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Earlier this week, America watched as a new Miss Universe was crowned for 2017. Did you know Nashville Christian has its very own beauty queen – Miss Tennessee Jr. Teen, sophomore Emily Batty! We recently spoke to her about her journey to Miss Tennessee Jr. Teen and what the future holds for this reigning queen.
When did you start doing pageants?
I started doing pageants when I was a baby, because my mom did them when she was a little girl.
What is your favorite thing about competing in pageants?
My favorite thing is definitely the opportunities that come with being in pageants. Just recently I won $1,000 and a trip to Disneyland and with my family over thanksgiving where I will get to meet girls from all over the country.
Besides Miss Tennessee Jr. Teen, what other titles or awards have you won?
Miss Middle Tennessee Jr. Teen and World’s Universal Beauty have been my most recent titles.
What are your responsibilities as National American Miss Tennessee Jr. Teen?
My biggest responsibility is to go out and serve my community.I have done things like the ALS Walk, Buddy Walk, and donated and read to the elementary schoolers so far this year. I am also expected to be a positive role model for young girls and represent Tennessee at the National Pageant in Hollywood, California.
What is your most memorable moment in competing in pageants?
My favorite memory is definitely hearing my name called as the NAM TN Jr. Teen. I had absolutely no idea that I had won, and it was so awesome to feel all the love and support from my family and friends.
What are your future pageant plans?
this year, I plan to compete for Miss Tennessee Teen USA and ultimately Miss Teen USA.
The Praise and Thanksgiving service was once again a special time for the Nashville Christian family to worship and share a meal together.
After a short morning of classes, students, parents, staff and friends dropped off their delicious dishes and gathered in the gym for a special program. The first graders were dressed in their newly-designed handprint turkey shirts for their reading of Psalm 100. We also enjoyed performances by the NCS Entertainers and the Middle School Chorus.
Our special speaker this year was a new Nashville Christian parent, Dennis Ferrier. Mr. Ferrier is a reporter with Nashville’s Fox 17 and has won multiple prestigious awards for his investigative work. He told us the story of Black Hawk pilot, Michael Durant, and his hero, Gary Gordon. Gary Gordon knew from the age of 10 that he wanted to be a military hero and set out to research how to do it. Mr. Ferrier encouraged everyone, even the very youngest Eagles, to make their own mission statement and to ask for guidance and help from the Lord as we set about serving Him.
After some final words and a prayer, everyone headed for the tables full of Thanksgiving favorites – turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, and so much more. Following the feast, the leftovers were packed up by a group of students and staff and taken to the homeless. It was a wonderful day of reflecting, expressing thanks and serving others. Here are some photos from the day:
For the last 15 years, NCS has participated in the annual Jr. Beta convention, hosted at the Opryland Hotel. Students from all over Tennessee travel to Nashville and compete in various competitions that test your brain, leadership, team-building skills, and creativity. You also get to make new friends and build friendships with others along the way.
This year, Nashville Christian School competed in various competitions such as poetry, quiz bowl, photography, sculpting, and much more. 8th grader Madison Turner placed fifth in the sculpture competition. Speaking for myself, I know that everybody on this trip learned so much while doing things they enjoyed. I can’t wait to see what we will achieve next year in Jr Beta.
It was another great year at the NCS Auction Fundraiser! The theme was “Festival of Trees,” and with the twinkle lights and carollers, everyone got into the giving spirit. Three of the live auction items this year were fully-decorated, themed Christmas trees donated by elementary families. The middle school contributed four themed gift baskets, including a Nashville themed basket with a football signed by the Tennessee Titans own Marcus Mariota. High schoolers donated gift cards for the auction’s “grab and go” Christmas tree where donors could pay full price and walk away with the gift card without haggling.
After a delicious dinner donated by Martin’s Bar-B-Que, it was time to begin the bidding on our live auction items. First up was the “Best of Live” drawing. Tickets for “Best of Live” could be purchased for $60, and the winner received any live auction item of their choice. This year’s winner was Tim Jarrell, and he selected a helmet signed by the entire 2017 football team. Some of the other items auctioned off during the live auction were beach vacations, a trip to Disney, a special Luke Bryan concert package, and box seating at a Predators game.
The silent auction was also a huge success with a variety of great selections including jewelry, spa packages, a chance to be principal for a day, and a guitar signed by Loretta Lynn.
The auction ended with a special “Paddle Raise” with all donations going towards increased security measures at the school. Our goal was $20,000 and in less than five minutes, 41 members of the NCS community raised their paddles and together they gave $22,000! Overall, funds raised at the annual auction were $67,000!
We want to extend a special thank you to all of our sponsors:
Gold Sponsors ($2500+): Hopkins-Page (alumni Kevin Hopkins and current and alumni grandparent Terry Page), Martins Bar-B-Que (current parents Patrick and Martha Martin), and Enterprise Solutions (alumni and alumni parent Mike Campbell)
Frankincense Sponsors ($1500+): Dr. Sharon Roth with Roth Wellness & Chiropractic and Laurie Metcalfe (current NCS grandparent) with Lagniappe Custom Jewelry
Myrrh Sponsor ($800+): Legends Bank
We would also like to thank the Auction Committee and all of our volunteers for your time and service. We could not have done it without you! We are NC