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The Rising Tide of Anxiety

By Lindsey Ervin, Social-Emotional Services Coordinator We don’t have to look far to find evidence of rising anxiety among high school students. You may not have to look farther than your own living room. What’s a parent to do? Leaning into your teen’s anxiety can be uncomfortable and scary. Student mental health issues may be […]

National Merit Scholar Recognition

Twelve Valor students were recently given various recognitions by the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program. Over 4.3 million students were entered into this competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) This receiving this honor include: Front Row: Abby Linderman, Jack Emerson, Zachary Westen, McKenna Gilbreth Second Row: Joshua Cellar, Alexander […]

Nurturing the Spirit in the Midst of College Prep

By Dr. Zach Gautier, Dean of Academic Services This fall marks my eleventh year here at Valor. So much has changed over the past decade, but our commitment to being a college preparatory institution has not. Over the years, I have been blessed to be a classroom teacher in the history department and then for […]

Arts on Target: The Long Arrow

By Arie Ringnalda, Director of Arts+Media Years ago, on a fishing foray to tiny Whale Pass, Alaska, my colleague John DeYoung and I met a local legend. Upon attending the town’s only church, we were introduced to Gerald Welch – pastor, bow maker and archer of remarkable acumen. Gerald is a lover and maker of […]

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Top 7 Reasons Why Giving To Valor Is More Than A Good Investment

By Rebecca Johnson, Director of Strategic Engagement Not long ago a friend said to me, “I can’t believe how much Valor has accomplished in 20 years.” I smiled and accepted the kind intention of his words before I corrected him. “The school isn’t yet 20 years old,” I replied. Valor’s founding task force formed in […]

When Nothing is More Than Enough

My name is Kyler and I am a senior at Valor. Over the summer, I served in what my team and I now identify as the greatest city on earth! The weather was quite toasty and humid, but the presence of God was much stronger than our physical discomforts and kept our focus on our […]

Faculty Profile: Question and Answer with Mr. Rick Russon, Applied STEM Coordinator

Hi, Mr. Russon. Welcome to Valor! Tell us a bit about your new role here. Thank you! I’m excited to be here. I’m the Applied STEM Coordinator at Valor. My job is to collaborate with staff, students, parents and industry leaders to create a world-class Applied STEM program. My personal goal is to provide an […]

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Excellence in Christian Education: The McVaney Family

On spring break in 2017, Kevin McVaney witnessed an unexpected reunion that could only be described as a “divine appointment.” Kevin and his family were visiting Rwanda, where his son Colman works with a nonprofit organization. Colman suggested they go see the hospital where, two years earlier, he and his Valor classmates had spent a […]

Physics and Faith: Q&A with Valor Alum Ben Lorden (’13)

What was your favorite class at Valor? I’m pretty technically minded, so I really loved math and physics classes. My favorite class was with Mr. Spicer who has since gone on to work at United. He is an amazing man who served in the Air Force Academy for a long time—a test pilot and all […]

Great Purpose in Houston

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in south-central Texas. The Category 4 hurricane threatened millions of Texans with 130-mph winds, overwhelming rains and catastrophic flooding. The storm produced a year’s worth of rain – 27 trillion gallons – in less than a week. The resulting damage affected 13 million people in the Houston […]