Chadwick (Chaddy) Short II is a graduate from Texas Connections Academy @ Houston. He lives with his family in
Rockwall, Texas. Chaddy excelled as a Texas Connections Academy student, earning better grades than before and feeling less stressed because
he was able to balance academics with his training and travel schedule for competitive fencing.
Chaddy began fencing in June 2011. In his first year, he became ranked third in the state of Texas and forty-first in
the USA Fencing National Rolling Points for his division. In his first three years, he competed in over sixty-five
tournaments, including fifteen national circuit events and six regional circuit events. Chaddy has medaled thirty-two
times, including seven gold and eleven silver medals. He has also qualified for the USA Fencing National Championships
in 2012 and 2014. Chaddy has fencing practice for three hours, six nights a week, and travels to tournaments about twice
Chaddy previously attended traditional public school, but he transferred to Texas Connections Academy to pursue his goal of becoming a
competitive fencer. He hopes to fence in the Olympics someday. Connections Academy helped Chaddy find the extra hours in
his day that he needed for his sport. He shares more below.
“I first started at Texas Connections Academy so that I could easily travel to national and regional circuit fencing
tournaments without having to miss too much school. I had two sisters already in Connections Academy, so I knew it would
give me the flexibility I was looking for. I liked the idea that I could work on my schoolwork at my pace, without
having to wait for the rest of the class.
With the exception of large projects, I normally finished my school days in a fraction of the time I would finish in
brick-and-mortar schools. I finally had some downtime before I went to practice. This extra time also allowed me to
focus on my fencing without stressing out about having homework after practice. I no longer felt rushed to fit
everything into the day. I usually do not get home from practice until after 10 p.m., so I liked that I could wake up
and start school at 9 a.m., which is later than most students. I mostly enjoy that I don’t have to get up at 6 a.m. to
catch the bus like my friends do.
I first started at Texas Connections Academy so that I could easily travel to national
and regional circuit fencing
tournaments without having to miss too much school. I knew it would give me the flexibility I was looking for. My
have also improved since starting with Connections Academy. I went from struggling to get C’s, with lots of
becoming an honor roll student and a National Honor Society member.
Another advantage I found at Texas Connections Academy is that I did not have to be physically in one location in order to do my schoolwork.
I am able to travel all around the country and compete in tournaments that I would not have been able to compete in
because I would have school the next day. While other families were rushing to get home, sometimes having to forfeit
their events to catch a flight, I was able to chill and unwind by the almost empty hotel pools.
My grades also improved once I started with Connections Academy. I went from struggling to get C’s, with lots of
homework, to becoming an honor roll student and a National Honor Society member. The curriculum allowed me to review
lessons and lectures as much as I needed to make sure I understood the material before I had to take a test. I loved the
multiple resources in my lessons. The videos made learning much more interesting and are just like watching the
Discovery Channel. I feel like I have a much deeper understanding of the topics we were studying.
I like how the LiveLesson ® sessions let me interact and see my teachers and classmates. I knew that I could pick up the
phone or email my teachers anytime I needed help or had a question. I was no longer distracted by other kids in the
classroom when I was trying to get my work finished. I could get all my work done during school time without worrying
about homework. The field trips were a great way to get together with the friends I’ve made through Texas Connections Academy. Having stayed
in the public school system, I knew that all my high school credits are accredited and will be easily accepted by
When I first heard about Texas Connections Academy’s Sports Talent Network, I was excited that fencing and other individual sports could be
recognized in school. While I had been active in football and honors band at my last school, I didn’t have the
opportunity to pursue a high level of competitive fencing. I knew I was making the right choice in changing schools when
I had this extra opportunity to advance.
Since being accepted into the Sports Talent Network, I was recognized for my successes and had the opportunity to earn a
letter. After having been in the Sports Talent Network for two years, I have learned that it is more than just a nice
point on a college application. I have gained so much insight into how to become an elite athlete. I have met Olympians,
professional sports players, and even a talent agent through the LiveLesson sessions. I was able to communicate with
other student athletes who have the same scenarios of balancing school and sports. I have been fortunate to have several
opportunities to speak in front of larger groups of people through Sports Talent Network, which has increased my
confidence when meeting new people as I travel throughout the United States. I truly appreciate all of the amazing
experiences this elite academy has given me.”
In addition to fencing, Chaddy loves to play video games, travel, and try local foods when he visits a new place.