May 12, 2021
Senior Spotlight: Laura Ginter, Salutatorian
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 fourth in a five-part series.
LAURA GINTER - PURSUERS OF EXCELLENCE
MPCS rigorously seeks the highest standard for exemplary education, with quality opportunities for learning, well-balanced student development, and a complete experience for families.
At MPCS, we know that in all we do, we must be PURSUERS OF EXCELLENCE. If we are to do all as if unto Christ (Colossians 3:23), it all must be done in an excellent manner. We seek to be leaders, to provide the highest standard of education and learning experiences, and to understand that balance is essential for both the student and the family throughout their experience at MPCS.
During her four years at Mount Paran Christian School, class of 2021 Salutatorian Laura Ginter has relentlessly pursued excellence. Academically, it’s evident in her awards recognition - AP Scholar, Honor Roll, and Georgia Certificate of Merit - and college acceptances - the University of Georgia, the University of Florida, Georgia Tech Honors Program, and the Honors Leadership Program at the University of Tennessee, with a Volunteer Scholarship, to boot. Athletically, Laura has excelled at volleyball, serving as team captain her senior year and earning the “Most Improved Player” award. Socially, Laura is involved in Beta Club, Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, Mu Alpha Theta (President), National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Club Volleyball (Player of the Month her sophomore year), and service (Calvary Children’s Home and Forgotten Paws).
These experiences have helped Laura develop into a well-rounded young adult, ready to pursue the challenges ahead. “Mount Paran gave me a chance to reach goals I never thought I could reach,” she shares. “I was able to construct a strong foundation of knowledge, entwined with God.” Laura’s next steps include obtaining a degree in mathematics, with a minor in psychology, from Georgia Tech. She explains, “I have always enjoyed math, especially after freshman year geometry. Psychology is a new interest of mine because of my AP psychology class. I hope to use these to pursue finance/business in the future.”
Laura’s parents appreciate "that MPC supported [her] as much as we did. [Laura’s] teachers were as dedicated to [her] success as [she and our] family were." An especially favorite instructor is high school teacher Mr. Dereko Robertson, who Laura says always fostered conversations and wasn't afraid to talk about controversial topics. “His questions of the day were always so much fun to think about and listen to how my friends would answer,” she says. “I always looked forward to his class, and I am so grateful for him.”
When she first enrolled at MPCS, Laura was a bit nervous. “I had gone to the same school for 9 years,” she says. “The thought of going to a new school and having to make friends was really scary, but the students at Mount Paran are very welcoming, and I never felt as if I was an outsider or without friends.” To break the ice, Laura immersed herself in extracurriculars and sports, joining the volleyball team. She credits summer practices with helping her to make friends before the start of the new school year. It is that very sort of initiative that has led Laura to an incredible high school experience.
“Mount Paran is a truly wonderful school,” she says. “I will miss my friends and peers. The kindness everyone has for the new kid allowed me to open up and grow into myself. I will also miss how I know every teacher I had [for a class] truly cared about me and loved every one of their students.”
With her confidence, initiative, and can-do attitude, Laura clearly lives out her favorite Bible verse, Isaiah 41:10, as she continues her quest for the pursuit of excellence:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.