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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.