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|Greystone Honor & Conduct Committees with mentor, Judge Fred Henneke|
Choosing a Life of Honor
The Greystone class of 2015 presented their newly drafted Honor Code and Standards of Conduct to the public this week. Judge Fred Henneke, who served as a mentor to the students as they were creating their documents also presided over the event. "We began our drafts by researching the Honor Codes and Standards of Conduct from each of the five federal service academies," said Chase Dean of Buda, TX, chairman of the Honor Code committee. "The Honor Code is a document in which we define both honor and integrity while the Standards of Conduct describe the high standards of professionalism we will need at Greystone while we prepare for the academies," said Charles Wagner of Villa Rica, GA, chairman of the Standards of Conduct committee. After researching, the students discussed each point as it related to their class and their goals of becoming midshipmen or cadets. From this point forward, they will live under and hold each other accountable to the standards that they have publicly announced. Congratulations Class of 2015 on a job well done!
|Greystone 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony|
The Greystone Class of 2015 honored those who lost their lives on 11 September 2001 during a sunrise ceremony in Greystone Plaza on the Schreiner University campus.
The 50 members of the Class gathered to commemorate the fallen and to honor those who serve to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again. The ceremony began with the raising of the American flag to its peak and then lowering it to half-staff while the National Anthem was played.
Class President Charlie Pottorff of Flower Mound stated the 9/11 Ceremony is a "reminder of why we are here and provides us with the courage and patriotism to put ourselves in harm's way for the security of our great nation."
Chris Brown of Dallas spoke of the nearly "3000 innocent Americans who were killed on 9/11 -- at the Twin Towers in New York, at the Pentagon and in the fields of Pennsylvania. Since then 9600 Americans, military and civilians, have died in the War on Terror. More than 56,000 have been wounded in the fight."
Luke Raines of Edgewater, Maryland read several passages from the Bible, concluding his remakes with a prayer asking the Lord to continue to bless the families of those lost, those serving and the United States of America.
Eva Buhidar of Kerrville and wife of the Greystone Executive Director spoke of an Army officer with whom she served in Germany, Doug Gurian, USMA Class of 1985. He was attending a conference at the Windows on the World restaurant atop the World Trade Center on 9/11. He was the only West Point graduate to die that day, the first of the Long Gray Line to die in the War on Terror. "Tragically, he would not be the last," said Mrs. Buhidar.
Commenting just after Taps concluded the Ceremony, Greystone Executive Officer Nicky Manitzas of Austin stated, "This morning's tribute to the fallen allows my 49 teammates and me to reflect on the real importance of the vocation we all seek to fulfill as officers of the United States military.
Perseverance Pays Off
Perseverance is a quality that is commonly found in Greystone students, but there are a particular few who's stories perfectly illustrate the definition of the word. One of these students is Sam Chadwick. Unlike other students, Sam came to Greystone having already earned an appointment to USMMA. Unfortunately though, it was retracted due to a medical issue. While at Greystone, Sam excelled in his academics, athletics, and leadership positions; so much so, that he earned a second appointment, this time to USAFA! But on the very last day of school, Sam broke his arm which disqualified him medically for a second time. He returned to Greystone for another year as an Executive Officer and with recognition from the Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation. Finally, after three years of hard work, determination, and yes, perseverance, Sam was able to earn a second appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. To find out more about Sam's story, follow this link to an article in his hometown newspaper, the Madera Tribune Sam_Madera_Tribune.
Camping with a Twist
|Morgan Bean on the Leap of Faith at YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow|
For Greystone, the first camping trip of the year is a highly anticipated event and this year was no exception. This past weekend was spent camping along the Guadalupe River at the YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow in Hunt, Texas. All of the traditional camping elements were there - tents, sleeping bags, s'mores, and campfires, but there were also elements that you wouldn't normally see when you pitch a tent in the great outdoors - water slides, gaga ball, and the team's favorite: the high ropes course. Every student had the opportunity to challenge themselves by stepping outside of their comfort zone and taking the "Leap of Faith" (pictured left). They also were able to put their communication and teamwork skills to the test on the low ropes course, relax in the river on the kayaks and the rope swing, and try new things like gaga ball and MRE's. On Friday evening, the students learned about a time honored military tradition, cigar smoking from one of our Greystone Board Members, Mr. Brian Shirley. Then on Saturday evening we found out just how talented the Greystone class is in an incredibly entertaining Talent Show. The entire weekend culminated in a delicious lunch that was provided by the Greystone Auxiliary who we'd like to thank for their generosity and support of our Greystoners. We would also like to give a big thank you to all of our Board Members for coming out and to Curt and his Camp Flaming Arrow staff for helping us turn a simple camping trip into a memorable team building weekend. This program could not be a success without the support from the friends of Greystone and the community!
|Class of 2015 Orientation Day|
Welcome Greystone Class of 2015!
This year, Greystone is proud to announce the arrival of our largest class with 49 academy-bound students! They have come to Kerrville from all over the United States (and even Brazil) in order to make another attempt at their dream of earning an academy appointment. Another piece of exciting news is that we have our largest group of female students ever! Thirty percent of the Greystone class of 2015 is female - that's a higher percentage than even the academies can boast.
Now that this new class has arrived, it's clear that they are ready to get started on achieving their goals through hard work, dedication, and teamwork. Welcome, Class of 2015! You are in for a challenging, yet successful year!What's in a number? Over the course of the last 10 years, Greystone grads have managed to excel on every front - academically, athletically and as leaders. Since this program began operation in 2004, 93% of all Greystone grads earned scholarships leading to their commission. Of those scholarships, 86% are academy appointments! What Greystone provides their students empowers them to not just enter an academy, 89% have demonstrated that they have the skills and experience to graduate from the academies! If you are serious about entering one of the five federal service academies - and graduating so you can assume the awesome responsibility of a commissioned officer in the Armed Forces, Greystone is your only real choice for success!
|Greystone Class of 2015!|
Every year, thousands of high school and college students apply to the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy and every year, the vast majority of these high quality candidates are turned down for one or more reasons.See more.
Perhaps their GPA, class standing or SAT/ACT scores were not quite high enough. Perhaps their CFA score was low or they lacked the right sports involvement, extracurricular activities or leadership experience. Perhaps they lived in a highly competitive congressional district or state, and because there were so many equally well-qualified candidates, they did not receive a nomination. Perhaps they could not find the expertise they required to perfect their nomination and appointment application packages.
Clearly, there are many variables within the application process and many personal attributes that must be considered to determine who earns an appointment and who does not. However, if you feel in your heart that earning your academy appointment is part of your future – your dream – you must seriously consider all reapplication opportunities available and select the program that will enhance as many of your variables and attributes as possible. Your goal is to identify a program that will empower you to not just survive; your goal is to invest yourself completely in a program that will enable you to excel so that you can earn your academy appointment and then go on to maximize your entire academy experience!
If you are aspiring to become a true scholar, athlete and leader committed to your dream of earning your academy appointment, dedicated to the task of improving your academic variables and athletic attributes as a candidate, and tenacious in your ambition to serve your country as an academy graduate and commissioned military leader, you belong at Greystone.
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Main Office Watch
Daily Room Inspection
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Community Service Event
USNA vs. USAFA Football
Midterm Grades Due
President Bush Speech to ADA (Tentative)