Apr 26, 2021
Senior Spotlight: Audrey Weaver
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 second in a five-part series.
AUDREY WEAVER - FACULTY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
The passion to unite home, school, and church stems directly from God's Word. Our teachers know and love each child and encourage them to succeed, consistently taking the time to aid in setting personal goals and helping to develop natural talents.
The MPCS campus is full of people who love intentionally, learn ceaselessly, worship proudly, play passionately, and live fearlessly. This is certainly true of the faculty, who play a pivotal role in shaping the learning experience for our students. For senior Audrey Weaver, the faculty have been critical to her personal growth over the past eight years.
“At the beginning of [my] sophomore year,” she shares, “I was approached by Mr. David Morgan, our technical director, and was asked to be the stage manager for the black box production, Twelfth Night. I accepted the position, and that decision jump-started my involvement in high school technical theatre.” Since that encouragement by Mr. Morgan, Audrey has now been stage manager for five shows and assistant stage manager for others. She has learned valuable lessons in problem-solving, as well as technical expertise in show management, from calling all of the technical cues to operating everything behind the scenes.
Audrey says she cannot imagine what her high school experience would have been like at a different school. “Everyone I have met and built relationships with has helped me so much while I've been at Mount Paran,” she says. “Mount Paran provided the environment in which I came across such amazing individuals that helped mold me into the person I am today. The teachers at MPCS are truly outstanding, and I am so thankful that they are so willing to invest in their students' lives. Every teacher that I've had at MPCS has left me with something to cherish, whether it was a piece of advice or an encouraging smile.”
Encouragement from teachers like Dr. Bonnie Stephens fueled Audrey’s fascination with biology. After participating in both honors biology and AP biology with Dr. Stephens, Audrey says of her teacher, “Her passion for biology and teaching shines through with every activity and lecture. I cannot thank her enough for all of her encouragement and guidance. She believed in my knowledge and abilities when I didn't believe in myself, which stuck with me.”
Audrey will carry that passion for science forward to college this fall as she pursues a major in general biology, with a minor in animal science. Her goal is to earn a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine. “I've always been fascinated with animals and learning about how they function,” Audrey shares. “I was the kid who received nature documentaries for Christmas and who couldn't wait to tell everyone about a new fact that I had learned. My dream is to expand my knowledge of animals and use that to help pets and their owners [as a veterinarian].”
She certainly has her pick of some of the best schools to pursue her dream, as Audrey has already been accepted to Auburn University, Berry College (with a Dean Scholarship), The University of Tennessee Knoxville (with a Volunteer Scholarship), and the University of Georgia. No doubt, Audrey’s many college acceptances are due, in part, to her AP Scholar with Distinction, Honor Roll, and Governor’s Honors recognition, as well as her participation in Beta Club, French Club, French National Honor Society, International Thespian Society, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Technical Theatre.
As she prepares for the next stage in her life, Audrey’s parents look back fondly on her time at MPCS. "We are thankful that Mount Paran has created an environment where Audrey could develop meaningful relationships with teachers and peers, with Christ as the foundation,” they say. “Mount Paran also provided opportunities for Audrey to be challenged, both academically and personally."
Audrey echoes her parents’ sentiment. “I cannot stress enough how amazing the staff at MPCS is,” she gushes. “Any student who wants genuine relationships with their teachers should definitely look into MPCS. Don't be afraid to reach out to your teachers and to build relationships with them. My high school experience would have looked drastically different without the connections I built with my teachers. They all genuinely care about how everyone is doing, and they are incredible sources of wisdom and guidance.”
She continues, “I feel like people often take [our teachers] for granted, but the reality is that we are so lucky. All of my teachers at Mount Paran have gone beyond what it says in their job description. They pour into all of their students, and they invest so much time and energy into helping everyone around them. I will miss all of them deeply, and I will absolutely come back to visit after I leave for college. I will miss all of the people that I will have to leave behind. The teachers and faculty at MPCS are incredible, and I don't know what my life would've looked like without them.”
Audrey’s sincere admiration for her teachers is simply evidence that the faculty at Mount Paran Christian School live out daily her favorite Bible verse, Philippians 2:1-4:
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.