Wingspan Blog

Wingspan is a collection of blog articles that spotlight the relationships, programs, and values that bring the Brentwood Academy mission to life.


Medicine and Leadership at Vanderbilt

October 15 , 2018
This past summer, I had the incredible experience of attending the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Health Care at Vanderbilt University. I spent nine days in the freshman dorms with people from all over the country who share the same interests as me. I went into this experience expecting to observe the work of doctors, and to attend leadership seminars, but this experience...

Youth In Government

April 24 , 2018
If you were in downtown Nashville at some point from April 12 to 15, you might have spotted groups of inexplicably well-dressed high-schoolers, walking to the capitol while discussing some political or legal issue. The occasion for this unusual sight was the 2018 YMCA Youth Legislature Volunteer Conference, an annual event that brings hundreds of students from across the State of Tennessee to...

Jesus on the Cross… A Lesson In Foolishness

March 27 , 2018
With Easter falling on April Fools’ Day this year, instead of arguing for Jesus’ death and resurrection, let’s talk about how foolish the gospel seems from a worldly perspective. Living in the home of Christian music, Christian publishing, and with a church on every corner, it’s easy to become very comfortable with the gospel. We take for granted that it’s true. In some ways we can become...

Making Disciples

February 15 , 2018
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” - Matthew 28:19  As I sat in my room in December of 2016 of my senior year, I had prayed that the Lord would show me how I could be a disciple of Him. His answer: Go to Haiti on Winterim. I never thought I would be able to go, but my mom pushed and encouraged me. I knew...

A Heart to Empower to Students

November 6 , 2017
Students working in Dr. Rochester's AP Physiology class

Does What We Say Matter?

November 1 , 2017
Imagine that it is a couple of weeks leading up to the first day of the semester. As a teacher, I have either been prepping during the summer or during Christmas break to ensure the semester starts on a strong note. I am moving quickly to review lesson plans, brainstorming new ideas to captivate my students, and I am praying that God uses my class to bring my students closer to Him. When the...