November 2020Volume V | Issue II
Friends of Veritas Academy
Our First Homecoming at “Home”
Homecoming week in October was full of many memorable and exciting events, which you’ll easily spot in photos of the “big” game, spirited pep rallies, and creative dress-up days in the School of Rhetoric (high school)—which, of course, was a House Competition and included unique themes like Decades Day, Rivalries & Duels Day, Saga Day, Farm Day, and Spirit Day (congrats on the win, Franciscan House!).
Unexpectedly though, Homecoming also provided the perfect opportunity to see our community work toward this year’s thematic goals, which our Head of School, Jef Fowler, established back in August. You might remember this year’s vision from our last newsletter: We will reclaim our place in the goodness of God’s created order and pioneer 1) adaptive, resilient kids; 2) steadfast, sturdy families; and 3) connected, productive communities.
When the opposing football team scheduled for our Homecoming game called on the day of the game to pull out of the competition due to confirmed COVID-19 cases on their team, we saw our students, fans, and alumni adapt with grit and grace. The Varsity and JV football teams offered our community an intrasquad game worth cheering for, while the drumline and cheerleaders led us with resilience and joy. Our Defender Dads kept the grill firing as nearly 100 alumni representing every graduating class (2012-2020) joined the festivities for the first time on our very own home field, Defender Field. Head to our Veritas Alumni page to learn more about the interesting history of Homecomings—and Homegoings!—at Veritas.
We are grateful to be a part of a community that would come together to color the hillside blue and to enjoy a beautiful Friday night under the lights—despite the disappointment of a game gone awry. Go Defenders!
- The Veritas Family
Defender Alumni Spotlight: Ryker Heller
We caught up with Ryker Heller, Veritas Class of 2015, who lives in Virginia with his wife Hannah. We’re thrilled to hear about his acceptance into three medical schools, which he will begin in fall 2021!
“God has tremendously blessed me in both my personal and academic career since graduating from Veritas. God directed my path towards Liberty University via college athletics. While at Liberty, I met and married my beautiful wife! I am now getting a masters in biomedical science while working as a graduate student assistant (GSA) and an EMT ... I cannot emphasize enough how much God has provided for me since my time at Veritas. He has blessed me in every aspect of life and continues to provide for me and my wife!
“I will be starting medical school in the Fall of 2021. I have learned so much through the application process to medical school. During my first application cycle, I failed to reach the interview stage at any medical school that I applied to ... In the new cycle, I received five different interview invitations within the first two months of the cycle and was accepted into three out of the four medical schools at which I interviewed! It was completely humbling to realize that everything that happens in life is in God’s perfect timing.”
12 Days of Giving
Friends of Veritas, Happy Thanksgiving! We want to extend our gratitude to you and thank you for all the ways that you support and champion the Defenders in your lives. We would also like to invite you to participate in our 12 Days of Giving as you feel led.
12 Days of Giving conveniently wraps together year-end giving (Bless Our School) and teacher Christmas gift giving (Bless Our Teachers) into one nice and neat package. This not only makes it convenient for families to give towards one or both of these important areas, but it helps all of us maximize our contributions when we give together. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Advancement Director Katie Luevano. Thank you!
Our Defender is issuing a series of 12 Second
Challenges to help us gear up for 12 Days of
Giving. Check out these videos to see the
Defender in action!
Veritas Shines ADRN Drive
The goal of Veritas Shines is to provide opportunities for Veritas students, parents, faculty, and administration to impact our community for the glory of God as we train our children to become selfless, servant leaders who are prepared, assured, and poised. This fall, the Veritas Shines’ Coordinator, Abby Ellyson, along with 8 volunteers, organized a Fall Drive building care kits for Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN).
When Abby emailed ADRN to inquire about service opportunities after Hurricane Laura, they naturally welcomed help and shared about a need for care kits to send to individuals and families affected by the recent disaster. After Delta came through and hit the same area again, ADRN sent a new call for more care kits, just as our drive was starting.
Veritas families and classes stepped up to create 50 total care kits—some for individuals, some for families with babies, some for families with children, and some for families with teens. Kits included a wide array of toiletries, pillows, blankets, activities for children, as well as notes of scriptures and encouragement.
As Christians, “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He has prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Thank you, Veritas Shines, for facilitating these opportunities well!
Veritas donated 50 completed kits with the help of...
- 33 families and groups who signed-up to serve
- The collective effort of a 4th Grade class who donated 1 kit
- The combined contributions of the Class of 2026 (6th Grade) who donated 6 kits
- The hard work of the Class of 2024 (8th Grade) who donated 1 kit
- Three SL Discipleship classes who each built kits (with one SL student hand-knitting a blanket!)
- Veritas mom Amber Bryant’s business donated several kits
National Merit Awards Announced
Of the 1.6 million entrants who took the PSAT/NMSQT® last October, some 50,000 with the highest Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. Congratulations to our current seniors who earned these honors!
We Are Defenders!
After years of cheering on the Defenders, we now have our own school mascot to represent a Veritas Defender! Inspired by a highlander defending his homeland, rather than a traditional knight seeking conquest, our Defender wears leather armor in the place of metal and war paint instead of a helmet. Furthermore, he embodies the spirit and values of our community. We are loyal, resourceful, gritty and courageous people who daily choose to go against the prevailing current. We serve and follow a sovereign and good God, prioritize and invest in our families, and protect and serve the lost and vulnerable. Yes, we anticipate a lot of fun painting our faces blue while cheering on our teams, but it is even more rewarding that we have an image to help remind us that WE ARE DEFENDERS!
The Veritas Vault Opens
Are you in need of new Defender spirit wear? Shop our wide selection of shirts, hats, and outerwear at the New Veritas Vault site, with a special holiday line!
One Act took the stage again this fall and represented Veritas Academy’s Citizens Theater Company at TAPPS district and state competitions. On October 23rd, the cast and crew’s performance of Violet Sharp—a gripping recount of the Lindbergh kidnapping—won them the TAPPS District title and a second performance at the One Act Play State Competition in Kerrville on November 10-11. Keep an eye on our Veritas social media for an update on their State awards! Congratulations to all of our students, as well as those who received the individual awards at District listed above.
Drumline earned a 1 and a Superior Rating at their TAPPS State Competition, the highest marks drumline can receive! Way to go, Defender Drumline!
Advanced Band serenaded a captive audience with a delightful show of Stand Tunes in the Veritas courtyard on October 21st. We are proud of the talent and hard work that is coming out of this new program!
Right: Click play to watch a clip of our talented instrumentalists at the Fall Advanced Band concert!
Grandparents Lounge | Friday, December 18th | A.M.
It is our earnest hope to maintain our tradition of celebrating the arrival of our Savior together, but please check with your family before coming to campus for any upcoming events. We are continuing to navigate the ever-changing landscape of this season and want to keep us all safe and well.