Charles Randall

Graduation Year: 2018

Post-Graduation Activities:
I’ve been attending the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) since I graduated, majoring in Electrical Engineering. I have an internship with Texas Instruments lined up for this coming summer. I am also planning for a Master’s in Electrical Engineering. I am a National Merit Scholar and UTD gave me a full scholarship on that basis.

What was your favorite thing about Vanguard?
How friendly and understanding everybody always was, the freedom I was given to be myself, the feeling of family. . . the list goes on and on.

Do you have any significant Vanguard memories you would like to share?
I always enjoyed sitting in the lobby in the mornings, playing guitar as people came in. That was great fun, and I loved seeing everybody’s smiles.

I remember going to Enterprise City a whole bunch. I was super excited the year I managed to get the role of DJ!

Doing the robotics club with Jeremy was a huge blast! I still can’t get over how funny it was that our robot’s ball-launching system sounded like a diesel engine for some weird reason.

Were there any teachers or staff members that made a special impact on you?
Mr. Ryan taught me that, sometimes, you just have to tough it out. Also, he taught me that my actions have consequences. Ms. Edith taught me to reason through things calmly. Ms. Ashley taught me that you don’t have to agree with your favorite people. Ms. Alyson influenced me greatly; she was extremely friendly and understanding, but she took care of things that needed to be taken care of. Mr. Russ taught me how helpful it is to talk about my problems, and how nice it is to be heard.

Is there any advice you would give to current or future Vanguard students?
Everybody should keep in mind that the folks at Vanguard are always doing their best to help everybody. Even if you don’t agree with a decision, it was made in an attempt to solve a problem or improve the school.

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