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  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, 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:

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 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 Life

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:


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
Suite for Two Adults and Two Children






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



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



RODAN + FIELDS: Active hydration serum, REDEFINE Regime, gauze pads, & $75 gift



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
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
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


February 27, 2018

Spring Sports Updates

All Prince Avenue varsity athletic scores can be located on our Scoreboard page on the school website.  

Click Here to visit the PACS Athletic Scoreboard


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 .

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

Colt Antwine
Brook Bliss
Collin Bradford
Hadleigh Hudson
Rowen Hudson
Eliza Khalil
Niyla Kinney      
Logan Marden  
Luke Milner       
Garrett Powell  
Emma Rosenthall            
Finley Thomas   

7th/8th Combined Classes – Ceramics
7th/8th Collaborative Classes – Faces
7th/8th Combined Classes – Flowers Mixed Media
Dane Boswell    
Mckenzie Evans
Julia Johnston  
Nina Killian         
Landys McClellan                    Will Thompson
Anna Greer Vandagriff
Camp Ward
Gracie Wilfong  

Fall Semester Pottery Class - Pottery Village        
Introduction to Art Class - Gothic-Inspired Windows
Taylor Bond       
Kenzi Bray
Mandi Csuka     
Addie Lee Frierson
Rebekah Haynes
Miriam Megdal
Claire Power      
Chria Sharp
Taylor Titshaw  
Victoria Wang   



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 Jackson

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


Click Here for the 2018-2019 Re-Enrollment Packet

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 Parrish

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 Colquitt

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.

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)

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)

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 Morris

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)

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!

Click Here to Purchase Tickets at Go Fan Tickets


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


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.

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 Callaway

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 Wells

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.




October 06, 2017

2017 Homecoming Court Representatives

The Prince Avenue Christian School 2017-2018 Homecoming Court has been selected by the high school student body.  Representatives are selected based on Christian character with an emphasis on the attributes mentioned by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  (ESV)  When selecting representatives, students are asked to consider consistent evidence of these spiritual traits as well as considering their classmates’ commitment and enthusiasm for the Prince Avenue community in keeping with the school’s mission statement of “pursuing excellence in academics, fine arts, and athletics from a biblical worldview.”

Grades 9 – 11 select one girl and one boy per grade.  The senior class selects five girls and five boys.  Mr. and Miss PACS are selected from the senior court by the entire high school and will be announced during Homecoming festivities.

Representing the ninth grade are Olivia Shiver, Chas Scoggins.  Sophomore representatives are Allie Carter and Hamilton Culpepper while the juniors elected are Lilly Renn and Mack Simmons.  Senior representative girls include Annie Grace McElhannon, Hope Sheppard, Emma Taylor, Sara Thompson, and Emily Weaver.  Senior representative boys include David Chittom, Matthew Colquitt, Brian Csuka, Harrison Jump, Daniel Parrish, and Luke Wells.

PACS will celebrate Homecoming festivities the week of October 10 - 13 concluding with an Alumni Tailgate and Homecoming football game vs. Hebron Christian on Friday, October 13th.  


Picture ID:
Sitting:  Allie Carter, Hope Sheppard, Annie Grace McElhannon, Sara Thompson, Emily Weaver, and Emma Taylor

Standing:  Olivia Shiver, Chas Soggins, Hamilton Culpepper, David, Chittom, Daniel Parrish, Harrison Jump, Brian Csuka, Matthew Colquitt, Luke Wells, Mack Simmons, and Lilly Renn. 

October 04, 2017

Meg Titshaw Leads Lunch and Learn Fitness Presentation

Prince parent Meg Titshaw was this month’s speaker for the Prince Avenue high school Lunch and Learn.  Mrs. Titshaw has a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Georgia.  She has had many jobs in the field of exercise science but is currently a personal trainer and the founder of PHIT, Private Health Instruction and Training.  Mrs. Titshaw meets one-on-one with clients in their homes or with small groups.  She emphasizes the importance of fitness, food, and focus in a holistic health approach.  Mrs. Titshaw explained to students how this field not only benefits others, but can also be used in personal and practical everyday health and wellness. 


October 03, 2017

PACS 2016-2017 Yearbook Receives Superior Rating

At the end of last school year, the 2016-2017 yearbook staff submitted the Prince Avenue Christian School Yearbook, Koinoinia, to be evaluated by two organizations, Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA) and American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA).  These organizations review the yearbook and offer feedback in improving yearbook publications in the future. 

The PACS yearbook staff received the reviews in September. SIPA judged the yearbook on reader services, coverage, writing, design, photography, and special touches, and awarded the Koinonia an overall rating of superior.

The ASPA evaluated the yearbook for content presentation, general page design, general photography, publication structure, and creativity.  The PACS yearbook was awarded 820 out of 1000 points resulting in a 2nd place finish.

Yearbook advisor Allison Bentley expresses gratitude for the excellent work of her students.  “We were blessed to be able to publish an amazing book last year.  The bar has been set very high by last year’s staff.  We look forward to using the feedback from these organizations to improve the Koinoinia so that the PACS yearbook is something that students, faculty, parents, and alumni are able to reference now and in the future.”


Picture ID left to right:
Front row: Eden Solomon, Hannah Payne, Sammi Richt, Ashley McCall (2016-2017 Editor), Haleigh Anderson, and Lauren Rowell
Middle Row: Kali Marlowe, Niyah Beasley, Ansley Bowen, Grace Bach, and Kelly Cascella
Back Row: Allison Bentley (Advisor), Walker Henson, Seth Ward, and Alex Gilmore

September 27, 2017

Alumni Tailgate, Friday, October 13th

Prince Avenue Alumni are invited to attend the annual Alumni Tailgate hosted on Homecoming night, Friday, October 13th at 6:30 pm.  Alumni can stop by the alumni check-in table at the home gate of Brad Akins Field, tell the gate attendant their graduation year, and proceed to the alumni tent in the "End Zone".  Football tickets are free for all alumni plus one guest.  All other tickets may be purchased for $7 per person.  This will be a great opportunity to come "home" and catch up with PACS classmates, faculty, and staff.  


September 25, 2017

PACS Alumnus Tyler Maxey Graduates from Marine Corps Training

Prince Avenue 2017 graduate, Tyler Maxey, recently dropped by the school to visit with teachers and administrators.  Tyler graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Training at Parris Island, South Carolina on September 15th.  Having completed ten days of leave, he is now on his way to Advanced Infantry Training at Camp Lejenue, North Carolina.  From there he will go to his military occupational specialty school, which will hopefully be with the combat engineers.  Congratulations to Tyler for his military accomplishments, and we extend our gratitude for his service to our country.    


Prince Graduate Tyler Maxey with Head of School, Col Seth Hathaway.  

September 24, 2017

Homecoming 2017, October 10th - 13th

Prince Avenue Christian School's 2017 Homecoming will be celebrated on Friday, October 13th, with Spirit Week leading up to the varsity football game against Hebron.  All students are invited to participate in the Spirit Week dress up days.  Middle and high school students will also compete in banner, hall decoration, and spirit cheer/skit competitions.


This year’s theme is …VERSUS


1. against (used especially to indicate an action brought by one party against another in a court of law, or to denote competing teams or players in a sports contest): Smith versus Jones; Prince versus Hebron; Army versus Navy.

2. as compared to or as one of two choices; in contrast with: traveling by plane versus traveling by train; being on the WINNING Prince team versus being on the losing Hebron team
Abbreviation: v., vs.


Dress Up Themes:  

Monday:  No School


Tuesday:  Nerd vs. Jock
Wear your best mathlete or athlete attire!
Suspenders, letter jackets, pocket protectors, basketball uniform…   
It’s Prince Avenue so… it’s cool to be cool & cool to be un-cool!


Wednesday:  Country vs. Rocker
Be your best country singer or rock it in your best Rock & Roll wear!
Anything from cowboy boots & hats to classic bands from the 50’s to the 80’s…
Prince Avenue ~ “we’re a little bit county and a little bit rock & roll!”



Thursday:  Summer vs. Winter
Cold or hot? Headed to balmy Hawaii or the frigid cold weather of the Alps… calling all Wolverines to celebrate your favorite season.
Whether your Wolverine is HOT, HOT, HOT or CHILLY & COLD… celebrate our colors, BLUE & GOLD!


Friday:  Future vs. Past
Let’s take the Wolverines to another Galaxy, far, far away… who knows who you’ll encounter in space, maybe Zenon, ET, ewoks, planets, stars or even astronauts…
OR…Let’s throw it back to days gone by….beginning of time, the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s …. you decide the decade.

Our Wolverine future is bright, but we cherish our Wolverine traditions from days gone by! #minutemen


Please Note:

  • These are just suggestions; you can be creative and come up with other ideas, but please stick to the theme!
  • Students who do not dress according to the theme of the day cannot just wear Spirit Day attire, but must wear their uniforms.
  • For all dress-up days...if you are not dressed appropriately and modestly you will have to change into something else. Shirts/shorts/pants must be worn, no swimsuits, etc.
  • Costumes may include knee length shorts or leggings under shorts. Absolutely NO short shorts or strapless dresses etc., no leggings or tights worn alone, must include shorts over them….
  • And as always, for the entire week remember the too rule - not too tight, not too loose, not too long, and not too short!


Homecoming Representatives 

Homecoming Representatives are chosen by the high school student body.  Criteria for selection includes the “fruit” of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23.  Students are asked to consider: Do these students have a genuine walk with the Lord?  Does their social media honor God? Are they striving to please Christ above all else?  Are they involved in school activities, and do they proudly support all things Prince Avenue?

Mr. and Miss PACS will be voted on by the high school students.  Mr. PACS will be announced at the Wolverine Growl, and Miss PACS will be announced during half-time of the Homecoming football game on Friday night.


Wolverine Growl

The Wolverine Growl is Thursday, October 12th.

Pre-Growl Block Party:  Everyone is invited from 6:00-6:45 pm for free pizza which will be served to our families in the Wolverine Pavilion.

Wolverine Growl Pep Rally:  Everyone is invited to the Wolverine Gymnasium at 7:00 pm for our annual Homecoming pep rally.  Students wear your homecoming t-shirts! 

This is a great night for the entire family!  No registration is required for these events.

September 14, 2017

Padgett and Gilbert Selected as GISA Master Teachers

Two teachers from Prince Avenue Christian School were recently selected by the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) as Master Teachers.  Second grade teacher Becky Padgett and high school math teacher Katie Gilbert were two of only twenty-five selected 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 are an unedited video of the candidate's classroom teaching utilizing best practices and five letters of recommendation.

Mrs. Padgett and Mrs. Gilbert will be honored at two functions in Atlanta in November. One will be during the Annual GISA Conference at Marist School and the other at the Master Teacher Luncheon at Woodward Academy.  


                                                       Becky Padgett and Katie Gilbert

September 07, 2017

Walton EMC Linemen Visit Kindergarten Classes

Walton EMC linemen Jacob Brooks and Derrick Hendricks recently paid a visit to Prince Avenue Christian School kindergarten classes.  The visit was part of the kindergarten unit on community helpers.  Students learned how electricity works, what it is like to be a lineman, and ways to stay safe around power lines.  Each student received a plastic Walton EMC hat.  


Pictured left to right:  Jacob Brooks and Derrick Hendricks talk with students in the classroom.

September 06, 2017

Jared Gilstrap First PACS Graduate to Join Prestigious Redcoat Band

As the Epistle Award recipient for the Class of 2017, Prince Avenue Christian School graduate Jared Gilstrap definitely made his mark on PACS.  Now, as Jared has started his college career at the University of Georgia, he is continuing to make his mark – this time as the first Prince graduate to be accepted into the prestigious Redcoat Marching Band. 

Jared was extremely active in the PACS band program playing in the pep, concert, and jazz bands and participating in the GAJE State Jazz Clinic and GMEA District Honor Band.  Eventually Jared became very accomplished and explains that he did not want to see his days as a musician end.   “I did not want my enjoyment of and involvement in music to stop after high school.  I wanted to find some outlet for my trumpet playing in college.” 

Even with this desire, trying out for the Redcoat Band was not on Jared’s agenda.  He credits the idea to God’s guidance.  “I never even considered trying out for Redcoats until about a month before the audition date. I was at a church service and was praying for direction regarding what path I should follow in college. Throughout that whole service, I could not get Redcoats out of my mind.”  Jared says that the enormity of the idea intimidated him, but despite the scale of it all, the workload, and the fact that he had never marched before, he prayed a simple prayer. “God, if You want me to be a Redcoat, I’ll be a Redcoat.”

From that point on, Jared decided to go for it knowing that even if he was rejected, he would still have a valuable music experience through the audition process. Upon reflection, Jared realizes that God used his time in the PACS band program to prepare him for this opportunity.  “The band program at Prince fostered my love for music and kept it growing. From those first little notes in sixth grade to that last concert of my senior year, I have always been supported and encouraged by those around me to grow as a musician.” 

Marching is not a component of the Redcoat audition process, but it is a skill that Jared is learning and adjusting to.  “Getting accustomed to the marching for rehearsals was daunting at first, but I soon found that it simply takes time and work.”  With many hours of work and a great deal of encouragement from other Redcoats, Jared is well on his way. 

PACS Band Director, Miles Adams, expresses great enthusiasm for his former band captain’s accomplishments and hopes that other PACS students will follow Jared’s example.  “During his time at Prince, Jared was a fine Christian young man, a wonderful musician, and a strong leader.  Jared demonstrated how to be the ‘total package’ at Prince with his Christian discipleship, academic excellence, musical achievement, and leadership skills.”  Mr. Adams looks forward to watching Jared perform with the Redcoat Band this season.  “Jared will be the tallest trumpet player on the field – you can’t miss him!”

Jared offers encouragement to current PACS students considering taking their music to the college level.  “If you really want to make it into a band, get the audition material as soon as you can and start working at it. Even though I did not start preparing for my audition until later, I tried my best to make up for the lack of time by practicing the material at least an hour a day, and it really paid off. Getting lessons is also a great help.”

Ultimately, however, Jared’s advice is not musical at all.  “Keep God’s will first in your mind. Do not put all your hope into making a certain ensemble. If you get rejected, you will likely be tempted to despair, and if you make it, you will likely be tempted towards pride. Go into that audition room seeking not your own preference, but for God to have His way with your life.”


PACS graduate Jared Gilstrap with PACS Band Director Miles Adams

September 05, 2017

Fall Sports News

Middle and High School Cross Country 

Saturday, September 2:
The PACS Middle and High School Cross Country teams had an excellent showing at the Region Preview held at Athens Christian School.  

Middle School Girls took 1st place overall, and Middle School Boys took 2nd place overall.

Varsity Girls took 3rd place overall, and Varsity Boys took 5th place overall.

Top 10 finishers/medalers:

  • Middle School Girls 
    1st Place Molly Meeks Personal Record for 1.5 mile course
    2nd Place Kaitlyn Ward 
    3rd Place Kinsley Bowen
    6th Place Julia Ann Shiver 
  • Middle School Boys
    2nd Luke Nesbit
    3rd Sage Milner
  • Varsity Girls
    7th Place Olivia Shiver
  • Varsity Boys
    6th Place Seth Ward 

Congratulations to these runners on their hard work and accomplishments.  


Middle School Football

Tuesday, August 29:  The Middle School Football Team defeated Oglethorpe County Middle School 44-20 in their season opener.

The team faces Hebron Christian Academy on Thursday, September 7th at 4:30 on Brad Akins Field. 


Lil Wolverines Running Club

Saturday, August 26:  The PACS Lil Wolverines Running Club participated in their first ever cross-country race at the YMCA as part of the NGYCCL.  All runners started and finished.

The team won medals in the 6-8 year old boys (10th place Noah Rhodes)  and the 6-8 year old girls (2nd place Olivia Christenson). The 9-10 year old boys and girls did not place but had some great finishes.  In the 11-14 year old age group, Molly Meeks came in 2nd place for the girls, Ashlyn Smith finished in 5th place for the girls, and Luke Nesbit was 3rd place for the boys.  It was a GREAT DAY to be a WOLVERINE!


Middle School Cross Country

Saturday, August 19:  Middle School Girls came in 2nd at the LCA Cross Country Middle School Invitational.  Molly Meeks placed in the top 10 at 3rd place and Magill Bahnsen in the top 10 at 6th place.  For the Boys Luke Nesbit was the overall 1st place finisher as the boys finished in 5th place.


August 28, 2017

Kristi Greer Leads Lunch and Learn Banking Presentation

Prince Avenue High School students recently enjoyed the first Lunch and Learn presentation of the 2017-2018 school year.  Students enjoyed an interesting and informative session on the topic of Careers in Banking led by Kristi Greer of Oconee State Bank. 

Ms. Greer reviewed with students the purpose of a bank and the different services it provides as well as the different positions available in banking.  She explained the skills and strengths necessary for a career in banking including money handling, problem solving, customer service, teamwork, and proficiency in technology. 

Ultimately, Ms. Greer encouraged students to consider what they really enjoy and seek to make it a career by reviewing a variety of jobs, shadowing positions of interest, and seeking career counseling. 



August 27, 2017

Changes to the 2017-2018 Bus Routes Effective August 28th

In order to adjust to the needs of the school community, Prince Avenue Christian School has made changes to two of the bus routes for the 2017-2018 school year. 

The new bus routes to Commerce and Madison have had mixed participation.  Two stops that have not had any riders will be deleted and other stops will be added in order to better serve the families in those ares.  There are minor time changes to the unchanged stops, so please check the schedule carefully.  

On the Commerce/Jefferson Route, the QT stop in Commerce will be deleted and the Jefferson Kroger stop will move to the Jefferson Civic Center Downtown.  The Chevron Station in Nicholson will be added, and the Homewood Hills stop in Athens will be unchanged.  

On the Madison/Watkinsville Route, the Madison Lowes stop will be deleted and the Golden Pantry in Bishop on the corner of 441 and 15 will be added.  The Watkinsville First United Methodist stop will be unchanged.  

These changes are reflected in the schedule below.  




Click Here for Bus Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year  


Athens Morning Route

  • 7:00 am Pick up at the Kroger on Barnett Shoals
  • 7:15 am  Pick up at the Lowes on Lexington Road
  • 7:30 am  Pick up at the Kroger at 29 and 72

Athens Afternoon Route

  • 3:50 pm  Drop off at the Kroger on Barnett Shoals
  • 4:00 pm  Drop off at the Lowes on Lexington Road
  • 4:10 pm  Drop off at the Kroger at 29 and 72
  • 4:25 pm   Drop off at the Southern Mutual Building at Beechwood


Jefferson Morning Route

  • 7:00 am  Pick up at the Chevron on 441, 440 Broad St, Nicholson
  • 7:15 am  Pick up at the Jefferson Civic Center, 65 Kissam St, Jefferson
  • 7:40 am Pick up at Homewood Hills in Athens

Jefferson Afternoon Route

  • 3:50 pm Drop off at Homewood Hills in Athens
  • 4:15 pm  Drop off at the Jefferson Civic Center: 65 Kissam St, Jefferson
  • 4:40 pm  Drop off at the Chevron on 441, 440 Broad St, Nicholson


Watkinsville Morning Route

  • 7:15 am Pick up at the Bishop Golden Pantry, 5171 Macon Hwy
  • 7:25 am  Pick up at Watkinsville First Methodist, 1331 New High Shoals Rd
  • 7:35 am  Pick up at Fire Station #1, 7575 Macon Hwy

Watkinsville Afternoon Route

  • 3:50 pm Drop off at Fire Station #1, 7575 Macon Hwy
  • 3:55 pm  Drop off at Watkinsville First Methodist, 1331 New High Shoals Rd
  • 4:00 pm Drop off at the Bishop Gold Pantry, 5171 Macon Hwy


Monroe/Loganville Morning Route

  • 7:00 am  Pick up at the Praise Center (1857 US 78, Monroe)
  • 7:15 am  Pick up at the Kroger in Loganville
  • 7:30 am  Pick up at the Home Depot in Monroe
  • 7:40 am  Pick up at Grace Baptist Church on Spring Street

Monroe/Loganville Afternoon Route

  • 3:45 pm  Drop off at Grace Baptist Church on Spring Street
  • 4:00 pm  Drop off at the Home Depot in Monroe
  • 4:10 pm  Drop off at the Praise Center (1857 US 78, Monroe)
  • 4:20 pm  Drop off at the Kroger in Loganville


August 24, 2017

Wolverines Unleashed Carnival a Great Success

The Prince Avenue Christian School "Wolverines Unleashed" Family Fun Carnival held this week was a great success.  The generous support of the PACS community through this exciting event raised more than $80,000 in contributions and pledges.

After a beautiful afternoon of celebrating and observing the Great Eclipse of 2017, over 525 students along with parents, family members, faculty, and staff enjoyed a fun time celebrating the beginning of the school year and raising financial support for the 2017-2018 PACS Annual Fund. 

While students of all ages enjoyed inflatables, the giant slide, games, music, and other activities, families spread out picnic blankets and chairs and enjoyed dinner purchased from the Chick-fil-A food truck, an attraction so popular that food and supplies had to be replenished throughout the evening. 

Winston the Wolverine could be seen visiting with attendees while the enthusiastic crowd consumed as many as 1200 sno cones. 

The Annual Fund is a yearly campaign that supports the PACS operating budget. All contributions are tax deductible and help to bridge the gap between tuition and the true cost of educating a student. 

It is never too late to support the Annual Fund.  A gift of any size is helpful. Donations can be made online or in the front office with the Annual Fund Donation Form







August 22, 2017

Gently Used Uniform Labor Day Sale

The Prince Avenue Parent Teacher Fellowship is sponsoring a Labor Day Gently Used Uniform Sale.

The sale dates are Thursday, August 31st from 3 - 6 pm, and Friday, September 1st from 8 - 10 am.  

All uniform tops, skirts, shorts, pants, and t-shirts will be priced at $2 each.  All sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets will be priced at $5 each.  

All sales must be paid for with check or cash.  School FACTS accounts cannot be charged.  


August 17, 2017

Solar Eclipse Viewing and Wolverines Unleashed Carnival

On Monday, August 21st, Prince Avenue Christian School will participate in a once-in-a-lifetime event as students, teachers, and parents collectively view The Great American Eclipse of 2017 followed by the Wolverines Unleashed Family Fun Carnival.

A total eclipse of the Sun is “a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky.” (  Athens, Georgia is fortunate to be very close to the area of totality allowing viewers to observe the eclipse at 99% totality. 

Because this is a special opportunity, the school has planned activities for the day that are both educational and fun from a Biblical worldview. The afternoon dismissal schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the eclipse times and to ensure safety.  

Please take note of the following details:

  • To watch the partial stages of the eclipse, proper eye protection must be worn.  Normal sunglasses are not safe.   PACS will provide one pair of glasses per student from Explore Scientific. This is one of five manufacturers on NASA’s recommended vendor list.  Parents can read about the specifications for the glasses HERE. Students will be instructed by teachers on how to use the glasses and watch an instructional safety video that can be viewed HERE.
  • Middle and high school students are encouraged to bring a beach towel to sit on while viewing.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in Spirit Day dress by wearing “black out” clothes. 
  • There will be no elementary or middle school sports practices after school on Monday.  JV and Varsity practices will begin at 4:15 pm.
  • Parents who do not want their child to participate in the eclipse viewing have two options. (1) E-mail your principal no later than 9:00 a.m. Monday morning, and your student will be supervised by a teacher inside a classroom during the eclipse, or (2) parents may pick their child up from school no later than 1:00 p.m. With teachers and students in and out of classrooms during the afternoon, locating a child for a pick up after 1:00 pm will be problematic.
  • The afternoon bus schedule will run 40 minutes late in coordination with dismissal times.  


The Eclipse Day Schedule is as follows:

        2:00 pm:  Lower school students will be escorted to the practice field and seated by class.
        2:10 pm:  Middle and high School Students will go to the practice field for observation.
        2:38 pm:  Eclipse totality
        3:30 pm:  Lower School Dismissal
        3:50 pm:  Middle School Dismissal
        4:00 pm:  High School Dismissal
        4:00 – 8:00 pm:  “Wolverines Unleashed” Family Fun Carnival


Immediately following dismissal, the school will continue the celebration with the yearly “Wolverines Unleashed” Family Fun Carnival

This exciting and fun event is for the entire PACS community.  PACS students, families, and friends will be able to enjoy time together as they jump on inflatables, slide down the jumbo slide, get their faces painted, and enjoy popcorn, sno cones, and moon pies.   In addition, the Chick-fil-A Food Truck will be serving food for purchase, so bring your picnic blanket and enjoy dinner in the midst of all of the fun.

The Admission Ticket to this free event is a donation or pledge to the 2017-2018 Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is a yearly campaign that supports the PACS operating budget. A family's once-a-year contribution helps to bridge the gap between tuition and the true cost of educating a student.  A tax deductible gift to the Annual Fund keeps PACS tuition reasonable.   Please consider giving generously.  The goal is 100% participation. 

Donating online is a fast efficient way to support the Annual Fund.  Simply click on the link below or on the school web site, log in, and make a gift.   Donors may choose to give a one-time donation or schedule reoccurring automatic gifts using a credit card or bank account.  

  Donate to the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Online

All students who attend the carnival will receive a free Spirit Day Pass to be used on Tuesday, August 22nd.  Students must check in at the appropriate table to receive the pass.


July 25, 2017

Back to School Information for 2017

Prince Avenue Christian School administrators, faculty, and staff are busy preparing for the 2017 -2018 school year.  

Many 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 19, 2017

‘Lil Wolverines Running Club for 2nd- 8th Grade Runners

Lil Wolvervines Running Club is an 8 week co-ed running program suitable for 2nd through 8th grade students. Our season will start with practices that lead to runners taking part in real 1.86 mile XC races run in the Northeast Georgia Youth Running League. (Entry fee in all 6 of these races are included in cost).

This program will develop and encourage children of all running abilities to progress from their current level of fitness to being able to complete a 1.86 mile run at the conclusion of the program. This will be achieved through a variety of games which incorporate running. We will always do a small amount of core exercise and stretching at the beginning and end of each session.

Cost:  $85.00

Practices: Practice will be on Wednesdays right after school (Coach Palmer will get them from car rider line) starting in August on the Prince Avenue XC Course. Practice will go from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. We will also practice from 8:30 am to 9:30 am on Saturday mornings at Prince Avenue track. Once the races start, we will run on Saturday mornings so we will only practice on Wednesdays right after school.

For registration, please contact Coach Michael Palmer at

August Practice Schedule:
Saturdays: August 5th, 12th, 19th
Wednesdays: August 9th, 16th, 23rd
September Practice Schedule:
Wednesdays: September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th


Saturday, August 26 YMCA Meet #1 Athens YMCA 9:00 am
Wednesday, August 30   Jefferson Meet #2 Jefferson Rec Dept  5:30 pm
Saturday, September 9 Sirius Meet #3 TBD  9:00 am
Saturday, September 16 Banks County Meet #4  Jefferson  9:00 am
Saturday, September 23 Jefferson Meet #5 Banks County 9:00 am
Saturday, September 30 League Championship   Jefferson  9:00 am
July 18, 2017

Estonia Mission Trip Updates

The Prince Avenue Fine Arts Department is currently on a mission trip in the country of Estonia.  Please pray for this group of students and chaperones as they minister this week.  The group departed on June 14th and will return on July 24th.

Throughout this trip, students will have the opportunity to share Christ through the arts and will work at Camp Gideon, the only Christian camp in Estonia.  Students will also lead worship at the camp and in local churches.  


Updates from LaMurl Morris will be provided here:


Sunday Afternoon, July 23

Greetings from Estonia,

It has been a glorious day in Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia. We began the day with worship at the Tallinn Methodist church. After worship we spent the remainder of the day in Old Town shopping, playing, eating, and enjoying the sights. The city is beautiful! We discovered that we have a couple of archery experts on our team--Nathan Anderson and Charlie Graffin. Sara Thompson receives the award for finding the most unusual souvenirs! We had fun exploring the street markets and artist venues. The architecture at the Estonia Orthodox Church is stunning!

Tomorrow we begin the long journey home with many memories and stories to share. We believe that we gave our best effort in the English teaching, and loved the campers and staff well; however, we realize that the greatest change is in our own lives. Although we came to Estonia to serve, we are the ones who have been blessed far more than we could have ever imagined. We appreciate your prayers for us through out the trip. Please know that your faithful prayers have been the foundation of this mission trip.

Sunday Morning, July 23

Good Morning from Estonia!

We are preparing to attend a worship service at the Tallinn Methodist Church. After the church service we will spend the day in Old Town which is located in the middle of Tallinn. Old Town is one of the oldest areas in Europe where original architecture has not been destroyed through acts of war or extreme weather. Old town is beautiful with colorful building and flower boxes in front of most stores and restaurants. 

We completed English camp on Friday afternoon. Mary Grace Palmer taught about locations and directions by talking about God as our Guide. Riley Wilson taught about emotions, and how Jesus, although divine, experienced emotions. Nathan Anderson taught about occupations, and Abby Frost taught about weather and nature. We finished strong, and shed many tears as the campers departed. We loved well, and left a pieces of our hearts at Camp Gideon.

On Saturday we toured Narva, which is a castle on the Estonia-Russian border. All of the lessons we learned in our history classes came to life as we toured the castle and grounds. We then traveled to Tallinn and spent the evening exploring Old Town.

Thank you for your continued prayers. We will begin our journey home tomorrow afternoon.

Thursday, July 20

Greetings from Estonia!

Today was our first full day of camp without any rain! All games and activities were outside so the children have enjoyed the sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Ben Hardwick taught about types of food today in our English class. He told the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes with the fish and loaves. Sara Thompson taught the children about parts of the body and clothing. At tonight's worship service, we told the parable of the seeds through drama. Rebecca Hathaway, Charlie Graffin, Abby Frost, and Cailyn Bloodworth gave short teachings after the music, drama and improv. We ended the evening with a bonfire and making s'mores. Tomorrow will be our last day of camp, and the children will leave late in the afternoon. The campers and our PACS students have formed many friendships, and shared many experiences during this week at camp.

Thank you for your continued prayers for our team as we finish our ministry at Camp Gideon.

Wednesday, July 19th

Greetings from Estonia!

We had another wonderful day at camp! We've been dealing with cold, rainy weather which has affected our recreation and game time, but we have made adjustments. Today Charlie Graffin gave his lesson on colors and shapes through presenting the creation story, activities and a craft. Rebecca Hathaway taught her lesson on animals by face painting the children, having them create masks, and telling them the story about Noah and the ark. Tonight during the worship time we presented the gospel story of the Good Samaritan through drama and camper involvement. Sara Thompson shared a teaching about the difference between joy and happiness, and Riley Wilson explained to the campers how God for us in all situations. Mr. Wallis wrapped up all the teachings of the day. Now our team members are visiting the campers in the cabins and then we will complete our preparations for tomorrow. 

Thank you for your continued prayers for us. Everyone is well, and serving the campers and people at the camp.

Tuesday, July 18th

We have had a great day at camp!  We began our day with Cailyn teaching our first English lesson about the alphabet and numbers.  We concluded the morning with recreation, arts and crafts and games.  The afternoon was full with Macy teaching about the family members, volleyball, craft time, and a rehearsal for the worship service.  Tonight Macy and Nathan provided teachings after the music and parable.  We concluded the evening with a team meeting and visiting the campers in their cabins.

We have about 56 campers, and many of them are from a Russian orphanage.  Our team is spending any free time playing with the children and trying to learn a few phrases in Russian.  Everyone is well, and working really hard in preparing their lessons and teachings.  

Thank you for your continued prayers.  We'll have many stories to share with you when we return.


Monday, July 17th

Greetings from Estonia!

We finally arrived at Camp Gideon today around 2:30pm. We had a little scare in Stockholm when they couldn't find our ticket reservations. We were able to locate our tickets through our baggage claim tickets..

After arriving at camp, we unpacked, ate dinner, and led worship. Most of us found some time to walk on the beach while the sun was setting. Many are preparing their lessons now, and then we'll turn in for the night. 

Thank you for your continued prayers for us. Your children are amazing! No one has complained, and all have extended grace to one another. Your children have been a joy during these difficult last few days. We are excited about all the camp opportunities before us!

July 04, 2017

Early Bird Booster Club Membership Now Open for 2017-2018

 The 2017-2018 school year is only a few weeks away, and Prince Avenue Christian School is looking forward to another great year of Prince Athletics.  Early Bird Booster Club Membership is now open, and all Prince families are encouraged to join.  

Membership in the Booster Club provides admission to all regular season home athletic events and a gift. There are three different levels of membership: Individual ($150.00), Immediate Family ($300), and Immediate Family Plus Grandparents ($400).  These Early Bird prices are available until August 1st at which time the price will go up.  

The PACS Wolverine Booster Club was started with the idea of supporting each of the athletic programs at Prince. This support is given through volunteer time and financial support. The club works very closely with the Athletic Director to identify the specific needs for each sport.  

Funds raised by the Booster Club help provide our coaches and athletes with additional equipment, facilities, and travel costs.  The continued success of the Booster Club depends on the support of all of our PACS families through membership. 


      Click Here for Early Bird Booster Club Membership

June 01, 2017

2017 Summer Reading Lists

The 2017 Summer Reading Lists have been released for Prince Avenue Christian School students entering first grade through the twelfth grades.  

Each grade has different requirements, so check the list carefully to make sure all expectations are met before school begins in August.


Download the 2017 Reading Lists:  

2017 Lower School Reading Lists (Entering Grades 1-5) 

2017 Middle School  Reading Lists (Entering Grades 6 - 8)

2017 High School  Reading Lists (Entering Grades 9 - 12)

May 30, 2017

PACS Hiring for Bus Driver Positions

Prince Avenue Christian School is hiring bus drivers to cover morning and afternoon bus routes and transportation to and from field trips and sporting events as needed and schedule permitting.  This position will report to the Facilities Director. 

Drivers must have a CDL license with P and S endorsements, an excellent driving record, punctuality, and a servant’s heart and love for children.  Previous experience transporting students is a plus.

To be considered for this position, please complete the bus driver’s application on our website at and email it to

Prince Avenue Christian School (PACS) is a ministry of Prince Avenue Baptist Church (PABC), and the faculty and staff’s conduct reflects on the church and school. Therefore, this employee agrees to conduct herself or himself in a Godly manner at all times and to be under the authority of the school administration and PABC and abide by the policies and statement of faith thereof.


Click Here to Apply for PACS Bus Driver


May 22, 2017

Scholarships Awarded to PACS Students During Honors Day Ceremonies

Prince Avenue Christian School is blessed to enjoy the faithful generosity of friends and alumni who make scholarships for Prince students possible.  Twenty PACS students were awarded scholarships for the 2017-18 school year during the recent Honors Day ceremonies.

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.   The $1,500 scholarship was awarded to sophomore Chria Sharp.

First grade student Noah Rhodes 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.

The $1,000 Kathy Stamatinos Geyer Memorial Scholarship was awarded to sophomore 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 son, a senior, Alex Geyer.

The family of Ward Asher Elrod recently 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 junior Annie McElhannon.

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 $4500 scholarship is given to two PACS students each academic school year and was presented by one of Jon’s friends, Mr. Bill Simpson.  The recipients for the 2016 -2017 school year are junior Addie Lee Frierson and senior Marlan Adams.  The recipients for the 2017-2018 school year are freshman Kathryn Anne Frierson and junior Addie Lee Frierson.

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 eighth grader Anna Hardwick.

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 freshman Riley Wilson.

Major A.D. Reynolds established the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation and the Missionary Emergency Fund Scholarship  and 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 to first grader Zion Hill, second grader Dioni Perea, third grader Graycen Grooms, and fourth grader Noah Wade Snow.

Seventh grade student Nate Grooms 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.

In addition, the Shoff Foundation Scholarship, established by Mr. Richard Mason and family in loving memory of Mr. Sheldon T. Shoff, was awarded to second grader Deja Smith, fourth grader Rory Smith, fourth grader Lukas Smith, and fifth grader Sam Smith. 

Three new scholarships were awarded at this year’s PACS Honors Day ceremonies.  These scholarships honor the memory of two PACS staff employees and one PACS graduate.   All were very special to the PACS community.

The Melissa Stokes Tyler Memorial Scholarship was lovingly established by her family in her memory after Melissa was tragically killed in a car accident.  The recipient of this award is a senior who will be attending the University of Georgia, Melissa’s Alma Mater.  This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually.  Melissa’s husband Mike Tyler and her mother Barbara Stokes presented this year’s scholarship to senior Baylee Rogers.

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 sophomore Patrick Brannen by Candy’s husband Garry Todd and son Adam Yelton.

The Megan Twist Memorial Scholarship was established to remember and honor the life of Megan Twist who died this 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 Jasmine Hawkins emerged as the one nominee that was most reflective of Megan’s heart for people and family.  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.



William H. Ricketts Scholarship                                        Christopher Lee Newcomer Memorial​
Chria Sharp and Richard Ricketts                                     Scholarship
                                                                                                          Noah Rhodes and Becky Callaway



Kathy Stamatinos Geyer Memorial Scholarship            Asher Foundation Scholarship
Alex Geyer and Abby Frost                                                      Kimberly Elrod, Annie McElhannon, Brian Elrod,
​                                                                                                             and Ward Elrod



John Desso Scholarship 2016-2017                                   John Desso Scholarship 2017-2018
Bill Simpson, Marlan Adams, and Addie Lee                 Bill Simpson, Kathryn Anne Frierson, and 
​Frierson                                                                                         Addie Lee Frierson



Chick-fil-A Christian Service Scholarship                       Reg Gattie Sing Strong Memorial Scholarship
Anna Hardwick                                                                           Riley Wilson



Richard S. Reynolds Foundation                                       Ruby Evelyn Brown Scholarship
Zion Hill, Noah Wade Snow,                                               Nate Grooms
Ms. Elizabeth McLaney, Graycen Grooms,
and Dioni Perea



Shoff Foundation Scholarship                                              The Melissa Stokes Tyler Memorial Scholarship
Sam Smith, Lukas Smith, Deja Smith, and                      Mike Tyler, Amelia Tyler, Baylee Rogers, and 
Rory Smith                                                                                    Barabara Stokes



The Candace Coles Todd “Climb Every Mountain”     The Megan Twist Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship                                                                                    Luke Hixson, Collin Hixson, Lenny Bernotas, 
Garry Todd, Patrick Brannen, and Adam Yelton           Barbara Bernotas, Jasmine Hawkins, Jane Hixson,
                                                                                                            and Roy Twist.


May 17, 2017

PACS Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Epistle Award Recipient

Prince Avenue Christian School has named the Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Epistle Award Recipient.


The 2017 Valedictorian is Chase Deatrick. 

Chase is the son of John and Grace Deatrick and has attended PACS for six years.  He has received the Wolverine Academic Gold Award for highest yearly average in 9th and 10th grade, is a member of the National Honors Society, and is a leader on the PACS Academic Team. Chase is STAR Student for the Class of 2017 and is a National Merit Finalist.  Chase volunteers during the school year at South Athens Animal Clinic where he also works during the summer. Chase attends Bethlehem First United Methodist Church.  He will be attending North Texas University on full scholarship and will major in Biology. Chase describes PACS as an exceptional place to learn.  “The faculty and administration are uniquely gifted not only in their respective areas of oversight, but also in their strong encouragement of the student body.  At no other institution could one find the sublime caliber of educators that help all students advance both as pupils and as children of God.”  



The 2017 Salutatorian is Sammi Richt. 

Sammi is the daughter of Craig and Jana Richt and has attended PACS for ten years.  Sammi received the Gold Wolverine Academian award her sophomore year, the Bronze Wolverine Academian award her junior year, and the Silver Wolverine Academian award her senior year. This year and last, Sammi was honored by UGA's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society as PACS's top junior and senior (respectively).  Sammi has been a member of both the National Honors Society and the Beta Club since her sophomore year.

Her first three years in high school, Sammi was heavily involved in PACS  Performing Arts.  She was the assistant stage manager for Godspell and Harvey. Sammi was in the ensembles of Les Miserables and The Addams Family and had speaking roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Pride and Prejudice. Sammi competed in Literary Meet in the Girls Trio and Rhetorical Essay competition and was also a member of the PACS improvisation team and National Thespian Society.

Sammi attends Young Harris First United Methodist Church.  Last summer she traveled to Estonia on missions where she taught English lessons at a summer camp for children, helped lead group activities and games, and helped with the nightly worship. Sammi has also volunteered her time as a peer note-taker at PACS.  Sammi plans to go to the University of Georgia as an English major with a focus in creative writing.

Sammi is especially grateful for the individualized education she received at PACS.  “Because the classes are smaller, teachers can devote more time to helping each of their students.”  Sammi also appreciates the spiritual growth she has experienced at PACS.  “Learning through a Christian worldview has helped me strengthen my faith.  During my time at Prince, many Christ-like teachers and students have helped me through difficult situations, and I have grown academically, personally, and spiritually because of the influence of these people.”



The 2017 Epistle Award recipient is Jared Gilstrap. 

The Epistle Award is given annually to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, best represents what PACS 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. 

Jared is the son of Jim and Sonya Gilstrap and has attended PACS for 13 years.  Jared’s notable achievements include the Headmaster's Honor Roll, Young Theologian Award, and the Patrick S. Gilmer Concert Band Award.  During his high school career, Jared has been active in Advanced Band, Jazz Band, Interact Club, Beta Club, and the National Honor Society. 

Jared attends Colbert First Baptist Church where he is active in Unashamed Student Ministries.  Jared has also contributed his time and efforts as a mentor in the PACS Barnabas Program as well as attending Fuge Camps in the summer in which he participates in community service while undergoing training in witnessing to others. 

After graduation, Jared plans to attend the University of Georgia.  He explains that PACS has uniquely prepared him for his future endeavors.  “Throughout my time at this school, I have been raised to follow the right path. I am deeply thankful for being raised in an environment that puts Christ at the center. This viewpoint of Christ before all else has aided me greatly in preparing for the future.”

Jared eagerly encourages younger students with the scripture in I Chronicles 28:20.  "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”

Jared explains, “As you grow older, a lot of things change and more responsibilities will find themselves on your shoulders. But through all of the turmoil and the change, the Lord will stand alongside you if you keep yourself dependent upon Him. Regardless of what those around you may say or do, always follow and honor God, and He will take you to places that you would never dream.” 


Chase Deatrick - Valedictorian, Jared Gilstrap - Espistle Award, and Sammi Richt - Salutatorian

May 17, 2017

New Scholarships Established in Memory of PACS Employees and Graduate

Three new scholarships were awarded at this year’s PACS Honors Day ceremonies.  These scholarships honor the memory of two PACS staff employees and one PACS graduate.  All were very special to the PACS community.


The Melissa Stokes Tyler Memorial Scholarship was lovingly established by her family in her memory after Melissa was tragically killed in a car accident.  Melissa was an energetic, hardworking, intelligent individual whose laugh was contagious.  Her love for the Lord and her family was evident. 

Melissa’s dedication to PACS, as Director of Finance, was shown daily in her desire to achieve excellence.  She could often be found in the school’s cafeteria sharing a few moments with her precious daughter, Amelia. 

The recipient of this award is a senior who will be attending the University of Georgia, Melissa’s Alma Mater.  This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually.  Melissa’s husband Mike Tyler and her mother Barbara Stokes presented this year’s scholarship to senior Baylee Rogers.


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.  She expressed her love well to her family, students, and friends.  The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each year to a student that has shown a spirit of joy through trials and has persevered.  Mrs. Todd was known for her abiding faith, servant’s heart, and tenacity for overcoming adversity while serving as an inspiration to all who knew her.  This year’s scholarship was presented to sophomore Patrick Brannen by Candy’s husband Garry Todd and son Adam Yelton.


The Megan Twist Memorial Scholarship was established to remember and honor the life of Megan Twist who died this year in a tragic accident.  Megan was a 2011 National Honor Society PACS graduate and winner of numerous academic and extra-curricular awards.  She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Public Relations.  However, that is not what endeared her to so many.  Megan was vivacious, conscientious, smart, empathetic, gracious toward others, full of life, and kind. Her smile lit up the room when she walked in.  Megan was described as giving on hundred percent to every class, every task, and every relationship.  Even in death, Megan was generous as she had signed up for organ donation on her 23rd birthday.  Her organs have given five other families new hope for life. 

It was the Megan Twist Scholarship committee’s desire to choose a recipient for this scholarship that best exemplifies the following attributes that were characteristic of Megan:  3.5 GPA, strong work ethic, perseverance through trials, love for people, sensitivity to others’ needs, forgiveness, a team spirit, and communication skills. 

The PACS faculty submitted nominees, and many students were outstanding finalists.  However, senior Jasmine Hawkins emerged as the one nominee that was most reflective of Megan’s heart for people and family.  Jasmine was described by her teachers as a hard worker, always smiling, overcoming difficulties with grace, extremely bright, having a joyous spirit, and extending kindness to all. 

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.



The Melissa Stokes Tyler Memorial Scholarship   The Candace Cole Todd "Climb Every Mountain" Scholarship
Mike Tyler, Amelia Tyler, senior Baylee Rogers,            Garry Todd, Patrick Brannen, and Adam Yelton
and Barbara Stokes



                                                         The Megan Twist Memorial Scholarship
                      Front row:  Luke Hixson (6th) and Collin Hixson (4th), PACS students & Megan's nephews
                      Back row:  Lenny Bernotas, Barbara Bernotas (Megan's mother), senior Jasmine Hawkins,
                                            Jane Hixon (Megan's sister), and Roy Twist (Megan's father)

May 15, 2017

Dr. Frank S. Page to Speak at PACS Graduation

Prince Avenue Christian School will hold the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2017 on Saturday, May 20th at 10:00 am in the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Worship Center.  Dr. Frank S. Page, president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee,  will give the charge to graduates. 

Frank S. Page has been president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee since October 1, 2010.  He was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2006-2008.  In his current role, he oversees the convention work of 46,000 plus churches and over 16 million members.

Prior to moving to Nashville, Dr. Page served as Vice President for the Evangelization Group at the North American Mission Board (NAMB), Alpharetta, Georgia.  He has also served as pastor for Taylors First Baptist Church, Taylors, South Carolina, and churches in Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina for the past 34 years.  

Dr. Page was born in North Carolina and educated at Gardner Webb University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  He is recipient of the Bachelor of Science degree with honors as well as the Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees.  He is an author and has traveled extensively and spoken on every continent.  Dr. Page is currently serving as the interim pastor for Prince Avenue Baptist Church.

Dr. Page is married to the former Dayle Gibson of Huntersville, North Carolina.  They have three beautiful daughters and are also blessed to have four grandsons and one granddaughter. 


May 14, 2017

Long Time PACS Marketing Director, Linda Zeagler, Retires

Perhaps the PACS community has felt a sense of familiarity when seeing the Prince “P” on cars around town, proudly worn the athletic Wolverine on a team shirt, smiled when seeing the school crest on their child’s school award, or enjoyed passing a Prince billboard along the highway.

These very familiar hallmarks of the PACS school culture have come about through the influence and ingenuity of the recently retired Marketing Director of Prince Avenue Christian School, Linda Zeagler. 

Having joined the staff of Prince in 1999, Mrs. Zeagler has seen the school grow and change in many profound and significant ways.  As a result, her fingerprints can be seen on almost every aspect of the school. Most notably, Mrs. Zeagler’s tenure saw the development and implementation of the school’s very recognizable blue, gold, and white brand with the academic crest, competitive Wolverine, and spirited “P”.  But her influence does not stop there. 

The school’s web site, Ren Web, school store, social media sites, local news presence, school event and activity pictures, and basic communications have been developed, implemented, and protected under the careful and watchful eye of Mrs. Zeagler.

Having had her own three children graduate from Prince, Mrs. Zeagler knows first-hand the value that Prince Avenue Christian School has to students and families.  With this experience, she has historically taken a personal interest in protecting the name and the mission of the school and in communicating this to the community as well as the region.  As Prince has grown in numbers and influence, so has the responsibility of communications and marketing.    

Mrs. Zeagler explains,“When Prince Avenue Christian School moved to our new campus in Oconee County, we took the opportunity to begin to communicate our brand to the community, as we helped others understand that we are a distinctly Christian college prep school which offers excellent academics, athletics and fine arts programs grounded in a Biblical worldview.  Communicating our brand involved much more than developing a new logo, solidifying school colors and developing visual representations with the mascot. Building our brand meant consistently telling the story of Prince Avenue Christian School in such a way that the word PRINCE became synonymous with the concepts of Excellence, Distinctly Christian, and College Prep School.”

Throughout her 18 years at Prince, Mrs. Zeagler has contributed in many other areas as well.  She spent time in the classroom teaching computer and yearbook.  She also coached tennis and drove buses for school events as well as a morning and afternoon route. 

These various contributions were visible and tangible evidence of a deeper influence in which Mrs. Zeagler was investing in the people of Prince.  Known as a wise and encouraging confidant, many students, parents, and peers have sought her counsel through the years.  One co-worker explained, “I remember meeting Linda in the hallway during student orientation and thinking to myself, ‘I hope she and I will become friends’.  She was so friendly and interesting.  She went out of her way to make a new-comer feel welcome.  Linda turned out to be a wonderful co-worker and a kind supporter to my children.”

Another peer described Mrs. Zeagler’s compassion toward students.  “Linda took care of students in ways that many others may not have seen.  She went above and beyond to be the hands of feet of Jesus to students in difficult circumstances or to students who were just having a hard day.  She could often be seen encouraging and helping kids who desperately needed a helping hand.”

Parents know Mrs. Zeagler to be a valuable resource of anything Prince.  This parent said, “If I had a question, I could always call Mrs. Zeagler.  She usually knew the answer, but if she did not, she could certainly point me in the right direction.  She went the extra mile to help solve problems, offer guidance, and keep parents and students on track.  She will be sorely missed in the Prince community.”

Although Mrs. Zeagler has had many areas of influence in the school, the most significant to her personally has been the students themselves.  “Prince kids are a very special group of boys and girls who taught me to love big and to enjoy their diversity and personalities. My students, bus riders, and school store workers are extra special to me because I had the privilege of showing them a little about Jesus’ love for them every day.”

Mrs. Zeagler has moved to Lake Keowee in South Carolina to enjoy retirement with her husband Ed.  She is taking some time to relax, but not surprisingly, she is staying busy.  She has already begun to help another small private Christian school in her new area develop its marketing and communications strategy.   “I feel I still have something to offer schools who are in the phase of growth where Prince was 10 to 15 years ago.  It is exciting to see a smaller school fulfill its potential as it grows and develops.  However, I have to be sure that I type ‘Warrior’ instead of ‘Wolverine’!  Old habits die very hard.”


Mrs. Zeagler is pictured here in front of the PACS backdrop that bears the images she helped to brand.  

May 13, 2017

2017 Middle School, JV, and Varsity Volleyball Teams Announced

Congratulations to the 2017 Middle School, JV, and Varsity volleyball teams.

Skyler Cannon
Caroline Hill
Emma Taylor
Mardra Caldwell
Abby Davis
Anabel Griffith
Niyah Beasley
Allie Carter
Mackenzie Case
Kelly Cascella
Addi Kay Carter

Junior Varsity:
Fiona Feng
Eliza Taylor
Emma Allen
Maggie Allen
Elizabeth Brantley
Lucy Henderson
Haley Holcombe
Bailey Hicks
Megan Jackson
Anna Grace Marable
Anna Greer Vandagriff
Delanie Case

Middle School:
Landys McClellan 
Noelle Hynes
Nealie Cook 
O'Conner Daniel 
Savannah Carter 
Sydney Gilbert 
Marisol Schroth 
Nina Killian 
Payton Cromer 
Sophia Machado 
Isabella Machado 
Kelsey Cascella 
Lauren MacDonald 

May 11, 2017

Larry Boling, Founder of PACS Band Program, Retires from Teaching

In the earlier days of Prince Avenue Christian School, the Fine Arts Program was a new endeavor.  Bit by bit, little by little, different elements were added and built upon until eventually, the school had the vibrant flourishing program of the current day.  Larry Boling was an integral part of the establishment and growth of the Fine Arts program the PACS community knows and enjoys today. 

Mr. Boling has taught at Prince Avenue for twelve years, but before that, he stepped forward as a volunteer.  He approached the head of school at the time and offered to start a band program.  This endeavor was not easy.  There were no instruments.  There was no band room.  There were no students with band experience.  But this did not deter Mr. Boling. 

In 2006, Mr. Boling was officially hired as the lower school music teacher and passed the band director’s baton to Paul Rettew and then later to Miles Adams.  Since that time, Mr. Boling has consistently and faithfully taught the students of Prince Avenue Christian School about God’s love through singing, playing instruments, storytelling, chapel, and musicals.

LaMurl Morris, Director of Fine Arts, describes Mr. Boling’s influence in the lives of his students.  “Larry’s greatest gift is the ability to teach children spiritual principles on a level they can understand and comprehend.  He will be greatly missed.”

Mr. Boling does not consider his departure from Prince as retirement.  Rather, he feels he is redirecting.  “I am following a dream to do my Kids First program full-time, which has been in my heart since I first began 13 years ago.”  Kids First is an outreach to un-churched kids. Mr. Boling hopes to have at least four groups around the Athens area by the end of the year and to do one or two foreign kids-focused mission trips each year.  He currently has plans to lead Vacation Bible School in Jamaica this summer. 

When reflecting on his time at Prince Avenue, Mr. Boling expresses heartfelt gratitude for the love and support he received during the time of his wife’s illness and death.  “There is a lot I could say about the importance of Prince in my life and the lives of my children, but nothing will outshine the love and support I received during the time of my wife’s illness.  The school stood behind me all the way.”

In the midst of these circumstances, students and peers saw in Mr. Boling a man who walked out his faith and dealt with adversity with perseverance, joy, love, and patience.  When asked what advice he would leave his current and former students, Mr. Boling said,“You are never too young or too old to follow Jesus.  His plans are the only way to true peace, happiness and lasting impact - even if those plans look like the opposite of worldly success.”


May 11, 2017

PACS Teachers Honored as 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 PACS 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 3rd grade teacher Danny Delgado, middle school math teacher Brittany Dillard, and high school math teacher Katie Gilbert.  Each teacher received a crystal vase and a generous donation by a friend of the school.

Danny Delgado is the husband of Courtney and has been a teacher at PACS since 2012.  Danny was raised in Athens, Georgia.  He attended the University of Georgia and earned two undergraduate degrees, the first in Social Studies Education and the second in Early Childhood Education.  Through college, he worked as an after school coach and summer camp counselor at the Athens YMCA.  At PACS, Danny serves as the head coach of the PACS Varsity Girls Soccer team.  He was also instrumental in the development of the Accelerated Reader program as a lower school reading incentive tool. 

Danny is described by his peers as tenacious, courageous, good humored, positive in attitude, and one who regularly displays infectious love.  His peers also say he demonstrates loyalty and respect for students, their families, co-workers, and the school’s leadership.  One co-worker said, “He has a gift for the science and art of teaching reading to lower school students and exhibits love for Jesus every day in every situation.”

Danny is very thankful for the Prince community and describes the administration as dedicated, the families as supportive, and the students as engaged.  “I do not see myself teaching anywhere else.  We truly are a family of believers who are united under one mission: to see Jesus glorified through our school.”  Danny’s deepest desire for his students is for each child to have a real and personal encounter with Jesus Christ.  “My prayer is that I play a part or role that will ultimately impact each student’s decision to live a devoted life for Jesus.”

Brittany Dillard joined the faculty of PACS in 2010.  She is the wife of Josh, who also teaches middle school at PACS.  Brittany attended the University of Georgia where she earned two undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Mathematics Education as well as her Masters in Middle Grades Education.  In addition to her work in the classroom, Brittany has also been especially supportive of extra-curricular activities at PACS.  She has coached Middle School and Varsity Swimming and Varsity Girls Tennis.  She has also helped coordinate middle school Math Olympics, has been a class sponsor, and is the current sponsor of middle school Student Government.

Brittany is a great example of a teacher who sets and expects high standards of achievement but is also well liked and respected by students and colleagues.  Fellow teachers’ descriptions include being punctual, respectful of others’ time, and consistently making adjustments to teaching methods to best meet student needs.  Brittany contributes many hours after the normal school day to offer extra help, to coach, and to support PACS special events.  Most importantly, Brittany is known for her Christ-like attributes in her interactions with students and daily conversations with others. 

Brittany describes PACS as a loving family environment.  “When I began work here, I was single and right out of college.  PACS immediately accepted me as part of the family.”  Brittany also values the continuity between the different levels of education that PACS as a Pre-K through 12th grade campus offers.  “I love that I do not have to say goodbye to my students when they go to high school.  I get to watch them play sports and perform on stage or in concerts.  It is so great to see them excel after they leave my classroom.”

Brittany prays for her students long after they graduate and leave the halls of PACS.  “I pray that they will build on the solid foundation that has been given to them while at PACS.  I pray that when they face trials and difficulties, that students will remember to rely on God and His Word that tells us that He will never leave us or forsake us.”

Katie Gilbert is married to Russ.  They have two children, a daughter Sydney and a son Nathan, who attend PACS.  Katie attended Emory University where she earned a Bachelor of Mathematics degree.  After that, Katie was an assistant coach for the Georgia Lady Bulldog Basketball Team from 1999-2007.  She then earned a Master of Mathematics from the University of Georgia. She joined the PACS faculty after teaching two years in the public school system.  Katie spent her first four years at PACS as the head coach of Varsity Girls Basketball and then stepped aside to take on the crucial role of department head of the PACS high school math department.   She has also served as the assistant Varsity Girls Soccer coach and the FCA faculty leader, and she is the current Middle School Girls Soccer coach. 

Katie has been described by her colleagues as “one who exhibits the Christian characteristics we so highly value in the development of PACS students.”  Katie is known for a firm teaching style laced with compassion and encouragement for students that struggle with content.  Her peers admire her positive attitude and selflessness.  Even more significant, however, is her reputation among students.  Katie enjoys respect and admiration from students due to her command of her subject matter and passion for the teaching profession. 

Katie expresses gratitude for the opportunity to share her passion for teaching at PACS. “I feel blessed every day that I can come to school with my children and know that we are all in a Christ-centered school where my family is surrounded by a strong circle of believers in this ever darkening world.”

For her students, Katie hopes that she will let the Lord’s light shine through her to influence their lives.  “When my students head to college or the work force, I hope that they will allow God to work through them and that they will also become beacons of His love and hope to those around them.”

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 Honors Day ceremonies in May.  


PACS Educators of the Year 2017:  Brittany Dillard, Danny Delgado, and Katie Gilbert

May 11, 2017

Culpepper, the Youngest Voice of the Wolverines

If you have been to a Wolverine basketball game this year, you may have noticed a young helper keeping stats at the table of the WMSL broadcasters, or maybe you attended a Wolverine soccer game and heard the voice of a young announcer.  This is the voice of Prince Avenue Christian School freshman Hamilton Culpepper. 

Known for his love of all things sports and excessive knowledge of random sports statistics, Hamilton has found his passion.  When he was just barely a middle school student, Hamilton found himself with the incredible opportunity to write an article for the publication Bulldawg Illustrated.  "My parents' friends, Cheri and Vance Leavy, own the  publication.  I mentioned my love of UGA football and began throwing out a lot of crazy knowledge about current and past facts.  They asked me to write an article."  Following the success of that first article, Hamilton was offered the opportunity to write a column for all UGA home games. 

Hamilton continues to write this column, and this experience has opened many other doors of opportunities related to sports writing and broadcasting.  "Getting involved with this paper introduced me to so many people including local personality Jeff Dantzler.  He fact checks all of my articles."  Because Dantzler calls Georgia baseball, girls basketball, and tennis and is a local sports broadcaster for 960 The Ref, Hamilton has been introduced to the broadcasting side of sports.  "After seeing how much fun they have and doing the things I love like memorizing stats, I've fallen in love with sports broadcasting and have never looked back."

The opportunity to apply his skills at PACS came through announcing certain sports and the school's relationship with WMSL 88.9 The Reach.  "The school allows me to announce soccer and softball on the PA system, and for basketball I help call the games on live stream with WMSL."  Working with the radio station has offered Hamilton the opportunity to learn the technical and behind the scenes details that are related to broadcasting. 

Hamilton is well aware of the unique opportunities he has had to pursue his dreams early in life.  "I've had many mentors throughout this awesome journey that I truly can't thank enough."  These mentors have helped propel Hamilton toward his plans for the future. "I plan on going to the UGA Grady School of Journalism and majoring in journalism and broadcasting with an emphasis on sports."

Hamilton has attended PACS since the 4th grade.  He feels a tremendous amount of gratitude toward the school for all that he has been able to accomplish during his time here.  "I want to thank the school for allowing me to have an internship with WMSL during the school day, and I want to thank all of the coaches for asking me to announce for their sports. I love this school and will never forget the wonderful people I have met and the wonderful memories I have made here."


May 08, 2017

Beloved Teacher, Lavonia Hardman, Retires After 20 Years at PACS

Known through the years for calling her 3rd grade class Hardman’s Heroes, Lavonia Hardman has become a hero herself to countless students, parents, and co-workers alike.   Having taught school for 34 years with the last 20 of those years spent at Prince Avenue Christian School, Mrs. Hardman’s influence has touched generations of students. 

A few minutes spent in the classroom of Lavonia Hardman during any given Open House will reveal a steady stream of visitors.  Former students of all ages drop by to receive their hugs and words of encouragement from Mrs. Hardman.  She tells them she loves them.  She assures them they will have a great year in their new class.  She whispers in their ears how special they are to God. 

Making a connection with her students in their particular circumstances and according to their gifts is a hallmark of Mrs. Hardman’s style.  One parent offered a glimpse into Mrs. Hardman’s classroom when she described Mrs. Hardman’s influence on her family this way: 

 “She taught each of my children, loving each one for his or her individuality and celebrating their individual God-given talents. She loved the little boy who was a reluctant reader and encouraged him to read what interested him. She gave another little boy, who was not afraid of public speaking and was quick witted a platform for telling his jokes.  She encouraged a little girl who was so timid and shy that she just stood and cried during her living history report. She did not shame her, but loved her.  She prayed for and with each of my children. They knew they could go back to her for prayer and counsel even when they were in high school and beyond. They knew she loved them.”

Countless students have learned to love learning under Mrs. Hardman’s instruction in the ways described by this parent.  However, her instruction has gone well beyond academics.  One friend describes Mrs. Hardman’s spiritual influence, an influence that is very evident in the lives of her students.   “Lavonia had scarcely been here two years when a precious child from another school was enrolled in her third grade class. This child learned through Lavonia that she truly was fearfully and wonderfully made even though she had learning disabilities. Lavonia poured into this child's  life that she was precious to Him and He had specific plans for her life.  This young lady went on to have the vision and dream of starting the Barnabas ministry at our school her junior year at Prince.”

It is this long-lasting influence that has caused Mrs. Hardman to be a beloved teacher to parents and students, but this influence has also carried over to her co-workers as well.  New teachers never forget their first encounter with Mrs. Hardman and describe her as a trusted mentor and friend whose example and influence will stay with them forever. 

One peer said, “She took me under her wing and mentored me as a new teacher in the school. How thrilling it was to then watch this precious teacher live out her calling in this ministry every day. Her kind spirit and tender, yet brave way with words is something to be emulated by us all.”   And another shared, “Knowing and teaching with Lavonia has been a highlight in my teaching career and I will miss her very much.”

Mrs. Hardman’s peers have also recognized her love for PACS and devotion to the school’s academic and spiritual success describing her as a prayer warrior who stands in the gap for the school.  “When she tells you that she is going to pray about something for you or with you she is truly sincere.  She is a godly woman who faithfully stands in the gap for not only individuals but also our school.”

This devotion to Prince is reflected in Mrs. Hardman’s own words.  When asked what she appreciates about Prince Avenue she said, “I admire PACS for its consistent stand for Jesus Christ.  The school strives to keep Him first in every area.  We are imperfect people serving a perfect God.  The school changes to keep up with the world’s progress.  Yet it holds onto the unchanging Word of God.  It sends the strong light of truth into the darkness of the world’s culture around us.”

Ultimately, however, Mrs. Hardman’s heart comes right back to the students that are in her classroom day in and day out.  She says, “My students have meant the most to me throughout my years at Prince.  Interacting with my precious third graders has strengthened my faith and brought so much joy into my life.  Many of them have trusted Christ as their Savior in my classroom.  There is no greater joy than this.”

In the days to come, Mrs. Hardman plans to enjoy time with her husband Weldon as he manages the family farm in Madison County.  She quips, “Instead of herding third graders, I will be helping to herd our cattle.”  Mrs. Hardman also enjoys gardening, traveling, and serving God at St. James Church in Athens. 

Mrs. Hardman is not departing without sharing her heart and words of wisdom with her current and former students.  When asked what advice she would leave them, she said, “My advice to my heroes, young and old, is to love God with all your heart.  Set your goals high for Him.  Learn to hear His voice and walk in His truth.  He created you to live as super-heroes in this world to show others the way, the truth, and the life.  You do not have to be afraid because He is with you all the time.” 


Mrs. Hardman is pictured here with her last class of PACS 3rd Graders.  

May 08, 2017

Varsity Golf News

Monday, May 8

The Varsity Boys Golf team will compete in the Class A Private State Tournament at Green Island Country Club in Columbus on Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23. The state tournament will be a 36 hole event. The boys earned their trip to state by finishing in second place at the recent Area 2 Tournament. Prince fired a team total 310, but lost to rival Athens Academy who totaled a 307. Will Kahlstorf paced the Wolverines with a 72, while Peyton Shedd and Reid Baker each scored 79. Bradley Lastinger added an 80 to round out the scoring.

The Girls team barely missed qualifying as a team with a fourth place finish. However, Hope Hewatt shot 99 to qualify for the state tournament as a low medalist on a nonqualifying team.

Tuesday, March 21

Girls: The Prince Girls golf team is composed of three sophomores—Delaney Cook, Hope Hewatt, and Molly Howard. The girls have played four matches and are steadily improving. Expectations are high following last year’s Second Place finish at the Area Tournament.

Boys: The Prince Boys Golf Team is on a record-setting pace this season. In the Apple Mountain Invitational Tournament the boys placed sixth out of twenty teams. They followed this with a First Place finish at the twenty-one team UGA Classic as they set a new school tournament team scoring record with a 297, and last weekend they took Third Place at the sixteen team Taylormade Classic.

Will Kahlstorf was Low Medalist at the Taylormade, and finished second at UGA as he fired a school record 67. Bradley Lastinger, Peyton Shedd, Reid Baker, and Grant Roland have also made strong contributions for the Wolverines.

In addition, the boys are undefeated in dual match play. On Monday, Will, Bradley, and Peyton each shot a one-under 35, another new school record, in a defeat of Madison County. Against all competitors, the boys have an overall record of 51-7.

Next up:   The Ed Hoard Classic at the Athens Country Club on Monday, March 27. This tournament includes all the high school golf teams in Oconee and Clarke counties.


Pictured left to right:  Peyton Shedd, Reid Baker, Will Kahlstorf, Bradley Lastinger, and Grant Roland

May 08, 2017

Phil Roberts Named New PACS Varsity Baseball Coach

Prince Avenue Christian School Athletics Department has announced Phil Roberts as the new Head Varsity Baseball Coach for the Wolverines.  Roberts currently serves as the Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach of Strong Rock Christian School in Region 5-A where he has been since 2009.  Roberts comes to PACS with a career record of 126-76. He has twice been selected Athletic Director of the Year and has received the Region 5-A Sportsmanship Award for five consecutive years. 

PACS Athletic Director Richard Ricketts expresses great enthusiasm for Roberts.  “I am very excited to have Phil Roberts joining the Prince staff.  Coach Roberts is a committed believer with a proven background in baseball and athletic administration.  I believe he will be able to come in and build a baseball program that will have success over a long period of time.”  Ricketts is also excited about the impact that Roberts will have on the youth athletic program at Prince.   “Phil has the desire and ability to strengthen the feeder baseball teams which will solidify our and strengthen our baseball program.”

Roberts himself is grateful for the opportunity that he and his family have to come to PACS.   “We’re excited about the opportunities at Prince Avenue Christian School. The school has a great reputation for athletics, academics, and missions within the state. The baseball staff has done an outstanding job developing talents and abilities, and I’m looking forward to leading this program for a long time.”

The PACS Baseball program has been showing great progress in recent years.  Last year the Wolverines posted a winning record making it to the first round of the State Play-Offs for the first time in many years. This season, the Wolverines finished as runner-up in the Region (22-11, 8-2 in Region) and made it to the second round of the State Play-Offs. 

Roberts is from Washington, Georgia.  He has been married to his wife Amberly for ten years.  They have a four year old son, Hudson, who will be attending PACS beginning this Fall.  Roberts earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University.  He will be teaching High School History at PACS. 


May 05, 2017

Congratulations to PACS 2017 Varsity and Middle School Cheerleaders

Congratulations to our 2017 Wolverine Cheerleaders!

Don’t forget….Uniform fitting for both squads in the Chorus Room: Tuesday, May 9th from  3:30-4:30 Middle School and 4:30-5:45 Varsity.

Varsity Cheerleaders:

Millie Bryant
Bonnie Kate Collinsworth
Lilly Henderson
Hope Hewatt
Elaine Hinson
Paige Holcombe
Gracie Ricketts
Chria Sharp
Kaylee Smith
Lolly Titshaw
Anna Kate Thurmond
Lauren Veness
McNeal Wilfong
Chariece Worthy
Drew Wright


Middle School Cheerleaders:

Ella Bray
Annie Cross
Mackenzie Evans
Jenna Hewatt
Jolee McElveen
Claire Middlebrooks
Ella Norris
Addy Ragle
Caroline Scoggins
Avrie Spivey
Mary Grant Thurmond
Grace Townley
Gracie Wilfong
Sam Wyatt
Anna Grace Veness

May 03, 2017

Collin Sweet Signs to Play Football at Berry College

Prince Avenue Christian School senior Collin Sweet signed today to play football at Berry College. Collin was a valuable asset to the Wolverines as Defensive End.    

Head Football Coach Greg Vandagriff expressed his enthusiasm for Collin’s decision to play at Berry.  “I could not be happier for Collin Sweet and his family.  He will be a great ambassador for Prince Avenue at the next level.  Collin personifies team and sacrifice.  We want to wish him the best of luck during his college football career.”


Pictured left to right:  Assistant Coach Zach Lonas, Head Coach Greg Vandagriff, Collin Sweet, and  Parents - Barbara and Michael Sweet

May 01, 2017

Junior Rebekah Haynes Advances to State Finals in Track and Field

The Prince Avenue Christian School Track and Field team recently competed in the GHSA Area 2 Qualifying Meet held at Athens Academy.  During that meet, PACS junior Rebekah Haynes had great success in her events.

Rebekah ran the 100M dash in 12.53 seconds which earned second place in the Area. That time was a personal record and also qualified her for the Sectional Meet.  Rebekah also ran in the 200M dash and finished in 3rd place which qualified her for the Sectional Meet as well. Her time in the 200M dash was 26.65 seconds which was a personal best as well.

On Saturday, April 29th, Rebekah competed in the 100M and 200M dash at the GHSA 1-A Private Sectional Meet held at Landmark Christian. In her first event of the day, the 100M, she ran a 12.77 which qualified her for the State Finals in that event this Saturday in Rome.

In her second event, the 200M, Rebekah ran a 25.68 which qualified her for the finals of that event in State Finals as well.

Coach Josh Dillard expresses his pride in Rebekah’s accomplishments in Track and Field.  “Competing in both of these events is a significant accomplishment at this level of competition, and it shows the hard work Rebekah puts into this sport year-round.” 


May 01, 2017

Wolverines Advance to 2nd Round of GHSA State Baseball Play-Offs, Time Change

On Friday, April 28th, the Prince Avenue Christian School Baseball Wolverines competed in the the 1st Round of GHSA State Baseball Play-Offs defeating Athens Academy in a double-header at home and advancing to the 2nd Round of State Play-Offs.

In Game 1, the score was 1-0.  Danny Westbury pitched a complete one-hitter game.  Trace Jeffers had the winning RBI with a double to score Shelby Davis.

In Game 2, the score was 5-0.  Trace Jeffers pitched a complete no-hitter game.  The Wolverine offense was led by Max Woolery with 3 hits and Noah Campbell with 2 hits. 

The 2nd Round Play-Offs Double-Header scheduled for Thursday, May 4th has been changed to Wednesday, May 3rd at 4:00 pm due to predicted bad weather.   The game will be played at Mount De Sales Academy, (4659 Cavalier Dr. Macon, GA 31206).  Admission is $10.00. 

If Wednesday’s double-header ends in a split, a third game will be played on Thursday, May 5th at 5:00 pm also at Mount De Sales Academy.  Admission to that “if” game is $7.00.

Please watch for updates in the event that Thursday's "if" game is rescheduled due to weather.  

Congratulations to these players and coaches as they move forward in state competition.  


April 28, 2017

Fine Arts Spring Concert and Art Show

The PACS Fine Arts Spring Concert and Senior Art Show is Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm in the PABC Worship Center. 

Attendees will enjoy senior artwork on display in the atrium.  Performances will include the 5th Grade, Intermediate, and Advanced Bands as well as the Voices of Prince.  The culmination of the evening will be the reveal of the high school productions for the 2017-2018 school year. 


April 25, 2017

Jared Gilstrap Named Rotary Student of the Semester

Senior Jared Gilstrap has been named Prince Avenue Christian School's Rotary Student of the Semester selected by teachers for his demonstration of the Rotary Club motto of "Service Above Self."

Jared, the son of Jim and Sonya Gilstrap, chose his mother and high school science teacher Sonya Gilstrap to share this honor with him.  Jared says he chose his mother because of her astounding influence on his life.  “She has always been there as a constant encouragement and spiritual influence.  I can think of no other person who has influenced me in a more positive way, and I am truly thankful to able to call such a great teacher my mother.”

Jared has attended PACS for 13 years.  His notable achievements include the Headmaster's Honor Roll, Young Theologian Award, and the Patrick S. Gilmer Concert Band Award.  During his high school career, Jared has been active in Advanced Band, Jazz Band, Interact Club, Beta Club, and the National Honor Society. 

Jared attends Colbert First Baptist Church where he is active in Unashamed Student Ministries.  Jared has also contributed his time and efforts as a mentor in the PACS Barnabas Program as well as attending Fuge Camps in the summer in which he participates in community service while undergoing training in witnessing to others. 

After graduation, Jared plans to attend the University of Georgia.  He explains that PACS has uniquely prepared him for his future endeavors.  “Throughout my time at this school, I have been raised to follow the right path. I am deeply thankful for being raised in an environment that puts Christ at the center. This viewpoint of Christ before all else has aided me greatly in preparing for the future.”


April 25, 2017

Little Prince Players Present Willy Wonka Kids

The Little Prince players will present Willy Wonka - Kids on Thursday, May 4th and Friday May 5th both at 7:00 pm.  All performances will take place in the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Children's Theatre.  

Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 24th and will be $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.  


Click Here for Tickets to Thursday, May 4th


Click Here for Tickets to Friday, May 5th