Mayor, Metro Council recognize USN students’ big dreams
Several University School of Nashville students were honored for sharing their ideas through visuals and short essays on the future of Nashville in a citywide contest hosted by Kidizenship. Congratulations to Mattie James Bass ’29, Essie Boehler ’31, Ophelia Cherry-Pulay ’25, Julia Dryden ’32, Henry Gatto ’25, Elliot George ’29, Harper Hughey ’29, Elise Jahangir ’32, Ansley Martin ’27, and Adella Schwartz ’32.
University School of Nashville students were among the two dozen finalists for Kidizenship's "Show Us YOUR Nashville" contest. Congratulations to the following students:
Ophelia Cherry-Pulay ’25, Finalist
Henry Gatto ’25, Finalist
Ansley Martin ’27, Second Place
Mattie James Bass ’29, Ambassador
Elliot George ’29, Finalist
Harper Hughey ’29, Third Place
Essie Boehler ’31, Finalist
Julia Dryden ’32, Finalist
Elise Jahangir ’32, Finalist
Adella Schwartz ’32, Finalist
On the heels of the city’s election for a new mayor and councilmembers, USN parent and Kidizenship founder Amanda Little, Vanderbilt University's Project on Unity and American Democracy, and the YMCA's Center for Civic Engagement hosted the contest to provide students ages 8-18 an opportunity to dream up big ideas about the future of Nashville. Students across the city were invited to share a visual representation of the idea and a written description. Judges included State Rep. Justin Jones, former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist, Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Adrienne Battle, and artist Ruby Amanfu.
Finalists met with Mayor Freddie O'Connell at the Metro Courthouse and presented their extraordinary visual and written submissions depicting ideas for the future of Nashville. Their submissions focused on topics as varied as affordable housing, food security, bail reform, gun law reform, and school safety. These students workshopped their ideas with the mayor and were celebrated in a Memorializing Resolution introduced and approved by the Metro Council on Tuesday, November 7 following an invocation given by Janaki Hargis ’33 and Nithya Hargis ’36.
Twenty-eight students, faculty, and administrators represented University School of Nashville at the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
USN Mission: University School of Nashville models the best educational practices. In an environment that represents the cultural and ethnic composition of Metropolitan Nashville, USN fosters each student’s intellectual, artistic, and athletic potential, valuing and inspiring integrity, creative expression, a love of learning, and the pursuit of excellence.