She is the daughter of Jennifer Gabbert and Ryan Gabbert, both of Beeville. She is the granddaughter of Carolyn Bender and James and Glenda Gabbert, all of Beeville, and Robert Bender of West Carrollton, Ohio.
Students who attend VSA are among the brightest in the country, scoring in the top tier on academic achievement tests such as the SAT and ACT.
“VSA classes develop students’ critical thinking skills, encourage intellectual exploration, and teach them how to thrive in a college classroom setting,” says PTY Director Dr. Tamra Stambaugh. “Students are able to push their intellectual limits alongside friends who also appreciate the sheer joy of learning and discovery.”
VSA consists of one-week, two-week and three-week sessions, each featuring challenging courses taught in university classrooms and laboratories by Vanderbilt scholars. The caliber of VSA’s teacher staff and students’ access to university resources make VSA unique among summer academic programs for gifted youth.
Gabbert has chosen to study nanotechnology, anthropology, world religions, writing in your own voice, the graphic novel, constitutional law, literary analysis and biomedical imaging technology.
Vanderbilt University’s PTY seeks to identify and aid academically talented youth from diverse educational, racial and economic backgrounds by providing academic enrichment and challenge, balance, and healthfulness in their lives.