The Alumni Connection - January 2020
Setting the Barre

Ginnie Lowder - Class of 2008

From designing the most fabulous bars and restaurants to opening her own barre fitness studio, Ginnie Lowder (‘08), said hard work and discipline have enabled her to realize her dream of working in a big city and fulfill her passion for finding balance in her life.

Lowder graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Interior Design from the School of Architecture and moved straight to New York City after graduation to start living her lifelong dream of designing buildings and spaces in what she calls “the greatest city on earth.” 

The fast-paced, high pressure lifestyle of a New York interior designer was fun, but, at times, frenzied. That inspired Lowder to search for ways to ease the stress — which ultimately made Lowder even happier than designing the next exclusive restaurant.

While I would not trade my career in architecture and design for anything, it did lead me to my true passion and now business venture, Pure Barre,” Lowder said. “Working in a high stress job, where deadlines were fast approaching and no amount of all-nighters made you believe you would deliver on them, helped me realize I needed some sort of balance in my life. I wasn't sure what that balance was until I stumbled into my first Pure Barre class after reading the sandwich board on the sidewalk of 5th Avenue in New York City.” 
Welcome to 2020!

As we start a new decade, we have Alumni, Students, and Faculty sharing why they love Vanguard!

2020 - The Reasons are Clear!
Upcoming Alumni Events
23rd Annual Vanguard Golf Tournament
March 30, 2020
Ridgewood Country Club

Alumni/Faculty Basketball Game
Saturday, May 16, 2020
3:00 pm. | Vanguard Gym
Alumni News

Thank you to all the 2019 and 2017 Alumni who came to speak to our College Prep Class on what College is really like and advice on dorms, roommates, classes, etc!
Thank you, Annaliese Kemper Scoggin ('02), District Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife, for speaking to our students, parents, and community on how ecosystems help our wildlife and what careers might be available to students interested in this field.
Thank you to Alum, Jed Cole, for speaking to our students on hard work and being resilient. The message was inspiring to not only students, but also Faculty.
Thank you Jeffrey Bolte!

Jeffrey came to speak at Open House last night.

Click to watch the quick video of his amazing speech.
Jeffery attended Vanguard from 2009-2015. Before attending Vanguard, from the ages 10-12 he was an internationally competitive concert pianist. When he arrived at Vanguard, he got involved in basketball, tennis, track, mock trial, and speech and debate. Jeffrey was a National Merit Scholar. He attended SMU’s Cox School of Business from 2015-2019 as a BBA scholar, meaning he received greater than 60% scholarship and was one of 100 students to be auto-admitted into the Cox School of Business out of high school.

Jeffery has interned in investment banking at New Century Capital Partners, commercial banking at Texas Capital Bank, and public accounting at Deloitte, but is currently attending SMU as a post-baccalaureate student to finish his prerequisites for medical school.

He hopes to attend medical school in the fall of 2022, and aspires to be a practicing endocrinologist combining the fields of nutrition and genetics to best serve his patients.
Thank you, Brazos County Health Authority Dr. Eric Wilke!

Vanguard Alum, Eric Wilke ('87), covering the coronavirus in College Station.

Our outstanding College Counselor, Hannah VanDyke attended a summit at Southwestern and also visited with Alumnus Kathryn Smith who is a Sophomore.
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2019-2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Candidate Nomination

In Vanguard's 46th anniversary year, we seek to recognize Vanguard graduates in the Athletic Hall of Fame who have brought pride, spirit, and recognition to Vanguard’s athletic programs and to the community as former players, coaches, administrators, and supporters.

SAVE THE DATE: Athletic Banquet - May 15, 2020
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 Friday, May 15, 2020