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Kids Go First

Aug 25, 2021 | All School, Alumni, Blog, IMAMUSTANG, Upper School News

Coming to Mount Vernon for her first year as the Head of Upper School, Kristy Lundström brought along a personal and professional motto to share with the community – “kids go first.”

Executive Director of Student and Graduate Success Erin McCubbin shares, “A good way to think about it is that we’re student centered. Everything we do, all the decisions that we make, in the moment and planning ahead, should have children at the forefront of our minds.”

Even in her short time at Mount Vernon, Kristy has led with this motto in mind. During pre-planning, she invited Class of 2017 alumnus Mike Okwilagwe back to campus to share his journey with the Upper School faculty. Mike shared how the lessons he learned at Mount Vernon stayed with him and helped him in both his college and career experiences.

As a recent graduate of Georgia State University – J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Mike is beginning his career in Texas, working with Palo Alto Networks as an Associate Systems Engineer.

On LinkedIn Mike shared, “Working in pre-sales has always been a passion and I’m happy to be starting my career with the largest cloud cyber security provider.”

While Mike is one of many Mount Vernon alumni in the workforce, we also have many recent Mustang graduates who will be both returning to and beginning college this fall.

From the Class of 2021 alone, we have alumni who are beginning their college careers at universities across the country like Stanford, Harvard, Barnard College, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Point Park University, West Point, Citadel, TCU and Texas Tech, Swarthmore, Baylor, and more.

This year, the Class of 2022 will be submitting applications and deciding where their home after MV will be. Follow along with all of their updates by following #mvpins on Twitter.

As Mount Vernon continues to grow and succeed, it is with thanks to those who have come before us and paved the way – our alumni and our alumni families. And as we celebrate MV at 50 this year, we are excited to also celebrate and honor those who have helped us get to where we are.