Our First Kindergarten Class Graduates 8th Grade

In honor of ACA’s first class of kindergarteners, who are now finishing their eighth-grade year, middle school faculty members set out to implement an event to celebrate these students’ time at ACA and wish them well as they enter high school. The result was an unforgettable first annual 8th Grade Convocation Celebration. Hosted on ACA’s turf field over a family-style BBQ dinner, over 200 parents and siblings were in attendance for this new school tradition.

Each eighth-grade student played their part in this variety show meets awards night, whether it was as an em-cee, teacher impersonator, storyteller, performer or rubix cube record breaker. 

 “The heart of this event was, as best we could, to bring out the flavors of the eighth-grade class by allowing them to host, serve, perform, remember, and celebrate,” said Mr. Nugent.

Two of the most memorable elements of the evening were the presentation of each 8th grader’s epithets – a phrase given by teachers that best describes what makes each student unique – and the “True, Good, and Beautiful” reflections from six students. Evyn Vogeltanz shared a moment when Coach Reed challenged her to see a limitation as a strength instead.

“This moment embodies the beautiful because the teachers and coaches care just as much or even more about forming our character rather than just our academic achievement,” Evyn said.

Thank you to Ms. Younker for spearheading this event, and to our parent volunteers Illeane Kreafle and Shelly Ellerhorst, who helped bring this evening to life.

Congrats, Class of 2023!

On the morning of Saturday, May 20, our beloved seniors, spruce in smart gowns and adorned with gold-trim caps, marched up to greet Mr. Andrew and receive their diplomas. On Mr. Schepps’ command, golden tassels moved from right to left, and thirty-two graduates left the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Many of these new graduates have lived and breathed ACA since arriving in fourth grade. All of these new graduates have been integral parts of ACA’s community. 

One highlight of the event was a beautiful performance by the choir, led by Mr. Franklin. Our very own graduating senior, Lucy Kirby, crafted the music and lyrics as a homage to her school and fellow graduates.

Our main speaker this year was Ian Rowe, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, author of Agency, and former CEO of Public Prep. Mr. Rowe spoke eloquently about the importance of community, family, and virtue. Mr. Clausen gave a rousing and heartwarming charge, which included a final life-long homework assignment. Speeches from ‘The Elizabeths’—Stinespring and Richter, our salutatorian and valedictorian respectively—expressed the bitter-sweet nature of the day and awakened our tear ducts. Friends, family, teachers, and students lingered outside the church to celebrate (and wave goodbye to) our newest Atlanta Classical alumni.

2023 Track Team Wins State Titles

The Cavalier High School Track team completed a successful season after making it all the way to State! ACA girls placed 7th overall as a team out of 36 teams. ACA boys placed 23rd overall (with only 2 runners) out of 40 teams. Every Cavalier athlete achieved a PR (personal record) time in their races.

Not only were our athletes successful this season, but the camaraderie built this year was also evident.

“We had a great time going to State and staying overnight so we could watch ALL of our teammates compete,” said Clegg Cousar.