December 2017
A monthly publication to share school related accomplishments of
students, faculty, staff, & alumni of Prince Avenue Christian School.
PACS Lower School Students Support
"Kids First" Christmas Shoe Project
Pictured Left to Right: Brody Conner, Maggie Ross, Carter Foskey, Harper Mayne, Nate Murray, Mary Elizabeth Baxter, Samuel Florence, Riley Reeder, Larry Boling, Lilly Purcell, and Brody Rogers.
This Christmas season, Prince Avenue Christian Lower School supported a special local ministry. Students and families purchased much-needed shoes for children involved in Kids First, an outreach ministry founded by Larry and Anna Boling in 2003. Mr. Boling is the recently retired and much beloved former PACS lower school music teacher.  

The Christmas Shoe Project was conducted November 13 - December 1. Prince students and parents donated nearly 100 pairs of new shoes that have been wrapped and will be given to children whose parents requested them at the Kids First annual Christmas party on Friday, December 15.
Beta Club Sponsors Canned Food Drive
The Prince Avenue Christian School Beta Club sponsored a canned food drive to benefit the ACTS Food Pantry in Bogart, Georgia. Students donated more than 1,000 pounds of food.
Emily Weaver Named
Rotary Student of the Semester  
Pictured Left to Right: Ben Wallis (Director of Spiritual Life), Emily Weaver, and Jesse Owens (High School Principal)
Senior Emily Weaver has been named Prince Avenue Christian School's Rotary Student of the Semester selected by teachers for her demonstration of the Rotary Club motto of "Service Above Self." 
PACS Awarded Walton EMC
School Empowerment Grant
Pictured Left to Right: Jeff Paul(Member Services Director), Connie Bentley (Financial Analyst and PACS grandparent), Savannah Peters (Communications Coordinator and PACS parent), Becky Callaway (Lower School Principal), Seth Hathaway (Head of School), and Robert Rentfrow (Senior VP and PACS grandparent)
Prince Avenue Christian School was recently awarded the Walton EMC School Empowerment Grant. This grant is the STEM Lab Establishment/Science Curriculum Grant and will benefit the lower school with science equipment and supplies such as microscopes, balance scales, and other lab tools as well as supplies needed for projects to enrich studies in earth, physical, and life science. 
Classroom News
Prince Parent Dr. Peter Kelley
Lunch & 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 Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. 
Prince Parent Jeff Carter Lunch & 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.  
Fine Arts
PACS Jazz Band Students Participate
in State Jazz Clinic
Pictured Left to Right - Front Row: Abigail Merhar, Maddy Wilson, and Emily Weaver
Back Row: Jaxson Connerly, Tanner Iley, and Caleb Land
The Prince Avenue Christian School Jazz Band had six students perform in the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators State Jazz Clinic at Valdosta State University.

Participating students were Emily Weaver, Abigail Merhar, Maddy Wilson, Jaxon Connerley, Tanner Iley, and Caleb Land. They rehearsed and performed with other outstanding high school jazz students from throughout the state. They also heard performances by the Valdosta State University Jazz Band and attended a master class presented by a professional jazz musician.

In addition, Emily Weaver competed in the state audition for the 2018 All-State Jazz Band.
Wolverines End Successful Season in Semifinal Round of GHSA Football Playoffs
The Wolverine Varsity Football Team completed its season 9-1 in regular season play and advanced to the semifinals in the Georgia High School Association Private A Football Playoffs. 

The seniors on this year’s team accomplished three semi-final appearances, three region championships, and an overall record of 44-7 in their high school careers. Head Coach Greg Vandagriff expressed his admiration of these players. “I believe we went further than we thought possible, and we could not have done it without the senior leadership we had this year.”

Notable accomplishments include junior Christian Parrish who had more receiving yards in a single season than any player in the history of PACS football with 61 receptions for 1375 and over 2000 total yards. Also, Senior Grant Roland threw for more career yardage than any other quarterback in school history with over 5,000 yards. 

Congratulations to the Wolverines on an outstanding season.   
PACS Varsity Football Players Named to Region 8-A All-Region Football Team
Pictured Left to Right: Elijah Hynes, Luke Wells, Harrison Jump, Christian Parrish, Daniel Parrish, Tyler Roberts, Grant Roland, and Mack Simmons. Not Pictured: Sam Wessinger
Nine Prince Avenue Christian School varsity football players were recently named to the Region 8-A All-Region Football Team. 

Named All-Region Offensive Linemen were seniors Daniel Parrish, Harrison Jump, and Luke Wells. Senior Grant Roland was named All-Region Offensive Quarterback while junior Mack Simmons was named All-Region Offensive Wide Receiver. 

Defensively, junior Elijah Hynes was named All-Region Defensive Back, and senior Tyler Roberts received All-Region Defensive Back Honorable Mention. Named All-Region Defensive Linebackers were seniors Sam Wessinger and Tyler Roberts.

Junior Christian Parrish was given the prestigious honor of All-Region Player of the Year. 
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.”
Athletes Honored at Cross Country Banquet
The Middle School and Varsity Cross Country teams honored the accomplishments of their athletes at their end of season banquet.  Receiving the Jack Murray Jr. Passion, Poise, and Purpose Award were Jaden Drudge, Hope Sheppard, and Ashlyn Smith. The Toyota Consistency and Dedication Award was given to Adam Smith, Olivia Shiver, Luke Nesbit, and Molly Meeks. The Amanda Riley Memorial Award was given to Buck Leffingwell, Maria Johnston, Conner Hammond, and Kyla Bowen. 

Coach Michael Palmer also presented supportive parents with MVP medals for “Most Valuable Parents”. These awards were given to Amy Shiver, Kendra Leffingwell, Toby Tate, Jeanna Kelley, and Joanna Ashley.
Faculty and Staff
Padgett and Gilbert Recognized by GISA
as Master Teachers.
Pictured Left to Right: Becky Padgett, Stan Whitlock (Vice President of GISA), and Katie Gilbert.
Second grade teacher Becky Padgett and high school math teacher Katie Gilbert were recently recognized by the Georgia Independent School Association as Masters Teachers. Mrs. Padgett and Mrs. Gilbert attended a special event in recognition of their achievements.

Mrs. Padgett and Mrs. 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.
Eley, Adams, and Morris Nominated
as GISA Master Teachers
Pictured Left to Right: Mandy Eley, Miles, Adams, and LaMurl Morris
Three teachers from Prince Avenue Christian School were recently nominated by the PACS administration as Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) 2018 Master Teachers. Kindergarten teacher Mandy Eley, band director Miles Adams, and Director of Fine Arts LaMurl Morris will all participate in the selection process for this special honor.    
Prince Parents Supporting PACS
LTC Mike McGinn Displays PACS Logo
in Window of F-16
Prince Avenue Christian School parent Mike McGinn is currently serving in the Alabama Air National Guard’s 100th Fighter Squadron. On one of his recent missions, he flew a little piece of home over the skies of Iraq and Syria. LTC McGinn proudly displayed the PACS logo in the window of his F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Mike and his wife Brandi are new to Prince this year and have two children at the school, Brittan (7th grade) and Michael (2nd Grade).
Student Spotlight
Senior John Morgan McDonald
Enjoys Role as Mascot
He can be seen giving high fives in the car drop-off line, cheering on the Wolverines at various sporting events, and posing for pictures with Wolverine fans. He is mighty and fierce while being kind and friendly. He is loyal to all things Prince Avenue. He is Winston the Wolverine! 

Winston is a larger than life Wolverine who wears a Prince Avenue football uniform. He first made his appearance as Prince Avenue Christian School’s mascot in 2014. Since then, several students, including Curry Cross, Nathan Anderson, and now John Morgan McDonald, have faithfully played the part of the endeared mascot.  
View & Download PACS Pictures on Dropbox
Pictures of school events taken by the
PACS Marketing Department can be
accessed at the school's Dropbox account.
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to provide scripturally based discipleship while pursuing excellence
in academics, fine arts, and athletics from a biblical worldview.