin. After living in Korea, Wisconsin, and now Atlanta, three seemingly disparate places, Philip explained that while there are differences, there are not as many as most would expect. Besides the obvious language barriers, he said that, in his opinion, the differences between Korea and America are more subtle. “It’s really hard to point out, but generally, it’s the way people think, the way people interact, and the way friendships are formed. It’s really hard to point
Photo: Suzanne Monyak
Philip joins the Pace community for his final year of high school. out one thing that is really dif- to Wisconsin, both being urban ferent,” he said. He elaborated, centers. “I came from a big city, saying that he’d noticed Korean and in Wisconsin I was in a reteenagers were more informal ally small city, with like, cows... with their friends. There was a farm next to our He claimed that Atlanta is house. It was just totally differmore similar to Korea than it is ent,” he said.
Back in Wisconsin, Philip played the violin and was an active member of political clubs, and at Pace, he plans to join Model UN. “Stereotypical Asian, I know,” he joked. In his free time, however, he enjoys listening to hip hop music, both American and Korean, and he has appreciated the hip hop presence in Atlanta. “In Wisconsin, no one really listens to hip hop. More people here like rap music,” he said. He added that the warm weather and mild winters in Atlanta will be a welcome change from the freezing Wisconsin snows. Philip admitted that it was a little “weird” to be the only new senior. “It was kind of awkward because I didn’t feel like I was really a senior, like, I just came here,” he said. Despite the timing, Philip said that he felt welcomed at Pace from the beginning: “I feel like people are really close to each other, and everyone knows each other. It’s just really friendly.”
would you go to? MS: I would probably go to Ultra Music Festival. It’s like an electronic music festival, and as a DJ that’s totally what I’m into. I have a couple of friends in Miami who go every year, and it’s a huge three-day festival, and I have been dying to go for a couple years now. It’s all the best DJs in the world. It looks awesome. KN: Maybe you could DJ there! MS: If that happened, my life would be complete. KN: OK, so, what is the most interesting thing you did this summer? Think hard. MS: Let’s think. Through camp -- the camp’s up in Maine -- we took a couple straight days off, me and my friends, and we drove up to Montreal. We had a pretty awesome weekend. I’m not gonna go into detail but... that was a very interesting experience. KN: Alright then, Montreal. Is there really much going on there? MS: I mean not that could go on record... KN: (laughs) Well, that’s five minutes, so, closing question, as student body president and peer leader, the freshmen are definitely looking up to you. What advice would you give them? MS: In terms of school, I would say work hard. There are so many of our friends who are looking at schools that now are harder to get into for them because they didn’t work hard enough their freshman year, and it’s bringing down their GPA. On a high school note, I would really say sort of branch out and immerse yourself. Get to know people because there are a bunch of new people here every year. I know a lot of people at school but I don’t know everyone, and I’m sure that there’s still cool people that I should get to know.
(Continued from page 1) new building outweighs feelings of sentimentality. Mr. Assaf said, “I’ll miss the character. Besides that, though, there won’t be much that I miss. We’ve worked hard to make the new space feel homey. We so need space for students to be students. Kids work in different ways. We need an in-between space from the library where it’s silent and Inman where it’s loud.” The current Upper School will be torn down as soon as school is out this May. During construction next school year, temporary learning cottages will be used for a makeshift Upper School. Though most students shiver at the thought of these cottages, teachers who have seen the layout agree that they will be more suitable than the current Upper School building. “I’m not the least bit nervous about the learning cottages. It’ll be nicer than what we have in the Upper School, if you think about how disgraceful that building can be at times. Like after a rainy weekend when the water sits on the floor and the mold...yeah it’s pretty nasty,” said Mr. Gannon. The Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School will be completed for the 2014-2015 school year.
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Mrs.Agront-Hobbs Remembers Olympics By: David Martos Staff Writer ‘14
Photo: David Martos
Mrs. Agront-Hobbs has fond memories of her 1984 Olympics
Tech Team Busy Over Summer Months By: Dean Papastrat Online/Tech Editor ‘15 Over the summer, Pace students usually do some combination of three things: 1. Go on vacation or a Global Ed trip 2. Work at Pace Camp or other job 3. Train for fall sports. However, there are some students who chose to spend their summer differently. Simon Wu and John Carolin, Class of 2012, and two returning students, senior Taj Gillani and I, worked with Pace’s IT (Information Technology) department over the summer. One might wonder what one does with computers over the summer, since no one is at school to have a tech problem. However, from the day we started to the day of freshman orientation, we were very busy with major tasks to help Pace get ready for the new school year. At the start of the summer, we began by rolling in all of the laptop carts from the entire school into the computer labs while roaches crawled along the stairwell. It was a wonder to see all of Pace’s 300-plus laptops sitting on top of the two tables in the Cyber Cafe, their sticky keyboards and oily fingerprints glowing in the dim light. After setting up our headquarters, a miniature castle of iMac boxes, we opened up all of the laptops and the computer guys took inventory and checked the amount of memory in the computers. Then, we wiped the computers down with Goo Gone, relabeled them, inserted new memory, and replaced any bad batteries. After cleaning and updating the laptops, we went to every room in the school and took inventory of the speakers, computers and projectors. Next, the projectors were perfectly re-focused. Any computers that were too old to be compatible with the latest operating system or simply did not work
were removed and taken to Pace’s technology depot, also known as the graveyard. Once the major work was completed, the rest of the summer was spent fixing computers. We rummaged through the dusty graveyard to find computers that we could salvage for next year. Whether it was a bad display, broken hard drive, power supply that sparks when you plug it in (yikes!), broken optical drive, or a keyboard that a middle schooler had completely replaced the keys to (going in reverse alphabetical order), we fixed as much as possible. We eventually reached a lull where nothing was happening, so Mr. Sokolsky gave us a “little” project: entering all of Pace’s athletic history since 1961 from crusty yearbooks into a database that crashed every hour because of the Upper School’s old wiring. All of our free time was pulled into a void as we cross-examined every athlete Pace has ever had and looked at pictures of Mrs. Durlin’s, Mr. Owens,’ and Mr. Canfield’s colorful past. To make up for the boredom of this “databasing,” we blasted Simon’s Chinese music (by the wildly successful Jackie Chan), or some epic instrumental music. Nearing the end of the summer, we reached the year 1997 in our database and eventually it was back to our “mainstream” work. “Re-imaging” was the final step in updating Pace’s computers. Reimaging involved “net-booting” the computer from a server, followed by copying a new operating system onto the hard drive. Then, we re-named the computers on the network and the computer guys changed the admin password back to something mysterious. We “completed” the summer work by laboriously pushing the laptop carts back to their stations. But wait, the summer did not end there! The ActivBoard software prevented the computers from connecting to a projector... here we go again.
As Mrs. Agront-Hobbs was prepping herself for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, she had no idea that she was about to embark on a journey that would change her life forever. Mrs. Agront-Hobbs was a devoted basketball player while she was in high school, but when she left for college her athletic career led her in a completely new direction, and she became a high jumper. When her brother saw her godly jumping ability while she was playing basketball, he persuaded her to try out for the high jumping event in the Puerto Rican Olympic Trials. “I really didn’t know how to jump, but I jumped 5’6” during tryouts and broke the Puerto Rican record on one of my first tries at the event.” After breaking the record with no practice, Mrs. Agront-Hobbs was
ready to see what she could do at the Olympics, competing against the world’s best athletes. Mrs. Agront-Hobbs trained for three months before the start of the 1984 Olympics. She didn’t even think the training was difficult. She said, “I trained harder in college than I did for the Olympics; working hard was easier when I was younger. Mrs. Agront-Hobbs was the top female high jumper in all of Puerto Rico, and when the time came for her to travel to Los Angeles for the Games, she was ecstatic to be the representative of her home country for the high jumping event. All 25 of her fellow Puerto Rican teammates were excited to finally meet her. They called her the “baby” because she was the youngest of the group. Mrs. Agront-Hobbs said, “Everyone wanted to meet me and talk to me because of how young I was.” Her favorite moment of the Olympics was the opening ceremony. “It was an amazing ex-
perience to be with all the other athletes and to be watched by so many people. I cried a lot.” After an emotional night, Mrs. Agront-Hobbs got to enjoy the amazing and diverse Olympic village. She had the opportunity to meet other athletes from around the world, and she made many new friends. When her event jumped into the spotlight, Mrs Agront-Hobbs was not nervous about being watched by a crowd filled with thousands of wild and patriotic fans. She said, “I was too naive. I thought it would be just like any other track meet.” Mrs. AgrontHobbs finished with a very impressive ranking of 22nd out of 30 in the womens high jump with a 1.8 meter (almost 5’11”) jump. The Olympics ended very emotionally for Mrs. AgrontHobbs: “I cried a lot more in the closing ceremony than I did in the opening ceremony because I had to say goodbye to all my new friends.”
SUMMER JOBS PAY OFF By: Shaista Dhanesar Opinion Editor ‘14 Most students at the Academy spent their summers hanging out with friends, going to the movies, and traveling to exotic destinations. Some, however, treated the long break as an opportunity to gain valuable work and intern experience. A number of students stayed close to school, working as Pace Camp counselors; many also worked at other camps all over the country. Babysitting and nannying put easy money into students’ pockets, as they were basically paid for playing with kids. Other students tackled more uncommon jobs. Senior Megan McCurry worked an internship at Red Maples Vet Clinic, “immersing [herself] in the life and work of a small-animal veterinarian,” according to Megan. Participating in surgeries, observing appointments and procedures, drawing vaccines, and running tests were all a part of her daily schedule. Megan also worked as a boarding assistant.
Junior John Morrison worked on the campaign staff of Burrell Ellis, who won his second term as DeKalb County’s CEO July 31. John explained that his job description changed almost hourly. Some of his tasks included making phone calls, taking inventory of campaign shirts, putting up yard signs, and on election day, polling precincts. John said that the job “prepared me for a highpressure business environment; even though I certainly wasn’t the most important person in the office, everything I did was related to something important. Not a lot of high schoolers get that kind of preparation and experience.” Senior Kelly McGonnigle interned at Vernit Systems, a technology company that provides analytic software and hardware to government enterprises. By completing tasks such as enhancing the company’s website, creating PowerPoints for meetings, and making introductory videos for their new products, Kelly got to experience what a real working job is like. Senior Evan Young, a member of the Knight Capital Club,
Photo: Meredith Bradshaw
Senior Meredith Bradshaw takes calls at Houstons
appealed to the group’s founder, Pace parent John Reece, to help get him a connection to someone in the business and financial industry. Evan landed a job interning for a Georgia Tech M.B.A. professor, which he claimed was a “perfect fit” as he plans on pursuing a similar business-related career in the future. Another senior, Meredith Bradshaw, worked as a hostess at Houston’s for around 25 hours a week over the summer. However, only after she passed an extensive three-part interview with the three managers; took a personality and intelligence test; and passed a menu, seating, phone, and artwork test did she become a full-fledged hostess. When asked how this job would benefit her in the future, Meredith exclaimed that she now “knows what to expect in my career down the road.” She learned how to answer people confidently, “when in reality I have no idea what I’m talking about,” she said. Some of the guest interactions that Meredith experienced while working there included: mistaking women for men, being called a Nazi for not allowing a guest’s kids to sit at a separate table (which is against the policy), dealing with out-of-control drunks, and being called a thief for “stealing” an iPad. Junior Harrison Halberg worked at the East Harlem School, a middle school for underprivileged children, in hopes of getting some experience to become a teacher later in life. One of the most surprising things to him was just how strict and rigid the program was. The children received demerits if they did not finish their food and had to ask to take anything out of their bag, or even pick up a pencil. Reflecting on the job, Harrison said, “I really enjoyed getting to know the kids individually, and knowing I was doing something beneficial for those who are less fortunate was a really great feeling.”
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Pace Students Travel the World and Back
Photo Illustration: Hayley Silverstein
By: Hayley Silverstein News Editor ‘14 Pace students, consumed with wanderlust, traversed the
globe this summer to 37 states, 55 countries, and six continents. The beach is always a favorite in the hot summer months; however, Italy, Costa Rica, and South Africa attracted many Pace students as well. The East Coast
of the United States drew many Pace students for their colleges and camps. While some students spent a relaxing summer at home, the farthest students traveled was to Fiji, which is 7322 miles away
from home. The two students who earned the most stamps in their passports were junior Mackenzie Kelly who journeyed to England, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Israel, and freshman Peyton Attridge who voyaged
to Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, and Russia. With the beach, Europe, and Global Ed trips enticing Pace students, much of Africa, South America, and the Middle East were left unexplored.
went, everyone wanted our autographs and pictures with us as if we were famous movie stars.” Despite their “celebrity” status, Mr. Hattori could not escape his fair share of awkward moments with the native population himself. Junior Charlie Burruss proclaimed, “He would often open in Japanese, and then the person he was talking to would reply. He would uncomfortably laugh and try to tell them that he didn’t understand.” These experiences with the locals truly added to the group’s experience and are among the most memorable from the trip. The trip to Costa Rica included students interested in bettering their Spanish and experiencing a culture much different than their own. While improving their language proficiency by staying with Costa Rican families for part of the trip, the group truly bonded through sharing life changing experiences, such as hiking around a volcano, rapelling down a 260 ft. waterfall, ziplining through a rain forest, and white water rafting down a rag-
ing river. Senior Lauren Schaffer recalled the trying events of waterfall rapelling: “[Senior] Kate Cunningham crying and screaming at me the whole time we were rapelling down the waterfall was definitely a highlight of my trip.” Despite the physical and mental struggle of rapelling, each student felt much more confident in their ability to overcome obstacles afterwards. The annual journey to London and Cambridge, led by esteemed guide Mr. Hornor, has earned the reputation as one of Pace’s best and most entertaining Global Ed trips. The trip certainly upheld its reputation this past summer, as evidenced by the glowing reviews of its participants. Despite being in its fourth year, the Cambridge trip couldn’t escape the occasional snafu that comes with traveling in a foreign country. The most notable of these slight missteps occurred in the London Underground, or Tube, the second largest metro system in the world. Junior Kelliann Haidet said, “Half of the group
made it onto a train with Mr. Honor, but the other half didn’t quite make it. It was pretty late and we were separated, but luckily Alex Pare heard Mr. Hornor say where to get off, so we made it back to the group safe and sound.” In its inaugural year, the Global Ed trip to India offered students an experience much different than that of any other trip abroad. Students were able to witness firsthand the aweinspiring Taj Mahal, ride on the backs of elephants, and take breathtaking photographs against the backdrop of Indian culture. Senior Jake Silverstein jokingly recalled the group’s rather treacherous experience while on an Indian highway: “We missed our exit so the driver decided to start backing up while still in the middle of the highway! We were all pretty scared.” The group had many memorable experiences, but the one that stuck out the most in many students’ minds was the elephant ride. Junior Morgan BrewtonJohnson said, “The elephant ride up to Amber Fort, which was just
an old palace, was really pretty because the palace overlooks all of Jaipur, ‘The Pink City.’” The annual service trip to South Africa, which has become a staple of Pace’s Global Ed program, enjoyed another successful and fulfilling year under the leadership of Mr. McAdoo and Middle School teacher Kevin Coale. The group was able to truly make a lasting impact on the people they worked with, while at the same time embarking on exhilarating personal experiences, such as bungee jumping 216 meters off of the highest bungee bridge in the world and hiking up Mt. Tsitsikamma to enjoy breathtaking views of wildlife and South Africa’s lush landscape. The group gave the gift of food by helping to construct a garden for a school in Port Elizabeth. This garden was a huge help and truly made an impact in the daily life of the students. The group bonded during their stay in Africa. Senior Jason Wiener said, “I thought my cornrows [braided by senior Bria Samuels] were pretty humorous.”
Global Ed Trips Create Lasting Memories By: Aaron Wasserman Staff Writer ‘14 While many Pace students were quietly spending their summers relaxing at home or hanging out with friends, select groups of Pace students spent their summer traveling abroad with the Pace Global Ed program, zip-lining through tropical rain forests, absorbing Indian culture, placing paper cranes at the children’s memorial in Hiroshima, and many more awe-inspiring experiences. Departing from Atlanta only days after Pace’s final exams, students on the trip to Japan arrived in Tokyo after a taxing 22-hour journey. While these students were exhausted, they were determined to explore as much of their new environment as possible. Due to the extensive cultural differences between the Pace students and the surrounding population, there were several awkward encounters during their stay in Japan. Junior Sarah Jacobson said, “Wherever we Photo: Mr. Dorman
Photo: Lee Wilson
Students jump for joy in front of the Taj Mahal.
Students on the Costa Rica trip prepare to go zip-lining.
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Dante’s Down the Hatch Impresses
Photo: Julia Beck
Owner Dante stands in front of the pirate ship in his restaurant. overflowing with memorabilia By: Julia Beck and random items that Dante SteStaff Writer ‘15 phenson, creator and owner of the restaurant, has collected over the years. Before the door even opens to From my seat at the table Dante’s Down the Hatch, located overlooking the restaurant, I on Peachtree, and the crocodile could see much of what makes graves out front come into focus, Dante’s unique. There were famiit becomes obvious that Dante’s lies eating on the pirate ship in is a different kind of restaurant. the middle of the restaurant, surThis quirky fondue restaurant is rounded by the moat filled with
Back to School Style: Meet the Prepster By: Riley Muse Staff Writer ‘14 This school year, a new fashion persona is taking the South by storm: the prepster. A person whose style falls under the category of “preppy” wears, but isn’t limited to, Lily Pulitzer, Polo, Jack Rogers, Lacoste, Tory Burch, and Southern Tide. Accessories include croakies, pearl jewelry, and Sperries without socks. Female prepsters are also known to have an excessive infatuation with monogramming personal items. The preppy fad also creeped into the Class of 2013’s firstday-of-school T-shirts, with the words “Southern Proper,” a popular prepster brand, written on the back. “I actually bought most of my clothing from the original Vineyard Vines store in Georgia,” fashion aficionado and
junior Sam Rubenstein proudly said. “Southern Traditions Clothing Company on Roswell Rd. is the main spot in Atlanta to find your classy Southern apparel.” You can even find prepsters among the Pace Academy faculty. Economics and English teacher Mr. Canfield is often seen sporting many of the trends, such as bow ties, canvas club belts, and a wild assortment of bright colors. “It’s a very clean look,” he said. So what sparked the sudden influx of “prepsters” we’ve seen roaming the hallways and popping up on Facebook news feeds? “I think you can trace the source back to Pinterest,” junior Lauren Flick said. “I’m pretty sure ‘preppy,’ ‘monograms,’ and ‘sorority’ have their own separate categories.” Mr. Canfield has a different take. “This trend has been around for 40 years!” he said. “Fashion comes around in a circle, and now it’s simply coming around again.”
Dante’s personal pet crocodiles, as well as children examining the original Danish treasure chest at the entrance. As I took in the life-sized models of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Mark Twain in the corner, our waiter, Chris, came to take our order. Every table at Dante’s is taken care of by two waiters, a regular waiter and a special fondue waiter. We ordered the imported cheese fondue and the Mandarin fondue. Almost immediately after ordering, Chris came back with our cheese fondue supplies, with Nick, our fondue waiter, close behind to set it up for us. The cheese fondue is essentially a pot of hot melted cheese that comes with food like apples, fancy bread, tomatoes, broccoli, and other vegetables to dip. It is a delicious way of eating your vegetables. By the time we had finished our cheese fondue and were ready for our Mandarin fondue, I
noticed Dante wandering around the restaurant, making a point of talking to every single table. When Chris and Nick brought our Mandarin fondue, a pot of boiling oil with beef, chicken, pork, shrimp and vegetables to cook in it, I asked them if Dante could come talk to us. By the time we had finished our fondue, Dante had arrived at our table. The first thing he asked was how our dinner was, which, we replied, was delicious. He then went on to tell us all about his history, his life, and his restaurant. Dante talked to us for half an hour on topics varying from how he “works the floor” every night, his maintenance of quality control by eating his own food twice a week, to his mission work in Africa for the conservation of cheetahs. Dante, an eccentric man to say the least, said, “I think a lot of people sense that this place is different… I really want them to want to come back.”
Photo: Riley Muse
Juniors Lauren Flick and Corey Richards dress to impress.
Top Ten Prepster Must Haves:
1. Monogrammed anything (necklace, water bottle, Nike shorts, the more the preppier) 2. Michael Kors wristwatch 3. A pair of Sperry Docksiders (wear without socks) 4. Southern Tide, Southern Proper, etc. T-shirts 5. A Lily Pulitzer day planner (or
Lily Pulitzer anything, for that matter) 6. Longchamp tote bag 7. A large assortment of button down shirts 8. A classic pair of Tory Burch flats 9. Croakies for your sunglasses 10. A bow tie for special occassions
Pace Teachers Suggest Books for Students What book do you think every Pace Academy student should read before they graduate? A seemingly simple question proved to be exceedingly challenging. With close to 139 million books in print, Upper School faculty and staff members had a particularly difficult time narrowing it down to only one when they were asked the question. College counselor Mrs. Secor said that a question that is often asked on college applications is, “What are the last five books you have read?” Some colleges ask you to list your favorite book. According to Mrs. Secor, schools are not just seeking to determine how intellectual you are. What you read also reveals something about your personality. Here are some of the Pace faculty’s recommendations: 1. “Winnie the Pooh” by A.A. Milne -- “wisdom everyone needs in an appealing form” -Mr. Carson 2. “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan -- “explains where our food comes from in disturbing detail” -- Mr. Day 3. “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway -- “powerful book about a nurse and an ambulance driver during World War II” -- Mrs. Meyring 4. “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman -- “We are part of a global community and need to start thinking that way.” -- Mr. Hall
5. Pace Academy Handbook -Ms. Stevens 6. “Plato’s Republic” by Plato -- “Although it was written long ago, every modern dilemma is explored.” -- Mr. Hornor 7. “Beloved” by Toni Morrison -- “Why not? Toni Morrison is a genius.” -- Mr. McAdoo 8. “The Odyssey” by Homer -- “Greco-Roman heritage, the classical heritage, is very important to me. I want students to realize that we wouldn’t be as great as we are without it.” -Dr. Link 9. “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss -- “a message that we should all
have and know, something that a five-year-old can understand: pay attention to what you are doing to the world.” -- Mrs. Secor 10. “The Razor’s Edge” by W. Somerset Maugham -- “It inspired me to travel and think outside the box about career choices.” -- Dr. Pearson 11. “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare -- “Shakespeare’s most popular, and in some ways, most influential work.” -- Dr. Mengert 12. Anything by Plato -- “Everything is a footnote to Plato.” -- Dr. Brubaker 13. “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo -- “The characters can get
you in touch with deep human issues like compassion.” -- Mr. Matanes 14. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding -- “Great stories about boys who end up on an island and have to fend for themselves...good life stories.” -- Mr. Owens 15. The Bible -- “There are more allusions made to the Bible than any other book ever written.” -Mr. Canfield
By: Elizabeth Roos Social Media ‘14
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BEST OF SUMMER 2012 By: Sam Rubenstein Staff Writer ‘14 Most Watched Shows: 1. “Breaking Bad” 2. “The Bachelorette” 3. “Dance Moms” High school chemistry teacher turned meth maker…This is the dark and twisted plot of AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” Now in its fifth and final season, the show is very popular among Pace upperclassmen boys. Best Summer Movies: 1. “The Dark Knight Rises” 2. “Ted” 3. “The Amazing Spider-Man” A hit in the box office and among Pace students, “The Dark Knight Rises” was easily the favorite this summer. It is the third film in the Dark Knight trilogy and was a must-see. Best Music of the Summer: 1. “Call Me Maybe” - Carly Rae Jepsen 2. One Direction 3. Taylor Swift Maybe it was the viral videos by the Harvard baseball team, U.S. Olympic Swim Team, or even the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, but the “Call Me Maybe” craze arrived this summer from Canada by way of pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen. Most Popular Summer Concerts: 1. One Direction 2. Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller 3. The Fray Most Popular Vacation Spots: 1. South Carolina/Georgia Coast 2. Northeast (New York, New England) 3. Florida Many Pace students stayed close to home, making the hottest vacation spot the Georgia and South Carolina Coast. Less than six hours away, students traveled up and down the shore to beaches like Sea Island, St. Simons, and Hilton Head. Most Popular Restaurants: 1. Willy’s 2. Chick-fil-A 3. Boutique Burger Joints (Flip, Yeah! Burger, Farmburger)The famous burritos at Willy’s Southwestern Grill satisfied the most appetites this summer. However, despite controversy over remarks made by CEO Dan Cathy regarding gay marriage, Chickfil-A came in a close second. What Did You Do This Summer? 1. Global Ed 2. Bob Lebow* 3. Debate Camp With trips to Japan, South Africa, Costa Rica, India, and Cambridge, the Global Ed program sent Pace students around the world this summer. Read Aaron Wasserman’s article to learn more... * Sophomores were very excited to have spent time with Bob Lebow this summer.
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Pace Patronage of Chick-fil-A Not an Issue By: Sam Rubenstein Staff Writer ‘14
Chick-fil-A hates gay people! This is what people think when Chick-fil-A comes to mind. Whether or not this is true, people have come to believe this ever since CEO Dan Cathy’s remarks and Chick-fil-A’s donations to “anti-gay organizations” made headlines in the media this summer. Is it really that surprising? Owned by the Cathy family, Chick-fil-A is known for its owners’ traditional Christian beliefs, and is even closed on Sundays. Traditional Christians do not support gay marriage, or even being homosexual, so why would Chick-fil-A? They are not breaking any laws by expressing their beliefs and they are completely allowed to do so under the First Amendment. In addition, if they want to donate their money to organizations that try to convert homosexuals or fight against gay marriage, they are perfectly allowed to, whether or not that is morally OK. If you are not OK with this, then you do not have to go to Chick-fil-A. Think about something first, though. There are tons of companies that spend their money
in controversial ways. Take Nike for example. For years they used sweatshops in Southeast Asia to produce their clothing and shoes. However, people still buy Nike products. It is the same with donations to political organizations. Koch Industries, which owns Georgia-Pacific, has given millions of dollars to the Republican party and to conservative Republican organizations. Liberals still use their products. It goes both ways. Apple as a corporation leans heavily Democratic with its campaign donations. The question then becomes: Should Pace take a stance? Should Pace stop getting food from Chick-fil-A? I believe no, Pace should not. By doing so, Pace would be taking a political and social stance. Pace is a nondenominational school and makes a point to not affiliate itself with specific beliefs. Pace still uses Georgia-Pacific paper towels in the bathroom. The school still buys Nike shoes for the basketball team and uses Apple computers exclusively. Its association with Chick-fil-A should be no different. If you as an individual disagree with Chick-fil-A’s stance on homosexuality, then go right ahead; boycott Chick-fil-A. However, as a school, Pace should remain neutral in this latest overblown, media driven “outrage.”
Fear Lingers with Colorado Shooting Tragedy By: Natalie Camrud Co-Editor in Chief ‘13 Over the summer, tragedy struck America. By now everybody knows about the terrible shooting that occurred on July 20 at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo. James Holmes, a disturbed college dropout, entered the theater during the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” and started shooting at the crowd. Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 others, and was charged with murder and attempted murder. The Aurora massacre has been called one of
the most violent mass shootings in American history. This appalling tragedy has had repercussions across America, and even I felt the impact when I went to see the final Batman film with a friend. When I entered the theater I noticed the wariness of my fellow moviegoers and how closely they stuck together. My friend Olivia and I sat in the back, so we could see all the exits, and settled in to watch the movie. About 10 minutes in, we started to hear a high-pitched beeping sound, almost like a digital watch, and as others began to notice it, the tension in the theater increased drastically. People started getting up and looking
for the source of the noise, and Olivia turned to me and asked, “What if it’s a bomb?” It seemed that others had come to the same conclusion, and I could see my unease reflected in others’ faces. Nobody could find what was beeping and I saw people start to hurry out of the theater. Just as we were ready to make a run for it, the source of the noise was discovered, an elderly man who couldn’t hear his watch going off. This incident is something to laugh about now, but it really scared everyone in the theater because of the recent shooting. This tragedy has had such an impact that people don’t even feel safe when they go out to the movie
theater anymore. The Colorado shooting has forced people to ask the question, “Are we safe anywhere?” To be afraid of going out in public for fear of being killed or losing a loved one isn’t something that anyone should have to deal with. Incidents like this make us wonder if the only way we can truly be safe is if we implement the security measures used at our airports, but none of us want to have to take off our shoes and throw away our water bottles when going to the mall or grocery store. None of us know if we will have to go through what the Colorado victims did, because we have no real way of protecting ourselves.
Freshmen (L-R) Lindsey Shrager, Claire DiMeglio, Retta Carolin, and Mitch Inman shared their initial impressions with KN.
Photo: Jessica Castleberry
In Memoriam Mrs. Howells By: Hayley Silverstein News Editor ‘14 On July 31, 2012, Pace Academy lost Mrs. Howells, the voice behind our announcements, the smile behind the Castle front desk, and the keeper of Pace’s history. During her time as a Pace parent and staff member, she was president of the Parents Club, chaired the Pace auction, and participated in numerous Pace theatrical productions. Dr. Mengert, who went to high school with Mrs. Howells, said, “Her voice was her trademark on announcements, on the telephone, and on the stage.” Mrs. Howells loved Pace and deeply cared for its students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. Her genuine smile, vast knowledge of Pace Academy, and more than 23 years of working at the Castle’s front desk is only the start of her legacy. Mrs. Howells touched the hearts of all who encountered her. She was the “director of first impressions,” according to Mr. Assaf. Mrs. O’Haire, who worked side by side with Mrs. Howells at the front desk, called her the “face of Pace.” Mrs. Patrick said that Mrs. Howells was the “first person I saw in the morning, the last person I saw when I left, and the person I passed by all in between.” To many she exemplified the meaning of friendship in that she “affirmed and comforted people when they needed it, and could also tell them the truth when they needed it as well,” according to Ms. Smith. To students, Mrs. Howells was the familiar voice over the intercom reminding us about dress uniform or about Pace’s events. To all those who describe her, recurring themes of friendship, honesty, loyalty, steadiness, calmness, compassion, and generosity are associated with Mrs. Howells.
Photo: Shaista Dhanesar, Dean Papastrat
September 14, 2012
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London 2012: An Olympics to Remember By: Wilson Alexander Staff Writer ‘14
As famous British bands blared over stadium speakers, the world witnessed the closing of the 30th Olympiad on Aug. 12. In its most exciting moment, Michael Phelps was crowned as the most decorated Olympian, with a grand total of 22 medals, and was honored as “the greatest Olympic athlete of all time.” But Phelps wasn’t the only headline, as hundreds of athletes made their dreams a reality. Oscar Pistorius broke barriers and inspired millions as the “Blade Runner.” Having both legs amputated at 11 months old, Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to compete in the Olympics. One of the most magical moments of these games was when Pistorius and his South African teammates came out to run in the 4x400 relay final. Though he didn’t medal, Pistorius made a lasting impact on the world, epitomized by Grenadian sprinter and gold medalist Kirani James seeking to exchange racing bibs with Pistorius. “Seeing all the athletes being so moved by him was just amazing,” said Pace junior Emilia Tripodi, who attended the race. Another major headline was that of the U.S. womens gymnastics team. Dubbed the “Fab Five,” they won gold in the team final,
the first American women to do so since 1996. Gabby Douglas and Ally Raisman represented the U.S. in the all-around final a few days later, with Gabby overcoming all odds and winning gold. Pace sophomore Moriah Wilson got the chance to meet Gabby. “She was really nice and well spoken and just a very sweet person,” said Moriah. Moriah won her ticket to London through the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy’s contest, “Choose to Matter.” The contest was held to empower young female athletes to choose to make a difference in the lives and communities around them through instilling entrepreneurship, leadership skills, and a sense of civic responsibility. Moriah has made 175 handmade pillows containing a book and an inspiring message for hospitalized children through the charity she created, “Lil’ Hearts of Love: Pillows and Pages Edition.” Juniors Elle Stang and Carter Draughon also witnessed the Games. Elle and her family had the opportunity to experience the extravagant opening ceremonies. “There was a lot of audience participation. It was amazing to be there,” Elle said. When asked about her overall impressions of the Olympics, Emilia said, “Everyone was just really excited to be there. It’s a time when the world can come together to partake in a peaceful, fun- loving competition; it’s just amazing.”
Softball Poised for Playoffs By: Wilson Alexander Staff Writer ‘14 The Pace Academy softball season began on Aug. 8 before school started, with an opening loss of 13-7 by the hands of down-the-street rival Westminster. There were some bright spots in the contest, however, as the Knights overcame a large deficit after two innings to draw within range. Led by strong pitching from sophomores Lane Dikeman and Maryellen Malone, the Knights bounced back on Aug. 10 with a 16-2 drubbing of the Walker School. As of Sept. 10, the team has gone 4-1 in region play and 10-7 overall, including an impressive second place finish in the Adairsville Tiger Town Invitational Sept. 7-8. Head coach Kris Palmerton described this year’s team as “dynamic.” Led by seniors Amber Easley, Lindsey Zwecker,
Sydney Willis, Momo Trang, and Claire Wiskind, there is no drop off in talent in the underclassmen. “We’ve got an outstanding group of seniors all the way down to a solid group of freshmen and sophomores. It’s the most complete team I’ve ever had,” Coach Palmerton said. “We’re looking really good... The freshmen have really stepped up so far so we’re definitely going to state this year and possibly we can go farther,” said Amber, who plays shortstop. That optimism from the seasoned veteran indicates just how much potential this team has. The rest of the team has caught on to this note of confidence. Freshman Sarah Werner said, “Our team has already won a couple of key games, and fought hard in all our others. There’s a ton of talent on the team, and there are really no weak players.” Feeling well about their chances, the Knights are on the prowl for a second straight playoff berth... and maybe more.
Photo: Moriah Wilson Sophomore Moriah Wilson had the opportunity to hang out with Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas in London.
Students Question Obscure Sports By: Josh Sloan Sports Editor ‘14
During the Summer Olympics, did you ever find yourself watching an intriguing dressage match? No? What about a race walking match? These two events are examples of obscure sports that took place during the London Games. Pace junior Harrison Halberg said that he “would rather watch paint dry than watch a racewalking event.” Sports like trampolining, ping-pong, synchronized swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, badminton, and fencing were also voted as some of the most obscure sports in an informal survey conducted at Pace. “Athletes work for years for a sport and they train extremely hard to win gold. It’s just very unfortu-
nate that some of these athletes are training for such insignificant sports,” said junior Max Greenberg. Billy Selmon ‘11 said that he’s “pretty sure that half of the nation has the ability to race in the speedwalking event if they actually cared about the activity.” Some hardworking Olympic athletes may not receive much recognition for the sports they play because of the perception that their events are either silly or stupid. Senior Kahlil NevettJames had a different view, saying that “those sports were actually really interesting and cool when I watched them in the Olympics.” But Kahlil admitted to only watching them originally because he believed they would be idiotic and therefore interesting. Are these events stupid or are we just perceiving the athletes and their talents as worthless be-
cause we find their sports to be boring? Senior Jack Assaf thinks that the sports aren’t stupid, but they shouldn’t have been in the Olympic games in the first place. He said, “Lacrosse should definitely be in the Olympics instead of a sport like racewalking.” Many Pace students agreed with Jack, and some thought that a reinstatement or installment of more interesting events, like the Tug-of-War event that used to be in the Olympics, would make the next Summer Games more entertaining. The event was removed from the Games in 1920 and many question why an event that was once popular was dismissed and why other unpopular events remain in the Olympics. With the decision to introduce golf and rugby to the 2016 Summer Olympics, some wonder if the Games will improve and become more entertaining to watch.
official practice for the 20122013 season. Head coach Matt Hall explained, “I wasn’t expecting to be as solid from top to bottom as we were.” Nevertheless, expectations were still high not only among the coaches but among the players as well. Senior Jordan Schuchmann voiced his feelings on the upcoming season, saying, “This season is really important to me for many reasons. Not only is it my last year to play high school football, but also I have put in a lot of time and effort over the summer with some of my other teammates to work hard and get better, and I would love to see all that hard work pay off.” After two weeks of grueling
four hour practices, the Knights took on long time rival Wesleyan in a scrimmage on Aug. 17. Because Wesleyan plays in a division higher than the Knights, expectations were intially low. To the surprise of many, Pace not only handled the Wolves, but shut out Wesleyan until the last second of the first half. Overall, sophomore Kevin Johnson threw for three touchdowns, two of them to junior Kameron Uter who had five receptions for 130 yards. Coach Hall said, “I was very encouraged for two reasons: first, we were a lot better up front (offensive and defensive line) than I expected and second, we were a lot deeper than I expected.”
Knights ‘Stronger, Deeper’ than Expected By: Max Greenberg Staff Writer ‘14
Although it’s only the beginning of the school year, most of the Pace football players have been training since June 4. Under the guidance of head strength and conditioning coach Clement Rouviere, the Knights were in the weight room by 6:45 in the morning, hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. Of the seven weeks of workouts, 30 football players attended at least 54% or more, and five players never missed a single one. The day of reckoning finally came on Aug. 1, the first day of
Photo: Sybil Hadley
Photo: Fred Assaf
Girls softball slugger senior Amber Easley plays shortstop.
Pace Knights storm the field before their 24-8 win in their season opener against Whitefield.