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WINGSPAN SUMMER 2018 / VOLUME XII / ISSUE 2 / MOUNT PARAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

LEAVING A LEGACY | LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WINGSPAN | Summer 2018

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F R O M C H A IR MA N O F TH E M P C S B OA R D OF T RUST EES — Summer 2018 marks a period of significant transition for Mount Paran Christian School. It is a time of celebration as we think back on a job well done by a faithful and skilled leader, Dr. David Tilley, the head of school from 1984-1988 and from 2004-2018. It is also a time of excitement as we welcome a proven educator and leader, Dr. Tim Wiens, who assumed the role of head of school on July 1. It is difficult not to become reflective and a bit emotional as we think back on all that Dr. Tilley has done for the glory of God at MPCS. For years, we have seen Dr. Tilley at countless ball games, band concerts, drama performances, open houses, and donor dinners, often wondering how he has the energy to do it all. He has been the school’s greatest cheerleader, a constant advocate for Christian education, and a rock of faith for us all. Dr. Tilley will be greatly missed, but he will never be far away – cheering from a different seat, as his grandchildren continue to be students at MPCS. It is equally difficult not to become overly exuberant as we look to the future of MPCS. God has poured out his abundant blessings on MPCS, from its founding through today, and we are excited beyond measure to have a faith-based leader of Dr. Wiens’ background and capability taking the helm. Through God’s provision, Dr. Wiens and Dr. Tilley have been able to work side by side this spring, giving Dr. Wiens a jump start on his transition into his new role. As we look to the 2018-2019 school year, MPCS remains as committed as ever to the mission of our school and to being unabashedly Christian in everything we do. We are a missional school, with a higher calling, seeking to prepare servant leaders who will impact our world for Jesus Christ wherever they may go. Our faculty, students, and parents join in living out this mission, trusting God for the results, and eagerly anticipating God’s greater reward. Thank you for joining with us on this journey of faith.

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FEAT URE: LEAVI N G A LEGACY WHAT ’S N EW: WHO I S DR. T I M WI EN S ? CHRI ST I AN LI FE ACADEMI CS AT HLET I CS ART S ALUMN I ON CAMPUS CLASS OF 2018 ACHI EVEMEN T S

MISSION: Providing academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment, Mount Paran Christian School unites with home and church to prepare servant-leaders to honor God, love others, and walk in Truth. VISION: Mount Paran Christian School will become the exemplary Christian school in the Atlanta area as defined by the development of Christcentered servant-leaders and quality academic preparation. COVER: Dr. Tim Wiens with his son, Eliot, and Dr. David Tilley with his grandchildren, Addie Anne and Brandt David. They are joined by MPCS students Gabriana Carisma, Adam Carisma, Jackson Lim, Michael Stubbs, Carson Lim, Alexis Stubbs, and Madee Carroll. WINGSPAN Summer 2018, Volume XII, Issue 2 published biannually for families and friends of Mount Paran Christian School PUBLISHER: Dr. David Tilley EDITOR: Tiffany Westbrook DESIGNER: Tyler Shores ASSISTANT EDITORS: Pam Copeland, Mickie Roberts CONTRIBUTORS: Steve Bohlmann, Cary Brague, Pam Copeland, Paula Deiters, George Ethridge, Dana Gray, Cindy Gibbs, Joel Hazard, Lisa Hicks, Dr. Trici Holmes, Paige Johnson, Steve Kyle, Karen Leonard, Kathleen McCook, Jennifer New, Mickie Roberts, Amy Schwan, Dr. David Tilley, Eliot Wiens, Dr. Katie Wiens, Craig Wilson PHOTOGRAPHERS: Tyler Shores, Jamie Bogner, TCPics ©Mount Paran Christian School 1275 Stanley Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152, 770-578-0182, www.mtparanschool.com

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BY STEVE BOHLMANN, ACADEMIC DEAN

wo highly respected leadership researchers and authors, James Kouzes and Barry Posner, make the following observation in their book entitled The Leadership Challenge: “Exemplary leaders know that if they want to gain commitment and achieve the highest standards, they must be models of the behavior they expect of others.” And what an appropriate description of Dr. Tilley’s leadership! When Mount Paran Christian School personnel meet with other educators, both locally and nationally, Dr. Tilley’s name and his profound influence are invariably the first things mentioned in each conversation. Dr. Tilley

and Mount Paran Christian School are considered synonymous with one another. And rightly so! His servant-leadership has garnered great renown.

A N AT I O N A L LY R E S P E C T E D

Christian independent-school leader, Dr. Tilley’s influence at Mount Paran Christian School is indelible and has forever changed the landscape of the school he loves. Moreover, Dr. Tilley’s leadership legacy ensures that the school’s reason for existing will not deviate from its transcendent “Why?” Rooted in compelling biblical guidance, the school’s mission – Providing academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment, Mount Paran Christian School unites with home and church to prepare servant leaders to honor God, love others, and walk in Truth – is the handiwork of Dr. Tilley’s leadership. As a Christian educator and leader guided by a profound sense of urgency to serve the Lord with excellence, Dr. Tilley’s passionate character as a Christ-follower has breathed life into the MPCS mission, shepherding a spirit of unwavering faithfulness to its principles. Foundational to Dr. Tilley’s missional focus and leadership influence has been his deep and abiding pastoral commitment to every member of the Mount Paran Christian School community. In 2 Corinthians 5:20, the Apostle Paul writes, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”

PR INC I P L E.

D R . T I L L E Y EXEM P LIFI ES THIS

He has invested his life – his time, his expertise, his encouragement, his

counsel, and his willingness to listen ­– into the lives of those God has placed in his path; and he has done so with little concern for the personal costs. And members of the Mount Paran Christian School community – past, present, and future – have been, and will continue to be, the grateful beneficiaries of his love for people and the school culture that he has built. (cont.)

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DR. T I LLEY’S I N T EGRI T Y, LOVE FOR PEO PLE, AN D PERSON AL I N VEST MEN T I N MO U N T PARAN CHRI ST I AN SCHOOL’S ACADEMI C, ART S, AT HLET I C, AN D CHRI ST I AN L I FE PROGRAMS HAVE CLARI FI ED, REI NFO R CED , AN D SAFEGUARDED T HE “UN APOLO G ETI CALLY CHRI ST I AN ” MI SSI ON OF T HE SCHO O L.

Dr. David Tilley with wife of 42 years, Angie.

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Since Mount Paran Christian School’s inception in 1976, Dr. Tilley’s imagination, insight, inspiration, and fearlessness have played a transformational role. In the early years of the school’s development, Dr. Tilley’s supportive counsel helped shape its philosophy and strategy for growth. Then in 1984, Dr. Tilley officially joined the staff as the school’s headmaster, a post he held until 1988. Prior to this time, Dr. Tilley founded a drug rehabilitation program. Afterwards, he held executive leadership positions in higher education at Lee University and Houghton College. In 2004, Dr. Tilley returned

LED M P C S THR O U G H A N U N P R E C E D E N T E D P E R I O D OF STRATEGIC GROWTH home. And what an important homecoming it became! Since returning, Dr. Tilley has

during which significant advances in programs and campus facilities occurred. School-wide service opportunities, exponential growth and refinement in curricular offerings and instructional programs, the acquisition of the Murray Arts Center, numerous stadium, fitness, and athletic projects, and plans for a high school innovation center have and will leave a permanent mark on the school’s academic, arts, athletic, and Christian life programs. Supported by these significant refinements to programs and facilities, MPCS students have thrived in the development of their God-given talents during Dr. Tilley’s leadership tenure. Together, these blessings comprise a powerful legacy of God-ordained leadership. Most important and as previously noted, however, the MPCS mission has continued to flourish under Dr. Tilley’s countercultural and resolute guidance. Therefore, having guided MPCS with visionary and tireless courage, Dr. Tilley’s integrity, love for people, and personal investment in Mount Paran Christian School’s academic, arts, athletic, and Christian life programs have clarified, reinforced, and safeguarded the “unapologetically Christian” mission of the school, a characterization Dr. Tilley has been fond of using and one that sets the standard for everything in which the school engages, now and in the future. On May 16, 2018, Dr. Tilley addressed the faculty and staff to share his farewell address, issuing an inspiring charge to the school community. True to form, gratitude dominated Dr. Tilley’s remarks. He expressed his

OV ERW H E L M I N G T H A N K F U L N ESS TO THE LORD

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those with whom he has served. He reminded faculty and staff that MPCS is the Lord’s school, that it is a “transformational place that proudly bears the name of Jesus,” and that those present possessed a unique and privileged calling to serve the school’s students and families. As Dr. Tilley closed his remarks, he reiterated with uncommon humility a perspective that he has shared several times during the 2017 – 2018 school year, stating that “Mount Paran Christian School’s best days are ahead.” Community-builder, Pete Strople, once said, “Legacy is not leaving something for people, it is leaving something in people.” While Dr. Tilley has left MPCS with scores of tangible blessings for which we are exceedingly grateful, what he has modeled for us is his greatest gift. W

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Dr. David Tilley speaking in lower school chapel at the Mount Paran Christian Learning Center, 1985

Dr. David Tilley with wife, Angie (far right) and son, Jared, 3 years.

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WHAT'S NEW

WHO IS

DR. TIM WIENS?

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In the summer of 2001, after my second year of teaching biology and chemistry at a suburban high school in Minnesota, I packed up my SUV and headed to Colorado. I needed some time away to pray and to ask God for his leading in my life. Every day that summer I would hike a new trail and pray that God would give me a husband that would make me a better woman. And just as God has done so often in my life, on the first day back at work in August, in a ballroom with hundreds of other educators, Tim Wiens was assigned a seat next to me. I remember almost every detail of that day (well, maybe not the actual professional development program): his sense of humor, his sharp mind, the way he interacted with everyone at the table and listened to them intently. I will save you the details of the embarrassing crush I developed on that day, but 18 months later, in that same ballroom, Tim Wiens asked me to marry him — and 15 years of marriage later, here we are, ready to begin our ministry at Mount Paran Christian School. AS I WA S G ET T I N G TO K N OW T I M , I learned a great deal about how he grew up and the things he was passionate about. Tim’s family (his father, a preacher, and his mother, his head of school) always

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BY DR. KATIE WIENS, WIFE OF DR. TIM WIENS

put other people before their own comfort, material or otherwise. Building a church in a cornfield in Minnesota from nothing into a church that served 2000, they knew the value of prayer, relationships, and hard work. I recall every time we were at Tim’s parents’ house, there were others there too. Every holiday, Tim told me the castaways of the community would be at the Wiens’ table. At one point, Tim asked his mom if they could just have one holiday alone. Without hesitation, she said, “No. There will be people who need to be here.” This story is important, as it formed Tim in ways that he couldn’t have imagined as a teenager. Tim has a deeply ingrained passion for people, advocating for those that don’t have the power to advocate for themselves, and for acknowledging and honoring that all people have been created in the image of God. It is the knowledge and the deep understanding of God’s grace in his life and the lives of others, that make him a compassionate leader, husband, and father. For Tim, THE RIGHT THI NG TO DO IS THE RIGHT THI NG TO DO , no matter what the personal cost. (cont.)


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I was drawn to Tim because of his pursuit of excellence. He is a voracious reader, and he devours books on theology; there is never an end to what he wants to learn. This posture in life has led him to inspire audacious dreams and set an example for the unending prayer and hard work that goes into making those dreams a reality. As an educator, this disposition has inspired many in the Christian-school sector to expect more of Christian schools, and his intellect has provided some structures for schools to be better. Tim is passionate about educating students who will, because of their relationship with the Lord and their understanding of the world, be a force of good for Christ. As a husband and father, that same posture is present in every area of our family’s life. I could not be more grateful for the way he loves Eliot and me and leads our family to pursue Christ in all we do. TIM I S N ’ T P E R F E C T (if you ever see him dance or cook you will know what I am talking about), but he knows who he is and whose he is. He has also made me a better woman, just as I asked the Lord. I will speak for our family when I say that we could not be more humbled and more grateful to be here at MPCS. As you will often hear Tim say, “to God be the Glory!” W

BY ELIOT WIENS, SON OF TIM WIENS (GRADE 2)

T HI N GS MY DAD LI KES • Wearing bowties, especially when they match mine • When mom makes him rib-eye steaks • Reading out loud for family reading time • He really likes the Hardy Boys • Watching sports on TV, but gets crabby when Minnesota loses • Watching me play the violin and play sports • Our dogs Greta and Lena and loves to snuggle with them

T HI N GS I LI KE TO DO WI T H MY DAD • Playing Frisbee, Swedish golf, and baseball • Building forts out of cardboard • Beating him in checkers, and playing Ticket to Ride and Uno • Taking family road trips, because we get to go to cool new places and see new stuff • Friday Family Film nights. We make pizza and watch a movie.

WHAT I LI KE BEST ABOUT MY DAD • He reads the Bible and prays with me. W

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I T I S T HE ROLE OF T HE CH R I S TI AN SCHOOL TO J OI N WI T H TH E FAMI LY, CHURCH, AN D COMMUN I TY AN D TO PROVI DE YOUN G PEOPLE W I TH A SUPERI OR EDUCAT I ON , PR EPAR I N G T HE TOTAL PERSON - MI N D , BODY, AN D SPI RI T – FO R LI FE AN D SERVI CE I N A DI VER S E AN D CHAN GI N G WORLD.

LOOKING

TO THE FUTURE

PROVEN SERVAN T-LEA D ER S H I P

BY STEVE BOHLMANN, ACADEMIC DEAN

• Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, (MBA)

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• Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, (Ed.D.), Organizational Leadership

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• Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, K-12 Administration

serving as a teacher, coach, and school administrator for the past twenty-five years in K-12 and postsecondary education settings. His formative experiences as an educator began in the

• Bethel University, (M.Ed.), Educational & Teacher Leadership

Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. There, he served in several highly regarded school programs where his roles included, but were not limited to, coach, faculty member, class advisor, Advance Placement program coordinator, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal. Following these experiences, Dr. Wiens became the first Headmaster of Boston Trinity Academy where he developed the school’s first comprehensive programs in the areas of mission, academics, co-curricular activities, finance, and strategic planning. From Boston Trinity Academy, Dr. Wiens transitioned to Wheaton College where he served in the roles of Assistant Professor, Secondary Education Coordinator, and Visiting Scholar. Dr. Wiens also co-founded and became the Executive Director of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA), an organization that supports Christian schools aspiring to superlative academic standards and practices. Dr. Wiens earned his doctorate from St. Mary’s University. Dr. Katie Wiens, his spouse, holds a doctorate from Boston University and currently serves as a Research Fellow at the University of Virginia. Together, they are the co-editors of the book, Building a Better School. Dr. Timothy Wiens and Dr. Katie Wiens have been married for 15 years and have an eight-year-old son, Eliot. Mount Paran Christian School joyfully welcomes the Wiens family to our community! W

• Bethel University, (B.A.), Psychology & Social Studies Education • Vanderbilt Peabody College, Summer Fellow, Independent School Leadership • Chicago Education Partnership, Board of Trustees • University of Pennsylvania, Co-Director, ADVIS-Penn Summer Leadership Institute • Delaware County Christian School, Head of School • Vanderbilt University, Peabody Professional Institute for Independent School Leadership, Co-Chair • Council for American Private Education, Board Of Directors • Council on Educational Standards & Accountability (CESA) Executive Director and Co-Founder • Wheaton College, Assistant Professor and Visiting Scholar • Boston Trinity Academy, Headmaster • Edina Public Schools, Assistant Principal • Bethel University, Men’s Soccer Coach • Henry Sibley High School, Dean of Students • Minnehaha Academy, Faculty

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CHRISTIAN LIFE

A c c o m p l i s h m en ts i n

C HR I S T I A N L IF E 1984-1988 and 2004-2018

D R . TILLEY LEAV ES A LEG A CY OF WALKI N G I N T RUT H I N CHRI ST I AN LI FE.

1987:

First High School Retreat

2016:

Addition of Women’s Ministry

1988:

Prayer over graduates began at the first MPCS Commencement ceremony

2017:

Mission trips to include 5 teams to the Appalachian Service Project, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Dominican Republic

2004:

Staff worship services began twice per year

2018:

Addition of total middle school Spiritual Emphasis Day

2005:

Establishment of Christian Life Director to staff

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Addition of lower school Christian Life Assistant

2005:

Service Day began at 24 sites including some still served currently

Dr. Tilley has cultivated the Christian mission by:

2005:

Team mission trip to Cambodia and again in 2009

2005:

First Spiritual Emphasis Day in high school

2011:

77 Time Men’s Ministry began with new format starting in the fall

2013:

Establishment of the Christian Life Council

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Grades 5-12 serving monthly at ministry partner sites

2013:

11:1 Effect began with approximately 70 high school students mentoring lower school students

2015:

Boys’ and girls’ Bible studies formed to include grades 4-12

2015:

Veteran’s Day Chapel service began

2016:

Expansion of Peer Mentoring Initiative (PMI) for leadership development

• 22 denominations represented by MPCS students • 150 different churches are attended by MPCS students • 132 Chapel services held annually for preschool, lower school, middle school, and high school

• 500 lower, middle, and high school students meet once a week in small

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group Bible studies led by 45 staff and parent leaders

• 175 morning devotions are shared annually • 100% of teachers incorporate biblical principles into coursework • 100% of students in all grades take Bible as part of core curriculum • 1575 MPCS students, staff, and parents served on and off campus during Family Serve Day


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HI S MAST ER REPLI ED, “WELL DON E, G O O D AN D FAI T HFUL SERVAN T ! YOU HAVE B EEN FAI T HFUL WI T H A FEW T HI N GS; I WI LL PU T YOU I N CHARGE OF MAN Y T HI N GS. CO ME AN D SHARE YOUR MAST ER’S HAPPI N ESS! ” — MAT T HEW 25:21

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commUNITY MOUNT PARAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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BY JOEL HAZARD, ASSISTANT HIGH SCHOOL HEAD

“PROVIDING ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN A C H R I S T- C E N T E R E D E N V I R O N M E N T � is the opening

phrase of the Mount Paran Christian School mission statement. While we do strive to provide the most academically challenging education in Atlanta, it is our commitment to become a strong, diverse, and inclusive environment that reflects the richness of what a Christcentered environment is and how that sets us apart. In keeping with this core truth, MPCS has come together to initiate CommUNITY. Our students are entering a world in which diversity is quickly changing. According to data from the Census Bureau and the US Department of Labor, by 2050, non-hispanic whites, who made up 67% of the population in 2005, will be 47%. From 2010 to 2050, people of Hispanic origin are projected to account for about 80% of the total growth of the labor force. Therefore, as an educational institution, Mount Paran Christian School is committed to prepare our students to be leaders in a diverse world. Given the changing demographics, being

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aware of cultural differences, being sensitive to cultural issues, and valuing cultural perspectives are 21st-century skills that our students must possess in order to lead and navigate society as responsible citizens and loving followers of Christ. As a Christian organization with a Christ-focused mission, it is our obligation to L E A D O U R S T U D E N T S I N M O D E L I N G A L L T H AT J E S U S H A D C O M M A N D E D . We must equip our students to be a light in a world where the issue of race can be a difficult topic. We believe all ethnic groups represented at MPCS deserve focused attention. The mission of CommUNITY is to instill in our students an understanding that their neighbors are not only those who they share commonalities with, but also those with completely different backgrounds. There is no greater way for children to display their faith in Christ than by being engaged in loving relationships with all people. The CommUNITY Task Force (CTF) consists of MPCS faculty and staff members who represent the various disciplines and departments


within the total school community. We support the effort to

IN C R EA S E C ULT U R A L D I V E R S I T Y AWA RENESS WI T H I N O U R S C H O O L FA M I LY. The CTF has been

committed to addressing unification of cultural, physical, and learning differences, as well as intentionality to understanding the challenges of our students. The CTF will nurture unity among all of God’s children who are brought into this educational, Christ-centered environment.

The CTF plan is a continuous process that we seek to embed into our school activity norms. It is our belief that these action steps will strengthen our commitment to becoming a diverse and inclusive environment that reflects God’s Kingdom. Through this plan, MPCS staff have already begun engaging in the following: • Cohosting diversity workshops for schools throughout the country • Partnering with the Center for Civil and Human Rights • Partnering with Kennesaw State University’s Career and Development office to create a teacher-of-color pipeline • Participating in implicit bias workshops • Participating in race awareness workshops • Increasing hiring of diverse staff • Engaging a research group to gather and analyze data • Collaborating with other schools about diversity and inclusion • Developing culturally relevant field trips • Researching purpose-driven literature and films • Raising awareness of the international student experience

As a Christian community, MPCS will utilize the partnerships formed to help with educational programming, parent engagement, community outreach, culturally relevant field trips, and hiring. The CTF is also developing faculty and student opportunities for cultural education and awareness in relevant ways. It is our hope that these efforts will continue to foster a stronger school CommUNITY, rooted in biblical principles, that embraces the individual differences that God has created in each of us. W

I T I S OUR HOPE T HAT T HESE EFFORT S W I LL CO N TI N U E TO FOST ER A ST RON GER SCHOOL COMMU N I TY, R O OTED I N BI BLI CAL PRI N CI PLES, T HAT EM B R ACES TH E I N DI VI DUAL DI FFEREN CES T HAT GOD HAS CR EATED I N EACH OF US.

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#BeKind is a focused effort to teach stu-

kindness that can unfortunately be common among young children. As He faithfully does, God answered the prayers of Kaye and the

dents to embrace the God-given uniqueness of every child, friend, coach, staff member, etc. It is more than just acting nicely — it is learning the core values of good character and effective interpersonal skills. It is a way to develop relationships — crossing cultural, developmental, and socioeconomic boundaries, and encouraging intentional acts of kindness, big or small. It is about being “salt and light” by modeling Christ-like character to all of those around us. What began in a neighboring elementary school has expanded to many schools across the metro-Atlanta area. An MPCS mom, Kaye Long, had approached our counselors with the #BeKind model to help combat a lack of

MPCS counselors with a very simple answer… #BeKind. #BeKind is more than a “campaign” or a “program” — it is becoming a way of life at school and is helping transform every person on our campus. We are growing together as partners in our homes, school, and community. We are engaging God’s word in Matthew 5:14 in new ways to show the world that kindness has no filters, no limits, and no expectations. We are developing students’ understanding of kind acts — both random and planned. We are learning that each and every person deserves kindness no matter what they do, what they look like, how they act, or who they are.

BY DANA GRAY, LOWER SCHOOL COUNSELOR

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POSI T I VI T Y COMBAT S BUL LY I N G Recent polls show about 80% of all high school students have encountered bullying or repeated exclusion in some form online. This trend is contributing to increased depression, violence, and suicide in schools across the nation. In a world where bullying is becoming more of a crisis in schools and among children, we believe that we have the opportunity for our Christian school to show the difference that Jesus makes when He is at the center of everything we do. Imagine a school where outsiders see the character of Jesus reflected in students on the field, on the stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We want to inspire and instruct our students to live out a higher calling that reflects the love and kindness of Christ.


I NT R O D U C I N G K I ND NESS MPCS integrated #BeKind this year and related Scripture into chapels, small groups, classroom expectations, prayer, and campus activities. We asked that parents partner with us and let #BeKind become a reality in their homes as they model kindness in both actions and words. Our hope is that #BeKind is not just a theme for one year, but a culture of love and kindness that will be built among our community of families for years to come. W

M iddle S cho ol

SPIRITUAL

E m ph a s i s Day

BY STEVE KYLE, DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN LIFE

“My family went through several difficult situations. It has not been easy and it left us feeling challenged. How do we teach our son the value of being kind? And how can we teach him to be the type of kid that others can be kind to?” — KAYE LONG

Spiritual growth comes in many exciting forms at MPCS and this year was no exception! Some new growth came in the expansion of middle school Spiritual Emphasis. In years past, this was a one-day, single-grade-only event. This year the program expanded into a twoday, unified middle school event. Our middle school students and staff took over the campus of North Metro Church and participated in powerful worship, dynamic small group time, and exciting games and activities. Worship was led by our very own high school chapel band and speakers included Pastor Tom Gray, and former middle school principal, Mr. Steve Shelton. Many students made commitments or recommitments to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! The success of this event has led to a second event which will be added in the fall. We are already looking to the future, anticipating God’s work in the hearts of MPCS students. W

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ACADEMICS

A c c o m p l i s h m en ts i n

AC A DE MICS 1984-1988 and 2004-2018

D R . TILLEY LEAV ES A LEG A C Y AN D COMMI T MEN T TO ACADEMI C EXCELLEN CE.

1984:

MPCS received accreditation from SACS

1985:

Acquired 65-acre site on Allgood Road in Marietta

1986:

High school program began and MPCS received K-12 accreditation

1988:

First senior class of 28 graduated

2004:

3 advanced placement (AP) classes were offered in high school

2004:

Accepted first international student to enroll in MPCS high school

2009:

Official College Counseling program began

2012:

First high school STEM course offered

2012:

Addition of Speech Language program for preschool and lower school

2013:

Addition of Advanced Pre-Kindergarten (APK) program

2013:

Eagle Robotics won first State Championship qualifying competition

2015:

Eagle Robotics reaches US South Super-regional and again in 2017

2016:

Launch of 1:1 device pilot program in grade 7

2016:

Addition of Makerspace and STEAM in preschool, lower school, and middle school

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2016:

Mock Trial team Region and District Champions

2017:

Implementation of Connected Learning Program (1:1 devices) in middle school

2017:

Middle school robotics 1st place in regionals and advanced to Super-regional

2018:

Full implementation of Connected Learning Program in high school this fall

Dr. Tilley’s legacy is evident by these academic statistics:

• Average 12:1 student-teacher ratio • 100% of the 115 high school graduates are accepted into college • 4 National Merit Scholars, 8 finalists, 11 commended students, 1 Hispanic

demics National Merit Scholar, and 7 Governor’s Honors Participants

• 24 AP and 32 Honors courses now offered in high school • 80% HOPE scholarship qualifiers and 67% for Zell Miller Scholarship • 100% teacher certification (state-certified and/or degreed) with an average of 13 years experience

• $7.4m+ total scholarship offerings for the Class of 2018 (before HOPE)

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CONNECTED F OR

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H I G H S C H O O L LA U NC H ES 1:1 D EV IC E INI T I AT I VE

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ducation has evolved over the years. In the past, teachers armed themselves with tools such as chalkboards, ditto machines, and filmstrip projectors to help communicate new ideas to students. The main goal of instruction tended to be memorization of facts and information. Lessons were usually limited to the four walls of a classroom. But today, individually-issued computers provide students with the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom. This generation of children are digital natives that are accustomed to rapidly changing technology. Devices alone do not improve student learning — they are simply tools to help teachers provide students with skills they need to succeed, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

M OU N T PA R A N C H RISTIA N S C H O O L TEA C H ES STUDEN T S TO T HIN K C R IT IC A L LY, B OTH LO C A LLY A ND G LOBALLY.

American journalist, Sydney J. Harris stated, “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” This is where the MPCS

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BY KAREN LEONARD, ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

Connected Learning Program comes into play. Connected Learning is the enhancement of student learning by integrating collaborative technology with 21st-centur y instructional strategies. Reflecting an unwavering commitment to instructional excellence at MPCS, the initiative enriches depth of teaching and learning through the use of digital technology to widely expand our library of resources. Our educational system cannot remain static. The addition of computers as tools for students allows teachers to create more engaging lessons that can be enriched in ways not previously available. Developing digital classroom skills enables students to begin preparing for higher education technology trends and also their vocational futures. Some incredible strides have been made using the 1:1 Microsoft Surface Pro devices:

• Online assessment tools enable immediate reinforcement or redirection of instruction

• Teachers and students can work in documents simultaneously, providing instant feedback to students

• Rotation through learning stations deepens student understanding through interactive and collaborative experiences


• Utilization of digital content connects students to global

student devices.”

MPCS will expand the Connected Learning Program during the 20182019 school year to include all high school students. Teachers have participated in professional development in preparation for next year’s implementation. This training has helped them plan activities that will enrich their lessons. Paige Lochridge, a high school math teacher, said, “Our training sessions with the middle school math teachers have been extremely helpful. We have learned from their experiences what works best in the transmission of information and practice of concepts. I know that as the year progresses, we will utilize the devices more often and in more diverse ways to assist our students in their learning. W

lessons, but applying what they are learning in real-time. If the technology does not enhance learning, devices are not used for that specific lesson. Carter Kraetsch, a seventh-grade student, says, “The use of the Surface tablet has helped me be more organized with my school work.”

educational resources • Greater organizational skills increase their sense of responsibility • Student academic learning is no longer limited by textbooks, lectures, and libraries This past school year, the entire middle school staff passionately embraced the Connected Learning Program initiative. Seventh-grade math teacher Kim Wilder, said, “I could not go back to teaching without

T HE TEC H NO LO G Y H A S C R EAT ED BET T ER S T U D E N T E N G A GEM ENT — not just listening to a teacher share

“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover.” — JEAN PIAGET

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had the unique opportunity to explore the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement alongside fifth grade and kindergarten students this year. Seniors were charged with the task of mentoring the fifth graders as they collaborated on a children’s storybook focusing on civil rights and citizenship. The books were specially crafted with original artwork, computer-generated designs, and a great deal of creative thought in the storylines. Fifth-grade student, Tessa Jane Aten, shared, “I liked brainstorming because you could say whatever you wanted since it was our book that we got to write!” Topics included in the books were citizenship, freedom, honesty, patriotism, respect, and racial equality, to name a few. Once the books were bound and printed, the older students gathered with the kindergarten classes to read them. The finished products are currently catalogued and housed in the Weber Collaboratory for lower school teachers to continue to use in their classrooms. In keeping with the vision of the project, the collaborating teachers wanted to create additional “experiences” on campus that

M OV E M E N T.

H O NO R ED TH E H ISTO RY OF T HE CI VI L RI GHT S

After visiting the Center for Civil and Human Rights in February, the inspiration was in full swing. The Appalachia Service Project mission-trip students put their carpentry skills to work in order to build church pews to commemorate the tragic bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in September 1963. Mrs. Hooley’s high school art students created hanging panels that resembled stained glass windows to honor the four young African American girls who lost their lives in that event. As the pews and artwork were installed outside of the Hughes Gymnasium, students and staff members were able to gain a greater appreciation for the sacrifices so many men and women made during the Civil Rights Movement to achieve equality and freedom for generations to come. To further enhance the display, an interactive QR code was available for those who wanted to hear more about the people affected by the bombing.

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One of the greatest blessings of a PK3-12 campus is the opportunity to collaborate as both

“T HI S T YPE OF PROJ ECT BR I N G S TO G E T H ER STU D ENTS O F A LL A G ES TO LEARN ABOUT A KEY PART OF O U R N AT I O N’S H IS TO RY.” The mentor relationships that developed go far beyond the teachers and students. Senior Rachel Bacchus remarked,

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simple tasks, but they truly foster a sense of community. As we continue efforts to promote diversity and CommUNITY at Mount Paran Christian School, engaging in activities that shed light and perspective to historial events enables students to go forth with passion and fervor to do more Kingdom work. W

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BY DAVID TILLEY, HEADMASTER

Congratulations to Susan Laton, Tina Baker, Andrea Reid, and David Fitzpatrick who were recognized at the Georgia Independent School Association conference as Master Teachers. This GISA program recognizes independent school teachers who exhibit best practices in the classroom and a willingness to collaborate with others. MPCS has also been recognized by GISA as having more Master Teachers than any other independent school in Georgia. Thank you to these strong, innovative, and creative teachers. This coming year, four additional teachers will complete their GISA Master Teacher recognition: Lyn Bennett, Shannon Howard, Bonnie Stephens, and Alison Wilbur. W

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ATHLETICS NEWS

A c c o m p l i s h m en ts i n

AT HL E T ICS 1984-1988 and 2004-2018

D R . TILLEY LEAV ES A LEG A C Y OF BUI LDI N G SERVAN T-LEADERS I N AT HLET I CS.

1986:

Became a member of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA)

1986:

Inaugural GHSA season began with only three sports: baseball, basketball, and tennis

1987:

Athletic booster club formed as precursor to Eagle Backers

2004:

Sports added to GHSA competition by this year were competitive cheer, cross country, equestrian, golf, track and field, swimming, volleyball, and wrestling

2006:

Middle school football begins

2016:

Fishing team established with addition of middle school in the fall

2018:

William Andrew Spinks Batting Facility dedicated

2018:

Varsity Competition cheer earns sixth consecutive State Championship

With Dr. Tilley’s support, MPCS has achieved the following:

• 64 teams in 16 sports now compete in GHSA and middle school Metro 10 League

ATHLETI 2007:

Football Founders Club raises startup funds

2008:

Varsity football begins

2009:

Installation of lights on athletic stadium field thanks to donors

2011:

Boys lacrosse begins, girls teams added in 2015

2012:

Installation of turf on stadium field thanks to donors

2013:

Construction of the Knox Athletic Performance Center, dedicated in 2015

2013:

Blue & Black Bash pre-game tailgates established as school-wide event

2014:

Football State Championship

2015:

Construction of Catherine Steele Sewell Stadium, dedication of William A. Cooper Memorial Field, and track installation

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• 83% average of middle/high school students compete in sports • 21 NAML/Metro 10 middle school championships • 33 Region/Area championships • 95 State playoff appearances • 38 teams advanced to the Elite 8 • 19 Final Four appearances • 7 State Runners-Up and 5 Individual State Runners-up • 7 State Championships and 4 Individual State Champions • 6 years in Top 10 Director’s Cup in division A public/private • 12% of graduates sign athletic scholarships on average each year


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BY LISA HICKS, ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Whether it is a smaller campus like Reinhardt or a large campus like Notre Dame, a local school like Kennesaw State University, or as far as The University of Missouri, Mount Paran Christian athletes are being recruited and given an opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. Just take a trip down the main Mulkey building hallway and you will see our athletes can go almost anywhere. Located just outside the Hughes Gymnasium, you will find our brand new college recognition boards. The names and schools represented are all MPCS athletes who have made a commitment to continue to use their God-given abilities and servant-leadership at the next level. Congratulations to this year’s athletic recuiting class:

Jack Alexander: Baseball | University of Notre Dame Devan Curry: Diving | UNC at Wilmington Brianna Ettrick: Basketball | Rutgers University Zach Feldman: Baseball | Covenant college David Gray: Swimming | US Air Force Academy AJ Green: Football | Reinhardt College

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Konner Henkle: Football | Reinhardt College Wood Kimbrough: Baseball | Rhodes College Olivia Leveridge: Cheer | Baylor University Nathaniel Raeder: Lacrosse | US Naval Academy Jackson Reese: Football | Olivet Nazarene University Austin Ross: Baseball | Wofford College

Connor Rostowsky: Golf | Kennesaw State University Max Smith: Baseball | Lenoir-Rhyne University Davis Stephens: Football | Presbyterian College Nick Swanson: Baseball | University of Missouri


A C H EER LEGACY BY PAIGE JOHNSON, CHEER COACH

God has generously blessed the MPC cheerleading program over the years. Dr. Tilley and Coach Mitch Jordan’s continual support and investment has allowed MPC to grow competition cheer each year, develop and disciple our athletes, and make a lasting impression on our sport, our community, and GHSA as a whole. We have grown the program to three competition teams and three sideline teams in just a few short years and have the opportunity to offer exceptional training in all aspects of cheerleading. Under Dr. Tilley’s leadership, we have accomplished 6 Region titles, 6 STATE T I T LES, and 15 Division 1 college signees. This year was record-breaking for cheer, as we solidified the most consecutive wins for all classifications in Cheerleading in the state of Georgia. The varsity team was also named “Team of the Year” for 2018 by the Georgia Cheerleaing Coaches Association! Each season, our varsity competition team has a theme for the year. The Scripture for this particular season was Titus 2:7: “And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized.” W

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Football

Varsity GHSA Region champs, 7th/8th grade Metro 10 Runner-Up, 5th/6th grade Metro 10 Runner Up, Mitch Jordan region 6A Coach of the Year

Cheer Volleyball

Varsity 6th consecutive GHSA State Champs, GCCA Team of the Year Varsity GHSA Region Champs and State Runner-Up, 7th/8th grade teams Final Four

Cross Country

Varsity boys area Runner-Up, Varsity girls Top 10 State finish

Softball

Middle school Metro 10 Champions

Basketball

Girls middle school 6th/7th Metro 10 Champions

Swim

David Gray, Individual State Champion

Wrestling

Dawson Tucker 6th in State

Tennis

Varsity boys and girls State Elite 8, middle school girls Metro 10 Champions

Baseball

Varsity GHSA Region Champions, Kyle Reese Region 6A Coach of the Year

Track

Varsity girls Region Champions, Savannah Casey State High Jump Individual Champion

Golf

Parker Rostowsky, Individual State Champion

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FIVE CORE VALUES OF MOUNT PARAN CHRISTIAN ATHLETICS BY MITCH JORDAN, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

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ast year, a committee of head coaches began the process of developing a clear and compelling vision for the Mount Paran Christian athletic program. We posed a series of questions: What is our current athletic program’s culture? Is program success measured in only wins and losses? What does a championship culture look like? Collectively, we want our student-athletes, teams, coaches, parents, fans, and community to share a way of conduct on and off the field of play. C H A M P IO NSH IP

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The next and most important step in our vision-casting process was to enlist student-athlete leaders from every sports team to determine a unified set of core values. To create a shared vision we needed these leaders to own the process. It is an understatement to say our student-athletes were committed to the task. Subsequent to a series of engaging and energetic meetings, five core values were submitted to the coaches’ committee. These will serve to be the universal core values that every student-athlete would aspire to live by daily — the principles that would guide individual and team behavior and actions which have now officially become the MPC Way. The MPC Way is a set of

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at Mount Paran Christian. MPC athletes

embody more than just God-given talent and skills. Teammates strive to achieve a common goal. The MPC Way is the reason why athletes play and is expressed in how they compete with the ultimate goal to bring glory to God. It is defined by five core values: humility, integrity, passion, relentless effort, and a commitment to excellence. 1. Humility is selflessness, respect, and putting God and others first. 2. Strong moral character and honesty when no one is watching is true integrity. 3. Passion is a deep love for the game and the drive to achieve success. 4. Hard work and determination demonstrate relentless effort. 5. Commitment to excellence is complete dedication and holding oneself to the highest standard.

THE MPC WAY ISN’T JUST A CAMPAIGN FOR THIS ATHLETIC SEASON. IT’S INTENDED TO BE A CODE OF ETHICS, developed by athletes and coaches, that will embody the athletic programs at Mount Paran Christian for years to come. Eagle athletes and coaches live out these core values, now and in the future, as defined by the MPC Way. W


Senior, Zach Feldman at Suntrust Park

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ARTS

A c c o m p l i s h m en ts i n

ARTS

1984-1988 and 2004-2018 D R . TILLEY LEAV ES A LEG ACY OF HON ORI N G GOD T HROUGH T HE ART S.

1986:

First high school drama performance was “The Miracle Worker”

1987:

First high school musical performance of “Oliver” and the instrumental music program was initiated

1987:

Band was started

2004:

First basketball drumline (Knockmen) and winterguard established

2005:

First middle school All State Band member selected

2007:

Purchase of the Murray Arts Center

2007:

Establishment of the Dozier School of the Arts magnet program

2007:

Establishment of the Murray Arts Academy after-school arts lessons

2008:

First musical production of “Beauty and the Beast” in Murray Arts Center

2009:

First middle and lower school musical productions

2010:

First show choir established (mpFX)

2010:

Ballet and dance curricular program established

2011:

GHSA One-Act State Champions

2012:

First indoor drumline championship

2014:

Outback Bowl band halftime show appearance

2014:

Undefeated Marching Band Season and All State Band member selected

2015:

National Art Honor Society established

2016:

Grammy Award nomination for LeFevre SoundLab recording studio vocal tracking for Third Day

2018:

Murray Arts Center celebrates 10-year anniversary

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With Dr. Tilley’s support, MPCS has achieved the following:

• 41 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Shuler Hensley Award nominations in 11 categories with 2 awards for best choreography, 1 for Best Technical Execution, and 1 for Best Costumes

• 54 theatric performances on the Black Box and Kristi Lynn Theatre stages since 2008

• More than 110 annual arts performances on and off campus annually • 3000+ Murray Arts Academy dance, drama, and music classes and private lessons per year

• 3 GHSA State Championships in Literary Girls Trio • 25+ All-State acceptances in band, chorus, orchestra, visual arts, and theatre

ARTS • 100% of middle and high school bands, choruses, and orchestras rated as “superior” ensembles by the GMEA

Abigail Russ (junior) Georgia Governors Honors Program

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BY CARY BRAGUE, DIRECTOR OF ARTS

With well over 100 arts performances on and off campus this year,

M P C S A R T S D I D N O T FA I L T O E N T E R TA I N ,

aesthetically challenge, and compel audiences to appreciate God’s immense gifts in the arts from students studying music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and worship arts. From music performances that included such events as coffeeconcerts in the Grand Lobby of the Murray Arts Center; the Easter Week Celebration; the jazz ensemble performing at on-campus receptions and off-campus senior living centers; public evaluations that earned the band, chorus, and orchestra ratings of excellent and superior; and a high school chapel band that expanded its service to lower and middle school chapels, the MPCS music department continued to give students opportunities to reflect God’s spirit through the beauty of music. Dance performances remain a constant reminder of the aesthetic power of the language of artistic movement. In six theatrical productions from grades four through twelve, we were entertained by the high school’s comedic production of “Get Smart,” the middle school’s performances of “Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook” and Disney’s “Aladdin,” and the lower school’s musical “Suessical.” The high school thespians presented two musicals that compelled and challenged its audiences through “Little Women” and “Oklahoma!,” the latter of which was recognized by the Georgia High School Music Theatre Shuler Hensley Awards Program with six nominations and honorable mentions that RE S U LT E D I N YET A NOTH ER “S H U LER ” AWA RD FOR

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Visual ar ts represented MPCS with National Ar t Honor Society service projects, @rtNight, the high school art show, and off-campus participation in local arts activities at the Marietta Square, the statewide Scholastic Art Symposium, and the U.S. Congressional Art Show. As technology use has increased in the academic classroom, MPCS arts has also leveraged the 1:1 device initiative to benefit its students. The middle school enjoyed digital art classes that engaged Google classroom through the lens of the many Google apps available to promote creativity through the digital realm. New digital tablets were

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acquired for the high school graphic design classes, and the middle school orchestra and chorus classes moved from reading music on paper to reading music digitally on their tablets. In the LeFevre Soundlab, classes in music business, song writing, production, and audio recording gave students opportunities to train skills that range from writing music and producing songs that can be heard on Soundcloud, Apple iTunes, and Spotify; learning how to manipulate sound that resulted in surround sound design for the Kristi Lynn Theatre; and business practices supportive of the music industry. All of the above activities point to preparing MPCS students for the next phase of their calling in the arts to prepare Christian servantleaders who will seek to change the world of the arts for Christ.

TH I S YE A R , S E N IO R S A C H IEV ED C O LLEG E A RT S MAJ OR M AT R I C U L AT I O N S TOTA LING 10% O F TH E SENIOR CLASS, Including our first-ever college admission into song-writing and commercial music programs at Belmont University and the elite University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, among others. W

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THE IM PA C T O F D R . TILLEY’S SU P P O RT O F TH E ART S AT M P C S C O U L D E A SILY B E R EP R ES ENTED IN A LI ST I N G OF A L L O F T H E A C C O M P LIS H MENTS OV ER TH E Y EARS; however, his true impact should not rest in surface moments such as trophies and awards, but in the programming and people that he influenced through the arts education happenings inside the Murray Arts Center. A perspective of where it started, where it has currently evolved, and where we aspire to further develop is the true testament to Dr. Tilley’s immeasurable influence for MPCS arts. No doubt, Dr. Wiens’ leadership will continue to support all arts initiatives in order to facilitate additional growth. He has a vested interest in seeing our programs bloom, as his son is an avid violin player. As Dr. Wiens begins leading the flock, he will be poised to support several programs which are already experiencing growth. The dance program continues to increase in student participation, with the high school now including five sections of dance from introductory to advanced levels, and an increasing amount of interest from the middle school. The drama and dance programs also enjoyed technologies with a new lighting board and LED lighting instruments that allowed technical theatre students to imagine new color pallets for the stage, and dancers to be cast in new layers of light. Visual arts continues to grow in enrollment and will add deeper elective and exploratory programming in the middle and high school curricula.

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BY CARY BRAGUE, DIRECTOR OF ARTS

Next year’s theatre season looks just as bright, with shows such as Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” “The Wizard of Oz,” Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” already in preparation. An area that is continuing to develop and grow instructional opportunities is through the LeFevre Soundlab. In addition to audio engineering classes, we have developed music business, song writing, and production classes that allow students to engage in a 360-degree recording studio to prepare students who wish to be involved in the music industry. We have merged professional recording artists’ ventures with some of our advanced student audio engineers. We aspire to create and sustain a school-owned recording label guided by staff but driven by students. These programs combined, the Murray Arts Center now engages nearly 40 arts teachers full and part-time, as well as independent contractors who bring their industry skills to our students. The number of students enrolling in MPCS arts coursework and participating in after-school projects continues to grow.

EACH DAY BRI N GS HOPE OUR ART S ED U CATI O N PROGRAM WI LL ALLOW US TO LEVERAGE GO D - G I VEN GI FT S TO CHAN GE T HE WORLD FOR CHRI ST.

This impact would be impossible without school leaders that see the long vision of essential programming for the dreams of children who seek their calling through the arts. W


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N DECEMBER 14, 2007, M O U N T PA R A N C H R I S T I A N SCHOOL RECEIVED THE KEYS to a marvelous facility now known as The Murray Arts Center. Only six short weeks later, our high school students took the stage presenting “Beauty and the Beast.” Our small

staff utilized every tool at hand — all the lighting, mics, rigging, effects, and even flew two actors. It was not theater magic, but a wonderful act of God answering prayer.

As our internal arts program developed, we opened the facility to external rentals from the community. Over the past 10 years, these rentals have included a wide range of events. The Murray Arts Center served as home to the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and close to 100 community dance recitals. We have welcomed to our stage such Broadway performers as Shoshana Bean, Norm Lewis, Tyler Haynes, Gavin Creel, Laura Bell Bundy, and Tony Award winning composer, Adam Guettel. In working with the City of Marietta, we have been the host to five Gone With the Wind events including the 70th Anniversary Cast Reunion with Ann Rutherford, Cami King, Fred Crane, Mickey Kuhn, and Patrick Curtis. In the world of film, the center served as a location for two films and several promotional pieces for The Weather Channel and The Cartoon Network, and has hosted three film premieres. An acrobatic, classical dance team from the Republic of China brought their incredible performance to our campus, as did the children’s choir from West Africa. We have hosted community wellness seminars, training seminars for local government and civic

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he 2018 graduating class has produced twelve arts college commitments in music, music education, music theatre, audio engineering, commercial music, songwriting, film-making, art therapy, and visual art. Matriculations include many top arts emphasis schools. Please congratulate the following students: Meagan Allen - Belmont University Katy Brownsworth - University of North Georgia

groups, and numerous conferences. The center currently serves as the Sunday home to Marietta Community Church.

IT IS THE SCHOOL EVENTS THAT MAKE THE MURRAY ARTS CENTER TRULY SHINE.

Meredith Empie - Jenna Reel - Megan Litz - Warren Raymer - Jenna Ashe - Tyler Thompson - Nathan Petit - Emma Perry - Meredith Crain - Aaron Simpson -

Belmont University University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Furman University Western Carolina University Flagler College Savannah College of Art and Design University of Northern Colorado Belmont University Oklahoma City University Kennesaw State University

Ten years of Eighth Grade Blessings, preschool graduations, PTF auctions, father-daughter dances, eighth grade dances, and homecoming dances, all have taken place in the Murray Arts Center. The facility has served as a home to our MPCS family as we have worshipped together here, celebrated beautiful weddings, and even grieved together here. It has also been our home for chapels each week, for our staff worship services, and several state-of-the-school addresses. We’ve held our spring auctions and college fairs in the grand lobby, our student forums, and most recently experienced a moving evening hearing the story of a Holocaust survivor. The arts program has flourished in the facility. Art shows and tea concerts are held in the grand lobby. Band, choral, dance, and orchestra concerts fill the theater, while drama and musical theater productions occupy the black box and the main stage of the Kristi Lynn Theatre. To date, 42 school productions have been presented, and even more musical concerts and recitals.

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T E N Y E A R S I N THE MA KI NG:

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BY CINDY GIBBS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Saturday, March 17, 2018 was a celebratory time in the life of Mount Paran Christian School. The MPCS community gathered in the Kristi Lynn Theatre for the ten-year anniversary of the Murray Arts Center facility. Harris Wheeler Sr. opened with a piano collection of musical memories from former MPC productions. Senior Paul Duncan and Dr. David Tilley followed with a duet of “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma! Kathleen McCook, Managing Director of the Murray Arts Center, and Mr. Cary Brague, MPCS Director of Arts, highlighted the ways the Murray Arts Center has been utilized as a vital part of our community through hosting events and broadening educational programs. The high point of the anniversary celebration came as MPCS alumni entered the theater to perform music from performances over the past ten years. It was heartwarming to watch these young men and women perform again on the Kristi Lynn stage! MPCS especially thanks the following alumni for sharing their gifts and talents with us: Taylor Mulkey Kinsey ’09, sang “Belle”– Beauty and the Beast Logan Weber ’09, sang “Ya Got Trouble” – Music Man Harris Wheeler Jr. ’08, flute, “Til There Was You” – Music Man Cassidy (Ray) Reese ’16, sang “I’ve Got to Crow”– Peter Pan

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Nathan Schreer ‘10 sang “Beautiful City” – Godspell Meagan Allen performed “Prelude” by J.S. Bach on the viola Catherine Addison ’14 sang “Sunrise Sunset/Sabbath Prayer” – Fiddler on the Roof Beau Harmon ’16 and Natalie Hammonds ’17 duet of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Crazy for You Michael Persson ’12 performed “Alone in the Universe” – Seussical Chris Chaput ’13 presented “Close Every Door” – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Natalee Castro ‘18, performed “Home”– Beauty and the Beast Alumni and their families gathered afterwards to enjoy a time of fellowship at the cowboy-themed alumni reception. Concluding the day’s event, audiences watched and applauded the outstanding performance by our high school students as they presented the musical Oklahoma! To God be the glory for His rich blessings upon Mount Paran Christian School and our fantastic alumni. It was truly a memorable celebration! W


MACkie CHANGE THE WORLD THROUGH THE ARTS

MUSICAL MASTER N A T H A N

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Nathan came to Mount Paran Christian School as a first grader and continued through high school graduation. He was voted most outstanding senior and received three Eagle Awards for character and leadership, as well as a National Beta Club Scholarship. He was also awarded the Director’s Award for going beyond the call within the band program. Nathan received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia and his master’s in Music Education from Boston University. Nathan is currently the Assistant Choral Director at Milton High School in Milton, Georgia. This spring, under Nathan’s direction, Milton received eleven Shuler Hensley nominations and won six, including overall production. When asked what his most memorable experiences were at MPCS, Nathan shared, “My favorite memories were without a doubt my musical experiences. I loved serving as Drum Major and contributing to school spirit in a tangible way. My favorite period of time, however, was my senior year. The acquisition of the Murray Arts Center allowed me to fill my schedule with music courses. Even though I told myself I was going to study psychology,

T H E G R O U NDWO R K WA S B EING LA I D FOR MY C U R R E N T C A R E ER A S A MU SIC ED U C ATO R. The things I think

I learned working with the MPCS band directly benefited my ability to serve as a student-leader in college. I was blessed to have positive and supportive teachers at Mount Paran who recognized and encouraged the talents they saw in me. Their kind words have stayed with me through my time in college and into the work force.” Nathan was recently honored during the Murray Arts Center 10Year Celebration. He was presented with the first MACkie award as Arts Alumnus of the Year. This award was presented to Nathan as an individual who demonstrated an intense desire to pursue the arts through multiple lenses while attending MPCS. Nathan shared these concluding words of affirmation, faith, and encouragement for our graduating seniors: “MPCS equipped me with the knowledge to go out into the world as a confident and informed Christian. Life is hard and doing something you love makes the challenges worthwhile.” W

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he 10-year anniversary celebration included the introduction of a new annual award – The MACkie Award. Our students and staff lovingly refer to the Murray Arts Center as simply “The MAC,” hence the name of the award. This lovely glass-blown piece is in the abstract shape of someone with arms raised to the heavens in praise. The colors within the glass symbolize Old and New Testament ideals. The blue represents the infallible Word of God existing within each of us from our training, and the green conveys life and resurrection. The award represents each of us, as we are all like glass — delicate and translucent. With God’s Word and redemptive hope embedded, we emanate His goodness and example from the inside out so that all of our actions become a point of worship to God the Father. The MACkie will serve as a vehicle to annually honor the people of and at MPCS who have leveraged their artistic and arts-minded gifts to make a difference in the world. We wish to recognize the power of the arts through MPCS, the lives it changes, and the stories that are told to change the world. This year’s MACkie recipients were Harris Wheeler, Joe McDonald, Nathan Schreer, Ron Mulkey, and Dr. David Tilley. W

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Soaring int o t he

F U TU R E T H R OU G H O U R A LU M NI

Chad Jones ‘90 Chad has worked as a Project Manager for 17 years, with 23 years of experience in the technology sector. He and his wife, Malinda, have been married 19 years and they have 4 children: Ethan (17), Callie (15), Tyler (13), and Owen (10). They live in Cartersville, GA. Tiernan Phillips 06 ‘

MPCS congratulates Tiernan for completing his Master of Business Administration degree in May 2018 from Emory University – Goizueta Business School. This was a oneyear accelerated program with finance concentration.

Melanie (Janas) Elgin ‘07 Melanie graduated from Auburn University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel Merchandising and Development Production. She is currently the Fashion Merchandise Manager at Mud Pie. In September 2016, Melanie and Justin Elgin were married at Sea Island. They are the proud parents of a son, Ford Dean Elgin, born on June 4, 2018.

Will Thompson ‘07 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Japan started 6 years ago with Will helping professional baseball players in Japan use their platform to share Jesus. FCA Japan is seeking to branch out into other sports, using the momentum that the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympic games will bring.

Sarah Pulley ‘09 Sarah is in her fifth year of teaching at West Side Elementary in Marietta and just won Teacher of the Year! Sarah has started a Bible study for teachers at her school and is actively involved at North Metro Church. Congratulations for this outstanding achievement!

“I AM EXCI T ED TO WORK I N EDUCAT I ON . I LOVE FI N DI N G N EW WAYS TO HELP ST UDEN T S LEARN .”

Meagan Sabato ‘09 Meagan graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science, International Relations and Affairs. She was a Team/Business Leader with GT Motorsports for three years and has been working for Porsche Cars North America for more than three years now where she is the Dealer Marketing Specialist.

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Cliff Sircar ‘09 Cliff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He continued at Georgia Tech as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Integrate Product Lifecycle lab, where he earned his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering. Clifford now works with the United States Air Force as a Munitions Test Engineer.

“I U S E M Y EXP ERTISE IN EN GI N EERI N G TO S ER V E IN TH E U NITED STAT ES AI R FORCE.”

Lindsey Hutchins Brandon ‘11 Lindsey graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Human Development. She has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmond Graduate University. She is an Organizational Change Management Consultant for a firm in the Atlanta area called Collective Insights. She and her husband reside in Brookhaven, GA.

Ameen Price-Burnett ‘11 Ameen graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre and Dance. In 2014, he was a scholarship student and trained at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in New York. In 2015, he was chosen as a young choreographer and presented his work in New York at the Symphony Space Theatre. Since 2016, Ameen has been performing and dancing for Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Eric Smith ‘10 Eric is currently working in the live entertainment music industry in automation and lighting for shows. Within the last year, he has toured with John Legend, Matchbox 20, Counting Crows and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In between concerts, Eric works with corporate clients doing lighting design for events.

“I AM TOURI N G EUROPE AN D N ORT H AMERI CA WI T H A BAN D CALLED 30 SECON DS TO MARS.”

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ALUMNI

Jenna Sabato ‘12 After graduating from Mississippi State in 2016 with a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree, Jenna worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in the prosthetics and orthotics department. In August 2017, she began attending the University of Pittsburgh for the Master’s Program in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Jenna plans to graduate in April 2019 and return to Atlanta to begin her residencies.

“I A M WORKI N G I N PROST HET I CS A ND O RTHOT I CS, SERVI N G P EO P LE IN A UN I QUE WAY.” Hadley Cannon ‘11 Currently resides in Atlanta and serves as a contractor and project coordinator on the Digital Experience Team at Chickfil-A corporate. She is working on a project in the Nashville market, partnering with 22 Chick-fil-A operators to test several initiatives that, if successful, will be applied to the rest of the chain. Hadley enjoys being involved with Young Life and her church, Atlanta Westside Presbyterian. Clint Crowe ‘11 Clint is the COO of Elite Event Rental. On April 26, he was honored by receiving #1 in the Kennesaw State University Top 100 Entrepreneurship Program. His company, Elite Rental was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s fastest growing privately held businesses. Clint shares, “It has been an incredible journey. A HUGE thank you to everyone who played a role, from our team and mentors to the metro Atlanta community at large.”

David Ian ‘11 David graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Criminal Justice. He served as a police officer in Athens for three years. David shares, “Despite the challenges of working the midnight shift, it was the most rewarding experience of my life.” David recently married fellow MPCS alumna, Hannah (Rainey) Ian and he is completing his first year of law school at the University of Georgia.

Grace Nelson ‘11 After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Finance and Studio Art degree, Grace began her career in development at The Woodruff Arts Center. In her current role as Associate Director of Corporate Philanthropy, she manages strategy and operations for the largest corporate fundraiser for the arts in the country, generating philanthropic revenue for the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art. Grace is simultaneously pursuing an MBA at Georgia Tech.

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“I WORK AT T HE WOODRUFF ART S C ENTER I N PHI LAN T HROPY.”


Sarah (Armitage) Stokes ‘11 In 2015, Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and Exercise Sports Science from the University of Georgia. She served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Emanuel College before moving into the Physician Assistant program with Arcadia University. Sarah is currently an ATC, PA-Student working towards a Master of Medical Science, certified Physician Assistant.

Hannah Muse ‘12 Hannah Muse graduated from Samford University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre. She is starting her second year performing at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This year, she is dancing and singing in the production of “Dreamland DriveIn” and will be performing as the character Birdcage.

Sarah Ann Roginsky ‘13 Sarah is attending Palm Beach Atlantic University where she is working on her Master’s degree in Global Development, concentrating in development policy. This summer she will be doing her field research in Uganda while working and living in a refugee camp.

“ I A M D O ING FIELD R ESEA R C H IN U G A N DA W H IL E WO R K ING O N M Y MA STER ’S D EGREE.”

Emily Cameron ‘12 Emily graduated in 2016 from Elon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. She has been working as an analyst since that time and has recently accepted a new position with the Home Depot as a Logistics Analyst.

Kellie Fern ‘12 Graduating from Arizona State University two years ago, Kellie is now working full time in Scottsdale, Arizona. She plans to relocate this summer for a role she just recently accepted at a large software company in Dallas, Texas.

Colton Cannon ‘13 Steven “Colton” Cannon graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as an Ensign on May 17. Colton played four years of baseball at the Academy and was recognized as an All-Conference player. He has spent the past year as a USCG Ensign officer on the Cutter VALIANT out of the USCG Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida and was involved in the search and rescue efforts of Hurricane Irma and Maria.

Connor Douglas ‘13 Connor holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Kennesaw State University. He shares, “While waiting tables and participating in extracurriculars, I was able to maintain a 3.89 GPA in Honors College. I was also an inaugural member of the Coles College Scholars Program.” Connor’s favorite aspect of business is interacting with others and helping people. He has decided to pursue a career in real estate.

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ALUMNI Hannah Lupas ‘13 Hannah graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing. In August, 2017 she moved to Nashville and accepted a Producer’s Assistant position on the “Pickler and Ben” show, produced by Faith Hill. Hannah wrote to our current students, “Keep exploring and challenging your limits. Make your faith your own. Remember to love one another. I wish you all the best.”

Catherine Addison ‘14 Catherine graduated in May 2018 from Samford University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre. She has accepted a position with Walt Disney World in Florida as a performer. She shares, “I really enjoyed reliving my time doing theatre at MPCS when I performed Sunrise, Sunset at the 10-year celebration.”

(Elizabeth) Stokes O’Shields ‘13 Stokes graduated from Agnes Scott College in May 2017 magna cum laude. She spent a few months working on film sets in metro Atlanta. Most recently, she has been working with the Marietta Arts Council to install twelve murals around the Marietta Square. She continues to help the council with public art initiatives in our local area.

“I WORK TO MAKE MY COMMUN I T Y A MORE BEAUT I FUL PLACE.”

Shannon McGeary ‘13 Shannon graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in Biochemistry. She relocated to San Antonio, Texas and has finished her first year teaching seventh-grade science through a program called Teach for America. Her school primarily serves underserved populations. Shannon shared, “I look forward to my next year with TFA in San Antonio and I am excited to experience all that God has in store after that.”

Matt McKenzie ‘13 and Logan Rusk ‘13 Matt graduated this summer from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the top 20% of his class. He is a Second Lieutenant in the Army, stationed at Fort Benning for Ranger School. He will serve at Fort Campbell in the 3rd Regiment of the 101st Air Borne Division. Logan graduated from The University of Mississippi in 2016 with a psychology degree and is pursuing her Master’s Degree at Liberty University. They were married June 23.

Beau Harmon ‘16 Beau is a rising junior Musical Theatre major at Texas State University. This summer, he will serve as the Associate Director and Choreographer of the production at Redhouse at City Center in Syracuse, New York. When he returns to Texas in the fall, he will serve as choreographer for Cabaret with the TXST main stage season.

Hannah Ziegele ‘16 Hannah is currently a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire. She is studying Biomedical and Veterinary Science with a Dairy Management minor. She serves as a Student Admissions Representative and had the opportunity to meet with guidance counselors from all over the United States. “Talking with counselors reminded me of MPCS and how they influenced me to get involved at UNH.”

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John Braswell –

A note from

Taylor Mulkey Kinsey

Alumni Association President

The Alumni Association is thrilled to welcome and work with Mr. John Braswell in his new role as Alumni Relations Manager. Alumni, please be sure to stay connected with your alma mater and Mr. Braswell through our Facebook alumni group, and stay tuned for more great things to come!

Alumni Relations Manager

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fter 22 years of service in the high school, we are excited to share the news that Mr. John Braswell has accepted a new position in the development office as Alumni Relations Manager (part-time). Mr. Braswell began with MPCS as a social studies and English teacher. For 18 years he served as high school Dean of Students. He has taught Bible and a journalism class which produced a school newspaper. Throughout his time at MPCS, John has built lasting relationships with students who have passed through his care, and has put a tremendous amount of time and effort into staying connected with our alumni. This mutual deep connection between Mr. Braswell and MPCS alumni make him a perfect fit to serve in this new role.

Homecoming 2018 SAVE THE DATE

Friday, October 12

Alumni families, parents, and children!

ALUMNI DINNER TAILGATE EAGLE FEST MPC FOOTBALL VS. WALKER

F O L L OW A L U M N I O N SO C IA L M ED IA Join the Facebook group for events and alumni updates. The Alumni Association on LinkedIn is a fantastic way to network with fellow graduates. @mtparanschool @mountparanchristianschool

SEND US YOUR CLASS UPDATES To update your information or send us news about recent accomplishments or big life events, visit the alumni page on our website at www.mtparanschool.com.

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ON CAMPUS

STAFF PROFILE:

Mrs. Alison Wilbur

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BY MICKIE ROBERTS, LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL REGISTRAR

If you have had a middle school student at MPCS within the past 10 years, you have met O N E O F T H E M O S T E N E R G E T I C

AND ENGAGING TEACHERS ON CAMPUS:

Mrs. Alison

Wilbur. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education with a concentration in English and social studies, Alison began her 18-year teaching career as a language arts teacher. After five years of teaching in Cobb County public schools, she began her 13-year gig at MPCS, where she has been teaching history for the last 10 years. She completed her Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Kennesaw State University in 2006. Seventh-grade students will tell you that Alison brings history to life by creating lessons with hands-on experiences that cause the students to not even realize that they are learning. Such lessons include a study of the Constitutional Convention where students took part in a mock debate by becoming a member of the convention. Other innovative history lessons included a Boston Massacre crime scene activity in which students become detectives, and an Oregon Trail STEM Day in which students worked in groups to create their own prairie schooner and then formulated their route to Oregon using Google Maps. The use of technology through the Connected Learning Program enhances their study of history through Google Earth, Google Classroom, and other multimedia presentations. This coming August, Alison will be starting a new chapter in her own history book. After years in the classroom, she will be moving into the newly established position of Middle School Assistant Head. She will work with Mr. Paul Montaperto in continuing the ongoing success of the middle school in a variety of ways, specifically working with teachers in the role of curriculum and instruction using the 1:1 devices as they continue to create engaging, hands-on learning experiences for the students. Alison’s years in the classroom will be invaluable in her new position. She states:

“ M Y D E S I R E I S T O S H A R E W H AT I H AV E L E A R N E D F R O M B O T H M Y S U C C E S S E S A N D FA I L U R E S I N T H E C L A S S R O O M A S A W AY T O H E L P T E A C H E R S C O N T I N U E T O L O O K F O R W AY S T O I M P R O V E T H E I R T E A C H I N G AND LEARNING.” Alison’s vision for the future of MPCS middle school is to encourage students through teachers who love their calling and pour into their classes both spiritually and academically. W

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MPC’S “BIGGEST BASEBALL FAN” BY PAULA DEITERS, DONOR RELATIONS AND STEWARDSHIP MANAGER

On May 3, 2018, Mount Paran Christian School was honored to dedicate the William Andrew

IMAGINE TOMORROW CAMPAIGN CABINET

BY JENNIFER NEW, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Spinks Batting Facility to a man who is known to many as “Mount Paran’s biggest baseball fan.” Mr. Spinks attended every home baseball game from 2010-2016. No matter the weather, he could be spotted sitting in his wheelchair right behind home plate wearing one of his most prized possessions — his MPC baseball cap. Two of the players he enjoyed watching most were his two great-grandsons, Hyl Kimbrough ’17, who plays college baseball at Birmingham Southern and Wood Kimbrough, who just graduated and will be joining the baseball team at Rhodes College in the fall. One of the most memorable moments of the night, almost on que, was Wood hitting a homerun during the game prior to the dedication. Mr. Spinks would have been so excited to see him run those bases and score a run for the Eagles! “Poppy,” as he was most commonly known to his friends and family, was a grandfather to so many. He was a World War II veteran and leaves a legacy of generosity, determination, work ethic, witty sense of humor, and a heart of gold. He had compassion for the less fortunate and continued his giving spirit until his death in 2016. He is greatly missed by the MPCS community. Mount Paran Christian School would like to express our deepest thanks to Hylton and Patsy Dupree for their support, faith, and dedication to MPCS. We are grateful for our partnership with the Spinks, Dupree, and Kimbrough families who support the mission and vision of the school. W

MPCS is pleased to announce the Campaign Cabinet for Phase III of the Imagine Tomorrow Capital Campaign, the Murray Innovation Center. Leading the efforts of this phase of the campaign are Chairs, David and Brittany Bottoms. We are grateful to David and Brittany for facilitating the collaboration of these volunteers as they work to raise funds for the construction of the Murray Innovation Center. Thank you to the following MPCS parents who have committed to serve on the Campaign Cabinet: Tommy and Lauren Balas Joe and Courtney Barbito Jason and Tawanna Bohn Marc and Robin Brown Cameron and Jamie Clayton Mark and Nikki Graham Ted and Peggy Green Kirk and Christy Hewling Kevin and Lisa Hoffman Derrick and Linda Kitchens Stephen and Kendra Odom Gunar and Janice Overbeck Frank and Lissette Pauley Curtis and Lisa Shoch Michael and Jolie Weber Please be in prayer for this committee as they work to raise funds for the construction of the Murray Innovation Center. MPCS is growing! Stay tuned for progress reports and opportunities to be part of this project. W

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ON CAMPUS

THE GREAT GATSBY

YOU MAKE THE STORY POSSIBLE PT F S I LE NT AN D LIVE AUCT I ON

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BY PAM COPELAND, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE HEADMASTER

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MPCS PTF leadership with former Braves outfielder, Brian Jordan

The annual PTF auction sponsored by the MPCS Parent-Teacher Fellowship group knocked it out of the park this year… literally… at the new SunTrust Park. The volunteer group decided it was time for a change in most everything about the auction. The first big change was to move the event off campus to the new home of the Atlanta Braves, at the Omni Hotel overlooking the stadium. The hotel had just recently opened for business and was a beautiful venue for this event. Secondly, auction guests were encouraged to dress in the theme of the event, “Great Gatsby” (Roaring 20’s), which many enjoyed doing. Even Dr. Tilley got in on the act with his pinstripe suit, fedora, and spectator shoes.

FINALLY, THE LIVE AUCTION IS BACK,

making the event quite lively and encouraged friendly competition. Along with this portion of the event was the theme, “You Make the Story Possible,” which really was proven to be true with the special “raised paddle” event during the live auction. In graduated increment giving, the auctioneer asked guests to raise their paddle to donate to a special cause — the STEAM program for MPCS students. With this one special effort, $30,000 was raised for the program, giving our PK-12 students the tools needed to get and stay on the cutting edge of the integration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math to prepare them for being competitive in the years to come.This remarkable effort, along with the sponsorships and other items purchased at the auction, brought a record total profit of $135,000 for MPCS educational programs! This helped to fulfill many of the teachers’ “wish list” requests that would otherwise not be available through the normal budget.

A HUGE THANK YOU GOES TO THE PTF CABINET, especially to Niki Kimball, Kate Henderson, Christal Huft, Lisa Shoch, Kathryn Renzi, Nikole West, Denise Swanson, and the many others who worked so hard to make this auction possible. Thank you for breathing new life into the auction event, but also for giving new life to the STEAM and many other programs at MPCS for next year and beyond! W

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Monica Kaufman Pearson, journalist and news anchor

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ACHIEVEMENTS

A PROUD FUTURE

STANLEY CLUB BY DAVID TILLEY, HEADMASTER

While each school year has caused me to look with excited anticipation of what God has planned for MPCS, it also allows me to reflect on the people who have brought us to this moment in time. A school is best defined by the people who commit long-term to the mission of a place. MPCS recognized 35 faculty and staff members who have been with the school since that relocation in 2003. We have given them a unique identity: The Stanley Club. It is my privilege to honor these men and women, and echo the words of Apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Thessalonica,

“ W E C O N TINUA LLY R EM EM B ER B EFORE OUR GOD AN D FAT H E R Y O U R WO R K P R O D U C ED B Y FAI T H, YOUR LABOR P R O M P T ED B Y LOV E, A ND YO U R ENDURAN CE I N SPI RED B Y H O P E IN O U R LO R D JES U S .” (I Thessalonians 1:3). Pictured: Billy Flood, Susan Laton, David Fitzpatrick, Bonnie Roginsky, Beth Cole, Maria Williams, Ben Gribble, Susan Brown, Teresa Burton, Amanda Varner, Traci Akin, Malin Brown, Robyn Settlemyer, Kristy Dodson, Jenn Fitzpatrick, Cindy Tucker, Karen Leonard, Janice Debnam, Kim Wilder, Brad Smith, Steve Ross, Teresa Burton, Pam Copeland, Ronald Bethel, Katy Rogers, Steve Bohlmann, Shaunda Brooks, John Braswell, Cindy Gibbs, Sherri Gordon, Craig Wilson, Karen Leonard, Kathy Bridges, Sonya Weber, Tiffany Hicks, Kathleen McCook, and Julie Ray. W

BY TIFFANY WESTBROOK, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

From the class of 2018, three outstanding young men have been appointed to our United States military academies. Nathaniel Raeder, Trevor Brooks, and David Gray were selected to represent MPCS at the Cobb County Prayer Breakfast this past spring where they presented Scripture readings to area leaders. Nathaniel Raeder, Class of 2018, has attended Mount Paran Christian School since fourth grade and is an AP Scholar. He participated in chapel band, varsity football, and was the captain of the lacrosse team. He will continue to lead as he enters the United States Naval Academy where he will be playing Lacrosse. Both of Nate’s parents served in the US Air Force. David Gray, Class of 2018, has attended Mount Paran Christian School since eighth grade. He was Senior Class President and captain of the varsity swim team. He is a two-time State Championship title holder in swimming and will continue his love for the water through his appointment to the Air Force Academy. Trevor Brooks, Class of 2018 Salutatorian, has attended Mount Paran Christian School since Pre-K3. Trevor was an AP Scholar of Distinction, PAGE STAR Student, and participated in varsity baseball, basketball, and cross-country during his high school experience. Receiving appointments to both the United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy at West Point, Trevor has accepted the appointment to the Naval Academy where he has begun training. Our future is in good hands with these graduates headed out to make their mark. Godspeed. W

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ACHIEVEMENTS

CLASS OF 2018 AWARD RECOGNITION Special Recognition US Naval Academy Appointments Nathaniel Raeder Trevor Brooks

Page Star Student Trevor Brooks

US Air Force Academy David Gray

Stephen Werner Sportsmanship Scholarships Abbey Hutchinson Cameron Cantwell

US Military Academy at West Point Trevor Brooks

Salutatorians Trevor Brooks Katie Roberts

American Legion School Award Jasmine Chrisp

Valedictorian Spence Johnstone

US Army ROTC Scholarship Ben Howard Academic Recognition National Honor Society Scholarship Meredith Empie

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Academic Scholarships Teni Aina Sara Armstrong Jenna Ashe Will Bolen Ansley Brague Trevor Brooks McKayla Brown Cameron Cantwell Jasmine Chrisp Ryan Condra

Paul Duncan Banks Etheridge David Gray Jamison Hanley Ben Howard Abbey Hutchinson Spence Johnstone Emily Keller Evan Kozak Bo Ligon Megan Litz Meredith Mckee Joey Niswonger Nathaniel Raider Sarah Ramsey Warren Raymer Katie Roberts Tyler Thompson Jillian Tucker Brooke Underwood Catherine Vaughan Anna Voss Dylan Watkins Hanna Yalew Servant-Leadership Awards Ronald Reagan Student

Leader Award Jack Alexander Emma Perry Jordan Moss Emily Keller Special Awards AJC Cup Award David Gray MPCS School Spirit Award Blake Chaput Ron Mulkey Eagle Award Nathaniel Raeder Ansley Brague Arts Recognition All State Chorus Meredith Empie+ All State Orchestra Meagan Allen All-National Honor Choir Nathan Petit Arts Scholarships

Meagan Allen Jenna Ashe Katy Brownsworth Meredith Crain Meredith Empie Megan Litz Nathan Petit Emma Perry Warren Raymer Jenna Reel Aaron Simpson Tyler Thompson Athletic Recognition Marietta Daily Journalr Scholar Athletes Trevor Brooks Cameron Cantwell Carl Daron Meredith Empie Ben Howard Abbey Hutchinson Evan Kozak Thomas Long Hannah Miller Joey Niswonger Espen Oswald

Bart Perez Nathaniel Raeder Sarah Ramsey Kellum Rowan Caroline Wilson Anna Voss Hanna Yalew Athletic Scholarships Jack Alexander Devan Curry Brianna Ettrick Zach Feldman David Gray AJ Green Drake Harris Konner Henkle Wood Kimbrough Olivia Leveridge Nathaniel Raeder Jackson Reese Austin Ross Conner Rostowsky Max Smith Davis Stephens Nick Swanson


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AP/HONORS COURSES OFFERED

(in MPCS high school)

18%

HIGHER SCORES ON AP EXAMS THAN U.S. AVERAGE

(48% of high school took AP exams)

$7.5

MILLION

IN SCHOLARSHIPS

(Before HOPE Grants)

28%

ACCEPTED TO UGA AND GEORGIA TECH PER GRADUATING CLASS

84% QUALIFY FOR

HOPE GRANT (from Class of 2018)

(5-year average)

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES Auburn University* Baylor University* Belmont University*~ Berry College* Bethany College Birmingham-Southern College Boston University Butler University Centre College* Chicago College of Performing Arts Clemson University Colorado State University* Covenant College^ Elon University Emerson College Emory University Flagler College* Florida State University* Furman University* George Washington University* Georgia College* Georgia Institute of Technology* Georgia State University Georgia Trade School Gordon College Grand Canyon University* Indiana University* Jacksonville University* Kennesaw State University^ Lee University* Lenoir-Rhyne University*^ Liberty University Lipscomb University*~ Lyon College* Maryland Institute College of Art*

Marymount Manhattan College*~ Mercer University* Middle Tennessee State University* Mississippi State University* Montclair State University* Oglethorpe University Ohio Northern University* Oklahoma City University*~ Olivet Nazarene University*^~ Pace University* Pennsylvania State University Pepperdine University* Point Park University Presbyterian College* Purdue University* Reinhardt University*^ Rhodes College^ Rider University*~ Rollins College* Roosevelt University~ Rutgers University^ Samford University*~ Savannah College of Art and Design* Syracuse University* Texas State University* The University of the South- Sewanee United States Air Force Academy*^ United States Military Academy*^ United States Naval Academy*^ University of Alabama University of Alabama- Huntsville University of California-Davis University of California-San Diego University of Central Florida University of Cincinnati*~

100%

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE INTO 99 COLLEGES

*Denotes Academic Scholarship ^Denotes College Athletes ~Denotes Arts Scholarship

University of Delaware University of Florida* University of Georgia* University of Hartford*~ University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign University of Kentucky University of Mary Hardin-Baylor* University of Miami*~ University of Mississippi* University of Missouri*^ University of North CarolinaWilmington*^ University of North Georgia* University of North Texas University of Northern Colorado*~ University of Notre Dame^ University of Pittsburgh* University of South Carolina* University of Tennessee-Knoxville University of West Alabama* Vanderbilt University Virginia Commonwealth University* Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Wake Forest University West Florida University Western Carolina University~ Wingate University* Wofford College*^ Wright State University Young Harris College*

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