Vandegrift has a number of seniors in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program based on their outstanding performances on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Sixteen Viper students are National Merit Semifinalists, 40 are National Merit Commended Scholars, and 15 are National Hispanic Scholars.
“Recognition as a National Merit Scholar is a prestigious, academic accolade,” said Christa Thompson-Martin, dean of instruction at VHS. “By sharing this distinguished achievement with college admissions, our students are set apart in a deep pool of applicants.”
Thompson-Martin said that the benefits of scoring well can be significant.
A transit town hall meeting in Steiner Ranch on Tuesday brought together several area leaders including mayors from Lakeway, Leander and Lago Vista, Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan, District 6, and Dottie Watkins, chief operating officer and chief customer officer of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. State Rep. Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin of District 47, hosted and moderated the panel discussion which was dominated by Watkins of Capital Metro.
The Vandegrift bands — Concert 1, Concert 2, Symphonic and Wind Ensemble — were center stage for the annual Winter Concert that took place Dec. 16 at the Leander ISD South Performing Arts Center at Cedar Park High School.