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Documentary about Maplewood High School wins an Emmy Award for Vanderbilt team

It was an exciting night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center last Saturday for the 29th Annual Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards when Vanderbilt University earned an Emmy award for writing. How is that good news for Metro Schools? The story was about Maplewood High School and its amazing transformation, called "How Bad Was It: A High School Comeback Story." Screenwriter Jack Isenhauer earned the Emmy for his narration of the story. The story was produced by Jackson Lyle and was filmed by the Cinematic Focus group, who earned more Emmy awards for other amazing works that evening. Maplewood Executive Principal Dr. Ron L. Woodard and Assistant Principal Dr. Ryan Jackson accepted the Emmy on behalf of Mr. Isenhauer. During their speech, Dr. Woodard graciously thanked Vanderbilt University, Jackson Lyle, Jack Isenhour and Metro Schools. Dr. Jackson ended with words of victory for the East Nashville community and the Panther Nation.

View the Emmy Award-winning documentary

How the project began: One year ago, Dr. Maury Nation from the Vanderbilt Center for Safe & Supportive Schools noticed that the climate and culture results from a recent statewide survey displayed incredible results for Maplewood. The survey results comparatively ranked Maplewood in the upper percentages statewide among high schools.

Fascinated by the findings, Dr. Nation and the Vanderbilt team sent a film crew to capture what was happening. Three days of filming and months of editing produced a seven minute mini-documentary that culminated in an Emmy Award for Jack Isenhauer and the Vanderbilt Team for their writing and narration of the story. Maplewood High School extends its gratitude to the Vanderbilt Center for Safe & Supportive Schools for telling their epic story in such an extraordinary way.