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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.
|With a wreath, Greystone recognizes the service and sacrifice of our military veterans|
Thank you, Veterans
We are grateful every day for the selfless service of our military veterans, but today we celebrate with the rest of the nation in honoring these heroes. Their sacrifices allow us to live in a great country that recognizes the rights and freedoms of its citizens. For that gift, we would like to say "Thank you". Thank you to all Veterans for your patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
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.
October at Greystone
|The Class of 2015 with Greystone Board Members and Auxiliary on the Guadalupe River|
October is an extremely busy month here at Greystone. The students have been keeping busy with their normal class schedule, morning PT, Toastmasters, study hall, and weekly community service. Then on top of that, they've put the finishing touches on their nomination and academy applications, excelled in their CFA's and PRT's, and studied continuously to earn high scores on the SAT and ACT. They also had time to spend a fun afternoon out at the home of Greystone Auxiliary member, Karen Evans. Karen, with the help of Nancy Dickinson (Greystone Board of Directors) invited the entire class out to her home on the Guadalupe River to relax and enjoy a fantastic meal catered by Mamacita's Mexican Restaurant. Some of the students stayed inside to watch tv and play games, while others chose to start a game of football or kayak on the river. Whichever activity they chose, it was a chance for the students to unwind away from campus and enjoy each other's company. Days like this would not be possible without the help of our Friends of Greystone, so we would like to extend a big thank you for all of their generous hospitality!
|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 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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December/January Birthday Party
Community Service at Nimitz and Notre Dame Elementary Schools
Greystone Auxiliary Opportunity
Super Bowl Party
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CDLT w/ CSM Rich: Leadership
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CDLT w/ CSM Rich: Leadership