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15 days. 47 people. Innumerable hours traversing Ireland and the United Kingdom by bus. Less than innumerable bathroom breaks. Nashville Christian students, teachers, parents, and faculty set off to Scotland, Ireland, England, and Wales this summer to explore some of the notable sites these countries have to offer. Here’s what you missed on the 2019 NCS International Trip.
We started off in Ireland on a tour our bus driver Francis called the “ABC tour” (another bloody castle tour). We saw many castles, all of which were striking and worth exploring. To get a unique view of Ireland we did a jaunty tour at Killarney. We piled into the horse-drawn carriages and enjoyed picturesque views of the Irish countryside. The color green seemed different in Ireland: brighter, cleaner. No one could deny how beautiful the country was.
After our adventures in Ireland, we took a ferry to Wales. We went to an unfinished castle and struggled to find a staircase that actually led anywhere. Getting lost in a castle in Wales was a treat. Speaking of treats, at nearly every stop, somebody (or everybody) bought some ice cream. This sweet treat was the featured dessert of our trip. It seemed like every city had the best ice cream in the world.
Now in the UK, we boarded a new coach and started our trek. We drove through Wales and stopped a few times to enjoyed the views before we arrived in Edinburgh, our home for the next few days. With our free time in the city, we shopped, hiked, and ate. A few of us climbed Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano. Our tour guide Margaret left us for a few days to have tea with the Queen. We helped her with her fashion choices before the big day, too. Personally, Edinburgh was one of the best stops for me, and I really enjoyed goofing around with friends and teacher. That was the best part of the trip, honestly. I was able to bound with my old teachers on a more personal level and also got to know people from school that I had very few interactions with before this.
In the last days of the trip we saw Stirling Castle and Windsor Castle. We also explore Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Shakespeare’s birthplace, as well as English poet William Wordsworth’s house and garden. I loved seeing the homes of people I have learned about in history and English class. It was a fascinating way to connect the past to the present. Walking Wordsworth’s garden, I understood why he was inspired to write so much poetry about the value of life and living it truly. I never wanted to leave.
All in all, this trip was one of the best of my life. I got to bond with everyone, and I saw some of the magnificent wonders this world has to show us. It inspired me to keep exploring. I encourage you to go on one of these trips. I learned a lot about the United Kingdom and its history, but I learned even more about the people I so often interact with without truly getting to know. I think it’s a great opportunity for anyone who can take advantage of it. I’m truly glad that I did.
This past season we have had tremendous growth in the size of our high school track and field program. We have gone from having only five male members last season to having 20 male members and 12 female members participating this season. We experienced tremendous growth and success with our student-athletes during the regular season that led us to the Region Championship, which is our opportunity to qualify for the State Track Meet.
The week of the region, our girls team finished 5th out of 16 teams and accumulated 14 Region medals qualifying four girls for the state meet. Our boys team finished 7th out of 16 teams and accumulated 16 region medals qualifying two for the state meet. In the state meet we had four athletes medal, sophomore Harris Adams and junior Brittany Lawless-Sherrill in the Shot Put, junior Dakota Owens in the 100m Dash and freshman Olivia Marlin in the 400m. All of this was accomplished without a track or appropriate training facilities on the NCS campus.
Coach Ronnie Seigenthaler has presented a plan for a new track training area and has begun raising funds for the project. The plans include seven lanes at 50 meters long and areas for shot, discus, high jump, long jump and pole vault. We feel that there is a genuine excitement for the track and field team at NCS, and we know that with the completion of this track training project, Nashville Christian can be an up-and-coming power in track and field!
Thanks to an anonymous $2 million donation to kick off our upcoming capital campaign, Nashville Christian School is breaking ground on some new classrooms! This space will include two regular classrooms, additional storage, an open-concept flex room, and a state-of-the-art science lab which will open up the current middle school science lab for our elementary students.
On May 24, 2019, we held a special Groundbreaking Ceremony and invited our current families to come out and celebrate with us. If you missed it, you can watch the Facebook live video we shared below!
Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming capital campaign and more great additions planned for Nashville Christian School!
For the past couple of months, the NCS National Honor Society has asked our school community to donate items to Becca's Closet. Becca's Closet began in South Florida when a young woman named Rebecca Kirtman launched a dress drive to provide prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who could not afford them. That first year, Becca collected and donated over 250 dresses and helped hundreds of girls attend prom. Rebecca was killed in a tragic car accident in 2003, but her mission continues, with multiple chapters being formed across the United States. The National Honor Society at NCS decided to join the cause and the Nashville Christian community came through! Yesterday, the NHS officers were thrilled to take all the donated items to a local chapter of Becca's closet. We want to send a big THANK YOU to all who gave! For more information about Becca's Closet, go to www.beccascloset.org.