The January Alumni Connection
With all of the amazing success stories of Vanguard alumni, it’s easy to forget that sometimes – in order to achieve positive results – one has to fail before she succeeds.
Callie Hyde is one of those Vanguard success stories. After graduating in 2012, she went on to Baylor where she was an honors scholar with distinction, summa cum laude, a Crane Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduating in 2016. She is currently a student at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and expects to graduate in the spring of 2019.
But before Callie began racking up those accolades, she hit a few bumps in the road.
“I learned to make mistakes and fall on my face at Vanguard, but teachers like Mrs. Ferretter, Mrs. Leslie, and Mrs. Johns taught me the significance of working at something until you understand it,” Callie said. “Whether you’re a calculus-brain or not, anyone can do the work if they put in the time. I learned from them that hard work is just as important as intelligence.”
Callie also learned the importance of taking risks and trying new things. That paid off when she went to college.
“I never thought I would be a lawyer when I was attending Vanguard,” she said. “If you asked any of my classmates, they would probably agree. I was not on the debate team, and I was probably one of the least assertive students in my class. However, when I went to Baylor, I realized that the law is a vehicle for social justice and human rights.”
Callie’s professional goal is to work through the legal system to be the voice of victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and those who are affected by hate crimes and violations of civil liberties.
Although her dreams are taking her far, Callie is careful to nurture the relationships that she built during her time at Vanguard.
“I’m so grateful for the teachers who I’m still in contact with, and the friends I met there,” she said. “I was the maid of honor in a Vanguard friend’s wedding, and now am the godmother to her baby. And I spent the New Year’s holiday with a Vanguard friend last year.”
Callie plans to return to Waco this spring to celebrate with several graduating Vanguard seniors whom she mentored in a small group during her time at Baylor.