May 18, 2022

Spotlight on Academics: Steven Baker, Valedictorian

Spotlight on Academics: Steven Baker, Valedictorian

 

STEVEN BAKER, VALEDICTORIAN
Church:
Due West United Methodist Church
Favorite Bible Verse: “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13, NLT)
College Acceptances: Georgia Tech, Duke University, Wake Forest University​​​​​​​
Activities and Service: Beta Club, Eagle Robotics, Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta (president, senior year), National Honor Society (president, senior year), Peer Mentoring, Spanish Club, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Government Association, 11:1 Effect, Band, Summer Programs Leader

 

“To be ‘learning focused’ means learning for the sake of natural curiosity, motivated by the passion to grow in knowledge of the world that God created for us.”

When families entrust their child’s education to Mount Paran Christian School, the school aspires to develop a graduate who craves deeper faith; embraces intellectual curiosity; prepares completely; refuses to be a bystander; lives courageously; and reaches forward, pressing on toward the goal. Such is the case with class of 2022 senior and class Valedictorian Steven Baker, who pursues excellence in all he does.

Knowing that he desires to pursue a degree at Georgia Tech in computer science, Steven has poured into his passions throughout his high school career. Steven shares, “I've had a strong interest in technology and engineering throughout my life, exemplified through my enjoyment of competing in robotics throughout middle school and high school.” In addition to his successes in the MPCS robotics program, he took the initiative to secure a software development internship for a business intelligence startup, has learned eight programming languages, and even wrote the computer program that assigned carpool colors to MPCS families for the past two years. Steven has continuously mentored younger students in the MPCS robotics program, helping with the middle school and fifth-grade programs and leading efforts to host competitions at MPCS for middle school students.      

An aspiring entrepreneur, Steven credits the MPCS approach to academics with helping to inspire his innate curiosity, providing opportunities that pushed his academic interests. “MPCS has provided me with countless opportunities to grow academically, socially, and spiritually in a way that makes me confident that I am well-prepared to head on to college and face the world,” Steven says. Throughout his high school career, Steven has taken rigorous courses – excelling in 17 AP-level credits – and challenged himself to learn well beyond what is required for high school graduation. Having completed the math course offerings at MPCS, Steven was dual enrolled at Georgia Tech his senior year, taking two college-level math courses – linear algebra and multivariable calculus. In addition to his computer science major, Steven intends to pursue a minor in Spanish at Georgia Tech. His goal is to become fluent in the language, driven by his enjoyment of upper-level Spanish courses taken at MPCS.

While Steven has excelled academically, it’s not all work and no play for this MPCS lifer, who has attended the school since Pre-K3. Some of his favorite school memories include advancing to the “World Championships” in Houston, Texas, with his robotics teammates, enjoying Friday night football games with friends, building school spirit with SGA, and mentoring students. “One thing I will absolutely miss about MPCS is the positive, supportive, Christ-centered atmosphere that is embedded within every aspect of our school community,” he shares. “Everyone knows everyone at MPCS, and teachers genuinely have a heart for supporting each of their students.” 

Steven offers a few words of parting advice to MPCS students. He encourages students “to become actively involved in activities you're passionate about; keep stresses like school, grades, and social life in perspective; and trust who God created you to be.”

Steven Baker Accomplishments:
Class of 2022 Valedictorian
STAR Student
National Merit Scholarship Finalist
AP Scholar
Governor’s Honors Program
Honor Roll
UGA Certificate of Merit
AP + PLTW® Student Achievement
Eagle Robotics - Third Place Inspire Award, Think Award (grade 9)
Eagle Robotics - First Place Inspire Award, Winning Alliance Captain (grade 10)
Eagle Robotics - First Place Inspire Award (grade 11)
Eagle Robotics - Third Place Inspire Award, Innovate Award (grade 12)


Announcements

July 12 - Lower School New Family Zoom Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

July 14 - Lower School New Family Game Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

July 14 - PK/TK New Family Popsicles and Play Night, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

July 14 - PK/TK New Family Popsicles and Play Night, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

July 18 - PK/TK New and Returning Families Zoom Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

July 26-27 - High School Parking Assignments

July 30 - Senior Spots Painting Day

August 1 - PMI UP, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

New Student Orientation, Grades 10-12
Murray Innovation Center, Graham Commons

August 1 - PMI UP, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

New Student Orientation, Grades 10-12
Murray Innovation Center, Graham Commons

August 5 - K-Day, Lower School 101, Middle School 101, High School 101

August 5 - High School Social, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dozier Circle

August 5 - High School Social, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dozier Circle

August 8 - PK/TK Meet and Greet, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

August 8 - PK/TK Meet and Greet, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

August 9 - Back-2-School Night, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

August 11 - First Day of School, 7:50 a.m.

August 15 - Preschool/TK and Lower School Parent Orientation, 5:30 p.m.

August 16-17 - Picture Day

August 16 - High School Parent Orientation, 6:00 p.m.

August 18 - Middle School Parent Orientation, 6:00 p.m.

August 19 - Middle School Spiritual Emphasis House Day

August 22-23 - Lower School CoGAT Testing

August 29-September 1 - MAP Growth Testing

Lower and Middle School Students

August 29-September 1 - MAP Growth Testing

Lower and Middle School Students

August 29 - Ask the Experts, 6:00 p.m.

Visit with college representatives

August 29 - Ask the Experts, 6:00 p.m.

Visit with college representatives

August 30 - Picture Make-up Day

September 5 - Labor Day Holiday, No School

September 6/7-9 - High School Retreat

September 22-23 - Parent-Teacher Conference Days, Grades PK-8

Students in grades PK-8 do not attend classes. High school students DO attend classes.

September 22-23 - Parent-Teacher Conference Days, Grades PK-8

Students in grades PK-8 do not attend classes. High school students DO attend classes.

September 26-27 - Fall Break, No School

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