Anna Tilghman knows what it feels like to be “the new girl,” so she makes an effort to get along with everyone with whom she crosses paths. She is also driven to do this by 1 Corinthians 16:14, her favorite Bible verse, which states, ” Let all that you do be done in love.” Anna came to Hillcrest in her 9th-grade year, and her easy-going nature and bright smile helped her make friends easily. Furthermore, she joined ranks with the One Spirit One Sound band, giving her a sense of belonging to the HCS family almost immediately; now in her senior year, Anna is the trombone section leader.
Outside of school, Anna enjoys being with her family and friends, especially when she can travel with them. One of her favorite memories from her time at HCS happened when the band made the long bus ride to Orlando last year, and then marched in a parade at Disney World as part of the park’s Performing Arts Series. Not only was it an honor for the band as a whole, but it was extra special to Anna because her best friends were there with her, along with her two favorite teachers, who happen to be “band moms” as well. Anna says that Mrs. Browning and Mrs. Massey “are always there for you. They’re outgoing and can make you laugh; they’re the ‘Dynamic Duo’.” Anna also counts the band’s taking top honors at the Copiah Marching Festival in 2016 for the third year in a row as an important memory; she says, “I’ll never forget the feeling, hearing that we won overall again.”
As her high school years draw to a close, Anna advises her classmates and lower classmen to “keep God first in everything, and you will be successful in all that you do.” These wise words will no doubt help her as she attends Hinds Community College next year, and then goes to Mississippi College in order to major in pre-med.