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Pole vaulter gains strength as only VHS girl wrestler

By DELILAH WOODS , Vandegrift Voice 

She clearly remembers walking into the large gym that smelled of metallic weights and sweat. The lump in her throat grew as her nerves kicked in, but not because of the gym’s aroma. She was the only girl in a gym full of male wrestlers.

Ina Edstrom’s drive to better herself led to her joining the all-male wrestling team this past school year. The recent Vandegrift graduate’s efforts paid off as she will go on to represent the University of South Alabama in pole vaulting in the weeks ahead.  

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Janga wins national geography bee, sets new record

Narayana Janga (dad), Navya (sister) and Sushma (mom) congratulate Nihar after he became the national geography bee champion on May 22. Navya missed graduation events to be with Nihar in Washington, D.C. Also photoed is Athreya Mallanna (blue t-shirt), who was runner up, and his mom. Photo by Rebecca Hale/National Geographic

By ALEJANDRA BORUNDA, National Geographic

The two finalists stood quietly at their podiums at the front of a packed auditorium at the 2019 National Geographic Bee on May 22.

“My heart was pounding and felt like it would come out of my body during the sudden death rounds in the finals,” said Nihar Janga from Steiner Ranch.

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VHS graduates 647 students, shines with academic high achievers

Nearly 650 Vandegrift students graduated on June 1 at 8 a.m. at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park.

Leander ISD graduated more than 2,500 students last weekend including 647 from the Vandegrift class of 2019.

“Is there a better time of year than graduation,” asked Dan Troxell, LISD superintendent. “I am truly inspired and honored to tell people that our current group of public school students – from kindergarten to this graduating class – is the finest collection of young people I have seen in my more than 30 years in education.”  

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