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Announcing the Isdell Center for Global Leadership

The Isdell Family Foundation has announced plans to fund the Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) at Pace Academy, a school-wide, co-curricular program that will support and enhance the school’s mission to create prepared, confident citizens of the world.

Through programs like service learning, global education, Design Think and the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, Pace Academy has established a tradition of innovation and altruism. The Isdell family hopes that the ICGL will build on this success and distinguish the school as a national leader in global education.

“My family believes that we live in an interconnected world,” says Neville Isdell, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company and a Pace Academy grandparent and Life Trustee. His daughter, Cara Isdell Lee, is a member of the Pace Academy Class of 1997. “To be successful in the world of tomorrow, one must have a global view,” Isdell says. “Knowledge and understanding of other people and cultures is absolutely vital. To develop that global view, you have to start young. That’s why we’re excited about the ICGL. It’s a coherent, cohesive curriculum that develops over the course of one’s education.”

From the time a student enters Pace Academy’s doors until graduation, all educational experiences will be viewed through an overarching global lens. The ICGL will foster this culture of global learning and leadership by exploring an annual, school-wide global theme such as water, housing or food security. Education around these themes will be supported in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools by curricular, co-curricular and hands-on activities, as well as a scholar-in-residence program, leadership fellowships, internships and study tours.

The ICGL will structure and expand co-curricular offerings around five organizational centers:

• Science & Technology
• Culture & Arts
• Social Entrepreneurship & Business
• Public Policy & International Relations
• Service & Environmental Sustainability

Within each area, students will grow and then apply their knowledge in ways that build essential skills such as adaptability, critical-thinking, empathy and teamwork through age-appropriate and real-world activities. The school will partner with local and international businesses and organizations, other educational institutions and government agencies to provide these opportunities.

“In planning for Pace Academy’s future, the Board of Trustees has remained focused on our school’s mission and on reinforcing that mission in everything we do,” says Pace Academy Head of School Fred Assaf. “A Pace education is more than academics, sports and the arts – it’s about truly plugging into the world around us and providing an integrated, global, and character-building experience in and outside of the classroom. The ICGL will elevate our existing programing in ways we have only imagined.”

The program will launch in August 2014. In its first year, its focus will be exploration and analysis with the goal of refining and solidifying the its curriculum and structure. Longtime Pace Academy faculty member and current Director of Global Education Trish Anderson will lead the ICGL, guided by an advisory board of faculty, parents, alumni and friends of the school.

“The Pace Academy faculty has long provided one of the country’s best college-preparatory programs,” Anderson says. “The ICGL represents the next step in our school’s educational evolution. It will build upon our tradition of academic excellence and help us more intentionally produce graduates who are ethical, empathic, innovative, culturally competent and adaptable citizens of the world.&rd
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  • "Much Ado About Nothing" April 24-26

    Pace Academy’s Upper School theatre department will present "Much Ado About Nothing" April 24-26 in the school’s Fine Arts Center.

    One of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, "Much Ado About Nothing" is a play about love, friendship and deceit, and features three of Shakespeare's most popular characters – Beatrice, Benedick and Dogberry. The play incorporates clever verbal sparring and raucous physical comedy.

    "'Much Ado About Nothing' has something for all tastes and will be enjoyed by the entire community,” says Pace Academy Upper School Theatre Director George Mengert. “Don't miss this opportunity to see great Shakespeare!”

    The play features a talented cast of 19 students, led by junior Rebecca Husk as Beatrice, senior Sam Downey as Benedick and junior Sam Nail as Dogberry.

    Performances are open to the public and will take place April 24 at 7 p.m. and April 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. Seating will be general admission. Tickets are now on sale at the Castle Front Desk and will be available during lunch in the Inman Center cafeteria the week of April 21. They may also be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Ticket Booth prior to performances. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
  • Latin Students Receive 59 GJCL Awards

    Twenty-eight Pace Academy Latin students in grades seven through 12 participated in the Georgia Junior Classical League (GJCL) Convention at Rock Eagle 4-H Camp in Eatonton, Ga., April 11-13.

    The three-day event encourages an appreciation of the culture and language of ancient Greece and Rome, and tests students’ knowledge of subjects such as ancient geography, Latin literature, grammar, mythology, reading comprehension and Roman history.

    More than 800 students from around the state participated in the 2014 GJCL Convention, and Pace students left with 59 awards or placements in the competitive events.

    Three Pace students received overall awards based on their combined event totals. Seniors Jaclyn Lund and Michael Sloman placed ninth and 20th, respectively, and sophomore Andrew Wu was 25th. The school placed fifth overall in the large schools division and fourth overall in terms of points per delegate in the large school division.

    In the Certamen, a quiz bowl-style competition with classics-themed questions, Pace’s novice team of seventh-graders Abigail Lund, Annabelle Critz, Jacob Sloman and eighth-grader Jackson Fuller placed third in the state. The advanced team of Sloman, juniors Davis Miller and Jonathan Spalten, Wu and sophomore Conor Pelletier placed fifth. The intermediate team of freshmen Kyle Duval, Prashanth Kumar, Jack Wallace, Katy Leitz and Sarah Kitchen placed in the top nine.

    In addition, Jaclyn Lund finished second out of all GJCL participants in the overall graphic arts competition.

    Lund and Miller serve as the team’s officers, and Latin teachers Elizabeth Kann and Kim Peterson advise the group.
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