Chad Tappe

Being a fan. Being a Mustang.

Last week, I had the great pleasure of attending the CAC Talent Show presented by the CAC Drama Club. Students from all grades took the stage performing acts including various styles of music, magic and comedy. Seriously, the music was amazingly diverse. Each act had something different, whether it was a rock anthem, a country toe-tapper, a Broadway show tune or a classical masterpiece. There were inspiring vocal pieces and skillful instrumental numbers followed by deadpan cat jokes. It was a purrrrrrfectly random grouping of gifted students performing for a packed house of CAC students, parents and supporters.

Now I say all this not to recap the night for you, but to comment on something that I love about CAC. Our kids celebrate one another. That night, I sat in the audience beaming with pride for the brave students who performed and for all of our students in the audience who were vigorously applauding their classmates’ performances.

In my opinion, one of the greatest talents on display that night came from the audience. Our kids are so gifted with the ability to encourage one another. They are well-practiced and coached, so when it’s time to put encouragement into action, CAC students are ready to go and know what to do.

I could bombard you with examples from CAC Student Sections, ACCESS Gators, Make-A-Wish and Mustang Mission projects. I could even just invite you to visit chapel one day where you can hear our students celebrate each other’s football wins, academic awards, cross-country victories and birthdays, because these kids know the value of an encouraging word. They are present at ballgames and band recitals. They lift people up at service projects and signing days. They celebrate one another and know that their classmates are there to celebrate them in return.

It’s something that has become a part of the DNA of what it means to be a Mustang. Our students learn the value of encouragement, a kind word, and being fans for your friends. Being a Mustang, being family, being one means being there for one another. Yes in the tough times, but also in the great times, in the take-the-spotlight times, in the “Did you just see me own ‘Blame it on the Boogie?’” times. That’s when family does not fail. We are loud and proud.

Many thanks to Mrs. Thomas and the members of the Drama Club for putting on a great show, for showcasing the gifts of our student body, and for giving us all an opportunity to celebrate these talents.

Chad Tappe

Chad Tappe

Head of Advancement and Enrollment

Chad Tappe is the Head of Advancement and Enrollment at CAC. Chad received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Harding University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Leadership Studies at the University of Central Arkansas.

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