Coach Porter is Burro bank manager by day and Burro basketball coach at night

The Hillsboro US Community Credit Union branch has been a staple of the school since it first became  a named partner of the Academy of International Business and Communications.

It has never been this easy to deposit and withdraw money when you need it quick. This is especially helpful when you need money for a drink or a snack from the Burro Brew.

The Hillsboro Globe spoke with the manager of the US Community Credit Union,  Coach Porter,  about the mission of this credit union and  the benefits of being a member.

Hillsboro Globe: All right,  so, when did the credit union choose to become a named member of Hillsboro’s Academy of International Business Communications?

Coach Porter: So,  the reason that USCCU chose Hillsboro was because of the location to Green Hills. They wanted to mirror other locations they have around the city of Nashville. Hillsboro is closest to their Hermitage Avenue location. There’s talk to have more branches in other schools in Metro and to ultimately have them all around Nashville.

Hillsboro Globe: How did you become involved?

Coach Porter: I became involved because I have a background in Finance. I worked at an accounting firm called . I worked in their IT department, but I dealt with the finance side as well.

Hillsboro Globe: Why should people sign up to become a member of a credit union?

Coach Porter: People should sign up for a checking or savings account simply because it promotes financial literacy. A lot of students don’t really learn about financial literacy until they make a bad choice and then they learn about it the hard way.

I would say financial literacy is the primary reason, but, it is also ver convenient. It’s right inside the school across from the main office and cafeteria. Creating an account gives students a method to practice saving their money. We live in a society that is more about spending money. We don’t really value saving money, but I think that’s an important thing for our academy to promote.

Hillsboro Globe: Does USCCU have a promotion going on right now for new members?

Coach Porter: Right now we actually have a special. If you open up a checking account with at least $25, new members will get a chance to grab money in the USCCU Money Machine. Whatever money that the new member grabs is deposited immediately into his or her account. We have specials all year. We always have some type of incentive to open up an account.

Hillsboro Globe: All right, tell our readers what it is like to work at a USCCU branch?

Coach Porter: It is amazing. I enjoy working for any USCCU branch. I enjoy the environment I think it’s a very progressive company they’re trying to be at the forefront of: Technology, Promotion, and Social Media Marketing. 

Hillsboro Globe: Thank you, Mr. Porter


IBCP Extended Essay Symposium showcases year-long student projects

“Personally, I want to be a doctor and somebody else’s life will be in my hands. I have to cater to certain religious beliefs and realize the importance those can play medically. ”

— Faith Dixon, IBDP student at Hillsboro High School

On August 28 the  Extended Essay and Reflective Projects were presented in a symposium which took place at Hillsboro High School library. The Hillsboro Globe attended this event to learn more about these academies and the role they play in our school.

The seniors in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career Programme showcased their research projects. This project is a two-year research project that the students began early in their junior year.

The students in IBDP students were tasked with writing a 4,000-word essay that falls within the IB groups. The IBCP students had to write either a 3,000 word essay or a 1,500-word essay with a visual. The subject matter or theme of this particular project asked researchers to focus on an ethical dilemma.

Faith Dixon, a senior in the IBCP academy constructed her project on the theme of Religious Roles in The Medical Field.  “Personally, I want to be a doctor and somebody else’s life will be in my hands. I have to cater to certain religious beliefs and realize the importance those can play medically.” This project is a current ethical problem and one she is passionate about.

When referencing the extended essay project, Nemain Morgan-Curtis stated, “The extended essay project is a way for us to get feedback on our projects. We then use the feedback to write our abstracts which are submitted to IB.” This is why the symposium is held every year.

Another student in the IBDP programs said, “The key to having a good project is picking something you’re passionate about.”(Maggie Morgan) This project is one that the students put a lot of hard work into and part of what motivated them is the passion.

Every day, IB students are pushed to be better and academically excel at Hillsboro. This symposium is just one of the ways Hillsboro High School engages it’s faculty and students with the larger community.

Drugs, the brain, and a crisis: The Science of Addiction

Understanding a crisis that is as wide spread as the growing Opioid Crisis is difficult for someone who as never taken, much less seen an example of what qualifies as a drug of the classification. A drug that kills “every day, more than 115 Americans after taking and overdosing on opioids.”

Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States.

  • From 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people have died from a drug overdose.
  • Around 66% of the more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved an opioid.
  • In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was 5 times higher than in 1999.
  • On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

Dr. Danny Winder, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics; The Winder Lab

In order to help Hillsboro High School students better understand exactly what is in crisis in America, the Academy of Health Sciences hosted a guest speaker, Danny Windor, from the Winder Lab, which is a lab that studies drug abuse and addiction at the  Winder Lab Molecular Physiology & Biophysics and Vanderbilt Brain Institute   a department within the Vanderbilt School of Medicine.

Dr. Danny Winder explains spoke to students and teachers recently about what actually happens to one’s brain when a person is overdosing on an opioid. First he explained that these kinds of narcotics are extremely addictive. Dr. Winder explained how the opioid crisis developed.

Opioids are not a new drug, what is new in the last 30-40 years is how these drugs have been prescribed by physicians. Heroin, an opiate, has been around for centuries, however, it is the increase in synthetic opiates is on the rise, and if not curbed, America is set to the equivalent of the entire population of Nashville in less than 10 years.

It’s much easier in America to get high than it is to get help.”

— - Vox

In the late 1990s, big pharmaceutical companies created, presented research and reassured that physicians in the medical community that they had developed new synthetic painkillers that mimicked their organic brothers but without the addictive side effects.

“Over the past couple of decades, the health care system, bolstered by pharmaceutical companies, flooded the US with opioid painkillers. Then illicit drug traffickers followed suit, inundating the country with heroin and other illegally produced opioids, particularly fentanyl, that people could use once they ran out of painkillers or wanted something stronger. All of this made it very easy to obtain and misuse drugs.”

Mehta, Rupal B. (CDC/ONDIEH/NCIPC)

Unfortunately,many patients who were prescribed opioids became addicted much more quickly than predicted  to the euphoria produced by the drugs. Pharmaceutical sales incentives encouraged physicians to prescribe these drugs even more at higher rates. People when they become addicted they tend to use the drug more than when prescribed to them, and this is an issue because it kills them.

What is a drug addiction?

NIDA The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction  as a “chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain—they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long-lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs.”3

Why do people take drugs?

In general, people begin taking drugs for a variety of reasons:

  • To feel good. Most abused drugs produce intense feelings of pleasure. This initial sensation of euphoria is followed by other effects, which differ with the type of drug used. For example, with stimulants such as cocaine, the “high” is followed by feelings of power, self-confidence, and increased energy. In contrast, the euphoria caused by opiates such as heroin is followed by feelings of relaxation and satisfaction.
  • To feel better. Some people who suffer from social anxiety, stress-related disorders, and depression begin abusing drugs in an attempt to lessen feelings of distress. Stress can play a major role in beginning drug use, continuing drug abuse, or relapse in patients recovering from addiction.
  • To do better. Some people feel pressure to chemically enhance or improve their cognitive or athletic performance, which can play a role in initial experimentation and continued abuse of drugs such as prescription stimulants or anabolic/androgenic steroids.
  • Curiosity and “because others are doing it.” In this respect adolescents are particularly vulnerable because of the strong influence of peer pressure. Teens are more likely than adults to engage in risky or daring behaviors to impress their friends and express their independence from parental and social rules.4

If taking drugs makes people feel good or better, what’s the problem?

If the drugs make feel better faster, why are they a problem? Dr. Winder’s lab in the Vanderbilt Brain Clinic studies how the brain is changed on a molecular, physiological and biophysical level. ” Increasingly,  addiction is understood as a long-lasting change in brain function outlasting withdrawal…Relapse driven by learned associations (cue, context) as well as by mental state transitions (stress, anxiety) can occur long after obvious negative consequences of cessation of drug intake have stopped.  Thus, intense focus is being placed on neural mechanisms driving drug “craving” sensation and initiation of relapse to intake after extinction.  Our lab takes a combination of brain slice electrophysiological and biochemical approaches coupled with behavioral analysis in mice to begin to determine the lasting changes produced by drugs of abuse that induce relapse behavior.”5

“In 2016, there were 1,186 opioid-related overdose deaths­­­ in Tennessee—a rate of 18.1 deaths per 100,000 persons—higher than the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 persons.

Deaths from heroin overdose have increased since 2010 from 17 to 260 deaths. Deaths from synthetic and prescription opioids have also increased, from 72 to 395 deaths and from 516 to 739 deaths, respectively.” The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic, killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record. 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.

Learning from a health care professional who studies the actual molecular changes the brain made a large impact on the audience. Students we moved to keep discussing the subject long after the presentation was over. It is that interest that prompted the Hillsboro Globe to provide this information.

Below is a list of the controlled substances that are considered an Opioid. See one of our AGHS teachers (Dr. Fisher-Jackson, Ms. Thomas, and Ms. Nelson) to learn more about opioids or check out one of the websites below.



  1. Center for Disease Control:
  2. German Lopez:
  3. NIDA:
  4. NIDA:
  5. Winder Lab:


Social, emotion and physical health are just the pathway that Ms. Lonny Nelson uses to support her students

Kind and caring, supportive, and Nashville Predators fan are how many of Ms. Lonny Nelson’s students describe her. Few know,  however, she is a Blue Ribbon teacher who once considered being a veterinarian but changed her major because the thought of putting down an animal was beyond her scope of understanding.

Ms. Nelson is one of Hillsboro High School’s CTE (Career and Technical Education) teachers who teaches in the Academy of Health Sciences. Like the core classes students are familiar with like English and History, Ms. Nelson’s classes are very academic where students learn high level vocabulary and prepare for health care industry certifications that will give her students an opportunity to pursue a health care career after high school. Unlike English and History, Ms. Nelson brings in industry professionals that bring the careers in health care into the classroom. Students in AGHS not only learn in the classroom, but along with Ms. Thomas, Ms. Fisher-Jaskson and Ms. Nelson, students will be have opportunities to learn outside of the classroom as well.

CTE is a division of Tennessee’s Education Diploma Program’s options for high school students and there is perhaps no better example of a CTE teacher than Lonny Nelson, a health science teacher at Hillsboro High School. She provides amazing experiences that only teachers of CTE programs can offer.

Ms. Nelson has been teaching 11 years, has been in the health care industry 20 years, she is a 2016 Blue Ribbon Award winning teacher and is the chair of the CTE department at Hillsboro.


Ms. Nelson is also the adviser of the St. Thomas Health Scholars of the Academy of Health Science at Hillsboro High School. Along with Ms.Rebecca from Saint Thomas who comes once every week. This program is a nationally recognized for its industry certifications which students of Ms. Nelson and the AGHS will take in early May.

Healthcare and education are two of the largest industries in Nashville. It is only natural for these two industries to partner and provide ground-breaking opportunities for high school students who are interested in pursuing a future in the healthcare field. The Saint Thomas Health Scholars program is a result of this partnership.

One of my favorite things I get to do as an educator is work with new teachers. Loved facilitating with TNDOE this week! – Lonny Nelson (1/12/18)

Ms. Nelson is ‘that teacher’ that her students can count on. She is there when her students need help whether it is academic help or personal. She is the consummate teacher knowing when to push and when to give her students space

National certification tests can be very intimidating, but Ms. Nelson was there every step of the way in our preparation for the CCMA  (Clinical Certified Medical Assistant) Not only did we feel prepared for the exam, we felt supported because she helped take away the fear of taking such an important exam. She always tells us how proud she is of us and I can always go to her for help with anything.

The Hillsboro Globe had an opportunity to sit with Ms. Nelson and discover more about what is important to her as a teacher and a community member. Excerpts of the interview follow.

HG: What made you want to become a teacher and how has your teaching experience been up to now? I have seen shift in education, not just in high school, in elementary school too.

Poor communications have increased the longer I taught and good communication skills are essential to success.   want to create  positive change. I have had a positive and challenging teaching experience to date! I wanted to become a teacher because I felt like I could make a positive impact in how students are educated.”

How long have you been a teacher? I have been a teacher at Hillsboro for 5 years. I have also taught other grades, even second grade! I personally like teaching high school better although I didn’t intentionally apply for high school. It was an accident but  in my opinion it fits me perfectly. 

My background as a physical therapist assistant along with a degree in education make a perfect fit for CTE, but I was originally certified pre-k- 6th.

What other professions did you consider? I actually considered  broadcasting at MTSU for a year and a half and hated it. I also considered veterinarian school as well but could not bare the thought of putting an animal down. I changed majors a lot the first time I went to college; settled on physical therapy then years later decided to get a masters so I could teach.”

How do you feel about the students that you teach and why? It might seem superficial, but I care deeply for my students and I am always very proud of them. I enjoy how diverse they are in their culture and potential. 

I feel like my kids have a lot of the same challenges that I did growing up and I have tried to remember some of the difficult times and what I wish someone had said or done for me. That makes me feel like I had a bond with them.

What’s your worst experience as a teacher? One of the worst experiences as a teacher for I had happened all in the course of 4 days. My first year at teaching I a student jumped  out of a window because he did not want to be in class, a student who accidentally left her food in her backpack causing an infestation of ants in the class, and dealt with a student who had bloody diarrhea on top of vomiting. I called that “the week of gross. It was something everyday, there was also a ginormous spider! (Im talking tennis ball sized) that someone had to kill!

Do you have any children and if so do you want them to pursue a career in health care? I have one daughter who is now 18 and she has no interest in the health care field. At first I tried to get her interested in jobs such as therapy but I gave up. I figured if Maddison was not passionate about the health care industry, she would  unhappy and probably not very successful. You should love what you do. Maddison is a professional ballroom dancer and instructor, and she loves it! I am so proud of her!

Why do you care about people as much as you do? When I was younger, my family wasn’t stable but I had someone who always looked out for me to make sure I was okay. I want my students to have someone like that as well. My faith and relationship with Jesus drives what I do in my daily life. I want people to know that they are loved and there is a better future for them.

The most important thing I can do everyday as a teacher is to really listen to what my students say. Somedays I do a good job and other days I regret not being better; but regardless, I keep trying to make sure every student I have knows how important his or her voice is.””

— Ms. Nelson

What do you think motivates you everyday to be the person you are? My family motivates me the most. I want my daughter to know how proud I am of her. I also want others to see God in me and know that I love them. For all the turmoil  I experienced growing up, I am proud to be who I am. I learned a lot from that and I am proud of what I do as a teacher.

And lastly, what are some personal experiences that you went through as a teacher (or just in general) that made a serious impact on you than you can still learn from today? One student that impacted medeeply talked about how bad his neighborhood was. He was open about it and it shocked her to hear how bad it really is for some kids in their homes and in their neighborhoods. I knew some of my students really had a tough life, but this student really opened my eyes to how tough it really is for many  kids. I had  never really imagined it was like the way he explained. I personally think hearing about my student’s life outside of school inspired me to be more kind and understanding. Personally , I will always be impacted by the way I grew up. There was alcoholism, abuse, mental illness, and extreme poverty throughout my childhood. It drives me to be better, not to be the victim and be stronger.”


Hillsboro High School ISR Seniors and Juniors participate in the annual science symposium event at UTK

Recently, five Hillsboro High School students from the Interdisciplinary Science and Research traveled to University of Knoxville to present their independent research projects at the Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Oliver Eagan, a junior, placed first in the poster talk category with his presentation of “Investigating Oxy E as a Cancer therapeutic using MOCCA Cells”. Eagan also qualified for a bid to the TJSHS national competition.

Others who attended are senior Joshua West, senior Sylvie Stephenson, senior Maya Kiev, and  junior Tony Potchernikov are ISR seniors and juniors who proposed and completed intensive research projects that took nearly an entire semester to complete.

Josh West, a HHS senior shared that his biggest takeaway from the trip was learning that people really can change life for the better.  “People our age can make a real impact in science, and I was impressed by the amount of research my peers conducted”.

The project has been described as similar to capstone projects college students complete their senior year. Learning how to complete long, indepth research projects enables students who opt for the challenge to be college ready before graduating high school.

Presenting infront of an audience can be terrifying for many, however, Sylvie Stephenson learned public speaking is an obstacle that can be conquered and overcome.  “Personally, I can see how far I’ve come in terms of public speaking, and it was a good confidence boost. It has always been difficult for me to speak in front of people, so this was a great opportunity for me.”

Using the skills, they learned from the past three years in the program, they work independently and communicate with their peers and instructors Dr. Joshua Swartz and Dr. Daniel Michel to produce their best research for their last year in the program. The Juniors create posters to show their research in cancer research for their semester. There are opportunities to present this research in which one is the TJSHS.

Three students nominated from schools give oral presentations, and two students for poster presentations. The objective of TJSHS is to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, tech, engineering, and mathematics at a high school level, recognize the significance of research in human affairs and the importance of human and ethical principles in the application of research results, search out talented youth, recognize their accomplishments, and encourage their interest, expand the horizons of research oriented students by exposure, increase the number of adults capable of conducting research and development, and provide opportunities for outstanding student researchers to present their findings orally to interested students and adults.

Selected by Dr. Swartz and Dr. Michel, these students represented the school and program excellently. Their project titles are shown:

 Sylvie Stephenson- Senior

Establishing a Link Between CCL5 Absence and Calbindin-Positive Amacrine Cells in GUS-GFP Mice

 Josh West- Senior

Teaching Students Computer Science Through AR Development with the Xbox Kinect

 Maya Kiev- Senior

Determining the Survival Rate of Stress Induced Wolbachia Infected Fruit Flies

 Tony Potchernikov- Junior

An Investigation into the Health of Richland Creek between 2013 and 2017

 Oliver Eagan- Junior (Placed First in Poster Talk)

Investigating Oxy E as a Cancer therapeutic using MOCCA Cells

The Interdisciplinary Science and Research (ISR) Program  at Hillsboro is a four‐year program designed for highly motivated high school students who are interested in pursuing studies with a research‐based interdisciplinary science focus. These curricula are rigorous and will require students to be dedicated learners, open to new ideas, diligent in their work habits, intellectually honest, and willing to work collaboratively and respectfully with fellow students and university scientists.

Selected Achievements of ISR Students

  • Median ACT score of 28, with one third scoring above 30
  • 2015 National Merit Scholar and 2016 National Merit Semifinalist
  • 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Semifinalist
  • 12 students selected for Vanderbilt’s 6-week summer research internship Research Experiences for High School Students (REHSS)

College Matriculation

Colleges attended by recent ISR graduates include:

  • Belmont University—Full Ride Scholarship
  • Rhodes College—Full Ride Scholarship
  • Lee University—Full Ride Scholarship
  • University of Colorado at Boulder—Full Ride Scholarship
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Dartmouth College
  • George Washington University
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago

Tips for Studying for ACT, Duel Enrollment Exams and End of Course Tests

The ACT is a standardized test that all high school students are required to take in order to graduate. There are four parts to it, and you can choose to take the writing portion if you want to.

The four sections you are required to take are Math, Science, English, and Reading. The highest score you can get is a 36 and the lowest is a 1.

The night before the test you can prepare by going over your notes, study guides, and/or ACT Prep book. You should go to bed early enough to get at least 8-9 hours of sleep, so your brain is well rested.

To make things easier in the morning you can go ahead and pick out what you are going to wear, and what you’re going to eat for breakfast.

The morning of the ACT you should wake up and eat a good breakfast. Foods like fruit, protein, and vegetables. Pack a small bag for water and snacks you can eat during your break.

Bring your own pencils, paper, and calculator incase they don’t have any. You should try to get to your testing area early so you have time to prepare.

There is an ACT test at Hillsboro High School on Tuesday, March 20th. You must get there on time at 7:05, if you are late you will not be able to test.

The administrators will probably hold a test later so you can make it up if you miss it. The test will take around 3 hours, and the writing portion isn’t included.

Keep in mind there will be plenty of other opportunities to take this test at other places, so don’t stress too much if you don’t get your desired score. Come prepared on Tuesday, and do the best you can!

Hillsboro DECA students head to State after conquering Orlando

Hillsboro High School DECA organization is on a roll, literally, having just returned from a fantastic trip to a marketing trip in Orlando, Florida and this weekend  twelve students are attending the Tennessee State DECA competition. The Hillsboro High School DECA Chapter is led by Dr. Robert Kriebel,  the incomparable marketing and accounting teacher in the US Community Credit Union Academy of International Business and Communications Academy.

The Sports and Entertainment Marketing Conference at Universal Studios in Orlando gave DECA students an opportunity to learn from experts in the the business a variety of skills that they will use in their upcoming state and regional competitions. An annual event held national just for high school DECA participants invites speakers who are dynamic professionals who are in the sports and entertainment marketing industry to discuss the in and outs of the daily business of their jobs.

These professionals shared how they found their career paths and tips for success. Universal Studios marketing executives pull out all stops to show DECA members the behind-the-scenes activities that it takes to be a leading theme park and resort.

Morgan Mitchell a Hillsboro High junior  found the trip to be” truly and honestly spectacular, especially on the super deluxe overnight bus.”

Students stayed at The Cabana Bay Hotel which is Universal’s newest resort. and weat to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Universal’s Island of Adventure, Universal Studio, and Volcano Bay water park.

The convention took place in the Blue Man Group Studio at Universal and was a two day learning experience where students got to hear from people such as Eric Marshall -Vice President of  Park Sales Universal Orlando Resort, Mandy Penn (senior director of resort marketing at Universal Orlando Resort, Eric Gray-Director of Social Media for Universal Orlando Resort, Steve Hogan-Chief executive officer of Florida Citrus Sorts), Chris Michalowski  ( director of experimental learning at USTA National Campus, and Chris D’Orso-Senior Vice President of Sales and Operation for Orlando Magic Kingdom.

Students were able to ask questions about the jobs they currently have and get advise they would give to them if they were looking to do the same job.

The Conference was an amazing learning experience for students and Hillsboro plans on taking more students next year.

On March 7, 2018, many of the students who attended the Orlando trip is attending the Tennessee State DECA competition in Chattanooga. These students are Femi Falodun, William Farenholtz, Fatima Laghari, Madison Henry, Shaaib Laghari, Steven Leslie, Morgan Mitchell, Angelina Powell, Yamel Sandoval, George Wilson Shuff, and Cole Weachter.

The State Competition is an integral part of the Hillsboro High School Academy classroom. DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with National Curriculum Standards and create opportunities for students to travel and collaborate with fellow high school students from all over the state.

It is also a chance for the academic student to be recognized through competition and awards for learning standards-based classroom content.

Being able to compete is a tremendous motivator not to mention it provides scholarship opportunities and cash awards recognizing DECA members for outstanding achievement.


What is DECA?

With nearly a 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. Their strong connection with our organization has resonated into a brand that people identify as a remarkable experience in the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. DECA’s programs and activities have constantly evolved as we use the latest technology and apply cutting edge educational research. Our core focus has remained consistent and is captured in our mission.

DECA is organized into two unique student divisions each with programs designed to address the learning styles, interest and focus of its members. The High School Division includes 200,000 members in 3,500 schools. The Collegiate Division includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.

DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain. The United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state, district and international departments of education authorize DECA’s programs.


In medical scrubs, MNPS St. Thomas Scholars spent the day in service and learning.

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On October 26th, the Saint Thomas Scholars from several schools such as Hillsboro, Glencliff, and Hillwood High Schools had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Saint Thomas Hospital and learn from speakers about the variety of careers that someone in the health field could choose. Healthcare is oneof the largest industries in Nashville and St. Thomas provides ground-breaking opportunities for high school students who are interested in pursuing a future in the healthcare field.

Over 70 students from the three high schools spent the day engaging with healthcare professionals who provided insight into their own personal healthcare experiences. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s workforce initiatives along with the Pencil Foundation, and St. Thomas provided an all day field trip.  All of the Scholars wore their medical scrubs Saint Thomas provides to each school. Being in our scrubs made each of us feel more professional and part of the St. Thomas organization.

Zuzu, the Service Dog. Rights Reserved-Hillsboro Globe

One of the speakers was actually from one of the high schools. Two of the students from McGavock talked about their service dog named Zuzu. Zuzu is a therapy dog who they get to watch at school whenever Zuzus’ owner needs help doing so. They are entrusted in taking her for walks, which they like to do to get out of class. Zuzu knows lots of tricks and we learned that a student from their school had a seizure and Zuzu was able to help that student calm down, she knew exactly what to do.

More speakers spoke about their job of helping people who did not have a social security number, mostly women, get the healthcare they need at the lowest cost possible. The speakers were Yashi and Samantha and we came to learn they are also roommates.

They told us they try to call many different doctors to try to find someone who is willing to take the patient to get what they need at an affordable cost, knowing their situation. We were shown a video that showed us one girl’s graduation speech as the valedictorian of her school. It amazed me because the speech was only last year in 2016. She talked told her story saying how she had an alcoholic father, she had to take care of her siblings and she that she often encountered discrimination because of who she was so she wanted everyone  to know they can do what they want and overcome all the stereotypes thrown at them.

We, also, got the opportunity to learn from a doctor who also came to speak to all of us and she taught us all about the different diseases you can get and why you should be careful not to get them. Everyone had a lot of questions for her, she even showed us a video that explained how one gets these diseases and what happens when one is exposed to it. This was interesting to everyone because we were shown pictures of what they looked like and I don’t think everyone knew you can get all these diseases. The main thing she taught us was to be safe. This speaker made a big impact on the group and all students were more engaged about this topic.

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I am grateful to all of the speakers who took the time to talk to us. They did not have to come and talk to us but they did. I learned about many different areas of health from them and I know everyone else did, too.

In conclusion, this was a great opportunity for everyone to see the different types of jobs that are available to people and also learn details about certain jobs.

More about St. Thomas Scholars:

Outcomes and Goals

  • 100 Students from the nine health science academies in MNPS will participate in the programStudents will receive weekly, hands-on certification mentoring from a Saint Thomas Health professional
  • 75% of Students who take the certification exam will earn their Clinical Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) certificationIndustry certifications act as an endorsement on an individual’s knowledge, work ethic and experience.
  • 50% of Graduating Seniors will receive job placement or admission to a post-secondary institution in the health fieldCertified graduates may be hired immediately by Saint Thomas with future scholarship opportunities.

Rock The Street, Wall Street Empowers Young Women for Future Success

NASHVILLE, Tenn- At the end of Wednesday’s bell, 20 female Hillsboro Marketing and International Business Academy students were one opportunity closer to rocking Wall Street. These young women traveled October 25, 2017, to First Tennessee Bank to engage with female financial professionals in a real world setting.

Daisy Casey Community Bank President of Sumner County’s First Tennessee Bank, who herself is a former MNPS graduate, hosted these young women along with Maura Cunningham, founder of Rock the Street, Wall Street. The Hillsboro students spent the day participating in a job shadow, intensive small group learning and open discussions.

Ms. Casey shared in the small group discussion how excited she is to fund people’s dreams, especially young women’s dreams whether it’s through a business loan, a college loan or retirement planning. She shared her experiences with her fellow MNPS students an insider’s view of what it was like to come up though the ranks in the bank to make it to where she is today.

This group was created to encourage young girls to pursue a career in finance. The group is managed by Dr.Robert Kriebel and the meetings are held in his class every Tuesday.  The tour was lead by various successful women who gave speeches and career advice. The moderator was Maura K. Cunningham, Founder of Rock The Street, Wall Street.

Rock The Street, Wall Street is a year-long financial literacy program designed to spark the interest of high school girls into careers of finance.”

The mentors, Ms. Cunningham and Ms. Casey in the question and answer sessions gave advice to the young women as to how  interview, network, and what makes a great resume. When asked Maura Cunningham asked Ms. Casey,what the best aspect of her job is, she stated, “I change people’s lives!” The mentors shared how they made mistakes in their careers and what we as up and coming professionals can do to prevent making the same mistakes.

An example of one of the more outstanding pieces of advice we learned is how to manage our social media posts. One of the mentors shared with the group a story about how one of her friends didn’t get a job because of Pinterest! She stated that her friends future employer said she had too many pins on Pinterest and it made her seem like she had a lot free time. Social media is a big reason why people lose out on job opportunities.

It was obvious that both mentors are passionate about how much they want raise the bar for the future success for women. Visiting the bank was very empowering and memorable.

Maura Cunningham said “This is what our girls need to see more of. A woman who is making a difference in the her community and the world around her through a career in finance. Daisy could not have been more on point with the girls on how meaningful a profession in the M of STEM is.”


Withdrawing from success is not in DACA recipient’s plan, but a nursing license is

Editor’s Note: Fatima Vargas is a first year reporter with the Hillsboro Globe who has been covering DACA and immigration related news since August, 2017.

As a news source, our research showed little written from the point of view of the age group the elimination of DACA affects most – the 18 through 25 year old DREAMer. 

Vargas’s sister graduated Hillsboro High School as an honor student who also participated in the prestigious Interdisciplinary Science & Research (ISR) program.

Vargas made an editorial decision not to name her sister specifically, because ‘she’  is to represent all of those future DACA young ladies and young men who are striving at high levels to become leaders in the community.

Students across Nashville participate in programs which enable all students like Fatima and her sister to reach high levels of success because they are supported by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Vanderbilt University, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville Next, the Mayor’s Office and Academies of Nashville.

I hope you enjoy. -Susan Strasinger, Advisor to the Hillsboro Globe

DACA Works

When I was 1 year and a half, I was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Other than my parents, my sister was my number one supporter.

She would read me books, and tell me jokes while the nurses placed IV’s in my arm. There were days darker than others but she always brought out the light in them.

My sister and I are 5 years apart and she is now 21 years old.  She has successful completed three years of college in order to realize her dream of becoming a nurse. She will say to me, “So many of my childhood memories involved going in and out of hospitals, wondering when my sister would get better.”

It was in those hospital rooms of mine  where my sister decided she wanted to be a nurse.

In the year 2012, life turned to point her toward her dreams and aspirations. The federal government created a new program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.

This federal program allowed undocumented immigrant youth like my older sister, to apply for a two-years of  protection from deportation and also apply for a work permit. DACA opened many doors for my sister and she is only one of the 8,300 DACA recipients in Tennessee.

In June of this year, 10 states including Tennessee filed a lawsuit against president Trump to end the DACA program.  The Department of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services states in its official documentation that “Tennessee DACA has allowed more than 8,300 young people to come forward, pass background checks, and live and work legally in the country.”

Now, nearly over 8,000 teens and young adults now live in fear of their future in the Tennessee.

The impact for someone like my sister is devastating. She is nearly finished with her nursing degree but if DACA isnot reinstated, she will not be able to receive a nursing license even though she has completed 4 years of hard work. As well as, losing her license and work permit. The state of Tennessee has benefitted from the contribution of DREAMers. There is a shortage of nurses in Tennessee and my sister would be fit to take that role.

And Tennessee does need nurses.

In the Tennessee Statewide Supply and Demand Analysis for the 16 Education Clusters the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development states that by 2020, Tennessee rise to the top 15% of the country as a state predicting a “significant shortage”.  

Another study, Supply and Demand Projections of the Nursing Workforce: 2014-2030 written by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Health Workforce National Center for Health Workforce Analysis predicts  that the current shortage in the nursing/health related workforce will double by 2030.

Dismantling the DACA program is not just that it is unfair singularly to my sister who has worked so hard to improve her life, but it is also unfair to the 1,000s of future patients she could be caring for and treating.

The illogicalness of ending the DACA program is only compounded by the fact that the state of Tennessee educated these 8,300+ DREAMers, many K-12. We were told all through school to work hard to get a great job and now workers who are currently contributing to a workforce and continuing with their in Tennessee may find themselves leaving a bigger shortage than study have study predicts the state will have.

Nashville is fast becoming one of the United States’s most diverse cities. The diversity and individuality of each person has something different to contribute.

My sister is just like any other young person who graduated high school and is now attending college. She is idealistic, she wants to change the world and make it healthier, she wants to grow intellectually and sees a future she believes in.

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Hillsboro High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Program inducts new recipients

Thursday September, 21, 2017,  Hillsboro High School inducted its newest group of International Baccalaureate Diploma Program recipients. This event held every year hosted community members, parents and students to show support for the students as they walked across the stage and take on the next chapters of their lives. Dr. Missy Humphrey and Mr. Will Butler are the lead teachers for Hillsboro High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and helped organize the Induction Ceremony.

Students walked across the stage as they were handed their yearly IB t-shirt which said “Hillsboro Proud”.  “ Not only are we Hillsboro Proud, But we are IB proud as well!”said Will Butler. IBDP is one of the Nashville of Academy offerings along with the Academy of Global Health and Sciences and  the International Business and Marketing Academy.

Hillsboro High School enjoys celebrating its students in these types of ceremonies.It is one way Hillsboro provide students a public appreciation moment letting them know they loved and wanted.

It’s ceremonies like these that make students “Proud to be a Burro!” This is what Joe Korshoff, a senior in the IB program, stated. Students in this program are challenged on a  daily basis and are expected to perform at their highest abilities.

Students and staff work hard to make sure everyone graduates with an IB Diploma. 

Candidates for the Diploma include:

Gina Abdalla, Justin Adams, Mason Burbridge, Lesly Shaver, Sarah Chesire, Brianna Crockett, Michael Davis, Cameron Dickens, Faith Dixon, Avery Frierson, Nethan Garvey, Sydney Gleaves, Alexus Hamer, Happy Haugen, Javari Henderson, Shedrick Hendrix, Callie High, Keniia Hunter, Alexis Jemison, Autumn Jemison, Abbey Jernigan, Fatima Laghari, Alia Logoleo, Ethan Maldonado, MacKenzie McLean, Morgan Mitchell, Jayden Moody, Bashar Nasir, Ese Ovolo, Jacob Reiss, Isabella Robinson, Said Warsame, Lana Sankari, Aniya Senter, Zoe Spain, Jacob Tallman, Rodney Thweatt, TJ Torrence, Emma Weaver, Kailey Williams, Alyssa Wood,

IB DP and CP Seniors: Jamison Abram, Shira Acklin, Benjamin Aeberle, Ryah Al-Humrani, Zoe Armstrong, Elaine Ball, Jacob Bell, Anna Birdwell, Nevin Bulut, Zyshonn Burleson, Anna Butler, Harry Brunson, Janiah Carey, Jared Clemons, Duncan Corbin, Sarah Cory, Molly Dean, Emily Dick, Jacob Dodson, Jevon Donaldson, Maxwell Dunn, Eghosa Eguakun, Linnea Engstrom, Marnie Fazzola, Skylar Fischer, Sloan Fischer, Eli German, Isaac Gilliam, Sidney Gillis, Jeffrey Grissom, John Harris, Jackson Hasty, Kennadi Hawkins, Horacio Jimenez, William Keathley, Rhett Kohler, Amanada Lambert, Mia Lawrence, Camden Lee, Donald Lescher, Thomas Link, Aryelle Lipscomb, Obang Lwang Mianga, Jacon Mendez, Morgan Menifee, Arcadia Moncreif, Hayden Moore, Katherine Morgan, Brian Moth, Jackson Oswald, Sarah Ottinger, Bhavin Patel, Camille Perry, Savannah Porteous, De’Andre Ray, Lilly Sharpe, Abigail Sheridan, Willie Sinkfield, Adler Smith, Sylvie Stephenson, Rojhat Tayip, Catherine Toledo Martinez, Brennan Wade, Joshua West, Jasmine Williams, Ellen Williams, Lily Worden, Wesley Working,

Burros begin to build new history by breaking new ground

Hillsboro High School added another historic moment to its 75+ years of history. After nine years of planning by council members, parents and multiple school administrations,  Hillsboro High School broke new ground Wednesday morning when community members gathered on the school’s front lawn to celebrate the official beginning of the building renovation.

Demolition of sections of the school will begin early in September, and the groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of the construction and renovation of an eighty-eight million dollar project that will replace most of the current campus.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry speaks at the ground breaking ceremony at Hillsboro High School, Wednesday, August 23, 2017. The school was recently approved for an eighty-eight million dollar reconstruction/renovation that begins on September 1. (photo Angel Powell)

Dignitaries who included the Mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry and MNPS Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph celebrated with parents, faculty, council members and alumni.

Others who participated were MNPS School Board member who represents the Hillsboro Cluster Mary Pierce, council member, Russ Pierce, and MNPS Southwest Superintendent, Dorothy Critchlow.

The campus which has been located on Hillsboro Pike for over 75 years has been an educational institution of the Nashville community since 1939 when the area of Green Hills was considered to be a rural area of Davidson County.

Prior to the incorporation of Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County and the surrounding area county schools, Nashville had two school systems: a county system and a city system.

At the time, Hillsboro High was so far away from the center of downtown it was considered to be a county school. As such, its fierce rivals were other county schools such as Madison, Isaac Litton, Bellevue and Glencliff.

But as Nashville grew, in 1965 under the mayoral direction of Mayor Beverly Briley, the whole county became one metropolitan district and one school system.

The majority of Hillsboro’s current facilities were built before the city became Metro when the school was rebuilt after a fire burned most of the school on Halloween in 1954. The greater Green Hills community that encompasses the Hillsboro zone is thrilled that the groundbreaking ceremony signifies the beginning of the renovation of a building in desperate need of upgrades.

As guests and community members arrived to the event, Hillsboro Academies of Nashville Ambassadors greeted guests and directed them to the front lawn that is adjacent to Hillsboro Pike.

The ceremony began at 11:00 a.m. with the Hillsboro Marching Band’s playing of the National Anthem.

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 “​Your​ ​efforts​ ​and​ ​support​ ​are stitched​ ​on​ ​the​ ​bricks​ ​and​ ​mortar​ ​soon​ ​to​ ​be​ ​put​ ​into​ ​place,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​proud​ ​to​ ​say​ ​that​ ​I​ ​will​ ​be​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the class​ ​that​ ​will​ ​experience​ ​the​ ​kindness​ ​and​ ​compassion​ ​from​ ​them.” ”

— Linh Phan, Hillsboro student representative from class of 2020

Dr. Pelham, who is in his third year as the Executive Principal, welcomed the community and offered a brief history of the legacy of Hillsboro High School. “It has been a pleasure to work with so many of you who have come together around this project – from our elected officials who have secured funding to our district leaders who have overseen the design to our school staff, students families and neighbors who make Hillsboro a beacon of pride for our community. It is especially wonderful to have so many former principals such as Dr. Jean Litterer and Dr. Terry Shrader here to help us celebrate.  I cannot wait to invite you all back when this project is finished to cut the ribbon on this new building.”

Dr. Shuler Pelham welcomes guests to the official ground breaking ceremony for the 88 million dollar renovation of Hillsboro High School

Following Dr. Pelham’s remarks, Linh Pham a student representative of the class of 2020 was introduced. As a sophomore, she will be a senior when the construction of the school is scheduled to be complete, barring any unforeseen roadblocks.

As a Hillsboro scholar, Pham explained how much she and fellow students appreciate the ​support​ ​from​ ​the​ ​community​. “It ​has​ ​been​ ​unprecedented.​ ​By​ ​being​ ​here,​ ​today,​ ​you​ ​have supported​ ​a​ ​cornerstone​ ​of​ ​the​ ​community​ ​that​ ​its​ ​benefits​ ​are​ ​not​ ​yet​ ​seen.​”

Speaking directly to Mayor Barry and the parents who had gathered to sit on the front row, Pham went on to explain,  “​Your​ ​efforts​ ​and​ ​support​ ​are stitched​ ​on​ ​the​ ​bricks​ ​and​ ​mortar​ ​soon​ ​to​ ​be​ ​put​ ​into​ ​place,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​proud​ ​to​ ​say​ ​that​ ​I​ ​will​ ​be​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the class​ ​that​ ​will​ ​experience​ ​the​ ​kindness​ ​and​ ​compassion​ ​from​ ​them.”