HURRY: Seniors need to APPLY NOW to get two years of college fully paid!

It is not to good to be true, 2 years of a college education paid in-full, but it’s not going to happen unless you APPLY BY NOVEMBER 1st!

Promise-logo1-300x231If you haven’t heard by now, the Tennessee Promise Program allows the state’s eligible high school graduates heading to college next year the opportunity to attend a community or technical college free of tuition and fees. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.

Even if students hope to go to a larger private institution or even an Ivy League school, starting at a community or tech college for free could make a big impact both financially and educationally.

“The ability to master these skills in a smaller and more personal setting without incurring student debt is a gift,” says Meri Kock, Hillsboro High School counselor. “The Tennessee Promise program is one that can, quite literally, change the lives of those students who opt to take advantage of it.”

Metro Schools’ Executive Director of School Counseling, Nicole Cobb agrees. “Tennessee Promise removes the financial barriers our students’ face, which has in the past prohibited access to college.  This means that many of our students will be the first in their families to attend college.”

How it works…

Scholarship Based

  • The program will cover tuition and fees not covered by all other scholarships, grands and funds.

Mentoring Program

  • Students are required to have a mentor who will assist the student as he or she navigates the college admissions process.

Community Service

  • Students are required to complete eight (8) hours of community service during each term enrolled.

Community Meetings

  • Students will have to attend two community meetings about the program.

Keep Your Grades Up

  • Students must keep their grades above a 2.0 GPA. That’s typically a C.

Just visit and click the “Apply Now” blue ribbon on the top right corner to start the application process ASAP!

Acollegefaire2014TTEND OUR COLLEGE FAIR!
Parents and students can visit with more than 200 colleges and universities, all in one place, during our College Fair, Tuesday, September 23rd at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds (Creative Arts Building and Exhibitor’s Building) from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. There you can learn more about the TN Promise program and how it can help benefit your families higher education goals.

Click here to Download the 2014 College Fair Flyer

Parents can get more information and support at

An essay, song, poem or video can win students $250!

SCORE Prize HeaderTennessee students can win a $250 scholarship just by showing off what they’ve learned in a creative way. The State’s SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education) program is once again hosting the “Students Rise to the Challenge Competition.” Public school students from grades 3-12 are eligible.

Students can submit an original essay, song, poem, or video that addresses one of the following:

  • Grades 3-5: Give a real world example of how you are using knowledge and skills you’ve learned in your classes.
  • Grades 6-8: Give a real world example of how you are using knowledge and skills you’ve learned in your science or social studies classes.
  • Grades 9-12: Give a real world example of how you are using knowledge and skills you’ve learned in your math or English classes.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. Central on Monday, September 15, 2014. Please note, students must work alone on their entries. Team submissions are not accepted.

After semifinalists are selected, a poll on SCORE’s Facebook page will determine the finalists in each category. Finalists will be interviewed before the winners are selected.

Winners will be awarded a $250 college scholarship and will share their work at the SCORE Prize event on Monday, October 27, in Nashville where country singer Dustin Lynch will perform.

Metro students have a history of winning this contest. Last year’s winner was Sarah Martin of Hillwood High School.

To learn more visit the SCORE website.

North Sports Report – August 28, 2014

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

More than a Game

High school football is the best entertainment in town. The competition, the players, the cheerleaders, the marching band …fantastic, but only part of the story. The North Sports Report reveled in the opening night spectacular at Antioch High School last Friday. Teachers, administrators and school support staff helped guide the fans, worked the grill, served the chicken wings, and even doled out college information and free cupcakes to high school seniors. Fans of all ages enjoyed the family-friendly atmosphere with school age children playing and tossing a football while younger kids, sporting their favorite school’s gear, rode the track in a wagon. The highlight was the Antioch Bear mascot entertaining the crowd. As you may know, the North Sports Report loves mascots!

Of course, Antioch High School has the most appropriately named concessions stand on earth. Prove it? Ok. What do you say right after you take that first gulp of an ice cold soft drink on a hot August night? Exactly, you say “Ah”! When visiting a game at Antioch, be sure you stop by AHS for a soft drink.

Between the lines was an exciting football game with two good teams. Outside the lines was a Friday Night Festival. Go to a game! You’ll love it.

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Girls Soccer Season is Kickin’ It

Soccer’s popularity in Nashville continues to skyrocket, and the high school season is in full swing. The North Sports Report enjoyed a game this week at the Metro Center fields as the Hume-Fogg Lady Blue Knights visited the East Nashville Lady Eagles. The skill, tenacity and teamwork of these student-athletes will always help them reach their goal.

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Football Friday August 29, 2014

The North Sports Report will head over to the TPS football field this week as the high-flying East Nashville Eagles host the galloping Glencliff Colts in the only game of the week that pits two MNPS teams.

In other action:

  • Whites Creek Cobras head down the street to face Davidson Academy;
  • Startford Spartans host Howard from Chattanooga;
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds travel to Clarksville to face Kenwood;
  • Overton Bobcats welcome Centennial to Nick Coutras Stadium;
  • McGavock Raiders play at home against Rossview;
  • Maplewood Panthers head down I40 to Jackson to face Madison Academy;
  • Hunters Lane Warriors travel to Sumner County to take on Hendersonville;
  • Hillwood Hilltoppers go to CPA;
  • Hillsboro Burros take the long bus ride to Christian County, Kentucky;
  • Cane Ridge Ravens host Smyrna; and
  • Antioch Bears welcome Mt. Juliet.

The MNPS home games are at Stratford, at Overton, at McGavock; at East Nashville (at TPS on Foster Avenue); at Cane Ridge; and at Antioch.

Go to a game!

MNPS: The First Choice for Skill, Tenacity and Teamwork

Pearl-Cohn student’s song about Ferguson goes worldwide

You have probably seen this by now…

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School student Queen McElrath wrote and recorded the above song in response to the situation in Ferguson, MO. Writing about the song on, Queen said, “We hope that this message will show that teens can positively contribute to a volatile situation. We just wanted to recognize what was going on; somewhere in this world there is a community that is hurting and if we work together, we can help heal this situation.”

She was just expressing herself using the amazing tools available to her, thanks to the Pearl-Cohn Academy of Entertainment Management and its in-school recording studio. After recording the song, she and her friends put together a music video and posted it on the school’s YouTube channel. From there things started getting more serious.

First it got a lot of attention on Twitter and Facebook. She performed it for Metro Police and concerned citizens at the Mt. Zion community meeting . The Tennessean published a story this week, which was then syndicated nationally by USA Today. Then the song could be heard on NPR on stations across the country thanks to a story on WPLN from Emily Siner.

Believe it or not, now it’s gone global. BBC World Radio used it as the soundtrack for a compilation of national reactions to the situation in Ferguson (starting at the 5:00 mark).

As of this morning, the video has racked up thousands of views on YouTube and is still spreading around the world.

And it all started because Queen couldn’t contain her desire to bring a positive message to a terrible crisis. We are proud of her for her positive outlook and her relentless drive to share it with her peers.

Nice work, Queen (and Destinee, too!).


MLK and Hume-Fogg Magnet Schools once again ranked among nation’s best


Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School at Historic Pearl High

The two best high schools in Tennessee have landed on yet another list of America’s top schools.

“The Daily Beast” list of Top High Schools has placed Hume-Fogg Magnet High School at #32 and Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School at #82 for 2014.

Schools were ranked based on:

  • Graduation Rate
  • SAT and ACT Scores
  • College Acceptance & Preparation
  • Percentage of Economically Disadvantaged Students

This is far from the first time Hume-Fogg and MLK Magnet have received this type of honor. They have routinely placed in surveys of America’s best schools in previous years, like this one, this one, this one and this one (to name a few).

Congratulations to all the hard working students and faculty who made it possible!


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