My name is Aaron Parks, and I graduated from Killian Hill in 2009. After graduation, I went to Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, for two years before transferring to the University of Georgia, where I graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English and a minor in Spanish. I am now a third-year law student at the University of Georgia School of Law and will begin working in Atlanta at the firm of King & Spalding, LLP after graduating in May of 2016.
Looking back at where I have been and what I have done since graduating from Killian Hill, it is clear to me that the education I received at Killian Hill was absolutely critical in enabling me to pursue my dream of being a lawyer. My freshman year at Killian Hill, a faculty member at Killian Hill, Mrs. Terry Fulbright, let me participate in a debate competition with her speech class, which was composed of students in tenth through twelfth grade. I do not know why Mrs. Fulbright decided to invest in me by letting me get experience at this early stage, but I am forever grateful for the opportunity she gave me.
I immediately fell in love with debate. I loved the researching, the writing, the strategizing, and the arguing. I competed in debate all through high school, including finishing second at the national competition at Bob Jones my sophomore year. It was through competing in debate that I realized that being a lawyer would allow me to apply those same skills I had grown to love. As such, I knew from very early on in my education that I wanted to be a lawyer. Most students are not blessed with that sort of clarity and passion for a career from an early stage in their education, and I owe that tremendous blessing to the investment that Mrs. Fulbright made in me.
But it was much bigger than just one faculty member taking an interest in my development. Every single faculty and staff member at Killian Hill is there because they truly care about developing godly young people. Mr. Totten instilled in me a love of literature and language, Mr. Hilliard modeled humility and sportsmanship as the athletic director, Mrs. Martin challenged me in AP Calculus to study and focus like I never had before, a skill which has paid off in law school, and, perhaps most importantly, every single teacher I had made sure that the education I received was built on the foundation of the Bible.
Beyond academics and speech, I was also blessed to be able to participate in baseball and basketball while at Killian Hill. Some of my favorite memories from high school are from practicing, traveling, and playing with my friends during baseball and basketball season. I learned the value of hard work, sportsmanship, and teamwork from coaches like Mr. Sherman and Mr. Bailey.
One of the things I noticed when I graduated and went to college is that most of my peers were one thing in high school—that is, they were either athletes, academics, or fine arts participants. However, Killian Hill gave me the opportunity to do all of those things, while also getting an excellent education and a solid foundation in the gospel. I am exceedingly thankful for everyone at Killian Hill for the opportunities my time there has opened up for me and for my parents who sacrificed so much to put both me and my brother through Killian Hill.