November 19, 2017
PACS Hosts Quarterfinals of State Football Playoffs: Friday, November 24th
The Prince Avenue Christian School Wolverines will host the Quarterfinals of the GHSA State Football Playoffs vs. the Darlington School Tigers on Friday, November 24th at 7:30 pm at Brad Akins Field.
General Admission Tickets are $12 and are available for pre-sale at the concession window at Tuesday night's PACS basketball games only or for purchase at the gate Friday night.
Per GHSA rules, discounted pre-sale tickets for high school students only are $10. Only one ticket per high school student available at the concession window at Tuesday night's PACS basketball games.
Booster Club, Lil' Wolves, or Faculty/Staff passesare not accepted for admission.
November 15, 2017
Prince Parent Jeff Carter Lunch and Learn Speaker
Prince parent and Board of Trustees member Jeff Carter recently came and spoke to Prince Avenue Christian high school students on the career of engineering as part of the school's Lunch and Learn program. Mr. Carter graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering. After spending several years as vice president of an Atlanta-based engineering firm, Mr. Carter launched Carter Engineering in 2004, a civil engineering and land planning service in Athens.
Mr. Carter explained to students the basics of what engineers do and different types of engineering. He gave relevant examples of engineering in the real world such as mechanics, structure safety, and property design. He took students through the process of starting with a master plan and working with the government on zoning, land, water, and utility requirements.
Mr. Carter concluded by explaining the degree, exams, and professional expectations required to become an engineer.
November 15, 2017
Winter Sports News
Middle School Boys Basketball
Tuesday, November 14:
In their season opener, the Prince Avenue Christian School Middle School Boys Basketball Team defeated Bethlehem Christian Academy 65-12. The Wolverines were led in scoring by Luke Nesbit with 14 Points, Josh Britt with 14 Points, and Evan Ivester with 9 Points. The middle school boys will be back in action on November 30 at home against Oglethorpe County.
November 13, 2017
Lower School Musical Presentations Thursday, November 16th
The Prince Avenue Christian School lower school music classes will present two short musicals on Thursday, November 16th in the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Worship Center at 7:00 pm.
The Kindergarten - 1st grade classes will present The Little Red Hen, and the 2nd - 5th grade classes along with the Little Prince Players will begin the Christmas season with their presentation of All About That Baby.
This will be an exciting evening for Prince families as the students present the songs they have been learning since the beginning of the school year.
November 10, 2017
Prince Avenue Baptist Church Calls Dr. J. Josh Smith as New Pastor
Prince Avenue Baptist Church has called Dr. J. Josh Smith as senior pastor.
Dr. Smith has been the lead pastor of MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church in Irving, Texas since 2006. MacArthur Boulevard is a multi-ethnic congregation located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in America. Dr. Smith has ministered in over 25 countries, worked with international students, and served as a missionary in central Europe. His greatest passion is the exaltation of Christ and the advancement of Christ's kingdom to the ends of the earth through the ministry of the local church. Josh is a graduate of Liberty University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh and his wife, Andrea, have four daughters and one son. He loves reading, music, collecting LPs, spending time with his family, and being outdoors.
To hear additional sermons preached by Dr. Smith, visit http://www.macarthurblvd.org/resources/sermon-archives/.
November 10, 2017
Will Kahlstorf Signs to Play Golf at UGA
Prince Avenue Christian School senior Will Kahlstorf recently signed to play golf at the University of Georgia.
PACS Athletic Director Richard Ricketts expressed his enthusiasm for Will’s decision to play at UGA. “Will is a steady, level-headed athlete who has worked very hard to keep improving his golf game. His quiet determination will be an asset, not only to himself, but to the entire UGA golf team.”
Will Kahlstorf pictured with his family.
Pictured Left to Right: Charlie, Erik, Will, and Meredith Kahlstorf
November 04, 2017
Prince Parent Dr. Peter Kelley Lunch and Learn Speaker
Prince parent Dr. Peter Kelley was this month’s speaker at the PACS high school Lunch and Learn program. Dr. Kelley works as an anesthesiologist at Peidmont Athens Regional Hospital. He explained to students that a profession in the medical field takes time and academic effort and that students who desire to work in this field should enjoy school. Dr. Kelley described the work of an anesthesiologist, reviewed the various jobs available in the medical field, and explained the flexibility and dedication necessary. Ultimately, Dr. Kelley shared with students that his work is very rewarding.
October 31, 2017
PACS Band Students Chosen for Tri-State Honor Band
Three Prince Avenue Christian School middle school band members have been selected to participate in the Tri-State Middle School Honor Band at Young Harris College. Jake Hathaway – alto sax, Brock McDonald – euphonium, and Ethan Thomas – trombone will rehearse and perform with the honor band on Saturday, November 4th.
Jake Hathaway, Brock McDonald, and Ethan Thomas
October 31, 2017
PACS Fine Arts Places 3rd in Regional One Act Competition
The Prince Avenue Christian School high school Fine Arts Department recently placed third in the Georgia High School Association Region 8 One Act Competition with their production of Still Life with Iris. Additionally, senior Mary Grace Palmer and junior Abby Frost were selected as All-Star cast members.
This marks the first time in the program’s history that PACS Fine Arts has placed in region competition. The lead role of Iris was played by senior Mary Grace Palmer. The supporting actors included Rebecca Hathaway as Iris’ mother, sophomore Thompson Sewel as Mr. Matternot, and junior Abby Frost and Christopher Harding as Gretta and Grotto Good.
In addition to the thirteen PACS actors, there were four crew members - Deven Desai (stage manager), Isaac Moore (assistant stage manager), Logan Thomas (sound), and Chloe Ferguson (makeup and hair). Some students contributed in multiple areas. Actor Abby Frost designed the set for this production, and stage manager Deven Desai designed the lights.
The next production by the PACS Fine Arts Department will be Seussical the Musial on March 15 – 17, 2018 at Seney-Stovall Chapel.
The cast and crew of Still Life with Iris.
Pictured left to right:
1st row - Abby Frost, Rebecca Hathaway, Mary Grace Palmer, Thompson Sewell, Emilie David, Sara Thompson, Chloe Ferguson, Willow Smith, Finn McGinnis
2nd row - Deven Desai, Joanna Ashley, Hannah Hunt, LaMurl Morris, Matthew Thompson, Leigh Renn, Christopher Harding, Stephanie Harding, Riley Wilson, Isaac Moore, Hendley Jones, Matthew Smock, Emma Allen, Jack Johnston, Walker Johnson, Logan Thomas
October 31, 2017
The PACS Interact Club Sponsors “The BIG Thank You” Campaign
The Prince Avenue Christian School Interact Club recently sponsored "The Big Thank You” campaign in which students in all grade levels had the opportunity to write letters to United States soldiers stationed overseas during the holidays.
PACS students wrote heartfelt handwritten letters to troops who will be away from friends and family during Thanksgiving and Christmas. In years past, some of the soldiers have written back and expressed appreciation for the support and encouragement. This year the Interact Club collected and mailed 457 letters.
Prince Avenue high school art teacher and Interact Club sponsor Meghan Hudson commented on the dedication of Prince students and teachers. “As I was mailing the letters, the post office attendant asked for details about the project. She said, ‘You must teach at a special school that would take the time to do this.’ She hit the nail on the head! Our teachers are great to take the time to help instill a sense of gratitude in our students.”
Prince Interact Club members Harrison Jump and Tyler Roberts are pictured with kindergarten students Brandon Baxter, Libby Foskey, and Caroline Florence.Back
October 27, 2017
Sue Nell Smeltzer Receives Above and Beyond Award
Prince Avenue third grade teacher Mrs. Sue Nell Smeltzer recently received the Above and Beyond Award for the first quarter of school. The Above and Beyond Award recognizes teachers and staff members through a nomination and evaluation process conducted by members of the school’s Administrative Leadership Team. This individual is considered based on attitude and commitment, work performance, interpersonal skills, and personal traits. Mrs. Smeltzer has been teaching at PACS for 12 years and has been in education for 30 years. She expresses gratitude at receiving this recognition from her peers and leadership. “Receiving this award was a great surprise, and I feel humbled that I was chosen.”
Sue Nell Smeltzer with PACS Lower School Principal Becky CallawayBack
October 24, 2017
PACS Seniors Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
Two students in the Prince Avenue Christian School Class of 2018 were recently recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their outstanding performance on the October 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Emily Weaver was named a Semifinalist. The daughter of Chris and Tracey Weaver, Emily will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately 33 million dollars that will be offered next spring. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Luke Wells was named a Commended Student. Luke is the son of Thomas and Amy Wells. More than two-thirds of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Approximately 1.4 million students enter the program and only 50,000 qualify.
Emily Weaver and Luke WellsBack
October 24, 2017
Brandon Ware, Guest Lecturer for AP Biology Students
Students in Mrs. Owens’s AP Biology class enjoyed a guest lecture from Brandon Ware. Brandon is the son of former Prince teacher Teri Ware and is currently working on his Ph.D. in cancer biology at Emory University. Brandon talked with students about his time as an undergraduate and graduate student before discussing his current research in pancreatic cancer. Brandon’s lab analyzes how immunology relates to cancer cells and the surrounding tissue and the research of possible treatments for pancreatic cancer. PACS students have been learning about cell metabolism and are preparing for a unit on cell communication both of which were mentioned during Brandon’s lecture. Students will also learn about the immune system later in the year, so Brandon was able to provide practical and foundational information students can use moving forward. It was valuable for Brandon to exemplify for students how some of the abstract information they are learning is applied in real-world scenarios to help solve current issues such as cancer treatments.
October 23, 2017
Lady Wolverines Advance to Elite Eight in State Softball Tournament
The Lady Wolverines are headed to the Elite Eight after 9-1 and 13-5 wins over Savannah Christian in the second round of the GHSA Softball Private State Tournament.
Prince Avenue will play in Columbus, Georgia against George Walton Academy on Thursday, October 26th at 11:00 am.
It's a Great Day to Be a Wolverine!
October 13, 2017
Mr. and Miss PACS 2017
Daniel Parrish and Emma Taylor were selected by their high school peers as Mr. and Miss PACS 2017.
Daniel is the son of Geoffrey and Monika Parrish and has been a student at PACS for 10 years. Daniel attends Athens Church and is on the PACS football team.
Emma is the daughter of Joe and Hayley Taylor and has attended PACS for 13 years. Emma attends Watkinsville First Baptist Church where she volunteers in the Vacation Bible School program. At school, Emma enjoys being a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader and playing on the volleyball team.
Mr. and Miss PACS are selected from a group of five senior boys and five senior girls representing the senior class on the Homecoming Court. When selecting Homecoming Court, the student body is asked to consider if students are characterized by the “fruit” of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23.
October 10, 2017
PACS Fine Arts Presents Still Life with Iris
The Prince Avenue Christian School high school Fine Arts Department will present Still Life with Iris on October 19 at 7:00 pm, October 20 at 7:00 pm, and October 21 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. All shows are at Seney-Stovall Chapel. Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door.
"Are you curious or lost?" This is the question that Iris (senior Mary Grace Palmer) finds herself asking as she searches for her home. Still Life with Iris, written by Steven Dietz is a fantasy/adventure/drama that follows the life of Iris, a young girl from the magical land of Nocturno. In Nocturno the things seen in the world by day are made there by night. Residents of Nocturno do not hold their memories in their minds, but rather in their coats (known as "past coats"). Citizens of Nocturno are warned not to "trip and get a rip" or their memories could be harmed. The journey begins when the past coats of Iris and her mother (senior Rebecca Hathaway) are taken from them by Mr. Matternot (sophomore Thompson Sewell), and Iris is brought to live on Great Island. The rulers of Great Island are Gretta and Grotto Good (juniors Abby Frost and Christopher Harding). They only allow the best of things to be seen, owning only one of everything. Any superfluous items or people are thrown into the tunnel of the unwanted. Through the help of some friends she meets along the way, Iris searches for her home and the truth of her past.
This play explores the ideas of home, family, one's past, and ultimately identity. From a spiritual perspective, the audience is reminded that this earth is not an eternal home and that a person's identity must lie in Christ, the firm foundation. In addition to the thirteen wonderful PACS actors, there are four crew members - Deven Desai (stage manager), Isaac Moore (assistant stage manager), Logan Thomas (sound), and Chloe Ferguson (makeup and hair). The fine arts students at PACS are also multi-talented. Actor Abby Frost has designed the set for this production, and stage manager Deven Desai designed the lights.
One week after the show closes, the students will travel with the show to Gainesville, Georgia to compete in the Georgia High School Association Region 8 One Act Competition.
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.
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.Back
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.Back
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
- 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 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.
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.Back
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 GilbertBack
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.Back
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 AdamsBack
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.
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.
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.” (www.greatamericaneclipse.com) 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.
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:Back
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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:Back
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.
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.
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 - SalutatorianBack
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.Back
May 13, 2017
2017 Middle School, JV, and Varsity Volleyball Teams Announced
Congratulations to the 2017 Middle School, JV, and Varsity volleyball teams.
Addi Kay Carter
Anna Grace Marable
Anna Greer Vandagriff
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 GilbertBack
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.Back
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 RolandBack
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.
Bonnie Kate Collinsworth
Anna Kate Thurmond
Middle School Cheerleaders:
Mary Grant Thurmond
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 SweetBack
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.
April 24, 2017
Fall Youth Football and Cheerleading Registration Underway
Registration for Prince Avenue Christian School Fall Youth Sports is underway. Lower School students will have the opportunity to participate in 1st/2nd grade flag football, 3rd/4th grade football, and 5th/6th grade football. Also available are Kindergarten – 2nd grade cheerleading and 3rd- 5th grade cheerleading.
These teams comprise the official “feeder” to the PACS middle and high school football and cheerleading programs. The coaches of these teams adhere to the philosophical and physical demands expected from Head Football Coach Greg Vandagriff and Head Cheerleading Coach Lisa Ricketts. The PACS football and cheerleading programs provide a seamless transition for players into the middle school and varsity football and cheerleading programs.
The coaching staff is as follows:
Registration can be completed online by Friday, May 12th. All Activity Fees will be billed to your FACTS Account in the fall once the program starts.
Any questions regarding Fall Youth Sports should be directed to Coach Michael Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 24, 2017
Cheerleading and Volleyball Tryouts Updated Dates and Times
Due to the success of spring sports teams, we are making the following changes to Cheerleading and Volleyball tryout dates and times. Please make note of the changes and contact the sport coach if you have any questions.
Middle School and Varsity Cheer Clinic will be held Monday, May 1st – Thursday, May 4th in the Wolverine Gymnasium. Cheer Tryouts will be held Friday, May 5th in the Gymnasium and Cafeteria.
The Cheer Clinic schedule is as follows:
Monday, May 1st: 3:30 – 5:00
Tuesday, May 2nd: 3:30 – 5:00
Wednesday, May 3rd: 3:30 -5:00
Thursday, May 4th: 3:30 – 5:00
Friday, May 5th: Middle School Tryouts 3:30, High School Tryouts 4:00
Cheer Tryouts will begin promptly at 3:35pm for middle school. Varsity needs to be there by 4:00pm. Everyone reports to the cafeteria first.
For those who make the team, uniform fitting will be held in the Chorus Room on Tuesday, May 9th at 3:30 for Middle School and 4:30 for High School.
All questions regarding PACS Cheer Tryouts should be addressed to Lisa Ricketts at email@example.com.
Updated Volleyball Clinic - Megan Caylor, Coach
Middle School Clinic/Tryouts Mon., May 8 – Wed. May 10 3:20-4:30pm Wolverine Gym
JV and Varsity Clinic/Tryouts Mon., May 8 – Wed. May 10 3:45-5:30pm Wolverine Gym
April 19, 2017
Becket Daniel Wins Writing Contest
Prince Avenue Christian School student Becket Daniel was among the winners of the 2017 Duke TIP Writing Contest. Becket is in the 5th grade and is the daughter of David and Melanie Daniel.
The Duke TIP Writing Contest is held annually for participants in the TIP 4th–6th Grade Talent Search, and this year students were asked to write a story about a dog that has escaped from an animal control officer, from the dog’s point of view. Becket’s story was selected as the first place winner in the 5th grade division from over eight hundred submissions.
The first place winners from each grade and the school that identified each student for participation in Duke TIP will receive $200; the second place winners and their schools will receive $100; third place winners and their schools will receive $50.
Becket’s story can be read at tip.duke.edu/storywinners.
April 18, 2017
PACS Varsity Tennis Team Advances to State Play-Offs
Wednesday, April 19 - Region Tournament - Third Round
Today, the Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Girls Tennis Team played against Providence Christian Academy in the third round of the region tournament. Overall, we won the match 3-2. Detailed match results are as follows.
The girls ended the tournament third in the region and will advance to the first round of state play-offs to be held next week.
#1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Grace Auman 1-6 2-6
#2 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs. Anna Timm 6-0 6-1
#3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs. Hannah Ormand 6-4 6-2
#1 Doubles: Dini DiCosty/Mary Bottoms vs. Molly Legg/Margaret Ann Levy 5-7 3-6
#2 Doubles: Emma Taylor/Ariana Crane vs. Rachel Skinner/Elise Wood 6-3 6-4
Tuesday, April 18 - Region Tournament - Second Round
Today, the Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Girls Tennis Team played against Athens Academy in the second round of the region tournament. Overall, we lost the match 0-3. Detailed match results are as follows. The girls will play again tomorrow against Providence Christian Academy.
#1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Emmaline Smith 3-6 0-6
#2 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs. Isabel Lane 1-6 3-6
#3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs. Anna Barkley 0-6 3-6
Tuesday, April 18 - Region Tournament - First Round
So far, the Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Girls Tennis Team has played against Lakeview Academy in the first round of the region tournament. Overall, we won the match 3-2. Detailed match results are as follows. The girls will play again today against Athens Academy.
#1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Reece Johnson 5-7 3-6
#2 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs. Abi Barford 6-0 7-1
#3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs. Abby Gopfert 2-6 4-6
#1 Doubles: Dini DiCosty/Mary Bottoms vs. Natalie Clark/Lanie Clark 7-5 6-0
#2 Doubles: Emma Taylor/Ariana Crane vs. Emma Grace Martin/Adeline Horton 6-2 6-4
Thursday, March 30
Today, the Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Girls Tennis Team played against Lakeview Academy. Overall, we won the match 4-1. Detailed match results are as follows.
#1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Reece Johnson 2-6 6-2 8-10
#2 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs. Abi Barford 7-4 10-9
#3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs. Abby Gopfert 6-4 3-6 10-5
#1 Doubles: Dini DiCosty/Mary Bottoms vs. Natalie Clark/Lanie Clark 3-6 6-3 10-7
#2 Doubles: Prince Avenue doubles won by forfeit.
Coming Up: The girls will play again on Tuesday, April 11th, at Wesleyan School.
Monday, March 27
The Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Girls Tennis Team played at Athens Christian School. Overall, we won the match 5-0. Detailed match results are as follows.
#1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Madaline Pham 6-2 6-0
#2 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs. Kennedy Vaughn 6-3 6-0
#3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs. Stacy Wolf 8-0
#1 Doubles: Dini DiCosty/Mary Bottoms vs. Karis Brown/Kiara Barron 6-2 6-1
#2 Doubles: Emma Taylor/Ariana Crane vs. Lydia Johnson/Sarah Klass 6-2 6-1
Coming Up: The girls will play again on Thursday, March 30th, against Lakeview Academy at Oconee Veterans Park.
Thursday, March 23
The Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Girls Tennis Team played against Athens Academy at Oconee Veterans Park. Overall, we lost the match 1-4. Detailed match results are as follows.
#1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Emmaline Smith 2-6 1-6
#2 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs. Isabel Lane 1-6 0-6
#3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs. Anna Barkley 4-6 2-6
#1 Doubles: Dini DiCosty/Mary Bottoms vs. Allison Doherty/Mary Lane 4-6 2-6
#2 Doubles: Emma Taylor/Ariana Crane vs. Reed Barkley/Charlotte Knight 6-2 7-5
Coming Up: The girls will play again on Monday, March 27th, at Athens Christian School.
Monday, March 20
The Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Girls Tennis Team played at George Walton Academy. Overall, we won the match 5-0. Detailed match results are as follows.
#1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Eliza Malcom 6-0 6-0
#2 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs. Rae Maddox 6-3 6-2
#3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs. Ivy Turner 6-4 6-2
#1 Doubles: Dini DiCosty/Mary Bottoms vs. Audrey Bradley/Mary Grace Cowan 6-0 6-0
#2 Doubles: Emma Taylor/Ariana Crane vs. Catherine Lazenby/Chambers Eckles 6-0 6-0
Coming Up: The girls will play again on Thursday, March 23rd, vs Athens Academy at Oconee Veterans Park.
Monday, March 13
The Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Girls Tennis Team played against Providence Christian at Oconee Veterans Park. Overall, we won the match 3-2. Detailed match results are as follows:
#1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Grace Arman 3-6 0-6
#2 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs. Alexis Trammell 5-7 0-6
#3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs. Molly Legg 6-4 5-7 10-4
#1 Doubles: Dini DiCosty/Mary Bottoms vs. Margaret Ann Levy/Elise Wood 6-4 6-3
#2 Doubles: Emma Taylor/Ariana Crane vs. Rachel Skinner/Hannah Ormoud 7-5 2-6 10-8
Coming Up: Tuesday, March 21st at George Walton
Thursday, March 9
Today, the Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Girls Tennis Team played against Hebron Christian at Oconee Veterans Park. Overall, we won the match 3-2. Detailed match results are as follows:
#1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Nicole Restrepo 0-6 / 3-6
#2 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs. Katie Reynolds 0-6 / 1-6
#3 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs. Gabby Rice 6-3 / 6-0
#1 Doubles: Dini DiCosty/Mary Bottoms vs. Hannah Kendall/Alyson Lee 6-1 / 6-2
#2 Doubles: Emma Taylor/Ariana Crane vs. Charis Blalock/Jenna Everson 6-4 / 4-6 / 10-8
Coming Up: Monday, March 13th vs. Providence @ Oconee Veterans Park 4:00 pm
Thursday, March 2
Today: The Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Girls Tennis Team played at Tallulah Falls. Overall, the team won the match 5-0. Detailed match results are as follows:
#1 Singles: Taylor Titshaw vs. Sophie Burke 6-2 / 6-3
#2 Singles: Lilly Henderson vs. Aida Roberts 6-1 / 5-7 / 10-4
#3 Singles: Hope Sheppard vs. Emily Wonders 6-4 /6-2
#1 Doubles: Dini DiCosty/Mary Bottoms vs. Mailey Welborn/Laurel Smith 6-1 / 6-2
#2 Doubles: Emma Taylor/McNeal Wilfong vs. Mandy Santana/Maggie Eavens 6-1 / 6-0
Coming Up: The girls will play again on Tuesday, March 7th, at the Wesleyan School.Back
April 13, 2017
PACS Students Sponsor Mission Projects for Local Organizations
As part of their Easter celebrations, two Prince Avenue Christian Lower School classes participated in mission projects for two local organizations.
The 2nd grade classes sponsored a “Baby Shower” for the Athens Pregnancy Center (APC). The students donated baby items and enjoyed a special breakfast while the APC representative Jennifer Brugh came to receive the donated items and explain the mission of the center.
Mrs. Brugh reminded students that God loves babies before they are born. She described the stages of life while the baby is still in the womb, explained ultrasound technology, and helped students understand that the APC is a place of specialized care for mothers who cannot afford medical care. Mrs. Brugh assured students that their gifts would help meet the needs of the mothers and babies that come to their center for help.
Also having a special Easter breakfast were the 4th Grade classes who brought dental hygiene items to donate to the Mercy Health Center. These items were received by Dental Clinic Coordinator Leah Brannon. Miss Brannon explained that Mercy Health Center helps patients who cannot afford healthcare services and that she is able to be a local missionary to those who come to the center by sharing the gospel as she cares for them. She encouraged the students to see themselves as missionaries through their tangible gifts for the dental clinic. The 4th grade classes donated nearly 600 items that will be divided into individual dental kits for the patients to take home after visiting the clinic. The students and teachers prayed over the items donated and for the patients they will help.
All Prince Avenue Lower School grade levels plan and implement at least one mission project a year as a way for teachers, students, and families to reach out to the community. This gives students the opportunity to serve others as a part of their education and daily lives.
Jennifer Brugh from Athens Pregnancy Center meets with 2nd grade students.
Leah Brannon from Mercy Health Center meets with 4th grade students.Back
April 13, 2017
Mascot Meet-Up Alumni Event - April 19th
Prince Avenue Christian School Alumni and families
are encouraged to attend Mascot Meet-Up in the Classic City.
Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 pm
Let's gather at the Arch with Winston the Wolverine and Hairy Dawg for some photos, then walk to Transmetropolitan for DINNER ON US!
Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Kim Brannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 678-726-2314.
Spread the word, and invite your PACS friends.
April 12, 2017
Sexton Signs to Play Football at Birmingham Southern
Congratulations to Prince Avenue Christian School senior Carter Sexton on signing to play football at the college level at Birmingham Southern.
Head football coach Greg Vandagriff describes Carter as a valuable asset to the Wolverines. "Carter was a two year starter on the line for the Wolverines. Not only did Carter start on the Offensive Line, but he also played Defensive Tackle for last year's Semi-Final team. His leadership on and off the field will be sorely missed."
Pictured: Head Football Coach Greg Vandagriff, Carter Sexton, and Assistant Coach Zach Lonas.Back
March 31, 2017
Fine Arts Students and Director Recognized in Shuler Hensley Awards
Nominations have been announced for The Shuler Hensley Awards. Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, The Shuler Hensley Awards celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre.
Prince Avenue Christian School’s Fine Arts department entered their production of Into the Woods for adjudication for the awards. The recognition of PACS students in The Shuler Hensley Awards are the first in the history of the school.
Senior Alex Harding was nominated for Best Performance by a Supporting Actor.
Emilie David, a freshman, received Honorable Mention for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress.
Thompson Sewell, a freshman, received Honorable Mention for Best Performance by a Leading Actor.
Prince Fine Arts Director LaMurl Morris received Honorable Mention for Music Direction.
In addition, freshman Riley Wilson and senior Nathan Anderson will represent PACS by performing in the opening number, and Sophomore Deven Desai will be part of the lighting design team.
The Shuler Awards ceremony will be held Thursday, April 20th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. The show will be broadcast live on Georgia Public Television at 7:00 pm.
Congratulations to these students and Mrs. Morris on their outstanding achievements in Fine Arts.
Alex Harding performs in Into the Woods. Thompson Sewell performs in Into the Woods.
Emilie David performs in Into the Woods.Back
March 28, 2017
Robotics and Programming Club Makes Debut at PACS
During the hustle and bustle of afternoon activities, while many Prince Avenue Christian School students are making their way to rehearsals and team practices, there is a unique group of 5th and 6th graders gathering in the computer lab to participate in the new Robotics and Programming Club.
To the observer, the Robotics and Programming Club might look like kids playing with a building set, but there is much more to the process than meets the eye. Each robot has a computer memory that can be programmed to obey certain commands in specific successions. Students are constantly challenged through trial and error to meet different programming goals.
“We try to get the students thinking,” explains Academic Dean Kendall Eley. “They are able to use different methods to reach the same goal, so they are using analytical and problem solving skills. We do not make it easy for them.”
It is this very aspect of the club that the students embrace. Sixth grader Griffin Hewett says, “I like how it challenges your brain to do stuff. When you finish, you really feel like you have accomplished something.”
Middle School Principal Daniel Head emphasizes the rewards that are evident as the students seek to problem solve. “It is fun to see the kids overcome frustrations and then succeed. We keep a star chart, and when a certain task is accomplished, the students can keep track of what all they have done.”
Fifth grader Sage Milner points out that the club is helping those students who might not have an interest in athletics or fine arts to find their niche in after school activities. “I like it because it helps people who really love electronics have something to do after school.”
Mr. Eley is very pleased with how well the new club has been received. “Hopefully within a couple of years we will be ready to take the Robotics and Programming Club to the next level. Our long-term goal is team competition.”
For now, the club members are content to meet the challenges set for their robots each Tuesday and Thursday and celebrate each accomplishment along the way.
Camp Ward works to program his robot. Kendall Eley works with Sage Milner to solve a problem.
Jack Carmean displays his robot after testing it.Back
March 28, 2017
Students Selected for Honor Band
Members of the Prince Avenue Christian School Band program have been selected for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) First Year and District Jazz Honor Bands this spring. Both of these groups are comprised of the finest band students from throughout northeast Georgia.
These events will be held at Jefferson High school on Saturday, May 6th. Students will rehearse under outstanding conductors and perform a concert in the afternoon.
Those students attending GMEA First Year Honor Band held at Jefferson High School are: Kelsey Cascella – flute, Raegan Naeher – bass clarinet, Jack Carmean – alto saxophone, Naomi Weidemann – trumpet, Scotty Thompson – horn, Grayson Casto – horn, and Brock McDonald – euphonium.
Those students attending GMEA District Jazz Honor Band are: Jake Hathaway – alto sax, Jaxon Connerley – baritone sax, and Trent Tredwell – euphonium.
Pictured left to right:
Front- Naomi Weidemann, Grayson Casto, Scotty Thompson, and Jake Hathaway
Back - Jaxon Connerley, Trent Tredwell, Raegan Naeher, Jack Carmean, and Brock McDonald.
Not pictured – Kelsey Cascella
March 25, 2017
Varsity Academic Team Places 2nd in State Tournament
On Saturday, March 25th, the Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Academic Team placed 2nd in the Georgia Academic Team Association State Tournament at Flowery Branch High School.
This victory marks the end of the season which began in September. This year's team members are Emily Weaver, Marlan Adams, Chase Deatrick, Danny Lee, Matthew Butt, and Robert West. The team was coached by high school History teacher, Katie Gamble and high school Bible and Economics teacher, Patrick Sanders.
Pictured here are the team members who competed at state: Emily Weaver, Marlan Adams, Chase Deatrick, and Danny Lee.Back
March 24, 2017
Summer at Prince 2017 Registration Now Open
Prince Avenue Christian School has announced the schedule for Summer at Prince 2017. Both the Athletic and Fine Arts Departments will host a variety of opportunities for students from Prince and the surrounding area to participate in action packed and fun-filled camps directed by Prince Avenue coaches and teachers.
For more detailed descriptions, please visit the SUMMER AT PRINCE PAGE on our web site.
Registration is now open.
Fine Arts Camps:
Make-Believe World Wonders (Art): K-2nd Grades
May 30th - June 2nd 10 am - 12:30 pm
Master of Origami (Art): 3rd - 5th Grades
May 30th - June 2nd 1:30 pm - 4 pm
Kids on Broadway (Drama): 1st - 5th Grades
June 5 - 8 1 pm - 4 pm
Movement on Stage (Drama): 6th - 8th Grades
June 12 - 16 10 am - 12 pm
Movement on State (Drama): 9th - 12th Grades
June 12 - 16 1 pm - 3 pm
Youth Sports Camps:
Youth Baseball: May 30-June 2 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Youth Soccer: May 30-June 2 9 am - 12 noon
Youth Twirling: June 5-8 9 am - 12 noon
Youth Softball: June 12-15 9 am - 12 noon
Youth Football: June 5-8 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Youth Cheer: June 12-15 9 am - 12 noon
Youth Basketball: June 26-29 9 am - 12 noonBack
March 23, 2017
New PTF Co-Chairs Begin Work at PACS
Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) Co-Chairs Ashley Harper and Gigi Lastinger spent the day on Thursday meeting with members of the school’s administrative leadership team and select faculty and staff to coordinate efforts on behalf of parents within the areas of Discipleship, Academics, Fine Arts, and Athletics.
The meetings served as a time to get acquainted and plan for the future. Both ladies are very appreciative of the PTF leaders that have served before them. “We look forward to bringing new energy to the great foundation that has already been laid,” said Gigi. “We love the teachers, administrators, and the excellent combination of the spiritual emphasis with academic excellence. We want to do what we can to come alongside of them and help and also encourage other parents to get involved.”
Both Ashley and Gigi’s families have been at PACS for many years and have a vested interest in the school. The Harpers are in their 15th year while the Lastingers are in their 11th year and both have one PACS graduate and another child in 10th grade. Ashley explains the unique attraction of the Prince community. “PACS is such a fun family atmosphere. I love having the connection from lower school all the way to high school together as a family.”
The new co-chairs emphasize that as veteran parents, it is never too late to get involved in the school. They talk of the tendency for parents to be less involved as their students get older, but they both emphasize that the more involved a person is, the better the experience. Gigi states, “The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Whatever you can give, you should. That is why I am here. I love to help, and I’m happy to serve.”
Also serving on the PTF are Emily Hicks, Treasurer and Meg Titshaw, Secretary. The PACS PTF operates according to written bylaws and is led by appointed officers and committee chairs who work together to support the school’s mission statement, “To partner with Christian families to provide scripturally based discipleship while pursuing excellence in academics, fine arts, and athletics from a biblical worldview.”
The PACS faculty and staff remain very thankful for the parents who volunteer their time and talents in the PTF, which helps strengthen the PACS family-school partnership and makes PACS a truly unique and special place.
Front Row left to right: Ashley Young, Victoria Carter, Gigi Lastinger, Ashley Harper, Becky Callaway, Kimb Brannon, LaMurl Morris, and Seth Hathaway
Back Row left to right: Richard Ricketts, Lee Robinson, Kendall Eley, Daneil Head, Ben Wallis, and Jesse Owens
March 22, 2017
PACS Fine Arts Presents The Phantom of the Opera
The Prince Avenue Christian School Fine Arts Department will present The Phantom of the Opera on Thursday, March 23rd at 7 pm, Friday, March 24th at 7 pm, and Saturday, March 25th at 2 pm and 7 pm. All performances will be in the Seney Stovall Chapel. Friday night is SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available for Saturday showtimes and are $15 online and $20 at the door. Online ticket sales will close Saturday at 11 am.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera captures the importance of mercy and humanity through a musical masterpiece. Viewers are transported through time to 1871 at the Paris Opera House, where the mysterious Phantom of the Opera resides in hiding. Deformed since birth, this mysterious “Opera Ghost” wreaks havoc in the lives of several opera house performers to include that of Christine Daaé. Enticed by his music, Christine shows the Phantom kindness and love, something he has never before experienced from the world. Written in 1986, The Phantom of the Opera continues to captivate audiences to this day by illustrating what true compassion and love is.
Prince Avenue Christian School students performing in this production are seniors Alex Harding as The Phantom and Isabelle Renn as Christine Daaé. Also featured are Jack Johnston as Raoul, Cailyn Bloodworth as Carlotta Giudicelli, Benjamin Hardwick as Ubaldo Piangi, Reid Baker as Monsieur Firmin, Thompson Sewell as Monsieur Andre, Macy Frazier as Madame Giry, and Chloe Ferguson as Meg Giry.
Drama teacher and director Joe Strickland encourages the PACS and Athens communities not to miss this production of the famous and beloved musical. “The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most successful shows in Broadway history, and our school will be the first performance of this show by any organization in the greater Athens area.”
In regards to the production’s meaning and significance, Mr. Strickland explains, “The Phantom of the Opera is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The show wrestles with the concept of what selfless love truly means. It challenges us to be empathetic for those around us who may be hurting.”
Tickets are available at the following links:
March 22, 2017
Gabe Norris Speaks to PACS Students on Topic of Fear
Gabe Norris, Co-Founder of Connect Ministries and Director of WinShape Camps for Communities, was the Prince Avenue Christian School Distinguished Speaker for Spring Semester. Mr. Norris gave a dynamic and relevant presentation to middle and high school students on the topic of fear and not allowing fear to create a wall between oneself and God.
Mr. Norris based his remarks on Mark 4:35-41 in which the disciples are faced with a sudden storm while Jesus sleeps in the boat. Mr. Norris reminded students that all people at different times in their lives are faced with an array of fears. He dynamically displayed this to students by using large crates with examples of fears written on the side. By the end of his talk, he had built a “wall of fear”.
Mr. Norris then explained that Jesus does not stay on the other side of the wall. He rebukes the storm and gives believers a spirit of truth to overcome their fears.
Mr. Norris closed with Isaiah 41:10. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
March 21, 2017
Rebecca Hathaway Places 2nd in State Literary Meet
PACS junior, Rebecca Hathaway, tied for 2nd place at the State Literary Meet on Saturday. Rebecca wrote a monologue based on the Junie B. Jones books and competed in the Humorous Dramatic Interpretation category.
March 15, 2017
Cross Country MS & HS Sign-Up for Fall 2017
The Cross Country Program for Prince Avenue Christian School is beginning the planning process for Fall 2017.
Coach Michael Palmer encourages boys and girls in 5th – 12th grades to participate in the growing program. “We are working very hard to build a tradition of excellence in both middle and high school. Cross Country is a great group sport where everyone is a part of the team, no matter who is first or last.”
With 57 runners last season, Cross Country is one of the largest sports programs at PACS. Coach Palmer hopes that all students - runners, athletes in the off-season, students who enjoy running the mile in PE, or those that rarely run at all, will consider Cross Country. “I keep Cross Country practice fun by bringing in weekly motivational speakers, playing fun games, and surprising the runners with occasional popsicles. They will have the time of their lives making friends and lasting memories.”
Those students interested in finding out more about PACS Cross Country should visit the sign-up link below or come to Coach Palmer’s office and put their name on the sign-up sheet posted outside of his door.
A parent/student meeting will be scheduled in a few weeks.
March 15, 2017
PACS Advanced Band Performs for District Evaluation
The Prince Avenue Christian School Advanced Band recently performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association District Performance Evaluation. Band Director Miles Adams explains, “The District Performance Evaluation is the ‘standardized test’ for band programs in our state. It is comparable to the SAT for academics or the region tournament for athletics.”
The PACS Advanced Band received ratings from four judges that indicated the level of success in the areas of tone, intonation, technique, balance, and musicality. Each of those areas was assigned a rating for each song performed. The PACS band received a majority of “Superior” ratings along with a few ratings of “Excellent”. Mr. Adams explains that the scores are even more impressive given the grade level of many of the PACS band students. “Half of our band is made up of 7th and 8th graders which was a surprise to some of our judges.”
Mr. Adams is proud of his band members and their hard work. “It is an honor to conduct the Prince Band and see our students share their musical gifts with an appreciative audience and appreciative judges.”
March 13, 2017
Thing-A-Thon Preparations Underway - Volunteers Needed
Prince Avenue Christian School's annual Thing-A-Thon Field Day will be held on Friday, April 21st 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, but you must register by March 20 to choose your t-shirt size and for parents to volunteer to help with the games and events. 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. Please register as a volunteer using the same button link below. 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 19 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 moon walks. 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.
March 11, 2017
Gabe Norris, Spring Distinguished Speaker
Gabe Norris, Co-Founder of Connect Ministries and Director of WinShape Camps for Communities, is the Spring Distinguished Speaker at Prince Avenue Christian School. Gabe will speak to PACS middle and high school students on Wednesday, March 22nd at 10:00 am. PACS parents, families, and friends are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Gabe was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC. He graduated from the University of Georgia and from the Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. While attending UGA, Gabe met his wife Allyson, and they married in January, 2002.
Gabe has led in camp ministry since 1998 in many different capacities. After serving as the Camp Director for Student Life for Kids, Gabe then became a Camp Coordinator for LifeWay’s Crosspoint and Centri-Kid camps.
In September 2006 Gabe and Ken Thomas co-founded Connect Ministries, a non-profit ministry existing to resource churches to connect with their communities. There he serves as the Director of WinShape Camps for Communities.
Through these experiences and connections, Gabe has been blessed with the opportunity to teach, speak, and preach to a wide variety of age groups all across the country.
Gabe and Allyson reside in Bishop, GA with their three daughters Neely, Ansley Jane, and Audrey.
The Distinguished Speaker Series is part of the PACS Christian Character Development Program in which PACS welcomes guest speakers whose presentations repeatedly emphasize the Christian character traits of integrity, ethical decision-making, sound judgment, social conduct, and servant leadership. Students will follow-up with the topics presented the following week in small group discussions.
March 11, 2017
Students Compete in GHSA Region Literary Meet
Prince Avenue Christian High School students recently participated in the GHSA Region Literary Meet. Junior Rebecca Hathaway placed second in Humorous Oral Interpretation and will go on to compete in the State Literary Meet.
Other participants included:
Girls solo: Macy Frazier
Boys Solo: Alex Harding
Girls Trio: Riley Wilson, Chloe Ferguson, Kathryn Anne Frierson
Boys Quartet: Alex Harding, Benjamin Hardwick, Reid Baker, Thompson Sewell
Argumentative Essay: Abby Frost
Personal Essay: Addie Lee Frierson
Rhetorical Essay: Sammi Richt
Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking: Matthew Butt
International Extemporaneous Speaking: Robert West
Dramatic Oral Interpretation: Mary Grace Palmer
These students worked hard to prepare for this competition and represented Prince Avenue Christian School with skill, talent, and integrity.
1st row left to right: Chloe Ferguson, Kathryn Anne Frierson, Addie Lee Frierson, and Rebecca Hathaway
2nd row left to right: Thompson Sewell, Mary Grace Palmer, Sammi Richt, and Macy Frazier
3rd row left to right: Reid Baker, Alex Harding, Ben Hardwick, and Riley Wilson
March 08, 2017
Oaks Signs to Play Soccer at VMI
Congratulations to Prince Avenue Christian School senior Ashlee Oaks on signing today to play soccer at the collegiate level with Virginia Military Institute
Picture ID left to right: Coach Danny Delgado, Coach Kendall Cook, Ashlee Oaks, Coach Megan Caylor, and Athletic Director Richard RickettsBack
March 03, 2017
PACS Students Attend ACSI Piano Festival
Four Prince Avenue Christian School students participated in the ACSI Piano Festival held at Loganville Christian Academy.
The students are 5th grader McKenzie Paul – superior, 6th grader Charlie Frierson – superior, freshman Kathryn Anne Frierson – superior, and junior Addie Lee Frierson – excellent. McKenzie, Charlie, Kathryn Anne, and Addie Lee all receive piano instruction from Sharon Reid who teaches lessons at PACS weekly.
Each student memorizes an approved selection at his or her own level of participation and performs before an adjudicator. The festival is not a competition; each student is judged against a standard of excellence and not in comparison with other students.
Participation is open to any student enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve in an ACSI school who is presently taking lessons from a qualified teacher. Students prepare and perform two selections – a hymn and a classical piece.
Each student receives a certificate and ribbon as well as a written adjudication on his or her performance.
Congratulations to these PACS piano students on their hard work and accomplishments.
Left to right: McKenzie Paul, Kathryn Anne Frierson, Addie Lee Frierson, Charlie Frierson, and teacher- Sharon Reid.Back
March 02, 2017
11th Annual Spring Gala, March 14th
Prince Avenue Christian School is preparing for the 11th Annual Spring Gala, an annual event sponsored by the PACS Office of Development to support the PACS Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is a yearly campaign that supports the PACS operating budget enhancing school resources and helping to keep tuition low.
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 theme is “Once Upon a Time . . . Our Ministry Began”. Guests are encouraged to attend the gala to hear “the rest of the story”.
Once Upon a Time will be Tuesday, March 14th at the Athens Country Club. The evening will begin with a Flash Silent Auction at 6:00 followed by dinner at 7:00.
The evening entertainment will be provided by the PACS Fine Arts middle school girls ensemble, and the featured speakers will be several special guests who will share their personal stories about the ministry of PACS. These moving personal stories will encourage and inspire guests regarding the past, present, and future of PACS and remind guests that they also are part of the PACS story.
The Silent Auction event is an exciting part of the Spring Gala. Supporters of PACS bid on items such as vacation accommodations, original art, and gift items. Competitors follow their bids throughout the evening and enjoy trying to outbid others that are interested in their items. The auction is "One Hour Only", and bidding ends at 7:00 pm sharp.
Some highlights on this year's auction list include:
- Trips: Bali, Boston, San Destin, Florida, Caribbean Cruise
- Gifts: Tory Burch Jewelry, Diamond Stud earrings, Hand Painted Furniture, Anthropologie Hand Blown Glasses, Pennington Seed Garden Package
- Sports: Malcolm Mitchell Autographed Super Bowl Football, Yeti Coolers, Guns
- Services: Personal Training with Meg Titshaw of Phit, Hardwick Window Cleaning, Dr. Kristen Thomas botox and hair removal services, Transfit Sessions with Caroline Ward
- Athens Favorites: Original R. Wood Platter, Fleet Feet Running Shoes, Urban Sanctuary Spa Signature Facial
- Wolverine Fans: Coveted Queen of the Carpool, VIP Reserved All Varsity Sports Parking, Paint the “P” on the field, and more.
There are many other exciting items up for auction, and items are added daily as the gala approaches. Be sure to come prepared to bid high and have fun.
Guests should register quickly as space is limited. Registration is required.
Tickets are $75 per person or $1000 per Corporate Table.
Guests can register by returning the response card included in their invitation or contacting Kim Brannon at email@example.com.
Payment can be made in the front office through cash, check, or credit card.
The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 8th.
March 02, 2017
Mission Updates from Honduras
Mission Updates from Ben Wallis, Director of Spiritual Life:
Friday, March 3 - Day 7
It's hard to believe that this was our last day in Honduras. I am so proud of our students...how expectant they have been of God using them, how open they have been to get outside of their comfort zones, and how flexible they have been throughout this entire trip. In tonight's group devotion, we discussed Matthew 17: Jesus leading Peter, James, and John up on a mountain to reveal to them His glory. Upon experiencing this, Jesus's apostles' initial reaction was to stay on the mountain, but Jesus reminded them that they had to go back down...even though they all came back down, they came down different than they went up! This week has definitely been a "spiritual high" for our students and our team, but, just as the apostles could not stay on the mountain, we too have to return, but we will not return the same as we left last Saturday! My prayer for each one of our students is that they continue to live in complete dependence upon the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. In many ways, the toughest part of our journey begins tomorrow when we take all that God has done in and through us back into the world in which we left last week. In this way, we greatly need and appreciate your prayers!
On our last day, we visited Good Shepherd Christian Academy and Good Shepherd Children's Home. Although we were only able to stay at the school for 15 minutes, our students prayed over each one of the classrooms and the faculty members there. At Good Shepherd Children's Home, we had the privilege to play with and love on children who have previously been abandoned, abused, and neglected before the incredible staff of GSCH stepped in and showed these children the love of Jesus Christ. I can think of no better way to end our trip!
One final word: thank you so much to all the parents, grandparents, friends, and family that gave money for your student to be a part of this mission team! I hope you know that we do not take your sacrifice for granted, but I also hope that you know that your sacrifice was well worth it!
Thursday, March 2 - Day 6
Last night in our group devotion time, each one of the students shared what impacted them the most about that day. Student after student referenced how amazing it is to be used by God. Before breaking off and praying on our own, we talked about a very familiar passage of Scripture, the last words of Jesus to His followers before ascending back to Heaven: Acts 1:8..."But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Many times we look at this verse as the quintessential missions verse without really grasping Jesus' promise to us...that we will receive power from the Holy Spirit! Our students have most certainly experienced the Holy Spirit's power in their lives this week. But, as I reminded them last night, the Holy Spirit is not more powerful in Honduras than He is back home...while in Honduras, we are just much quicker to acknowledge our weaknesses and need for His power much more, and therefore we experience His power much more because we truly depend on Him much more.
That truth comes also with a warning: you do not become stronger and need the Holy Spirit less when you go back home in a couple of days. If you want to experience the same power of the Holy Spirit back home as you did here in Honduras, you must continually acknowledge your weaknesses and your need for His power back home as you did here in Honduras. Relying on the power of the power of the Holy Spirit is addicting, and my hope is that our students, after experiencing a taste of the power of God in their lives, will return with a craving for God like never before.
Today, we had one team present the Gospel and the love of Christ to two different school groups in a local Guaimacan school. While that team was in the school, we had three teams prayer walking and conversing with some of the local residents and workers in Guaimaca. Through the prayer walking there were several men and women who prayed to receive Christ in their lives, and many more seeds were planted! One of our groups had the privilege to pray with two individuals who were literally on their death beds. The magnitude of those types of conversations and prayers can never be overstated!
After lunch, we had one team stay and lead a VBS for local children, while the other students traveled to Cristo Rey, a community that is regarded as the poorest community in this area. There, we got to serve the residents of Cristo Rey by distributing clean water and by spending time playing with the children there.
Sadly, today was our last day in Guaimaca. Tomorrow we will be traveling to Zamarono to stay at the BMDMI Mission House there and serve the kids who live in the BMDMI Children's Home. Please pray that our students will continue to serve well and love well.
Thank you all so much for journeying with us in prayer. Your prayers for us really do make a difference!!!
Wednesday, March 1 - Day 5
Over the past 5 days, God has grown our group so much. He has grown their influence for His kingdom, He has grown them in their walk with Him, and He has grown them closer together as a group. It really is amazing to be a part of all that God is doing in each of their lives and through each of their lives!
Today, our entire group went into an area called Sara Grande. This area has immense poverty and need. As we have done over the course of the week, we divided into 3 teams. One of our teams served in the area school while the other two teams prayer walked and distributed Spanish copies of the Gospel of John door-to-door. While the one team was sharing the Gospel to the kids in the school, the two teams that were prayer walking had the opportunity to talk with some of the residents of Sara Grande and two of adults prayed to receive Christ into their lives!
After leaving Sara Grande, our students traveled over to Hands for Jesus Christian School. This is the only private Christian school in the area, and it is incredible! Our students again shared the Gospel through song, puppets, testimonies, and skits. After our presentation was over, we got the opportunity to simply play with the kids. It really is amazing to see faces light up with joy...the faces of the Honduran kids and the faces of our students!
After lunch, the team that went into the school in Sara Grande led a VBS at the BMDMI church on the property while the other two teams served the community through water distribution.
As parents, I want you to know that your child is absolutely flourishing! God is doing a work in each one of them that is truly amazing and truly transformative!
For tomorrow, please pray that God would work in advance in the lives of the students that we will be loving on in the schools and in the VBS as well as all that we will be encountering while prayer walking and distributing water.
Tuesday, February 28 - Day 4
We had another great day in Honduras. We spoke last night to our students in our group devotion time about the difference between bringing them on a mission trip that allows them to see firsthand how missionaries are reaching their specified people group with the Gospel and bringing them on a mission trip that encourages them (the students) to lead the people they encounter to the Gospel through their own personal testimonies, their own prayers, and their own personal interactions with people. We are doing the latter. I want you to know that each one of your students is absolutely flourishing! I feel that most of our students intellectually know that God can use them, but through this week, I see that our students are realizing that God is using them!
Today, we had a group go into two different schools to present the Gospel and show the love of Christ. That group, later in the afternoon, continued reaching children through VBS back at the BMDMI church. While the one group was serving in the schools, the other two groups prayer walked and had the opportunity to minister to several Honduran families by praying specifically for their needs and for their families. Those two groups, later in the afternoon, helped deliver clean water to a community that is ministered to by a BMDMI church plant.
If you could, please pray for the schools that we will be going into tomorrow (Wednesday), the areas that we will be prayer walking through tomorrow, the people that we will encounter tomorrow, but most importantly, please pray that the Gospel is communicated clearly through our students tomorrow.
Monday, February 27 - Day 3
Today was the first day that divided our Seniors into 3 groups. We do this so that our group sizes are more manageable, less overwhelming to those we are sharing the Gospel with, and most importantly, it enables us to have a much wider impact.
This morning, Team 1 went into two different schools to share the Gospel through music, puppets, and personal testimonies while Teams 2 and 3 prayer walked in the areas around the schools. This afternoon, Team 1 led a VBS for children in the BMDMI church, while Teams 2 and 3 served in delivering clean water to some of the local neighborhoods. I could not be prouder of our students for their servant hearts, for their willingness to be stretched beyond their normal comfort zones, and for the way that they have risen up to share their testimonies with both children and adults. They have been absolutely incredible!
Tomorrow, Team 2 will minister in schools and lead in an afternoon VBS while Teams 3 and 1 prayer walk and distribute clean water to neighborhoods.
It really is an immense pleasure to see God using our students, and watching our students as they grow closer to Him! Day 3 was awesome, and we have every expectation that Day 4 will be even better!
Sunday, February 26 - Day 2
Today was a great day in Honduras! We started our day going to church together at the Spanish-speaking church on the BMDMI property. Although the service was in Spanish, it was great for our students to worship with believers in an entirely different culture and to experience firsthand those things in our faith that transcend language barriers.
After lunch, we went into some of the neighborhoods around the BMDMI property and distributed clean water. In those neighborhoods, our students got to interact with, play with, and love on some of the local children.
Tomorrow, we will be prayer walking, going into some of the local schools to share the Gospel, and doing Vacation Bible School back here at the BMDMI church.
March 01, 2017
PACS Seniors Minister Through Local Organizations
While some students of the Prince Avenue Christian School senior class are working this week in Honduras, those seniors that did not travel are participating in local mission initiatives. These students spent Monday learning survey-evangelism and how to talk with others about the gospel.
Tuesday and Wednesday the students will split into two groups, one to participate in survey evangelism on campus at UGA and another to work at The Sparrow’s Nest, a local homeless shelter.
Thursday and Friday, the local mission team will spend time helping the Atlanta Mission Thrift Store by sorting donations, helping customer, and assisting the workers there. Students will also work at The Potter’s House assisting with outdoor manual improvements to the ministry property.
These projects allow PACS seniors to see and experience ways to reach the local community for Christ and to recognize and minister to the needs of those close to home. Students are able to put into practice physically what they have learned spiritually during their education at PACS.
February 23, 2017
Deatrick Named Star Student and National Merit Finalist
Prince Avenue Christian School senior Chase Deatrick has been named the 2016-17 STAR Student for PACS, scoring the highest on one sitting of the SAT test this year. Chase selected English teacher Jimmy Phillips as his STAR Teacher. Both Chase and Mr. Phillips were honored at the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce STAR Student Breakfast.
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 grades and is a leader on the PACS Academic Team. Chase attends Bethlehem First United Methodist Church and volunteers weekly at South Athens Animal Clinic. Chase plans to go into pre-med studies but has not yet decided on what college he will attend.
When asked about his choice of STAR Teacher, Chase explains, “Mr. Phillips is one of my favorite teachers at Prince. Though I like many teachers, I chose him because his class was very beneficial and enriching, and he is an excellent educator and friend to all he teaches.”
Jimmy Phillips is in his 46th year as a teacher with the last nine being at PACS. Mr. Phillips describes Chase as a tremendous asset to and representative of PACS. “Chase is what I term as a 3-D student: dependable, dedicated, and determined in all aspects of academics. He is also one of the most talented student writers I have been blessed to teach.”
In addition to STAR Student, Chase has also received the high distinction of National Merit Finalist.
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program by taking the 2015 PSAT, the qualifying test for the program. The top 1 percent, about 16,000 students nationwide, are chosen as semi-finalists and notified in the fall of their senior year.
To become a finalist, semi-finalists and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application with information about the semi-finalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Semi-finalists are required to 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 PSAT test. Chase’s college of choice will determine the amount of scholarship awarded based on his distinguished status as a National Merit Finalist.
Chase expresses that his time at PACS has significantly influenced his academic accomplishments. “I have greatly enjoyed Prince Avenue Christian School. Prince has, overall, a wonderful staff and faculty who are very excited to teach and are always open to helping their pupils. The student body is rich in personality and strong in character, creating a positive atmosphere for all school activities.”
February 23, 2017
Lady Wolverines Advance to Elite Eight in State Playoffs
For the first time since Prince Avenue Christian School joined the GHSA Class-A Private classification, a PACS varsity basketball team has advanced to the Elite Eight in the 3rd Round of State Playoffs.
The Lady Wolverines made history when they won 47-32 over First Presbyterian Day in the second round of the state tournament. The Lady Wolverines are now 21-7 for the season.
Ansley Hall led the Lady Wolverines to victory with 28 points while Madison Britt contributed 8 , Janie Henderson 4, Caroline Hill 3, Baylee Rogers 2, and Millican Jarrett and Hays Simmons each added 1.
PACS Athletic Director and Head Coach Richard Ricketts is very proud of his team and the progress they have made this season. " These girls just keep working and getting better. Seeing a group come together like they have is so rewarding. I am very happy for them."
The Lady Wolverines will travel to Peachtree Corners on Tuesday, February 28th to compete against Wesleyan School at 5:30 pm. Wolverine fans are encouraged to attend to support the team and cheer them on to the next level of competition.
February 22, 2017
Students Attend Regional Spelling Bee
Prince Avenue Christian School Lower and Middle School students recently attended the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee.
Lower School competition included students in 1st – 4th grades and took place in Lilburn, Georgia. Middle School competition included students in 5th – 8th grades and took place in Powder Springs, Georgia.
Congratulations to the following Lower School students who placed in competition.
First Grade: Abigail Wolfe -1st place, Rowen Hudson - 2nd.
Second Grade: Taylor Lord – 4th place
Third Grade: Bailey Burns – 2nd place
Fourth Grade: Meredith Hale – 1st place, Lyndsay McCall – 4th place
PACS Lower School Students at ACSI Regional Spelling Bee left to right:
Front row: Grace Morgan, Taylor Lord, Ella Thomas, Abigail Wolfe, Sybil Mullins, Ryley Young, Rowen Hudson, and Lyla Ward
Back Row: Carly Land, Izze Currie, Sophia Hou, Meredith Hale, Lyndsay McCall, Garrett Powell, Jake Peacock, and Bailey Burns
PACS Middle School Students and teachers at ACSI Regional Spelling Bee left to right:
Front Row: Sophia Machado, Meg Jackson, Ella Norris, Addi Kay Carter, and Nina Killian
Middle Row: Thomas Bruce, Will Baker, Aiden Harter, Davis Eley, Riley Cartey, and Will Howard
Back Row: Damian Brambhatt, Jeremiah Lill, Jax Wallis, and Finn McGinnis
February 20, 2017
PACS Students Have Artwork on Display at OCAF Center
Prince Avenue Christian School students will have artwork displayed at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation Center from February 25 – 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 Thursday, March 2nd 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:
2nd Grade – John Calvin Casto, Coley Conner, Maggie Currie, Katie Hall, Shepherd Flynt, Anna McLean, and Charlotte Warren
3rd Grade - Charley Henson,
4th Grade - Gracie Collis, Gray Dillard, Timothy Furlow, Meredith Hale, James Henderson, Rahel Khalil, and Taylor Thomas
5th – Audrey Vandagriff
6th Grade - Hayden Melton
7th Grade - Savannah Maddox, Landys McClellen, Georgia Nunn, Anna Greer Vandagriff, and Raegan Wilhelm.
8th Grade - Addi Kay Carter , Matthew Chapman, Abagail Durocher, Lucy Henderson, and Colin Kitchens.
Juniors – Addie Lee Frierson, Miriam Megdal, and Claire Power
Seniors – Virginia Beth Butler, Sallie Cornwell, Jomarie Cortese, Mackenzie Kurt, Amelia Loveless, and Delainey Saxon
February 17, 2017
PACS Interact Club Exceeds Goal for Hygiene Kits
Prince Avenue Christian School students and families raised $4,075 through the Interact Club's drive to raise money for hygiene care kits for the Honduras Senior Mission Trip. Through their generosity, the Interact Club exceeded its goal of 400 kits. The remainder of the money raised will go directly to Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International in Honduras.
February 15, 2017
PACS Seniors Prepare for Mission Trip to Honduras
The Prince Avenue Christian School senior class will leave on Saturday, February 25th for the PACS Senior Mission Trip to Honduras. On this trip, students will have the opportunity to share the Gospel by giving out copies of the Bible, taking prayer walks, and ministering to the local population alongside the full-time missionaries of that area. Students will be able to put into practice the lessons learned during their time at PACS and see first-hand how to apply their Biblical worldview in real-life settings.
Please pray for PACS students and chaperones and for the people of Honduras.
February 14, 2017
Student Gives Unique Presentation in Speech Class
Prince Avenue Christian School senior, Jasmine Hawkins, recently presented a demonstration speech “How to Groom a Horse” to Mrs. Mast’s speech class. Jasmine brought in her two horses, Bling and Logan. Bling (pictured) is a paint horse and has belonged to Jasmine for seven years. Jasmine shows both horses in events nationally. In addition, Jasmine gives riding lessons on Bling. Jasmine will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall and plans to major in Biology as well as join the equestrian team.
February 14, 2017
2017-2018 Academic Calendar
The 2017-2018 Academic Calendar has been set for the next school year. You can download the full calendar by clicking on the button below.
February 12, 2017
Nate Aldin Named to Georgia All-State Band
Prince Avenue Christian School sophomore Nate Aldin has been named to the 2017 Georgia All-State Band. Nate plays the clarinet in the PACS Advanced Band and is the first band student in PACS history to be selected for high school All-State Band. Nate will rehearse and perform with this distinguished group March 2-4 at the Athens Classic Center.
February 11, 2017
Fine Arts Week and Special Events
The Prince Avenue Christian School Fine Arts Department will sponsor Fine Arts Week February 13 - 17. The week will include many activities for the school as well as special events for Fine Arts students.
Fine Arts Week will be celebrated school-wide with themed dress-up days.
- Monday: Fairytales - Relive your childhood by bringing your favorite fairytale characters to life. Dress up as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack, or any other storybook characters you remember from your younger day.
- Tuesday: Patriots - Express your American pride by dressing up patriotically. Whether you parade yourself in red, white, and blue, or go all out in camo, remember to be thankful for those who give us freedom.
- Wednesday: Color Clash - Bust out the color wheels and come to school in your brightest and tackiest outfit. Create an entire outfit of mismatching colors that are sure to make anyone stand out.
- Thursday: Musical Theatre - Cast yourself in your dream roll from your favorite musical. Show up in a Western get-up like Frank from Annie Get Your Gun or transform into Glinda's bubbly ball gown from Wizard of Oz. Make sure you are ready for a day full of laughs and random song breaks.
- Friday: Spirit Day - Celebrate PACS school spirit, as always, by wearing spirit day clothing on Friday.
The week's events will culminate with a Winter Concert presented Thursday, February 16th at 7 pm in the PABC Worship Center. Students from Performing Arts, Chorus, Band, and Praise Team will perform, and special guest, John David, Director of Jazz and Percussion at Berry College, will also join the performances for the evening.
In addition to Fine Arts Week, the Fine Arts Department is also very active in other events. High School Performing Arts students will present a concert at Disney World on Saturday, February 18th in the Disney Marketplace. Students will also participate in a Broadway workshop and a "talk back" with the cast and crew of Beauty and the Beast.
The PACS Band, under the direction of Miles Adams, has students participating in both the Middle and High School District Bands. Middle School students selected are Jake Hathaway – alto saxophone, Caleb Wilson – tenor saxophone, Garrison Hammond – French horn, and Sam Carmean – trombone. Jake and Sam scored high enough to qualify for the state audition for the 2017 Georgia All-State Band. High School students selected are Emily Weaver – clarinet, Nate Aldin – clarinet, Jared Gilstrap – trumpet, and Tanner Iley – euphonium. Nate scored high enough to qualify for the state audition for the 2017 Georgia All-State Band.
Lower School Music teacher, Larry Boling, will have five students participate in the Georgia Music Educators State Honors Chorus at the Classic Center in Athens. Those students are Samantha Cartey. Payton Cromer, Naomi Gowder, Cari Hardwick, and Aidan Washington.
Nine drama students have recently attended the State Thespian Conference in Columbus, Georgia with High School Drama teacher Joe Strickland. Those students are juniors Ben Hardwick, Rebecca Hathaway, and Sara Thompson and seniors Nathan Anderson, Cailyn Bloodworth, Macy Frazier, Alex Harding, Isabelle Renn, and Robert West.
The vision of Fine Arts at Prince Avenue Christian School is to release the creativity within each student and to use that creativity to glorify God. These special events are a reflection of that vision. Congratulations to all Fine Arts students on their accomplishments as they celebrate Fine Arts Week and perform in their various venues.
February 07, 2017
John Morgan McDonald Selected as Swim Team Delegate
Prince Avenue Christian School junior, John Morgan McDonald, has been selected as a Team Delegate for the 2016-2017 season to represent the Athens Bulldog Swim Club as a part of the USA Swimming Governing Body.
The selection of a student delegate is a prestigious honor for John Morgan who represents not only the ABSC team at Local Swimming Committee meetings, but can also impact over 2,800 swim clubs. His duties as a delegate include such items as bringing forward concerns or question from other athletes, assisting in the review of time standards, and setting other rules regarding the overall sport of swimming. The delegates are nominated by their team coaches and ultimately serve two years as both a junior and senior delegate.
When asked about the nomination to serve, John Morgan stated, “It is very much an honor to serve as a delegate. Being a part of the governing body is a humbling responsibility. I look forward to learning more and being a part of the group that helps drive the future of swimming all the way to the Olympic level.”
A leader on the PACS swim team, John Morgan holds five swim records at PACS and has broken many county records as well. He most recently placed 9th in the 500 Freestyle and 11th in the Butterfly at the GHSA State Swim Meet Championships.
February 06, 2017
3rd Annual Running with the PACS 5K and Fun Run
The Prince Avenue Christian School Parent Teacher Fellowship is sponsoring the 3rd annual Running with the PACS 5K and Fun Run to be held at PACS on Saturday, March 25th. The course will be run on the paved streets around campus and in nearby neighborhoods.
Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup: Begins at 1:30 pm. The Fun Run starts at 2:30 pm for $10 per child pre-registration price. The 5K will begin at 3:00 pm for $20 per runner pre-registration price.
Awards will be give for overall male/female, masters male/female and top three male/female runners in 5 year age groups beginning at 10 and under through 75 and over. Ribbons will be awarded to all Fun Run mile participants. T-Shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered participants registered by March 14th and available as supplies last for race day participants. Plenty of refreshments will be available after the race. In case of rain, the race will go on.
February 04, 2017
Reenrollment for the 2017-2018 School Year
Reenrollment for the 2017-18 school year begins Monday, January 30, and ends Friday, February 10, 2017.
Please review the attachments available at the link below and follow the instructions to complete the online reenrollment process for your student(s).
If you have any questions, please contact Admissions Director, Victoria Carter, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to continuing to teach and disciple your children.
February 02, 2017
Wolverine Boys Basketball Team Volunteers in Community
Every third Wednesday during the busy basketball season, the Prince Avenue Christian School Varsity Boys Basketball team can be found participating in an activity that does not involve drills, conditioning, or shooting baskets. The boys participate in community outreach giving the team the opportunity to minister as a group to the community.
The Wolverines most recent efforts were in support of Extra Special People in Watkinsville. Coach Will Cantrell describes the unique opportunity the boys had with ESP kids. “This past time we were able to interact with the kids and play basketball with them.”
As to the significance of time spent in community outreach, Coach Cantrell explains, “It is so important for us to realize that there are other people outside of ourselves and our current circumstances and to realize that we can make an amazing impact on others. Our players were more blessed than they could have anticipated.”
February 01, 2017
Senior Dalton Owens Signs to Play Football at The Citadel
Congratulations to Prince Avenue Christian School senior Dalton Owens on signing his National Letter of Intent to The Citadel to play football at the college level.
Dalton joined the Prince Avenue Wolverines in 2014 as a sophomore. Since that time, Dalton has twice been named the GACA Defensive Player of the Year, three times All-Region team, Region Defensive Player of the Year, and has participated in both the Elite GA All-Star Game and the 2016 FCA All-Star Game.
Coach Greg Vandagriff complimented Dalton as a definite stand-out. "Dalton is one of the most dominating Defensive Linemen that I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. His desire to get the football is one of the things that makes him so dominating."
January 31, 2017
Swim Team News
Two juniors, Matthew Colquitt and John Morgan McDonald, will represent Prince on Friday and Saturday at the GHSA State Swimming Meet at Georgia Tech. Congratulations on this achievement!
Congratulations to the Prince Avenue Swim Team members for their accomplishments at the Clarke-Oconee Area Championship. The meet included teams from Athens Academy, North Oconee, Oconee County, Cedar Shoals, and Clarke Central.
- 1st place 50 Free - John Morgan McDonald
- 1st place 100 Butterfly - John Morgan McDonald
- 2nd place 100 Freestyle - Matthew Colquitt
- 2nd place 100 Breaststroke William Johnson
- 2nd place 100 Backstroke Braelin Hagen
Overall MS Team - 2nd place to Prince MS
Congratulations to the Prince Avenue Swim Team members for their accomplishments at the Riverside Swim Meet on January 25. The meet included teams from Riverside, Buford, Mt. Pisgah, and Flowery Branch.
- Junior John Morgan McDonald broke Alex Dempsey’s school record set in 2009, qualified for the GHSA State Meet, and placed 1st in the 600 Free. John Morgan also placed 1st in the 50 Free.
- Freshman Maddy Wilson placed 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke.
- Sixth grader Olivia Warren placed 1st in both the 50 Butterfly and 100 IM.
- Sixth grader Evan Ivester placed 2nd in the 100 Free.
Congratulations to the Prince Avenue Swim Team members for their accomplishments at the Habersham Swim Meet on January 17.
- Matthew Colquitt - Qualified for State Meet in 100 yd Butterfly, 2nd in 100 Butterfly, 3rd in 50 Free
- Olivia Warren - 3rd in 100 IM and 2nd in 50 Fly
- Evan Ivester - 3rd in 50 Free
- William Johnson - 1st in 50 Breaststroke and 2nd in 100 Free
- Anna Hardwick - 3rd in 100 Free
January 27, 2017
PACS Empty Bowls Auction Raises Money for Homeless Shelter
The Prince Avenue National Art Honor Society's 5th Annual Empty Bowls silent auction was held Friday, January 27th. PACS high school NAHS members, along with faculty members, created 50 beautiful handmade pottery bowls and filled the bowls with goods. The firing of the bowls was made possible by the installation of a permanent on-campus kiln room through a gift provided by ETL Construction. A variety of themes were presented from coffee, edible goodies, and small potted plants to bowls sponsored by local stores and boutiques.
Because of the generosity of the PACS community, this year’s auction raised approximately $2700. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to A Bigger Vision, a local Athens-area homeless shelter. The shelter plans to put the money toward the purchase of an industrial size washing machine, as many of the residents wash their clothes when they stay the night. 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.”
January 25, 2017
Senior Brad Bennett Performing with Georgia All-State Jazz Band
Prince Avenue senior Brad Bennett will be performing with the 2017 Georgia All-State Jazz Band this weekend at the Athens Classic Center.
Brad auditioned at the district level in October and scored a 96 which qualified him to compete at the state level. He auditioned at the state level in December against 28 other jazz drummers from throughout Georgia.
Brad will rehearse with the band Thursday and Friday, then perform for the final concert of the Georgia Music Educators Association state conference Saturday morning at 11:15 in the Classic Center Theatre. That performance is open to the public and anyone may attend. The 2017 band will be conducted by Ron Carter, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois and one of the finest jazz educators in the nation.
PACS Band Director, Miles Adams, describes Brad’s accomplishment with great enthusiasm. “Brad made the highest score of the day at the state audition, meaning he is the best high school jazz drummer in Georgia.” Mr. Adams also expresses his appreciation for Brad’s contribution to Fine Arts at PACS. “Brad has contributed greatly to our band, drum-line, and Praise Team during his years at Prince. This will most likely be the highlight of his musical experiences here.”