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Clubs and Activities

List of 61 frequently asked questions.

  • ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering)

    Sponsor: Mr. Gabe Carro

    The Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program is an after-school program that gives students a hands-on introduction to architecture, construction management and engineering – careers students may consider if they are interested in designing and building almost anything around them from schools, museums, stadiums and concerts halls to bridges, tunnels, shopping malls, parks and more.  More information can be found at: www.acementor.org.
  • African American Studies

    Sponsors:Mr. Casey Cook, Mrs. Annie B. WiIliams

    This student-led organization explores the history and culture of the African-American experience.
     
  • Archives

    Sponsor: Dr. Ed Tarkington

    Student editors and staff: The advisor to Archives promotes the development of creative writing for student publication. He also is responsible for final approval of all photographs, layout, and text. He supervises the editors and staff, assists in the selection of editors and staff, arranges for equipment and supplies, and handles negotiations with the publishing company.
  • Art Club

    Sponsors: Ms. Catherine Hollifield, Mr. Jim Womack

    The Art Club will be active around campus, working on needed projects such as designing and carrying out a mural in the light well outside of the admissions office. There will be a trip to Long Mountain for photography, drawing and painting. In addition information will be available about art shows throughout Nashville including the first Saturday art crawl as well as shows at Cheekwood and the Frist.
     
  • Astronomy Club

    We strive to develop a love for the heavens through naked-eye, binocular, and telescope observations of bright sky objects, including planetary nebulae, supernova remnants, and galaxies. We also serve the MBA community and outreach efforts at the Long Mountain Observatory.
  • Baseball Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Jamie Tillman

    A time for boys who love the game of baseball as a spectator sport to meet and discuss the game.
  • Big Red Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Will Norton, Ms. Amanda Dreher

    The Big Red Club is a spirit organization open to all students.  Its purpose is to promote school spirit and to support athletic and other events sponsored by the school.
  • Book Club

    Sponsor: Dr. Sean Kinch

    This club chooses interesting new novels to read and discuss.
  • Business Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Sean Jackson

    Prepares students for business competitions including possible opportunities to hear from guest speakers.
  • Chess Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Mike Davidson

    To play chess and learn a little about chess theory and solve some puzzles.  For stronger players, to compete in tournament level competition.
  • Cellophony

    Sponsor: Mr. Jordan Frederick, Mr. Chris Reynolds

    Cellophony is a student run concert incorporating strings, vocalists, and rock musicians.  All proceeds from this concert benefit the W.O. Smith Music School which provides music lessons for underprivileged students.
  • Classics Club 

    Sponsor: Ms. Sarah Ellery, Mr. Michael Stewart

    The Classics Club is open to any current or former student of Latin or Greek at MBA.  It is the umbrella organization for our Montgomery Bell Academy Chapter of the Junior Classical League, as well.  Students meet to discuss topics of interest and to plan and coordinate local, midstate, state, and national competitions.
  • Computer Science Club

    Sponsor: David Deutsch

    Computer Science enthusiasts, beginners and veterans alike explore the application of computer technology in all areas of interest including but not limited to: business, music, art, law, engineering, medicine, sports, and entertainment. The focus will be on building mobile apps for your phone.
  • Cricket Club

    Sponsor: Dr. Tim Boyd

    To promote understanding and enjoyment of cricket among the MBA student body and faculty.
  • Debate & Forensics

    Sponsors: Mr. Kevin Hamrick, Mr. Josh Clark, Mr. Robbie Quinn

    The Debate and Forensics Program at MBA is an opportunity for high school students to perfect their argumentation and speaking skills in an exciting and challenging environment.  MBA has one of the oldest and most well respected programs in the nation, and tournament travel offers MBA students the chance to meet and interact with students from other schools all over the country.  Currently, MBA’s program focuses on two activities: policy debate and extemporaneous speaking.  MBA Debate is guided by four full-time teachers and coaches.
  • Disc Golf Club

    Sponsors: Mr. Elijah Reynolds, Mr. Nelson Berry

    The club meets on certain Saturday mornings at a disc golf course for donuts and a spirited round of disc golf.
  • ENDADA

    Sponsor: Ms. Catharine Hollifield

    Montgomery Bell Academy's Music and Arts Festival is held annually each spring.  Students fundraise, design, plan, and present an inspiring arts event on campus for all ages.
  • Envirothon

    Sponsors: Mr. Chris Spiegl, Mr. Chris Bullington

    Envirothon is a national-level competition where teams compete to answer questions about forestry, wildlife, aquatics, soils, and a special topic.  Participants will cultivate a broad knowledge of these topics through outdoor field experience and individual study.  The MBA Envirothon team is very competitive and has won multiple regional titles and a state championship with a trip to the national-level competition in 2010.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    Sponsor: Mr. Chris Sanders, Mrs. Libby Overton

    Students from MBA and other schools participate weekly in evening discussions and presentations by outside speakers.
  • French Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Ben Trotter

    The club is open to all students interested in French language and culture, regardless of whether they are taking French or not.  The goal of  the club is to learn about and promote awareness of French and Francophone culture through food, film and discussion.
  • Garden Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Chris Spiegl

    The Garden Club maintains the campus raised-bed garden space, between Kingfisher Creek and the Wilson Library.  Three season crop rotations place fresh vegetables and herbs in the MBA cafeteria in cooperation with the Sages food service.  Crops grown on campus are started from seed in the Earth Science lab and transplanted to the campus garden beds.  Cafeteria wastes are recycled in the campus garden composters to complete a recycling loop on campus.  In addition, the Garden Club elects officers, holds regular meetings, conducts seed trials, gives demos, takes field trips to model gardening facilities and models practical gardening skills and aesthetics for lifetime appreciation or career consideration.
  • German Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Rob Dougherty

    German Club promotes knowledge of German culture and language. Two German films are shown through the year and there are additional meetings for music and food.
  • GLOBE Program

    Sponsor: Mr. Chris Spiegl

    The GLOBE program is an ongoing, student-led environmental measurement and monitoring program, performed daily on campus. Results are shared and compared, via a NASA supported website, with over 3000 participating schools worldwide. Research scientists use the data for their studies, and share feedback with the student monitors.
  • Guitar Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Chris Reynolds

    In clinic-style meetings, the Guitar Club covers all aspects of guitar playing including reading music, correct hand positioning, and the basic maintenance and upkeep of instruments.  Students talk about and learn how to play better within a group situation as well as how to get the best tone from their guitar.
  • H.A.N.C.

    Sponsors: Mrs. Gracie Bassett

    The Health And Nutrition Club, also known as H.A.N.C. is a club on campus geared toward educating students about how to fuel their bodies for both athletics and academics.  The club hosts the annual Health & Nutrition Fair, has a partnership with the American Heart Association, provides healthy snack options during exams, sells water bottles and sets up health and nutrition speakers throughout the year.  This year they headed up the American Heart Association Red OUT and the American Red Cross Blood Drive.
     
  • Hispanic Achievers

    Sponsors: Mr. Daniel Paolicchi, Mrs. Joy Victoria, Ms. Camille Hackney

    Hispanic Achievers is a club open to any young man interested in having a positive impact with Nashville's Hispanic community.  Our main service project is through our partnership with Paragon Mills Elementary, where each semester MBA boys design and teach two to three English Language courses for adult immigrants.  In addition to our commitment to help finding solutions to real-life needs, Hispanic Achievers members thoroughly enjoy the relationships and friendships they develop through their engagement and interaction with their adult students.
  • History Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Dan Herring, Dr. Clay Bailey

    Members of the History Club engage in the study of history through field trips, speaker programs, and service-oriented projects at historical sites, including Glen Leven and Fort Negley.
  • JAG - Jewish Advisory Group

    Sponsor: Mrs. Ginny Maddux, Mr. Jeffrey Zager

    This group meets to discuss and plan activities of interest to Jewish students.  All students are welcome.
  • Junior School Creative Writing Club 

    Sponsor: Mr. Matthew Kimball

    The Junior School Creative Writing Club focuses on the development of creative writing skills for the 7th and 8th graders. The club participates in a handful of contests around the nation and has won awards in each of its first two years of existence.
  • Junior State of America

    Sponsor: Dr. Bill Hardin

    A discussion and debating group dedicated to improving understanding of American government and society, and world affairs. Students discuss current events either as a group, or by having guest speakers with direct knowledge of an issue.
  • King Society

    Sponsor: Mr. Michael Kelly

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Society is an honorary society celebrating King's ideals, especially in the realms of service and integrity.
     
  • Mathcounts

    Sponsor: Mrs. Maggie Qian

    To prepare for yearly Mathcounts competition.
  • MazelProv

    Sponsors: Dr. Cal Fuller, Mr. Barry McAlister

    The Improvisation Club introduces students to the world of Theater Arts by exploring the avenues of improvisation, acting, and sketch writing.
  • MBA Ambassadors

    Sponsor: Mr. Brad Gioia

    Upperclassmen volunteer to host visitors to the school and to serve as school hosts at the fall Admission Open House, alumni functions, and community events involving MBA or the campus.
  • MBAsia Cultural Club

    Sponsor: Mrs. Ying Zhang

    Celebrate Asian festivals and holidays as well as promote Chinese language and culture.
  • MBA Societies:

    Sponsor: Student Run

    At the beginning of each year, students have the opportunity to associate with one of six societies. The societies consist of the following areas: politics; conservation; the exploration, innovation, and technology society; health and wellness, entrepreneurship; and the arts and humanities society. Student leaders are appointed to lead each society based off expressed interest and leadership in the area. The student leaders with faculty advisors are responsible for planning lunch, evening, and assembly programs based off recruiting interesting and relevant speakers associated with the area. In leading the society, the associated clubs and academic classes will be closely connected to the programs in as many ways as possible.
  • Mock Trial

    Sponsors: Mr. Michael Stewart, Mr. Wade Cowan

    The Mock Trial Program at MBA is an opportunity for high school students to gain an understanding and appreciation of our judicial system while perfecting critical thinking and speaking skills in an exciting and challenging competitive environment. MBA has one of the most well respected programs the state. Since 1988, MBA has succeeded in capturing 11 Davidson County championships, two state championships, three second place finishes in the state, and a fifth place finish in the national competition. Mock trial participants work with area lawyers to prepare for the competitions, which are held in February and March each year.
  • Model United Nations

    Sponsor: Mr. Jake Lawrence

    Model United Nations delegates represent countries from around the world at conferences that include other schools from the region.  At the conference, delegations discuss, debate, and vote on student-generated resolutions about pressing world issues.  Participants must be prepared to engage in a significant amount of self-directed research and writing.
  • Montgomery Bell Medal:

    Sponsor: Mr. Joe Sharbel

    The Montgomery Bell Medal recognizes student merit and accomplishments during the academic year that reflect MBA's values as established in the school credo. Similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Montgomery Bell Medal measures student activity in several areas to include: Service (Minimum 15 hours); Academics (maintaining a GPA sufficient to earn placement on the PL at the end of each semester); Leadership (succesful roles as team captain, club leader, or officer); Athletics (member in good standing of school sports, debate team, or theater production); Skill Development (30 hours applied to the development of an extracurricular skill); Program Outing (An MBA sponsored campout or overnight trip that is adventure, leadership, and/or service related)
  • Outdoor Club

    Sponsors: Mr. Will Norton, Mr. Matthew Smyth, Mrs. Libby Overton, Mr. Brooks Tate

    Outdoor activities are offered throughout the year at MBA’s Long Mountain property and other areas such as Fiery Gizzard. There is also a backpacking trip in the Western United States every summer.
  • Peer Tutoring

    Sponsor: Dr. Tim Boyd, Mr. Matt Garvey

    To provide tutors for students in as many academic disciplines as possible.
  • Philosophy Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Win Bassett, Mr. Pat Killian

    MBA’s Philosophy Club had its inception over ten years ago, in meetings responding to students’ requests and generously assisted by Professor John Compton of Vanderbilt’s Department of Philosophy. Within the last five years, the club has met four or five times each semester to discuss a wide range of philosophers, ideas, and issues, ranging from Plato to modern action heroes. The club’s purpose is to introduce new, vigorous approaches to existing knowledge and to challenge members to think clearly and independently.
  • Photography Club

    Sponsor: Ms. Kati Swieca-Brockman, Mr. Wil Onstott

    The MBA Photo Club is meant to foster a love of photography, both digital and film, through meetings, events and contests.  Photography Club also supports the publication of The Bell through the taking of photographs of various events and clubs on campus.
     
  • Red Poets Society

    Sponsor: Mr. Haywood Moxley, Ms. Caroline Williams

    The Red Poet Society meets a few times each semester to begin poems and stories with prompts during our meetings and also to read our own finished writing in a workshop environment.  Any students interested in writing poems, stories, essays, or screenplays are welcome to join this group and experience the fellowship of a writing community.
  • Red Tower Productions

    Sponsor: Mr. Barry McAlister

    Film and video club - students learn all the aspects of creating films and videos, and how to successfully produce them.  In addition, members watch and discuss existing films and videos.
     
  • Riddlers Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Matt Golenor

    The Riddlers Club is comprised of students who enjoy solving good puzzles and riddles.  The club meets three or four times a semester during the activity period.
  • Rock Band

    Sponsor: Mrs. Jan Pippin

    The Rock Band plays at home sporting events.
  • Roll Red Scholars

    Sponsors: Dr. Michael Marro

    Students involved in Roll Red Scholars participate in competitions ranging from general academic knowledge (QuizBusters, 3-2-1, and NAQT events) to subject specific contests (Certamen, History Bowl, World Quest – International Affairs, Avery Recent Events Challenge, and Science Bowl).
  • Science Olympiad

    Sponsors: Dr. Jim Dickens, Mr. Will Hannon, Dr. Michael Marro, Dr. Eric Armstrong

    Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and regional, state and national tournaments. The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of twenty-three individual and team events which students prepare for during the year. These challenging and motivational events are balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications.  A wealth of information can be found on the Science Olympiad page.
  • Service Club

    Sponsors: Dr. Ric Rader, Mrs. Annie B. Williams

    The Service Club oversees students assistance at events and activities in the school and in the community.  It operates under the rubrics of its constitution.
  • Stock Market Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Jamie Tillman

    The Great American Stock Market Club fosters an interest and understanding of the US Stock Markets.  MBA students have opportunities engage and compete in Stock Market games and scenarios with students from high schools across the state.
     
  • Student Council

    Sponsor: Mr. Patrick Simpson, Mr. Ryan Barclay, Mr. Ritch Gillespie

    The Student Council functions as the primary liaison between students and administration.  It serves as an advisory body for the Headmaster, as well as, among other things, overseeing student elections and candidate eligibility.  The Student Council operates under the rubrics of its constitution.  At least one class sponsor for each grade should be present at all meetings.
  • Sustainability Club

    Sponsor: Dr. Clay Bailey

    We seek to promote awareness about and good practices concerning stewardship and wise use of resources.
  • The Bell 

    Sponsor: Ms. Kati Swieca-Brockman

    The Bell is Montgomery Bell Academy's yearbook.  Produced by a team of dedicated students during free periods and after school, the yearbook seeks to document MBA's academic year in all its facets including academics, arts, athletics, service, and student activities.  The Bell is led by an appointed Editor-in-Chief and designed and produced by students using eDesign online publishing software.
  • Robotics Club

    Sponsors: Dr. Jim Lech, Dr. Eric Armstrong

    The Montgomery Bell Academy Robotics Club is organized to promote the study and application of modern technology to enhance life.  The team uses experimentation, competition, guest speakers and field trips to learn about technology used in the design, construction and employment of robotics to improve processes in manufacturing, transportation, communications, education, medicine, public safety and national security.  The club hosts fall and spring Lego MindStorm competitions for Junior School members and participates in the annual B.E.S.T. competition in order to promote student interest in technology and robotics.
  • Teams Competition 

    Sponsor: Dr. Gabe Carro

    This is the former JETS competition now renamed TEAMS (Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science).
  • Top of the Hill

    Sponsors: Mrs. Cherie Roberts, Mr. Matthew Kimball

    Junior school newspaper that creates 4 -5 issues a year. The paper is printed off site and contains articles ranging from features to sports. The paper is managed by an all student editorial staff, and all articles and pictures are submitted by students. All seventh and eighth grade students are welcome to participate.
  • Totomoi Society

    Sponsor: Mrs. Jo Palmore, Mr. Emmett Russell

    Totomoi is a fraternity whose purpose is to recognize juniors and seniors who have shown outstanding leadership in academic achievement, athletics, the arts, service to the school and community, and student government.  Students apply and are selected for Totomoi induction by a committee of Totomoi faculty and students in course.  The students selected must be approved by the faculty.  Inductees, who can also include faculty members, are honored at a tapping ceremony held twice annually.  Membership in Totomoi is the highest honor a student can achieve at MBA.
  • The Bell Ringer

    Sponsors:  Mr. Win Bassett, Ms. Caroline Williams, Mr. Wil Onstott

    The advisors to The Bell Ringer promote responsible journalism among the MBA student body and community and help spearhead the reporting of pertinent news items.  They are responsible for final approval of all photographs, layout and text.  They also supervise the editors and staff, assist in the selection of editors and staff, coordinate arrangements for use of the darkroom, arrange for equipment and supplies, and handle negotiations with the printer.
  • Young Democrats

    Sponsor: Mr. Kevin Hamrick

    Political interest club.
  • Youth Legislature/Youth in Government

    Sponsor: Dr. Bill Hardin

    Students become members of the Tennessee Legislature, Supreme Court, or Governor's cabinet for a weekend, writing and sponsoring legislation and debating the merits in assemblies that take place in the chambers of the Tennessee House and Senate.

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