Interview: Schylar Reed, former President of the VDP

Interview conducted by Whitney T, Minister of Peace. It has a little bit of insight in our student past.

Schylar Reed is a soccer fanatic, a Patriot Academy student, and the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Valiant Defender’s Party. He majors in Business Management. Schylar served as our executive, first as Vice President and then President, from the very beginning.

How are you, today?

How long have you been in CollegePlus?
A year and a half.

How many credits do you have?

What do you do when you aren’t in school?
I work, study, lead worship in my church and youth group, play soccer, cut wood, hunt, show sheep, and anything else that might sound fun!

Do you have any favorite things? Food? Books? Music?
Are those loaded questions? I don’t think I can narrow it down to just one per item. I like pasta, fruit, and meat for food. I’m a big fan of Christian music, in almost all forms. And for books, well let’s just say I go go on till the sun comes down. A random smattering of favorites would include Rifles for Watie, Pride and Prejudice, Where The Red Fern Grows, The Bronze Bow, Last of the Mohicans, The Scarlet Letter, Any G. A. Henty book….. and the list goes on. I’ll spare you the pain and stop before I really get carried away!

Any goals after graduation?
I would like to attend a Bible college for a year, and then move on into whatever God leads me to.

Any other thoughts you would like to share?
No! Thoughts are private things, meant only for the thinker! Hence the reason we don’t think out loud.

Why is the VDP running?

After our first election cycle, we decided we wanted to be the next Statesmen Party. We wanted to have a lasting impact on the Forums, the Elections, and the Presidency. That is why, for the third time, we are running. We almost won last time, and we plan on being a serious contender in this one. If elected, we plan on continuing Statesmen’s work in improving the forums through initiatives like Post Up for the library, by adding tools to help new students use the Forums, by leading in good, clean, exciting debates in the Debate Hall, and by using the Presidency to lead the forums in Christian behavior.

How did you get to be the President for VDP?
With careful strategy and planning.

VDP President, Why did you accept?
I really want to see the forums continue to improve. I also want to see the Presidency become more than a glorified greeter, but instead be a leader on the forums. Some past presidents that really did that well and went above and beyond the call of duty were Jon David and Spencer. I want to see their legacy as president continue, rather than have the office be a cheap thing.

How did you pick out your Vice President?
Adam [De Kroon] is a veteran of many campaigns and is friends with many. We liked his vision, his initiative, and his image a lot. All in all, he seemed to be the perfect man for the job.