As Head of School for the premier college preparatory school in Central Texas, I have much for which to be thankful and am anxious to tell you all about it. But I first want you to read what two students and a veteran teacher have to say about why they are grateful to be a part of Vanguard:
Elizabeth Watson, 8th grader: “I am thankful for the wonderful, dedicated teachers who challenge us daily and provide support and encouragement.”
Walker Nall, 7th grader: “I am grateful for the freedom and great education we receive.”
Jen Ferretter, AP English Literature and Art History Teacher: “According to the news, this is a polarizing time, yet at Vanguard I feel nothing but an overwhelming sense of unity and fellowship as we all pursue a common goal: to help students (and each other) become the best that they (and we) can be. I am blessed to work in a school where everyone is focused on building each other up.”
These quotes speak for themselves. Vanguard has the most dedicated teachers, provides students ample freedom to pursue their particular intellectual, and extracurricular interests, and remains absolutely focused on building each other up.
Vanguard has seen success across the board in academics, athletics, and the arts. It is an exciting time to be a Viking! Our school is thriving.
We are extremely proud of this year’s 6 National Merit Recognized Students. Over the past ten years, thirty-six Vanguard students have been recognized in some capacity by the College Board for achieving exceptional PSAT scores. This is a testament to both the unparalleled instruction our faculty provides, as well as the true thirst for knowledge that is endemic to the Vanguard culture.
What a season it has been for our Vanguard Viking Football team! This outstanding group of students are District Champs, and recently won the first playoff game in school history. These students have amazed me with their displays of teamwork and dedication. We have seen a surge in school spirit that is directly attributable to their success.
Vanguard’s One Act Play qualified for state as a result of their superb rendering of Noah Bennett’s “The Waiting Room.” In only its second year of competing, this group has far-surpassed my greatest expectations. Wit, humor, and raw talent abounds in our theatre program.
I want to brag on our Senior class. I can usually intuit what the coming school year will be like from the seniors’ summer retreat. Those few days allow me to gauge their capacity and willingness to lead. Seniors inevitably take ownership of the school. Vanguard lives and breathes by how they lead it. This year’s Seniors are leading it exceptionally well. I am impressed daily by their ability to perceive and diffuse problems that pop up among themselves and underclassmen. They are true role models, and an asset to the Vanguard community.
A Vanguard education is a gift. As we celebrate just a few of the semester’s many achievements, I promise that we will never grow complacent. We will constantly strive to deliver a transformative education that produces empathetic, intelligent men and women.
I encourage you to come speak with me if there are any questions or concerns you have. I always want to hear from you and my door is always open.