Hillcrest students of all ages have been experiencing success in a wide variety of areas lately, proving that hard work does indeed pay off.
Congratulations to the Quiz Bowl team, who won two matches in the MAIS Quiz Bowl Tournament at the Clyde Muse Center of Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus last Friday. Our “resident geniuses” beat the teams from Parklane and Canton Academy in their matches; unfortunately, however, they did not accumulate enough points to move on to the next round. Regardless, we are proud of each of you and of your efforts this year.
Congratulations also must go to our tiniest Cougars… K3 students are now able to recognize, say, and spell color words correctly. Furthermore, after 100 days in school, they are able to count to 30, and they recognize numbers 1 through 10. Keep up the good work! Mrs. Dottie is proud of her students, and so is the entire Cougar family.
Last Friday, January 27th, Mrs. Head’s first-graders presented a program entitled, “We Are the Penguins.” With the help of music teacher Mrs. McDonald, they sang songs such as”My Red Sled” and “Winter Fun,” and they showed off their knowledge of the different species of penguins. We doubt that the North or South Pole has ever seen penguins as cute as these!
As part of their efforts to “make the student section great again,” a group of young men — collectively known as the the HCS Hype Squad — have created themes for each varsity basketball game played at home this season. Along with the night’s theme, they have also written skits which they perform at halftime during the Varsity Boys’ games.
At the last home game, for instance, while “The Andy Griffith Show” theme song played, the Hype Squad paddled a raft out to the middle of the gym floor to catch “the big one.” Unfortunately, the big one pulled back!
If you haven’t seen these guys in action, you still have a couple of chances. The next home game is Tuesday, beginning at 4:00 PM with the Junior Varsity girls. After that, there will only be one more regular home game — senior night — on Tuesday, February 7th. Make sure to come out and catch the games AND the halftime shows!
Senior Courtney West has been attending Hillcrest since fifth grade; she is a member of Honor Society, serves as statistician for the Cougar softball team, and plays clarinet in the One Spirit One Sound band. Being part of the band family led to her most memorable moment from her years at HCS: it happened just a few months ago when they took top honors — all superior ratings, first place in their division, and overall best band — at the Copiah Marching Festival for the third year in a row. Outside of school, Courtney keeps her hobbies simple; she says she enjoys “shopping and tending to my 14 cows.” The latter pastime fits right in with the qualities which she believes to be her greatest strengths: a strong work ethic and compassion for others. That same compassion is, in her opinion, the best thing about attending Hillcrest too; she observes the quality in “teachers that know and care about every single student. They are willing to go the extra mile.”
Courtney’s desire to follow Christ is evident in all aspects of her life, and the confidence and hope she gains as a Christ-follower leads her to advise lower classmen, “Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in.” That bit of wisdom is also strengthened by the truth found in her favorite Bible verse, Isaiah 40:31, which states, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Courtney says this passage further reminds her of her late grandfather and of his favorite hymn, “On Eagles’ Wings,” which is based on the verse, and which tells her that “everything will be okay, and I’ll see my Pepaw again in Heaven along with our Father.”
Finally, after she graduates in May, Courtney plans to attend Hinds Community College in Raymond, to continue participating in marching band there, and possibly to pursue a business major.
Annie Hutchins, who graduated from HCS last May with the Class of 2016, is in the second semester of her freshman year at the University of Mississippi; she is majoring in art with a minor in education. In order to ensure that art education is indeed the career she wants to pursue, Annie spent much of her Christmas break from her studies at Ole Miss helping Mrs. Gifford teach art in the lower school. She states that this rewarding experience helped her fully commit to her studies and to her goal of becoming an art instructor. No doubt Mrs. Gifford enjoyed having such a capable assistant, as well!