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Blackman Collegiate Academy Gallery Walk

Seniors in the Blackman Collegiate Academy gathered to share poster presentations of their senior research with families, friends, community members, fellow Academy students, and RCS school board dignitaries on Monday night, January 23.
Fifty-three seniors displayed their research and projects to over 500 guests at Blackman High School. The students stood by their displays and engaged the visitors with conversation about the research and project they had developed and accomplished first semester in their BCA Capstone class.
Research and projects included a focus on STEM, Health Sciences, Arts, Social Sciences, Architecture, Education, and many other academic areas.

Blackman Collegiate Academy is a rigorous academic program at Blackman High School, which requires advanced coursework, a major, real-life experience in that major, extra-curricular participation and leadership, two classes over state and county requirements (Speech or Critical Thinking and Capstone), and an extensive senior research paper and project.

RCS Central Office representatives in attendance were Superintendent Don Odom and Dr. Andrea Anthony. Three School Board members attended: Aaron Holladay, Terry Hodge and Jim Estes. Community members such as Beth Duffield from the Rutherford Chamber of Commerce and Dr. John Shepherd from River Oaks Community Church also attended.

Middle Tennessee State University is the primary partner with the Blackman Collegiate Academy and were represented at the Gallery Walk by Dr. Deb Sells and Mr. Andrew Oppmann.

To find out more about the Blackman Collegiate Academy, please contact Dr. Leisa Justus at or Mr. Ken Reed at