Apr 16, 2020

Senior Spotlight 2020: Anton Oswald, Salutatorian

Senior Spotlight 2020: Anton Oswald, Salutatorian

 

Anton Oswald has attended MPCS for seven years. And, he has certainly made the most of his time at the school. He’s worked internships for Re-Bath and Inglis Consulting, taught a middle school small group at his church, logged countless after-school dance class hours with the Dozier School of Arts, played in a beach volleyball club league, and served on mission trips to the Dominican Republic. He is also a team captain of the varsity soccer team and has received the Golden Boot (most goals) Soccer Award and the Coach’s Award, having been named to First Team All Region Soccer and receiving collegiate offers to play.

Despite the demanding schedule of participation in so many activities, Anton has managed to excel in the classroom, earning designations as an AP Scholar, Honor Roll, and Governor’s Honor participant. He is also Salutatorian for the Class of 2020. Anton shares that his greatest honor was as a participant at the Georgia Governor's Honors Program (GHP) and being named President of the International Court of Justice simulation, the highest honor at GHP.

Though he was accepted into the Honors Colleges and selective programs at all three of his top schools (the IBEA cohort program in International Business at South Carolina, the Baylor Business Fellows program at Baylor University, and a direct admission into the Kelley School of Business at Indiana), the Baylor Bears ultimately won Anton over, so he will be joining the Baylor University campus in the fall.

Anton plans to study International Business, hoping to enter a career in international consulting for one of the big five firms. After he went through his “astronaut phase” as a young child, Anton knew he wanted to become a diplomat. He shares, “There is still a part of me that would love to go into politics. My absolute dream job is to be the President of the United States. No joke.” Anton says that international consulting aligns with his desire for travel and interpersonal work. He would love to someday retire in Scottsdale, AZ, where “cacti are cool.”

As for his tenure at MPCS, Anton cites high school Spanish teacher Señora Martha Troutman as a great mentor. “I have learned hard work and dedication through her classes,” he says. “She always encourages us to be ourselves and value education, not a letter grade. My desire for self-improvement can be seen as a product of spending time in her classes for three years.” Anton also says that Mr. David Fitzpatrick has been a huge influence through his “incredibly difficult classes” where he “could teach a Harvard professor under a table. Nobody teaches like Mr. Fitz. He teaches incredibly difficult classes, but his formula is foolproof." Lastly, the constant joy shared by Mrs. Paige Lochridge has taught Anton something no textbook ever could: joy is a choice, and it's a choice worth making every second of your life.

As he prepares for graduation, Anton says he will miss the people of MPCS the most. “We have amazing human capital at this place (both peers and faculty). I have never taken that for granted, and I will always value it.” His parents share that “MPCS allowed Anton to explore, discover, and develop the diverse range of gifts God gave him, through experiences and challenges on the stage, on the athletic fields, and in the classroom.  Most importantly, MPCS did all this while being an aligned partner with us as we sought to raise Anton to know and love God and to love and serve others. MPCS gave Anton a holistic education, encouraging his heart in step with his growing mind, body, and spirit.”

The advice that Anton would share with future MPCS Eagles is that they will find a true community at the school. “You will find friends,” he says. “Value them.”


Announcements

July 12 - Lower School New Family Zoom Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

July 14 - Lower School New Family Game Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

July 14 - Preschool/TK New Family Popsicles and Play Night, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

July 14 - Preschool/TK New Family Popsicles and Play Night, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

July 18 - Preschool/TK New and Returning Families Zoom Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

July 26-27 - High School Parking Assignments

July 30 - Senior Spots Painting Day

August 1 - PMI UP, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

New Student Orientation, Grades 10-12
Murray Innovation Center, Graham Commons

August 1 - PMI UP, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

New Student Orientation, Grades 10-12
Murray Innovation Center, Graham Commons

August 5 - K-Day, Lower School 101, Middle School 101, High School 101

August 5 - High School Social, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dozier Circle

August 5 - High School Social, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dozier Circle

August 8 - Preschool/TK Meet and Greet, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

August 8 - Preschool/TK Meet and Greet, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

August 9 - Back-2-School Night, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

August 11 - First Day of School, 7:50 a.m.

August 15 - Preschool/TK and Lower School Parent Orientation, 5:30 p.m.

August 16-17 - Picture Day

August 16 - High School Parent Orientation, 6:00 p.m.

August 18 - Middle School Parent Orientation, 6:00 p.m.

August 19 - Middle School Spiritual Emphasis House Day

August 22-23 - Lower School CoGAT Testing

August 29-September 1 - MAP Growth Testing

Lower and Middle School Students

August 29-September 1 - MAP Growth Testing

Lower and Middle School Students

August 29 - Ask the Experts, 6:00 p.m.

Visit with college representatives

August 29 - Ask the Experts, 6:00 p.m.

Visit with college representatives

August 30 - Picture Make-up Day

September 5 - Labor Day Holiday, No School

September 6/7-9 - High School Retreat

September 22-23 - Parent-Teacher Conference Days, Grades PK-8

Students in grades PK-8 do not attend classes. High school students DO attend classes.

September 22-23 - Parent-Teacher Conference Days, Grades PK-8

Students in grades PK-8 do not attend classes. High school students DO attend classes.

September 26-27 - Fall Break, No School

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