Twenty-four Paideia seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program. Nine students were semifinalists and 15 students were commended.
Paideia's junior varsity academic bowl team placed second in their division at the Georgia Academic Team Association fall tournament. Team members are Michael London, Evie Belkin, Brendan Brown, Quinn Dyer, Thomas Grant, and Daniel Sommerfeld.
Paideia's varsity Academic Bowl team won the Small School division in the Georgia Academic Team Association fall tournament. The team members are Rohan Leveille, Rohan Chanani, Amit Kamma, Miles Kirsh, Sophie Lyman, and Sean Zheng.
Two Paideia juniors Athena Assikis and Kaiya Ciho, are among the 40 students chosen from around the state to attend the Georgia State Bar's High School Law Academy.
Students in the four-day program will study law and trial strategy, meet with select lawyers and judges, and take the Law Academy Bar Exam. This is the third straight year Paideia will have two students (the maximum per school) attending the program.
Oman has had a leadership role in DEI since joining Paideia's faculty in 2006. Paul Bianchi, head of school said, "This elevated position will enable all of us to move forward in this essential work. Oman will supervise and be supported by several members of the faculty and staff in order to promote and extend DEI work. The school is lucky to have a person as knowledgeable and committed as Oman."
The PGA selected the Paideia urban agriculture program with the Thomasville Heights Elementary School to receive proceeds from the PGA tour. The tour's FedEx Cup was recently played at the East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta.
Paideia students helped Thomasville Heights students create and maintain a farm that produces a variety of produce.
USA Ultimate selected Paideia high school biology teacher and girls' varsity ultimate coach Miranda Knowles as an assistant coach for the 2022 World Games American team, which will compete in Birmingham, Ala., July 7-17 2022. This is Miranda's fourth appointment as a national team coach. The American team will compete against teams from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain and Japan.
At the final board meeting of the year, Board chair Wayne Aaron summarized the framework for addressing the recommendations from the Al Vivian report. Some have already been implemented, either entirely or with significant progress. Others entail added staffing or further deliberation by board committee, or faculty and staff study groups. The School and Board take all recommendations seriously and will be attending to them as school resumes.
- More diversity in senior leadership team and other key positions
- Create and staff a Human Resources (HR) Department
- More diversity in the teaching staff
- Continual cultural competency training and education
- Hire a Chief Diversity Officer
- Create a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Department
- Evaluate issues surrounding teacher autonomy
- Nepotism review
- Diversify the curriculum
Board Governance Committee
- Redistribute decision-making authority
Eight Paideia track and field team members competed at the State Championships and brought home a total of 18 State Championship medals. The girls' team finished seventh overall and the boys' team finished 12th. Go Pythons!
Paideia's girls' and boys' 4 X 800 relay teams qualified for state and set new school records.
Those team members will be joined at state by other athletes competing in the high jump, 200-meter, 400- meter, 800-meter, 1600 meter and 3200-meter races.
Golfer Conor McCarthy qualified for the State Tournament after winning a 3-hole playoff in the Area Tournament.
The following students placed first and are Area champions: Jordan Walter, 3200-meter; Ian Hodge, high jump Luna McCauley, Esme Dunbar, Megan Walter, and Jordan Walter, 4X800 meter girls’ relay; Sam Colton, Owen Tobias, Krish Leveille, and Elijah McCauley, 4X800 meter boys’ relay.
Team members placed in the top 10 in multiple events.
Several team members qualified for Sectionals, Saturday, May 8.
Senior Keith Adams has signed to play baseball at Rhodes College in Tennessee.
The high school academic bowl team A finished seventh at the NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament.
The Paideia girls' varsity soccer team advanced to the Elite 8 round of the state playoffs with a dramatic win in penalty kicks against Trinity Christian. Paideia scored late in the second half to pull even 1-1. After two overtime halves, Paideia won on penalty kicks 4-1. Student fans swarmed the team after the team clinched the victory.
The varsity girls' and boys' tennis teams have advanced to the Elite 8 round of the State playoffs.
The varsity girls' and boys' soccer teams have advanced to the second round.
The varsity baseball team, track and field, and golf teams begin their post-season play the week of April 26.
The Paideia high school Science Olympiad team was the top single-A school at the 2021 State Science Olympiad Tournament. The team finished 20th overall, competing with schools from across the state. Congratulations to all!
The Paideia varsity girls' soccer and tennis team are region champions. Congratulations on a great season!
Seniors Rakibul Chowdhury and Nikhel Krishna competed in the Vex Robotics Tournament, where they placed 16th in the state in Robot Skills and were one of five finalists for the design award. In the head-to-head competition, they advanced to the quarter-finals.
Eight Paideia students were recognized in the 2021 Georgia River of Words Competition, an international poetry and art competition for students in grades K-12. Two Paideia elementary students were national finalists in poetry. The six other students were Georgia winners in poetry and art.
The River of Words competition is coordinated jointly in Georgia by the Georgia Center for the Book and Georgia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers, a program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources). The competition invites students to submit visual art or poetry about Georgia’s natural environment, including humanity’s impact on the landscape and watershed.