Alison Vaughan has had a very impressive career at Mount Paran Christian School. Not only has she been recognized as a National AP Scholar, on the Headmaster’s Honor Roll every year, and as a Governor’s Honors Program semi-finalist, but she has the rare distinction of being a National Merit Scholar Finalist, the STAR Student for this school year, and the Valedictorian for the Class of 2020! She has been accepted into some of the top universities in the South: the University of Virginia, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia Honors College (with Charter Scholarship), University of South Carolina-Columbia Honors College (with Elite Award), and Vanderbilt University.
She’s so well-rounded that she plays varsity tennis, is involved at church, and has won numerous Mock Trial awards (Outstanding Witness State Round II and Outstanding Performance State Rounds I and II her freshman year; Outstanding Attorney District Rounds I and II and Outstanding Attorney Region Round I her sophomore year; and Outstanding Attorney Region Round II and Final Round her junior year, if you’re counting).
But, Alison is not all work and no play. She says some of her favorite memories as an MPCS student center around good times spent at Taco Mac after football games. It was also a highlight to be on the girl’s tennis team that went all the way to State Semi-Finals last spring.
“I've been attending MPCS for the last 14 years,” Alison shares. “I will miss the people that I have grown up with there. I love the community-centered environment that MPCS strives to foster.” One of those she will miss dearly is High School Spanish Teacher Señora Martha Troutman. “Her classes have consistently been my most challenging and enjoyable high school experiences,” says Alison. “She is hilarious and always takes time to truly invest in the lives of her students to ensure they are learning to the best of their ability in the classroom.” Other great memories are from the three international academic trips she took while at MPCS. She was especially proud to be a part of the school’s inaugural trip to Spain last summer, led by Señora Troutman.
Alison’s mother, Jill Vaughan, says, "We are most thankful for all the opportunities MPCS affords its students. From international trips to sports and clubs, and from challenging academic classes to service opportunities, Alison has been able to follow her passions and discover some new ones. All of these things were made available with Christ as the foundation and a staff who deeply cares about each student’s spiritual development and success." Alison echoes her mother’s sentiment: “If students are looking for a faith-based education, MPCS is the best place to find it.” She also encourages students to “do what you love. Clubs and sports are where you'll find like-minded people who are interested in the same things as you, and it's easy to build connections from there.”
As she prepares to head off to Vanderbilt University this fall, Alison looks forward to all the challenges and excitement that college life will bring (including SEC football!). She will be double majoring in Human and Organizational Development and Spanish, with a Business Minor. Then, it will be off to law school, where she will pursue either corporate or international law. Look for this spectacular young lady in a courtroom near you someday.