After she graduates from Mount Paran Christian School this spring, Kristy Moss will not be traveling too far from home. She will matriculate at the beautiful campus of Berry College this fall with a Dean’s Scholarship. She was also accepted to Georgia Tech, Auburn University, University of Florida, Augusta University, and UBA (with a Blazer Elite Scholarship). Kristy plans to study biology and is on a pre-med path. “I have been considering medicine for a while,” Kristy says, “but shadowing doctors at Kennestone hospital this summer solidified it for me. I'm very excited to get involved with research in the fields of medicine and biology as I go throughout my education and career.”
This AP Scholar and Honor Roll recipient is on track to graduate with a STEM major in biology. She is Salutatorian for the Class of 2020, has been recognized as a top-scorer on the National French Exam, and is a National Merit Commended student. Kristy has such a studious mind that she has committed 56 digits of Pi to memory!
In her nearly eight years spent at MPCS, Kristy says High School Science Teacher Dr. Bonnie Stephens has been a source of continuous encouragement. “We are currently working on a project together in an attempt to create a transgenic (glowing) plant,” Kristy says. “She has also encouraged me to make a difference in the community as a leader [with] Beta Club and continually supported me as I organized service projects.” She is the current president of Beta Club and has previously organized a school record-setting blood drive. Kristy is known as the “gingerhouse girl” to the residents of Cobb Street Ministries because she oversees the yearly Beta Club outreach event to construct gingerbread houses with the residents. She has enjoyed helping out at Horizon League Baseball games and has held leadership positions in French Club and French National Honor Society. The American Association of French Teachers awarded Kristy The Outstanding Senior in French Award. She also received the Outstanding Attorney Award for Mock Trial during her sophomore year and participates in Eagle Robotics, organizing their community outreach initiative.
“Madame [Jen] Bonn has always been a wonderful [French] teacher and brings her joy into the classroom each day,” Kristy enthuses. “Throughout my four years in her classroom, she has shown me the value that can come from connecting with people and has given me the opportunity to learn a language and culture, which has actually allowed me to better understand the world around me.” It’s mentors such as Dr. Stephens and Madame Bonn that have provided Kristy with mentors and opportunities for growth. “Throughout my time at Mount Paran, I have had wonderful teachers and classmates supporting me as I work to do my best in all things. I am going to miss the wonderful teachers I have had at Mount Paran,” Kristy reminisces. “Every single one of them has challenged me to continue in my curiosity and to never stop doing my best.”
Kristy’s parents are “thankful that Kristy had a myriad of greatly-productive educational experiences in a Christ-centered environment.” Kristy best summarizes her experience at MPCS for prospective students and future Eagles: “Anyone who is on the fence about where to go for schooling should definitely come to MPCS because coming to MPCS means you get a community that will support you in any activities or educational paths you pursue. My friends support me as I do robotics, and, in the same way, I attend their sports games, theater performances, etc. We genuinely care about each other at MPCS, and we love to see everyone succeed in their own individual ways.”