ABAC’s 2022-2023 school was like no other. Operating at a capacity much greater than in previous years, the school held many events for students to engage in. Organizations like the Student Government Association and the revived Campus Activities Board provided a fun-filled year.
However, there is one Stallion always at the center of these efforts. Thunder the Stallion can be seen at Stallion Day, Homecoming, or on-campus tours with potential students. It is difficult for students and faculty to keep up with his horsepower, making him an influential character on campus.
“If I had to describe the 2022-2023 school year in one word, it would be “neigh-mazing!” I’m always excited to see our students learning, growing, and chasing their dreams. I’m looking forward to cheering them on as they gallop toward success this year,” said Thunder.
As the school year wraps up, it is important to look back on the achievements the community has made after COVID-19.
Thunder said, “Getting back to activities after COVID has been a bit of a hurdle to overcome, but we’ve managed to canter through it! It feels great to see our students and community members coming together again to support ABAC and show their school spirit. It’s like a breath of fresh hay!”
Events like Homecoming were an ideal way to prepare for finals and the end of the year. Nothing says ABAC pride like a rodeo and a trip down memory lane for the alumni in attendance. “It’s always exciting to see our herd of alumni returning to campus to reminisce about old times and show their support for ABAC,” said Thunder.
The Top Gun-themed Homecoming, “Need for Steed,” had an ideal ending with the rodeo.
Thunder said, “And who doesn’t love the Rodeo, where we get to see some of the best riders around? It’s always a hoof-stomping good time.”
With the year slowing down, it is time to look ahead at what comes next for the ABAC community.
“I’m looking forward to more events, more learning, and more opportunities to cheer on our students as they trot toward their goals. With the wind in our manes, there’s no telling where we’ll go,” Thunder said.
Thunder’s eagerness for the new year does not change the fact he has words of wisdom to give current stallions and the ones graduating from the pasture.
“As we approach the end of the school year, I want to remind our students to keep on galloping towards their dreams! It’s been an honor to see you all grow and thrive. Remember to stay true to yourselves, keep chasing your passions, and always remember the values that ABAC has instilled in you. You’re all winners in my book,” Thunder said.
ABAC is home to a wide variety of eclectic and talented individuals. It might be overwhelming to dive into the community with confidence and ease, but Thunder never forgets a foal.
Thunder said, “To our incoming freshmen, welcome to the herd! As you start your journey at ABAC, remember to take it one stride at a time. Don’t be afraid to try new things, meet new friends, and explore all that our campus has to offer. I’ll be here to cheer you on and support you every step of the way. Remember, the sky’s the limit. Gee Haw Whoa Back Give ‘Em Hell ABAC”
The Stallion thanks translator Bryce Roland for communicating Thunder’s snorts, hoofbeats, and neighs for this interview.