George Gavalas
George Gavalas

Student Profile: George Gavalas, Mount Vernon Presbyterian senior

For many high school students, juggling extracurricular activities and academics can be quite a struggle. That is not the case for Mount Vernon Presbyterian School senior George Gavalas.

Gavalas’s leadership skills had him elected as the Head Prefect of his school, but that’s not the only responsibility he has. He also wrestles nationally for Team Georgia, volunteers with the Dunwoody Library and is the president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at his school. And he keeps his grades up.

“I approach my school work the same way I approach my wrestling,” George said. “I look at homework, and all of that stuff as practice. Larger assignments I think of like games, and I have to perform in those.”

Gavalas’s teacher Krista Parker attests to his dedication. “He is a hard worker, does what is needed, never complains, and strives for excellence,” she said. “George’s work ethic will take him very far in life.”

Growing up, George said his parents taught him values that he uses in everyday life. “The greatest lesson I’ve learned is to respect all others. Respect everyone. Treat everyone as you would want to be treated,” he said.

What’s Next:

George Gavalas wants to wrestle D1 in college and win a national championship.

This article was prepared by Zani Nobles, a Riverwood International Charter School student.