Madelyn Banks is a senior who has been attending Hillcrest since fifth grade; she is a member of Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, as well as captain of the color guard. Outside of school, Madelyn is active in her church youth group at First Baptist – Terry, where she enjoys participating in the prayer partners program. This past summer, she attended Camp Generate in Daytona, Florida, where she not only worshiped but also served at the local Boys and Girls Club. Madelyn enjoyed acting in a play as part of her service and says that since then she has felt God leading her to speak, to share her testimony and to tell others how the Lord is working in her life. Her fear of public speaking has overwhelmed Madelyn in the past, but she is determined to be obedient and to overcome her anxiety.
Madelyn feels certain that HCS is exactly where she is supposed to be, and she believes that God has great things in store for our school. She is inspired by the song “I Am Yours” by Lauren Daigle, which proclaims, “It’s all in Your hands / I see the evidence / Leaving nothing to chance / The world’s in Your hands.” Her personal goal for the year is to leave her mark on the school, and she knows that the best way to do that is to help every student find his or her meaning in Christ. For her fellow members of the Class of 2017, she trusts that they will continue to grow in their friendship, which has felt more like a family, throughout the year and even after graduation she hopes they won’t drift apart.
After high school, Madelyn plans to attend Hinds Community College before transferring (most likely) to the University of Mississippi. Though she has not specifically chosen a major, she knows that she wants to work in the field of medicine.