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Striving Toward Her Full Stature

We here at VES have wholeheartedly adopted Toward Full Stature as our vision, our promise, and our mission. We strive to fulfill that vision every day and there are a multitude of stories of our students and faculty driving, striving toward their full stature.

One teacher who is attempting to demonstrate the potential inside each of us is the Chair of the Foreign Language Department, Jennifer Anderson. She has been a Spanish teacher at VES for thirteen years and is an accomplished runner. She brought her love of running to the Bishop’s Cross Country team and has inspired countless students to push through their limits and find new horizons to conquer. A number of years ago she decided to test her own threshold by running in an “ultra” running event. These races typically are at least 30 miles in length and are mostly in the mountains.  Jenny found she could marry her love of running and the mountains while pushing her limits. Within a short time, she had won a number of races and had become sponsored by a shoe company. A few summers ago she and two friends set the women’s speed record for the South Beyond 6000 trail in North Carolina. This trail run consisted of “summiting” the 40 mountains in western North Carolina that are above 6,000 feet in elevation.  They finished the 300 mile journey in 6 days, 13 hours, and 31 minutes.

So where would she go next on her Toward Full Stature journey?  Jenny had long wanted to try a long trail on her own, set a speed record, and help bring awareness to a just cause. She found that perfect trail in the Camino de Santiago. She will begin in France, cross the Pyranees Mountains and traverse northern Spain before ending in Santiago de Compostela. The trail, otherwise known as The Way of St. James, is an ancient pilgrimage trail.  It is meant to follow the footsteps of the martyred Apostle St. James, who made the journey himself with nothing more than the clothes on his back as he preached Christianity in Spain.

Jenny found that perfect cause with the International Rescue Committee. The IRC is at work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities. The IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure the hardships of war, ethnic cleansing, or natural disasters. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Jenny hopes to complete the 600 mile trail in 10 days or less. That would set a new world speed record. She also hopes to raise at least $2,000 for the IRC.  If you would like to contribute to Jenny's efforts, please folow this link to her fundraising page - http://diy.rescue.org/jennys_journey

You can also follow her journey at her blog, http://jennyjourney.wordpress.com/.

Check back each month for more stories from the VES family as we strive Toward Full Stature.

                                 Jenny Anderson training for her run

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