Debaters Named All-America

Two Geneva debaters have been named National Speech and Debate Association All-Americans, the highest honor given by this high school debate organization. In earning this award, seniors Carol Metzger and Jeff Rosinbaum placed in the top five percent of all high school debaters nationwide.

Historically, approximately one half of one percent of the National Speech and Debate Association’s roughly 100,000 high school participants qualify for this elite award which requires excellence in debate competitions as well as in the classroom. Carol is the daughter of Amy and Rob Metzger of San Antonio and Jeff is the son of Tonya Rosinbaum of Boerne and Daryl Rosinbaum of Waller, Texas.

Senior Named DAR Good Citizen

Geneva senior Coggin Galbreath received the Good Citizen Award from the George W. Kendall Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. He was selected for his qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism and received a $750 scholarship as well as a Good Citizen pin. Coggin is the son of Autumn Dawn and David Galbreath of Fair Oaks Ranch.

Geneva senior Coggin Galbreath receives the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award from Connie Shows, the Regent of the George W. Kendall Chapter of DAR, and Nancy Boerner, the Vice-Regent.

Only one senior at each Boerne high school per year may be honored as a DAR Good Citizen. This program and scholarship contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools. DAR Good Citizens who enter the scholarship contest are eligible for the awards beyond the chapter level.

Fine Arts Performs “Into the Woods”

Geneva School’s Fine Arts Department performed “Into the Woods, Jr.” March 3-5 in the school’s Multi-Purpose Building. The cockeyed fairy-tale came to life in this adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

The musical centers on a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk, and Little Red Riding Hood who just wants to look after her ailing granny. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

The highly-entertaining fairy-tale features favorite characters including: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) a witch and others in this retelling of classic fairy-tales. Cast, crew and orchestra members performed to a full house in three separate showings over the weekend.

“We are grateful for all the support we received in putting this show together. Fairy-tales are a wonderful way to remind us of things we ought to know, and used to know—once upon a time,” Rick Poole, Geneva drama department director said.

Basketball District Honors Announced

Congratulations to the Geneva varsity basketball teams for their play in the 2016-2017 season.  The varsity boys went 8-2 in district play and 20-10 overall.  The boys team finished in 2nd place in district, earning the team a first round bye in the playoffs before hosting the eventual state runner-up Houston Northland Christian.  Northland won the hard fought contest 63-55, thus ending the Geneva boy’s season.

Varsity Boys Basketball Individual Awards for 2016-2017

  • All-District 1st team: Zach Arthur (senior), Jeff Rosinbaum (senior) and Dyllon Gentry (senior)
  • All-District 2nd team: Willis Harpole (senior) and Ty Navarro (senior)
  • All-District Honorable Mention: Brendan Fessler (junior) and Henry Vina (junior)

The varsity girls team went 5-5 in district play and 24-9 overall, finishing the season in 5th place in district and missing postseason play.

Varsity Girls Basketball Individual Awards for 2016-2017

  • All-District 1st team: Katie Drees (senior)
  • All-District 2nd team: Gabi Griffey (sophomore) and Mariah Lowry (senior)
  • All-District Honorable Mention: Kensi Parker (sophomore)

Alex Iyer Repeats as San Antonio Spelling Bee Champ

Alex Iyer is awarded the championship trophy by Michael Knoop, the Express-News director of news research. Alex will represent Geneva School and San Antonio at the 64th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. (photo by Reena Iyer)

Geneva School eighth-grader Alex Iyer defended his title as champion of the San Antonio Express-News Regional Spelling Bee for the second straight year. Iyer was declared champion after spelling the word “menagerie” correctly in the tenth round of the regional bee held on Saturday at McAllister Auditorium at San Antonio College. Iyer was one of 156 students who participated in the regional bee, 45 of whom passed the written exam and competed in the oral competition on stage.

“I practice spelling around 15 hours a week. I used to not like spelling, but I have learned to love it,” Iyer said.

With the win, Iyer returns to compete at the 64th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. He is the first repeat champion in the history of the San Antonio regional bee. He finished in 22nd place in the national bee last year. He is the son of Reena and Rajesh Iyer of San Antonio.

Rhetoric Drama Set to Perform “Into the Woods” March 3-5

Geneva’s Rhetoric School (grades 9-12) drama program will perform a junior version of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods March 3, 4 and 5.  The Friday and Saturday performances will start at 7:00 pm and the Sunday performance at 4:00 pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and all age four and under are free.  The play will be performed in the school’s Multi-Purpose Building.

Music Theatre International describes the junior version of Into the Woods as follows:

Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical.  Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

Grammar School Celebrates Handwriting

Geneva School of Boerne kindergartners were honored for their excellent penmanship by Grammar School Assistant Beverly Johnson during the school’s annual John Hancock Handwriting Awards Assembly. Mark Luffy earned first place, Peyton Pruit came in second and Kyndal Hiner finished in third.

Geneva’s Grammar students celebrated National Handwriting Day during the school’s John Hancock Handwriting Awards Assembly on January 27.

John Hancock is known for his distinctive bold signature on the Declaration of Independence. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade entered the school’s annual competition by submitting a handwritten Bible passage from Psalm 23.

Teachers submitted the top three from each grade and the faculty chose the winners anonymously per grade. These students were recognized in the assembly.

Swimmers Qualify for State

The Geneva School of Boerne varsity swim team competed in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Division III Regional Meet on Wednesday at Josh Davis Natatorium in San Antonio. The girls team finished third and the boys placed ninth. The girls team also won the TAPPS District Swim Meet in Austin the week before. The team is coached by Rob Inglish.

Several individuals placed in the top three to automatically qualify for the State Meet set for February 10 also at Josh Davis. Girls team members Alyssa Salter finished third in the 100 yard breaststroke, Brooke Secor was second in the 200 yard freestyle event and Carissa Georgelos finished second in the 100 yard backstroke. The lone male swimmer, Austin Salter, was third in the 200 yard IM and second place in the 100 yard breaststroke.

The girls relay teams qualified for the State Meet as well. The 200 yard medley relay team of Emme Owens, Ashley Salter, Alyssa Salter and Georgelos placed third, the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Secor, Ashley Salter, Alyssa Salter and Owens also finished third and the 400 freestyle relay team of Secor, Ashley Salter, Georgelos and Owens finished in second place.

In addition, Georgelos placed fourth in the 50 yard freestyle, Alyssa Salter was sixth and Alyssa Salter was 13th in the 100 yard freestyle, Secor was fourth in the 500 yard freestyle and Owens was fourth in the 100 yard freestyle and are waiting to hear final results based on their times for possible qualification for the State Meet.

Varsity swimmers (from left) Emme Owens, Alyssa Salter, Brooke Secor, Ashley Salter and Carissa Georgelos. Not pictured – Austin Salter.


Grammar School Celebrates Reading

Geneva’s Grammar School recently celebrated its annual Book Week in which students and teachers focused on their love of reading. The theme of the week was “Hooked on Classics” and culminated in the beloved tradition of the Book Character Parade where each member of the Grammar School was dressed as a classic book character.

The week-long celebration also included activities such as D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read), a book drive for Meadowlands Youth Alternative (through Boerne Reads!), surprise guest readers in each grade-level classroom, as well as decorations on doors and in hallways to illustrate the students’ love of reading.

Geneva’s sixth annual Book Week Poster Contest was held for kindergarten through second grade as well as students in third through fifth grade. In the younger grades, second-grader Elie Naiser won first place for her poster entry. Meredith York, kindergarten, placed second and first grade student Naomi Bowser finished third.

In the upper grades, fourth-grader Abigail Gray was Grand Champion which means her poster will be framed and hung in the Geneva Library. Her poster will also promote the 2018 Book Week. In addition, Yates Kirchner, fourth grade, won first place, third-grader Ella-Grace Owens finished in second place, and fifth grade student Hailey Kirchner came in third.

Dr. Michael Lindsay Gives Mars Hill Lecture

Geneva School welcomed Dr. Michael Lindsay, the president of Gordon College in Boston, as the speaker for its annual Mars Hill Lecture on January 10. Dr. Lindsay spoke under the title “A Legacy of Influence” to an audience of students, parents, teachers and guests from the Boerne area. He encouraged the audience to seek ways to live a life filled with faith, hope and love. He also met with high school students Wednesday morning to discuss college and future planning.

Dr. Lindsay was introduced by 2015 Geneva graduate Davis Metzger (both pictured here). Metzger is a current junior at Gordon College where he serves as the student government vice president. Dr. Lindsay earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University and graduate theological degrees from Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to arriving at Gordon, Dr. Lindsay was a member of the sociology faculty at Rice University, where he won multiple awards both for his teaching and his scholarly research. The author of two dozen scholarly publications, Dr. Lindsay’s Faith in the Halls of Power was nominated for the nonfiction Pulitzer Prize in 2007. He is also an “Outstanding Alumnus” of Baylor University and a friend and supporter of Christian and classical education.

The Mars Hill Lecture, sponsored by Geneva’s Rhetoric School, is named after the place in Classical Athens where councils and trials were held. Mars Hill, also known as the Areopagus, was also the place where the Apostle Paul, inspired by an altar inscribed “to the unknown god,” delivered his famous sermon recorded in Acts 17.

Past Mars Hill Lectures have been given by Dr. Mark Allen (UTSA), Dr. J. Budziszewski (University of Texas), Dr. Bridget Drinka (UTSA), Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey (Baylor University), Greg Koukl (Stand to Reason Ministries), Dr. Louis Markos (Houston Baptist University), Eric Metaxas (noted author), Dr. David Naugle (Dallas Baptist University), Dr. Hal Poe (Union University) and Dr. Steve Jones (Houston Baptist University).

Geneva Yearbook Recognized for Excellence

The 2016 Geneva yearbook, The Beauty of the Boardwalk, recently received prestigious awards from the the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).

The NSPA awarded the 2016 Rhetoric School yearbook staff the All-American Award with Marks of Distinction given for Essentials, Coverage, Design and Photography.  The 2016 staff was also recognized by the CSPA with a Gold Medalist Award and All-Columbian Honors in the Verbal Category.

The yearbook has been submitted for additional critiques and competition with the Texas UIL/Interscholastic League Press Conference and the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. Results from these organizations will arrive in the spring.


Iyer Repeats as School Spelling Bee Champion

Literature teachers Debbie Wheeler (left) and Mary Clifford (right) congratulate the top-finishers in the annual Geneva Logic School Spelling Bee. Alex Iyer (2nd from left) reclaimed his title as spelling bee champion. Seventh-graders Grant Mowery finished second and Lauren Abell came in third place.

Geneva School held its annual spelling bee for students in sixth through eighth grades on January 2. Eighth-grade student Alex Iyer was crowned the 2017 Geneva Logic School Spelling Bee Champion for the third straight year. With the win, Iyer earns the right to represent Geneva School and defend his title of champion at the 64th Annual Regional Scripps Spelling Bee in San Antonio in February.

In addition, seventh-grade student Grant Mowery was runner-up and Lauren Abell, also in seventh grade, finished in third place. The other spelling bee finalists were Roman Chase, Charlie Dees, Avery Eggerss, Jackson Friesenhahn, Presley Pruitt, Pauline Rahal, Gage Secor, Nicolas Siller and Jackson Young.

Alex Iyer (left) at the Scripps National Spelling Bee last May.

Iyer advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2016 where he made it all the way to the Finals, Opening Portion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee which was televised on ESPN. He finished as one of the top 45 spellers in the country.

Iyers is the first Geneva student to win the Regional Scripps Spelling Bee and advance to the National Spelling Bee. He hopes to have the chance to compete at the national level again this year.


Fall Sports and State Cheer/Dance Awards Announced

Volleyball Individual Awards

Geneva’s Varsity Volleyball team finished district play with a record of 10-5 (23-21 overall), good for third place in district.  The team lost in the first round of the playoffs to Houston Northland Christian (20-12) 3-0.

  • Ally Dollander – Academic All-State; All-District 2nd Team L
  • Braden Hall – All-District 2nd Team S
  • Holly Higgins – All-District HM Team OH
  • Julie Perez – Academic All-State;All-State 2nd Team OH; All-District 1st Team OH
  • Skylar Tippetts – Academic All-State;All-District 1st Team MB

In addition to the individual awards, senior Julie Perez (pictured at right) set the Geneva School record for most kills (2,000) over her varsity career.

Football Individual Awards

Geneva Varsity Football Team went undefeated in district (6-0, 9-1 overall) and won the first round playoff games against Texas School for the Deaf, 42-32 before losing in the second round to eventual state champion Houston Northland Christian (14-0), 63-0.

  • Devon Ahrens – All-District HM Team RB
  • Zach Akin – All-State HM Team OL; All-District 1st Team OL; All-District 2nd Team DL
  • Daniel Grover – All-District HM Team OL
  • Ethan Houser – All-State 2nd Team DB; All-District 1st Team DB
  • Sutton Houser – Academic All-State; All-State HM Team K; All-District 1st Team K/P
  • Mason Janse – All-District 2nd Team OL
  • Scott Janse – All-District HM Team WR
  • John Michael Kight – Academic All-State; All-State 1st Team LB; All-District 1st Team LB
  • Will Langenbahn – Academic All-State; All-District 1st Team QB; All-District HM Team DB
  • Sam Ledoux – Academic All-State; All-State HM Team WR; All-District 1st Team WR
  • Ian MacDonald – All-District 2nd Team LB
  • Ty Navarro – All-State 2nd Team WR; All-District 1st Team WR; All-District 2nd Team DB
  • Ben Ross – All-District 2nd Team OL
  • Jacob Schroder – All-District 1st Team DL; All-State 1st Team DL
  • Mathew Schroder – All-District HM Team DB
  • Zach Scott – Academic All-State; All-District 1st Team LB
  • Marshall Shults – Academic All-State; All-District 2nd Team TE; All-District HM Team LB
  • Scott Standerfer – All-District 2nd Team DL
  • Chris Wilson – Academic All-State; All-District 1st Team OL

State Cheer and Dance Awards

Geneva’s Cheerleaders competed in the TAPPS State Cheer and Dance Competition in Arlington in December where they finished in sixth place cheer competition.

  • Faith Hawkins – 1st Team All-State Cheer; 1st Team All-State Dance
  • Brooke Leeder – 2nd Team All-State Cheer
  • Natalya Pedraza – HM All-State Cheer
  • Corley Petrie – 2nd Team All-State Dance
  • Grace Smith – 2nd Team All-State Cheer
  • Sara Beth Stolle – 1st Team All-State Dance

“We went into this year’s TAPPS State Cheer Competition with the goal to do better than we did last year—even going into a tougher division—and we did! Seeing the girls put their team goals above their fears made me so proud,” cheer coach Amber Jonas said. The Geneva Cheerleaders are coached by Jonas and assisted by Devanee Chapman.

Geneva Artists Place at San Antonio Rodeo and Stock Show Art Contest

Geneva high school artists, studying under art instructor Cathy Lester, had a great showing at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Student Western Art Contest in December.  More than 350 entries from schools all over South Texas were submitted for the contest.

Geneva artists Alyssa Salter (10th grade) and Nathan Zuniga (10th grade) placed in the top 25.  Those in the top 25 go to auction at the Briscoe Wester Art Museum on January 26 for scholarship money.

Geneva artists Claire Williams (12th grade), Adison Cate (12th grade), Jessica Wheeler (12th grade) and Ruth Wacker (11th grade) placed in the top 50.