ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT : HEATHER PILLSBURY
Second-generation ACS alum and faculty member Heather Pillsbury recently announced plans for her newest recording project in collaboration with The Worship Coalition!
Heather is a graduate of the ACS class of 2007, where both her parents were graduates. While she was here, she was heavily involved in the music and theater programs and also sang The National Anthem for sporting events and graduation. She attended Truett-McConnell University, where she met her husband and current ACS Band Director, Nathan Pillsbury. She graduated from TMU with her Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2011.
She was on staff as a worship leader for many years and has led worship at several different large Christian retreats and events, including the Winter Jam “Pre Jam” in Atlanta.
Her stage experience includes a wide variety of vocal styles. Some favorite credits include being the featured soprano soloist for both Handel’s Messiah and Rutter’s Magnificat. She is heavily involved in local community theater, and the Athens music scene, and has also been a guest soloist for the Athens Symphony.
She has received several awards for her work as a vocalist and songwriter, including placing as a finalist in the National American Traditions Competition in 2012. She was named as Gospel Music Association Immerse Female Artist/Writer of the year in 2017 and presented at the Dove Awards in Nashville.
When she’s not songwriting, leading worship, or working in the studio, Heather teaches choral music and private voice at Athens Christian School. She and her husband have two children, Oliver (7) and Violet (3), who also attend Athens Christian, making them third-generation ACS students!
For more information about Heather’s upcoming project, you can follow her on social media here: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherPillsburyMusic
Kendra graduated from ACS in 2012 then graduated from UGA undergrad in 2017. She has spent time working with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
Kendra finished her first-year of law school at UGA School of Law this past May. During her first year, she won the 2022 Richard B. Russell Moot Court Competition and the Morehead Best Oralist Award for the same competition.
Kendra's other law school involvement includes: Dean’s Ambassadors, Dean Rusk International Law Center- Student Ambassador, Davenport-Benham Black Law Students Association - Community Service Committee, Asian Law Students Association - Treasurer (for the upcoming school year), International Law Society, Hispanic Law Students Association, and Student Bar Association.
This summer she is working at Alston & Bird in the Atlanta office and she just had a summer wedding.
Daniel got his start in Mock Trial at ACS. He has competed and excelled on the UGA Mock Trial Team for 3 years, and this year, he was the Captain of the UGA Mock Trial Team that competed at Nationals.
From April 8th to April 10th, the UGA Undergraduate Mock Trial Team competed at the National Championship Tournament in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Captained by Daniel MacDonald and Justin Xu, the team faced high-level competition from the University of Wisconsin, UCLA, Washington & Lee, and Miami University. While over 700 teams competed at regional competitions this year, the UGA team placed 3rd in their division and 5th in the country at the national tournament and won All-American individual awards for competitors Bryan Walker and Tyonna Byers. The team also won the Spirit of AMTA award which is awarded to the team that best exemplifies the ideals of honesty, civility, and fair play.