Mountainside leaders recognized

SCHROON LAKE - Mountainside Christian Academy has announced Rachel Leigh Paris, the daughter of Todd and Kristen Paris of Pottersville, is the Class of 2010 valedictorian.

Paris is a member of the National Honor Society and on the honor roll. For this school year, she received the Outstanding Student Award. She is a published journalist having submitted several articles to local newspapers. Paris has also been an assistant in the school office during her senior year and has been involved in student leadership as the secretary of both her class and Student Council.

She has participated in a variety of sports including tennis, in which she was team captain, soccer and basketball. Paris has also been active in the drama department with her performance in Murder Mystery Dinner Theater and her role of Charity Haze in The Butler Did It. She enjoys music and has used her talents in both MCA's Praise Team and Teens Involved, an activity of her church, Mountainside Bible Chapel.

Paris has been actively involved in the SADD organization, Students Against Destructive Decisions. She has traveled to the country of Honduras on a missions trip and plans to go on another missions trip this summer to El Salvador.

Paris will attend the Word of Life Bible Institute in Pottersville this fall and after that pursue a degree in ether graphic design or English education.

Mountainside Christian Academy has also announced Kevin William Fortier, the son of Richard and Joann Fortier of Crown Point, is the Class of 2010s salutatorian.

He has attended MCA for 13 years and has been on the honor roll and active in student leadership, drama and sports. He has been treasurer for his class and Student Council and during his senior year he was both class and Student Council president.

Fortier has excelled in the sports of soccer and basketball and has been a four year starter for each as well as team captain. He has received various sports awards throughout the years, including Most Improved, Christian Character, Best Defensive Player and MVP.

For this school year, Fortier received the Tinkham Christian Encouragement Award. He has participated in several of MCA dramas including the lion in Wizard of Oz, and leading roles in Bridge of Blood and For This Cause.

Additionally, Fortier has been a volunteer with the Hague Fire Department. In the fall, he plans to attend the Liberty University in Virginia with a long term goal of obtaining a degree in either the culinary arts or sports management.

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