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The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open the Track Training Area was a fun and successful event! As the guests arrived, we had our track coaching staff and some of our male and female track and field student-athletes demonstrated how we plan to utilize the area. There were sprinters coming out of the starting blocks, hurdlers hurdling, jumpers jumping, and warm-up drills being executed. Those in attendance were board members, Head of School Connie Jo Shelton, development team members, school administrators, donors, parents, and family members. Several spoke and shared their gratitude for all that helped to make this vision a reality. NCS Chief Development Officer Jeff Fincher said, "We are really excited to provide this much-needed training space for our men's and women's track teams. And we are exceedingly grateful to our donors who brought this one-of-a-kind facility to fruition. Those supporters are proof that it is our people who truly make this a unique and special place." Food was prepared by Debbie Seigenthaler and there was a time for great fellowship after the ribbon was cut. It was a great evening for NCS Athletics!
Today our high school students had the privilege of hearing from Jason Frost, co-founder of the nonprofit Wired Human, an organization dedicated to empowering youth to combat digital exploitation and build value-driven screen habits.
He spoke about the downstream pull of social media and our devices and encouraged students to know that their purpose is upstream. They must fight against the tech industry who acknowledges the destructive nature of their business, but whose mission is to assign a value measurement to humans based on likes, reach, and followers, no matter the cost.
In a powerful analogy, Josh compared the internet to a modern-day Colosseum where the user is just a commodity placed at the center of the arena for all to watch, judge, and destroy.
Josh encouraged our students to know their infinite worth and value as God’s people and to not only strive towards their core values but to begin wiring their brains towards the plans that God has for them. He brought it back to scripture by referencing Romans 8:15-16 - The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him, we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
At this year’s Homecoming game on October 8th, we were excited to have our alumni family back on campus. At halftime, we had the honor of inducting several more of our Hall of Fame Athletes. The alumni athletes are the cornerstone of the Nashville Christian School athletic program. We were excited to celebrate many of the athletes from the 90’s in a special induction ceremony. See those most recently inducted below:
Mark Smith - Golf
Scott Moss - Football, Baseball
Tim Cooper - Football, Track & Field
Jay Harris - Football, Baseball
Jeremy Moore - Football, Basketball
Chris Amonette - Basketball, Football
Byron Page - Football, Baseball
Brandon Shanks - Football
Jody Duncan - Wrestling, Football
Stephen Elizer - Football, Baseball
Chris McCall - Football, Basketball
Jon Parsons - Football
Shane Sanders - Football
Brad Shanks - Football
Brent Morris - Football
Patrick Moss - Football, Basketball, Baseball
Kerry Byrum - Football
Winston Gaffron - Football
Michael Perkins - Football
Craig Bedore - Golf
Justin Graff - Football
Mike Mundy - Football
Ryan Perkins - Football, Track
Drew Tyner - Football, Basketball
Josh Vanatta - Football
Our next induction ceremony will be on January 14th between the boys and girls basketball games vs. DCA. Stay tuned for more details on that event!
Each year, our students take part in the PSAT test in October along with a few million other students in the U.S. Our students take this test for a variety of reasons. Underclassmen in grades 8, 9, and 10 take the test essentially for practice purposes. For juniors, they have the opportunity to take the test and potentially earn a National Merit Scholarship. This year, we were notified that one of our students scored very well on the PSAT when compared to her peers all over the country. Nolan Arnold has been named a “Commended Student” in the National Merit Scholarship Program. She has received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which means that she scored one of the top 50,000 scores in the country. Approximately 3.5 - 4 million students take the PSAT nationwide each year. Although she did not score high enough to continue on in the Merit competition to be designated a National Merit Semifinalist, this achievement places her among the best high school seniors in the country. Congratulations Nolan!