Apr 15, 2020

Senior Spotlight 2020: Dakota Council

Senior Spotlight 2020: Dakota Council

 

For Dakota Council, being a student at Mount Paran Christian School has been a way of life for the past 14 years, having attended the school since PreK-4. She has made many fond memories over the years, including most recently the senior trip to Walt Disney World, and reveling in time with friends at the annual high school retreat. She says, “I love how comfortable I can be with everyone around me and will miss being able to be so close with all of my peers and teachers who make me laugh.” Some of those favorite teachers include Ms. Sandy Hamilton, Señora Martha Troutman, and Mrs. Amy Schwan.

Now, as Dakota looks ahead to life after MPCS, she looks forward to a bright future because of the foundation built during her tenure as an Eagle. “I will be able to go out into the world with a service-centered lens, a relationship with Christ, and a solid work ethic, while knowing what is truly important,” she says.  Though Dakota has been accepted to the University of South Carolina Honors College (academic scholarship), University of Tennessee Knoxville Chancellor’s Honor Program (academic scholarship), Georgia Institute of Technology, CU Boulder Leeds Honors Program with a Presidential Scholarship, Colorado State University Honors College with a Presidential Scholarship, and Clemson University (academic scholarship), she will spend the next four years as a Georgia Bulldog at the University of Georgia (academic scholarship). She shares that she would like to be an entrepreneur one day, building and growing a company, so Dakota may wisely major in business management or economics. Although a future in international business is of interest because of her love for travel and cultures. Dakota also plans to minor in Spanish and is even looking ahead to consideration of a career in law. 

The future is undoubtedly bright for this hardworking senior, who has earned recognition as an AP Scholar, Honor Roll, Headmaster’s Honor Roll, AP Scholar with Distinction, and the highest average in eleventh-grade Honors American Literature. She has also worked for Mathnasium and was a Georgia Soccer Referee, as well as a participant in club SSA soccer until her junior year. Additionally, Dakota has served as Beta Club Vice President, National Spanish Honor Society Vice President, Mu Alpha Theta Co-Vice President, and as a volunteer at Ridenour Center, Horizon League, and Jerry & David Sac Lunches Inc. In that same vein, Dakota’s mother, Susie Council, says of MPCS that “I love that the families come together to help out other families in times of need.” 

The parting advice that Dakota offers to future MPCS Eagles is to “take advantage of your small classes and grade to get to know more people.” She says MPCS “provides you with a good environment to learn spiritually and academically, while allowing you to become close with your peers and teachers.”


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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