Apr 19, 2021
Senior Spotlight: AK Hambrick
Mount Paran Christian School provides the best that education has to offer, aspiring to do better tomorrow than we did today. Whether examining curriculum, competing on the athletic field, or performing on stage, we understand that we must glorify God in all that we do. The result of our relentless effort is evidenced by our graduates each year - seniors who are Christ-centered, learning-focused, community-oriented, and pursuers of excellence. This year’s top five achievers of the class of 2021 have earned impressive accolades, illustrating what it means to develop servant-leaders who honor God, love others, and walk in Truth. This is the first in a five-part series.
ANNA KATHERINE “AK” HAMBRICK
MPCS embodies a nurturing culture, where biblical worldview and faith are developed
in the hearts and minds of students to impact the world for Christ.
Above all else, MPCS is a CHRIST-CENTERED school. This is the heart of all we do. Jesus Christ is the life-blood of our community. For AK Hambrick, her six years as a student at Mount Paran Christian School have deepened her Christian walk. “MPCS has taught me to be bold in my faith and to be fearless being who I am,” she shares. “It has given me a broader understanding of the Bible and has taught me how to have mature discussions about philosophical and theological issues.”
She credits the “absolutely wonderful” staff for helping to shape her into the young adult she is today, citing teachers’ care and concern for their students as pivotal to student success. Her parents also recognize the influence of the faculty at MPCS on their daughter, sharing, “We are incredibly grateful for the investment of many teachers and coaches at Mount Paran, as their influence has helped challenge and shape AK, both spiritually and academically. We are confident that she will graduate Mount Paran Christian School equipped and prepared for her journey ahead.”
While AK says that Bible courses provide profound understanding of the Bible and teach students how to engage in meaningful dialogue, and that academic courses are “the perfect rigor to prepare us for college,” she encourages her peers to “have fun and work hard! Your value is not determined by your grades, so go out and live life.” AK also reminds students to put forth the effort to excel. “If you try hard but fail, shake it off and continue doing your best. Most importantly, put God at the center of your life. Without His steadfast love and guidance in my life, I wouldn't be where I am now.”
Exactly where AK has landed is divinely-ordained. When she was younger, AK dreamed of being a journalist, but felt God calling her to advocate for those in need. She works with FaithBridge foster care and volunteers at a sex-trafficking center and with the children’s ministry of her church. Of her future, AK says, “I would love to be a nonprofit executive or missionary. Being a part of a foster family lit a fire in me to fight for those who do not have a voice in society.” To prepare herself for her future profession, AK plans to study International Affairs, with a minor in Spanish. She has already been accepted to the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, as well as George-Washington University and Clemson University, where she has received an academic scholarship.
Though she is a huge fan of the television program, The Office, AK has little time for TV viewing. The AP Scholar and Honor Roll student, who also earned a Georgia Certificate of Merit, busies herself with participation in Beta Club, Key Club (President), Mu Alpha Theta (Vice President), National Honor Society, Peer Mentoring, People’s Club, Spanish Club, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Government Association (Spirit Executive), Cross Country (team captain, “Most Valuable Award” her junior year), Fishing (“Best Improvement Award” her freshman year), Softball, and Track and Field (School record for the 800m, School record for the DMR).
Despite her full schedule, AK makes time for her MPCS friends, with whom she has created lifelong friendships. “I am going to miss the community,” AK says of her impending graduation. “Everywhere I go, I see friends and even family. I love the fellowship I have with the students.”
No matter where the road takes her, AK leans on God’s Word. “In the storms where anxiety attacked me,” AK says, “He was strong and fought my battles. His love is worth the sacrifice of time and worldly desires. No one will be fully satisfied without his love.” , She eagerly looks to the future with her favorite Bible verse, Psalms 63, in mind:
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; ...I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands