Archives for February 2015

Bridges to Belmont: 12 students receive full-ride scholarships

Twelve students from Stratford STEM Magnet High School received full ride scholarships to Belmont University. Watch and hear their reactions to this incredible news in the video below.

Partners and Students working together for FAFSA

Business partners work with students in a variety of ways. One way is by assisting families in navigating the Free Application for Federal Student Aide , or FAFSA. Ashley R., a student in the Academy of Hospitality and Marketing at Antioch High School, writes about her experience at the Antioch FAFSA night.  

On January 15th Antioch hosted their annual FAFSA night. I was excited when I arrived and saw many familiar faces. I was very proud to see so many of my fellow peers attending the event because it let me know they were serious about their future and taking advantage of this great opportunity to receive free scholarships and grants for college. In my opinion the event was very well organized and very well put together. The staff was very friendly and more than happy to answer any questions or concerns that we or anyone had. They were very respectful and at times very funny, as soon as you raised your hand they were already on their way with bright smiles and energy. They made my FAFSA experience more than easy and very enjoyable. I’m sure they did the same for many others as well. It was very generous and sweet for the school to offer its students free pizza and other refreshments for both them and their parents. FAFSA night also gave my mother the opportunity to meet some of the fabulous hardworking teachers in this school, along with our more than awesome counselors and everyone else who makes this school what it is. I spent lots of time with my friends having a good time as we patiently waited for our names to be called. The all-around energy in the building that night was nothing short of amazing and positive. Everyone around me was happy, cheerful and just full of energy. We cheered at the ringing of the bell and announcements of students being accepted into college. In general, my FAFSA night was amazing, easy and very enjoyable.

Operation Field Trip

Field trips give students the opportunity to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Criminal Justice students from Stratford STEM Magnet High School’s Academy National Safety and Security Technologies participated in a field trip this month of the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center. In this post, Mr. Stephens documents their experience.


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Criminal Justice I students successfully completed their field trip mission to the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center. Students were accompanied by Academy Principal Merkerson and their teacher, Mr. Stephens.  This unique opportunity was facilitated by Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall, Ms. Earl, Lt. DeMoss, Sgt. Foley, and Mr. Pressler. Students discovered that Lt. DeMoss was a graduate of Stratford High School and so was his father! Lt. DeMoss volunteered to attend the Stratford Career Day later this month and is looking forward to touring the school and seeing the progress of the renovation.

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Extracurricular Activities Enhanced by Academy Theme

Every student in the Academies of Nashville has the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities ranging from band to student government to chess club. Oftentimes, the leadership skills associated with these organizations are enhanced by a student’s pathway or Academy theme. Marisol G., a junior at McGavock High School in the USCCU/ Gaylord Opryland Academy of Hospitality and Finance, talks about her recent trip to the Southern Association of Student Councils Conference. 


IMG_0310[1]           From October 11th to October 13th two fellow student council members, our head student council sponsor, and I where in Lawrenceville, Georgia. We attended the Southern Association of Student Councils Conference at Mountain View High School. Student Council members from all over the South came to attend this conference. Throughout the conference, we listened to keynote speakers, met new people from the South, learned more about leadership through hands-on activities, and visited a few local attractions. We went to the World of Coke, Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Georgia Aquarium. We also helped package meals for the Stop Hunger Now Organization and presented a workshop about School Spirit.

I learned and got so much out of this fun experience. Not only did I get several ideas on how to improve our student council, but I also learned more about what leadership really is. The keynote speakers, Mike Smith in particular, really inspired me to have a more positive impact on people. I learned about connecting, leading, and inspiring. Not only did it relate to student council, but it also related to my pathway class. In my pathway class, we have been learning about the four P’s of marketing. Every where I looked, I saw marketing every where. Promotion was the most common P of marketing that I saw.