Many Bearden students planning eventful summers

The longing for summer is in the air at Bearden, and some students have a lot to be excited about.

Many are traveling abroad, going to Tennessee Governor’s School, or attending camps.

Sophomores Sydney Gabrielson and Anna Smith received financial help for their travels through the Awesome Adam scholarship program, awarded each year in memory of former Bearden student Adam Wise.

With the help of her scholarship, Smith is attending Governor’s School for the Arts for theater in Murfreesboro.

“I was really blessed,” she said. “It’s definitely a huge honor to be selected for something so special.”

She will join students from across Tennessee to take courses in cosmetics and music history. The group will put on a show at the end of the month.

After also attending Governor’s School for the cello, Gabrielson is joining sophomore Lizzy Noon on a trip to a bridge camp in China through the Confucius Institute, an educational organization focused on the Chinese language and culture.

“I hope to continue Adam’s legacy by putting the scholarship to good use in China,” Gabrielson said. “I’m really interested in the Chinese culture. I’ve never been overseas to Asia before, and the Chinese culture is supposedly quite different than American culture.”

Noon says she is excited to see things on the trip such as temples and the Great Wall of China.

Senior Michaela Hall is traveling to New York City this summer for a service trip. She will be volunteering at several different food kitchens and kids’ after school care facilities.

“It’s going to be great to see the smiles on people’s faces while we’re working for them or giving them food,” she said. “It’s just going to be great way to see the city and to give back to the community that I’ll live in one day.”

Bearden students are literally going places this summer.