What does the country’s only student-run record label have up its red and green sleeve for the holidays? How about A Firebird Christmas, a collection of holiday classics “with a twist.”
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet students have put together a brand new album for their label Relentless Entertainment Group. They are giving a special sneak preview at holiday concerts this Wednesday and Thursday, December 11 and 12.
In case you don’t already know, Relentless Entertainment is a student-run record label at Pearl-Cohn through Warner Music Nashville. Students are in charge of every aspect of the label. They modeled the company after Motown Records, right down to the “Hitsville, U.S.A.” stickers on the office door. They recruit talent from across the district and record in a state-of-the-art recording studio opened last spring.
Come support the label and hear some good music at Pearl-Cohn.
Wednedsay & Thursday, December 11 & 12
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School Auditorium
904 26th Avenue North, 37208
Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for 12 and under
And just because we love it, let’s take a look back at Relentless Entertainment’s previous project, Life Every Voice.
She won! Julie Hasfjord is Tennessee’s winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. She won for her “innovative approach to advancing STEM among her students, as well as making an impact in her community.”
Yes, that means Bailey STEM Magnet Middle wins $20,000 in technology from Samsung. It also means Julie moves on to the national competition in March, where she could win a technology package for her school worth $35,000 to $140,000.
Julie Hasfjord, STEM Teacher at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle, has been selected as one of the five state finalists for Tennessee in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Julie was chosen because of her dedication to inspiring her students, improving her local community and fostering STEM education. Out of the more than 2,300 applications, hers was chosen as one of the five best in your state. She already has received two Samsung Galaxy Tabs to aid in classroom instruction!
She will now face off against four other schools for the State Winner position. Should she win, Bailey STEM Magnet Middle school will receive a video technology kit and a technology package valued at $20,000 from Samsung!
From the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee:
The Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School will celebrate Computer Science Education Week by participating in the “Be a Video Game Developer” program made possible by Dell on December 12.
“Be a Video Game Developer” is a six-week program that the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee offers to Bailey STEM Magnet students during their STEM elective time. In this program, girls explore different aspects of technology, such as programming, coding, information theory and logic. They will discover how technology is used to create graphics, music and motion, as they learn about all of the pieces involved in developing a video game.
“This program is unique because participants identify a community problem and create a game concept around the issue to educate others about it,” said Sue Perkins, Program Specialist at the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. “Our hope is that creative exposure to technology through this program will spark an interest and encourage girls to pursue a technology-related career.”
Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15) is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education. Among several objectives, one goal is to get ten million students to do one hour of coding during that week.
“We are deeply thankful for our partnership with the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee in advancing our scholars’ access to these enriching STEM opportunities,” said Christian L. Sawyer, Ed.D, Executive Principal and Chief Instruction Officer at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School. “We know these learning experiences are preparing our scholars to succeed and lead in the global economy, where STEM-related careers are already prominent and will grow significantly in importance. In fact, the US Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. What’s most powerful about this is to see our scholars showing such creativity and ingenuity in their weekly computer gaming STEM elective, an opportunity made possibly by this empowering partnership!”
The program is offered through the Powering the Possible grant received from the Dell Foundation. It will also be offered to local Girl Scouts at the Council Service Center.
by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc
Hume Award – Scholar-Athlete Award
The most prestigious honor bestowed on any Nashville High School football player is the Hume Award – presented for the past 70 years to a local football player on the basis of “scholarship, sportsmanship, individual performance and value to the team.” Thirteen students received the award for their respective schools, five are named finalists, and one Nashville football player joins a list of Hume Award winners that includes some of this city’s greatest young men.
The highlight of the award luncheon each year is when each coach stands and describes the finalist from his team…so proud of his player and so appreciative for the leadership and character each young man brought to the team. As the proud parents listened, Coach Peden from Antioch, Coach Parks from Cane Ridge, Coach Waite from East Nashville, Coach Murray from Hunters lane, and Coach Morrison (filling in for the recently retired Coach Anderson) from Overton described each finalist’s impact on the team, on the school and on the community.
Congratulations to this year’s honorees!
- D.J. Young, Antioch
- Emmanuel Gyang, Cane Ridge
- Malik City, East Nashville Magnet
- Nikolas Jake Osborne, Glencliff
- Porter Streator, Hillsboro
- Demarcus Alexander Watts, Hillwood/Hume-Fogg
- Tyler Bennett, Hunters Lane
- Manuel A. Colon, Maplewood
- Ronald A. Elliott, McGavock
- Kevin Scott, Overton
- Hayden Gregory, Pearl-Cohn/MLK
- Terrance Valentine Jr., Stratford
- George Maurice Lewis Jr., Whites Creek
Throw it Back, Throw it Back, Waaaaay Back… Hume Award History
Since the first Hume Award was presented in 1944, only two scholar-athletes have won multiple Hume Awards. Dale Beck of Howard School won the award in 1947 and 1948. After graduating from Howard, Dr. Beck played football at Vanderbilt, played professional baseball, served in the Navy, and his career as a physician included stints as President of the medical staff at two hospitals.
How long ago did Dr. Beck win the Hume Award? Let’s see… Do you remember when the Howard School building of government offices was Howard School, an actual school building? Yeah, me neither.
All Metro Team
As reported by SportsNashville.net, the All-Metro Football team has been selected by the MNPS coaches.
1st Team All-Metro:
- Isiah Upton, East Nashville
- Michael Hughes, Hillsboro
- Keshawn Vaughn, Pearl-Cohn
- Moses Cornelius, Antioch
- Justin Martin, Overton
- Nick Fuqua, Cane Ridge
- Patrick Smith, East Nashville
- Darren Pendergrass, Cane Ridge
- Chavaris Newsom, Maplewood
- Joshua Montgomery, Pearl-Cohn
- Karim Antoine, Antioch
- Carlos Johnson, Pearl-Cohn
- Kevin Scott, Overton
- Joseph Cartwright, East Nashville
- De’Marqueze Douglas, Pearl-Cohn
- Micah Kennedy, Cane Ridge
- Kendell Lawrence, Overton
- Caleb McLamb, Pearl-Cohn
- Zachery Curry, Whites Creek
- Brandon Van Leer, East Nashville
- Lamont Roberts, Antioch
- Wadarius Johnson, Overton
- Hayden Gregory, Pearl-Cohn
- Gage Smith, Maplewood
- Ugo Amadi, Overton
- Antwain Goodner, McGavock
- Reuben Krukrubo, Antioch
- Andrew Horton, Cane Ridge
- Robert Bailey, Pearl-Cohn
- Lennox McAfee, East Nashville
- Kenneth Jones, Stratford
Toyota East/West All Star Game
The roster for the 7th annual Toyota East/West All-Star Football Game includes Hayden Gregory and Carlos Johnson of Pearl-Cohn; Andrew Horton of Cane Ridge; Porter Streator of Hillsboro; and Justin Martin of Overton. High school football stars from across the state will kickoff December 13, 7:00pm at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Good luck!
MNPS: The First Choice for Scholarship, Sportsmanship, and Value to the Team
Cane Ridge High School senior JaKala Kimmons has interned at Vanderbilt for two years now, working alongside researchers. Last month she flew to Washingon, D.C. to present to the American Medical Informatics Association.
JaKala and her co-author, Dr. Kim Unertl, presented “Understanding the Workflow of Chemotherapy Infusion Management” on November 19. Their research was accepted for presentation ahead of graduate students and university faculty. In fact, only 41% of submissions to this conference are accepted.
Nice work, JaKala!