EDINBURG, TEXAS – Vanguard Academy Superintendent Narciso Garcia says the school had a great turnout for its 3rd Annual Skeet Shoot, considering the bad weather.

“I wasn’t expecting this huge of a turnout, especially with this type of weather. It’s it’s like 40 degrees with the windchill and it’s raining,” Garcia said.

“But, our supporters are very loyal because they are partners of Vanguard, either through our construction projects or because of the workplace internships they create. Things like that. So they are loyal to us, and we’re loyal to them too, as well.”

The skeet shoot was held at El Dorado Sporting Clays north of Edinburg on one of the coldest days of the year in the Rio Grande Valley.

“I would have expected even more people here today. We have like 30-plus participants. But look at the weather right? Imagine if the weather was was even way better. It would have been probably double. But, we’re just blessed that we had a huge turnout.”

The good news was that the teams that did not show up for the skeet shoot still paid their fees to help the school.

“Yes, some teams that couldn’t make it also because of the Thanksgiving break. And so some of these businesses, their owners are headed out of town to visit family. But, they already participated and paid up front. That is because they’re loyal to Vanguard and they see that it’s for a good cause, which is for our students, and scholarships for them.”

Asked why the skeet shoot is important, Garcia said: “It’s super important because this is the 3rd Annual Vanguard Academy Skeet Shoot and we are raising funds for scholarships for our students, for our graduating seniors of the Class of 23.”

Garcia said every penny raised goes back to the students.

“The scholarship funds are for our graduates from Beethoven Early College High School. They have their first graduating class this year. And then Mozart Secondary as well. They have graduates this year. So, too, Rembrandt. So these funds help our students get to college.”

Vanguard has two main fundraising events to raise funds for scholarships. One is the skeet shoot, the other a golf tournament held every Spring.

“At the end of the year we compile all the scholarship funds from the skeet shooting and the golf tournament and we provide all these funds and scholarship monies to our seniors that are either valedictorian, salutatorian or who are graduating with an associate’s degree. And so all this money goes back to our students, to our young people.”

Asked for any wrap-up remarks, Garcia said: “Yes. I am super excited because we have staff from every one of our schools here, participating, volunteering. It’s a free service that they’re providing to our kids. Our staff from Beethoven and Mozart and Rembrandt are here. And central office has stepped up too. It is very heartwarming. I am very appreciative of them.”

Rey Perez, a Vanguard school board member, said he wanted to thank the businesses that helped make the skeet shoot a success. 

“We do a lot of scholarships for the kids. And we develop a lot of partnerships and collaborations with businesses and organizations in the community. At the same time, they open their doors. They help our students with internships. Engineering firms, architects. They come to our schools and present to the students. It is awesome.”


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