"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
"The only way to find the limit of the possible is by going beyond them in to impossible."
Arthur C . Clarke
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
Henry Ford
"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs, Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."
Dale Carnegie
"I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident they came by work."
Thomas Edison
"To finish first, you must first finish"
Sam Walton
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."
Elbert Hubbard
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
Dale Carnegie
"I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near."
Margaret Thatcher
"The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life."
Charles Schwab
"The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!"
Earl Nightingale
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
H. L. Hunt
"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."
John Ruskin
"Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great."
Fernando Flores
"It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up."
Babe Ruth
"Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen."
Dave Weinbaum
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill
"In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
Theodore Roosevelt
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
Thomas Jefferson
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is."
Yogi Berra
"The more I want to get something done the less I call it work."
Richard Bach
"Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition."
Sir William Osler
"The common denominator for success is work."
John D. Rockefeller
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt
"Life is about creating new opportunities, not waiting for them to come to you."
Salma Hayek
"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."
Michael Jordan
"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you."
Althea Gibson
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
Chinese Proverb
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."
Jimmie Johnson
"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal."
Joe Paterno
"Ingenuity plus courage plus work equals miracles."
Bob Richards
"Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was."
Richard L. Evans
"It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."
Jackie Joyner-Kersie
"I see possibilities in everything. For everything that's taken away, something of greater value has been given."
Michael J. Fox
"There are no office hours for champions."
Paul Dietzel
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure."
W.J. Slim
"Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom."
Merry Browne
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
Vincent Van Gogh
"Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you."
Frank Tyger
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears."
"Winning doesn't always mean being first."
Bonnie Lair
"It's always too early to quit."
Norman Vincent Peale
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
John Wooden
"I choose to focus on not what has happened but what we can do."
Ellen Pompeo
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
Booker T. Washington
"Courage faces fear and thereby masters it"
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"He who dares nothing need hope for nothing."
"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can."
Henry Drummond
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain
"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself."
Soren Kierkegaard
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill
"Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers."
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
Ambrose Redmoon
"With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."
Keshavan Nair
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by doing the thing which you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"It's easier to prepare and prevent, than to repair and repent."
"We more frequently fail to face the right problem than fail to solve the problem we face."
"Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out."
John Wooden
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
Dale Carnegie
"There is no chance, no fate, no destiny that can circumvent, or hinder, or control a firm resolve of a determined soul."
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt


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Appointments Continue to Roll in for Greystone 2015

The month of February has been an especially exciting time as more and more students hear from their congressmen and senators that they are earning their service academy appointments! So far we have seventeen appointments:

Maria C. - USAFA Katie K. - USAFA Gabrielle R. - USMA
Maria D. - USAFA Sarah K. - USAFA Amy S. - USMA
Noah E. - USAFA Nicky M. - USMA Dylan T. - USMA & USNA
Hannah H. - USAFA Benson M. - USMA Chaz W. - USMA & USNA
Rae I. - USMMA Scott P. - USMA Andrew W. - USMA

Congratulations to all who have earned appointments so far! 

The First Appointments are In!

The first appointment for the Greystone Class of 2015 was earned by Dylan Tracy for the United States Naval Academy. The excitement from this news was quickly magnified 4-fold with the announcement that Benson Moore, Gabrielle Rupard, and Executive Officer - Nicky Manitzas all earned appointments to join the United States Military Academy class of 2019 and Chaz Wagner also earned his appointment to USNA! Keep an eye out for more exciting announcements here, and on the official Greystone Facebook and Twitter pages.

What's Your Backup Plan?

Every year, thousands of high school seniors apply to our federal service academies for one of the few precious slots available. In many cases, these students are dealt a hard blow when they receive the Thin White Envelope with a letter inside that starts "We regret to inform you..." For some, that's enough to make them throw in the towel, but for others who have prepared for this moment by applying to other universities and prep programs, it's motivation to start working again. Now, there are many different programs offering academy preparation, but there is only one that gives academy candidates the opportunity to prep at the university level - and that is Greystone at Schreiner University. Schreiner is a four-year, fully-accredited institution, not a junior college, so our students can be sure that they are preparing academically at the highest level possible. If you are willing to put forth another year towards reaching your academy dreams, and you want to take courses that are on par with those that you will see in your first year at an academy, then you owe it to yourself to put Greystone at the top of your list of backup plans. For more information about the Greystone program, you can call the office at 830.896.6530 or click here to receive a Greystone Information Package.

Making the Most of Every Opportunity

Greystone provides programs geared specifically towards helping our students raise their scores on the SAT and ACT. At no charge to the student, Greystone offers AceReader, an online speed reading and comprehension program (endorsed by the Air Force Academy) and Khan Academy, which is also online, but gives students free access to help in math and science. The students have taken advantage of these opportunities by doing a little work in both programs every day and the results have been outstanding. After this last SAT, many of our students have jumped 60 points or more in both the Math and Verbal sections! Some of those students include Charlie Pottorff, Cameron Stephen, Rae Ibinson, and Luke Raines. With these scores, these students have proven that they are willing to do whatever it takes to become the best candidate possible so that they can serve their country as academy trained and educated leaders. 

Greystone Class of 2015!

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!

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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Title Organization Date/Time
Midterm Grades Due Administration 3/5/15
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Community Service at Nimitz & Notre Dame Elementary Schools Administration 3/6/15
Toastmasters Administration 3/6/15
CDLT w/ CSM Rich: Enlisted & NCO Expectations From Officers Administration 3/6/15
Planning Board Meeting (PBM) Administration 3/6/15
Service Day with Camp Flaming Arrow Administration 3/7/15
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Greystone Bus Transport to SAT Airport Administration 3/13/15
Spring Break Administration 3/13/15 - 3/22/15
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Squad Leader Rotation Administration 3/16/15
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Greystone Bus Transport to Kerrville from SAT Airport Administration 3/22/15