September 19, 2018
Fine Arts Night, Tuesday, September 25th
The Prince Avenue Christian School Fine Arts Department will present Fine Arts Night on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 pm in the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Worship Center.
The evening will include performances by Advanced Band, Middle School Performing Arts, Voices of Prince, and Lower School Music - 2nd Graders. In addition, pieces of art from all school levels will be on display.
Prince students, families, and friends are encouraged to attend this special evening.
September 17, 2018
Prince Holds Annual Honor Induction Ceremony
Prince Avenue Christian School recently held its annual Honor Induction Ceremony in which students in middle and high school were inducted into the National Art Honor Society, International Thespian Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Beta Club, and National Honor Society. Students participated in the society pledges and received pins and certificates for their respective organizations. The evening concluded with special music by Tri-M Music Honor Society members.
September 11, 2018
Fall Distinguished Speaker, Whitney Capps
Whitney Capps, a national speaker and writer, is the Fall Distinguished Speaker at Prince Avenue Christian School. Whitney will speak to PACS middle and high school students on Wednesday, September 19th at 10:00 am in the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Worship Center. Prince parents, families, and friends are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Whitney is a speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries and a writer for the new Bible app, First 5, with more than 1,000,000 downloads and users. Whitney's first book (B & H Publishers) and Bible study with video curriculum (LifeWay) will be released in early 2019. As a Bible study geek, Whitney’s delight is to dig into God’s Word for profound yet practical truth. A communicator at heart, Whitney comes alive sharing those truths with others. In her former life, she served as Talent Acquisitions professional for the corporate office of Chick-fil-A. This invaluable experience gave Whitney her love for helping women connect their passion with their purpose for the glory of God.
Whitney is married to Chad, and they have four sons that are students at Prince.
The Distinguished Speaker Series is a pillar of the Prince Avenue Christian Character Development Program. As a follow-up to Whitney's talk, students will split into discussion groups facilitated by faculty and respond to questions relating to Whitney's presentation.
September 06, 2018
Prince Fine Arts Students On Mission to Estonia
In the midst of busy summer vacations, camps, jobs, and special events, five Prince Avenue Performing Arts students took the time to participate in the 2018 Estonia Fine Arts Mission Trip. Sophomore Emma Allen, Juniors Emilie David, Charlie Graffin, and Riley Wilson, and graduate Sara Thompson were accompanied by Drama Teacher Hannah Hunt, her husband Noel, and Fine Arts Director LaMurl Morris.
The students worked at Camp Gideon, a Christian camp in Estonia. They used their talents in Fine Arts to share the love of Jesus while teaching English to campers. The theme for the camp was “Glow in the Dark” where campers were encouraged to allow Jesus to be the light in their lives.
The group worked long hours beginning each day at 7:30 am and concluding at 10:30 pm. The basics of their routine included teaching English class, arts and crafts, games, and recreation. In the evenings, the students led worship that included improvisational games, worship songs, the dramatization of a Gospel lesson, a testimony shared by a PACS student, and times of prayer. Many campers expressed their faith in God outwardly and requested prayer for physical and emotional needs.
Prince Fine Arts Director LaMurl Morris was encouraged by the dedication of the PACS students and their commitment to sharing the love of Christ through all that they did. “Throughout our trip, our students were stretched emotionally and spiritually. They learned that when we are called to minister, we must do so through the power of the Holy Spirit at all times, especially when we are tired or don’t feel well.”
Mrs. Morris also explained that students were able to gain an understanding of another culture and international travels. “Our students learned about eastern European culture, gained an understanding of being a Christian in countries where there are very few Christians, and even pick up a little Russian and Estonian vocabulary.”
Sophomore Emma Allen describes the trip as life-changing. “My experience in Estonia was one of the best I have ever had. There are so many things you can learn from there, and the kids and the camp were absolutely amazing. I loved spending time with them because I felt joy inside of me when I was with them.”
Junior Emilie David agrees that the time in Estonia was like no other experience she has had before. “My trip to Estonia was definitely eye-opening. It was my first ever mission trip, and I was incredibly nervous about meeting foreign people in a foreign country. Going on the trip made me realize that serving God by teaching English to others can really make an impact.”
The PACS Fine Arts Department has established an excellent partnership with Camp Gideon. Mrs. Morris explains, “The camp directors and interpreters were amazed by how our students loved all the campers. Although we do not minister to receive earthly recognition, it is encouraging that people recognize the love that our team desires to give the campers and camp staff.” Mrs. Morris says that plans are already underway for next summer’s trip to Estonia and Camp Gideon.
August 19, 2018
Eley, Adams, and Morris Selected as GISA Master Teachers
Three teachers from Prince Avenue Christian School were recently selected by the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) as Master Teachers. Kindergarten teacher Mandy Eley, Band Director Miles Adams, and Fine Arts Director LaMurl Morris were chosen from over 166 GISA member schools and hundreds of applicants.
The selection process for Master Teacher is challenging and competitive. To be considered for the program, candidates are required to submit an application as well as a portfolio including three tangible examples of outstanding work related to the classroom and to sharing and collaborating with other educators. Among other requirements is an unedited video of the candidate's classroom teaching utilizing best practices and five letters of recommendation.
Mrs. Eley, Mr. Adams, and Mrs. Morris will be honored during the Annual GISA Conference to be held at Notre Dame Academy in Duluth, Georgia and also at a special Master Teacher Luncheon.
Congratulations to these Prince teachers for their exemplary work and for all that they contribute to Prince Avenue Christian School.
Pictured left to right: Mandy Eley, Miles Adams, and LaMurl Morris
August 16, 2018
Free “PACS LIVE” Broadcasting Available Now
New for 2018-2019! All home football games for all levels of play will be available on live stream for FREE at the brand new live stream channel PACS LIVE!
This free service will allow Prince families and friends to stream Wolverine Football. In the future, this service will be expanded to include other Prince sports and special events. Parents are encouraged to share this information with family and friends and show them how to experience PACS LIVE.
Follow these quick and easy steps to get started:
- 1. Go to www.pacslive.com
- 2. It will direct you to the NFHS website.
- 3. Click the red "Follow" button at the top of the website.
- 4. Click “Sign Up For Free”.
- 5. Create a Free Basic Membership by clicking "Join Now".
- 6. Enter your information to create your NFHS Network Account and click “Next Step”.
- 7. You should be set to start watching PACS LIVE!
PACS LIVE would like to thank the following sponsors: Athens Stonecasting, Barnett Construction, LMS Atlanta, Oconee Foundations, Carter Engineering, Britt's, Village Drug Shop of Athens, Hodgson's Pharmacy of Athens, Jefferson Drugs of Jefferson, and Jackson Pharmacy of Hoschton.
Thanks to Fox's Pizza for providing food for the press box at each home game.
It's a Great Day to Be a Wolverine!
August 04, 2018
“Wolverine Awakening” Chapels Begin Year for Middle & High School Students
Wolverine Awakening is a special event for Prince middle and high school students comprised of three chapel services designed to encourage and challenge students spiritually as they start the new school year. This year's Wolverine Awakening took place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the first week of school and was led by Prince Director of Spiritual Life Ben Wallis with special music led by Jeremy Curtis.
The Wolverine Awakening messages focused on the central theme of overcoming selfishness as a believer. Mr. Wallis reminded students that it is understandable how easy it is for students to become zeroed in on their own routines and their own lives that they unintentionally begin to live lives that are selfish. However, God’s design is that believers live lives that are selfless.
Day one of Wolverine Awakening encouraged students to focus on the fact that HE>ME. They spent time studying the scripture from John 3:30, “He must increase, and I must decrease.” Students were faced with the reality that without God, they are nothing and can do nothing of value in this world.
Day two turned the focus to the need to rely on others in the Body of Christ. WE >ME. Students spent time in I Corinthians 12:12 “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” Mr. Wallis reminded students that as they come to grips with their God-given mission, they can begin to see that each person has a specific role to play, and God’s mission is impossible to accomplish without others.
Day three concluded Wolverine Awakening with the reminder that all students experience loneliness and isolation. Mr. Wallis explained that in a way, these feelings of loneliness and isolation are their own forms of self-centeredness because the focus is still on self. However, the Bible is very clear that THREE>ME. Students were reminded that they need one another. They spent time studying Ecclesiastes 4:12 “And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
This week, students will spend time in small discussion groups talking about the truths they learned through Wolverine Awakening and applying those truths to their lives.
August 01, 2018
New Car Line Procedures for 2018-2019 Video Instructions Available Here
The car line procedures for drop-off and pick-up are new and improved for the 2018-2019 school year.
In an effort to help the car line go smoothly, parents are encouraged to watch the videos provided below and review the new procedures prior to the first day of school.
Morning Drop-Off Procedures are reviewed for all grade levels (Pre-K - High School) here:
Lower School (K-5 - 5th Grade)
- Lower School Students Only Pick-Up Video
- Lower School Students with MS & HS Siblings Pick-Up Video
- Lower School Students Only Pick-Up Map
Middle & High School (6th - 12th Grades)
- Middle & High School Pick-Up (includes those with younger siblings) Video
- Middle & High School Pick-Up Map
July 23, 2018
Prince Names Coach Phil Roberts Assistant Athletic Director
Prince Avenue Christian School has named Head Baseball Coach Phil Roberts as Assistant Athletic Director. Coach Roberts earned his BA from Clemson University and his MED from Georgia Southern University.
Prince Athletic Director Richard Ricketts expresses enthusiasm for Coach Roberts taking on this new role. "Phil brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our athletic program. He served as Athletic Director at Strong Rock Christian School for six years and was named Region 5-A Athletic Director of the Year two times while serving as their Region President."
In his first season as the Wolverine head baseball coach, Coach Roberts led the Wolverines to their first-ever State Tournament run placing second in the GHSA Private A State Baseball Tournament.
July 19, 2018
Back to School Information for 2018-2019 School Year
Prince Avenue Christian School administrators, faculty, and staff are busy preparing for the 2018 -2019 school year.
Several important events are scheduled leading up to the first day of school. All of these events are designed to prepare students and families for the school year and help facilitate a smooth beginning.
All of the information regarding the back to school schedule is located on the school's web site at the following link:
July 03, 2018
Post Graduation Video Shares Accomplishments of Class of 2018
The Prince Avenue Class of 2018 will soon go on to college and other post-secondary opportunities. See all that they accomplished in this video.Back
June 25, 2018
Kahlstorf Shares Importance of Honesty in Sports and Life
Written by Amy Frierson
Prince Avenue alumnus and stand-out golfer Will Kahlstorf has received a great deal of attention throughout his middle and high school years for his ability on the course. Mostly self-taught in his younger years, Will graduated from Prince Avenue with a stroke average of 72.4, led the Wolverines to a fourth-place finish in this year’s Class A Private state tournament, and was voted Athens Banner-Herald Golfer of the Year for three consecutive years. The class of 2018 graduate will start his college golf career at the University of Georgia this fall.
While these accomplishments are admirable and worthy of attention, sometimes it is the unseen and little known that deserve the accolades. A player’s character and integrity are not displayed on the leaderboard, but from time to time, perhaps they should be.
Recently Will had the opportunity to compete in the U.S. Open local qualifier in which the top 8 advance to sectionals. From there, the top four qualify for the U.S. Open. Just to have the opportunity to play in the qualifier was an honor, but Will was not just playing; he was playing well. “At the time, I think I was even or one over going into the fourth hole.”
It was the fourth hole where Will made a mistake. His mistake was not in his club choice or the mechanics of his swing. “When I got to the fourth hole, I reached down and pulled my rangefinder out and shot the distance out of habit. When I shot it, I realized that I wasn't supposed to do that in this event. Rangefinders are not allowed.”
Will could have easily dropped the rangefinder in his bag and dismissed the mistake as a simple error, but that was not his response. “In golf, everyone knows that honesty is key, so I went to the rules official to see what I should do. He said the first offense resulted in a two-stroke penalty.”
In such a competitive event, two strokes are a game changer. Those two strokes kept Will from qualifying for sectionals and the chance of a lifetime as a high school graduate to play in the U.S. Open. But Will expressed no regret in his decision to come forward with an innocent mistake. “I know if I didn't turn that into the rules official, I probably could not live with that. It would always be in the back of my head, especially if I had qualified.”
Prince Athletic Director Richard Ricketts expressed admiration for Will's decision to come forward. "It's not every day that an athlete makes a tough decision to do the right thing even when it will cost him. Will is a great golfer but an even better person."
When asked what advice he would offer younger athletes, Will’s response is simple. “Honesty is always key no matter the circumstance whether it's sports or school or life. If you are honest, you will always be rewarded and be more respected.”
June 14, 2018
Booster Club Early Bird Registration & Business Sign Opportunity
The 2018-19 Wolverine Booster Club Early Bird Registration is now available. Wolverine fans can support Prince athletics by purchasing a Booster Club membership at an early bird reduced rate. The early bird deadline is July 15th. Rates will increase on July 16th.
Each Booster Club membership includes admission to all regular season home athletic events and a Booster Club gift. There are three levels of membership available:
- Individual: $160
- Immediate Family: $300
- Immediate Family + Grandparents: $400.00
The PACS Wolverine Booster Club was started for the purpose of supporting each of the athletic programs at Prince. The support is given through volunteer time and financial support. During the past years, the Booster Club has provided funds for many of the school's sports programs by providing needed equipment, facilities, and travel costs. The continued success of the Booster Club depends on the support of all of our PACS families through membership.
Advertise your business and support Wolverine Athletics through the Booster Club’s Business Sign Campaign
There are currently openings for business signs to be placed in the Wolverine Gym. These signs are 18” x 24”. All of the outdoor signs have been sponsored.
- Gymnasium sign only: $200
Please provide camera-ready artwork to: email@example.com or at
Prince Avenue Christian School
Wolverine Booster Club
2201 Ruth Jackson Road
Bogart, GA 30622
Phone: 678-726-2316 for more information
May 23, 2018
Carithers and Simpson Recognized for Years of Service at Prince
Two Prince Avenue Christian School staff members were honored at this year’s Recognition Ceremony for their years of service at Prince.
Lesia Carithers currently serves as the Food Service Coordinator at Prince and was recognized for 20 years of service. After serving for four years in food service preparation, Lesia was promoted to her current position. Over the course of her service to Prince’s family-school community, she has helped plan, order, and prepare over 9,000 delicious meals for students, faculty, staff, and parents alike.
Also recognized was Nancy Simpson who currently serves as the Prince Librarian and Barnabas Mentor Program Coordinator. Nancy has worked for Prince Avenue for 25 years in a number of different positions including teaching American and British Literature, but her main focus has been the Media Center and the Barnabas Program. During the school’s transition from the old campus in downtown Athens to its present location in Bogart, Mrs. Simpson was instrumental in the planning and outfitting of the school’s media center, which now has over 20,000 books. Mrs. Simpson’s passion and leadership of the school’s Barnabas Mentor Program is well known and respected by her colleagues, parents, and students alike. Barnabas, which translated means “son of encouragement”, provides a platform for students who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors to learn about service by encouraging and mentoring students in the lower school. Mrs. Simpson has been the coordinator of this important program for the past nine years, which this year had 89 lower and middle school students and 26 upper school mentors.
Lesia Carithers Nancy Simpson
May 22, 2018
2018 Yearbook Dedication Presented to Appleby and Phillips
Each year, the Prince Avenue Yearbook Staff chooses members of the faculty and staff to honor as the recipient of the Yearbook Dedication. This year’s Koinonia is dedicated to Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director Johnette Appleby and retiring English teacher Jimmy Phillips.
Johnette Appleby has worked at Prince Avenue for 18 years. She has two children who graduated from Prince, Stephen in 2009 and Kaitlin in 2013. Johnette has enjoyed the relationships she has built with the other staff on the Administrative Hall and greatly appreciates the Christian environment at Prince. Athletic Director Richard Ricketts explains that Johnette’s contributions to the Athletic Department are significant. “She is one the hardest working, conscientious people I have ever worked with. She is always willing to go above and beyond to do whatever she can to help make our school run smoothly. Our school, and especially our Athletic Department, would not be what they are today without her service."
Jimmy Phillips has taught school for 46 years with the last 10 of those being at Prince Avenue. At Prince, he has taught American Literature and Advanced Placement Language and Composition. He has also served as the head coach for Boys Varsity Golf, taking the team to the state level for the past five years and has been the assistant coach for Boys Varsity Basketball. Mr. Phillips has been a been a beloved teacher at Prince and will be greatly missed by students and colleagues as well. One student explained, “Mr. Phillips constantly challenged us always helping us to be the best writers we could be,” explained one graduating senior who credits Mr. Phillips for making her the writer she is today. “He poured into us more than just his knowledge of English. He told us stories about his life. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be in his class.”
Johnette Appleby pictured with her family. Jimmy Phillips pictured with his family.
May 19, 2018
2018 Summer Reading Lists
The Prince Avenue Christian School 2018 Summer Reading Lists and associated assignments have been announced.
All lists and assignments are posted on the Prince Avenue website and are itemized by grade.
The Prince Avenue Media Center is hosting its spring Book Fair at the following times:
- Monday, April 23rd - Thursday, April 26th from 7:45 am - 3:45 pm
- Friday, April 27th from 7:45 am - 10:00 am.
This year's Book Fair is sponsored by Barnes and Noble. Parents are encouraged to check the appropriate lists and purchase books from the Book Fair. This is a convenient way to make purchases and to also support the Prince Media Center.
May 18, 2018
Prince Names 2018 Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Epistle Award Recipient
Emily Weaver and Luke Wells
Prince Avenue Christian School has named the Class of 2018 Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Epistle Award Recipient.
The 2018 Valedictorian, as well as Epistle Award Recipient, is Emily Weaver. Emily is the daughter of Chris and Tracey Weaver and has attended Prince for seven years. Emily is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, Georgia Certificate of Merit recipient, won first place in Rhetorical Essay at State Literary Competition, is STAR student, and was chosen as Rotary Club student of the semester. All four years of high school, Emily was a Wolverine Scholar (earning the highest composite score that has been received during the current year at Prince on a pre-college entrance exam) and a Wolverine Academian (scoring in the top of her class in core class average).
During her years at Prince, Emily participated in Fine Arts playing in the Concert and Jazz Bands. She was also active on the Academic Team, in Interact and Beta Clubs, and in the National Honors Society. She participated in service projects through these clubs.
Emily was also selected as the Epistle Award Recipient by the faculty at Prince Avenue. The Epistle Award is given annually to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, best represents what Prince values more than anything else – a Christ-like spirit that manifests itself in a desire to grow in the Lord and serve others for the glory of God.
Chemistry teacher Dale Autry describes Emily as one of the finest students he has ever taught. “She is supremely intelligent and hard-working, but more important is her obvious faith and character. The best thing about having Emily in class is her selfless attitude, which seems to compel her to constantly help and encourage everyone around her.”
Emily says that Prince has been a wonderful experience. “It has challenged me academically, given me many opportunities in arts, athletics, and service, and grown me spiritually. I have learned about my faith and been strengthened in it through Chapel and Bible classes, but all of my academic classes have also taught me to worship the Lord for His creativity, His intellect, and His love.” When asked what advice she would offer younger students, Emily says that doing their best at all times will leave students with no regrets. “Give your best every time, even when you don't feel like it, and you can be satisfied knowing that you gave your all, which is all the Lord asks of you.”
Emily attends Prince Avenue Baptist Church where she is active in the youth group. She plans to attend Auburn University and major in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
The 2018 Salutatorian is Luke Wells. Luke is the son of Thomas and Amy Wells and has attended Prince for ten years. Luke is in the National Honor Society, Beta Club, National Merit Scholar Program, the National Society of High School Scholars, and is a University of Georgia Certificate of Merit Winner. Luke was chosen for the Order of the Arrow in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Luke has been a Wolverine Academian all four years of high school (scoring in the top of his class in core class average). In athletics, Luke was honored with the Richard Bell Character Award and chosen as All-Region Offensive Lineman. Luke was elected by his peers as Homecoming Representative his senior year.
Luke has participated in Prince athletics on the football and baseball teams and has run Track and Field. Luke has also played in the Prince Band and been on the Prince Academic Team. Outside of school, Luke works as a Veterinarian Assistant and is active in the Boy Scouts of America as a Senior Patrol Leader.
Luke attends Prince Avenue Baptist Church, is active in the youth group, and volunteers for security in the nursery.
Luke emphasizes to younger students the importance of always doing their best and depending on Christ. “There will often be times where it would be easy to give half effort on a job, and it is also easy to stray away from dependence on Christ.”
When asked about his years at Prince Avenue, Luke expresses an appreciation for the school and the teachers. “Not only is Prince a great school academically, it has teachers who truly care about you. It has also helped me create a defense for my faith and helped me grow in my relationship in Christ.”
Luke plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology and study Mechanical Engineering.Back
May 17, 2018
Emma Taylor Selected as Rotary Student of the Semester
Senior Emma Taylor was named Prince Avenue Christian School's Rotary Student of the Semester selected by teachers for her demonstration of the Rotary Club motto of "Service Above Self." The daughter of Joe and Hayley Taylor, Emma has attended Prince Avenue for 14 years.
Emma chose high school Guidance Counselor Lisa Ricketts to share this honor with her at a Rotary Club breakfast. Emma says she chose Mrs. Ricketts because of her consistent effort to put others’ needs first, whether educational or spiritual. “I want to be better just by seeing the example that Mrs. Ricketts sets in being a wholehearted follower of Christ. Her character and overall being speaks volumes of Philippians 2:3 which says, ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit. Rather in humility count others more significant than yourselves.’ Her spiritual guidance and prayers for me and with me have encouraged me greatly, and it is something that I will carry with me after high school.”
Emma is active in the Interact Club and currently serves as Beta Club President. She was selected by her peers as Homecoming Representative all four years and was voted Miss PACS her senior year. Emma has also been active in Prince Athletics having played volleyball, tennis, cross country, and basketball. She earned the Tri-Sport Athlete Award, received the Vincent J. Dooley ‘Athletes for a Better World” Award, and was given the DAR Good Citizen Award. Emma attends Watkinsville First Baptist Church and volunteers in Vacation Bible School. She has also volunteered at the Sparrow’s Nest, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, and Operation Christmas Child.
Emma describes Prince Avenue as a unique place where students are able to form relationships with one another and with their teachers because of the small environment. “ The school has helped me in my personal walk with the Lord because of the numerous outlets that allow me to practice my own faith such as service projects, chapel services, Bible class in which we learn the Bible’s contents, learn about other religions, and learn to defend our faith and know why we believe what we believe.”
Emma plans to attend the University of North Georgia and study Art and Design.
May 16, 2018
Wolverines Make History, Advance to State Baseball Finals
The Wolverines have made school history by advancing to the GHSA Private A State Baseball Tournament final game after defeating Holy Innocents 4-1 in game 3 of the semi-finals.
Prince Avenue will play at Mercer University Tuesday, May 22nd against the winner of First Presbyterian Day and Tatnall Square. The games will be played at 5 and 7 pm. The "if" game is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23rd at either 5 or 7 pm.
May 13, 2018
Grace and Opportunity Challenge Prince Senior
Written by Amy Frierson
When Prince Avenue senior Daniel Calderon asked to meet the soccer coach at North Greenville University, he was just wanting to learn more about the program and hoping the coach would be able to put a name with a face. After all, recruiting season had passed, and Daniel had not even made a highlight film or attended any preview days. Little did he know that that one meeting with Coach Bill Martin would change his life.
But that is the way it has been for Daniel - unexpected opportunities that charted his course and changed his life. “Growing up, I did not have the best situation. I came from a poor family that could not take care of me. Eventually, I ended up in foster care. I bounced around from place to place, but in 2011, I came to Athens to a WinShape Homes family,” Daniel explains, recognizing that as the moment that changed the trajectory of his life. “I finally had a loving family with parents who believed in me and gave me a lot of encouragement and discipline even when I didn’t want it.” It was at that time that Daniel and his older sister and younger brother started to attend Prince Avenue Christian School.
“When I first came to Prince, I did not know much about Jesus or the Bible. I learned a lot and grew spiritually. The teachers were invested in the students and took time to get to know us. Academics were never more than I could handle but were always very challenging. I feel prepared for college.”
Because of his tumultuous childhood, it was not until his middle school years at Prince that Daniel first began to participate in sports. He first joined the middle school football team and continued playing through all four varsity years for the Wolverines. Known for his speed, Daniel ran Varsity Track his sophomore year, but it was not until his junior year of high school that Daniel stepped onto a soccer field. He quickly realized which sport had his heart. “I really fell in love with soccer. It is fast-paced. There is never a dull moment.” But Daniel knew he had a lot to learn. “Most of these kids have played soccer their whole lives. I still do not know a lot about the game. I need to improve my touch and my game IQ. I know there is a lot of room for improvement.”
North Greenville University Coach Bill Martin knew this also, but there was something about Daniel that made him a standout. Coach Martin took the time to visit with Daniel and his father on their second visit to NGU and took an interest in his story. “We look for quality young men who not only have the academic and athletic pieces, but also the character. We look for young men of integrity who will work hard and do the right thing, and that is Daniel.”
Coach Martin followed through, coming to Prince to watch Daniel play. Daniel explains the moment that helped him make his college decision. “Coach Martin took me and my parents to dinner afterward and invited me to come play soccer at North Greenville. I was taken aback. I was not expecting that. I never thought playing soccer in college was a real possibility. In that moment I felt blessed and knew that it was another unexpected opportunity that I had to take advantage of.”
Coach Martin explained his insight into Daniel’s story. “Daniel’s life has been marked by grace. This opportunity is another moment in his life that is also marked by grace, and we are excited to be a part of that.”
The events that led Daniel to sign with NGU were a flurry of activity and all happened very quickly, but those in Daniel’s life were pleased for him. Wolverine Head Coach Toby Tate explained, “Daniel is a smart, hardworking athlete, and it will be hard to replace him next year. His positive attitude and leadership skills will be missed. I am very excited to see him take on the challenge at the next level and to see how God will use him at NGU.”
For his part, Daniel is also excited but knows he has a challenge ahead of him. “College will definitely demand a lot more time and effort than high school has, but I am ready for the challenge." Upon reflection, Daniel is filled with gratitude. “Looking back, I could have ended up in a far worse situation. I came to a loving family, got a really good education, and had some great mentors at Prince.”
When asked what advice he would offer younger students at Prince, Daniel knows immediately what he would say. “Know that everything can get better, and everything happens for a reason. You have to believe in the plan God has for you.”
Prince Head Coach Toby Tate, Daniel Calderon, Daniel's family left to right: Addie Lee Frierson,
& NGU Head Coach Bill Martin Mayra Leyva, Charlie Frierson, Amy Frierson,
Daniel Calderon, Richard Frierson, Ruben Calderon,
& Kathryn Anne Frierson
May 12, 2018
Beloved Teacher, Jimmy Phillips, Retires After 10 Years at Prince
Written by Amy Frierson
When word of Jimmy Phillips’s retirement spread among the student body at Prince Avenue Christian School, the main sentiment was disappointment that such a special teacher would no longer be at Prince. Many alumni attribute the instruction in Mr. Phillips’s class as a mainstay of their preparation for college. Many seniors explain they would never have made it through their Dual Enrollment classes without his class their junior year, and many underclassmen regret that they will not have the opportunity to sit under the instruction of this teacher who has become somewhat of a Prince Avenue icon.
“Mr. Phillips constantly challenged us always helping us to be the best writers we could be,” explained one graduating senior who credits Mr. Phillips for making her the writer she is today. “He poured into us more than just his knowledge of English. He told us stories about his life. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be in his class.”
Mr. Phillips is married to Julie, and they have two daughters and two granddaughters, Finley in 1st grade and Taylor in 5th, both of whom attend Prince. Mr. Phillips has been teaching school for 46 years with the last 10 of those at Prince Avenue teaching American Literature and Advanced Placement Language and Composition. He has also served as the head coach for Boys Varsity Golf, taking the team to the state level for the past five years and has been the assistant coach for Boys Varsity Basketball. Prior to joining the staff at Prince Avenue in 2008, Mr. Phillips taught at Madison County, Buford, and Elbert County high schools and retired from teaching public school after 36 years.
In addition to the joys of teaching at the school where his granddaughters attend, Mr. Phillips especially enjoys the Christian atmosphere at Prince. “I am thankful to be able to pray with and for the students and their families.” Mr. Phillips says that every day teaching at Prince has been special, but his favorite memories are when alumni drop in for a visit. “I especially enjoy having former students return and tell me how prepared they were for college work.”
Mr. Phillips has also garnered the respect of his colleagues at Prince Avenue. Prince Librarian, Nancy Simpson explains, “Jimmy Phillips is one of the Godliest men I have ever had the pleasure to work alongside. His love for the Lord is clearly evident in all that he does, whether it is teaching English, helping to work football games, or coaching basketball and golf. He is a treasure beyond measure who will be greatly missed from the halls of Prince Avenue Christian School!”
This same integrity and character are evident in the advice Mr. Phillips shares with students. “My advice has always been the same. First, walk the path God sets forth for you, and He will open the doors that need to be opened. Second, love and enjoy each of your family members. Family is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. And last, life is much too short to wear uncomfortable shoes.”
As for the future, Mr. Phillips’s aspirations for retirement are quite simple. “I plan to ride tractors and play golf.” However, his former students might be inspired to know he has one additional goal, “I am contemplating writing a novel.”
One can be confident that Jimmy Phillips will have an immediate following of former students and colleagues should he complete that task.
Mr. Phillips on the golf course with students Grant Roland and
May 12, 2018
Dr. J. Josh Smith to Speak at Prince Graduation
Prince Avenue Christian School will hold the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2018 on Saturday, May 19th at 10:00 am in the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Worship Center. Dr. J. Josh Smith, senior pastor of Prince Avenue Baptist Church, will give the charge to graduates.
Pastor Josh began his ministry as senior pastor of Prince Avenue Baptist Church on January 14, 2018. Formerly, Josh was senior pastor of MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church in Irving, Texas since 2006. Pastor Josh has ministered in over 25 countries, worked with international students, and served as a missionary in central Europe. His greatest passion is the exaltation of Christ and the advancement of Christ’s kingdom to the ends of the earth through the ministry of the local church.
Pastor Josh received his Bachelors in Cross-Cultural Studies from Liberty University, a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Andrea, have four daughters and one son. He loves reading, music, collecting LP’s, spending time with family, and being outdoors.
This year’s Prince senior class has 59 graduates 18 of which began their education at Prince in kindergarten. The 59 graduates were accepted to a collective 146 colleges and have been offered approximately $ 79,759.00 worth of scholarship money to attend college next year. 83 percent of this year’s seniors took Dual Enrollment college classes and already have 765 semester hours of college completed which amounts to 255 college classes. 58 percent of this year’s seniors took a collective total of 59 AP Classes. Many members of the Class of 2018 will begin college with almost enough hours to be classified as sophomores.
Over 75 percent of this year’s graduating class participated in the senior mission trip to Nicaragua. The class also includes a National Merit Finalist, several accomplished musicians, performers, and artists, and 15 athletes who signed to play at the college level.
Another highlight of the Prince graduation ceremony is the student speeches from the Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Epistle Award winner as well as the class video that highlights each graduate and the Class of 2018 throughout their years at Prince Avenue.
May 11, 2018
2018 Wolverine Cheerleaders
Congratulations to our 2018 Wolverine Cheerleaders!
Don’t forget….Uniform fitting for both squads in the Chorus Room: Tuesday, May 15th
- 3:30-4:30 Middle School
- 4:30-5:45 Varsity
Kathryn Anne Frierson
Anna Kate Thurmond
Middle School Cheerleaders:
Mary Grant Thurmond
May 11, 2018
2018-2019 Middle School Softball Team
Congratulations to the following girls for making the 2018 - 2019 Prince Avenue Middle School Softball team. Please check your email early next week for the summer schedule and additional information.
May 09, 2018
Prince Teachers Honored as 2017-2018 Educators of the Year
The mission statement of Prince Avenue Christian School is “to partner with Christian families to provide scripturally based discipleship while pursuing excellence in academics, fine arts, and athletics from a biblical worldview.” None of this mission would be possible without the highly qualified and extraordinarily talented, dedicated, and godly teachers that are hands-on with Prince students day in and day out.
In the spirit of recognizing the commitment and dedication of the faculty at PACS, each year the school recognizes individual teachers as the Colossians 3:23 Educators of the Year, nominated by their peers as remarkable and doing “everything as unto the Lord”.
This year’s Educators of the Year are 5th Grade Teacher Gina Mayne and lower school Physical Education Teacher and Youth Athletic Director Coach Michael Palmer. Gina and Michael received a crystal vase and a generous donation by a friend of the school.
Gina is the wife of Bill, and they have two children in school at Prince, Reeves in pre-kindergarten and Harper in second grade. Gina earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Montevallo in Alabama in 2003 and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia. After teaching for a few years and while expecting her first child, Gina opened a school supply store which was in business for four years, but Gina missed the classroom. In 2014, she was excited to join the faculty at Prince. Before joining the 5th-grade team, Gina worked as a paraprofessional in pre-kindergarten. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Gina also coaches the elementary cheer team.
Gina is described by her peers as a teacher who loves Jesus with all of her heart and strives for excellence in the classroom in order to honor Christ. One peer said, “Gina looks for ways to create extraordinary moments for students making school a memorable, positive experience.” Gina is also known for her sense of humor and positive attitude.
Gina explains that the best part of working at Prince Avenue is the ability to teach and share the most important aspect of her life, her relationship with Jesus. “It is not lost on me that working at Prince Avenue is a gift. Not only do I get to do what I love, but I work with the most amazing people, have the most supportive administration, and get to read and talk about Jesus every day.”
When asked about her hopes for her students and Prince Avenue, Gina explains, “I pray that our school would continue to be set apart. My hope is that people would see a difference in our students and staff because of how we love each other, bear one another’s burdens, and hold each other accountable for the sake of furthering the gospel.”
Michael Palmer is the husband of Jennifer who also works at Prince as the lower and middle school Administrative Assistant. The Palmers have three children in the school, Noah in first grade, Maddie in second grade, and senior Mary Grace who will soon graduate with the Class of 2018. Michael has a long history of working in Athletics at Prince Avenue even before he joined the faculty as the lower school Physical Education teacher. He began coaching the middle school girls basketball team in 2005, and after completing his associate's degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of North Georgia and his bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies at Piedmont College, Michael joined the faculty in a full-time capacity in 2015.
Michael is described by his peers as extremely hardworking, always willing to help others, and solution oriented. He is also seen as a self-starter who pays attention to details and preparation. One peer explained, “Michael genuinely loves his job and the students. He is the epitome of ‘choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’.” Michael is known for looking for ways to motivate students and athletes and for developing students as leaders.
In addition to his duties as a teacher, Michael has supervised the lower school Geography Bee team. He coaches middle school and varsity Cross Country, middle school and varsity Girls Basketball, the Little Wolverines Running Club, varsity Girls Soccer, and oversees Prince Youth Athletics that include youth football, cheerleading, and basketball.
Although teaching sports is his passion, Michael says what he appreciates most about Prince Avenue is the relationships that he has throughout his work and responsibilities. “My wife works literally 100 feet away from my office, and I see all three of my kids daily. I have teachers in the lower school who are constantly praying for me and encouraging me every time I see them.” Michael describes the opportunity to work at Prince as priceless. “It seems almost unfair most days that I have a job that I love teaching kids that I love, and I get paid for it.”
When asked what his hopes and desires for Prince students are, Michael says, “To rejoice always, pray constantly, and give thanks in everything. If students can learn to do these three things, they will be headed down a road that will give them the balance in life that they are searching for.”
The Colossians 3:23 Educators of the Year program began in 2007 and is supported through the funding of an anonymous donor. Each recipient is recognized at the school’s Recognition Day ceremonies in May.
Gina Mayne and Michael Palmer
May 08, 2018
Prince Alumnus, Forde Norris, Signs with US Military Academy at West Point
Prince Avenue Christian School Alumnus Forde Norris, Class of 2017, attended Marion Military Institute this past year where he was sponsored by the West Point Association of Graduates. Forde received nominations from Congressman Jody Hice and Senator Johnny Isakson. He graduated from the Service Academy Program at MMI and has signed to be in the United States Military Academy at West Point Class of 2022.
Forde Norris with Congressman Jody Hice
May 06, 2018
Scholarships Awarded to Prince Students During Recognition Day Ceremonies
Prince Avenue Christian School is blessed to enjoy the faithful generosity of friends and alumni who make scholarships for Prince students possible. Thirteen scholarships were awarded for the 2018-19 school year during the recent Recognition Day ceremonies.
The $1,000 Kathy Stamatinos Geyer Memorial Scholarship was awarded to junior Abby Frost. The recipient is selected by a committee which established the scholarship to honor the memory of former Prince Avenue teacher Kathy Geyer who showed a passion for teaching and a love for her students. This scholarship was presented by Mrs. Geyer’s dear friend, Christy McCall.
The family of Ward Asher Elrod established a foundation and scholarship to honor a young family member who was born with hydrocephalus. Asher is an Old Testament name meaning “blessing or happy”. The mission of this foundation is to “bring happiness and blessings to others both physically and spiritually”. This year, the Asher Foundation has awarded a $2,000 scholarship to 7th grader Tucker Maxey presented by Mr. and Mrs. Brian Elrod.
Third-grader Anders Ficken was awarded the Ruby Evelyn Brown Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship given in loving memory of Mrs. Ruby Evelyn Brown, a former member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church.
The Shoff Foundation Scholarship, established by Mr. Richard Mason and family in loving memory of Mr. Sheldon T. Shoff, was awarded to Kindergartener Eliza Kahlil, 1st grader Coleman Ficken, 2nd grader Jude Khalil, 5th grader Rahel Khalil, sophomore Kenzi Bray, and sophomore Eden Solomon.
The Jon Desso Scholarship was established to remember and honor the life of Jon Desso, a graduate of PACS Class of 2000 and the University of Georgia. Jon went home to be with the Lord on November 3, 2004. His friends and family desire to use this tragedy to bring honor to the name of the Lord. This $5000 scholarship is given to two PACS students each academic school year and was presented by one of Jon’s friend and member of the Jon Desso Scholarship Committee, Mr. Ben Carson. The recipients for the 2018 -2019 school year are freshman Joe Conner and sophomore Jaden Drudge.
The Chick-fil-A Christian Service Scholarship was created by the Shane Todd family to honor a student who shows extraordinary Christian service in his or her community. The $2,000 scholarship was awarded this year to 6th grader Aidan-Alexandra Washington.
The Reg Gattie Sing Strong Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of the former Prince Avenue Baptist Church worship minister, who passed away five years ago after a long illness. The Reg Gattie Scholarship Committee honors a student who uses his or her God-given musical talents to glorify the Lord through Christian character and leadership and desires to major or minor in music in college. The $1,000 scholarship was awarded to sophomore Chloe Ferguson.
The William H. Ricketts Scholarship, established by the school to honor the pastor of Prince Avenue Baptist Church, is awarded to a student who demonstrates a commitment to his or her walk with the Lord, a commitment to a local church, and a desire to serve Christ in his or her daily walk. This year, Bill Ricketts retired as Senior Pastor of PABC and has redirected his ministry. His son, Richard Ricketts, presented this $1,500 scholarship to junior Chria Sharp.
Fifth-grade student Brody Conner is the recipient of the Christopher Lee Newcomer Memorial Scholarship. The $200 scholarship award honors the life of a young PACS student who passed away in an airplane accident in 2010. Teachers nominate elementary students who exemplify Christ-like characteristics and a passion for learning for this scholarship.
Major A.D. Reynolds established the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation and the Missionary Emergency Fund Scholarship in 1920 to recognize students who are passionate about sharing the gospel at home and around the world. This $1,000 scholarship was presented by Ms. Elizabeth McLaney and Billy McLaney to 4th grader Whit Bahnsen.
The Candace Coles Todd “Climb Every Mountain” Scholarship was established by PACS to honor long time and admired teacher Candy Todd. Candy passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each year to a student that has shown a spirit of joy through trials and has persevered. This year’s scholarship was presented to 4th grader Caleb Murray by Candy’s husband Garry Todd and son Adam Yelton.
The Melissa Stokes and Michael Kirby Tyler Memorial Scholarship was lovingly established by their family in their memory. The recipient of this award is a senior who will be attending the University of Georgia and characterizes the attributes of working diligently and intelligently, expressing joy and love for the Lord, and displaying a devotion to Prince. The recipient of this scholarship was senior Sara Thompson.
The Megan Twist Memorial Scholarship was established to remember and honor the life of Megan Twist who died last year in a tragic accident. Megan was a 2011 National Honor Society PACS graduate and winner of numerous academic and extra-curricular awards. The PACS faculty submitted nominees, and many students were outstanding finalists. However, senior Emma Taylor emerged as the one nominee that was most reflective of Megan’s heart for people and family. Emma was described by her nominating teachers as vivacious, kind, and encourager to both peers and adults, conscientious, compassionate, cheerful, intelligent, and thoughtful. It is the hope of the Megan Twist Scholarship committee that this yearly $10,000 college scholarship will bring glory to Christ and encourage others to love more intentionally as God has shown his love. The founding donors of this memorial gift wish to remain anonymous.
Kathy Stamatinos Geyer Memorial Scholarship Asher Foundation Scholarship
Christy McCall and Abby Frost Kim Elrod, Ward Elrod, Tucker Maxey, and Brian Elrod
Ruby Evelyn Brown Scholarship The Shoff Foundation Scholarship
Anders Ficken Coleman Ficken, Rahel Kahlil, Jude Kahlil, Eden Solomon,
Eliza Kahlil, and Kenzi Bray
The Jon Desso Scholarship The CFA Christian Service Scholarship
Joe Conner, Ben Carson, and Jaden Drudge Aidan-Alexandra Washington
The Reg Gattie Sing Strong The William H. Ricketts Scholarship
Scholarship Chria Sharp
The Christopher Newcomer Richard S. Reynolds Foundation and the
Scholarship Missionary Emergency Fund Scholarship
Brody Conner Billy McLaney, Whit Bahnsen. and Ms. Elizabeth McLaney
The Candace Coles Todd “Climb Every Mountain” The Melissa Stokes and
Scholarship Michael Kirby Tyler Memorial Scholarship
Adam Yelton, Caleb Murray, and Garry Todd Sara Thompson
The Megan Twist Memorial Scholarship
Joe Taylor, Barbara Bernotas, Emma Taylor,
Roy Twist, and Haley Taylor
May 01, 2018
Spring Teams Advance in State Tournaments
The Prince Avenue Girls Soccer Team made history when they won the 1st round of the GHSA Class A Private State Soccer Tournament advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. The Wolverines defeated the Landmark Christian War Eagles 5-2 with goals scored by Madison Britt (3) and Megan Garth (2). The girls will travel to Savannah, Georgia to play the #1 seed, Calvary Day School, on Tuesday, May 1st at 5:00 pm.
The Prince Boys Golf Team also had success by winning the Area 2 Tournament held at Jennings Mill Country Club with a team total of 301. Will Kahlstorf and Reid Baker each scored 73, Peyton Shedd scored 74, and Dallas Pettus added 81. Kahlstorf sank a 25-foot putt to defeat Baker in the playoff for low medalist. Prince Girls Golf finished fourth in the Area 2 Tournament with a 202. Hope Hewatt qualified for the state tournament with a score of 91, while Delaney Cook added a 111.
Congratulations to these Prince teams on their excellent performances in these tournaments.
April 27, 2018
Prince Jazz Band Earns Superior Rating
Congratulations to the Prince Jazz Band for earning a Superior rating from every judge in the Georgia Music Educators Association District jazz Performance Evaluation. This is the highest rating possible and the 5th year in a row that the Prince Jazz Band has earned this prestigious rating.
April 23, 2018
Prince Fine Arts Students Learn True Meaning of “The Show Must Go On”
Written By: Amy Frierson
“The show must go on” is a mantra quoted often in theatre circles. Usually, this quote is used when a costume splits, or a prop is lost, or the lead character has laryngitis. But this Spring, at the Saturday matinee performance of the Prince Avenue Fine Arts production of Seussical, the cast and crew learned what “the show must go on” really means when the actor who played the main character of Horton, freshman Finn McGinnis, severely injured his knee during the performance.
“Usually I am always in the back or walking around checking on things, but that day I decided to sit with my parents,” explained Fine Arts Director LaMurl Morris. “I was sitting there enjoying the show, and then comes Mr. Mayor. . .” (She was referring to freshman Walker Johnson who was playing the role of Mr. Mayor.) “He had that look on his face, and I could tell something was wrong.” Walker was there to deliver the urgent news that Mrs. Morris was needed backstage. “I got backstage, and I saw Finn on the floor, and he was saying over and over, ‘I think I broke my leg’.”
While students who were dressed as jungle animals, colorful birds, and the Whos of Whoville were dancing and singing and putting on a fantastic show, and while Horton himself was supposed to be chasing three monkeys around the stage, Finn lay injured backstage. “I heard a snap, and then all of a sudden, I felt an intense pain in my knee. I looked down and my kneecap was not where it was supposed to be.”
Immediately, students sprang into action. Senior Isaac Moore, the assistant stage manager, was first to Finn’s side. He offered Finn constant and calm encouragement until one of the Fine Arts parents, an emergency room doctor, was able to come to Finn’s aid. The help offered involved putting Finn’s kneecap back in place, duct tape, Advil, and a quickly acquired knee brace from the hospital around the corner. When asked if he considered not going on, Finn conceded that the thought crossed his mind. “I was not sure if I was going to be able to do anything else.”
Meanwhile, other students overcame the fear and emotion of an injured classmate to determine how the show could go on. A quick announcement to the audience that an injury had taken place and that an early intermission would be observed allowed the cast and crew the time necessary to make adjustments.
Sophomore Thompson Sewell had one of the lead roles as The Cat in the Hat. He immediately took on the leadership necessary to make decisions related to the script and blocking in the hopes that Finn could continue. “I was already in the role of the narrator outside of the story, so some of it fell on my shoulders because my character could justify what was happening.” Thompson worked with the lead stage manager, junior Abby Frost, as well as senior Rebecca Hathaway (who played the role of Mayzie La Bird) to decide what to cut and what to keep. “Some of the lines we planned,” said Thompson, “but I had to change some of them on the spot to make them fit what was happening.”
Prince drama teacher and show director Hannah Hunt explained the beneficial aspect of the way Seussical was staged. “Horton spends almost the entire second act in the birds nest. I can’t think of another production where the main character sits in one place for that long.” So with Finn’s leg wrapped in duct tape, a plan in place of how to get him to the nest, and the entire cast armed with courage and determination, the show did go on.
After being helped by members of the cast to a metal chair, Finn’s opening line of the scene, designed by Thompson to help ease the worries of the audience, helped set the mood for the rest of the afternoon. Lights . . .
“The fact that I hurt my knee looking for a clover is beyond me!”
. . . Finn’s presence and that single opening line were met with enthusiastic and supportive applause and even some tears from an audience that was equally concerned and impressed with Finn and his classmates.
The rest of the hour was filled not only with excellent acting, singing, and choreography, but also on display was courage, integrity, and the true meaning of “the show must go on”.
Thompson explains, “You grow up hearing ‘the show must go on’, and you think, ‘when is that ever going to apply?’. I used to think that was a useless statement, but we really did learn what it means.”
The students expressed mutual admiration for one another in all that it took for the show to continue. Perhaps the best example of their care and support of one another was explained by Rebecca Hathaway. “When you grow up performing, you wait for the day that you will have a lead role and have the ‘last bow’ at curtain. This was Thompson’s year to have the last bow, but right before we went out, Thompson came to us and asked us all to give Finn the last bow for being so brave and making it through the show.”
Not only did Finn make it through the matinee in the moment of his injury, he found a way to carry on, learn to use crutches, and perform the final evening performance as well. Upon reflection, Mrs. Morris explained that there were so many details going on behind the scenes, but the most important one was when they all came together to pray. “We thanked God for protecting Finn and asked for God’s wisdom as we continued.”
So it was, that on that Saturday afternoon, the students learned a lesson that no amount of line study, rehearsing, and technical detail could ever teach them. They learned how to come together, support one another, and with courage and tenacity, to accomplish an amazing feat. The audience learned something as well. That day, there were not just characters on display, but true character carried the day.
Finn McGinnis as Horton Finn McGinnis with Thompson Sewell as The Cat in the Hat
The cast and crew of SeussicalBack
April 19, 2018
Four Prince Athletes Sign to Play College Sports
Four Prince Avenue Christian School seniors signed this week to continue their athletic careers in college. Prince Avenue has now signed 14 senior athletes this school year, an impressive statistic for a small private Christian school.
Daniel Calderon signed to play soccer with North Greenville University, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II school participating in Conference Carolinas. Prince Head Coach Toby Tate spoke to the importance of Daniel’s leadership on the team. “Daniel is a smart, hardworking athlete, and it will be hard to replace him next year. His positive attitude and leadership skills will be missed. I am very excited to see him take on the challenge at the next level and to see how God will use him at NGU!” NGU’s Head Soccer Coach, Bill Martin, was in attendance for Daniel’s signing.
Rebekah Haynes signed to run track at Georgia State University, an NCAA Division I school participating in the Sunbelt Conference. Prince Head Coach Josh Dillard explains that Rebekah’s talent has made coaching her an easy job. “Rebekah has taken pride in track for as long as I’ve known her and has been willing to put work in year-round in order to better times. Realizing she is only going to get out of this sport what effort she puts in, Rebekah has worked extremely hard which has brought her much success.” Rebekah has been to the state finals the last 2 years in the 100 Meter Dash and made the finals in the 200 Meter Dash last year. She has hopes of making it to the finals in her final year at Prince in both events.
Luke McDevitt signed to play baseball at Young Harris College, an NCAA Division II school who competes in the Peach Belt Conference. Prince Head Coach Phil Roberts describes Luke’s talent as a good fit for Young Harris. “Young Harris is a great program with a strong athletic and academic reputation. Luke has been an asset to the Prince Avenue baseball program for four years and has earned the right to compete at the collegiate level.”
Trey Felt signed to play baseball at Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia. Gordon competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and is known as one of the best baseball programs in Georgia. Prince Head Coach Phil Roberts explains the value of this opportunity for Trey. “Gordon’s baseball program is known for two things: competing for championships and placing players at four-year colleges to extend their baseball careers. Trey has been a great player for Prince Avenue and will continue to develop at the junior college level.”
Congratulations to these athletes on their success athletically and academically as they approach graduation and begin their college careers.
Prince Head Coach Toby Tate, Daniel Calderon, Prince Head Coach Josh Dillard, Rebekah Haynes,
and NGU Head Coach Bill Martin. and Prince Sprinter's Coach Austin Wilder
Luke McDevitt with his mother, Tracey McDevitt. Prince Head Coach Phil Roberts with Trey Felt.
April 19, 2018
Emily Weaver Wins 1st Place in State Literary Meet
Prince senior Emily Weaver recently competed in the State Literary Meet held at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. Emily won first place in Class A Private Rhetorical Essay.
April 17, 2018
Prince Lower School Students Particpate in ACSI Spelling Bee and Math Olympics
Prince Avenue Christian School lower school students recently participated in the ACSI Spelling Bee and Math Olympics competitions.
Spelling Bee participants traveled to Lilburn, Georgia to compete at Calvary Christian School. The following students received ribbons: 2nd place - Jake Peacock and Riley Reeder, 3rd place - Aurie Chandler and Abigail Wolfe, 4th place - Michael McGinn.
The Math Olympics team traveled to Rome, Georgia and competed at Unity Christian School. Out of 6 schools, 13 of Prince's 18 competitors received ribbons for placement.
Congratulations to these students on their hard work and excellent performances in these academic competitions.
Spelling Bee Participants:
Front Row: Nate Murray, Michael McGinn, Abigail Wolfe, Riley Reeder, Morgan Holt, Lizzie Ivester, Finley Thomas, Aurie Chandler.
Back Row: Addison Cromer, Francis Kelley, Carly Land, Grace Morgan, Chloe Merritt, Emma Philo, Sadie Wallis, Jake Peacock
Math Olympics Participants:
Front Row: Mason Stitcher, Katie Hall, James Henderson, Anders Ficken, Bailey Burns
Middle Row: Sophia Hou, Kylee Simmons, Abel Carter, Grant Loftin, Solomon Garland, Ella Thomas
Top Row: Brody Conner, Francis Kelley, Will Peacock, Brooks David, Claire Bradford, Lyndsay McCall
Not Pictured: Elora Rentfrow
April 13, 2018
2018 Summer at Prince Fine Arts Camp - Registration Now Open
Registration for the Summer at Prince Fine Arts Camp is now open for students in rising kindergarten - 5th grades.
Be part of the Fine Arts family and learn the basics of music theatre which include vocal production, acting, choreography, make-up, and stage combat.
Rehearsals and performances will be in the PACS cafeteria. Music Theatre Camp will conclude with a performance of All in the Family on June 21st at 4:00 and 5:00 pm.
Camp Directors are Justin and Sharon Carter of Brightstone Productions. The cost is $90.00.
To learn more about Fine Arts Camp and to register, visit our Summer at Prince page on the school website.
April 13, 2018
2018 FUNdamentals - Prince Youth Sports Camps Registration Now Open
The 2018 Summer at Prince Youth Sports Camps are now called FUNdamentals Youth Sports Camps! Your children will have FUN while learning the most important skills of their sport.
Registration is now open! Children in grades K - 6 can register for basketball, cheerleading football, and soccer camps. Grades K - 8 can register for baseball and softball camps, and grades K - 12 can register for twirling camp.
A description of each camp, dates, times, and cost along with registration information are located on the Summer at Prince page on our website.
April 10, 2018
Prince Parent Angel Meeler Lunch and Learn Speaker
Prince parent Angel Meeler was the speaker at this year’s final Lunch and Learn for high school students. Mrs. Meeler works in medical imaging. She described to students the different types of medical imaging including x-ray, cat scan, and ultrasound. She also explained the degree necessary and the professional options available to students who obtain that degree.
April 07, 2018
Sewell Nominated for Shuler Hensley Award, Wilson and Johnston in Shuler Student Ensemble
Prince Avenue Christian School sophomore Thompson Sewell has received a Shuler Hensley Award nomination for his role as Cat in the Hat in the Prince Fine Arts production of Seussical. Thompson will perform at the Shuler Hensley Awards ceremony on April 19th at the Cobb Energy Center. The ceremony will be broadcast live at 7:00 pm on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
In addition, PACS sophomores Riley Wilson and Jack Johnston have been selected as Shuler Student Ensemble members. Riley and Jack will rehearse and perform the opening and closing acts of the Shuler Hensley Awards ceremony with other talented students from across the state of Georgia.
Fashioned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Shuler Hensley Awards celebrate excellence in high school musical theater. Prince competed against 69 other schools across the state with their production of Seussical.
Thompson Sewell Riley Wilson Jack JohnstonBack
March 28, 2018
PACS Students Participate in State Capitol Page Program
Three Prince Avenue Christian School students recently served as Pages at the Georgia State Capitol. Sixth-grader Sawyer Bradford served State Representative Bruce Williamson in the Georgia House of Representatives. Freshmen Erin Eley and Bailey Hicks served State Senator Frank Ginn in the Georgia State Senate. The girls also had a meeting with Governor Nathan Deal during their day of service. Congratulations to these Prince students on pursuing a unique opportunity to learn about Georgia state politics and for representing the Prince community well.
Sawyer Bradford serving in the Georgia Pictured left to right: Erin Eley, Governor Nathan Deal,
House of Representatives. and Bailey Hicks.
March 28, 2018
Meghan Hudson Receives Above and Beyond Award
Prince Avenue Christian School Visual Arts teacher Meghan Hudson recently received the Above and Beyond Award. This award recognizes teachers and staff members through a nomination and evaluation process conducted by members of the school’s Administrative Leadership Team. This individual is considered based on attitude and commitment, work performance, interpersonal skills, and personal traits.
Mrs. Hudson has taught at Prince for eight years. In addition to heading up the high school Visual Arts program, she coaches Middle School Softball and sponsors both the Interact Club and the National Art Honors Society. Both of these clubs involve multiple service projects including the Big Thank You campaign to encourage soldiers overseas during the holidays and Empty Bowls to support a local homeless shelter.
Mrs. Hudson expresses her love for teaching at Prince both for her students and her two daughters who are students in the lower school. “I have chosen to teach at Prince because I love investing in my students with the hope of having a positive impact on their lives, and I love that my own children can look up to our older students and see them grow in their relationship with Christ.”
Meghan Hudson is pictured with High School Principal Jesse Owens.Back
March 26, 2018
Middle School and Varsity Cheerleading Clinic & Tryouts for 2018-19
There will be a Cheerleading Informational Meeting on Tuesday, April 17th from 3:30-3:45 pm in the Chorus Room. This meeting is for rising 6th-12th grade girls interested in cheering for Middle School or Varsity Football for the 2018-19 school year. Questions should be directed to Lisa Ricketts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are the dates and times of clinic and tryouts:
Cheer Clinic Dates & Information:
Middle School & Varsity Cheer Clinic
Monday, May 7th - Thursday, May 10th
3:30 - 5:00
Middle School Cheer Tryouts
Friday, May 11th
Varsity Cheer Tryouts
Friday, May 11th
Middle School & Varsity Uniform Fitting
Tuesday, May 15th
3:30-4:30 Middle School
March 20, 2018
Crawford and Sewell, Honorary Members of U.S. Army Band and Soldier’s Chorus
Two Prince Avenue Christian School Fine Arts students were honored last weekend when they performed with the United States Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus.
Senior Sydney Crawford and sophomore Thompson Sewell were two of the 14 students from the metropolitan Atlanta area who were selected as honorary members of the U.S. Army Band and Soldier’s Chorus.
This premier military ensemble based in Washington D.C. is on its 2018 national tour and is performing throughout the southeastern United States. At each location on the tour, they invite select high school musicians to perform with them.
Sydney and Thompson performed “America The Beautiful” with the band and chorus in front of over 5000 people in the Atlanta audience. After the performance, Sydney and Thompson were presented with a certificate proclaiming them to be honorary members of the U.S. Army Band and Army “dog tags” to commemorate the event.
Sydney Crawford Thompson Sewell
March 19, 2018
Thing-a-Thon Planned for April 20th
Prince Avenue Christian School's annual Thing-A-Thon Field Day will be held on Friday, April 20th from 8:10 am - Noon on the Wolverine Athletic Complex. This fun-filled day is for all students.
Every student, faculty, staff, and volunteer will receive a free t-shirt. Colors of shirts are determined by grade (lower school) and by team (middle and high school). Volunteers will all receive the same color shirt.
The PTF needs adult volunteers in order to have a successful Thing-A-Thon. If you are still interested in volunteering, please contact Carrie Sewell at email@example.com. If you have volunteered in the past, you will remember the fun you have had helping students enjoy the day. If you are a first-time parent, sign up to volunteer, and you will discover a great adventure!
Thing-A-Thon has been a part of the Prince Avenue Christian School family culture for 20 years. The PTF sponsors a field day of games and activities for all students while encouraging the involvement of parents as game volunteers, creating a special family fun-filled event for students of all ages.
Lower school students rotate with their homeroom classes through about 20 age-appropriate game stations ranging from relay races to putt-putt to moonwalks. Middle and high school students are divided into randomly-selected teams with teachers as coaches. They also rotate through stations including games such as relays, flag football, kickball, and volleyball.
There is no fee to participate in Thing-A-Thon, but families are asked to consider making a $25 donation to help the PTF pay for expenses for the event.
More details regarding dismissal and pick-up will be sent prior to Thing-a-Thon day.
March 15, 2018
Roland and Meeler Sign to Play College Sports
Two Prince Avenue Christian School seniors signed this week to play sports at the college level.
Grant Roland signed to play football at Grand View University. Head Coach Greg Vandagriff describes Grant as a true Wolverine for life. “We are truly going to miss Grant Roland next year; he is the winningest quarterback in Prince history. He is also our single-season and career passing record holder. He did a wonderful job directing our offense, and we want to wish him the best of luck at the next level.”
Dalton Meeler signed to play basketball at Piedmont College. Head Coach Will Cantrell says Dalton is very deserving of the recognition he has received this year. “Dalton has earned everything that has come his way. He was voted Region Player of the Year and voted All-State. Now he gets an opportunity to continue playing at the next level. He is an amazing example of what can happen when talent works hard.”
Congratulations to these two Prince students on their success in the classroom and athletics.
Head Coach Will Cantrell, Dalton Meeler, Head Coach Greg Vandagriff, Grant Roland,
and Assistant Coach Brandon Jones and Assistant Coach Zach Lonas
March 12, 2018
Weaver and Hodges Advance to State Literary Meet Competition
Prince Avenue Christian School high school students recently competed in Region Literary Meet Competition hosted on campus in the Prince Avenue Baptist Church building.
Competing in Dramatic Interpretation was senior Rebecca Hathaway, Human Interpretation was senior Mary Grace Palmer, and Duo Interpretation was both Rebecca Hathaway and Mary Grace Palmer.
Girls Solo was performed by sophomore Riley Wilson, and Boys Solo was performed by freshman Finn McGinnis. Performing for Girls Trio were freshman Lizzy Coleman and sophomores Emilie David and Chloe Ferguson. Performing for Boys Quartet were freshmen Hendley Jones and Finn McGinnis and sophomores Jack Johnston and Thompson Sewell.
Senior Sarah Thompson competed in Argumentative Essay; senior Tyler Roberts competed in Personal Essay; senior Emily Weaver competed in Rhetorical Essay, and sophomore Sammy Hodges competed in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking.
Emily Weaver and Sammy Hodges both placed second in their events and will advance to the State Literary Meet.
March 12, 2018
Prince Advanced Band Earns Superior Ratings
The Prince Avenue Christian School Combined Advanced Band recently performed in two events earning the highest rating of Superior at both events.
The band attended the Georgia Music Educators Association District Performance Evaluation held at East Jackson High School and received superior ratings from all three judges in all categories including sight-reading. This marks the third consecutive year the band has received this prestigious rating.
The band also performed in the Association of Christian Schools International Southeastern Region Band Festival held at Toccoa Falls College. At this event, the band also received a superior rating from every judge in every category marking the fifth consecutive year that the Prince band has earned the highest rating at ACSI Festival.
The Prince Combined Advanced Band includes both middle and high school students in Advanced Band classes.
March 06, 2018
My Conversation with Prince Alum and Published Author, Mez Blume
Written by: Amy Frierson
It recently came to my attention that one of our alumni, Mary Elizabeth Blume Stead, is an author of children’s literature, and her book, Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plot, will be placed in the Prince library and on our summer reading list.
I remember Mary Beth as a young student at PACS. She was a sweet friend to one of my daughters, and her mother is endeared to many Prince alumni as Señora Blume, the lower school Spanish teacher for many years. Mary Beth attended PACS for 8 years and graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 2006.
Upon hearing of Mary Beth’s book, I was struck by the profundity of the ministry of Prince Avenue Christian School coming full circle--a graduate of Prince Avenue Christian School pursues her passion for writing and now brings her published book back to our current students.
I recently caught up with Mary Beth through email in preparation for her Spring Book Tour and her planned visit to Prince on March 26th. She now goes by the pen-name “Mez”, and she resides with her husband, Gordon, in the United Kingdom.
I asked Mez to answer a few questions in order to write a feature story for our school publications. However, because Mez is gifted with the written word, I felt that to try to fit her answers into a neatly packaged feature was too limiting. Her responses are beautiful and insightful and truly capture the essence of her history at Prince as well as her current endeavors as a children’s author. I think you will agree that an interview was the best way to tell her story.
Can you offer a timeline of your major life-events since graduating from Prince that led you to your current location and occupation?
Certainly. After leaving PACS, I attended UGA where I did a double major in Romance Languages and Art History. I loved being at the university, but I must say, the highlight was my 3rd year which I spent abroad at the University of Oxford. A true Anglophile at heart, I returned to England after graduating for an MA in Gothic Cathedrals at the Courtauld Institute of Art (part of the University of London).
I had no idea what I would do following my course, but God had some major plans awaiting right around the corner! I stayed in London and soon found myself employed as the children’s worker at my church, St John’s Downshire Hill. I’m so grateful for the 4 years at St John’s, not only because I grew among a wonderful church family and enjoyed teaching young people the Bible in Sunday School, clubs, and camps, but also because that’s where I met my husband, Gordon!
Gordon and I got married in 2013, and a year later, I left my job at St John’s and took the plunge, deciding to become a full-time writer. Soon after, we adopted our Jack Russell Terrier, Hugo, who has been a wonderful source of joy, entertainment, and exercise.
2017 was a quite a year. We left London to move to a boarding school in the country where my husband is now Head of Physics. Just a few months later, after many healthy doses of struggle and rejection, I, at last, became a published author in 2017 with my debut novel Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plot. With a sequel on the way, a number of other books in the publication pipeline, and an international book tour on the calendar, life has become busier than I ever anticipated after putting just one book out into the world. But I’m so grateful for every opportunity the Lord has given me. His plans always stretch far beyond my own dreams.
When you are not writing, how do you spend your time?
Living at a country boarding school has its benefits. Since moving out of the city, I’ve enjoyed running, cycling, rowing, and many a long country walk with the dog.
I’ve always got several books on the go, and Gordon and I enjoy reading aloud to one another (though we’ve only recently discovered Netflix which does pose some competition to our reading time!).
During the school holidays, we love to travel, whether it be to nearby Windsor Castle or an exotic new country. And of course, no matter where I am -- on a walk in the woods or off to India -- I am always on the lookout for the next story idea!
Talk about your writing. How did you begin? What inspired you? Did you always know you wanted to be an author? Where do you get your story ideas?
I don’t know that I’ve always wanted to be an author. I don’t think I realized as a child that ordinary people like me could become authors. But certainly Story has always been an important part of my life and a tool God has used to shape me.
Some of the authors who have inspired me most are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, George MacDonald, and Jane Austen. Perhaps not so coincidentally, all of them share one key aspect: they are Christians. Of course, there are many brilliant authors who do not acknowledge God as the giver of their gifts, but when Christians write stories inspired by the Truth, stories about Hope and Sacrificial Love and Goodness overcoming Evil, those stories become more than just stories. They become windows into God’s Story: His Redemptive Plan for this world. The idea that I can use my gifts to write stories that point people to Truth inspires me more than anything.
As to ideas for particular stories, I find them everywhere! Once you start looking, listening and asking questions, stories are absolutely falling from the sky! The idea for Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plot came from a visit to an Elizabethan manor house near where my husband grew up. It is so full of mystery and history; I couldn’t resist putting it into a story.
I love your pen-name. Do you go exclusively by Mez, or is that just your public persona?
Why thank you! As a matter of fact, I do go by Mez, though it wasn’t entirely by choice. When I moved to the UK, I quickly discovered that long names will be shortened. My name - Mary Elizabeth -- didn’t stand a chance. Some of my rowing friends shortened it to Mez, and it’s stuck!
What advice would you give to students who love to read and write regarding pursuing those talents?
First of all, keep reading. Every good author is also a good reader. You learn how to write by reading and emulating the authors you love.
Secondly, and this sounds obvious, you must write! Start by keeping a journal and jotting down ideas. If you spend just 5-10 minutes each day writing, you’ll be amazed how quickly your words will grow into something … a page, a short story, even a novel!
Finally, don’t be afraid to share your work. Creativity works best when we collaborate. When I was a student at PACS, my friend, Marissa Stocks, and I would write stories (in break time, of course) and share them with one another. And do you know, we still share stories and help each other grow as writers today!
Creativity is hard work, but it’s also a gift God has given us to enjoy. Don’t forget the fun of it!
Are there any thoughts or details regarding the book that will be in the Prince Avenue library and on the PACS summer reading list that you would like to share?
Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plot is, I think, a book for the whole family. It has action, mystery, some very interesting history, and yes, a bit of danger sprinkled in. But it’s also about the power of friendship to inspire true bravery.
If you’d like a copy of your own, you can get the paperback just about wherever books are sold. You can also download the ebook and audiobook for free on my website! Here’s a link:
In thinking about your time as a student at Prince, can you specify ways that PACS influenced you spiritually or educationally that helped you along the way? A certain teacher or class?
My years at PACS were so special. I’m indebted to so many wonderful teachers who inspired and encouraged me, both spiritually and academically. One person who stands out is Mrs. Linda Gore, my 4th- grade teacher. Mrs. Gore fit reading time into every day, and she let us borrow books from her own wonderful collection. She also read The Chronicles of Narnia aloud to us and let us watch Anne of Green Gables during classroom lunches. Reading was never a chore in Mrs. Gore’s class. It was a treat!
Another special person was my drama teacher, Mrs. Candy Todd. Mrs. Todd helped me develop confidence on stage which translated to my life off stage as well, the kind of confidence that comes through hard work done for God’s glory. The skills and confidence she encouraged in me have played a part in every job I’ve done, including the often frightening job of sharing my writing in public.
How about your book tour? How long will the tour last, and where will you visit?
I’ll only be in the US for 10 days this Spring, so I’m focusing my school visits in Athens, Watkinsville, and the surrounding areas. Besides schools, I’ll be visiting the Oconee Library and several bookshops including Barnes & Noble, Normal Books and The Story Shop (dates and times TBA).
In May and June, I’ll be continuing the tour in the UK, but I do plan to return to the US to share the next book, coming out this October!
Anything else that I did not think to ask?
I’m happy to invite parents & older students to keep up with me through my newsletter (sign up is on www.mezblume.com), as well as on social media. I only share news and resources that I think would be of interest to parents, teachers, and young readers. I’ll copy the links below:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/mezblume/
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/mez_blume
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/mez_blume/
- Pinterest: www.pinterest.co.uk/blume1400/
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share with the PACS family!
Mez will visit Prince Avenue Christian School on Monday, March 26th as part of her book tour for Katie Watson and the Painter’s Plot. Mark your calendars, and watch the Wolverine Weekly for more information in the days to come.
As for me, I have already ordered my copy and cannot wait to get to know Katie Watson.
March 05, 2018
Tickets Still Available for Suessical the Musical
The Prince Avenue Christian School Fine Arts Department will present Seussical, a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Both middle and high school students comprise the cast of this fun and whimsical musical portraying the characters and stories of Dr. Seuss.
There will be a "talk back" with the cast and crew after the Thursday evening show. This presentation will also be adjudicated by a panel for the Shuler High School Musical Theatre Awards on Friday night.
Show times are:
- Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 pm
- Friday, March 16th at 7:00 pm
- Saturday, March 17th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
All shows will be at Seney-Stovall Chapel.
Tickets are available now and are $12 in advance online and $15 at the door.
Click on the links below to purchase tickets:
March 04, 2018
Senior Mission Trip Updates
Day 6: Friday, March 9th
This last week in Nicaragua has been nothing short of amazing!
On our last day in country, our Seniors enjoyed an excursion day at the Masaya Volcano, the Masaya marketplace, and swimming in the Laguna de Apoyo (a volcanic crater that is filled with natural spring water). And although our students enjoyed today, what they will take away from this week has nothing to do with sight-seeing. What they will take away from this week is how they experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. When our student came to a foreign country and could not speak the language or fully understand the culture, they had no choice but to depend on the Holy Spirit. But, as we discussed earlier tonight in our Group Time, just because we will be returning to a place where we do understand the language and we are a part of the culture, that does not mean that we need to depend on the Holy Spirit any less next week as we did this past week. We are all so very inadequate to live the lives that God has called us to without being fully surrendered to Him each day!
There are a few people that need to be recognized and thanked for making this week so incredible...
* Thank you so much to David and Beverly Shivar (and the whole BMDMI team) for facilitating and allowing us to partner with their hearts for the people of Nicaragua.
* Thank you so much to Tracy Hathaway, Jason Myers, and Leigh Renn for giving up a week of their lives, being away from their families, and chaperoning our Senior Mission Trip.
* Thank you so much to you, our parents, for financially sacrificing and investing in the life of your student to enable them to be a part of our team.
Again, I cannot thank you enough for allowing your student to be such a vital part of our Mission Team...and I’m so excited about all that God will continue to do in their lives as a result of this past week!
Day 5: Thursday, March 8th
Today was our last ministry day in Ciudad de Belen.
I want you to know just how proud we are of our Seniors! This Mission Trip has certainly not been easy...temperatures in the 90s, loving but rambunctious kids, different language, different culture, etc...but our students handled each step of each day in a God-honoring way. The most difficult part of our day was saying goodbye to the people we’ve formed relationships within Ciudad de Belen. Although it was hard, the difficulty in detaching shows the level of investment from our students into their kids.
Tonight as we debriefed for the day, we expressed our gratitude to the students for their willingness to not only be flexible each day but to put everything they had into showing the love of Christ to a community that needs the love of Christ. I want to again thank you so very much for sending your student on this trip so that they could be a part of our Team!
How is how you can more specifically pray for us:
1. Please pray for the people in Ciudad de Belen who prayed to accept Christ today...pray that they are quickly and thoroughly disciples by a church that teaches them and shows them what being a follower of Jesus Christ is all about.
2. Please pray that our students would continue to process all that God has taught them and the ways in which God has used them throughout this week.
3. Please pray that God would stir a few of our students’ (more than that would be great too!) hearts to pursue vocational international missions. Also pray for those who God does not call into vocational international missions, that they would see their future career as an avenue to prayerfully and financially support international mission work.
4. Please pray that as our students have worked so hard this entire week, that they would richly enjoy our excursion day tomorrow as we visit a volcano, swim in a volcanic crater (it’s dormant!), and shop in the marketplace of Diriamba, Nicaragua.
Thank you all so much...I can’t wait for your students to share with you everything they’ve been a part of this week!
Day 3: Tuesday, March 6th
We had another great day serving in Ciudad de Belen!
There are a couple of very interesting bits of information that we found out today while ministering in this neighborhood. First, both the police and the residents are completely blown away that we would take the time to restore the beauty of their park. This small gesture by our students is opening giant doors of opportunity for us to share the Gospel with people who would normally be closed off and skeptical about a group of gringos coming into their community. Second, we were told today that the Nicaraguan government will not allow an official church building in the Ciudad de Belen neighborhood. There are, however, a few houses that we have visited while going door-to-door that have told us that the open porch area at the front of their house was a place for Christians to meet, but it was never referred to as a church....now we know why. The residents of Ciudad de Belen are allowed to meet together to worship in their own homes, but they are not allowed to construct a church building. Even in the midst of these government obstacles, God is most definitely raising up His people!
In regards to our students, they were amazing. From sharing their personal testimonies, to praying with the men and women of Ciudad de Belen, to loving on the neighborhood’s children, to just generally being servant-hearted, our Seniors were astounding! Even though we told them beforehand, the students have really experienced firsthand the fact that we did not bring them along for a mission trip (where they are along for the ride observing other people minister) but rather, they are the very hands, feet and hearts of the mission trip.
Here is how you can more specifically pray for us...
1. Please pray that our students remember that even though these kids in Ciudad be Belen need hugs, attention, and love...what they most need is the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Our hugs, attention, and love, are vehicles to present the Gospel.
2. Please pray that God would raise up a pastor(s) to live missionally within Ciudad de Belen to reach and disciple its residents long-term.
3. Please pray that God would redeem Ciudad de Belen. One of our main prayers has been and will continue to be that God use this neighborhood as a lighthouse and as a launching pad to reach Managua, Nicaragua, and Central America with the Gospel. Ciudad de Belen literally means “City of Bethlehem” and we know that on two other occasions God used a no-good, nothing-of-a-town called Bethlehem in amazing ways (the anointing of King David and the birth of Jesus Christ)...and we’re asking God to do it again in this Bethlehem!
Thank you all so much for your prayers...and were so glad that, through your prayers, you are partnering with us!
Ben Wallis, Director of Spiritual Life
Day 2: Monday, March 5th
Today was our first ministry day in Ciudad de Belen...and it was incredible!
In the mornings, our students are divided into three groups. Throughout the week, those groups rotate to different (yet equally important) ministry opportunities. We have one group serving the community by leading in a park (re)beautification project while two groups canvas the entire neighborhood by going door-to-door praying with the residents of Ciudad de Belen, giving them a Spanish copy of the Book of John and Book of Romans, and sharing the Gospel with those who indicate that they do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. After lunch in the community, our groups come back together to organize a recreation time for the older children of the neighborhood involving basketball, soccer, and baseball, as well as puppet shows and fun activities for the younger kids. Even though this was our first day of this routine, our students were absolutely awesome!
Here’s how you can specifically pray for us...
1. Please praise God for the adults and children who prayed to accept Christ today (during our door-to-door visits and during our recreation time).
2. Please pray that the those accepted Christ today are quickly discipled by close followers of Christ. There is a team from Prince Avenue Baptist Church coming to serve in Ciudad de Belen next week, and they will be given the names and addresses of all those who wanted to know more about a relationship with Jesus so they can follow up with those people...but one of our main prayers for this area is that God will raise up a pastor and that a church will be planted in the middle of Ciudad de Belen.
3. Please pray that God continues to give our students the exact amount of energy needed for each day’s adventure.
4. Please pray that God continues to specifically work in the lives of each one of our students in the exact way that they need this week.
Thank you all so much for your prayers back home...they are more important than you’ll ever know!!!
Ben Wallis, Director of Spiritual Life
Day 1: Sunday, March 4th
Our first full day in Nicaragua is almost complete! While it has been tiring, it has been exciting! We had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours over in Ciudad de Belen, the area that we will have the privilege of serving and ministering to throughout this week. During our time in Ciudad de Belen, we prayer walked and got to enjoy playing with some kids in the park area. Tomorrow is when our team really gets cranked up and going.
Here’s how you can specifically pray for us...
1. Please pray that our students get acclimated to the fast pace of the mission trip.
2. Please pray that God would go ahead of us and prepare the hearts of those we will encounter in Ciudad de Belen and they would be receptive to the Gospel.
3. Please pray that God would raise up a strong Christian leader in the midst of Ciudad de Belen that would be discipled and plant a church in that community.
4. Please pray that God would continue to keep His hand on the ministry of BMDMI (generally) and David and Beverly Shivar (specifically).
5. Please pray that while God keeps our students safe, that He wrecks their hearts and realigns their focus on Him and His salvation...and, in turn, ignites a fire within them for further mission work.
Thank you so much for your prayer so far and thank you in advance for your prayers over our group tomorrow!
If you have Instagram and have not followed the Spiritual Life page for the school, log on and follow “pacsspirituallife”...I continually post pictures of our trip there so you can have a better picture of what is going on during our trip.
Ben Wallis, Director of Spiritual LifeBack
March 03, 2018
12th Annual Spring Gala: “Birthday Bash”
Prince Avenue Christian School is preparing for the 12th Annual Spring Gala, an annual event sponsored by the PACS Office of Development to support the PACS Annual Fund.
The Spring Gala is not only a wonderful opportunity to support the Annual Fund, but it is a special time for the PACS community to come together in support and celebration of our wonderful school.
This year’s gala is a “Birthday Bash” to celebrate the 40th Birthday of PACS. The evening entertainment will be provided by PACS junior Lilly Renn, and the evening's special speaker will be Jason McLeod, Youth Pastor at Prince Avenue Baptist Church.
The Birthday Bash will be Tuesday, March 13th at the Athens Country Club. The evening will begin with the Silent Auction at 6:00 followed by dinner at 7:00.
The Silent Auction is an exciting part of the Spring Gala. Some highlights on this year's auction list include jewelry, art, furniture, fabulous trips, personal training, a grill, many wonderful Prince items, and even a lab puppy! Bidding ends at 8 pm sharp. Auction items are added daily as the gala approaches. Be sure to come prepared to bid high and have fun.
The Prince Avenue Christian School Annual Fund is a yearly campaign that supports the PACS operating budget, enhancing school resources and helping to keep tuition low.
Attendees can review this year's silent auction items and come prepared to bid for those items of interest.
Silent Auction Items:
FROLIC & FUN TRIPS
DISCOVER WASHINGTON D.C. IN STYLE AT THE FAIRMONT
This Trip for Two includes: Round Trip Economy Class Air
BEST OF BOSTON REVEALED at the Fairmont Copley Plaza for Two Including a Two Day “GO BOSTON CARD” which offers Admission to over 70 of the City’s Top Attractions
FAMILY HOSPITALITY IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN AAA FIVE-DIAMOND FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS
Suite for Two Adults and Two Children
BUILT FOR THE WILD
YETI TANK 45
YETI HOPPER 30
YETI HOPPER FLIP 8
OLD ANGLER FIRENZE ITALIAN MADE OVERNIGHT BAG
CHARGRILLER AKORN KAMADO GRILL
FITNESS & FUN
Phit: Personal Trainer, Meg Titshaw
Choice of: 3 private personal training sessions or 1 month group fitness training
Includes Two 30 minute assessment consultations
Includes: Weights and Yoga Mat
transFit: 4 TransFormer Sessions Includes: AB Wheel
14K GOLD HOOP EARRINGS
14K GOLD CHAIN AND PEARL EARRINGS
TORY BURCH NECKLACE: Evie Logo Chain Necklace
TORY BURCH BRACELET: Perforated Cuff with Logo
KATE SPADE PURSE: Jackson Street Small Purse in Hazel
KATE SPADE PURSE: Daycation Bon Shopper in Dance Party Dot
KATE SPADE HAT: Fiesta Strip Sun Hat
TORY BURCH BRACELET: 3 Strand Evie Logo and Pearl Bracelet
KATE SPADE: Bright and Bold Gold Cuff with Red Stones
828 COLLECTIONS by MEG MASSIE: Natural Pave’ Diamonds in Antiqued
Sterling Quatrefoil Pendant on Gold Vermeil & Citrine Crystal Chain
TORY BURCH: Gold Linear Logo Earrings
TORY BURCH PURSE: Rattan Clutch with Navy Patent accent Gold Logo
TORY BURCH PURSE: Navy and White Block T Leather Bag
Spring Barn by Madeline Meeks Kennon PACS Alumna 2013
Cross by Nikki Johnson
Untouched by Laura Brannon PACS Alumna 2015
Abstract by Peyton Ricketts PACS Alumna 2016
Just Cotton by Leah Laturell: 16x20 Acrylic on Canvas
CUSTOM HOME PORTRAIT by Leah Laturell: 8x10 Watercolor and Ink
DR. ROSS CAMPBELL & DR. KRISTEN THOMAS: Botox Package
RODAN + FIELDS: Active hydration serum, REDEFINE Regime, gauze pads, & $75 gift
ODDS & ENDS
HOME-CLEANING: 4 hours of home cleaning (floors, bathrooms, dusting) - Prince Parent Recommended
FOLK ART AMERICAN FLAG: Hand Painted by Leah Laturell
SPRING HAS SPRUNG: Two Large Decorative Planters
LET’S MAKE LEMONADE: Lemon Italian Platter, Kate Spade Tea Towels, & Glass Pitcher
DEAR JANE: Manufactus Correspondence Leather Envelope with Decorative Pen
FAIRYTALE FINDS PACKAGE: $30 gift certificate for “Castle Cash” & 2 Pre-Sale Passes
LUXURIOUS THROW & PILLOW: AVOCA Ireland’s Finest Handweavers
HANDPAINTED FURNITURE PIECE: Chalk Painted Napoleonic Blue Side Board
HANDPAINTED FURNITURE PIECE: Graphite Tall Chest of Drawers
HANDPAINTED FURNITURE PIECE: Distressed Off-White Pedestal Table
HANDSOME ACCENT MIRROR: Gold Leaf Mirror
EXOTIC WOOD CUTTING BOARD: Handmade by Lee Robinson (Wood from South America and Africa blended with domestic hardwoods)
EXOTIC WOOD CUTTING BOARD: Handmade by Lee Robinson
APPOINTMENTS AT FIVE: Rustic Embossed Jug Table Lamp
HOME.MADE: $50 Gift Card Includes: Treat
URBAN SANCTUARY: Bio Energy Lift and Firm Facial
STRIPLINGS: Surf & Turf for Eight (INCLUDES: 8 Lobster Tails and 8 Filets)
R. WOOD ORIGINAL: One of a kind bowl exclusively designed and made by
Rebecca Wood Everything Bowl in Summer Sky
PACS PREMIUM PARKING SPACE: VIP Reserved all sports parking
“PACS LUNCH”: Lunch for Your Child for a Year in the Wolverine Cafeteria
FAMILY BOOSTER CLUB MEMBERSHIP with ONE GAME ALL ACCESS BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE LOCKER ROOM
CALL THE FIRST PLAY OF 2018 SEASON: Sideline Pass and Wolverine Coaching at its Best!
PAINT THE “P”: Head out to Center Field to Help Paint the Wolverine “P”. Your Family Will Enjoy this PACS Experience!
QUEEN OF THE CARPOOL / DESIGNATED PARKING SPACE Pull to the FRONT of the Line for Drop-Off and Pick-Up!
SAVED SEATS IN THE WOLV-ARENA: Basketball 2018-2019
WATER BOY FOR A WOLVERINE FOOTBALL GAME: 2ND – 5TH Graders ONLY! Boys or Girls Right in the Middle of the Wolverine Action!
MOSAIC: Collaborative Glass Tile Mosaic by Freshmen Artists
LANDS’ END PACKAGE: Canvas Tote, Fleece Blanket & $50 Gift Card
HEAD OF SCHOOL FOR THE DAY: Itinerary provided by Col Seth Hathaway
Come prepared to bid high and have fun!
March 03, 2018
Prince Preview for Prospective Families, March 22nd
Prince Avenue Christian School will hold "Prince Preview" on Thursday, March 22nd at 9:00 am. Prince Preview is an opportunity for prospective families to visit campus, talk with administrators and teachers, and review curriculum.
To attend Prince Preview, please RSVP to Admissions Director Victoria Carter at 678-726-2305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 27, 2018
Spring Sports Updates
All Prince Avenue varsity athletic scores can be located on our Scoreboard page on the school website.
Track and Field
February 15 vs. Providence Christian Academy
The Wolverine Track team took part in their first meet of the year. Haynes wins the girls 100M and 200M, Wilson wins the girls Long Jump, Hammond finishes 2nd in the boys Long Jump and Treadwell finishes 5th in the 100M.
Monday, March 12 vs. Athens Christian: Won: 5-0
- #1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs Annie Eberhart (8-0)
- #2 Singles: Dini Dicosty vs Karis Brown (8-0)
- #3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs SJ Johnson (8-0)
- #1 Doubles: Hope Sheppard vs Elizabeth McDonald (8-0)
Lolly Titshaw Lauren McMurray
- #2 Doubles: Ariana Crane vs Anna Ayers (8-0)
McNeal Wilfong Sandra Heard
February 27 vs. Hebron: Won 4-1
- #1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs Nicole Restrepo (4-6 , 2-6)
- #2 Singles: Dini DiCosty vs Emma Brown (6-2, 6-4)
- #3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs Gabby Rice (6-2, 6-0)
- #1 Doubles: Hope Sheppard vs Hannah Kendall (6-0, 6-0)
Lolly Titshaw Mollie Brewer
- #2 Doubles: Emma Taylor vs Torey Bailey (6-2, 6-2)
McNeal Wilfong Sydney Minard
February 26 vs. George Walton Academy: Won 3-2
- #1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Isabella Hurley (3 – 6, 0 – 6)
- #2 Singles: Dini DiCosty vs. Eliza Malcom (6 – 0, 4 – 6, 10 – 5)
- #3 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs. Rae Maddox (6 – 2, 6 – 3)
- #1 Doubles: Mary Bottoms vs. Melissa Gish (0 – 6, 4 – 6)
Lolly Titshaw Ivy Turner
- #2 Doubles: Ariana Crane vs. Ingrid Dolvin (6-0, 6-2)
Lilly Henderson Audrey Bradley
February 21 vs. Wesleyan: Lost 1-4
- #1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs Bella Tucker (1-6 , 1-6)
- #2 Singles: Dini DiCosty vs Elizabeth Bruehl (2-6 , 6-4 , 6-10)
- #3 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs Ansley Cofter (7-5 , 6-4)
- #1 Doubles: Mary Bottoms vs Grace Tyler (1-6 , 0-6)
Lolly Titshaw Haden Jones
- #2 Doubles: Ariana Crane vs Sarah Moon (6-4 , 3-6, 7-10)
Lilly Henderson Kate Lalley
February 13 vs. Athens Academy: Lost 0-5
- #1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Belle Kuhnert (1-6, 0-6)
- #2 Singles: Dini Dicosty vs. Anna Barkley (1-6, 3-6)
- #3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs. Leila Rosenberg (2-6 , 3-6)
- #1 Doubles: Ariana Crane vs. Caroline Kuhnert (1-6 , 1-6)
Lolly Titshaw Mary Lane
- #2Doubles: Emma Taylor vs. Anna Senn0witz (5-7, 2-6)
McNeal Wilfong Carson Will
February 26, 2018
Weaver Named STAR Student
Prince Avenue senior Emily Weaver has been named the 2017-18 STAR Student for Prince Avenue Christian School, scoring the highest on one sitting of the SAT test this year. She selected Science teacher Dale Autry as her STAR Teacher. Both Emily and Mr. Autry were honored at the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce STAR Student Breakfast.
Emily is the daughter of Chris and Tracey Weaver and has attended PACS for seven years. Her notable achievements include being the top of her class for the past six years, being a National Merit Semifinalist, receiving the Georgia Certificate of Merit, and being named the Rotary Club Student of the Semester. Emily is a talented member of the PACS concert and jazz bands and is active on the PACS Academic Team. Emily is also a member of the National Honor’s Society, Beta Club, and Interact Club. Emily attends Prince Avenue Baptist Church where she is active in the youth group.
When asked about her choice of STAR Teacher, Emily explained, “Mr. Autry has helped to mold me into the student that I am today. He has taught me critical thinking, how to plan labs, how to work well with a group of students, and responsibility in my school work.”
Dale Autry has been teaching for over 22 years with the last six being at PACS. He is currently teaching Physics and Physical Science. Mr. Autry describes Emily as one of the finest students he has ever taught. “She is supremely intelligent and hard-working, but more important is her obvious faith and character. The best thing about having Emily in class is her selfless attitude, which seems to compel her to constantly help and encourage everyone around her.”
Emily expresses that her time at PACS has significantly influenced her academic accomplishments as well as her spiritual and social life. “Prince Avenue has helped me to grow spiritually and has challenged me academically, but I’ve also had a lot of fun and made some great friends. I’ve also enjoyed all of my extracurricular activities.”
After graduation, Emily plans to attend Clemson University and major in Engineering.
February 23, 2018
PACS Student Has Successful Baking Business
On any given day at Prince Avenue Christian School, a visitor might observe snack time or meal time. Most students are eating something quick packed from home or one of the well-prepared school lunches. However, one student enjoys sharing something special with her friends.
“I love baking for people and seeing their reactions when they eat my creations,” explains Delaney Cook, a junior at PACS. “I was bringing the things I baked to school. I would give them away to whoever wanted them, but my friends told me I needed to start selling them, which turned into Delaney’s Delights.”
Delaney’s Delights is the privately-owned and run baking business started one year ago by Delaney Cook at the encouragement of her PACS friends. Delaney bakes cookies, cupcakes, and Whoopie pies and sells them for birthday parties, bridal luncheons, work and Christmas parties, and many other special occasions.
Delaney has attended Prince Avenue for eight years and is heavily involved in student life as a member of the Varsity Girls Golf team, as a Barnabas high school mentor, and as a member of the Beta Club, National Honors Society, and Interact club. In addition, Delaney attends Athens Church and is active in a small group. She also spends time at her mother’s local business, Activekidz, helping children during physical therapy sessions or working in the office. One might assume that with all of this responsibility, Delaney would have assistance with the ongoing demands of her baking business, but Delaney is very hands-on.
“I like to meet all of my customers myself to give it a more personal touch. I also created my website and social media pages. I do not have any employees, but sometimes my parents will help me if I have a lot to do.”
Delaney’s parents have also been helpful with the financial side of running a business. However, they credit Delaney with having the work ethic and ingenuity to succeed at this endeavor. Delaney’s father, Kendall Cook, describes her hard work and the life lessons she is learning. “The responsibility it takes to prepare her treats, deliver them exactly as the customer wants them, and deliver them on time is the life lesson. She is learning about supply and demand at an early age, and that can only help her in life. Delaney has created this by herself. We have been there to answer any questions she may have, but she has done it all on her own. We are so proud!”
Although only a junior, this is actually Delaney’s second business endeavor. Her first product was handmade soap, but Delaney found soap less enjoyable than the excitement of seeing her customers enjoy her delightful edible treats. And her customers are spreading the word. Delaney’s only advertisement is through her social media accounts and referrals.
Delaney credits Prince Avenue teachers with encouraging a strong work ethic, showing her the importance of time management, and teaching her the importance of honesty with her clients and her money. In addition, some of her teachers are her most enthusiastic customers. “Delaney is as great a baker as she is a student,” says high school math teacher Meagan Caylor. “She is intelligent and creative, and she brings that to her delicious desserts. Her specialty is whoopie pies. All the students who have had them love them, and I do as well! She has also done a fantastic job marketing herself on Instagram.”
Surprisingly, even with the business success she enjoys, Delaney’s future goals do not include business. “I am interested in going to the University of Georgia, and then I would like to go to medical school to be a pediatric medical geneticist.”
Some might think this is a field far from her current endeavors, but Delaney does not think so. “My job in the future won’t have anything to do with baking, but I would still love to do it on the side.”
And one cannot deny that for Delaney, those aspirations are very sweet.
Written by: Amy Frierson
February 23, 2018
Girls Advance to Elite Eight, Boys Conclude Historic Season
After winning Region Championships and earning a First Round bye, the Prince Avenue Christian School girl and boys basketball teams competed in the 2nd Round of the Class A Private State Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Wolverines played Pinecrest Academy and won 67-44 advancing to the GHSA Elite Eight for the second straight year. The ladies were led by Hall (20), Britt (15), Armstrong (14), and Henderson (10). They will play Stratford Academy in Macon on Tuesday, February 27th. Time to be announced.
The Wolverines played Brookstone School and lost a close, down to the buzzer, hard-fought game 56-54. They conclude their historic season 19-9 having won their first Region Title and a trip to the Sweet 16.
February 22, 2018
Local Law Enforcement Officers Visit PACS Biology Classes
Lieutenant Zach Barrett, a Prince Avenue Christian School alumnus, and Lieutenant Bo Huff with the Walton County Sheriff’s office recently spoke to Mrs. Owens 9th grade Honors Biology classes. Lieutenant Huff, head of the Crime Scene and Evidence Unit, discussed with students how crime scenes are processed explaining the importance of detail, observation, and documentation when processing a scene. Both Lieutenant Barrett and Lieutenant Huff discussed how evidence is gathered and specifically, the way DNA evidence can be used to help solve a case. Students learned how investigators obtain DNA samples, its accuracy in identifying a suspect, and the challenges with using DNA evidence.
Honors Biology students had just concluded a unit on DNA and DNA analysis. Lieutenant Barrett and Lieutenant Huff were able to describe for students how the information they learned in class is used in a real-world setting. Students were able to ask questions and better understand the benefits and challenges law enforcement officers face when solving a crime.
Pictured left to right: Lieutenant Zach Barrett and Lieutenant Bo Huff
February 22, 2018
Megan Almon Speaks to Students About the Value of Life and Defending Truth
Prince Avenue Christian School middle and high school students recently welcomed Megan Almon from the Life Training Institute as a special guest speaker as part of the PACS Distinguished Speaker Series. Mrs. Almon presented “The Case for Life” helping students understand how to persuasively defend their views in the marketplace of ideas by clearly presenting the pro-life position.
Mrs. Almon clearly explained to students the importance of ideas. “The ideas that we adopt as beliefs play themselves out in our own lives and in the lives of those around us. Ideas have consequences.” She identified the ideas in society that are driving the issue of abortion as they relate to identity. She said, “Two questions that our culture struggles to answer are ‘Is truth really true?’ and ‘What makes human beings valuable?’”
Mrs. Almon encouraged students to simplify the issue. “Emotionally, physiologically, and economically abortion is complex. Morally, it is simple. Abortion is a question of value.” She reminded students of their own intrinsic value. “You matter because of particular traits, talents, or abilities. You are valuable just because you’re a human being.”
Megan Almon is a former University of Georgia gymnast and was a member of the 2002 SEC Championship Team. She worked as an award-winning journalist until 2008, joined the Life Training Institute in 2009, and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University in 2011. Megan has served as a faculty member at Summit Ministries and Impact 360. She has spoken to high school and college assemblies and classrooms, conferences, youth organizations, women’s groups, and congregations across the nation on topics including Christianity as a Worldview and The Resurrection.
Megan and her husband, Tripp, who serves as a pastor and a gymnastics coach, have been married since 2003 and have two children, Neely and Rogan. Megan enjoys spending time with her family at their log cabin in Newnan, Georgia and is still known to practice handstands in her living room and occasionally coach the sport she still loves.
As part of the Christian Character Development Program, PACS middle and high school students will further study Megan's presentation next week in small discussion groups facilitated by teachers. Students will seek to further understand the information presented to them and apply it to their lives in meaningful ways.
February 21, 2018
Dr. Wayne Wallis, Veterinarian, Lunch and Learn Speaker
Dr. Wayne Wallis, veterinarian and father of Prince Avenue Christian School Spiritual Life Director Ben Wallis, was this month’s Lunch and Learn speaker to high school students. Dr. Wallis explained that the veterinarian field is difficult with the hardest part balancing the business aspect with the clinical aspect. He recommended that students avoid choosing to major in pre-veterinarian in college because their options will then be limited in the future. Dr. Wallis explained the many different types of Veterinarian practices and the years of education required to accomplish certain practices. Ultimately, Dr. Wallis encouraged students to consider any chosen occupation a ministry in which students should love their work, love people, and use their God-given abilities to bring glory to God and lead people to the Lord.
Pictured left to right: Front - Erin Eley, Sam Smith, and Taylor Bond
Back - Ben Wallis and Dr. Wayne Wallis
February 16, 2018
Fine Arts Week, February 21 - 23
Prince Avenue Christian School will celebrate Fine Arts Week on Wednesday, February 21st - Friday, February 23rd. The week will include themed dress up days, the PACS Fine Arts Winter Concert, and special guest Beverly Varnado.
All students are encouraged to participate in themed dress-up days. If students do not dress up, they are expected to follow the school uniform dress code.
Wednesday, February 21: Seussical Day
Dress up as your favorite animal! Transform the hallways of Prince Avenue into the Jungle of Nool by dressing up as your favorite animal! Find inspiration from your favorite jungle animal or Seussical characters.
Thursday, February 22: Family-Friendly Meme Day
Exactly as it sounds, the day is dedicated to the many viral memes that take over the internet. Recreate iconic looks, photos, and videos posted on Twitter. Please make sure to keep all memes family friendly.
Friday, February 23: Pattern Day
Wear your craziest patterned outfit! Go all out and celebrate your favorite colors, patterns and designs by using as much of the color wheel as you can.
Special Activities for Fine Arts Week:
Thursday, February 22: Winter Concert featuring our Prince Bands, High School Performing Arts, Improvables, and Literary Music Contestants
7:00 pm in the PABC Worship Center
Friday, February 23: Special Guest
Beverly Varnado, writer, musician, and artist will present a screenwriting workshop and author talkback. For more info on Beverly Varnado please visit www.beverlyvarnado.com .http://www.beverlyvarnado.com
February 16, 2018
Walton EMC Gives Safety Demonstration to 4th Grade Students
As a culmination of their Electricity and Magnetism unit, Prince Avenue Christian School 4th grade students received a visit from Walton EMC personnel. Jeff Paul (Member Services Director) and Jennifer Broun (Community and Youth Representative) presented a safety demonstration on electricity.
Students were able to see how electricity runs through fallen wires, a ladder, and a wire that may fall on a car. Mr. Paul and Mr. Broun instructed students on how to handle these dangerous situations as well as how to exit a car if a power line falls across it due to a storm or accident.
February 16, 2018
McDonald Signs to Swim at the College Level
Prince Avenue senior John Morgan McDonald recently signed to swim at the college level with the University of Cumberlands.
PACS swim coach Dale Autry described John Morgan’s commitment to swimming at PACS. “John Morgan has been swimming for Prince since 7th grade. He obviously takes seriously his duty to use the great talent that God has given him to the best of his ability. He holds four school records in swimming events, and in the recent state swim meet won the championship in the class A-AAA 500 freestyle. His dedication to his sport and our school have brought great honor to our school.”
Pictured left to right: PACS Swim Coach Dale Autry, John Morgan McDonald, and
PACS Swim Coach Tracy Hewatt
February 15, 2018
Students Have Artwork on Display at OCAF
Prince Avenue Christian School students will have artwork displayed at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation Center from February 23 – March 23 as part of Oconee County Youth Art Month. Youth Art Month is a national show in coordination with the National Art Education Association. All of the artwork on display is from private and public schools in Oconee County.
The Opening Reception for the show is Friday, February 23rd from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. PACS families and friends are encouraged to support these students and Fine Arts at PACS by attending the reception.
The following students will have artwork on display:
|Lower School||Middle School||High School|
7th/8th Combined Classes – Ceramics
|Fall Semester Pottery Class - Pottery Village
Introduction to Art Class - Gothic-Inspired Windows
Addie Lee Frierson
February 13, 2018
Abby Frost’s Essay Chosen as State Winner of DAR Contest
Prince Avenue Christian School junior Abby Frost was recently notified that the American History essay she submitted to the Apalachee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has been selected as the essay contest state winner. Abby responded to the prompt, “Advantages and Disadvantages of Working Relationships Between Foreign Parties”. Specifically, Abby’s essay researched how Columbus convinced King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to finance his first voyage.
Abby’s essay began as a simple assignment from her Dual Enrollment History teacher, Elizabeth Barry. Mrs. Barry graded the essay as a test grade but also submitted the papers to the Apalachee Chapter of the DAR. Abby’s essay was selected first as the PACS school winner and then progressed as the Apalachee Chapter winner, DAR District winner, and now state winner. Abby’s winning essay will now be forwarded to the Southeastern Division Vice Chairman for the next round of competition.
Although Abby, who came to Prince during her 8th-grade year, spent a great deal of effort on research and writing, she credits the support and instruction of her PACS teachers for preparing her for the challenge. “Before I came to Prince, I had never written an essay. My English teachers from Prince helped me develop my writing to a point where I could actually write. I could never have written the essay without Mr. Phillips' AP English class, and Mrs. Barry helped me when I had questions about the prompt and my resources.”
Mrs. Barry is very excited about her student’s impressive accomplishment. ”Abby is the type of student who reminds you why you became a teacher. She actively participates in the classroom with a smile and asks insightful questions. Because I get the privilege of teaching her day in and day out, I was overjoyed but not surprised when I received word that her essay was deemed the best in the state. Her consistent work ethic was given the opportunity to shine through this essay, and I am so glad she received the recognition she deserves.”
Abby and her family are invited to attend the Georgia State Society DAR School Youth Luncheon to be held in Atlanta on April 7th where she will receive a certificate and award.
February 13, 2018
Megan Almon, Distinguished Speaker February 21st
On February 21st, Prince Avenue Christian School middle and high school students will welcome Megan Almon from the Life Training Institute as a special guest speaker as part of the PACS Distinguished Speaker Series. Mrs. Almon will present “The Case for Life” helping students understand how to persuasively defend their views in the marketplace of ideas by clearly presenting the pro-life position.
Megan Almon is a former University of Georgia gymnast and was a member of the 2002 SEC Championship Team. She worked as an award-winning journalist until 2008, joined the Life Training Institute in 2009, and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University in 2011. Megan has served as a faculty member at Summit Ministries and Impact 360. She has spoken to high school and college assemblies and classrooms, conferences, youth organizations, women’s groups, and congregations across the nation on topics including Christianity as a Worldview and The Resurrection.
Megan and her husband, Tripp, who serves as a pastor and a gymnastics coach, have been married since 2003 and have two children, Neely and Rogan. Megan enjoys spending time with her family at their log cabin in Newnan, Georgia and is still known to practice handstands in her living room and occasionally coach the sport she still loves.
February 11, 2018
Wolverine Girls and Boys Basketball Teams Win Region Titles - Make Program History
The Wolverine basketball teams, both girls and boys, made history by winning the Region 8A Championship on the same day versus the same school opponent.
Both teams competed on Saturday against Athens Academy in the Region 8A Finals. The Lady Wolverines won 38-31 earning their second region title in program history. The Wolverines won 40-38 earning their first region title in program history. This is also the first time in PACS Athletics that both Girls and Boys Basketball teams have played in Region Finals on the same day. Both teams winning a victory made the day even more special.
Prince Athletic Director and Head Coach of the Lady Wolverines, Richard Ricketts, expressed the excitement and pride he felt for the students and school. "I will never forget my feeling as I watched both teams win Region Championships. Seeing the parents, fellow students, and supporters’ excitement at the conclusion of both games is what high school sports is all about. Both teams have worked extremely hard and showed what playing together can achieve."
The Wolverine teams get a bye in the first round of State Tournament play. The games and times for the second round are TBD.
The Lady Wolverines after their Region Championship victory.
Pictured left to right: Assistant Coach Josh Dillard, Lindsay Rogers, Kalin Cartey, Mackenzie Case, Ivey Meeks, Ansley Hall, Janie Henderson, Head Coach Richard Ricketts, Millican Jarrett, Caroline Hill, Karlee Armstrong, Niyah Beasley, Madison Britt, and Kathryn Anne Frierson
The Wolverines after winning the first Region Championship in program history.
Pictured left to right: Assistant Coach Josh Dillard, Boone Seay, Brock Vandagriff, Trey Stiles, Dalton Owens, Elijah Hynes, John Morgan, Grant Roland, Mack Simmons, Will Todd, and Buck Leffingwell
Head Coaches Richard Ricketts and Will Cantrell
February 09, 2018
Wolverine Basketball Players Honored in Region 8A
Six Prince Avenue Christian School basketball players were recognized by 8A Region for their performances on the court this season.
Sophomore Ansley Hall was named Girls Player of the year while senior Dalton Meeler was named Co-Boys Player of the Year.
Selected for Second Team was junior Madison Britt, and receiving Honorable Mentions were juniors Janie Henderson and Mack Simmons and senior Millican Jarrett.
Congratulations to these Wolverine athletes for an excellent season and for representing PACS so well. All of the basketball team members are now looking toward postseason play as they compete in the GHSA Region 8A Tournament.
Pictured left to right:
Top - Ansley Hall, Dalton Meeler, and Madison Britt
Bottom - Janie Henderson, Mack Simmons, and Millican Jarrett
February 07, 2018
PACS Students Donate Handmade Blankets to Local Law Enforcement
When visiting the Prince Avenue Christian School lower school hallways in recent weeks, teachers, students, and parents may have noticed the third-grade classes busy working on what may have seemed like a simple craft project. In reality, the knotted felt blankets the students have been making will serve a much greater purpose. The handmade blankets will be donated to local law enforcement officials to provide comfort to children in emergency situations.
Third-grade teacher Sue Nell Smeltzer explained, “After Christmas, as our students were sharing about their breaks, we talked about how blessed we are and that there are other children who do not have what we have.” It was through this discussion that the students expressed a desire to do something to help their community. “It came to our attention through a local law enforcement officer that there is often a need for comfort items for children who are experiencing difficult or scary situations,” Mrs. Smeltzer said. “The kids loved the idea of fleece tag tied blankets.”
Each third-grade class collectively made four blankets to total 12 blankets donated. Mrs. Smeltzer described the compassion the students displayed as they made the blankets. “Making the blankets helped students feel they were helping, and the discussions while working on them was fascinating. We did not stress sad situations, only that there are people in need. Law enforcement officers encounter them more often than we do, and the blankets will be a definite help.”
The third-grade students were blessed with a visit from two officers who are also Prince parents. Deputy Josh Long with Gwinnett County and Sargent Jon Yarbrough with Winder City received the blankets the students made and explained that the blankets will be a comfort to children in emergency situations in the community. They talked about their duties as police officers and reminded the students that law enforcement officials are helpers and children should not fear them.
Volunteer Service is an important aspect of discipleship throughout a student's education at PACS. Ben Wallis, Director of Spiritual Life explains, "The modeling of Christ-like behavior in the form of volunteer service reinforces the knowledge and theoretical concepts heard in the classroom and chapel services. At Prince, we feel that our main responsibility is to prepare our students for the journey that God has before them in life. Serving others is part of that journey."
Pictured left to right:
Front Row- 3rd grade students Chloe Merritt and Taylor Lord
Back Row - Deputy Josh L0ng and Sargent Jon Yarbrough
February 07, 2018
McDonald and Colquitt Have Excellent Showing at State Swim Meet
Prince Avenue Christian School seniors John Morgan McDonald and Matthew Colquitt had a great weekend at the Georgia High School Association State Swim Meet Finals held at Georgia Tech.
John Morgan McDonald was the champion in the A-AAA 500 Free with a time of 4:42.71 while setting a new PACS school record time. John Morgan also finished eighth in the A-AAA 100 Butterfly with a time of 52:49 while setting yet another PACS school record.
Matthew Colquitt finished eleventh in the A-AAA 100 Free with a time of 49.54 and finished fourteenth in the A-AAA 50 Free with a time of 22.37 while falling just short of his PACS school record.
PACS Athletic Director Richard Ricketts was very complimentary of these student athletes and all that they have accomplished in their years on the PACS swim team. “John Morgan and Matthew have done a great job for our swim program. It is exciting to see their years of hard work and dedication pay off. The entire PACS community is very proud of both of them.”
Pictured left to right: John Morgan McDonald and Matthew Colquitt
February 05, 2018
Lower School Students Qualify for Duke Talent Identification Program
Fourth through fifth-grade students who scored in the 95th percentile or higher on an accepted subtest of the Terra Nova Achievement Test last spring were recently recognized for qualifying to participate in the highly selective Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Participation in the 4th-6th Grade Talent Search offers students opportunities such as online activities, a book club, newsletters for students and parents, educational programming, and discounts on independent learning materials.
Fourth grade students recognized for Duke TIP qualification were: Layla Bentley, Bailey Burns, Roger Cabral, Aiden Cameron, Abel Carter, Cid Charles, Christian Dagnese, Brooks David, Izzie Garth, Trenton Gilley, Graycen Grooms, Walker Hardman, Francis Kelley, Carly Land, Lilly McNeill, Grace Morgan, Will Peacock, Gabriel Prince, Bella Rosenthal, Grayson Stafford, Sarah Stertzbach, Cole Tanner, and William Verge.
Fifth grade students recognized for Duke TIP qualification were: Bennett Bahnsen, Sydney Barham, Joshua Box, Claire Bradford, Alexis Cabral, Ruben Calderon, Brody Conner, Jenifer Dunn, McKinley Dykes, Timothy Furlow, Gideon Garland, Meredith Hale, James Henderson, Jaden Hill, Sophia Hou, Taylor Kraeling, Lyndsay McCall, Kevin McKeithan, Lilly Purcell, Brody Rogers, Maggie Ross, Julia Ann Shiver, Noah Snow, Mason Stitcher, Thomas, Taylor, Addison Wang, and Jack Whalen.
Congratulations to these students on their academic accomplishments.
Duke TIP 4th-grade students.
Duke TIP 5th-grade students
February 02, 2018
6th Annual PACS Empty Bowls Auction Raises Money for Homeless Shelter
The Prince Avenue National Art Honor Society's 6th Annual Empty Bowls silent auction was held Friday, January 26th. PACS high school NAHS members, along with faculty members, created 42 beautiful handmade pottery bowls and filled the bowls with goods. A variety of themes were presented such as coffee, edible goodies, basketball training coupons, handmade jewelry, and small potted plants.
All proceeds from the auction will go directly to A Bigger Vision, a local Athens-area homeless shelter. PACS NAHS has donated $10,000 to A Bigger Vision over the past five years, and because of the generosity of the PACS community, this year’s auction raised approximately $2400 to add to that total. Students will present the money to A Bigger Vision on a Monday night when they will participate in serving a meal to the residents.
PACS High School Visual Arts teacher Meghan Hudson is the organizer of Empty Bowls at PACS and sees the program as an opportunity for PACS students to use their talents to benefit others and glorify God. “We are excited for this opportunity each year. Serving meals at the shelter helps us to see why Empty Bowls is so important to our community. This project helps our students experience first-hand creative ways to help others with their talents.”
PACS senior Skyler Cannon checks on the bowl PACS art teacher Meghan Hudson checks the
she created that is shaped like dog bone. time as she runs the silent auction.
January 31, 2018
Alicia Ross Speaks to Students in Lunch and Learn
Prince parent Alicia Ross recently spoke to Prince Avenue Christian School high school students as part of the school's Lunch and Learn program. Mrs. Ross spoke to students about her career in nursing. She explained that to be a successful nurse, it is necessary to have compassion, effective communication skills, confidence, and attention to detail. Mrs. Ross detailed her career as a nurse which includes working in the ER, the NICU, and as a cath lab nurse. Mrs. Ross currently serves as a nurse in heart surgery. Students enjoyed her informative talk and had the opportunity to ask questions.
January 22, 2018
PACS Band Students Make 2018 District Honor Band
Prince Avenue Christian School middle and high school band students recently auditioned for District Honor Band. Sam Carmean, Will Frost, Jake Hathaway, Abby Weaver, and Caleb Wilson all made middle school District Honor Band. Jake Hathaway and Caleb Wilson both accomplished 1st chair in their respective sections scoring the highest score on their instrument. The middle school District Honor Band will rehearse and perform in Toccoa, Georgia February 9 – 10.
Nate Aldin, Caleb Land, Abbigail Merhar, and Emily Weaver all made high school District Honor Band. Four high school students in District Honor Band is a new record for PACS. The high school District Honor Band will rehearse and perform in Gainesville, Georgia February 15 – 17.
Six PACS students scored high enough at the district audition to qualify to compete at the state level for membership in the 2018 Georgia All-State Band. Sam Carmean, Will Frost, Jake Hathaway, Caleb Land, Emily Weaver, and Caleb Wilson will compete for All-State Band in Perry, Georgia on January 6th.
Congratulations to these students on their hard work and dedication in PACS Fine Arts.
Middle School District Honor Band Students
Pictured left to right: Abby Weaver, Sam Carmean, Will Frost, Caleb Wilson, and Jake Hathaway
High School District Honor Band Students
Pictured left to right: Abbigail Merhar, Caleb Land, Emily Weaver, and Nate Aldin.
January 18, 2018
PACS Students Honored By Daughters of the American Revolution
Three Prince Avenue Christian School students were recently honored at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Apalachee Chapter Awards Luncheon.
Eighth-grade student Elizabeth Ann Jackson was selected as the winner of the DAR American History Essay Contest. Elizabeth responded to the prompt “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars” and was honored as the PACS school winner, the DAR Apalachee Chapter Winner, and the DAR District winner. Her essay will move forward to be judged at the state level.
PACS junior Abby Frost was selected as the winner of the DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. Abby responded to the prompt “Advantages and Disadvantages of Working Relationships Between Foreign Parties” and was honored as the PACS school winner, the DAR Apalachee Chapter Winner and the DAR District winner. Her essay will also move forward to be judged at the state level.
The DAR American History Essay and Christopher Columbus Essay Contests are sponsored each year as a way to promote patriotism and awareness of American History topics beneficial to the current generation. Students voluntarily submit essays outside of their regular classroom assignments. In recognition of their achievements, Elizabeth Ann and Abby were presented with a certificate, lapel pin, and a cash prize.
Also honored at the luncheon was PACS senior Emma Taylor. Emma was nominated by PACS teachers for this special honor and received the Good Citizen Award in response to her outstanding character and commitment to citizenship both within Prince Avenue as well as in the community.
These PACS students enjoyed a special luncheon with the DAR Apalachee Chapter and were an excellent representation of Prince Avenue middle and high schools.
Pictured left to right: Emma Taylor, Abby Frost, and Elizabeth Ann JacksonBack
January 17, 2018
Re-Enrollment for 2018-2019 School Year Now Open
Re-enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is now open!
Please review the attachments and follow the instructions to complete the online re-enrollment process for your student(s).
If you have any questions, please contact Admissions Director, Victoria Carter, at email@example.com.
January 04, 2018
Jump and Parrish Sign to Play Football in College
Over the Christmas break, Prince Avenue Christian School opened its doors for one very special event. PACS senior football players Harrison Jump and Daniel Parrish signed to play football at the college level.
Harrison Jump signed to play at Georgia Tech. Head Coach Greg Vandagriff congratulates Jump on a wonderful senior year. “It is awesome to be able to have a Prince Avenue football player representing us at a Power 5 program. It was a pleasure to coach Harrison the past two seasons, and we know the sky is the limit for him.”
Daniel Parrish signed to play with the Army at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Coach Vandagriff explains that Parrish is ready for the challenge. “I could not imagine anyone more equipped and prepared to attend West Point than Daniel. He is an excellent leader not only on the football field but in the classroom as well. It has been a pleasure to coach him.”
Congratulations to these two PACS students on their success in the classroom and athletics.
Left to Right: Harrison Jump, Head Coach Greg Vandagriff, and Daniel ParrishBack
December 30, 2017
Colquitt and McDonald Qualify for State Swim Competition
Congratulations to the Prince Avenue Swim Team members for their performance at the Clarke-Oconee Invitational swim meet held at the University of Georgia Ramsey Center.
The team achieved three more state qualifying times. Seniors Matthew Colquitt and John Morgan McDonald both qualified in the 100-yard butterfly, and John Morgan qualified in the 500-yard freestyle as he won the event an impressive six seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Both of John Morgan's times are new school records.
The next meet is the Hot Chocolate Invitational at Habersham on January 6 where both the high school and middle school teams will compete.
John Morgan McDonald and Matthew ColquittBack
December 15, 2017
Beverly Shivar Shares with Students About Missions in Nicaragua
Former Prince Avenue Christian School front office receptionist Beverly Shivar spent some time this week visiting PACS 3rd graders. David and Beverly Shivar retired from PACS in 2016 in order to serve as missionaries in Nicaragua. While in the states for a visit, Mrs. Shivar took the time to visit and share with students about her work in Nicaragua.
Mrs. Shivar described the culture in Nicaragua, the needs of the local people, and the different ways they minister and share the gospel. She shared pictures and stories of the area including volcanoes, earthquakes, animals, travel, and food, and students had the opportunity to ask questions.
The Shivars express their excitement and anticipation of the PACS senior mission trip to help with their work in Nicaragua that will take place in the spring.
December 12, 2017
PACS Lower School Students Support “Kids First” Christmas Shoe Project
This Christmas season, Prince Avenue Christian Lower School supported a special local ministry. Students and families purchased much-needed shoes for children involved in Kids First, an outreach ministry founded by Larry and Anna Boling in 2003. Mr. Boling is the recently retired and much beloved former PACS lower school music teacher.
Lower school principal Becky Callaway explained that Prince’s collaboration with Kids First is helping to meet a long-standing goal held by Mr. Boling. She said, “The Christmas Shoe Project was developed to meet a specific need of the children Kids First serves whose shoes are often passed down from older brothers and sisters and worn until there is little left to lace together. Providing a quality pair of shoes will meet a need that most of these families cannot afford to provide for their children.”
The Christmas Shoe Project was conducted November 13 - December 1. Prince students and parents donated nearly 100 pairs of new shoes that have been wrapped and will be given to children whose parents requested them at the Kids First annual Christmas party on Friday, December 15.
Kids First serves well over 100 children with weekly attendance of 45 - 60 kids at Nellie B and 25 in East Athens at Tuckston United Methodist Church. Each program includes carefully and prayerfully crafted Bible lessons tailored specifically for elementary-aged children with little or no church background. The program also incorporates fun games, a hearty serving of food, and an abundance of love and hugs. The goal of Kids First ministry is to grow relationships with the children and lead them in a growing, life-long relationship with Jesus Christ.
Mrs. Callaway was enthusiastic about the PACS/Kids First partnership. “We are thrilled to be able to provide this opportunity for our students to minister to children in our own community whose basic needs often go unmet.”
PACS lower school students present Larry Boling with wrapped boxes of shoes for children in Kids First.
Pictured Left to Right: Brody Conner, Maggie Ross, Carter Foskey, Harper Mayne, Nate Murray, Mary Elizabeth Baxter, Samuel Florence, Riley Reeder, Larry Boling, Lilly Purcell, and Brody Rogers.Back
December 11, 2017
Senior John Morgan McDonald Enjoys Role as Mascot
He can be seen giving high fives in the car drop-off line, cheering on the Wolverines at various sporting events, and posing for pictures with Wolverine fans. He is mighty and fierce while being kind and friendly. He is loyal to all things Prince Avenue. He is Winston the Wolverine!
Winston is a larger than life Wolverine who wears a Prince Avenue football uniform. He first made his appearance as Prince Avenue Christian School’s mascot in 2014. Since then, several students, including Curry Cross, Nathan Anderson, and now John Morgan McDonald, have faithfully played the part of the endeared mascot.
Playing the role of Winston is not an easy job. It requires dedication. John Morgan explains, “It takes about ten minutes and two helpers to get suited up. The suit has two ice packs, one for the chest and one that fits like a ski mask for the face. I am so cold when I first put them on; I feel like I am a snowman. As time goes on, I am so glad to have the ice packs because I am sweating in the costume.” John Morgan stays in the costume no more than two hours at a time with breaks every 20 minutes for water. In the midst of all of this, John Morgan says the most difficult part of being Winston is staying in character. “I cannot speak or make any noises. It might sound easy, but it is very hard to do.”
John Morgan explains that dressing up as Winston ironically allows him to be social and funny when normally he is reserved. “I am not the most outgoing guy in my high school, but when I am Winston, I dance, strut, shake, and play with everyone in the school from pre-school students to our Head of School. It has given me the opportunity to be the extrovert without worrying about what anyone else thinks.”
While bringing Winston to life and being the crowd pleaser is fun, John Morgan says that the most rewarding part of the job is interacting with the youngest children in the school. He says many of these youngsters are afraid of Winston when they first encounter him, but John Morgan has worked to win them over.
Prince Avenue’s Director of Development, Kim Brannon, says that John Morgan is very talented as Winston and has gone to extra effort to help the youngest students in the school understand who Winston is. “We realized that some of our youngest students were afraid of Winston. We wanted to help them understand not to be scared, so we arranged for Winston to visit the kindergarten classes and for John Morgan to take off the head of the costume and show the children that Winston is pretend.”
It worked! The children were able to see and understand that Winston was really John Morgan. They had the opportunity to touch the costume and ask John Morgan questions. “I found after getting down on their level, taking my time, and being very gentle, these same kids have gotten over their fears and now rush to see Winston.”
Ultimately the aspect of winning over the youngest Wolverines is John Morgan’s favorite part of the job. “I have really enjoyed bringing Winston to life and stirring up the crowd every Friday night, but I think the biggest memory I will take with me is knowing that I might have helped a little one get past at least one fear in life and have fun with the big hairy Wolverine in the hallway.”
(Photo Credit: James Dunn, Maverick Productions, LLC)Back
December 06, 2017
Emily Weaver Named Rotary Student of the Semester
Senior Emily Weaver has been named Prince Avenue Christian School's Rotary Student of the Semester selected by teachers for her demonstration of the Rotary Club motto of "Service Above Self."
Emily, the daughter of Chris and Tracey Weaver, chose Ben Wallis, Director of Spiritual Life, to share this honor with her. Emily says that she chose Mr. Wallis because of his unique ability to build meaningful relationships with his students. "Mr. Wallis pours into me spiritually. To him, students are not just students; they are people that he is responsible for, so he prepares them spiritually while also getting to know what makes them unique."
Emily has attended PACS for seven years. Her notable achievements include being the top of her class for the past six years, being a National Merit Semifinalist, and receiving the Georgia Certificate of Merit. Emily is a talented member of the concert and jazz bands and is active on the PACS Academic Team. Emily is also a member of the National Honor’s Society, Beta Club, and Interact Club. Emily attends Prince Avenue Baptist Church where she is active in the youth group.
After graduation, Emily plans to attend Clemson University and major in Engineering. Emily explains that her time at PACS has prepared her for the future. “Prince has provided an environment in which I have learned critical thinking skills and have had many opportunities for growth. I am especially thankful for the good friends and teachers that I have here.”
Pictured Left to Right: Ben Wallis (Director of Spiritual Life), Emily Weaver, and Jesse Owens (High School Principal)Back
December 05, 2017
PACS Varsity Football Players Named to Region 8-A All-Region Football Team
Nine Prince Avenue Christian School varsity football players were recently named to the Region 8-A All-Region Football Team.
Named All-Region Offensive Linemen were seniors Daniel Parrish, Harrison Jump, and Luke Wells. Senior Grant Roland was named All-Region Offensive Quarterback while junior Mack Simmons was named All-Region Offensive Wide Receiver.
Defensively, junior Elijah Hynes was named All-Region Defensive Back, and senior Tyler Roberts received All-Region Defensive Back Honorable Mention. Named All-Region Defensive Linebackers were seniors Sam Wessinger and Tyler Roberts.
Junior Christian Parrish was given the prestigious honor of All-Region Player of the Year. Christian had more receiving yards in a single season than any player in the history of PACS football with 61 receptions for 1375 and over 2000 total yards.
Pictured Left to Right: Elijah Hynes, Luke Wells, Harrison Jump, Christian Parrish, Daniel Parrish, Tyler Roberts, Grant Roland, and Mack Simmons.
Not Pictured: Sam Wessinger
December 05, 2017
PACS Jazz Band Students Participate in State Jazz Clinic
The Prince Avenue Christian School Jazz Band had six students perform in the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators State Jazz Clinic at Valdosta State University.
Participating students were Emily Weaver, Abigail Merhar, Maddy Wilson, Jaxon Connerley, Tanner Iley, and Caleb Land. They rehearsed and performed with other outstanding high school jazz students from throughout the state. They also heard performances by the Valdosta State University Jazz Band and attended a master class presented by a professional jazz musician.
In addition, Emily Weaver competed in the state audition for the 2018 All-State Jazz Band.
Pictured Left to Right -
Front Row: Abigail Merhar, Maddy Wilson, and Emily Weaver
Back Row: Jaxon Connerley, Tanner Iley, and Caleb Land
December 05, 2017
Eley, Adams, and Morris Nominated as GISA Master Teachers
Three teachers from Prince Avenue Christian School were recently nominated by the PACS administration as Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) 2018 Master Teachers. Kindergarten teacher Mandy Eley, band director Miles Adams, and Director of Fine Arts LaMurl Morris will all participate in the selection process for this special honor.
The selection process for Master Teacher is challenging and competitive. To be considered for the program, candidates are required to submit an application as well as a portfolio including three tangible examples of outstanding work related to the classroom and to sharing and collaborating with other educators. Among other requirements are an unedited video of the candidate's classroom teaching utilizing best practices and five letters of recommendation.
Recipients will be chosen and recognized in the 2018 – 2019 school year.
Pictured left to right: Mandy Eley, Miles Adams, and LaMurl MorrisBack
December 04, 2017
PACS Awarded Walton EMC School Empowerment Grant
Prince Avenue Christian School was recently awarded the Walton EMC School Empowerment Grant. This grant is the STEM Lab Establishment/Science Curriculum Grant and will benefit the lower school with science equipment and supplies such as microscopes, balance scales, and other lab tools as well as supplies needed for projects to enrich studies in earth, physical, and life science. These resources will provide students more exploratory and discovery based learning opportunities. In addition, the school will be able to incorporate science Subject Matter Expert learning facilitators, individuals who provide a student centric learning experience to expand and enrich students’ understanding of science. All of these new resources will complement the school’s current science curriculum.
PACS Lower School Principal Becky Callaway, who completed the application for the $6,610 grant, expressed her enthusiasm for the positive effects these funds will have on the PACS lower school science curriculum. “The receipt of this generous gift is timely as it will serve to boost the school’s long-range plans of establishing a fully equipped and staffed science lab dedicated to use by students in kindergarten through fifth grade. These plans are being phased in gradually, as evidenced with the lab activities in which students are engaged twice per quarter this year under the direction of Dr. Amy Shiver, a Prince parent volunteer.”
Walton EMC’s School Empowerment Grant program is available to schools within their 10 county service area with the grant funds coming from unclaimed capital credits. Those in attendance to present the grant to Mrs. Callaway were Jeff Paul (Member Services Director), Connie Bentley (Financial Analyst and PACS grandparent), Savannah Peters (Communications Coordinator and PACS parent), and Robert Rentfrow (Senior VP and PACS grandparent).
Pictured Left to Right: Jeff Paul(Member Services Director), Connie Bentley (Financial Analyst and PACS grandparent), Savannah Peters (Communications Coordinator and PACS parent), Becky Callaway (Lower School Principal), Seth Hathaway (Head of School), and Robert Rentfrow (Senior VP and PACS grandparent)Back
November 27, 2017
Beta Club Sponsors Canned Food Drive: November 27 - December 11
The PACS Beta Club is sponsoring the annual Christmas Canned Food Drive to support the ACTS Food Pantry in Bogart, GA. This will be a two week long competition running from Monday, November 27 to Monday, December 11. Grades 9-12 will compete against each other to donate the most weight of canned foods. The prize for the winning grade level is a Dress Down Day (not a Spirit Dress Day).
Students should bring their cans in a box or bag with their name on it and turn in to their class sponsor to be weighed and tallied.
9th grade: Patrick Sanders
10th grade: David Lincoln
11th grade: Katie Gilbert
12th grade: Ben Wallis
Last year PACS students donated over 3000 pounds of food. The Beat Club would like to surpass that goal this year.
November 27, 2017
PACS Wolverines Advance to Semifinals of State Football Playoffs
After their win over Darlington, the Prince Avenue Christian School Wolverines have advanced to the semifinals of the GHSA State Football Playoffs.
The Wolverines will travel to McDonough, Georgia to compete against the Eagles Landing Christian Academy Chargers on Friday, December 1st at 7:30 pm.
General Admission Tickets are $15 and are available for pre-sale in the front office until noon Friday. Tickets are also available online at Go Fan Tickets.
Per GHSA rules, discounted pre-sale tickets for high school students only are $13. Only one ticket per high school student available in the front office until noon Friday.
The Wolverines will need all of their fans to travel, pack the stands, and make noise on Friday night!
Go Wolverines! Beat ELCA!
November 15, 2017
Prince Parent Jeff Carter Lunch and Learn Speaker
Prince parent and Board of Trustees member Jeff Carter recently came and spoke to Prince Avenue Christian high school students on the career of engineering as part of the school's Lunch and Learn program. Mr. Carter graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering. After spending several years as vice president of an Atlanta-based engineering firm, Mr. Carter launched Carter Engineering in 2004, a civil engineering and land planning service in Athens.
Mr. Carter explained to students the basics of what engineers do and different types of engineering. He gave relevant examples of engineering in the real world such as mechanics, structure safety, and property design. He took students through the process of starting with a master plan and working with the government on zoning, land, water, and utility requirements.
Mr. Carter concluded by explaining the degree, exams, and professional expectations required to become an engineer.
November 15, 2017
Winter Sports News
Middle School Boys Basketball
Tuesday, November 14:
In their season opener, the Prince Avenue Christian School Middle School Boys Basketball Team defeated Bethlehem Christian Academy 65-12. The Wolverines were led in scoring by Luke Nesbit with 14 Points, Josh Britt with 14 Points, and Evan Ivester with 9 Points. The middle school boys will be back in action on November 30 at home against Oglethorpe County.
November 13, 2017
Lower School Musical Presentations Thursday, November 16th
The Prince Avenue Christian School lower school music classes will present two short musicals on Thursday, November 16th in the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Worship Center at 7:00 pm.
The Kindergarten - 1st grade classes will present The Little Red Hen, and the 2nd - 5th grade classes along with the Little Prince Players will begin the Christmas season with their presentation of All About That Baby.
This will be an exciting evening for Prince families as the students present the songs they have been learning since the beginning of the school year.
November 10, 2017
Prince Avenue Baptist Church Calls Dr. J. Josh Smith as New Pastor
Prince Avenue Baptist Church has called Dr. J. Josh Smith as senior pastor.
Dr. Smith has been the lead pastor of MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church in Irving, Texas since 2006. MacArthur Boulevard is a multi-ethnic congregation located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in America. Dr. Smith has ministered in over 25 countries, worked with international students, and served as a missionary in central Europe. His greatest passion is the exaltation of Christ and the advancement of Christ's kingdom to the ends of the earth through the ministry of the local church. Josh is a graduate of Liberty University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh and his wife, Andrea, have four daughters and one son. He loves reading, music, collecting LPs, spending time with his family, and being outdoors.
To hear additional sermons preached by Dr. Smith, visit http://www.macarthurblvd.org/resources/sermon-archives/.
November 10, 2017
Will Kahlstorf Signs to Play Golf at UGA
Prince Avenue Christian School senior Will Kahlstorf recently signed to play golf at the University of Georgia.
PACS Athletic Director Richard Ricketts expressed his enthusiasm for Will’s decision to play at UGA. “Will is a steady, level-headed athlete who has worked very hard to keep improving his golf game. His quiet determination will be an asset, not only to himself, but to the entire UGA golf team.”
Will Kahlstorf pictured with his family.
Pictured Left to Right: Charlie, Erik, Will, and Meredith Kahlstorf
November 04, 2017
Prince Parent Dr. Peter Kelley Lunch and Learn Speaker
Prince parent Dr. Peter Kelley was this month’s speaker at the PACS high school Lunch and Learn program. Dr. Kelley works as an anesthesiologist at Peidmont Athens Regional Hospital. He explained to students that a profession in the medical field takes time and academic effort and that students who desire to work in this field should enjoy school. Dr. Kelley described the work of an anesthesiologist, reviewed the various jobs available in the medical field, and explained the flexibility and dedication necessary. Ultimately, Dr. Kelley shared with students that his work is very rewarding.
October 31, 2017
PACS Band Students Chosen for Tri-State Honor Band
Three Prince Avenue Christian School middle school band members have been selected to participate in the Tri-State Middle School Honor Band at Young Harris College. Jake Hathaway – alto sax, Brock McDonald – euphonium, and Ethan Thomas – trombone will rehearse and perform with the honor band on Saturday, November 4th.
Jake Hathaway, Brock McDonald, and Ethan Thomas
October 31, 2017
PACS Fine Arts Places 3rd in Regional One Act Competition
The Prince Avenue Christian School high school Fine Arts Department recently placed third in the Georgia High School Association Region 8 One Act Competition with their production of Still Life with Iris. Additionally, senior Mary Grace Palmer and junior Abby Frost were selected as All-Star cast members.
This marks the first time in the program’s history that PACS Fine Arts has placed in region competition. The lead role of Iris was played by senior Mary Grace Palmer. The supporting actors included Rebecca Hathaway as Iris’ mother, sophomore Thompson Sewel as Mr. Matternot, and junior Abby Frost and Christopher Harding as Gretta and Grotto Good.
In addition to the thirteen PACS actors, there were four crew members - Deven Desai (stage manager), Isaac Moore (assistant stage manager), Logan Thomas (sound), and Chloe Ferguson (makeup and hair). Some students contributed in multiple areas. Actor Abby Frost designed the set for this production, and stage manager Deven Desai designed the lights.
The next production by the PACS Fine Arts Department will be Seussical the Musial on March 15 – 17, 2018 at Seney-Stovall Chapel.
The cast and crew of Still Life with Iris.
Pictured left to right:
1st row - Abby Frost, Rebecca Hathaway, Mary Grace Palmer, Thompson Sewell, Emilie David, Sara Thompson, Chloe Ferguson, Willow Smith, Finn McGinnis
2nd row - Deven Desai, Joanna Ashley, Hannah Hunt, LaMurl Morris, Matthew Thompson, Leigh Renn, Christopher Harding, Stephanie Harding, Riley Wilson, Isaac Moore, Hendley Jones, Matthew Smock, Emma Allen, Jack Johnston, Walker Johnson, Logan Thomas
October 31, 2017
The PACS Interact Club Sponsors “The BIG Thank You” Campaign
The Prince Avenue Christian School Interact Club recently sponsored "The Big Thank You” campaign in which students in all grade levels had the opportunity to write letters to United States soldiers stationed overseas during the holidays.
PACS students wrote heartfelt handwritten letters to troops who will be away from friends and family during Thanksgiving and Christmas. In years past, some of the soldiers have written back and expressed appreciation for the support and encouragement. This year the Interact Club collected and mailed 457 letters.
Prince Avenue high school art teacher and Interact Club sponsor Meghan Hudson commented on the dedication of Prince students and teachers. “As I was mailing the letters, the post office attendant asked for details about the project. She said, ‘You must teach at a special school that would take the time to do this.’ She hit the nail on the head! Our teachers are great to take the time to help instill a sense of gratitude in our students.”
Prince Interact Club members Harrison Jump and Tyler Roberts are pictured with kindergarten students Brandon Baxter, Libby Foskey, and Caroline Florence.Back
October 27, 2017
Sue Nell Smeltzer Receives Above and Beyond Award
Prince Avenue third grade teacher Mrs. Sue Nell Smeltzer recently received the Above and Beyond Award for the first quarter of school. The Above and Beyond Award recognizes teachers and staff members through a nomination and evaluation process conducted by members of the school’s Administrative Leadership Team. This individual is considered based on attitude and commitment, work performance, interpersonal skills, and personal traits. Mrs. Smeltzer has been teaching at PACS for 12 years and has been in education for 30 years. She expresses gratitude at receiving this recognition from her peers and leadership. “Receiving this award was a great surprise, and I feel humbled that I was chosen.”
Sue Nell Smeltzer with PACS Lower School Principal Becky CallawayBack
October 24, 2017
PACS Seniors Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
Two students in the Prince Avenue Christian School Class of 2018 were recently recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their outstanding performance on the October 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Emily Weaver was named a Semifinalist. The daughter of Chris and Tracey Weaver, Emily will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately 33 million dollars that will be offered next spring. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Luke Wells was named a Commended Student. Luke is the son of Thomas and Amy Wells. More than two-thirds of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Approximately 1.4 million students enter the program and only 50,000 qualify.
Emily Weaver and Luke WellsBack
October 24, 2017
Brandon Ware, Guest Lecturer for AP Biology Students
Students in Mrs. Owens’s AP Biology class enjoyed a guest lecture from Brandon Ware. Brandon is the son of former Prince teacher Teri Ware and is currently working on his Ph.D. in cancer biology at Emory University. Brandon talked with students about his time as an undergraduate and graduate student before discussing his current research in pancreatic cancer. Brandon’s lab analyzes how immunology relates to cancer cells and the surrounding tissue and the research of possible treatments for pancreatic cancer. PACS students have been learning about cell metabolism and are preparing for a unit on cell communication both of which were mentioned during Brandon’s lecture. Students will also learn about the immune system later in the year, so Brandon was able to provide practical and foundational information students can use moving forward. It was valuable for Brandon to exemplify for students how some of the abstract information they are learning is applied in real-world scenarios to help solve current issues such as cancer treatments.
October 23, 2017
Lady Wolverines Advance to Elite Eight in State Softball Tournament
The Lady Wolverines are headed to the Elite Eight after 9-1 and 13-5 wins over Savannah Christian in the second round of the GHSA Softball Private State Tournament.
Prince Avenue will play in Columbus, Georgia against George Walton Academy on Thursday, October 26th at 11:00 am.
It's a Great Day to Be a Wolverine!
October 13, 2017
Mr. and Miss PACS 2017
Daniel Parrish and Emma Taylor were selected by their high school peers as Mr. and Miss PACS 2017.
Daniel is the son of Geoffrey and Monika Parrish and has been a student at PACS for 10 years. Daniel attends Athens Church and is on the PACS football team.
Emma is the daughter of Joe and Hayley Taylor and has attended PACS for 13 years. Emma attends Watkinsville First Baptist Church where she volunteers in the Vacation Bible School program. At school, Emma enjoys being a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader and playing on the volleyball team.
Mr. and Miss PACS are selected from a group of five senior boys and five senior girls representing the senior class on the Homecoming Court. When selecting Homecoming Court, the student body is asked to consider if students are characterized by the “fruit” of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23.
October 10, 2017
PACS Fine Arts Presents Still Life with Iris
The Prince Avenue Christian School high school Fine Arts Department will present Still Life with Iris on October 19 at 7:00 pm, October 20 at 7:00 pm, and October 21 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. All shows are at Seney-Stovall Chapel. Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door.
"Are you curious or lost?" This is the question that Iris (senior Mary Grace Palmer) finds herself asking as she searches for her home. Still Life with Iris, written by Steven Dietz is a fantasy/adventure/drama that follows the life of Iris, a young girl from the magical land of Nocturno. In Nocturno the things seen in the world by day are made there by night. Residents of Nocturno do not hold their memories in their minds, but rather in their coats (known as "past coats"). Citizens of Nocturno are warned not to "trip and get a rip" or their memories could be harmed. The journey begins when the past coats of Iris and her mother (senior Rebecca Hathaway) are taken from them by Mr. Matternot (sophomore Thompson Sewell), and Iris is brought to live on Great Island. The rulers of Great Island are Gretta and Grotto Good (juniors Abby Frost and Christopher Harding). They only allow the best of things to be seen, owning only one of everything. Any superfluous items or people are thrown into the tunnel of the unwanted. Through the help of some friends she meets along the way, Iris searches for her home and the truth of her past.
This play explores the ideas of home, family, one's past, and ultimately identity. From a spiritual perspective, the audience is reminded that this earth is not an eternal home and that a person's identity must lie in Christ, the firm foundation. In addition to the thirteen wonderful PACS actors, there are four crew members - Deven Desai (stage manager), Isaac Moore (assistant stage manager), Logan Thomas (sound), and Chloe Ferguson (makeup and hair). The fine arts students at PACS are also multi-talented. Actor Abby Frost has designed the set for this production, and stage manager Deven Desai designed the lights.
One week after the show closes, the students will travel with the show to Gainesville, Georgia to compete in the Georgia High School Association Region 8 One Act Competition.