Vanguard students are prepared for college and beyond

Vanguard focuses on preparing students not only academically, but equipping students with the skills to be successful beyond college.

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The Alumni Connection

Vanguard School Alumni

Reuel Nash ’75

  • BS in Electrical Engineering in 1979, and an MS in EE in 1983
  • Texas A&M University ’83
  • Software Engineer, Google

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Scott Silver ’02

  • American Film Institute ’07
  • Co-founder, SilvatarMedia

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Vanguard School Alumni

Bill Hearn

  • Viking in 1970’s
  • CEO, EMI Records

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Grant Dudley ’75

  • Viking in 1975
  • Owner, RBDR Architects

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Carolyn Raymond ’07

  • Denison University ’11
  • Copywriter, Martha Stewart Living

Did Vanguard really prepare you for college?

At Vanguard I learned how to manage my time so that I could easily balance my academic work, social life and campus activities. Vanguard gave me a sense of independence that made my transition into college easy.  I loved that Vanguard is a small school, my teachers were able to get to know me. I never hesitated to talk to my teachers about projects, homework assignments or even college recommendations. I felt confident asking my teachers at Vanguard to write college recommendations for me because they really knew me – I wasn’t just a number.

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Rachel Lundeen Gatlin ’01

Chief of Staff, Office of the First Lady of Tennessee

Post High School Education:

  • Auburn University, Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Vanderbilt University, Master’s degree in Public Policy and Social Welfare
  • University of Tulsa College of Law/Vanderbilt Law School, Juris Doctorate

Current Occupation: Chief of Staff, Office of the First Lady of Tennessee

Career Highlights:

  • Former speechwriter for First Lady and Governor of Tennessee
  • Child policy researcher for the Children’s Rights Alliance in Dublin, Ireland
  • Helped write constitutional language in response to an Irish class-action case involving children
  • Licensed to practice law, member of the Tennessee Bar

How did Vanguard prepare you for success?

“High School was more academically challenging for me than college. I was arguably over-prepared for higher education at a state school, and I was armed with the tools to be successful in both small discussion classes, as well as large lecture classrooms. Vanguard, along with my parents, instilled a love for learning and set a foundation for confidently pursuing what is now a very rewarding and unconventional legal career.”

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Rodney Ganske ’96

  • Partner at the Alston & Bird law firm in Atlanta, GA

Post High School Education:

  • Rice University, Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics and Political Science
  • Harvard Law School, Law Degree

Current Occupation:

  • Partner at the Alston & Bird law firm in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Focus on antitrust/competition law and other complex litigation

Career Highlights:

  • Lots of international travel Ganske did not expect, but has really enjoyed
  • Represented Alston & Bird in Canada, Finland, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan during the past few years

How did Vanguard prepare you for success?

“I am a litigator and get to argue in court and take depositions often, but also work with expert witnesses on economic and technical issues. So everything from English to math, from chemistry to biology have come in very handy. Of course Vanguard’s Speech class and Mock Trial

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