Archives for September 2013

Uncharted Waters- Student participate in CTSO Leadership Camp

img_3413Nearly 60 students throughout Metro Nashville Public Schools participated in the first annual Career and Technical Student Organization Leadership Camp on Sept. 27-28.

Career and Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs, are an integral piece of any CTE class. Not only do these organizations develop leadership and communication skills among students, but CTSOs also reinforce the content area that is reflected through CTE classes. Students who attended camp represented DECA, HOSA, FBLA, FFA, and Skills USA. The camp, entitled “Uncharted Waters,” presented many students with the opportunity to attend leadership camp, participate in fun and informative activities, and take this new found information back to their schools.

Simone W., a student from Whites Creek High School, attended the camp and writes:

Students partook in a multitude of leadership based activities and sessions to hone their leadership abilities. Dr. Gibson's (Whites Creek High School) session "Oh Captain, My Captain," talked about how as a person in a leadership position you should be organized, responsible, and not afraid to delegate to your team members. "All Hands on Deck" by Ms. Mayo (Cane Ridge High School) talked about the importance of giving back to your community. Ms. Prestwood's (Glencliff High School) session "Keeping Everything Ship Shape" talked about the important of organization, and Dr. Kriebel's (Antioch High School) session about financial management is essential to all CTSOs.



The Performance of a Lifetime

JOHS SHOW CHOIR WITH FOREIGNER 2Have you ever wondered what it feels like to sing with famous celebrities? And not just any celebrities, but a band that has earned 10 multi-platinum albums, launched sixteen Top 30 hits, and sold nearly 80 million albums. Thirty-three students at Overton High School no longer have to wonder what this is like—they have lived it.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Overton High School choir was chosen to sing the famous 80’s anthem “I Want to Know What Love Is” with Foreigner when the band performed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

This was the performance of a lifetime for the Overton choir.  Gina Kelley, the choir director, stated,  “ It was a huge opportunity, but also a little music history lesson for the mid-90’s babies.”

Foreigner is a major music icon, so there was a huge crowd that night for the sold out performance.  Thirty-three students performed in front more than 2,000 people in attendance.

Jenna Kirby, a member of the Overton choir, said,  “ It was amazing performing on stage with Foreigner. I could really feel the energy and the happiness everyone brought to the song. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”

Singing with Foreigner was probably not on these students bucket list, but now they can put that in their list of most memorable events.  It is awesome to meet a famous rock star, but to sing with them as well is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

This memory would not have been possible without Overton High School’s partnership with the Nashville Symphony.  Overton offers a sincere thanks to the symphony for giving our students this once in a lifetime opportunity.


— Rashad Dobson
Overton High School Social Media Intern