One of the goals of a classical Christian education at Regents is to equip our students to be lifelong learners, and yesterday our seniors made their much anticipated announcements of their plans for next year. We are so proud of them for their many accomplishments but most importantly for the people they are becoming as we launch them out into the world to be regents in service of God and man.
Many of our seniors have known where they are going to college since last fall, but others waited until the stroke of midnight on Tuesday! All had great choices, and what makes me the most thrilled about this process is when students find a college that is a perfect match – maybe their longtime dream school or one they discovered during the process.
I hope you will let me brag a little on the Class of 2019, which as it turns out is my last group before retirement. In fact, I am making a memory quilt to memorialize them.
The Class of 2019 will go far and wide for college. One senior will attend school in Scotland at St. Andrew’s University. Many of our seniors will stay in Texas (65%). Our flagship universities scored this year with 13 seniors electing to attend The University of Texas at Austin (two in Plan II Honors, two in Business Honors, one in Liberal Arts Honors). This year, UT admitted 21 of our seniors! Texas A&M will enroll 11 of our seniors. Seven students will attend TCU, and Baylor will receive 6 students. Two students will attend SMU.
We have one student attending Princeton University for computer science, who also was selected to its music performance program in both vocal and violin performance. Another student will be attending Butler School of Music at UT (viola) and was a finalist for the Forty Acres Scholarship. We had student athletes choose several out-of-state schools to continue their academic and athletic careers, including MIT (a swimmer and football player), Washington & Lee (2 football players), Hamilton in upstate New York (basketball). Our in-state athlete will attend Southwestern to play football.
We have students who will study nursing at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and Seattle University. The Public Ivies will see two of our seniors – one who will attend the University of North Carolina and the other who has chosen the University of Virginia. The Midwest is a popular destination as well, including DePaul University in Chicago, College of Wooster (OH), Washington University in St. Louis, and Indiana University at Bloomington. Large state universities in and out of state were popular choices – Auburn, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tarleton State, Mississippi State, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Houston. We have a student who will attend King’s College in Manhattan where she hopes to continue her modeling career.
The Class of 2019 has a student who is Coca-Cola Scholar (150 scholars are chosen out of 95,000 applicants) and a Hunt Leadership Scholar (SMU), a Sullivan Leadership Scholar (full ride) at Seattle University, several Presidential Scholars, a Jefferson Scholar (UT) a Carr P. Collins Scholar (Baylor) and more.
I am proud of the Class of 2019, and my memory quilt will be a wonderful reminder of the fine students I have been privileged to serve during my five years at Regents. Thanks for the memories!!