February 2019
A monthly publication to share school related accomplishments of
students, faculty, staff, & alumni of Prince Avenue Christian School.
Special Guest, Jonathan Kilgore
Speaks in Chapel
Jonathan Kilgore is Chaplain and Fine Arts Director of Friendship Christian School in Suwanee, Georgia. He is also a professional musician traveling across the nation and globe sharing the message of Christ through music.

Mr. Kilgore brought his student praise team to help lead Prince middle and high school Chapel. There are 17 different nationalities that comprise the student population of Friendship Christian, and many of those different cultures were represented among their praise team. This chapel was a beautiful time of two schools worshiping together.

Mr. Kilgore spoke with Prince students about prayer and having faith when they approach God with requests. He encouraged them to not delay, to ask in the name of Jesus, to ask in humility, and to ask for the glory of God.
Prince Middle School Students
Serve at Local Food Bank
Pictured left to right: Josh Dillard - MS Student Government Sponsor, Timothy Furlow,
McKenzie Paul, Kinsley Bowen, Jaden Hill, Aidan Washington, Gracie Cochran,
Sawyer Bradford, Rett Sams, and Evan Webb.
Prince Avenue Middle School Student Government students recently served at River Hills Church in Winder, Georgia as River Hills hosted "Third Thursday", a monthly food bank and message. The students packed 125 boxes of food for the public and also had the opportunity to listen to the message before the food drive began.
Danny Lee Named 2018-2019 STAR Student
Prince Avenue senior Danny Lee has been named the 2018-19 STAR Student for Prince Avenue Christian School, scoring the highest on one sitting of the SAT test this year. He selected English teacher Beth Sadler as his STAR Teacher. Both Danny and Miss Sadler were honored at the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce STAR Student Breakfast.

Danny is the son of Sang Yeon Lee and Sunhee Cho and has attended PACS for 14 years. His notable achievements include being awarded the Junior Leadership Award for his work with a Korean class as well as the Wolverine Scholar award for being the top of his class. Danny is a member of the National Honors Society, Beta Club, and Interact Club. He participates in the PACS Pep Band and is a member of the PACS Varsity Academic Team. Danny attends Athens Korean Baptist Church where he works as an intern for the children’s class for ages 3 – 5. 
Prince Awarded Walton EMC
School Empowerment Grant
Prince Avenue Christian School was recently awarded the Walton EMC School Empowerment Grant. This grant will provide anatomical teaching torsos to be used in middle school and high school science classrooms and will complement the school’s current science curriculum. 

Walton EMC’s School Empowerment Grant program is available to schools within their 10 county service area with the grant funds coming from unclaimed capital credits. In attendance to present the grant to Head of School Col Seth Hathaway was Savannah Chandler, Walton EMC Communications Coordinator and also a PACS parent.
Culpepper Wins Microsoft Competition
Prince sophomore Matthew Thompson and juniors Walker Henson and Hamilton Culpepper competed today the "Make Hustle Happen at Microsoft" workshop. In this workshop, ten students created an action plan to start their own business or champion a cause.

Hamilton Culpepper was selected as the winner from this workshop. He, along with the winners from nine other workshops, pitched their ideas the next evening to a group of Microsoft and NFL executives.
Fine Arts
Prince Middle School Students Present
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr.
Prince Avenue middle school students recently presented Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr. The performance featured a cast of more than twenty 6th – 8th graders as well as members of The Little Prince Players and guest appearances by Col. Seth Hathaway, Prince Avenue Baptist Church Pastor Josh Smith, and middle school Bible teacher Dr. Clark Daniel. 

Audiences enjoyed familiar songs such as “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Truly Scrumptious”, and “Toot Sweets” with choreography by Prince 8th graders Savannah Carter, Kaylor Jones, and Lily Smith. 
Prince Fine Arts Students Receive Honors at Georgia Thespian Conference
Pictured left to right: Abby Frost, High School Drama Teacher Hannah Hunt, Deven Desai,
Riley Wilson, Thompson Sewell, and Jack Johnston.
Five Prince Avenue Fine Arts students received special honors at the Georgia Thespian Conference. Senior Abby Frost, juniors Riley Wilson, Thompson Sewell, and Jack Johnston all received overall superior scores on their individual events. Thompson and Jack also performed the duet “Devil Take the Hindmost” from the musical Love Never Dies in the closing ceremony for an audience of 3,000 students and chaperones while Abby was recognized for her set design of Seussical the Musical. 

In addition, senior Deven Desai was recognized at the closing ceremony for receiving the Frank Pruet and Eric Ebell Vision and Innovation Scholarship for Leadership. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a Thespian who best demonstrates, through resume and interview, outstanding leadership, innovation, and vision.

Congratulations to these Prince students for their accomplishments and recognition at the state level in the Fine Arts.
Caleb Land Makes All-State Band
Prince junior band student Caleb Land recently made the Georgia Music Educators Association 2019 All-State Band.

Four years ago, when he was in the 7th grade, Caleb was the first student in Prince history to make All-State Band, and he made it again in 8th grade. Caleb continues to make Prince history by making All-State for the third time.
Making All-State Band is the highest honor available to band students in Georgia. Caleb’s achievement is significant as most high school band students hope to make All-State just once during their school band career.

The GMEA All-State Band will rehearse at the Classic Center February 28th – March 2nd culminating with a performance on the evening of March 2nd.
Band Students Perform
with Young Harris Honor Band
Pictured left to right: Jaxon Connerley, Tanner Iley, Garrison Hammond, Caleb Land, and Abbigail Merhar
Five Prince Avenue high school band students recently performed with the Young Harris College Honor Band. This prestigious ensemble included over 100 high school students from throughout northeast Georgia and North Carolina. Students were selected based on their honors and accomplishments throughout the school band career.

The honor band was conducted by Dr. John Culvahouse, former Director of Bands at the University of Georgia and Past President of the National Band Association.
Varsity Basketball Teams Conclude Seasons With State Tournament Play
Both Girls and Boys Wolverine Varsity Basketball teams concluded their seasons with showings in both the GHSA Region 8-A Private Tournament and the GHSA Private-A State Tournament.

The boys competed in the semi-final round of the Region Tournament and also competed in the 1st Round of State Tournament play. Senior Will Todd was named Second Team All-Region while seniors Elijah Hynes and Mack Simmons and junior Andrew Cheek received Honorable Mention.

Head Coach Will Cantrell complemented his team's effort and perseverance this season. "We had a tremendous year of growth both as individuals and as a team. Not having all of our players at the beginning of the year forced other individuals to take on more leadership and responsibility than maybe they were expecting. However, it allowed them to gain confidence in themselves and the things they can accomplish when faced with unexpected situations. Record-wise, we had our third straight winning year as well as our third straight trip to the state tournament, which I believe is a first for PACS Boys Basketball. Above all else, the boys, Coach Jones, and myself developed amazing relationships with each other that will last a lifetime."

The Lady Wolverines played in the Region 8-A Championship game placing second in region. They also advanced in State Tournament play to the Sweet Sixteen. Seniors Madison Britt and Janie Henderson were named Second-Team All-Region while sophomore Karlee Armstrong received Honorable Mention.

Head Coach Richard Ricketts said of the Lady Wolverines, "This year’s Lady Wolverine basketball team proved to be one of the most memorable teams I have ever coached. They played in the sweet sixteen and region championship for the third straight year. The beginning of our season was tough and even tumultuous at times. They persevered, worked hard, came together as a team, and got so much better. As a coach, you can’t ask for more. It is very rewarding to see kids do this and be a part of it."
Senior Basketball Players Shoot 1,000 Points
Congratulations to Wolverine senior basketball players Mack Simmons and Madison Britt who both achieved the impressive milestone of 1000 points shot during their Varsity Basketball careers.
Prince Middle School Girls Win
Area Basketball Championship
After a 16-2 season, the Prince Avenue Middle School Lady Wolverines won the Athens Area Middle School Basketball Championship. The girls defeated Athens Academy in a close 30 – 28 overtime victory with a team that is comprised of all 6th and 7th graders.  This is the 6th middle school girls championship for Prince Avenue basketball. 

The team was coached by Head Coach Michael Palmer and his assistant coach Baylee Rogers, a 2017 Prince alumna. “It was truly a season to remember”, says Coach Palmer. “We won a championship when Baylee was a player and now one with her coaching with me. Coming full circle was the best part of it for me.”

Coach Palmer emphasizes that many months of hard work went into this season’s success. “You don’t eat the fruit the day you plant the seeds. We started in June with practices, games, and open gyms. We had lots of highs and lows over the season, but it culminated in our girls coming together and winning a championship.”
Parrish Signs to Play Football at College Level
Prince senior Christian Parrish recently signed to play football at the college level with The United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS), which is collocated in West Point, New York. The purpose of USMAPS is to prepare cadet candidates for the rigors of the United States Military Academy by completing an intensive 10-month scholastic program. While at USMAPS, Christian will attend classes, wear a uniform, learn barracks protocol and procedures, and play football. Following a successful year of instruction at USMAPS, Christian will matriculate into West Point as a member of the class of 2024. After graduation, he will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army and serve five years on active duty as a commissioned officer.

Prince Head Football Coach Greg Vandagriff explains that the Army is an excellent choice for Parrish. “I could not imagine a better fit for Christian Parrish than Army. It is a win-win for both parties. They are receiving a top-notch, two-time all-state performer, and Christian is about to receive an education from one of the most prestigious schools in the country. He has represented Prince Avenue well, and I am more than positive that he will wear the colors of our country with pride.”
Parent Teacher Fellowship
PTF Sponsors Father-Daughter Date Night
Prince fathers and daughters had a great time at Father-Daughter Date Night sponsored by the Prince Avenue Parent Teacher Fellowship.

The dads and girls enjoyed dressing in their Sunday best for an evening of dinner, dessert, and dancing. Prince special events uniquely combine younger and older students together for memorable times with family and friends.
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