Senior Profiles (Group 3) 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.

Alumni Spotlight – Allie Biedenharn, Class of 2011

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

I graduated from Texas A&M in 2015 and studied Natural Resource Management and Spatial Sciences (GIS—Geographic Information System, remote sensing, digital cartography). I have been working at the East Foundation, a wildlife organization that focuses on wildlife research and education, cattle production, and promoting private land stewardship, for the past two years. I live in San Antonio with my dog Prince. I attend First Presbyterian Church and am still riding horses, shooting skeet and playing outside!

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

Geneva challenged me to always think critically. For work I use technology to understand and improve the productivity of native rangelands for both wildlife conservation and livestock production. Having learned how to think critically I am able to be adaptable and pick apart problems to find potential solutions.

Please describe the most significant value you learned from Geneva.

The most significant value I learned at Geneva was to a have a defined worldview. It is important to stay informed, learn about subjects from multiple angles and be able to explain why you think and believe what you do. As you grow and move around, your thoughts may develop and grow with you, but it is important to be able to explain what a biblical worldview means—and then to be able to defend it in conjunction with why you think and act the way you do.

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

Take advantage of the tight-knit community that is encouraging you to be better. Your high school experience is VERY different than pretty much every other kid in the U.S.! Geneva is a place that everyone around you is actively pursuing their faith, challenging and encouraging you to go all in. Friends built at Geneva can last a lifetime (so far, I can only guarantee up to seven years, but things are looking good).

Describe Geneva in one word. Explain.

Idyllic. I don’t know that I thought this at the time I was attending Geneva, but in light of recent school shootings and escalating attacks on Christianity in this country, the “Geneva bubble” allowed me to feel safe, secure and valued.

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

Basketball was a big part of my Geneva experience—and I still enjoy basketball through watching the Spurs and TAMU games.

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?

As my career develops I hope to be a voice for wildlife conservation, research and private land stewardship that links to the land and outdoors to people that otherwise may not be exposed. Geneva has woven into me the confidence to disagree and dig for the truth—whether that be the truth in the Lord or in best rangeland management practices.

What is something you have learned/are learning about yourself and God’s world?

Trust in the Lord.

Eighth Grade Oratory Contest Held

The Eighth Grade Oratory Contest is a highlight of Geneva’s Logic School experience. This competition has become a tradition in which each student memorizes a piece from a selection of historic poems and speeches and delivers his prepared recitation in front of a panel of judges.

After six weeks of practicing and honing their speaking skills, all 59 eighth graders presented either a historical speech or poem in front of their peers, parents, faculty and judges during the preliminary round of Geneva’s Eighth Grade Oratory Contest. From this, the top 12 speakers advanced to the final round of competition which was held on Monday in Geneva’s Lyceum.

Geneva School of Boerne Logic School Headmaster Jeff Jones congratulates the top three finishers in the Geneva School Eighth Grade Oratory Contest. Catherine Knox (left) was declared the Oratory Contest Champion, Nicolas Siller was second and Sophia Mixon finished in third place.

First place was awarded to Catherine Knox for her recitation of a portion of Elie Wiesel’s “Perils of Indifference” address in Washington, D.C. in 1999. Nicolas Siller earned second place for his delivery of Judge Learned Hand’s “Spirit of Liberty” address on “I Am an American Day” in 1944. Sophia Mixon placed third with her recitation of Condoleeza Rice’s address at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Other finalists were Kaitlyn Cates, Cassidy Egli, Garrett Fritcher, Julianna Goodman, Chloe Higgs, Gwyneth Lewellyn, Bailey Lyons, Grant Mowery and Presley Pruitt.

“Learning to speak and present in front of others can be a daunting task. We are so proud of the hard work and excellent presentations of each and every one of our students,” Geneva Logic School humanities teacher Mary Clifford said.

Geneva Gives the Gift of Life

By Geneva junior journalism student Aisling Ayers

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center’s Bloodmobile made its fourth annual stop at Geneva School of Boerne in late February. Students, teachers and parents signed up to give blood and in so doing, gave the gift of life. Geneva Class of 2016 alumna Addie Lipe started this annual blood drive when she initially contacted The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center during her sophomore year to set up a collection day on the Geneva campus. After Addie’s graduation, her younger sister, Olivia, now a senior, decided to carry the torch by taking the leadership role of coordinating the annual drive.

“I love the blood drive because it’s a great way to actively support and serve our community. By giving blood, we are putting God’s word into action by addressing others’ needs before our own,” Olivia said.

According to the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, a single pint of blood can save up to three lives. Students 16 and older may donate blood with parental consent. As a result, many Geneva students lined up outside the mobile blood bank to participate in this simple, yet powerful gesture. Senior Jax Roberts was one of these students and summed up the heart of giving blood when he said, “The feeling that I am improving someone’s quality of life by giving blood is pretty indescribable.”

Fourth Grade Goes Medieval

The Medieval Feast and Faire is a Geneva School of Boerne fourth-grade highlight as the students (along with their teachers and parents) make history come to life. Integrated with their study of history, each student portrays a role of serf, monk, nun, chandler, cook, knight, lady in waiting, nobility or royalty from their study of the feudal system and conducts research on the role to present in class. The students portray their roles and dress in costumes before they are presented by the heralds at the Medieval Faire during a recent Grammar School Assembly.

Geneva School of Boerne fourth-grade students Tessa Murphy, Amelia Morgan and Peyton Turnbow dress as seamstresses and chandlers at Geneva’s annual Medieval Feast and Faire. Students dressed as Medieval people in the feudal system and learned about the various roles, food, culture and activities of Medieval times.

In addition, each classroom is transformed into a Medieval marketplace in which other Grammar students tour to learn about the roles each fourth grader has researched. Fourth graders then enjoy the Medieval Feast, complete with music, elaborately decorated tables, a boar’s head as well as several activities such as sword fighting and archery throughout the day. The minstrels provide the entertainment during the feast and faire. This day has become a beloved annual tradition of Geneva fourth graders.

Boys Swim Team Takes 3rd at State, Girls 8th

Team members are on front row, from left: Coach Rob Inglish, Gabe Ross, Brooke Secor, Katie Grace Styles, Alexa Georgelos, Ashley Salter and Alyssa Salter. Back row: Brendan Fessler, Austin Salter, Austin Dennis, Ben Ross, Daniel Grover, Carissa Georgelos and Matthew Ross.

The varsity swim teams competed in the TAPPS Division III State Swim Meet February 7 in Mansfield. The boys’ team clinched third place and the girls finished in eighth place.  The team is coached by Rob Inglish.

Boys State Swim Scoring Results

  • 200 yard freestyle relay – 1st, Ben Ross, Austin Dennis, Austin Salter, Gabe Ross
  • Medley relay – 2nd, Gabe Ross, Austin Salter, Ben Ross, Daniel Grover
  • 100 yard freestyle – 2nd, Gabe Ross
  • 100 yard backstroke – 2nd, Gabe Ross
  • 200 yard freestyle – 3rd, Austin Salter
  • 100 yard breaststroke – 3rd, Austin Salter
  • 400 yard freestyle relay – 4th, Austin Dennis, Brendan Fessler, Daniel Grover, Ben Ross
  • 50 yard freestyle – 8th, Ben Ross

Girls State Swim Scoring Results

  • 400 yard freestyle relay – 6th, Ashley Salter, Katie Grace Styles, Alyssa Salter, Carissa Georgelos
  • 100 yard freestyle – 6th, Alyssa Salter
  • Medley relay – 7th, Alexa Georgelos, Alyssa Salter, Ashley Salter, Brooke Secor
  • 200 yard individual medley – 7th, Ashley Salter
  • 100 yard breaststroke – 7th, Alyssa Salter

Geneva Students Love Their Neighbors

Fourth-grade students Ella Grace Owens, Brady Chandler, Ben Lee and Nadia Nowosiwsky join their classmates as they sweep Main Street as part of the school’s annual Love Thy Neighbor Day in which students, teachers and parents descend on Boerne to show love by serving the community in practical ways.

Geneva School students, faculty and parents descended on Boerne in February for the school’s annual “Love Thy Neighbor Day.” This is a day set aside near Valentine’s Day each year in which the Geneva Grammar School looks for ways to serve the Boerne community in practical ways.

Students visited city and county officials as well as police, fire, sheriff and EMS offices to express gratitude for all they do to protect and serve their citizens. The students also assisted several area ministries, visited nursing homes, picked up trash and swept the store fronts on Main Street.

“Our hope is that our Geneva Grammar School students develop a greater understanding of the humility and selflessness that is required of all who follow Jesus Christ (see Matthew 20:20-28). Our students did a great job of serving others and representing our school well. They put ‘feet to their faith’ and enjoyed the blessing that comes from expressing God’s love to others with action,” Grammar School Headmaster Jessica Gombert said.

Logic School Celebrates Annual Tolkien Day

By Geneva School of Boerne journalism student, junior Jacqueline Knox

The worlds that author J.R.R. Tolkien created in his novels are full of all sorts of mystical creatures and fantastical places. His series, The Lord of the Rings, is no exception.

Geneva School of Boerne Logic School students Hadley Crafton, Luke Kaiser and Nathan Wilson dress as characters from The Lord of the Rings series for Geneva’s Tolkien Day.

Every summer, the incoming sixth, seventh and eighth-graders at Geneva School of Boerne are tasked with reading one of the books in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. As a result, Tolkien has become a significant part of the curriculum in Geneva’s Logic School.

“In the School of Logic, we dedicate large portions of our Language Arts curriculum to J.R.R. Tolkien and his works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Emphasis is placed on a single book during each of the Logic School years beginning with The Hobbit in sixth grade, The Fellowship of the Ring in seventh and The Two Towers in eighth grade. We hope students will read The Return of the King between eighth and ninth grades to complete the series,” Logic School Headmaster Jeff Jones said. “I love the cultural aspect of Tolkien Day and that it serves to build fellowship in the school while jointly serving as a day just to dress up, have fun and be merry.”

As a reflection of this impact and to honor Tolkien, Geneva’s Logic School sets aside an entire school day in January to celebrate the acclaimed author by recreating the world he depicted in his novels.

Many parent volunteers spent hours transforming the school’s student center called the Lyceum into a scene from Middle Earth, Tolkien’s imaginary land, for students and faculty to enjoy on ‘Tolkien Day’ which occurred on January 26.

“We could not have such an amazing experience on Tolkien Day without the help of so very many parents. Parents help with everything from decorating the Shire (the Lyceum student center) to preparing and serving the Second Breakfast, Elevenses and Afternoon Tea. They also help us with the games and activities. It is so wonderful to have such servant-hearted and enthusiastic parents—many even come in costume! We are truly grateful for their tireless work,” Mary Clifford, Tolkien Day Coordinator and humanities teacher, said.

Logic School Headmaster Jeff Jones portrays Gandalf.

Students and teachers dressed in pure The Lord of the Rings fashion. The Geneva campus was full of elves in long cloaks yielding bows and arrows, Hobbits with pipes and even dwarves with long beards and weapons. Logic School Headmaster Jeff Jones dressed as Gandalf, the wizard who guides Frodo on his journey in the book series.

The day consisted of a scavenger hunt, Hobbit-themed games including a riddle contest and a viewing of a The Lord of the Rings movie. Each grade watched the movie that corresponded to the book they read over the summer. The sixth grade watched The Hobbit, seventh graders viewed The Fellowship of the Ring and eighth grade students enjoyed the second movie in the trilogy, The Two Towers. The students also celebrated with traditional Hobbit meals such as Second Breakfast, Elevenses and Afternoon Tea as they were portrayed in the series.

“My favorite part of the day was the scavenger hunt. Everybody was all over campus and I got to hang out with my friends. I was dressed as a dwarf and my favorite meal was Afternoon Tea because the sandwiches were amazing,” seventh-grader Avery Eggerss said.

Overall, Tolkien Day was a great experience for the Logic School students and faculty as it brought to life many of the places, ideas and characters Tolkien introduced in his novels. This day has quickly become a beloved Logic School tradition.

“The aspect of Tolkien Day that I love above all else is how it brings us together and creates community among the Logic School students, faculty and parents. The fellowship and sharing among us all is amazing,” Clifford said.

Seventh Grade Basketball Team Wins ISAL Championship

Geneva School’s seventh grade basketball team won the Independent Schools Athletic League Basketball Championship on February 3. The Eagles lost only one game in the season (to San Antonio Christian School) and then came back to defeat them in the ISAL Championship Game.

The team is coached by Nick Champion. Team members are from left: Gage Secor, Price Hill, Guy George, Payden Wells, Chaz Lutz, Spencer Yarbrough, Hadley Crafton, Ethan Brunsvold, A.J. Dube, Walker Deimund, Guy Kohler, Luke Kaiser, Garrett Loflin, Coach Nick Champion, Jake Flora, George Viña and Roman Chase.

Grammar School Celebrates Book Week

Geneva’s Grammar School (grades K-5) 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 favorite classic book character or historical figure.

The week-long celebration also included activities such as D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read), a book drive to support Boerne Reads!, support Hill Country Daily Bread and Kingdom Kids Bible Project, 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 seventh annual Book Week Poster Contest was held for kindergarten through second grade as well as for students in third through fifth grade. In the younger grades, first-grader Ruby Sue Svendsen won first place for her poster entry. First grade students Micah Bellamy placed second and Huntley Allen finished third. Kindergartner Callie Grace Patteson won Grand Champion which means her poster will be framed and hung in the Geneva Library. Her poster will also promote the 2019 Book Week.

In the upper grades, Yates Kirchner, fifth grade, won first place, fourth-grader Nikolas Georgelos finished in second place and fifth grade student Ella Dillinger came in third.

“Geneva Book Week is my favorite event of the year as the students show how much they love and enjoy reading classic stories. Not only do the costumes and door decorations amaze me every year, but the students’ and parents’ generosity in supporting several great organizations reflect their love of others in our community,” Geneva School Librarian Lisa Patti said.


Rhetoric School Sponsors Blood Drive

Geneva’s Rhetoric School will hold a Blood Drive on February 20. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center was hard hit by the freeze and has asked for our help.

From the Center: “The freeze we had this past January really stressed the blood supply as we lost 700 donations when schools, businesses, and churches were closed to sit out the storm.  Donors stayed home and were not available to donate.  At this point, we are trying to replace the inventory we lost so that we may have more than a 24 hour supply.”

Therefore, the RS will sponsor the GSB Blood Drive on Tuesday, February 20, and we’d like to hit at least 50 donors (anyone: students 16 and up, parents, teachers).  You can reserve your donation slot by logging on to our SignUp Genius page.

Rhetoric School Magazine and Yearbook Earn Awards

Geneva Quarterly – National Press Association Awards

The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) recently rated the Geneva Quarterly All American (the highest) with Marks of Distinction in every category:  Coverage & Content, Text, Visuals, and Presentation.  The Geneva Quarterly is a Rhetoric School student-produced publication.

In his comments, the reviewer for NSPA stated,

It’s been a pleasure to critique the Geneva Quarterly. I spent a couple days reading it and consuming it, and then I realized I had to quit enjoying myself and get to work. Speaking of work, it’s evident you work hard at serving your readers. Content sparkles. Presentations are smart. Your publication surpasses many of your commercial counterparts.

Geneva journalism students won these individual awards from NSPA:

  • Jayne Goodman, 5th place for Best Story of the Year for “Faith in the Forum”
  • Emme Owens, Honorable Mention for Best Layout of the year for her “He Said, She Said” layout on Sadie Hawkins

Geneva Quarterly adviser Becky Ryden stated, “I am always proud of the work our students do on our publications, but we have truly won some outstanding awards the last two years.  This year we have won the Crown Award for the second year in a row, received a Gold Medalist rating from the Columbia Scholastic Press (the highest award), received this All American rating from NSPA and have had a student win a Pacemaker award for writing.”

Geneva Yearbook – Columbia Scholastic Press Awards

The Boardwalk, Geneva’s yearbook was recently awarded Gold Medalist rating with the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).   The award went to the 2016-2017 edition of the yearbook. In the critique, the CSPA judge had this to say about the yearbook:

What a lovely book. Your school looks like a vibrant, fun, exciting place to be. You definitely succeeded in communicating your school’s spirit to the reader. Your senior snapshots are some of the most fun senior section coverage I’ve seen in a long time. I hope you all feel very good about this book, because it clearly represents a lot of time, care, and hard work. I feel as though I was picking at very tiny details when critiquing your book. That’s just how good it was – I could only find little things to pick at! I very much enjoyed looking through The Boardwalk. Congratulations on a job very well done.”

Geneva Names Geography Bee Champion

Geneva School seventh-grade student Charlie Dees (pictured here, on the left) was declared the 2018 champion of Geneva’s annual National Geographic Geography Bee recently. Sixth-grader Andrew Viot(center) was runner-up and A.J. Dube (right), seventh grade, came in third place. Dees will take a state qualifying exam soon and the top 100 scores from school winners in Texas will compete at the State Geography Bee.

Geography Bee preliminaries were held for each grade level and the top 10 were the students who competed in the Geography Bee finals. The finalists were: Davis Amerman, Maggie Chisholm, Charlie Dees, A.J. Dube, Garrett Fritcher, Sydney Griffey, Cole Hodo, Elle Nicholson, Annie Ramsey and Andrew Viot. This annual competition was directed by Geneva geography teacher Dennis Troyer.