Karis Stucker '14 - Peacemaker
“Only one life, t’will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” – C.T. Studd
Karis Stucker became a Landmark War Eagle as a freshman in 2010 and quickly established herself on a fast path to success. Her abilities in the classroom placed her among the best and awarded her distinguished honors such as High Honor Roll, National Honors Society, National Beta Club, Mencion Honorifica National Spanish Exam, the World Literature Award, and a graduate of the Landmark Leadership Academy. She balanced her time as a student-athlete as a varsity letter winner on the cross county track team, cheerleading, and serving as basketball manager. Karis’ talent extends to the stage where in 2014 she performed in the Landmark Musical “Hairspray.” Karis has served others as God has called through life-changing school mission trips to Kenya and Honduras, by mentoring middle school girls, by tutoring Spanish to Landmark students, and by helping with the children’s program at her church. She has been awarded the Bonner Scholarship at Davidson College in recognition of her exemplary service to others. Those who know Karis describe her as a “servant and a peacemaker, one who encourages others, a positive leader, and full of joy.”
One of Karis’ favorite memories of Landmark is the opportunity to participate in mission trips which combined her passion of serving God with traveling. It was on these mission trips that Karis came to know Headmaster Mike Titus and faculty member Katie Cusumano. Karis says, “Mr. Titus and Mrs. Cusumano are the most influential people in my life. Their personalities are almost completely opposite, but they both serve God with the same willing obedience. The Kenya trips have given me a chance to see their hearts. What they have with God is what I want with God too.”
Karis enjoys traveling and has visited six countries a total of 23 times. While at home she enjoys watching good movies and reading interesting books, baking, and creating works of art with word collages.
Karis feels her greatest accomplishment is her college acceptance to Davidson College. “I was constantly told how difficult it was to be granted admission; but Davidson was the only place I wanted to be, and I thank God for that blessing.” Karis will be attending Davidson College in the Fall of 2014 where she will seek Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Intercultural Communications and Race Relations.
In ten years, Karis hopes to be working and living in the northern United States or in a Spanish speaking country, and possibly married.
“I want to be remembered as a mentor, a servant, and an encourager. These are the ways I believe God has told me I will leave my mark.” – Karis Stucker