From the Alumni Board President


Presbyterian School, to me, has always been about the pursuit of a well-rounded life. I attended from Kindergarten to 8th Grade, and was part of the first class to witness the completion of the middle school program. Let there be no doubt that I was an energetic and difficult child. "Studious" and "disciplined" weren't the words thrown around in my parent-teacher conferences. Despite this, the School's faculty and staff worked to provide a strong education with equal support and encouragement.

Eventually it would get through to me, and while I still couldn't play a proper C major chord on a piano (despite my poor music teacher's efforts) I would realize the value of rigor and curiosity in life. Some years later I would graduate college with a double major in Business Administration and Communications Studies from Millsaps College. I currently work in corporate market research for Schlumberger, developing and publishing monthly macroeconomic forecasts. I've also supported several company-wide, cross-functional projects. 

Outside of work I volunteer for a number of organizations in a fundraising capacity. I sit on the steering committee for the Houston Museum of Natural Science's "Catalysts" young professionals, and I've enjoyed being a part of groups benefiting the Hermann Park Conservancy, the Houston Zoo, the Museum of Fine Arts, Pier and Beam, and The Menil Collection.


Alumni groups hold a certain value beyond their obvious tendency to reconnect old friends. They offer an opportunity to stay involved in a school's mission. Alumni programs for elementary and middle schools in particular are interesting because they draw people back to their developmental roots. And because we all came from the same school, we were taught the same values and morals. Over the years since I joined the alumni board we've hosted numerous semiannual parties which have been great fun. Last year we even had the opportunity to bring some alumni to the Presbyterian School Gala. I'm excited, then, to announce that we're expanding our roster of activities. We've been brainstorming new ways to bring people together and to get everyone involved. Presbyterian School is an active member of the Houston community, and there's nothing stopping us from volunteering in the community and with the School just because we've graduated.


This monthly e-newsletter is the best way to stay on top of the School and our events, and it should be a great way to see what your old friends and classmates are up to. Stay tuned for more.


We look forward to seeing you!


Ben Clemenceau

Class of 2003


A Look Through Our Window


We have many exciting things going on in the month of October at Presbyterian School. First and foremost, our Back to School Social will be held this Sunday, October 1st (See invite below). Typically, this event is held at Presbyterian School's Outdoor Eduction Campus (OEC), however this year we are hosting it at our main campus for a very special reason...


WE ARE BREAKING GROUND on our new Early Childhood and Lower School Building! We would love to see you at our ceremonial groundbreaking. Please keep your eyes out for a brochure about our new building which will be mailed to all alumni in October. 



More Events in October


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  • Sunday, October 1st: Back to School Social at 5:30 pm



  • October 23rd, 24th, and 25th: HJPC Championships


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PS Alum Chaperones 8th Grade Trip


This summer I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to reunite with Presbyterian School and be a chaperone for the eighth grade class trip! I must say I was a little nervous to have to be an "adult" and not a student this time around, but it truly felt like I just went back in time. I got to make amazing new memories and reminisce on the old ones we made four years ago!


I loved connecting and getting to know the Class of 2018. They are a special group and I'm lucky to have made many new relationships. One of my favorite parts of the trip was getting to watch my small group of girls never quit. They showed amazing perseverance when all they wanted to do was stop.


This trip was put in my path for a reason. I got the chance to grow in many ways ... especially when ten girls needed help folding up sleeping bags outside in 30 degrees. It was those times when I had the most fun with them. It showed me that I have grown so much since my days at Presbyterian and I know this year's eighth graders will do just that. They will grow in who they are, what they believe, how they treat one another, and they will ultimately have the chance to choose which path they will take. Those paths will lead to great things.


This trip overall was an experience I would love to do again because I got to talk with so many students and they all impacted and touched my heart. It was truly an honor to get the chance to lead the younger leaders of Presbyterian School before they begin their final chapter as Middle Schoolers! I am grateful for the teachers and chaperones that helped me and made me feel welcome and respected. It meant a lot to me as a young person and I really cherish all the advice I received. Overall, this trip was full of laughs, smiles, and plenty of hilarious comments, and I wouldn't want it any other way!  


Colby Heno

Class of 2014


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