My name is Amelia Honabach, and I’m in 8th grade. I’ve been at Pace since Pre-First, and some of my favorite subjects are math and STEAM. I like math, because I like how there is always a right answer and how it works out nicely. I like STEAM, because I love the design and robotics in it. I rock climb competitively outside of school, and it takes up all the rest of my time.
Poet, Speaker, Actor, and Author
Carlos Andrés Gómez is a Colombian American poet, speaker, actor, and author of Fractures, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, Hijito, winner of the Broken River Prize and a #1 SPD bestseller, and the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House. A star of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, TV One’s Verses and Flow, and Spike Lee’s #1 box office movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Carlos is widely known for his viral poems, “Where are you really from?” and “What Latino Looks Like,” which have garnered millions of views online. Winner of the Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, he partnered with John Legend on Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students. Carlos is a proud Latinx and father.
I'm a 17-year-old Junior here at Pace Academy. I spend my time writing poetry, including spoken word performance, creating art, and practicing with his weightlifting team. I have been at Pace since 3rd grade, and I'm excited and honored to represent and speak on behalf of all of the minority groups represented at Pace today. I want to thank all my interviewees, Mr. Kaufman and Michael for hosting the event, and the audience for showing up ready to empathize and be educated.
I joined Pace in Pre-First always expecting to be a lifer, yet after fourth grade, my parents (seemingly out of nowhere) relocated to India with my sister and me. In eighth grade, I returned to Pace and have been here ever since. Math has always come most natural to me than any other subject and learning about historical events has recently fascinated me. I compete with the math team, run almost every day for track and cross country, recreationally play the guitar, and research about current events in Model United Nations
In school, we are taught religiously to do well in order to make it into college and become successful. The more AP classes you take and clubs you join in the educational world seem to be what equates to “ happiness and success”. However, I’ve realized that’s not true. I’m trying to show people to enjoy highschool and experience it the way you desire, not necessarily by following what society wants.