A few of our community’s accomplishments this school year

May 23 2024

A few of our community’s accomplishments this school year

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
-Socrates

 “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates
Sometimes we get so caught up in daily tasks and duties that we miss things that are important. Or in the words of Dr. Seuss: “My goodness, how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

As we leave for the summer holiday, we thought it would be beneficial to step back for a moment and reflect on the year. At Keystone, we had an amazing year, filled with many accomplishments and accolades that we can all celebrate. Here are some of the year’s highlights:

Academics and the arts:

  • 4 seniors – Niraj, Joanna, Evan, Alan – named National Merit Semifinalists and then Finalists
    40% of Class of 2024 recognized by National Merit Corporation
  • 14 juniors/seniors received National Merit Recognition (Hispanic or African American)
  • 9 students named National Merit Commended
  • Keystone teams won top three places in regional Academic WorldQuest, continues winning streak going back to 2011
  • Keystone students swept 1st-4th place of MS division of local Speak Up Speak Out conference, 9th graders win high school division
  • 9th graders won 1st place at state SUSO competition and one of the middle school teams earned a third place finish in the middle school division
  • A sixth grader qualified for national Spelling Bee for the second straight year
  • Two 11th graders and two 9th graders presented at ISEF, the international Science Fair
  • One 9th grader and one 10th grader won Gold Key awards in local Scholastic Art contest
  • Two 9th graders and two 11th graders won Gold Key awards in local Scholastic Writing contest
  • 32 students won Young Pegasus poetry recognition
  • 6 students were recognized for their poems at the San Antonio Ekphrastic Poem Contest
  • 21 juniors and seniors performed or showed works at the ISAS Arts Festival in Austin
  • A team of five 7th graders earned 1st place in the comedy category and 3rd place overall in the San Antonio 90 Second Newbery Film Festival.
  • Middle School Model UN brought home 4 Peace Prize awards and one outstanding role play award at the State Model UN competition in Dallas

Great work to our students for their work in the classroom, on the stage, and in the studio! We are proud of you.

Cobras also performed admirably on the courts and fields of play. They played hard and demonstrated integrity in their competitions.

Athletics

  • Volleyball won the state championship, the first since 1999
  • 2 volleyball players committed to D1 schools
  • Soccer advanced to the state quarterfinals for first time since 2018
  • 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams won district championships
  • 7th grade girls basketball capped off unbeaten season with district championship
  • 7 varsity tennis players (3 doubles teams and 1 singles player) advanced to the state tournament. One team and 1 singles player won bronze medals
  • Added 3rd and 4th grade volleyball teams

While Keystone alumni shine in college and beyond annually, they did exceptionally well this past year.

Alumni honors

  • Isabella Sullivan ’20 named Rhodes Scholar (Keystone’s first Rhodes)
  • Mia Lopez ’03, named the inaugural Curator of Latinx Art at the McNay Art Museum
  • Jason Arumburu ‘03-finalist for X Prize
  • Paul Conroy, ‘20, named a Fulbright Scholar to Finland

Around school, we celebrated a number of family events and extracurricular activities.

School events, activities, and recognitions

  • Families gathered on campus on a Saturday to watch the Ring of Fire eclipse
  • Keystone celebrated its 75th anniversary with a successful Food and Drink Festival
  • Lower School launched Manners Matter initiative
  • Keystone celebrated its inaugural Art Showcase, which took place at Armadillo Boulders
  • Author Bryan Stephenson sent personal message to Keystone upper schoolers
  • Lower School (K-3) took first Outdoor Education trips, adding to existing 4-12 lineup
  • Keystone again named Best Private High School in San Antonio, according to Niche
  • 11th grader Julia went viral on TikTok (with some 5 million views) for a moving essay
  • The Class of 2024 announced college decisions: 34 seniors received about $9 million in merit scholarships and need-based financial aid, averaging about $265,000 per student. They were accepted to 108 institutions and will attend 27.

Keystone students, faculty, staff, and alumni demonstrated again and again that “we can do hard things.” They merit our admiration and gratitude.

I would like to close this year’s blog posts with a note from this year’s senior prank night: Alyssa and Sidney went to the Kinder Cottage and placed a paper flower on every kindergartener’s desk and bouquets for Ms. Carpenter and Ms. Lavelle. The two seniors wrote on the board “We can’t wait to see what you all blossom into.”

As we head out for the summer, let’s reminisce fondly on the past year and look forward to the ways our students and alumni will blossom in the future.

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