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Paideia Students Nominated for National Award Program
Paideia Students Nominated for National Award Program

Five Paideia students Alec Harris, Ella Kim, Rohan Leveille, Catherine London and Layney McCord, are nominees in the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Each year, 160 or so students are named as Presidential Scholars.  The award program, which was established in 1962, recognizes students based on academic and artistic achievement. The students selected as Presidential Scholars are presented the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House in June.

Paideia Students Selected for Student Bar of Georgia
Paideia Students Selected for Student Bar of Georgia

Three Paideia high school students have been admitted to the Student Bar of Georgia. Anna Claire Shuman, Jacob Schnell, and Rohan Chanani were admitted after attending the competitive Georgia Bar Association’s High School Law Academy,  whose faculty is made up of attorneys and judges from across Georgia. The Academy provides pre-Mock Trial season training for students.  Jacob was admitted with honors. About 20 students are admitted annually.

Paideia Graduate Headed to U.S. Senate
Paideia Graduate Headed to U.S. Senate

Paideia congratulates alumnus Jon Ossoff '05 on being elected as a U.S. Senator from Georgia.

Jon spoke to the high school in 2018 and was introduced by Emma Waldon '18

Cross Country Coach Named Boys' Coach of the Year
Cross Country Coach Named Boys' Coach of the Year

Paideia cross country coach Becca McCauley has been named Class A Private Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Georgia Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.  

The varsity boys' and girls' cross country teams finished in third and fifth place at the State meet on Nov. 7. Three team members earned Top Ten State Championship medals in their races. Boys' team members Sam Colton and Elijah McCauley finished fourth and ninth respectively.  Varsity girl runner Jordan Walter finished eighth.

Paideia School is Open

Paideia School is open for virtual and on-campus learning for all levels. Paideia's on-campus protocols are based on CDC guidelines and the advice of medical epidemiologists.

Paideia Academic Bowl Teams Advance to National Competition

For the third consecutive year, Paideia high school Academic Bowl teams will move on to the national competition. The two teams advanced after placing in the Southeast Regional tournament. The A team, competing in the tournament's top-level elite division, placed third. The Paideia B team placed sixth in the general varsity division.

Paideia Senior to Play Soccer at Stanford
Paideia Senior to Play Soccer at Stanford

Will Reilly signed an athletic scholarship to play soccer at Stanford University. Stanford is an NCAA Division I school and is a member of the Pac-12 Conference.

Junior High Students Take Top 3 Spots in Debate Tournament
Junior High Students Take Top 3 Spots in Debate Tournament

Three junior high students finished in the top three places in the virtual Middle School Novice Tournament of Atlanta Urban Debate League on Nov. 14th. The team was led by its student founder and two novice debaters.

Five high school students recently participated in the Georgia National Association of Singing Teachers competition and received awards.
Five high school students recently participated in the Georgia National Association of Singing Teachers competition and received awards.

Celia Reed received third place in music theater freshman/sophomore treble. Sophie Lyman received third place in classical junior/senior treble. Emma Schulder received third place in music theater junior/senior treble; Charles Eastman received second place in music theater and classical junior/senior tenor. bass, baritone. Cameron Walls received third place in music theater junior/senior tenor, bass, baritone.

Cross Country Teams 3rd and 5th in the State
Cross Country Teams 3rd and 5th in the State

The varsity boys' and girls' cross country teams finished in third and fifth place at the State meet on Nov. 7.  The teams, led by coaches Becca and Dan McCauley, wrapped up a successful season despite competing under COVID-19 restrictions.

Three team members earned Top Ten State Championship medals in their races. Boys’ team members Sam Colton and Elijah McCauley finished fourth and ninth respectively.  Varsity girl runner Jordan Walter finished eighth.

Congratulations to both teams. Go Pythons!

Cross Country Teams Finish First and Second at Region Meet
Cross Country Teams Finish First and Second at Region Meet

The Paideia cross country varsity girls are the region champions with four runners placing in the top 10. The boys' varsity placed second with three runners in the top 10. The two teams now move on to the state meet Nov. 6-7.

Paideia Science Olympiad Team Places First A/AA Division at Tournament
Paideia Science Olympiad Team Places First A/AA Division at Tournament

The high school Science Olympiad team competed in the South Forsyth Invitational Science Olympiad Tournament. Thirty-eight teams from schools of all classifications from five states competed in an all-day online tournament. Paideia finished first in A/AA schools’ class and 14th overall.

Paideia Seniors Named National Merit Honorees
Paideia Seniors Named National Merit Honorees

Nineteen Paideia seniors have been honored by the National Merit Scholarship Competition and Program based on their PSAT scores.

Paideia Retains DEI Consultant Al Vivian
Paideia Retains DEI Consultant Al Vivian

Board chair Wayne Aaron has announced that Paideia has hired DEI consultant Al Vivian to "help the school achieve meaningful change as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion."   Vivian is president and CEO of Basic Diversity, started by his father C.T. Vivian 45 years ago. The Atlanta-based company is rated as one of the top inclusive leadership consulting firms in the industry. Vivian will begin working with the Paideia community in September.

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Paideia Alumna Shivani Beall Honored by NCAA
Paideia Alumna Shivani Beall Honored by NCAA

Paideia alumna Shivani Beall ’16, who played soccer at Emory University for four years, has been selected as the University Athletic Association’s representative for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Paideia Students National Winners in Haiku Competition
Paideia Students National Winners in Haiku Competition

Six junior high students were national winners in the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition for Grades 7-12.  The winners were chosen from over 3000 entries.

The winning haiku are published in results in Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America and on the HAS website.. Each poet also receives a prize of $100.

Paideia Alum Wins Pulitzer Award
Paideia Alum Wins Pulitzer Award

Emily Green '01 won a 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting for a story aired on the Public Radio program This American Life about the impact of the Trump administration's remain in Mexico policy on asylum seekers. The award was the first ever given for audio reporting. Listen to the report here. Read more about the award in the AJC.

Pi-Tech Club Inducted into Thespian Organization 
Pi-Tech Club Inducted into Thespian Organization 

The high school Pi-Tech Club has earned the honor of becoming an official Troupe of the International Thespian Society, Paideia School Troupe 8953. The ITS is the only theater honor society for middle and high school students in the country. It has troupes in all 50 states and 13 countries.  The Pi-Tech Club provide lighting, sound and set design help to campus  theater events including high school Monday Morning Meetings, high school musicals, speakers, elementary plays and off campus productions.

Paideia Student Wins Regional Athletic Award
Paideia Student Wins Regional Athletic Award

Junior Vinson Martin was named an Atlanta regional winner of the Positive Athlete award. The award given by a national organization founded by former NFL player Hines Ward to recognize high school athletes for their athletic ability as well as their positive and supportive attitude for their teammates and sport. Vinson, who plays soccer and basketball for Paideia, is now in the running for the statewide award.

Paideia Senior Is Georgia Winner of Heart of the Arts Award
Paideia Senior Is Georgia Winner of Heart of the Arts Award

Senior Robin James has been named the Georgia winner of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Heart of the Arts Award . The award was created in 2013 to recognize individuals who exemplify the positive ideals of performing arts and who have overcome adversity or gone above and beyond their peers.