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December 2021Volume VI | Issue II

 Friends of Veritas Academy 


Dear Friends,

Please enjoy this end-of-semester edition of the Friends of Veritas Newsletter, Volume IV! We are grateful for the merriment that has filled our campus this semester and for your support and prayers, Defender Alumni and Grands, that have had such a significant impact. May the joy of this Christmas season fill your heart and home as you celebrate this year.

- The Veritas Family

Campus & Community

A Happy Homecoming

On Friday, October 29, Defender Alumni from our ten graduated classes joined us at our Homecoming Football Game where we defeated Round Rock Christian Academy 78-7! Before the game, student and parent alumni met at Torchy’s Tacos for a true Austin tailgate. Our older alumni even joined us after game for a fifth quarter, closing out the (late!) night while flipping through old year books and enjoying a slideshow of sweet Veritas memories. It’s an understatement to say we are already looking forward to next year!

In the days leading up to the game, the excitement and Defender spirit was evident in every corner of the school. School of Rhetoric students showed off their creativity and competitiveness through dress-up-day themes including Disney movies, centuries, holidays, two-of-a-kind, and of course, Veritas Spirit. After a week of competitions, the House of Bonhoeffer walked away with the victory, which has helped them reach the top of the scoreboard in house points!

The whole school convened in the Carpool Loop on Friday afternoon for a spirit-filled parade led by our Defender, with our cheerleaders, BlueBelles, drumline, and other SR fall athletes following. The parade concluded as our seniors led us in a rousing rendition of a new alma mater song for our school. Set to the classic American sea shanty, “Roll The Old Chariot Along,” we’ve drafted (mostly) original lyrics and retitled the tune “Defenders ‘Til The End.” Watch the video and learn the tune below!


Download the Lyrics

Bless Our School

Veritas families just wrapped up 12 Days of Giving this November 29-December 10 to bless our school and bless our teachers. To have fun counting through the days, we launched a special version of 12 Days of Christmas, Veritas style, of course, featuring key school programs around campus. We are now grateful to announce that because of the generous support of our community, Veritas faculty and staff received their biggest Christmas blessing (a bonus) right before the break. What a joy to be able to honor the hard work and commitment of such a faithful team! And guess what?! There is still time to give to bless our school, with all donations helping to further the mission and ministry of Veritas Academy into the new year. Please consider being a part of this opportunity, which is tax-deductible. Should you have any questions, please reach out to our Advancement Director Katie Luevano at

Merry Christmas!

Give Now


A Festive Fall Roundup

The week before Homecoming, the Veritas Community gathered to commence a new tradition in the spirit of our beloved Fall Fest from years past—Fall Roundup! Families headed to Defender Field for a pre-game event full of live music, dinner, treats, photo ops, booths, and the long-standing tradition of a community cakewalk!

Defender Dads had the grills fired up, and our School of Logic and School of Rhetoric students served with gracious hearts as they manned the booths and raised money to support Athletics, Fine Arts, and 5th-11th Grade class trips.

The whole evening would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all of our volunteers! A special “Thanks!” goes to our Fall Roundup Planning Team Molly Ingram, Allyson Griffin, and Lizanne Hatfield.

Wind in the Willows Pinewood Derby

Our Grammar School families wrapped up their enjoyment of this semester’s read aloud, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, with a cheerful celebration. Students from each grade level (PreSchool - 4th Grade) competed against one another in a Pinewood Derby with hand-built cars. When not racing, families tested their navigation skills by going on a geocaching adventure around campus, and we ended our time enjoying a picnic lunch by the creek. We’re already looking forward to the read-aloud selection for the spring, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and we’d love to invite you to read along with your Grammar School Defenders!

Defender Alumni Spotlight: Nicole Benard (VA ‘13)

We reconnected with Nicole Benard, Veritas Class of 2013, who is back in the Austin area and is now a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Nicole graduated in the spring of 2021 from Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and is practicing her trade at Deep Roots Animal Clinic in Kyle, Texas. Reflecting on her time at Texas A&M, Nicole shared:

“I was always drawn to veterinary medicine because of the ability to serve both people and animals and how much of an opportunity it creates for both local and foreign missions. One of the highlights of Veterinary School was getting to go to Honduras and the Dominican Republic a few times and sharing the gospel while providing veterinary care. I would love to continue veterinary missions in the future, but I am currently re-learning how to navigate my relationship with God in my new everyday life. Missions are impactful and rewarding, and your regular life can be as well if you choose to see God in what you do. Living in a busy stressful world can be distracting and makes living missionally very challenging, but learning to maintain focus on the Gospel is so worth it!”

Thinking back on her time at Veritas, Nicole chose to leave us with this:

“I really do wish I could thank each teacher I had individually and tell them how much their effort and sacrifice means to me. I am realizing more and more that what they do is hard stuff, and I just want every teacher to know how they are truly appreciated!”

Read Past Alumni Spotlights

Defender Alumni, we want to hear from you!  

If you are a member of the Veritas Alumni Community, we would love to hear about what’s new in your life as well as how we can continue to pray for, encourage, and celebrate with you. 

Fill Us In


Breathe Conference 2021

During our second ever SR Breathe Conference in November, our 9th-12th grade students had the opportunity to cultivate curiosity outside the classroom by learning several hobbies and life skills from members of the community. With sessions ranging from blacksmithing, pie baking, flower arranging, knot tying, javelin throwing, 3-ball juggling, Rubik’s cube solving, knife throwing, Irish and hula dancing, coffee cupping, fundamentals of household electricity, deer cleaning and processing, turkey frying, coding, veterinary first aid, golfing, fly casting, and embroidery, there were unique opportunities for everyone!

Our SR students are so grateful for the investment of time and energy that so many in our community made in order to pull off the day. It was such a blessing! Please enjoy photos from the day at the link below!

Breathe Photos

National Merit Awards Announced

Of the 3.8 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. College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program also recognizes around 7,000 students with the highest qualifying scores each year.  In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have received recognition. Congratulations to our current seniors who earned these honors!

Commended Scholars
Daniel Bush
McCaden McClure
Hispanic Scholars
Reagan Barley
Lexi Valdes

Fine Arts Feature


One Act

The One Act cast and crew members put on a wonderful show under the direction of our new Citizen Theatre Company director—and Defender Grand!—Marion Foster. On October 28, our competitors performed I Never Saw Another Butterfly–a story based on the poetry created in a concentration camp by the Jewish children of Prague. After a first place performance at District, the cast and crew punched their ticket to the State Competition on November 12-13. Congratulations to all of our students, as well as those who received the following individual awards:

Best Actress
Bronwyn Warner
All Star Cast
Gracie McLaughlin
Josh Underwood
Best Actor
Adam Byle
Honorable Mention Cast
McCaden McClure
Amanda Williams



Drumline competed in the TAPPS State Competition in October in Waco, TX, earning a 1 rating and a Best Front Ensemble. These are the highest marks a drumline can receive!


The Veritas band and drumline performed a winter concert in December, inviting family, teachers, and friends to enjoy their hard work and instrumental talent. What a blessing!


Art week just concluded, as those of us on campus truly enjoyed seeing students' art decorating our halls. What a gifted, dedicated crew.

Coaches' Corner


Varsity Football

Varsity football competed in the TAPPS Division I Football State semi-finals against San Marcos Academy where we came up just short. It was a well fought season, and we’re proud of our Defenders!

Varsity Volleyball

Varsity Volleyball secured a playoff spot for the second consecutive year, but was unfortunately unable to make a deep playoff run. We had a host of players receive individual honors including:

1st Team All District
Courtney Church
2nd  Team All District
Kate Brawley
Elliana Krone
Lainey McGehee
All District Honorable Mention
Ashlyn Askew
Maggie McLatcher
Charis Vimont

Varsity Cross Country

Varsity Cross Country competed in the TAPPS state meet on Monday, November 1. The Defenders gave it their best effort with the boys team finishing 11th overall, with other individual accolades to be proud of including Maggie McLatcher placing 14th overall and Matthew Ard placing 18th overall.

Varsity Cheerleading

Varsity Cheerleading competed in the TAPPS Division VI State Cheer Championship on December 6, coming home with the title State Runner Up and a superior rating. Congratulations to all of our cheerleaders and the Defender mascot, including these ladies who received individual recognition:

1st Team All State
Sophie Ellyson
Katelyn Boyer
2nd Team All State
Mary Margaret McCracken
All State Honorable Mention
Faith Henry

We're Glad We're Friends

You're Invited!  

MLK Service Day

Monday, January 27th, All Day
Various Locations (required sign-up) If you’d like to join Veritas teams as we serve on campus and around Austin, please check with your Defender family who will be able to sign you up!


Senior Thesis Presentations

Week of April 18th


Year-End Assembly & Cookout

Wednesday, May 25th @ 11:15am

Upper Village Courtyard


Class of 2022 Graduation

Friday, May 27th

As each event approaches, please check with your Defender family and friends for specific event details, including parking information and updated times and locations. We’d encourage you to bring a picnic blanket (or a lawn chair) to each outdoor event!