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STAFF REPORTS Dr. Preston Brown ’87 and Deana Hood ’89 have been named to Battle Ground Academy’s Board of Trustees, announced Head of School Will Kesler. “We are delighted to welcome two new trustees, both of whom bring a wealth of community experience and connection to BGA,” said Kesler. “Great independent schools begin with excellent governance, …

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Sally Nwider Sophomore Sally Nwider, daughter of Michael and Reema Nwider, is a sophomore at Centennial High School and this week’s Student of the Week. She is fluent in three languages, a member of the CHS Debate Team, achieved a 4.0 in a senior level class last year and has a passion for pediatrics. Her …

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PHOTO: Breaking ground on BGA’s Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship were (from left) Tyler R. Berry IV, ’87, Trustee, former Board Chairman; Hallie Heiter, Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program; Kurt Winstead, current Board Chairman; Will Kesler, Head of School; and Jennifer, Helm, Chair of the Fine Arts Department. / Photo submitted STAFF REPORTS Battle Ground Academy broke ground Thursday …

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Sam Porcelli Senior/ Transition II Sam Porcelli, son of Wendy Porcelli-Cooper, is a senior in Transition II and this week’s Student of the Week. This year, he was awarded the FHS Transition II superlative for Best Gentleman. One of his biggest passions is photography. “I am fascinated by taking pictures of things I haven’t seen …

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Eliza Paisley Sophomore Eliza Paisley, daughter of Emily and Chris Paisley, is a sophomore and this week’s Student of the Week. She is a student at Franklin High, but is also enrolled in the Biomedical Program at RHS. She is a member of the girls soccer team at FHS and a club team. One of …

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STAFF REPORTS Youth Leadership Franklin, a program designed to help future leaders, has started taking applications for the 2019-20 class. All high school sophomores and juniors living in or attending school in Williamson County can apply, according to a release from Youth Leadership Franklin. According to the release, the objectives of the program are to: …

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PHOTO: FSSD Director of Schools David Snowden stands with students who competed in the 2019 IAC in Chicago. They are (from left) Lauren Reeves, Caedmon Holland, Brewer Osteen, Will Osteen, Payton Bledsoe, Brooke Bledsoe and Jack Maxwell. Not pictured are Brennan Slusser and Madeline Hamilton. / Photo by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE The Seamless Summer …

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STAFF REPORTS A Williamson County company is helping to kick off the 2019-20 school year with a back-to-school classroom cleaning supplies drive Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CVS store off Hillsboro Road in Franklin. Maid Right of Williamson County, a locally owned and operated cleaning company, is working in collaboration with …

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PHOTO: FSSD Director of Schools David Snowden and Carol Riordan from the district office listen as school board members discuss during Monday’s meeting. / Photo by John McBryde By JOHN McBRYDE After board members and staff from the Franklin Special School District spent a generous amount of time on the 2019-20 school budget at their …

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ABOVE: Twelve Coastal Carolina University students participated in the Scottish Marine Institute education abroad program. // SUBMITTED   COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Olivia Lentchner, a Marine Science major from Brentwood, was one of a dozen Coastal Carolina University students who participated in the Field Methods in Oceanographic Analysis: Study Abroad at the Scottish Marine Institute faculty-led …

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By JOHN McBRYDE With the Seamless Summer Food Service program a little more than halfway through the season, volunteers have already prepared thousands and thousands of meals for breakfast and lunch within the city limits of Franklin. “We have served 24,595 breakfasts and more than 27,000 lunches,” said Robbin Cross, Child Nutrition supervisor for the …

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION The Athletics Division of Williamson County Parks and Recreation will be offering a six-week soccer program for home school students in Middle Tennessee. This coed program (for ages 7-17) will be held at the Indoor Arena at Crockett Park, 1485 Volunteer Parkway in Brentwood from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. …

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PHOTO: Freedom Middle School Principal Charles Farmer stands with Pam Bryant, president of the United Way of Williamson County, on the morning of Day of Action. / Photos courtesy Susannah Gentry, FSSD By JOHN McBRYDE The Franklin Special School District benefited from the United Way of Williamson County’s Day of Action Friday as scores of …

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WCS InFocus and STAFF REPORTS A veteran instructional leader has been selected as the new principal of Centennial High School, replacing outgoing Principal Christopher Hames. Dr. Meghen Sanders, who served as an assistant principal at Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville since 2013, will take over as Centennial’s principal on July 1, as Hames exits for …

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By WCS InFocus Cameron Gish, who was on the team that opened Mill Creek Middle School three years ago as assistant principal, has been named principal of Hillsboro School, the K-8 campus in Leiper’s Fork where he began his career in education. Interim Superintendent Jason Golden introduced Gish to the Hillsboro faculty as their new …

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Students from Brentwood, Franklin and Nolensville graduated last month from the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee, and now are working in medical training residency programs. Sushma Pavuluri of Brentwood (37027) — Pavuluri received her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Master of Science degree from Lincoln Memorial …

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Michael Brown of Franklin High School has won the Tennessee Boys State Samsung scholarship, awarded to one boy from the state as part of the American Legion Boys State program held at Tennessee Tech in May. He is now a finalist for the national scholarship to be awarded this fall. The Samsung Group, an international …

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STAFF REPORTS The Franklin Special School District’s Story Bus program can be seen as a win-win for parents and children alike. The free community service that’s offered in the summer by the FSSD is designed to foster a love of reading in children, according to a press release from the district. It’s especially important in …

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Columbia State Community College last week announced the spring 2019 graduates. In total, 490 students graduated from Columbia State May 4, with 344 degree and certificate candidates recognized during the fall commencement ceremony. Following are the graduates from our area: Mark Grinberg of Arrington graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate of Science degree in Tennessee Transfer Pathway Business Administration. Anngela Miller of Arrington graduated with an Associate …

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MORNING POINTE OF FRANKLIN The cast of Franklin Christian Academy’s production of Newsies stopped by Morning Pointe of Franklin to entertain the assisted living community’s residents with selected scenes and songs from their upcoming musical. “Needless to say, their performance was a big hit!” Morning Pointe life enrichment director Phoebe Bogan says with a laugh. “We …

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The Kiwanis Club of Historic Downtown Franklin has named ten local high school students as recipients of a $1,000 scholarship to be used at the college of their choice. The number of scholarships awarded increased from five to ten after the club received numerous applications from outstanding candidates. “We were incredibly impressed with the outstanding …

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Isabella Peterson Junior Isabella Peterson, daughter of Shellie Peterson, is a junior at Centennial High School and this week’s Student of the Week. She is the Best Buddies President and a Cougar Crew Officer. Peterson said that Best Buddies is one of her biggest passions. “It is such an amazing organization that is inclusive and …

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Brayden Chapman Junior Brayden Chapman, son of Becky and David Chapman, is a junior at Fairview High School and this week’s Student of the Week. He is a member of the Varsity Football Team and participates in Future Farmers of America. Recently, he earned his Greenhand and Chapter Degrees in FFA, acknowledging his skill in …

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ABOVE: First row, from left are: Hunter Rackley, Brooklyn Allen, Erica Holmes, Kasey Turner, Rosemarie Morris, Laura Wheeler, Whitney Meguiar and Carlee Ward. Second row from left: Akashkumar Patel, Harrison Howell, Christian Weaver, Breanna Ray, Kaylee McClain, Jessa Tucker, Amanda Patterson, Kayla Edmondson, Hope Zinzilieta, Kristen Potts, Krissa Collins and Cheyenne Marks. Third row, from …

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ABOVE: U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jimmie Cole Jr. administers the commissioning oath to the Army’s newest second lieutenants Friday, May 3, at the MTSU Veterans Memorial outside the Tom H. Jackson Building. // MTSU photo by Randy Weiler MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY Students from Franklin and Nolensville were among 19 MTSU seniors awaiting graduation were …

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Noah Baughman Senior Noah Baughman, son of Elisa and Rob Baughman, is a senior at Centennial High School and this week’s Student of the Week. He is a member of the Varsity Baseball Team, CHS Choir, and a volunteer for the Best Buddies program. He also spends the free time he has officiating youth sports. …

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PHOTO:Winston Foodservice sales representative Corey Ainsworth surprises Franklin Special School District’s Child Nutrition Supervisor Robbin Cross with a check. / Photo submitted STAFF REPORTS The Franklin Special School District Child Nutrition Department has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Winston Foodservice to be used to purchase kitchen equipment for the schools. A surprise presentation was …

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Eli Mayberry Senior Eli Mayberry, son of Connie and Rodney Mayberry, is a senior at Battle Ground Academy and this week’s Student of the Week. He is a member of the Varsity Football and Baseball teams and is the President of BGA’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Mayberry said that one of his biggest passions is …

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Jonathan Juarez Arroyo Freshman Jonathan Juarez Arroyo is a freshman at Franklin High School and this week’s Student of the Week. His favorite  class at FHS is auto repair because, Arroyo said, “the teacher really understands the students.” One of Arroyo’s biggest passions is technology, specifically, working with his father. “He installs and builds gates …