#CeaselessDevotion: Jacquee Ross Grace ’07
For Jacquee Ross Grace ’07, four years at Mercersburg was just not enough. Grace, the Academy’s special events manager, helps organize and is the go-to person behind many of the school’s events taking place on campus, off campus, and even virtually—from Zoom hangouts for alumni classes to larger events like Family Weekend and Reunion Weekend.
“I love being able to connect with so many people,” says Grace, who was about to return from maternity leave in early 2020 when the global pandemic turned nearly everything upside-down, including the ways we gather together. As the problem-solver she is, Grace worked to help the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations keep alumni connected and found joy in creating virtual alternatives to bring the school community to those who could not return to campus. Her position now resides in the head of school’s office, giving her an even-more-central role in the planning and execution of events across (and even off) campus.
Grace grew up in McConnellsburg (over the mountain, just west of Mercersburg) and is so grateful for the opportunities and lifelong friendships Mercersburg gave her as a student. Even after graduation, she never strayed far; she studied at Penn State, working in the sports media and admission offices. And she even fell in love with a Mercersburg local; Grace and her husband, J.J., have two young daughters.
When not on campus, you can find Grace out on her farm—not with the animals, but behind her other desk, arranging donations of food for families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I like to think of the events at Mercersburg as a puzzle; you really don’t see the masterpiece until the end,” says Grace, who adds that her friendly but introverted personality allows her to simply enjoy the intricacy of what goes on behind the scenes of the events she helps manage. “There is something about Mercersburg that just feels like home, and it is only when you leave that you appreciate the full effect of it.”
—Bube Osaji ’22