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 senior spotlights for the class of 2022 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.
KARA DUNN, ATHLETICS
Church: Bridge Pointe Church
Favorite Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Scholarship Offerings To Date: 20+ Division I offers; Full athletic scholarship to Georgia Tech
College Acceptances: Georgia Institute of Technology (committed)
Activities and Service: Basketball, Volleyball, PMI Up, Athletics Intern
“Being a pursuer of excellence is wanting to achieve greatness. In sports, I grew closer with my teams, and we pushed ourselves to our limits for each other to win our rings.”
Passion. Integrity. Humility. Commitment to excellence. These four characteristics are foundational to the MPC way of our athletics program. These four traits also perfectly describe Mount Paran Christian School class of 2022 senior Kara Dunn. In her five years at the school, Kara has earned not one, but two, State championships - in volleyball (player of the year) and basketball (player of the year, team captain). She has also garnered numerous athletic accolades and made countless friendships. “We, as a school, are one family,” says Kara. “I have gone out of my way to be friends with people in different groups - to have a different variety of friends.”
Finding time for friends and family is important to Kara, who juggled playing for the MPC basketball and volleyball teams with playing AAU basketball for the Alabama Southern Starz team (Nike EYBL Team). She also worked as an intern for the MPC athletic office and was involved with PMI Up, a peer-mentoring program to help new high school students successfully transition into MPCS.
While becoming an elite athlete makes huge demands on time, Kara has not allowed her academic experience at MPCS to suffer, earning Honor Roll recognition. She shares that teachers like Mr. Matt Manry, high school Bible instructor, make course material engaging: “He is funny, and I was able to have fun in his class while learning.” The instruction is also making a lasting impression, as Kara says that her decision-making process is based on a Christian foundation. “I try to think about what God would say about my actions before I do them,” she says.
For Kara’s parents, spending time in an independent-school setting has been key to Kara’s success. "I am thankful that Kara was able to be in a school that is Christ-centered, while being filled with many different opinions, so she could grow her own faith," says Stephanie Dunn. That experience has made a difference for Kara, as she says the school’s intentional focus on growing minds has helped her to try new things with an open perspective.
As she heads to Georgia Tech to play basketball for the Lady Yellow Jackets this fall, Kara is currently undecided about a future career path. “I either want to be a lawyer or sports agent,” she says. “I have always wanted to be a lawyer.” While her future remains wide open, Kara fondly looks back on her time at MPCS and says her favorite memory is winning two State championships. “The family environment within athletics is the best,” she says of the school. “The way all of the girls support each other is unmatched. Especially the support from Mrs. Caroline Bradford, assistant athletic director - she has a deep love for MPC sports, and I feel close to her, especially from working for her as an intern.”
Kara says she will miss her basketball teammates the most, and encourages future MPCS students to try new things. “Don't be nervous to make new friends and to try new sports or activities,” she advises. “The best thing you can do for yourself is insert yourself into the MPCS family that is in the arts, athletics, STEAM, etc. The support is unmatched.”
Kara Dunn 2022 Athletics Accomplishments:
GACA Player of the Year
GACA All-Star Game
AJC All-State Player of the Year
AJC All-State First Team
Atlanta Tipoff Club Metro Player of the Year
Sandy Spiel’s GHSA All-State Ms. Basketball and First Team
Sandy Spiel’s GHSA All-State A-Private Player of the Year
Sandy Spiel’s GHSA All-State A-Private First Team and Best Scorer
MVP State Final Girls Basketball Game
GHSA A-Private Girls Basketball State Champion
GHSA All-State Volleyball First Team
Volleyball Region Player of the Year