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.”