The Saints Award recognizes a person or persons who have rendered outstanding and continuing service to All Saints’ Episcopal School. The contribution of the person will have been in terms of loyalty, financial support and/or service. This award is unique to All Saints’ Episcopal School and is the highest honor accorded a member of our community. The 2018 honorees were Susanne and Kevin Avondet, and Patricia and Win Ryan.
The Avondets began their All Saints’ Episcopal School journey when their first son, James, entered Kindergarten in 1998. Soon followed younger sons, William and Andrew. All three boys are Lifetime Saints, having graduated in 2011, 2013, and 2014, respectively. For more than 16 years, Susanne and Kevin tirelessly supported All Saints’ – from the Board room, from the construction site, and from the football stands where they cheered on their boys every Friday night.
“All Saints’ Episcopal School did more than just provide our sons with an exceptional preparatory education; the community instilled values in them that will carry them throughout their lives. The teachers, coaches and administrators modeled behaviors of good teamwork, stretching beyond one’s comfort zone, self-reliance and learning to trust in oneself and in the faith of Jesus Christ. We truly know what it means to ‘Protect the Family,’ and we are grateful for this School,” the Avondets said.
The Ryans have a long-standing history with All Saints’ Episcopal School, having been classmates in the preschool in the 1960s when it was housed in the basement of All Saints’ Episcopal Church. After Patricia and Win married in 1983, they had four children who are all Lifetime Saints: Emily ’05, Robert ’07, Lucy ’09 and Katherine ’12. Patricia and Win have always considered All Saints’ their family’s second home, and they have intentionally given their time, talent and treasure as a result.
“Our entire family had so many wonderful memories at All Saints’ and believe they sprung from all of the incredible teachers, coaches, administrators and the other families we were able to get to know along the way. Our children were provided a safe environment to learn, compete and to grow in their relationship with the Lord. We are humbled and honored to receive the Saints Award and ‘sing a song of the Saints of God – patient and brave and true’," the Ryans said.
All Saints’ Episcopal School is a leading college preparatory day school in Fort Worth, Texas. Grounded in the Episcopal school tradition, All Saints’ offers programming of national distinction in the academic, fine art, athletic and spiritual disciplines, which brings to life our philosophy of promoting each student’s individual genius within.