Aubrey Beene graduated from Father Ryan High School. She’s been a part of the Belmont UMC community since she moved to Nashville right before the start of Kindergarten. Aubrey has enjoyed being a part of Sunday school, youth, and choir over the years. In high school, she found great joy in participating in marching band playing her flute and becoming a section leader in band her senior year. Aubrey has been inspired to pursue psychiatric nursing and will start her journey this fall at the University of Cincinnati.
Gillian Flatt is a senior at University School of Nashville. She is an active member of her school and the community. Gillian is president of the USN Student Theater Guild, a member of the leadership board for the Gender Sexuality Alliance at USN, and an active participant in The Theater Bug (a Nashville community youth theater). She is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. Gillian will attend Long Island University Post as part of their Honors program, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts with a concentration in Musical Theater.
Connor Gannaway graduated from Franklin High School and will attend The University of Tennessee in Knoxville this fall to major in computer science and minor in business. Connor has many interests including music, computer technology, and scouting. While at FHS, Connor was an active member of The Franklin Band, participating in the percussion ensemble and in the marching band as lead snare. Connor enjoys programming and was a member of the FHS Robotics Club. He is a dedicated scout and earned his Eagle Scout rank last summer while also serving as Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 55.
Kate Henry is a graduate of Hillsboro High School. She has been active at Belmont UMC since her earliest days, having graduated from the Belmont Weekday School and participated in Sunday school classes, children’s and youth handbell choirs, and youth group. She has attended the All-Church Retreat every year. At Hillsboro High School, she was active in theater as both an actor and musician, and a member of the International Thespian Society, Model UN, and the IB Academy. During the pandemic she became involved in the Belcourt Film Club and the Strong Leads Program. This fall she will attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she will major in English and Spanish and seek opportunities to explore her interest in film production.
Noah Henry will graduate from Hillsboro High School. He has been a lifelong member of Belmont UMC, where he was baptized. Noah has also been an active member of the children’s and youth programs, as well as choirs and bells. He attended Glendale Elementary and JT Moore Middle schools. Noah has been an been active in Cub and Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Noah has participated in many plays and musicals through junior high and high school. In April, Noah won the Spotlight Awards as Best Lead Actor. He will attend Belmont University in the Fall, majoring in Music Theatre.
Sasha Jobe is a graduating senior at Hillsboro High School. She hopes to pursue a career in social media management and to unlock new parts of herself as an individual. She wants to thank Belmont UMC for always having such open arms. She doesn’t know what exactly she hopes to achieve beyond her career, but thanks to Belmont and her family, she knows that the path to get there starts with love.
Cole McAnally graduated from Cane Ridge High School. Cole was baptized at Belmont UMC and participated in Sunday school, children’s and youth choirs, and youth. Some of Cole’s favorite activities were the All-Church Retreat and choir tours. He has always loved sports and played basketball, soccer, and flag football when he was younger. Cole was also a member of the Belmont boys’ junior and senior high teams. e will study design at Radford University in Virginia this fall.
Grace Rutland graduated from Lipscomb Academy with an honor’s diploma and the in top 10% of her class. She was on the track team for 4 years competing in shot put and discus and was also on the mock trial team throughout high school, serving as chair her senior year. Grace is a 5th-generation Belmonter and spent her earliest days at Belmont Weekday School. She has been very active in the youth group, basketball, Sunday school, and various choirs and mission trips. Grace is an avid writer and reader and will be attending Birmingham-Southern College in the fall to study English and Political Science. She hopes to eventually attend law school.
Riley Elizabeth Tench is a 2021 graduate of Hillsboro High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society, HOSA, and completed the IB Certificate Program. At Belmont UMC, Riley participated in youth group and Open Door Singers choir. Her passion has always been dance; she participated on a competition dance team, was a member of the Bellevue Dance Center Gold Performance Company and plans to pursue a career as a professional dancer. She trains under Tosha Marie at TMP Productions and has been in several educational videos as a dancer for Quaver Music. Riley is attending Nashville State Community College this summer, majoring in Health Management and will continue there in the fall. She has been a member of Belmont since birth, and holds fond memories of the many people in the church community that have supported her through her journey. She has enjoyed her trips with the choir, confirmation trip to Heifer and multiple youth events over the years.