National Signing Day

Pace Academy Celebrates National Signing Day

Pace Academy’s senior athletes sport their college gear on National Signing Day. Photo: Fred Assaf

Nineteen Pace Academy athletes participated in National Signing Day held on Feb. 6. This early signing day is for senior students who have already verbally declared where they will be attending college.

This is the largest number of students to participate at Pace Academy ever, with 16% of the 119 members of the senior class committing. The signing ceremony in the school’s Fine Arts Center celebrated these students’ signed letters of intent to attend colleges in states as far away as California and as far north as Massachusetts. 

“These students continue a long tradition of strong student-athletes at Pace Academy,” said Pace Athletic Director Troy Baker.

Signees include:

  1. Sam Assaf – Amherst College, lacrosse
  2. Aleks Golde – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, golf         
  3. Darian Howard – Wallace Community College, baseball
  4. Justice Jackson – Pepperdine University, track
  5. Andrew Jenkins – Georgia Institute of Technology, baseball
  6. Andrew Konradt – Trinity College, lacrosse
  7. Patrick Markwalter – Auburn University, football
  8. Mitchell O’Berry – Rhodes College, baseball
  9. Keashawn Perryman – Birmingham-Southern College, football
  10. Emily Pulver – University of Georgia, soccer
  11. Ann Rafeedie – Denison University, basketball
  12. Jared Rayman – University of Virginia, football
  13. Kayla Ross – Boston University, soccer
  14. Parker Spillers – Fordham University, football
  15. Chilton Tolliver – Southeast Missouri State University, football
  16. Charlie Warren – Sewanee: The University of the South, lacrosse
  17. Hannah White – University of Southern California, soccer
  18. Brian Zeldin – University of Pennsylvania, baseball
  19. Joelle Zelony – Tufts University, basketball

All of these athletes are top performers in their sport. Some have broken Pace records, while others have achieved regional, state and even national recognition. To highlight a few, Pace Soccer player Hannah White made the U.S. National Team roster in 2016 and 2017 and was recognized as a 2018 All-American. Additionally, she was named one of the Elite Clubs National League’s top 10 players. She entered in the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program back in 2013.

Star third-baseman Andrew Jenkins, a four-year starter for the Pace varsity baseball team, is ranked first among third basemen in Georgia and fourth nationally by Perfect Game. He is not only a beast on the field, but academically is a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Jim and Leslie Wheeler Scholar Athlete Award and the Lance and Shield Award. Georgia Tech is currently ranked number 17 in preseason baseball so he will join a strong team.  

Joelle Zelony has been a dominating force for the varsity girls basketball team since her freshman year. Zelony received First Team All-Region honors as a sophomore and junior, when she was also the team’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year as she led her team in steals, scoring and charges. 

Congratulations to all 19 of our Knights!

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