Meet Tanner Rangel

By Joan Frances –

Tanner Rangel

Tanner Rangel

Aristoi Classical Academy provides students with an academically challenging Classical Liberal Arts education that encourages them to develop a passion for learning and gives them the means to become responsible citizens of virtuous character. Tanner Rangel is a senior who has excelled at academics, sports and extracurricular activities, and he has achieved respect and recognition for accomplishing his goals.

Rangel has taken Advanced Placement and Honor courses throughout his high school career. He is a member of National Honor Society (NHS) and has received Academic Excellence Awards for History, English and Math. He is also a Student Ambassador for the school. Last year, the beginning year of the program, he was selected as one of two students from his grade by the administration to assist in this program. As a Student Ambassador, he gives tours of the school to parents and prospective program partners. He volunteers his time to setting up, serving and tearing down school events. He also transports other students to on and off school functions since charter schools do not utilize school bus programs.

Rangel is a member of the All State and All Regional Varsity Football team. This year, his team won the Football State Championship. He is also a Varsity Soccer team player. His favorite teacher is his football coach, Coach BJ Sarver. “He has coached me for the past two years. Coach Sarver really took our team under his wing and challenged us to always give our best effort as individuals and as a team. He fostered a culture of brotherhood amongst the team, on and off the field.”

Winning the 2019 State Championship was something Rangel will never forget. “I will treasure this because it was an awesome experience for my team coming together with each player contributing their skill to the overall team. As Aristotle said, ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’ Each player gave all their effort in each game this season, producing an undefeated season and winning the State Championship. And just overall, I really enjoyed winning state with my fellow teammates who I consider my brothers. We worked hard, but had a lot of fun in the process.”

Photos by Madison Rangel.

One value Rangel lives by is his faith. “To live as Christ would have. I’m not perfect by any means, but I always strive to be kind and respectful toward others. This value is based upon Matthew 25:39-40 and the second is similar to it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”’

During his free time, Rangel is involved in different church youth programs, such as Hope City Youth, Young Life Club and Kingsland Baptist Youth. He is a conscientious leader. “Being a leader as an upperclassmen these past two years has been fulfilling to me because I’ve seen the positive influence my actions have for the younger students on the campus. They have been sharing with me that they are grateful to me for introducing them to Young Life Club and for having a positive impact on their life. I’ve also enjoyed inspiring under classmen by setting an example to eliminate curse words from their vocabulary and music.” Besides sports, Rangel loves to fish in his spare time and attend car meets with fellow Houstonians.

This fall, Rangel will attend Texas A&M. His major is undecided, but he strongly gravitates towards the outdoors, helping and interacting with people. Congratulations Tanner Rangel for your undeniable commitment to your fellow man. Good luck as you move forward to make an impact in your future.