VHS golfer goes to 4th state tourney

Vandegrift’s Sophia DiGesualdo finished her high school golfing career at the state tournament for the fourth straight season.

By ZACH SMITH
Four Points News

 

Vandegrift’s Sophia DiGesualdo finished her high school golfing career at the state tournament for the fourth straight season.

The lone Viper golfer to make the state tournament this season, she fired rounds of 9-over 81 on Monday, May 15 and 6-over 78 on Tuesday, May 16 to finish tied for 39th place at 15-over 159 at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown.

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$36,000+ in VNEF  Impact Grants awarded

Carrie Chilek, 2nd grade teacher at GHE, was really surprised when the VNEF Grand Patrol stopped by to give her a grant.

By LYNETTE HAALAND
Four Points News

The Viper Nation Education Foundation Grant Patrol awarded more than $36,000 in grants on March 15 to 14 hard-working teachers, administrators and their teams at schools in the Four Points area.

“These grants are some of the best ways to reward our teachers for their ingenuity and dedication to educating our kids,” said Courtney Johnson, VNEF executive director. “Every year we trust them to know what tools are needed in the classroom. Every year they deliver, by identifying excellent tools that will maximize instruction.”

VNEF’s Johnson, chairman William “Biff” Farrell, board members Michelle Beck and Lynette Haaland Seitzler, and school volunteer representatives including Barbara Frierson all helped  present grant checks to local schools. Principals Susan Sullivan, Canyon Ridge Middle School, Joe Ciccarelli, Four Points Middle School, Kathy Goeke, Grandview Hills Elementary, Niki Prindle, River Place Elementary, and Catherine Robinson, Steiner Ranch Elementary all helped in the check presentations as well as students and teachers.

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Four Points supports VHS junior Greenamyre after father’s death

Troy Greenamyre, Vandegrift junior

Kurt Greenamyre Jan. 23, 1959 – May 12, 2017

Funds being raised for Viper’s future

By SARAH DOOLITTLE
Four Points News

Vandegrift High School junior Troy Greenamyre has been embraced by the Four Points community since his father’s unexpected death on May 12. Kurt Greenamyre was raising Troy on his own, and since his death, family friends Cathy and Rod Kirkpatrick have welcomed Troy into their home, and a GoFundMe page has been established to raise funds for Troy’s ongoing financial needs.

Mary Scherer’s son Will is a friend and Viper football teammate to 17-year-old Troy, and she has enjoyed, “watching them grow up together.”

Scherer created a trust and GoFundMe page with the help of others, “to enable Troy to finish out his final year of high school alongside his friends, in the community that he knows. More importantly, a solid financial base will enable him to dream big about his future… Our goal is to assist Troy in reaching his full potential — he is an incredible kid thrust into this tragedy,” Scherer said.

In less than a week, more than $40,000 has been raised with a long-term goal of $100,000. The funds are going into the trust and will help finance Troy’s needs through his remaining year of high school and four years of college.

“College was extremely important to Troy’s dad,” said Cathy Kirkpatrick.

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VHS increases focus on student Wellness after 5 LISD suicides

Amy Rodriguez,
VHS counselor

By SARAH DOOLITTLE
Four Points News

Vandegrift High School is increasing efforts to address the emotional needs of students in the wake of five Leander ISD student suicides since the beginning of the current school year.

LISD Superintendent Dan Troxell emailed families on March 31 in response to student suicides. His message to parents: no one can do it alone. “We know that early identification and intervention of mental health concerns cannot be achieved without support and engagement from the community,” wrote Troxell. “We can help our students by working collaboratively to address mental health concerns, as we know these issues extend beyond the boundaries of our schools and affect those we care about so deeply.”

At Vandegrift, changes are taking place to help address these concerns.

In addition to existing counseling services and staff, two additional counselors will be hired for the next school year, “which will allow us to expand our support and outreach,” said current VHS counselor Amy Rodriguez.

The school also administered the Stanford Survey for Adolescent School Experiences last week May 16-19, thanks to funding from the VHS Parent Teacher Student Association. The survey is part of a nationally-recognized program, created at Stanford University, that allows schools to get a fuller picture of their students’ lives.

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