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Senior Spotlight

Anna Phalen

In what grade did you start at Charlotte Christian?
I started at CCS in kindergarten.

How has Charlotte Christian impacted you or made a difference in your life? How has Charlotte Christian prepared you for life after graduation?
Charlotte Christian has provided me with a great foundation for life through an education that is rooted in God’s truth. Not only did I have engaging and challenging classes, but it was all taught from a biblical perspective. I look back and am really thankful to have had Bible class every year and weekly chapels

At Charlotte Christian, we are fortunate to have a wide variety of amazing teachers. Their authentic and unwavering support of their students means so much to me. Their encouragement in my walk with the Lord, aided by classroom instruction, has prepared me well to enter a new chapter of my life after graduation. 

What are your favorite subjects at Charlotte Christian and why?
I loved a lot of the subjects at CCS, but I really enjoyed my math classes, especially BC Calculus with Mrs. Jones. She took time to help us understand the difficult concepts and connected it back to the beautiful complexity of God’s creation. 

I really liked AP U.S. Government, as Mr. Ferguson made the class fun and engaging. I found it fascinating to learn about the political foundation of our country, especially as it relates to our government today. 

Physics, Spanish, and AP Biology were also some of my favorites because of how the teachers provided lots of real-life applications and the classes included a variety of interesting activities.

Is there a Charlotte Christian teacher, staff member or coach who had a significant impact on your life and why?
There have been so many people at Charlotte Christian who have greatly impacted me and I am very thankful for their guidance over the years.

I had Ms. Nixon for World History in ninth grade and she has continued to play a large part in my spiritual and educational growth. She lives out her faith in all parts of her life and her mentorship has been very important in my walk with the Lord. She is a living example of how to love others well.

Dr. Headley (US History teacher) has always been so kind and supportive; he taught both of my siblings as well and we are all thankful for him. Mrs. Nieto has been my advisor for the past four years and my Spanish teacher since sophomore year, and I am so grateful for her wisdom and guidance. Dr. Sturdevant is another person who has greatly impacted me. Her combination of kindness and a love of her subject matter made physics one of my favorite classes this year. As Academic Prefect, I have also enjoyed the time spent with Mrs. Poole (US Assistant Principal).

All of my teachers have been incredible and I could write about the impact of each of them.

Favorite CCS memory:
I loved the Winterim trip to Greece and Italy my senior year!

My advice to future Knights:
Try to take full advantage of all the many opportunities presented to you, especially when it comes to forming friendships with your classmates and relationships with your teachers. Also don’t worry too much about the little things - everything will be okay! 

Favorite spot on campus: 
I love the dining hall because of the conversations and fun memories made there with friends. 

Favorite FLIK lunch: 
I really like the chipotle bowls at the Chef’s Table.

What are the top five accomplishments you are most proud of? i.e. academic, co-curricular or athletics are you involved with, including leadership roles, both in and out of school? Please include service/volunteer activities along with any job that you might have.
1. Valedictorian 
2. Academic Prefect 
3. Co-founder of the CCS Letters of Light Club 
4. Member of National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society
5. Studying Spanish in Salamanca, Spain

Have you earned any honors or awards such as academic honors, honor rolls, athletic awards, fine arts honors, etc.? Have you been selected to attend special conferences or events?
National Merit Commended Scholar
AP Scholar with Distinction
University of Rochester Bausch+Lomb Honorary Science Award
Richard Gilder History Prize Winner
Academic Conservatory with Distinction in Social Studies
Jefferson Scholarship nominee
Summa Cum Laude all four years
Wofford Scholar

What colleges have you applied to, been accepted or committed to?
I will be attending Georgetown University.

Do you know what you want to study in college? Do you have a dream job?
I plan to study international business.

Class of 2023