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We Believe Award Winners

 
We Believe Award Winners

 

During our annual We Believe event on Friday, November 17, 2023, we honored one SSCA alum, one community supporter, one faculty member, and one Christian leader outside of the SSCA community. Please scroll down to view these 2023 recipients! 

 

alumniSSCA Alumni Award
Stephanie Mykoniatis, '07
 
Stephanie was born and raised in Greece, and moved to Boston with her family in 2013. She was an active member of the SSCA community throughout High School, which she describes as "some of the most impactful, meaningful years of my life". Her hobbies include spending time with her family and her Church community, playing soccer, as well as composing songs on the piano. Stephanie completed her Master's in Counseling Psychology at Northeastern ('23) , and went on to travel around the globe and volunteer at a girl's Orphanage in India. Stephanie now works as a full-time therapist, and one day aspires to open her own private practice as a Christian Counselor, where she hopes her patients can find true healing in Christ.
 
mikeSSCA Micah 6:8 Award
Mike Mack
 
Michael McPherson, also known as Mike Mack, was born and raised in the mean streets of Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in a single-parent home raised by a mother of great faith. It was from her that he not only learned about the love of God but also to live life uninhibited and free of fear or worry. This lifestyle was put into action when he, on a whim, enrolled in college in the city of Miami at Johnson and Wales, having no connections nor having visited the institution. While in the fast town known more for its parties than academics, Michael managed to stay on the dean's list his entire college career and finish his requirements for a Bachelor's in Marketing in three years. During his college tenure, Michael had the opportunity to leave the country for the first time and spend a semester in Seoul, Korea. This experience changed his outlook on life and expanded his world view.
 
In 2005 Michael returned to his hometown of Boston. The once sheltered young boy had become a man and began implementing what he learned in his business and, more importantly, in his community. In 2009, Michael started ChurchBoy Clothing, a company that was counter-cultural in nature (embracing the Hip Hop culture while spreading the Gospel Message) which would be used as a launching pad for his future businesses. The company would go through many transitions, from a clothing line, to a management company and finally to an events and marketing company that consults multiple record labels on marketing, booking, public relations, and event planning. In 2020 he cofounded INVTonly, the only booking company whose primary focus is Christian Hip Hop booking, becoming the #1 booking agent in all of the Christian Hip Hop space. He is most well-known as the only CHH concert promoter and planner not only in Boston but the New England area overall, hosting or promoting KB, Lecrae, Social Club, Derek Minor, and Da Truth in recent years. His favorite project is the Elevation Conference, the only CHH infused youth and young adult conference in New England, which endeavors to bridge the gap between faith and culture, a safe haven for urban creatives who travel from all over the country to the Boston area.
 
JohnSSCA Service Award
John Sargent
 
John Sargent is President and Managing Director of Middleton & Company, Inc., a Boston-based investment advisory firm. His primary responsibilities involve portfolio management and investment research, and he has the privilege of working with families and institutions to assist them in the development and implementation of customized investment strategies to address their specific personal and organizational objectives. John graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Economics from Princeton University and is a CFA® charter holder. Prior to joining Middleton & company in 1993, he spent several years working for Corporate Decisions, Inc., a strategy consulting firm focused on the development of profitable growth strategies for multinational corporations.
 
AtwaterSSCA Teaching Award
Cynthia Atwater
 
Cynthia Atwater graduated from Gordon College with degrees in English and math, and received her master's degree in education from Eastern Nazarene College. She has been serving at SSCA since its founding in 1994, primarily as an English teacher, but has also taught math, drama, study skills, and Latin. Her extracurricular duties have included initiating and leading a drama club for seven years, coaching middle school girls basketball, and advising the National Honor Society.