Alumni Spotlight – Sam Tippetts, Class of 2014

Sam Tippetts, Geneva Class of 2014, is the first alumnus to be spotlighted in The Eagle Eye. Here are his responses to a standard set of questions which will be given to an alumnus to answer each quarter.

Sam spent his summer in Africa documenting an environmental science project with Texas Christian University through photographs and videos. Sam is earning a double major in Film/ Television/Digital Media and Advertising. He will graduate in May 2018.

How were you impacted by your trip last summer? What was something you learned about yourself and God’s world?

All of God’s creation points back to Him. It was incredible to spend time in this awe-inspiring environment and realize that it is merely a fraction of His glory. Romans 1:20 – “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

In what ways did your Geneva education/training prepare you for the work you are doing now?

Geneva taught me how to be articulate, both in writing and in speaking. Knowing how to communicate well has been an invaluable skill in the work I do.

Please describe the most significant value you learned from Geneva.

Geneva really taught me to ask questions and think for myself before accepting something as true.

How would you encourage Rhetoric students to make the most of their Geneva years?

Hang out with Mr. Johnson as much as possible.

Describe Geneva in one word. Explain.

Community. Geneva is a body of Christians that loved and supported me while I was there. Now, even though I graduated and moved to a different city, I still feel a part of that community.

Please share one or two of your Geneva extracurricular activities and then contrast that with one or two of your current non-work activities. 

I played football and soccer in high school so when I came to college I knew I needed to find some sort of athletic hobby and it ended up being rock climbing.

What are your future career goals and how do you feel prepared for them? How has Geneva been a thread that has connected you to your work now and what you see yourself doing in the future?

I’d like to live on a sailboat, so I guess the Senior Trip to Europe inspired me to see more of the world.

Sam created this video of his 12-week TCU intern trip to South Africa to document an environmental science project under the direction of Dr. Michael Slattery:

Sam’s Planet Rhino video:

Sam’s portfolio:


Senior Profiles (Group 1) Now Posted

Each year, students in the graduating class are asked a series of questions that form their Senior Profile:

  • What is the most influential book you have read besides the Bible? Why?
  • What is your favorite or funniest moment at Geneva?
  • What will you miss most when you leave Geneva?
  • Who has influenced you the most at Geneva? How?
  • What does being a Geneva student mean to you?
  • How would you encourage a Geneva kindergartener to persevere in school?
  • If you could change anything at Geneva, what would it be?

Profiles for 13 of the 39 members of the Class of 2018 are now posted and available for viewing.  To access the profiles, click on the image at right.  Additional profiles will be posted later in the school year.

Volleyball Players Earn District and State Recognitions

Geneva’s varsity volleyball team earned post season play with a 3rd place finish in district (9-5).  The Eagles lost to Cypress Christian in the first round of the playoffs to end their season.

Several volleyball athletes earned TAPPS end-of-season awards.

Volleyball All-District

  • 1st team – Audrey Ryden (12th)
  • 2nd Team – Braden Hall (10th), Aimée Metzger (11th) and Brooke Radigan (10th)
  • Honorable Mention – Amy Ambelang (11th) and Kori Stringer (11th)

Academic All-State

Aimée Metzger and Audrey Ryden

Cross Country Competes at State

The Geneva School of Boerne varsity cross country team prepares to leave for the TAPPS 4A State Cross Country Meet held on Monday, October 30, in Waco. Team members who qualified to compete at the state meet are from (l-r): Olivia Lipe, Wright Gordon, Brandon Strickland, Aedan Petty, Anson Eggerss, Brendan Fessler, David Grote, Carissa Georgelos, Grace Zara, Allison Reed, Emma De Vries, Emme Owens, Noah Nilsson and Coach Rob Inglish. Not pictured: Alexis Davis.

The Geneva School of Boerne varsity cross country team finished in the middle of the pack at the TAPPS 4A State Cross Country Meet at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco on Monday, October 30. The girls’ team finished in eighth place and the boys’ team placed eleventh overall in their division.

Senior Emme Owens was the top Eagles’ runner with an eleventh place finish in the two-mile event. She finished just out of the medals but qualified her for the prestigious Academic All-State designation. This recognition is given to student-athletes who show excellence in the classroom as well as in their sport. To earn this honor, students must be a junior or senior, have at least a 90 cumulative grade point average and be selected to at least Second Team All-District in their respective sport or in the top 15 runners in the state cross country meet.

The Eagles’ team, coached by Rob Inglish, ended their season at the conclusion of the state meet.

Geneva Students Love to Read

Geneva School of Boerne Grammar Headmaster Jessica Gombert congratulates third grade student Elie Naiser for reading the most pages in Geneva’s Grammar School Summer Reading Challenge. She read 15,045 pages over the summer.

Every summer, without fail, the Boerne Public Library can be seen full of students. But who are they? Surely young kids don’t spend their summers reading anymore? Ask any of the children’s librarians downstairs and they will surely tell you who some of them are. Geneva School of Boerne students in kindergarten through fifth grade participate in a “Summer Reading Challenge.” So often, some of the young children you might see scampering around the library are from Geneva, just trying to read books for their Summer Reading Challenge.

For each grade from kindergarten through fifth grade, students are encouraged to read a certain number of pages from their book list full of classics. From “The Adventures of Robin Hood” to “20,000 Leagues under the Sea,” the book lists are filled with favorite childhood classics. After the students reach the required level, they may choose to go “above and beyond” by continuing to read any book of their choosing. This year, the Grammar School students read a combined total of 417,936 pages over the summer.

Geneva fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Tonya Mowery, reflects on her appreciation and admiration of the classic books that are part of the Summer Reading Challenge. “Students get to see and experience the richness of reading of the classics that they wouldn’t necessarily get otherwise. Every book on the list is a classic and the students usually really enjoy reading them. The boys especially love the books like ‘King Arthur’ and ‘The Three Musketeers,’ while the girls seem to enjoy the ‘Nancy Drew’ series. A lot of the books on the lists are ones that I enjoyed reading as a kid,” she said.

Students are given the chance to earn medals for particular levels of completed pages. This provides a fun incentive for students to try their hardest at the challenge before them as they prepare for the next grade level over the summer. Fifth grade students can even earn a giant chocolate bar for going “above and beyond” by reading over 1,700 pages. There were 32 fifth grade students who received a chocolate bar this year.

This was the first year in Geneva’s history that the Grammar School had 100 percent participation in the Summer Reading Challenge. Headmaster Jessica Gombert presented 305 awards at the Summer Reading Awards Assembly at the end of September. Of these students, 275 earned a gold medal, 20 students received bronze and 10 students were awarded a bronze medal.

Third grade student Elie Naiser read the most pages of all Grammar students with a total of 15,045 pages. “I really like reading. It’s actually my favorite thing to do outside of school. My favorite series is ‘The Boxcar Children,’ but I love reading anything,” Elie said.

So, the next time you decide to take a trip to the Boerne Public Library on a hot summer day and see excited children picking up and checking out books, you’ll know who some of them are. It’s true what they say, “Geneva Loves to Read!”

By Geneva School of Boerne junior Aisling Ayers

Geneva School Honors Grandparents

Geneva School recently celebrated grandparents with its annual Grandparents’ Weekend. The Grammar School hosted grandparents at a Friday morning assembly. Several students were asked to read poems they authored honoring their grandparents.

Geneva third grader Drew Green is delighted to have her grandmother Andrea Jenkins of Boerne visit her on Grandparents’ Day. Jenkins, who is a Geneva music docent and lunchroom volunteer, spoke at the assembly about the value the investment of time makes in the lives of her grandchildren.

Head of School Brad Ryden, Grammar School Headmaster Jessica Gombert and several grandparents spoke during the assembly. Guests were then invited to visit their grandchildren in the classrooms and watch presentations the students had prepared.

In addition, the upper schools welcomed grandparents the following Monday morning with coffee, a brief assembly and tours of the classrooms.

Homecoming Court for 2017 Named

The Geneva School of Boerne 2017 Homecoming Court was crowned at halftime of the Eagles’ 42-24 victory over Austin Brentwood Christian on Friday, October 20 under the lights on the Geneva Football Field.

The 2017 Geneva Homecoming Court members are from left: sophomores Jack Cupit and Corley Petrie, seniors King Zach Scott and Queen Shelby Miller, juniors Ethan Houser and Gabi Griffey and freshmen Trevor Scott and Gracie Janse.


Geneva Seniors Earn National Merit Recognition

Geneva School is proud to announce that two seniors earned recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Scott Janse and Kenny Kidd were named as National Merit Commended Scholars. These students achieved this award for their academic accomplishment on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Scott is the son of Maureen and Scott Janse of Boerne and Kenny is the son of Joe Kidd of San Antonio and Tracy Lyon of Boerne. These students are members of the 2018 Senior Class which will be the eighth class to graduate from Geneva. This is also the eighth consecutive Geneva School Senior Class to have members earning National Merit recognition.

Scott Janse

Kenny Kidd

Over 1.5 million students took the PSAT last October and entered the National Merit Programs, a nationwide competition for the recognition and awards conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Nationally, 16,000 students were named Semifinalists and the remaining 34,000 were named Commended Students on the basis of the National Selection Index score of 211.

Click HERE for more information about Geneva students and National Merit recognition.

Geneva Shootout and Talons Up! Dinner Information

The Geneva Booster Club’s 7th Annual Shootout will be held on Oct. 14 at Joshua Creek Ranch. This year’s event will be an afternoon and evening filled with shooting, show-stopping entertainment, including Geneva graduate Ryan Travis and his wife Emily, fabulous live auction items and some other fun!


  • When:  Oct. 14
  • Where:  Joshua Creek Ranch (20 min from Geneva)
  • Time:  Registration opens at 12 pm.; MUST be present no later than 1:30 pm! Shoot starts at 2 pm sharp!
  • Flurry:  Opens at 12 pm
  • Talons Up! Dinner:  6:30 pm (cash bar provided by Joshua Creek)
  • Live Auctions & Awards: 7:00 pm
  • Ryan Travis Concert: 7:30 pm

Click HERE to learn more about Geneva’s Booster Club.

Geneva Debaters Win San Antonio Tournament

The Geneva School Public Forum Debate Team of Thomas Rykert (left) and William Cone won the Public Forum event in the Sandra Day O’Connor High School Debate Tournament in San Antonio recently.

Geneva School debaters competed in the Sandra Day O’Connor High School Debate Tournament in San Antonio recently. The team of juniors William Cone and Thomas Rykert won the Public Forum event.

Junior Eleanor Galbreath advanced to the semifinals in Humorous Interpretation and the team of sophomores Luke Hardin and Seth Ramsey advanced to the quarterfinals in Public Forum.

Geneva Debaters Find Success in First Tournament

The Geneva School of Boerne Public Forum debate team of senior Nick Patti (right) and junior William Cone earned first place in the Public Forum event at the La Vernia Bear Brawl Debate Tournament over the weekend. Patti was also named first overall speaker in Public Forum.

The Geneva School of Boerne debate team competed last Saturday in La Vernia, TX in the first debate tournament of the school year. The team of senior Nick Patti and junior William Cone earned first place in the Public Forum event at the La Vernia Bear Brawl Debate Tournament. Patti was named first overall speaker in Public Forum.

Junior Eleanor Galbreath made it to semifinals in the Prose Interpretation event. The teams of sophomore Phillip Ackermann and freshman Connor Schaefer as well as the freshmen team of Emma Cress and Lily Shrode finished the tournament with a winning record in Public Forum.

The debate team is coached by James Grover and Scott Milam.

School Handbooks for 2017-2018 Posted

The Geneva School Handbooks for the 2017-2018 school year are posted here as well as on the Parents’ Corner portion of the school website.  Click on the cover below to access the handbook.

Also, here are the acknowledgment forms.  Signed forms are due September 8.

Grammar School Handbook

Logic School Handbook

Rhetoric School Handbook

Fine Arts Handbook (Grades 6-12)

Athletics Handbook (Grades 7-12)

Top Logic School Students Recognized with the Eagle Award

Geneva School recognizes the most outstanding Logic School students each school year with the Eagle Award.

Eighth grade students Lana Harrison and Connor Schaefer were selected by the Logic School faculty and given the esteemed 2017 Eagle Award at the school’s closing assembly on May 26.

An eagle statuette was given to these students and their names are recorded on a perpetual plaque in the administration building.