Mount Vernon’s Upper School students were selected among numerous independent schools to participate in a prestigious leader program, led by Chick-Fil-A. Recently the 12 students spent the day at Georgia Tech where they participated in the Chick-fil-a Leader Academy Kick-off. The Academy’s mission is to inspire students, transform schools, and impact communities. MVPS Junior Hannah Onley, one of the participants shared, “The day started off pretty amazing.” Activities included music, large screen TVs broadcasting video, trivia questions, a fog machine, and an inspiring speech from Chick-Fil-A’s VP of Marketing, David Salyers.

Salyers spoke about what it means to be remarkable. “Nothing is as common as the wish to be remarkable, yet so few people are,” Salyers emphasized. He also challenged the student-filled auditorium to choose not to be normal. “Normal is boring, common, known.” Mount Vernon, among other schools, spent the rest of the day packaging foods forKids Agains Hunger and the Atlanta Community Food Bank, playing corn hole with other students from surrounding public and private schools, and of course eating Chick-Fil-A for lunch.

“Overall the day was absolutely amazing. We can’t wait to become even better leaders and make a difference at Mount Vernon and in the world,” said Anjana Anandkumar. Being a part of the Chick-fil-a Leader Academy is an extraordinary opportunity for the School and the twelve students who include:

Bob Luo

Alex Alba

Anjana Anandkumar

Caroline Corley

Maomao Guo

Emilyann Kellogg

Bob Luo

Bliss Mallory

Sierra Middleton

Hannah Onley

Hunter Whitney

Jack Xiao

Hannah Zenas

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