Graduation of the Class of 2019 concludes with celebrations, tears and cheers

NASHVILLE–The Burros of Hillsboro High School celebrated the moment where a student moves from one stage in their educational life to the next higher stage.

L-R Dr. Dottie Critchlow, Dr. Chaerea Snorten, Dr. Fran Bush, Dr. Shuler Pelham, Dr. Adrienne Battle, and Dr. Gini Pupa-Walker. at Lipscomb Arena, Graduation 2019. Rights Reserved-Hillsboro Globe; Photo by Ashja Murchison

Following speeches by the Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Student Body President and Dr. Pelham the real moment truth came when each principal of the graduating academies stood to announce the graduating senior, while each senior anxiously waited to hear, his or her name said correctly. At is a goal for every principal to announce clearly and succinctly a student who will cross one of the most important stages of life. Judging from the reactions by audience, the night was a huge success.

Monday night, May 20th, nearly 400 seniors were confirmed and certified as having completed the high school requirements set out by the state of Tennessee.  In attendance to verify and certify the diplomas were MNPS executives that included school board members, Gini Pupo-Walker and Fran Bush, Dr. David Williams and Chaerea Snorton (Executive Directors of Learning), Dr. Dottie Critchlow (Southwest Region Superintendent), Dr. Craig Hammond (Director of Middle School Leadership and Learning),  and Dr. Adrienne Battle, the recently appointed interim MNPS Director of Schools.

In addition to all the parents, family faculty and graduating seniors who filled the arena at Lipscomb University were  joining the the esteemed Administration Team of Hillsboro, Dr. Shular Pelham (Executive Principal), Dr. Eric Arteberry (Freshman Academy Principal), Dr. Kowania Mull (Principal of Academy of Health Sciences), Dr. Kenyea Reese (Principal of the International Baccalaureate Academy), and Dr. Riley Walker (Principal of the USSCU Academy of International Business).

Every January, teachers and students will comment how slow the year is going until May rolls around and no one can believe how fast the year went by.

Image of crowd and graduates at Hillsboro High School’ 2019 Graduation. Rights Reserved-Hillsboro Globe; photo by Ashja Murchison


The 2018 Hume trophy is awarded December 6, 2018

L-R: Hale Page, Hillwood; Sid Souksangouane, Hunters Lane; Joseph Honeysucker, Hillsboro; Jayden Harrison, Pearl-Cohn/MLK and Devon Starling, Cane Ridge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn – Today following a luncheon at Swett’s Restaurant hosted by the Nashville Civilian Club, Joseph Honeysucker from Hillsboro High school was named as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Hume Award. Honeysucker recently committed to Memphis University to play football.

The Hume Award recognizes the most outstanding football player in Metro School in the areas of sportsmanship, scholarship, and football ability. The Hume Award has been given since 1944.

Joseph Honeysucker holding the Hume Award Trophy flanked by his parents at Swetts Restaurant December 6, 2018.

Honeysucker expressed his shock and surprise after winning and having the trophy presented. “I was super-surprised and humbled, even shocked that I was the winner because I know of all the candidates and they are super deserving. To be listed as the 75 name inscribed on the trophy along with other heavy hitters like Coach Reggie Grimes and Coach Jamie Stewart is such an honor. I mean,  to be listed forever is a great honor.”

Each Metro School nominates one player, and then the nominees are reviewed by a committee composed of school administrators, football officials, and area sportswriters. There is always a sense of anticipation before the announcement because though the committee member knows who he or she voted for during the finalist selection, no one on the committee knows who their fellow committee members voted.

Five finalists were named before today’s ceremony. Joining Honeysucker as a finalist were Devon Starling, Cane Ridge; Hale Page, Hillwood; Sid Souksangouane, Hunters Lane, and Jayden Harrison, Pearl-Cohn/MLK.

The other nominees were Nestor Corea, Antioch; Rondarius DeJuan Gregory, East Nashville; Ricardo Jose Ruiz Machado, Glencliff; Clinton B. Dowty III, Maplewood; Eduardo Villalobos, McGavock; Aran Mohamed-Ali, Overton; Calvin Farmer, Jr. Stratford, and Franklin Russell Griggs, Whites Creek.

The Hume Trophy is not a hollow trophy that is easily lifted by anyone, it is a solid maple trophy with solid brass decorations. Honeysucker stated, “the weight of the trophy really matches the weight of the award. I feel a responsibility to uphold the standards that began the award.”


A Reflection of my time at Hillsboro, and a special thank you to some very important people

My name is Callie Maybry and I am a Hillsboro High School senior who has attended HHS all four years.

In less than three days, I’ll be a graduate.

In the grand scheme of things, four years doesn’t sound like a long time, but in the moment, as an eighteen year old as a senior high school student, it felt like it was my whole life.

In fact, it was my whole life.

Now that I’m finally getting out, though, my perception has completely shifted.

It feels like it’s already in the past. I’m already reminiscing, and it’s not even over.

I’m grateful for the things that I’ve learned, the people I’ve met, and all the experiences I’ve had, no matter how high school “treated” me at points. There have been really hard times, and some not hard at all.

And as cheesy as this editorial might sound, I always had a few really significant teachers that helped me make it through the day

Today, three days before graduation, these four years lead me to get a little sappy for once. I apologize in advance.

Though I certainly faced rough patches, I always had a really significant teachers  n my life that helped me make it through the day. These teachers have been life changing for me. I want to thank them personally for everything they did for me.

Mr. Beamon gave me a high school home

Mr.Beamon was the first teacher I met. For both of us, this was our first year at Hillsboro. I was very unsure of what the years to come would hold.

As it turned out, we ended up spending a LOT of sweaty afternoons together with what many would refer to as the “band geeks”.

Despite how irritating standing in the heat and being relentlessly attacked by sweat bees could be, I loved it.

Being in band gave me a safe place to be in high school. Band welcomed me to my first group of friends, my first real high school bond with people. I was a terrified freshman, but Mr.Beamon and the marching band, gave me a home, and I can’t thank Mr.Beamon enough.

Being in the Hillsboro High School Marching  is one of my greatest high school memories, and I appreciate all the work that Mr.Beamon put in to making it so fantastic.

My Sophomore English teacher, Mrs. Skae, gave me confidence.

Mrs. Skae was my sanity sophomore year, though some students would not necessarily classify her as “sane”.

Her class and her fierce passion sparked my own passion. I watched her do what she loved, which, despite her workload, made that my absolute favorite class. English was already my favorite subject, but she brought it to life and taught it in a way I’d never experienced before.

I’ve never seen someone be so happy to be teaching, especially in a place where it would be a normal occurrence for a student to cuss you out. That played a big part in why I liked her from the get-go, but the more I had her as a teacher and the better our bond became, the more she helped me through some personal things, whether or not she knew it.

That year, I was so self conscious. Not only did I hate the way I looked, but I thought I was so unintelligent. I thought everyone else was better than me and smarter than me, but whenever I stepped into that class, that feeling went away.

Her class made me feel so good about myself, my intellectual abilities, and who I was as a person.  In a school where I felt completely irrelevant, unseen, and walked all over, she made me feel special. She helped me realize that I wasn’t just like everybody else; I was important.

Mr. Ward instilled in me the love of writing.

Mr.Ward, another English teacher with a passion for the subject, and a passion for helping kids grow. I had Mr.Ward my junior year. It wasn’t the easiest year I’ve ever had, but his class really helped me through it.

He let me discover a love for reading that no other teacher had shown me before. With that, he also nurtured my love for writing, and let me write about things that were personal for me.

I was able to find out a lot about myself through my writing, and to really grow as a person. It really helped me grasp the reality of a lot of the things I was dealing with at the time.

I wrote about a few really ridiculous things in his class, but I’m glad I had that opportunity. Not once did Mr.Ward judge me for being myself, or for some of my childish writings, or even my occasional slacking.

He believed in me in a way nobody ever had, which in return, has helped me to believe in myself. I greatly appreciate all Mr.Ward has done for me, and for my growth as a person.

Mrs. Biederman gave me the experience of being a disciplined winner

Mrs.Biederman has given me so many significant memories to look back on from my senior year. In marching band, under the direction of Allison Biederman, I experienced the high of winning. Not an emotion I thought I would experience in high school.

Earning a First Place trophy was an incredible feeling. Mrs. Biederman taught  our marching to be disciplined. Her enthusiasm for us as musicians and as students was infectious.

I’ve shared so many important experiences with her.

From the trip to  Disney with her, which was so special to me, to the time we learned some very difficult works, I got to experience bit by bit until I found myself playing  one of the best concerts I’ve ever done in my career with her. She’s worked so hard to make my senior year with the band one that would be special and memorable for me.

No words could describe how much I appreciate her and everything she’s done for me.

From the teachers I’ve mentioned  here to the friends sonf teachers who have been such an important, I’m so thankful for all of them.

Everyone who’s been in my life at Hillsboro, even if they’re not in it currently has been an important aspect of me becoming a graduating senior.

It’s been a wild four years, but I’m glad I got to share it with some really wonderful people.

They’re the reason I made it this far, so they also deserve my thanks for everything they’ve done for me.

-Callie Maybry; Senior reporter  for the Hillsboro Globe


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

Thousands march in Tennessee cities in push for gun control

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Thousands of people have marched in Tennessee cities to push for gun control and school safety as part of a national campaign sparked by the recent Florida school shooting.

The Nashville march was held in conjunction with nation-wide marches held in satellite cities all in support for the parent March for our Lives event held in Washington, D.C.

Media reports say about 10,000 to 12,000 people gathered Saturday in downtown Nashville. (Updated Sunday, 3/25/18)

Like many of the participating cities, Nashville hosted many speakers including graduates from the Margery Stoneman Douglas High School as well as students, faculty and politicians who all support a stronger policy for gun control that would lead, they believe, to safer schools.Newly installed interim mayor, Mayor David Briley spoke to the crowd of thousands walking students, administrators, parents and others  who were in attendance.

He had several wise perspectives but stressed that the most effective and important action anyone who is currently 17 years or older is to register to vote.

Bailey shared a story of encouragement meant to keep students involved in the movement long after the march is done at the end of the day.

He shared the heroes moment in a young girl’s decision to attend a school despite her race.

Bailey went on to share, “We shouldn’t have to fear going to school.” 58 years ago, a young college student named Diane Nash led a march to the same spot that we stood today, in front of the Metro Courthouse, and she and her fellow students demanded an end to segregation in this city.”


We shouldn’t have to fear going to school.”

— Mayor David Briley

The mayor, Ben West, listened to the students and agreed that segregation was wrong. Young people: you can change the direction of this city and this country, too. Make sure you are registered to vote, and vote in every election.”Many who came to support the marchers view the proliferation of injuries due to gun violence as a public health issue.

The University of Vanderbilt School of Medicine students showed up in great force to promote that youth who are not safe in school are a public health risk.

White Coats Against Gun Violence strongly supports the youth movement and has advocated for change at the highest congressional levels as explained on their blog. 

“We need action. Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship.

In addition, #WhiteCoatsAgainstGunViolence represents a coalition of healthcare professional students working to demand that the broader healthcare for all community members and to recognize and treat gun violence as a pertinent public health issue.  “The pervading sentiment at the march was focused on the right to learn in safety and to be able to trust that when parents send their children to school, they are indeed safe.

Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school.

Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.#whitecoatsagainstgunviolence

Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence.One of the marchers, Heather Larkin Vogler, says she wants her daughter and other children to be safe, as participants spoke out against gun violence.

Notes: In Memphis, about 1,500 people took to the streets in a march that went to the civil rights museum. Students led the way, yelling “enough is enough.” The event included voter registration efforts.

In Chattanooga, at least 1,000 students and adults took part in a march that took them to the Hamilton County Courthouse.

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.


Former Burro, Dorie Harrison (’17) is named SEC Freshman of Week

File Photo-Mike Strasinger

LEXINGTON, Ky. – It is no surprised that Hillsboro High School 2017 graduate and four-year starter Dorie Harrison is named SEC Freshman of the week for posting game highs two games in row.

Harrison is a true freshman at Kentucky University who scored 15 points against Alabama (1/15/18) and 16 points against Arkansas (1/29/18). The honor was announced by the league office Tuesday.

The Lady Burro averaged 14 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks,  and 1.0 steals per game her senior year. She was also  named to numerous honor teams notably the Metro Nashville Basketball Coaches Association Class AAA All-Metro Team and Class AAA All-District Team, she was a 2017 McDonald’s All-America and she won the 2017 Nashville City Civilian Club Moss-Oliver Award. Dr. Shuler Pelham, Executive Principal of Hillsboro High School is thrilled with Tuesday’s announcement from the SEC offices, “She is a great player and a wonderful student with a great work ethic. We at Hillsboro are very proud of her!” Harrison was also named a Saint Thomas Scholar.

As the Lady Wildcat’s team leading scorer for the first time Monday night, scoring 16 points and adding four rebounds, two steals and one block in the Wildcats’ victory over the Lady Razorbacks.

Combining the previous two games, Harrison has scored 31 points while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field.

She’s also added a total of nine rebounds, two blocks and three steals.After a rough patch for the Hoops team, Harrison’s strong efforts have helped the Cats’ record bounce back to break-even: the team’s record is now 11-11 on the season and 3-5 in the conference.

Watching her develop as a player was a privilege as the Burro’s Athletic Director and it is gratifying to see Dorie continue to improve her game. “So proud of Dorie!  She is really growing as a player. Excited to see her continue to develop,” stated Andrew Bello.

The rookie went 5-of-9 from the field against the Crimson Tide, helping Kentucky shoot 64.7 percent from the field in the game, which was the second-highest field-goal percentage in a game in program history.

One major area for improvement was her free-throw shooting, going 11-of-12 from the charity stripe after entering the week shooting just 46.8 percent from the line.

Harrison has scored in double figures in three straight games.

Harrison’s strong play has led the Wildcats to back-to-back wins for the first time since early December.

The winning streak has Kentucky back at .500 at 11-11 overall and 3-5 in the SEC. UK will return to action Thursday at 7 p.m. ET vs. Auburn inside Memorial Coliseum.

Career Statistics

Career Statistics

Season GP GS Minutes Totals 3-Point Free-Throws Rebounds PF FO AST AST/G T/O BLK STL PTS AVG
2017-18 22 8 352 16.0 53 153 .346 0 0 .000 29 49 .592 36 56 92 4.2 44 1 14 0.6 35 15 9 135 6.1
Total 22 8 352 16.0 53 153 .346 0 0 .000 29 49 .592 36 56 92 4.2 44 1 14 0.6 35 15 9 135 6.1




Nashville Traditions: Santa’s Trees Lot, since 1970, has been a Christmas tradition for generations

“Santa’s Trees “ is the name of the tree lot that is in front of Hillsboro High School. The man that runs the tree lot is Jim Mc Cloud. According to Jim Mc Cloud, the tree lot in front of Hillsboro high school is a “Green Hills Tradition.” He said, “This tree lot has been set up in front of Hillsboro every year since the late 1970’s.”

This company gets their trees in by a semi-truck once a week until right before Christmas. A security woman comes every night not only to protect the yard, but to water the trees and clean up. Santa’s Trees is open from now until Dec 25, 2017. Their hours are: Sunday through Saturday (7 days a week) 9:00AM to 9:00PM.

Its the holiday season and Hillsboro is selling Christmas trees! A week before Thanksgiving, the Christmas tree lot set up in the front of the school.

They are selling trees starting at 35 dollars and up depending on the kind of tree and the size.

They also sell wreaths, red bows, and garlands.

Customers often ask how they will get a large tree home if they don’t drive a truck. The Christmas Tree Lot has that covered.  They have a delivery service with for a small additional fee.

They will continue to sell trees and wreaths up until Christmas Day or until everything has been sold.

After a customer gets a tree home, taking care of it in s special was is  crucial to the tree lasting for several weeks.

First it is key not to place the tree under or over any kind of heating vent system. This could cause it to overheat and die

Next, don’t keep it too close to close to a window either. This can cause your tree to wilt due to the cold temperatures.

Finally, you have to keep the water fresh. Water is necessary for the tree to remain fresh and to preserve it as much as possible. Think of it like a large bouquet of flowers.



Here are some of the things they offer:

Items Price range

Trees $35.00 to $700

Wreaths $20.00 to $160

Garland $3.00 -$7.00 per ft.

$75.00 to $175.00 bulk

Décor (Arrangements $10.00 to $100.00

Bows $4.00 to $15.00

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 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.”