Student Scores Gold on National Latin Exam
Jean Marie Herbert scored summa cum laude for the second time on the National Latin Exam (NLE). This ”Gold” achievement is awarded to the top scorers. The standardized test is given annually in all 50 states and around the world, and awards are given based on the national average.
Jean Marie, a sophomore, is in Latin 2 this year, and takes the class online through GAVS. She plans to continue with Latin 3 next year at Pinecrest, under the instruction of Dr. Joseph Baxley.
According to the NLE website, the philosophy of the National Latin Exam is predicated on providing every Latin student the opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in his or her study of the Latin language and culture. The exam is not meant to be a competition, but rather, an opportunity for students to receive reinforcement and recognition for their accomplishments in the classroom.
Jean Marie hopes to spark more interest in Latin and is working to renew the National Latin Honor Society at Pinecrest. We are so proud of Jean Marie and her great accomplishment!
Patrick O’Rourke ‘19 Makes Pitching History at Berry
Patrick O’Rourke ‘19 has been a key player on the Berry College Baseball team, earning a stellar pitching record over the last four seasons for the Vikings.
As a senior, Patrick has had the fewest walks allowed in the conference by a starting pitcher, with only five given during the 2023 season. He leads the team in wins and strikeouts, and his record is 7-1 so far.
Patrick’s family was on-hand on April 28, 2023 to witness his strong pitching performance that helped the Vikings to a 6-3 win over Hendrix (Conway, Arkansas), in the first game of the Southern Athletic Association Opening Round of the playoffs.
In the second round of the SAA tournament in Birmingham, Alabama on May 4, Patrick pitched a two-hit, complete game shutout against Centre College (Kentucky), capping off possibly his last game in college baseball of his career, leading the Berry Vikings to a 10-0 win! Patrick’s family cheered him on through graduation weekend, as the Vikings continued tournament play. Patrick was selected to the SAA All-Tournament Conference Team over the weekend.
Two years ago, Patrick pitched a Perfect Game, a first in Berry College history. There have been only 23 perfect games in MLB history, so this is an amazing accomplishment!
Patrick graduated with a double major in accounting and finance and begins his career with a new job in June.
Ryan Clever ’22 Subs for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Clever ’22 finished his first year at Rice University in April 2023. He is pursuing a Flute Performance degree at the Shepherd School of Music. Ryan is a sub for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra after successful auditions in Fall '22. In December, he performed with the ASO at one of their Christmas concerts. Pictured is Ryan with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra flute section.
Student Receives Two Silver Key Awards
Senior Sean McCabe has received recognition in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his digital art works:
Escape - Silver Key
Barriers -Silver Key
Inner Strength - Honorable Mention
Sean’s works were recognized by a panel of creative professionals as some of the most outstanding works submitted among his peers. Approximately 7-10% of regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards, so this is an exceptional achievement!
Since 1923, the Awards have recognized some of America's most celebrated artists and writers while they were teenagers, including Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Amanda Gorman, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol.
Gold and Silver Key work will be featured at SCAD in an exhibition from February 26-March 5, in Savannah, Georgia.
Joe Garcia ’19 attends Branch Night at West Point
Joe Garcia ’19 attended Branch Night at West Point in December. During Branch Night, seniors, or “Firsties,” learn what their branch assignments in the Army will be. Upon graduation, cadets will enter into one of 17 branches, such as Infantry, Armor, Aviation, Field Artillery, and Cyber Corps, among others.
Joe was selected for the Engineers branch, his first choice. He will learn in late February where his first post will be. He is hoping for South Korea or Germany. Other options are Texas and Colorado. Army Engineers are responsible for building things like field bridges and runways.
Christina Aufleger '16 Earns Wings
Christina Aufleger '16 attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical College upon graduation from Pinecrest Academy. She is now a pilot with Delta Air Lines. Mrs. Aufleger is pictured with her pilot daughter in aCRJ900, taken at JFK Airport.
Save the Date for the Paladin Pacer
Mark your calendars for the 4th annual Paladin Pacer, happening on Saturday, February 25, 2023.
The Paladin Pacer is a 5K Peachtree Road Race qualifier, which also has a Fun Run component. It's a wonderful community event perfect for the whole family -- including the serious runner and the not-so-serious "stroller!"
The February event begins on campus and travels down Peachtree Parkway and back. We invite the entire community to participate. More information to come!
Great News About Catholic Schools
Catholic Schools have been in the news lately, after "the Nation's Report Card" showed that Catholic schools are excelling post-pandemic.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation's Report Card, says that Catholic Schools are excelling ahead of public schools post-pandemic. One commentator said, "If Catholic schools were a state, they would be the highest performing state in the country." Read this glowing report on Catholic schools
An article that recently ran in the Wall Street Journal
also shared this good news with its readers. Read the article here
Additionally, Fox & Friends
shared the good news and also interviewed the mother of two children who moved to Catholic school during the pandemic. The mom provided glowing comments about her children's experience. Watch the segment here
Pinecrest Academy Recognized Among 2023 Best Schools
Pinecrest Academy has been ranked a "2023 Best School" by Niche.com.
This year, Pinecrest achieved the following rankings:
#1 Catholic High School in Atlanta
#1 Catholic High School in Georgia
#1 Private K-12 School in Forsyth County
#1 College Prep Private High School in Forsyth County
#10 Private K-12 School in Georgia
#46 Catholic High School in America
Pinecrest earned these rankings by scoring highly in many factors that aim to capture what it’s really like to attend the school. Niche has nearly 2.5 million school reviews from real students, parents, and teachers, constantly reevaluating data to ensure that stats are up-to-date, accurate, and complete. Niche uses the most up-to-date data from dozens of public data sources including the Department of Education, U.S. Census, and FBI.
High School Open House
You’re invited to our beautiful 68-acre campus for an in-depth look at our High School’s offerings for rising 9th through 11th grade students seeking enrollment for the 2023-24 academic year.
Our High School Information Session is November 29, at 9:00am in our Upper School Gym. The event will begin with a presentation and conclude with small group tours of our academic building and facilities.
High School leadership, including our Principal, Athletic Director, College Counselor and Campus Minister, will highlight the benefits of our programs, as well as the keys to the success of our graduates. Guests will also hear from parents, students and coaches who will share their stories and experiences.
Discover Pinecrest Academy’s excellence in academics, culture and community, rooted in strong Catholic faith and traditional values. Please register here