Hillsboro Class of 2019 commits to colleges at Academic Signing Day


NASHVILLE – In the same tradition as athletic signing events, where athletes publicly accept college offers, Hillsboro High School recently held a signing event Thursday, celebrating its college-bound seniors.

College Signing Day is a tradition held during Senior Week. Members of the Hillsboro community gathered in the Burro gym to cheer seniors who chose to formally announce and commit to the college of their choice.

The event, sponsored by Hillsboro’s PTSO, gave seniors an opportunity to share with parents, faculty, and underclassmen their commitment to continue their education beyond the high school level.

Seniors signed a letter of intent to enroll in one of the following: a four-year university, a two-year community college, a state technical college or a branch of the military.

By the Numbers:

Number of participating seniors


Number of universities represented


University with largest incoming class of freshmen

28- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

School longest drive

2390 miles – Seattle

Schools represented:

Belmont University

Birmingham Sports Academy

Calvary Chapel Bible College

Case Western Reserve University

Clark Atlanta University

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia State Community College

Cumberland University

Dillard University

Drew University

Fashion Institute of Technology New York

Florida State University

Jireh Prep Academy

Lane College

Lincoln Tech

Lindsey Wilson

Lipscomb University

Loyola University New Orleans

Maryville College

Middle Tennessee State University

Midway University

Mississippi State University

Motlow State Community College

Murray State University

Nashville State Community College

Northern Kentucky University

Occidental College

Ohio Christian University

Pace University

Pellissippi State Community College

Prarie View A & M University

Rhodes College

Saint Louis University

Samford University

Sarah Lawrence College

Seattle Central College

Sewanee, The University of the South

Southern University and A & M College

Tennessee College of Applied Technology

Tennessee State University

Tennessee Technological University

Trinity Western University

University of Alabama

University of Memphis

University of San Francisco

University of South Carolina

University of Tennessee Chattanooga

University of Tennessee Knoxville

University of the Cumberlands

US Air Force

US Navy

Vanderbilt University

Vol State Community College

Watkins College of Art

Western Kentucky University

Yale University

Mass shootings in public places – are they becoming too common?


The most common memorial seen on the side of a road generally honors a person(s)  who have died in a car accident.

However,  it becoming all to familiar to see images of memorials beside building, on curbs and yes even lining a street to honor those who have died as a result of gun violence.

A memorial displaying 58 crosses by Greg Zanis stands at the Welcome To Las Vegas Sign on Thursday, October 5, 2017, In Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival this past Sunday.” (Mikayla Whitmore/Las Vegas Sun via AP.

The memorial of 58 crosses, each bearing the name of one victim, lines the street where Las Vegas visitors most often see a sign of welcome. The memorial marks another mass shooting making this incident the nation’s most deadly shooting massacre in recent history.

Across the continent, just weeks before the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Georgia Tech students received text messages warning about a possible dangerous moment on campus.

Students on campus are getting weary of such events and protested the shooting and killing of Georgia Tech student,  Scout Shultz. The protest led to more violence and at least one vehicle was set on fire at the protest allegedly by students demonstrating against a shooting.


These types of events leave those who are about to enter the work force, our future high school graduates confused and sometimes even angry.

To protest the violence, many on the Hillsboro Football team knelt during the National Anthem at last Friday’s ballgame against Beech High School. Their silent, 2 minute protest was met with a large chorus of boo’s and chants by the Beech fans.

Reporting on this issue is difficult, however, the increase in incidents requires an objective and intelligent look at the bigger questions as to why it is more frequent and more deadly.

The Hillsboro Globe seeks to provide our readers with ethical journalism in which to begin open discussions about those events that seek to instill fear in public spaces.

Hillsboro Marching Band joins nationally known performers at Nashville Christmas Parade on live Television.

On Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 Nashville held its 64th annual Christmas Parade hosted this year by sponsor Piedmont Natural Gas. The parade was held in the morning,downtown and traveled along the popular and world famous thoroughfare Broadway. This year’s Grand Marshall was Mike Fisher who has been a Nashvillian since he joined the Nashville Predators in 2009. Previous Grand Marshalls include Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, Dottie West, Jerry Reed and Charlie Daniels.

This year the Christmas Parade entertained more than 50,000 in the audience with floats of ornaments, gingerbread men, cartoon characters balloons. The Frosty the Snowman balloon was definitely a crowd pleaser getting waves of applause.

A parade is not a parade without great marching bands and floats. The parade was led by the Tennessee Aristocrats, the world famous marching band of Tennessee State University who has appeared in movies, bowl games, and a myriad of parades all over the country. Two professional marching organizations based out of Nashville also performed- Music City Drum and Bugle Corp and Music City Mystique Drum Band.

High school bands were also included which included a special performances from our very own Hillsboro High School Marching Band, as well as bands from all over the country such as Blackstone-Millville Regional High School Band from as far away as Worcester County, Massachusetts and De Soto Central High School Band from Southaven, Mississippi.

Floats are a crowd favorite. These are like huge gifts and stages that float down the road without any obvious means of of how it is moving. Favorite floats by the nearby children included the Nashville ZOO, the replica of Tootsie Orchid Lounge compete with the perfect hue of lavender paint, and the most popular float of all, Santa Clause and his reindeer who close out the end of the parade.

Interspersed through out the parade were performances of musicians from all genres of music from pop to country. Stands-out special guest performances from Maggie Rose, Levon, and Evin. To enhance each of the performances a group of dancers, many from the General Jackson, accompanied the stars.

Broadcast and hosted by WKRN, those who did not get a chance to take in the parade live and in person.

Always, a huge that should d be shouted to thank you to the sponsors of the parade for making this happen and giving Nashville a time to shine. Hosts from WKRN included Allison DeMarcus, Neil Orne, Nicki Burdin, Jared Plaushkin,



On winning the Hendersonville Golden Invitational

On September 16, 2017, the Hillsboro High School Marching Band won Grand Champion in small division and 1st in horns  at the Hendersonville Golden Invitational hosted by Hendersonville High School. Competing among 12 bands from Middle Tennessee, the Hillsboro High School Marching Band won the ‘Golden Eagle’ for the year and get to defend their championship next year. The Hillsboro Globe spoke to Mrs. Allison Biederman about the win.

Hillsboro Globe(HG): What was your reaction to winning Grand Champion at the Henderson Golden Invitational?

Biederman(B): “I was very surprised. It was really unexpected, and I was totally taken aback.”

HG: What do you think it meant for the band?

B:  “I think it meant a lot. They were really excited. A lot of the seniors were crying. They felt they had put in so much, and it’s true. We had started on July 17th, rehearsing in the hot sun and practicing all the time. I think they felt validated and excited that their hard work lead to success.”

HG: What is happening now, after your win at the Henderson Invitational?

B: “I was worried that some of the attitudes might be that we don’t have to work as hard now that we won, but I think we all agree that we can do a lot better. Even though we happened to place first, it was not anywhere near our full potential for what we can do, and what we can achieve. So we have still been working to improve, and there’s a lot of improvements to be made. Even though we placed first, the judges still had a lot to say about things that needed to be better. Fixes that needed to be made, all across the board. In music, in marching. So, there’s still a lot to be fixed.”

HG: How do you feel as this being your first year as the marching band director?

B: “I feel energized. I think that the enthusiasm is there, and I think the students are starting to understand the level of work and commitment that it takes to be successful, or starting to understand. Now quite but starting to.”

In marching band, it takes a lot of work to be successful, and anything worth doing takes a lot of work. I think they’re starting to get that, so that’s exciting.”

— Allison Biederman

HG: Can you say a few words on the show, Dancing through the Decades?

B: “The leadership team and I came up with the show in May, and we thought it would be a really good balance between…it being fun and exciting, but also having a competitive edge for the competitions. It is some serious music with the Jazz, and there’s a lot of musical elements we can highlight, but it’s also fun to listen to.”

I knew we wanted a fun show, but I didn’t want to go too far in the direction of just pure fluff, without any meat in the music, so I think we struck a good balance in between.”

— Allison Biederman

This weekend, the marching band will be competing in the Trousdale County Marching Competition in Hartsville, Tennessee. On October 21, 2017, the marching band will also be competing at Glencliff high school for the Glencliff Colt Classic, their last competition.

If interested in attending either contest to support the Hillsboro Marching Band:

Trousdale County

262 McMurry Blvd W
Hartsville, TN 37074-1499
Phone: (615) 374-2201

Glencliff High School

160 Antioch Pike

Nashville, TN 37211

Phone: +1 (615) 333-5070


Hillsboro Cluster Night in the Burro Dome was a BLAST!

Friday, September 8, 2017, Hillsboro High School not only hosted Independence High School’s football team for week 4 of TSSAA varsity football, but the Burros hosted eighth graders from each of Hillsboro High School’s cluster feeder schools joined recognized Fall Friday Night Lights programs to participate in as the awesome future Burros they are soon to become. Mary Pierce, the Hillsboro Zone School Board Representative was the Guest of Honor who participated in the coin toss at the beginning of the game

These eighth grade students from Hillsboro Cluster feeder schools middle prep schools, John Trotwood Moore and West End Middle all came in HHS provided spirit wear.

Many seniors on the field or in the stands with the band remember this tradition vividly and love being a part of it. Sisters in the band Callie and Madison Mabry were interviewed to ask what they like about the night. Senior Hillsboro band member, Callie Mabry, stated, “I want it to be fun for them because, for some kids, marching band is all they have, and I want it to be a place where they can be themselves and feel safe.

Introducing rising 9th graders early allows students to become aware of the culture of Hillsboro early. Madison Mabry an eighth grader from West End Middle Prep added, “Yes, this event makes me feel more comfortable and excited to be here my freshman year.”

All students from both feeder schools were admitted to the game for free and many attended with their parents, and siblings.

The Hillsboro band, cheerleaders and football teams hosted the eighth graders from each of the respective groups from fun activities for future Burros throughout the night.

Allison Beiderman, Hillsboro’s band director took a moment during the Pizza Fiesta to explain why Cluster Night and “8th Grade Band Night” is so important. “It’s very important for our program because 8th graders get the opportunity to get a feel for the our program.  Rising ninth graders get an opportunity to learn what to expect at a ballgame when joining the marching band and what we’re really about here at Hillsboro.” 


Hillsboro Marching Band to hold car wash fundraiser

Bringing your recycling to Hillsboro on Saturday? Checking out Trader Joe’s for excellent deals of the week after you drop off your recycling goods?

Drop by the front of Hillsboro High on your way to Trader Joe’s to not only get a killer car wash, but you can also contribute to a wonderful organization at the same time – the Hillsboro Marching Band which is under the direction of Allison Bedierman.

Bring your car, truck or van to the front drive of the school Saturday, August 19th, 2017 from 9:00am-1:00.

The car wash is free – but the band is taking any denomination of donation, and everyone will want to give big because your car will be sparkling clean.