News Archive


  • September

    Capstone Scholars

    Capstone Scholars 2019

    Capstone Sponsors
    Ensworth’s Capstone Program is exemplary of experiential learning; students are given the opportunity to engage in an extensive exploration of a passion or interest that is above and beyond academic courses and extracurricular involvements—though it is often the product of weaving multiple inspirations into one. To participate, a student investigates, proposes, and gains approval for a specific research project in Grade 11, and will conduct the research and presentation of their findings over the course of their senior year.
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  • high school harkness

    Experiential Learning in the High School: Harkness on Your Feet

    Dina Marks, High School English Department Chair
    One of the challenges that we face as a department is keeping alive in our high school students the joy of reading instilled by the lower/middle school faculty. High school students are increasingly focused on the grade (or the “points”) offered by an assignment, and it’s difficult to get them to slow down and focus on reading as exploration, as a puzzle to be unlocked, or as play.
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  • My First Book Haiti

    Experiential Learning in the High School: My First Book

    Teresa Todd, High School French Faculty
    The “My First Book” project began after I attended my first Social Issues Conference where the Restore LaVi session piqued my interest. Former parent Diana Day-Cartee and her daughter, Ali Cartee ’18, had been volunteering in Haiti for a while with restavecs, or child slaves.
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  • Grade 6 Museum Project

    Experiential Learning in the Middle School: Grade 6 Museum Project

    Paul Downey '92
    All Grade 6 History classes, taught by Ruby Cortner, Maurice Hopkins, and J.K. Scott, brought wonders of the ancient world to life by creating a pop-up museum event in Patton Hall for the entire Lower/Middle School community this fall.
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  • responsive classroom

    Responsive Classroom

    Tiffany Townsend
    Children are more comfortable and confident in engaging in active learning when they are in an environment that fosters social and emotional understanding and competence. Responsive Classroom (RC) is an approach to teaching that employs thoughtful and proactive practices to create a safe and joyful classroom culture that is developmentally responsive to students’ strengths and needs.
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  • Kindergarten Science

    Experiential Learning in the Lower School

    Nancy Keen Palmer '03
    In ways both big and small, our Lower School teachers are bringing curricular content to life through immersive activities that offer students the opportunity to go far beyond retention of facts and figures and to fully absorb the knowledge that they set out to discover. The following examples illustrate this approach and represent only the tip of the iceberg that is experiential learning at Ensworth.
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  • Zoe Upkins

    Zoe Upkins ’21 to Appear on NBC’s “The Voice”

    Zoe Upkins, Ensworth junior and talented singer, auditioned for and will appear on NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice.” The show, which includes judges Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend, will premiere on Monday, September 23.
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  • Eddie George

    Ensworth to Host Eddie George on Friday Night

    Heisman Trophy winner and four-time Pro Bowler, Eddie George, will flip the coin and sign autographs at Friday night’s game vs. Christ Presbyterian Academy.
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  • David Dingess

    Faculty Profile: David Dingess '11

    Editorial Staff
    We asked David Dingess, Lower/Middle School P.E. and alumnus of the Class of 2011, a few questions so the community can get to know him better
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  • Lucy's Play

    High School Play Recap: Lucy's Play

    David Berry and Sally Seitz ‘13
    David Berry, Director & Arts/English Faculty, and Sally Seitz ‘13, author of the play, share their reflections on the production of Lucy's Play.
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  • Susan Beiner working with a student

    Teaching Endowment Visiting Artist: Susan Beiner

    Paul Downey
    Renowned ceramics artist Susan Beiner was on campus for a week in March working with high school students as a visiting artist. The Teaching Artist Endowment at Ensworth enriches the study of the arts on the High School Campus by bringing in celebrated artists in the fields of music, theater, and the visual arts.
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  • Finding the Right College Fit 2019

    Finding the Right College Fit

    Tiffany Townsend, Director of Marketing & Communications
    The Class of 2019 is the first class to go through the High School under the four-year college counseling model. Students are matched with their college counselor at the beginning of freshman year and stay with the same counselor throughout their high school career. Four seniors share their experience with the program and how it helped them find the right college fit.
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  • the Wiz high school

    High School Musical Recap: The Wiz

    Shawn Knight, Director
    The High School Arts Department presented the Wiz in the spring of 2019. The musical's director, Shawn Knight, shares his reflections on the performances.

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  • Laura Stewart Vanderbilt Hall of Fame

    Laura Stewart Inducted into Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame

    Laura Koerner Stewart, Director of College Counseling at Ensworth, was inducted into the five-member 2019 Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame Class on Friday, August 30.
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  • the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

    Middle School Play Recap: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    Hope Moeller, Middle School Drama Director & Grade 2 Faculty
    In February, the Middle School Drama Club put on a production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the classic tale by C.S. Lewis. All of us were excited to tell our version of this story. Our parents had read the story to us, or we had read it ourselves, and most of the students had seen the 2005 movie.
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  • August

    China Daily Ensworth students

    High School Students Featured in China Daily

    China Daily, a global publication with nearly 1 million in circulation, featured a photo of a group of nine Ensworth AP Chinese students with four students from Yuying High School in Nashville’s sister city, Taiyuan.
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  • Friday Night Lights

    Friday Night Lights Kicks Off This Friday

    Looking to make your Friday afternoons a little less hectic? Parents of students in Grades 1–5 can let Ensworth ease your stress with camaraderie, school spirit, and food with Friday Night Lights! It all kicks off this Friday before the game vs. Trezevant.
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  • Cameron Obee Little League World Series

    Grade 6 Student to Compete in the Little League World Series

    Rising sixth-grader, Cameron Obee ‘26, will play in the Little League World Series starting August 15.
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  • 2019 Ensworth faculty bookshelf

    Faculty Bookshelf — Summer 2019 Ensights

    Editorial Staff
    What did the Ensworth faculty read this summer?

    Remember to designate Ensworth as your Amazon Smile beneficiary. Whenever you buy anything on Amazon using the address, a portion of the sale will go to Ensworth.
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  • Aladdin Kids Ensworth cast

    Ensworth Children's Theater Presents Aladdin Kids

    Disney’s Aladdin KIDS is playing at Ensworth on the Red Gables campus On Friday, August 9 at 2 pm and 6 pm.
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  • Pioneer turf award Ensworth football field

    Grounds and Sports Turf Wins National Award

    The Ensworth Grounds and Sports Turf crew won a Pioneer Athletics Fields of Excellence® Award for their work on the football field at Daily Stadium on the High School Campus.
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  • July

    Awards Day 2019

    High School Students Recognized for Academic Achievement in 2018-2019 Year

    The High School Awards Day Ceremony on Thursday, May 23 honored the academic achievement of the following students during the 2018-2019 academic year.
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  • Jordan Bone Pistons

    Jordan Bone ’16 Called 57th in NBA Draft

    Jordan Bone, a 2016 Ensworth graduate and point guard at Tennessee, was picked by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2019 NBA Draft.
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  • Jacqueline Frist at Carnegie Hall

    Rising Junior Recognized for Excellence in Art

    Jacqueline Frist ‘21 received a Gold Medal at the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her composite photograph “Forest of Dreams.” She was on hand to receive the medal at the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York in early June.
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  • Peru group shot

    Students Serve Global Community through Service-Oriented Trips

    Ensworth students served school communities in Belize and Peru on two summer trips in June.
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  • June

    Jordan Bone NBA Draft

    Watch Jordan Bone '16 in NBA Draft

    You may hear the name of Jordan Bone '16 come up in the NBA Draft, which starts tonight at 7:30. He is the first Ensworth Tiger to participate in the draft. Most projections have him as a top round pick.
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  • Summer Arts Portfolio Preparation Camera

    High School Students Spend a Week in June on Visual and Performing Arts Portfolios

    This past week, the first meeting of the Summer Visual and Performing Arts Portfolio Program came together in the Photo Room of the Ingram Arts Center.
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  • Orleans Darkwa football camp

    Orleans Darkwa ‘10 to Hold Free Football Camp on June 15

    NFL player Orleans Darkwa ‘10 will host his third annual free football camp on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 8-18 at Ensworth’s High School Campus.
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  • May

    Girls Lacrosse State Champions

    2019 State Champions

    Ensworth GIrls' Lacrosse defeated Harpeth Hall 11-8 to win the 2019 Private School State Championship. The Tigers had four players selected to the All State team: Carrie Elcan, Annabel Frist, Caroline Frist, and McLean Whitson. Congratulations to Head Coach Corey Donohoe, Assistant Coaches Mia Hurrin and Kaitlyn D'Alessandro, and all the Tigers on an outstanding season!
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  • Marianna Staff Capstone

    Capstone Spotlight: Marianna Staff’s Poetry

    Marianna Staff’s poetry Capstone on the theme of “Growing” proved to be a fitting topic for her as a young woman and artist. She presented a few selections from her project’s poetry anthology, including some older material from earlier in her Ensworth career, on Thursday, April 25.
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  • April

    Colin Murray and Lily Bowen

    Colin Murray ’20 Repeats Win at MathCON Finals

    Colin Murray ’20 was again named the MathCON National Champion for his grade level. He competed against 3,757 Grade 11 students, 62 of whom were invited to the final round at McCormick Place in Chicago. Grade 6 student Lily Bowen earned an Honorable Mention medal at the MathCON finals.
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  • Caroline Frist Capstone race education

    Capstone Spotlight: Caroline Frist on Education and Race

    Caroline Frist grew up in a family where education reform was standard dinner table conversation. Her mentor in high school, David Whitfield, introduced her to the idea that the history of Nashville and education are intertwined and gave birth to her Capstone project. She presented it on March 30.
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  • Social Issues Conference 2019

    Ensworth Invites Community to Friday's Social Issues Conference

    Ensworth is hosting the 2019 Social Issues Conference on Friday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on the High School Campus at 7401 Highway 100. The event offers attendees the opportunity to learn more about various local nonprofits and how to get involved, volunteer, and make a difference in the Nashville community.
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  • Roc Batten Ensworth

    Ensworth Announces Roc Batten as New Head Football Coach

    Ensworth has announced Roc Batten as the new Head Varsity Football Coach. The appointment marks a homecoming for Batten, as he was a member of Ensworth’s faculty and staff in the high school’s early years.
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  • swim team regionals

    2019 Tennessean All-Midstate Swimming Team Selections

    Congratulations to our 2019 Tennessean All-Midstate Boys and Girls Swimming Team Selections! Kallie Chelsvig '20, state champion in the 100m freestyle and verbal commit to Notre Dame, made the All-Midstate team in the 100-yard freestyle. And in the boys' category, behind Coach of the Year Christian Bahr, Evan Petty was named 200 yard IM and 100 backstroke. The Ensworth boys filled the entire All-Midstate relays teams, the 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle, and the 400-yard freestyle.
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  • World Language Week rocks

    Lower School Students Prepare for World Language Week

    Students in the Lower School are preparing for the upcoming World Language Week by participating in activities related to the week’s theme: “Lovely: Finding the Lovely in Ourselves and Others as We Travel the World.” World Language Week is April 15-19.
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  • football seniors

    All Eight Senior Football Players to Compete at the Collegiate Level

    Ensworth’s High School Football team fielded eight seniors in the fall of 2018. All eight will play athletics at the collegiate level.
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  • Ensworth chess team

    Chess Teams Perform Well in Regionals

    The Ensworth Chess Team sent 18 students and 5 teams to the 2019 Regional III (Middle Tennessee) Team Championship in March.
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  • March

    Turnip Green art show

    Students Creatively Combine Service and Art

    J.C. Johnson, High School Visual Arts Teacher, has been leading trips to Turnip Green Creative Reuse on quarterly high school Service Learning Days. Their work has led to the creation of a unique art exhibition.
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  • PCL advisory slime competition

    High School Students Sling Slime to Build Community

    Two High School advisory groups squared off in a slimy, but delicious competition during the Prescribed Community Learning (PCL) period last week.
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  • High School Campus in fall drone

    Ensworth Announces New Head of High School

    After conducting an extensive national search, Ensworth is excited to announce that Nowell Hesse will be the new Head of High School beginning Summer 2019.
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  • Megan Mitchell Gatorade trainer award

    Megan Mitchell Wins Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award

    Megan Mitchell, Ph.D., Fitness Department Chair and Director of Wellness at the High School Campus, has won the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award for Ensworth’s district.
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  • 2019 State Champions

    The Tigers defeated Brentwood Academy 48-42 to win the 2019 TSSAA Division II AA State Championship. Ensworth finished the season with a school record 29 wins.  Congratulations to Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles, Assistant coaches Chris Brian and Krystle Horton, and all the Tigers on an outstanding season.
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  • February

    fitness weights

    Fitness in the K-12 Continuum

    Ensworth is committed to the physical and mental well-being of all students. Thus, each student has a physical education and fitness program specifically tailored to their grade level.
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  • Susan Beiner ceramics

    Susan Beiner, Renowned Ceramics Artist, to Serve as Teaching Artist

    Renowned ceramics artist Susan Beiner will work with high school students as a teaching artist for a week in March. The week will culminate with a reception on Friday, March 8 for her show, which is currently on display in the Ingram Arts Center.
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  • Jalen Sueing with Gold Key art awards

    High School Students Take Top Honors at Art Competition

    Several Ensworth High School students were honored in the 28th Annual Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Awards in Photography, Digital Art, and Painting and Drawing.
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  • January

    High School Swimming and Diving Team

    Middle and High School Swimming and Diving Teams Excel at Regionals

    Ensworth’s middle and high school aquatics teams excelled at the regional championships at Centennial Sportsplex last weekend.
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  • Miracle Network Dance Marathon

    Student Speaker Series Showcases Student Passion

    Lainey Garside ’21 used the newly created Student Speaker Series to educate students about the Children’s Miracle Network and the Dance Marathon she is hosting at Ensworth on Saturday, February 2.
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  • Team Mahanes LLS

    High School Student Enters Philanthropic Competition

    Charlie Mahanes ’20 has entered the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Students of the Year” competition. If successful, there may be a clinical trial named after the Ensworth Class of 2020.
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  • Emily Parrelli talks to students about Civil Rights

    Grade 7 Timeline Highlights Milestones in Civil Rights History

    Emily Parrelli’s Grade 7 English class transformed painstaking research into an inspiring and instructive timeline in Patton Hall.
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