Junior Ambassador Khaki Loughran shows off the Upper School's recently renovated Woodruff library. Photo: Abby Meyerowitz
Junior ambassador Khaki Loughran shows off the Upper School’s Woodruff library. Photo: Abby Meyerowitz

The annual Pace upper school open house, held Nov. 19, encouraged prospective families from all over Atlanta to consider Pace and join its community. Hoping to gain their confidence, ambassadors worked hard to greet the families and show them around campus. With a positive attitude and constant smiles, the ambassadors were able to show the new families what the Pace community represents. “I smiled until my cheeks hurt,” said sophomore ambassador Kayla Ross. “I was hoping to give the new families a feel for the cheerful and enthusiastic Pace environment.”

The open house showcased the Pace campus and special features of the Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School. “I showed a family the study rooms and library in the Upper School,” said junior ambassador Khaki Loughran. “They were so impressed with our recently renovated campus and awesome study spaces.”

Along with meeting several teachers from different departments, families participated in tours throughout the campus. “Mrs. Wilhelmson and I talked to prospective families about Pace’s math curriculum,” said math teacher Jason Smith. “[Senior] Prashanth Kumar and [junior] Rachel Ribner came in and talked to families about the student perspective on taking math classes at Pace.”

The ambassador selection process consists of a written application along with an interview and training session. “I was very nervous going into my interview,” said sophomore Abby Ray. “But once it started, I realized I just had to stay calm and be myself.” The ambassadors take prospective families on tours and greet them when they come to visit Pace, during the open house and throughout the admissions season.

“It was so fun to show the family around Pace during their tour and tell them how much I love my school,” said sophomore Joelle Zelony.” The families are greeted by ambassadors when they walk in and get to ask questions about Pace before beginning the tour. “Meeting families and telling them about Pace is important to me,” said sophomore Andrew Ladden. “When I was new last year, it really helped me when the ambassadors answered all of my questions.”