Pace Names new theater and athletic directors

Pace Academy has announced a new Upper School Theatre Director and a new Director of Athletics.

Sean Bryan will succeed longtime Upper School Theatre Director George Mengert, who will retire at the end of the school year following 44 years at Pace Academy.

 In his new role, Bryan will oversee all Upper School theatre productions, teach classes in the performing arts and sponsor student groups in theatre competitions, according to a release from the school.

Troy Baker will succeed longtime Pace Academy Athletic Director Kris Palmerton, who plans to leave the school following the current academic year.

On June 1, Baker will officially become Pace Academy’s director of athletics, charged with overseeing 63 teams, strength-and-conditioning and physical-education programs. He will also oversee a coaching staff, state-of-the-art athletic facilities, and a community of student-athletes in which 85 percent of Middle and Upper School students play at least one sport, according to a press release from the school.

 Students from The Galloway School present at Environmental Conference

In honor of United Nations World Water Day, two Galloway seniors made a presentation to science teachers from around the state at the annual conference of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia.

Troy Baker

AP Environmental Science teacher Dr. Lynda Jenkins brought Jessica Hartz and Daniel Bowen to demonstrate Galloway students’ citizen science work. The project that the students presented was, “Blue Heron Nature Preserve: A Study on Water Quality, Citizen Science, and Education.”

They explained the process, findings, and benefits of the three AP Environmental Science classes’ yearlong field experiment with water quality at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

Student presenter Jessica Hartz says, “The experiment was hands-on learning with real world application; we got to do field work, data compilation, and a formal lab write up. To take our skills, knowledge, and research to a professional arena was extremely rewarding.”

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