Hiba (bottom) during her Project Week trip to Thailand.

Hiba (bottom) during her Project Week trip to Thailand.

Hiba is heading to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and she has been at MPA since 6th grade.

Q & A

Favorite MPA tradition:
One of my favorite MPA traditions is the end of the year Academy Day/Carnival. It is a way to positively end the school year and lets students have a day of fun and excitement with their friends before parting with most of them for the summer. Last year, it was my job, along with the rest of Student Council, to plan, organize, and run the day for everyone. We got comments back from students and parents saying it was the “best Academy Day ever” which made it all the more special.

Favorite co-curricular activity:
Volleyball was definitely my favorite co-curricular/sport. I played all four years in high school and am happy that I was able to take part in it. I remember my freshman year when I would come to summer practices with all the older girls; I was so nervous, but everyone made me feel comfortable and helped me learn new skills and pushed me to do better. Volleyball made me sore in places that I never thought could get sore; but of course it was the good kind of sore. I always looked forward to going to practices and I miss volleyball season every day.
Proudest accomplishment:

Being on Student Council and being voted in as Vice President my senior year is probably one of my proudest accomplishments no doubt. Justus. the President, and I made history this year by making it one of the best, if not the best, Student Councils we have ever had, and in turn the 2015-2016 school year was one of the most exciting and had the most involved students yet. I loved being given responsibility to plan events and to be the voice of the upper school student body. Student Council helped me to hone my leadership abilities and really helped me prove myself as a leader.

How did MPA prepare you for success in college?
People always say that MPA is a place that prepares you for college and having been here for 7 years I can definitely confirm that. MPA had us writing research essays in middle school, learning in biology about things my father didn’t learn about until medical school, and speaking French almost fluently by my senior year. MPA taught me to be independent in my studies and I learned how to efficiently do my homework and get everything done. In college, I’m sure I will look back and be grateful for the education that was given to us at MPA.

Favorite class/teacher:
This question is always one of the hardest ones to answer because MPA has so many great and qualified teachers that choosing proves to be difficult. However, of my four years in high school, I can definitely say that AP biology with Mrs. Drown was one of the best and most challenging classes I have ever taken. I have never met a teacher more qualified or more enthusiastic to teach than her. She truly wants her students to learn which is evident from the countless open periods I would sit with her so she can explain to me yet again the nervous system or photosynthesis. I think most everyone would agree when I say that Mrs. Drown is a teacher I will never forget.