Student Spotlight – Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell has been attending Hillcrest most of his life; for 13 years, beginning in K-5 and continuing through his upcoming graduation in May 2017, he has been a Cougar.  Now in his senior year of high school, Andrew is a member of National Honor Society, and he plays several sports, including basketball, baseball, football, and running track.  Even when he is not at school, Andrew says he enjoys “anything to do with basketball, baseball, or football.”  This love of all things athletic is also greatly featured in his favorite memory from his years at Hillcrest: Mitchell recalls that during his 8th-grade year, the varsity basketball team played in the Division II State Championship.  He states, “They won the game.  I was in the student section, and that was the most fun I’ve had in all of my time here.”

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Andrew is known among his peers for being a kind and friendly guy; in fact, he himself believes that his caring nature is his greatest personality trait.  Andrew affirms, “I’m not a judgmental person at all, and I always try to give people the benefit of the doubt.”  More than likely, this is a result of his own struggles with self-confidence in the past; having worked through his doubts, he now advises others his own age to “always believe in yourself.”  He also credits his favorite HCS teacher, Mrs. Jessica Matthews, with helping him realize his self-worth beginning in his 5th and 6th grade years.  Andrew states that not only was she “a great teacher… she always helped me with anything I needed.”

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After graduation, Andrew plans to attend Hinds Community College for 2 years and then to continue his education at either Mississippi College or Ole Miss.  He wants to major and work in Sports Management.