Nine-year-old Avery Browning is this year’s Academic All-Star for Allendale Elementary School.
The fourth grader moved to Williamson County from Knoxville just a few months ago, but she’s already making a name for herself at the school.
“Avery is a wonderful role-model who gives 110 percent each day,” said Allendale Principal Dr. Cindy Davis. “We are so proud to name her as our Academic All-Star.”
Despite missing multiple days of school so she could have surgery on her foot, Avery is not letting that hold her back especially when it comes to writing which she says is her favorite subject.
“I like to write because I love showing off my imagination,” said Avery. “My grandma bought me this book called Story Starters where you get to finish the story. I made up a story called The Mummy and the Doorknob where a girl on a field trip accidentally brings a mummy to life and they become friends.”
When she’s not writing, Avery can often be found pursuing her other passion.
“I love horseback riding,” said Avery. “I go horseback riding almost every Saturday. I really enjoy it, which is why I might want to do something with horses when I grow up.”
In the meantime, Avery says she’ll continue working hard because she knows it will pay off in the end.
“School is very important to me,” said Avery. “I think it will help me with a lot in life.”
The future is bright for three Franklin High School students who recently scored a perfect 36 composite score on the ACT.
Kate Sanborn, Olivia Byrd and Luis Sanchez Boedo put their knowledge to the test and aced the exam in July.
Kate and Olivia are both members of the Franklin Band, and Luis is on the Franklin High boys basketball team. All three students know the importance of balancing their academics with their extracurricular activities.
“Olivia, Kate and Luis are all exceptional learners with a strong desire to achieve at superior levels,” said FHS Assistant Principal Jason Eubanks. “We are quite proud of their body of work at Franklin High thus far and know without a doubt they will achieve at superior levels in life.”
The ACT is a college-readiness exam that is divided into four sections: English, math, reading and science. Each section is graded on a scale that tops out at 36. The composite score is the average of all four section scores.
Williamson County Schools media students know how to work the camera, something proven at the Nashville/Midsouth National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Student Production Award ceremony on April 19, where they brought back top honors in 10 of the 16 categories.
The NATAS awards are among the highest honor high school media programs can earn. The Nashville/Midsouth region includes schools from Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina.
Williamson County high schools made up a good proportion of this year’s nominees and winners. Brentwood High School was nominated in 13 categories and won seven of them.
“Nothing compares to this,” said Brentwood High TV & Film teacher Ronnie Adcock. “This was the greatest day in our program’s history. Students have worked very hard this year, and their efforts paid off.”
The following students or schools took home the top award in their categories:
- WBHS 9 Newscast, Brentwood High
- Madison Hebert and Ashley Gracia, Brentwood High
- Barrett Hall, Jack Cerrato and Austin Collier, Brentwood High
- Joy Davis, Independence High
Public Service Announcement
- Garrett Linney, Matthew King and Nicolas Walter, Brentwood High
Public Affairs/Community Service
- Max Volpintesta and Billy Mahaffey, Brentwood High
- Jackson Stofka, Ravenwood High
- Jacob Trauscht, Brentwood High
- Reagan McKay, Brentwood High
- Dylan Stovall, Nolensville High
Williamson County Schools, in conjunction with the Franklin Special School District, is the third largest school district in the nation to be recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady Supporter.
The announcement was made April 11 during a joint press conference with the National Weather Service, the Williamson County Mayor’s Office, Emergency Management Services, Public Safety and the FSSD.
This special recognition is given to districts that have worked to improve each school’s emergency action plans and faculty, staff and student preparedness in the event of a natural disaster.
“The National Weather Service works with Williamson County Schools when hazardous weather is forecast and we want to make sure those children are safe,” said NSW Warning Coordinator Meteorologist Krissy Hurley. “We do this by working with them through numerous drills and by making sure they have a hazardous weather operations plan in place.”
WCS Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden says the district communicates with the National Weather Service on a weekly basis to stay aware of potential weather events.
“When it comes to student safety we are all on the same team,” said WCS Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden.”We’re very excited that we’ve achieved this recognition at the federal level, and we appreciate the state and local efforts to support us.”
The StormReady Supporter program began in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1999. The district’s certification will remain valid through April 11, 2023.
Williamson County Schools honored its 2016-17 Employees of the Year February 2 at a special ceremony in Franklin. The district rolled out the red carpet and Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney thanked the employees for their service.
Each school selected a teacher to be recognized, and from there, the district selected a system-wide Teacher of the Year at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Elementary School Teacher of the Year
This year’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Sarah Roberts. Roberts teaches fourth grade at Pearre Creek Elementary and says she loves the unpredictability of her job.
“As a teacher, every day is new and different,” said Roberts. “You never know exactly what you’re going to walk into. You’ve got some control over the intent of your standards, but other than that it’s a response to the kids and how they respond to you, and there’s such an engagement piece to that.”
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Brentwood Middle School teacher Nathan Cummings was selected as the Middle School Teacher of the Year. Now in his sixth year with Williamson County, Cummings teaches eighth grade American history. He says the best part of his job is working with students.
“I enjoy seeing the kids learn,” said Cummings. “For more, that’s the whole point of teaching. It’s about seeing the light bulb go off and being there when it happens.”
High School Teacher of the Year
Ravenwood High School teacher Kristi Neuroth was chosen as the High School Teacher of the Year. Neuroth teaches geography and says she enjoys introducing students to new places.
“I love that teaching lets you be a curious person, and you get to encourage other people to be curious,” said Neuroth. “I love teaching geography because the world changes every single day.”
Classified Employees of the Year
The district also honored its Classified Employees of the Year, which included everyone from teacher assistants to maintenance workers. Employees were nominated for the honor by their individual school or department.
This year’s winners are Lipscomb Elementary School bookkeeper Sally Auville, Brentwood Middle School bookkeeper Kelly Montague and Centennial High School counseling secretary Hilda Lloyd.