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May 2021Volume V | Issue IV

Friends of Veritas Academy


It’s Almost Summer, Friends of Veritas!

It’s that time of year—the weather is warmer, the sun meets our eyes for longer, and the magnetism of summer break is palpable. But we still have many good things left to do, and our students, parents, faculty, and staff are continuing the worthy work of pursuing understanding, wisdom, and knowledge. We’re finishing strong.

As we wrap up this year, we’re looking forward to the start of a new school year reminiscent of Veritas’s very first. God has been stirring up families that are aligned with our model of education, and we’re anticipating significant growth in the fall. Many grade levels are already at capacity, and the summer admissions season is still ahead of us! All glory to God.

Please pray with us as we begin to partner with many new families, that our community would be hospitable and unified around the truth of the Gospel. Pray for our current families, faculty, and staff, that this summer would provide a welcome Sabbath season, a restorative, wonder-filled three months of refreshment. Pray for our seniors as they commence the next season of their lives, that they would continue to seek God as their ultimate joy, peace, strength, and salvation.

- The Veritas Family

Campus & Community


Smiles from Defender Dash!

After a month of raising support from family and friends for Grammar School (GS) classrooms and facilities, 200 of our youngest Defenders took to Defender Field to face the challenge of a special obstacle course. Not only did they meet our fundraising goal of $35,000, but they did it with big smiles... of course the waterslide and Frozy’s snow cones at the finish line may have had something to do with that too! Thank you for your support, and go Defenders!

Defender Alumni Spotlight: Will de Frere

We caught up with Will de Frere, Veritas Class of 2020, who is finishing up his freshman year at Texas A&M in Company C-1 in the Corps of Cadets as he pursues a career as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army.

Will has proven his academic diligence, earning the title “scholastics corporal” to ensure that incoming freshmen keep up with their school work, as well as recently receiving the honor of being named the Guidon Bearer of his outfit, the head sophomore tasked with the training of new cadets. Well done, Will!

Praising God for offering him strength throughout a rigorous year in the Corps, Will closed with a wise challenge for current Veritas students—“Take this time in high school to make it a habit to conduct yourself with integrity, because that will only help you in the future.” How does Will maintain this attitude? By investing in friendships with his peers from Veritas. “I’m so thankful for my friends here at A&M I knew from high school.”

Read Will's Full Update

Fine Arts Feature



Spring Art Show The past few months have been full of opportunities to celebrate the artistic giftings of our students, especially now as their work lines the hallways during the Spring Art Show.


Center: “The Papal Place” by Paul Signac, reproduced by senior Sydney Wilson.
Right: “Blue Jay” published in
Birds of America, reproduced by senior Sophia Sachtleben.


Spring Music Concert Our talented Advanced Band and Percussion Ensemble performance at the Spring Music Concert wowed their audience in early May. Click on the play button below to watch our Veritas musicians!

Advanced Band begins at 0:45 | Percussion Ensemble begins at 23:00


Citizens Theatre Company The cast and crew of Scenes from the Greatest Showman wrapped two weekends of outstanding performances in April. This show is the last directed by our beloved Lara Kennedy, who will transition to a role as the Fine Arts Head without the added responsibility of directing, and was dedicated to the loving memory of Stacy Curtis, our admired and missed music director, who passed suddenly and unexpectedly in March.

The phenomenal performance of the cast and crew and the musical talent of the live orchestra all bear witness to the heart, dedication, and love that our Citizens Theatre Company have for each other and for Stacy.


“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master.”

– Matthew 25:21

Athletics Corner



We’re So Proud of Our Defender College Athletes!

The class of 2021 has five athletes who have committed to play their sport at the collegiate level, and we had the privilege of watching them sign during the Cake & Commitment event for our entire senior class. (You’ll see the entire senior class in their college shirts near the top of the newsletter).

Peyton Burleson & Austin Stalbaum will play baseball at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.

Sarah Deihl will play women’s lacrosse at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Christina Loewe plans to swim at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

Sophia Sachtleben will join the equestrian team at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.

We’re excited to see our Defenders become Cowboys, Fighting Bees, Titans, and Mountaineers. We’ll be cheering you on from Austin!


Varsity Tennis player Gwen Peirce placed 3rd in Ladies Singles at the TAPPS State Tennis competition. Gwen played a tough match and lost to the eventual State Champ. Well done, Gwen! We are proud of all of our tennis players and can’t wait to see them compete again next season.


Varsity Track had a record-breaking year. Megan Hancock finished 4th in the 400m at TAPPS State, and the rest of the team received a number of recognitions in 7 different events at both the State and Regional meets. Maggie McLatcher broke the school record in the 1600m by 12 seconds and is the first Lady Defender to ever run a sub-6 minute mile, Megan Hancock broke the school record in the 100m hurdles and the school record in the High Jump by 6 inches and jumped 4’10”, and Claire Ulman broke the school record in the 300m hurdles.


Varsity Wrestling paraded through the hallways with our Defender before their big send-off to the State Meet. Quinn Ulman placed 3rd, and Aidan Marenco placed 4th in their weight classes. Additionally, Eli Badger and Michael Hatfield fought hard and made it one match away from the 3rd place match before being defeated in quality matches. Well done, wrestlers!

We're Glad We're Friends

You're Invited!


End-Of-Year Assembly, 
Cookout & Spring Football Game
Defender Field | Wednesday, May 26th at 11:15 A.M
School of Rhetoric Graduation
The Meadow | Friday, May 28th at 7:15 P.M.

Please check with your Defender family for specific event details.