Apr 26, 2021
Senior Spotlight: Mackenzie Kormann, Valedictorian
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 fifth in a five-part series.
MACKENZIE KORMANN - LEARNING FOCUSED
MPCS enables students to explore deeply, think critically, experience authentically,
problem-solve confidently, and retain meaningful learning.
MPCS recognizes that we are first and foremost a school. Parents send their children to us to be educated and to be prepared to emerge upon graduation ready to engage the world and to be lifelong learners. As such, MPCS is LEARNING-FOCUSED. By providing meaningful learning experiences, we seek to send our graduates into the world as confident and curious leaders.
Mackenzie Kormann is one such curious learner. The sort of person who spent her childhood devouring books. The sort of student who says every subject in school was her favorite. The sort of knowledge-seeker who is driven by a desire to know more and more. Thus, it comes as little surprise that Mackenzie desires to pursue the rigorous field of biomedical engineering, either conducting university research or immersing herself in industry, perhaps even starting her own firm. “This has been my dream since taking freshman year biology,” Mackenzie says.
Ever since she received a microscope as a Christmas gift one year, Mackenzie knew she held a love for science. “I had always loved STEM, but I didn't really know that I wanted to do it as a college major or career until [freshman year].” Mackenzie, who is the valedictorian for the class of 2021, will continue her quest for knowledge at the University of California-Berkeley. She also received acceptances from Georgia Tech, Cornell University, Emory University, the University of California-Los Angeles, and the University of Minnesota with a President’s Scholarship.
Mackenzie's full résumé includes extracurriculars at MPCS such as Beta Club, Christian Life Council, the Dozier School of the Arts, French Club, French National Honor Society (secretary for two years), Mu Alpha Theta, National Art Honor Society (president, vice president), National Honor Society, People’s Club (leadership board member), Speak On It (co-founder and co-president for two years), Tri-M (secretary), lacrosse, swimming, band/marching band, dance, drama, and missions (worship leader for middle and high school at Northstar Church and a member of the Arts and Actions team with Sunrise Movement). Additionally, she has earned academic recognition with awards for Honor Roll and AP Scholar with Distinction. Mackenzie has also earned impressive musical accolades, including Governor’s Honors for bassoon, All-State Full Orchestra First Chair, All-State Band (two years), and District Honor Band (four years). Mackenzie is quite the musical aficionado, playing piano, bass guitar, and acoustic guitar, in addition to the bassoon and vocal performance.
Of her five years enrolled at Mount Paran Christian School, Mackenzie’s parents attest, “We're so grateful to have the focus at MPCS squarely on the development of its students. Where so many schools spend too much time on the numbers - the usual academic metrics - Mount Paran is careful to ensure that the whole student experience is taken into account. "
For Mackenzie, that student experience includes the strong influence of teachers, including Dr. Bonnie Stephens. “She has been a mentor of mine since freshman year,” Mackenzie shares. “[She] has helped me immensely throughout high school, from finding internships to talking about college. I've been impacted by the amazing teachers and community built here. The interest and care that all of the teachers take for their students is unmatched, and the community of friends you make is so amazing.”
While she has made lifelong friends and fun memories, including at high school retreat, Mackenzie says she’ll miss playing lacrosse most. “I don't think I'm going to be playing in college, so I'll definitely miss my teammates and game days,” she says.
As she readies herself for the future, Mackenzie shares two pieces of advice with younger students: “Don't be too worried about what people think of you,” she says. “The opinions of others will change over time and fade, so the most important thing is [to] like who you are.” Mackenzie also encourages students to “hold onto every moment. Once you get to high school, it all flies by, so make sure you cherish every memory.”
No doubt, Mackenzie will follow her own advice - staying true to herself, relishing every moment and every opportunity to learn. And, she will do it all with her favorite Bible verse in mind, Romans 8:25, remaining patient and expectant for her hopes for the future:
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.