Student Spotlight – Rasheed Griffin

Senior Rasheed Griffin is finishing his third and final year at Hillcrest; this soft-spoken and friendly young man joined the Hillcrest family at the start of his sophomore year.  Rasheed — or “Sheeeeed” as he is known in the Upper School halls — plays on the tennis team, and he is a member of the percussion section of the One Spirit One Sound band.  He states that joining the band has been his favorite part of being at Hillcrest, and that “they are the greatest family I have.”

Outside of school Rasheed enjoys serving at church and mentoring others; this allows him to share the qualities which he believes to be his greatest strengths: his kindness and willingness to love others.  These characteristics also fit with his favorite Bible verse, Romans 1:16, which states, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  Rasheed treasures this verse because it tells believers “not to be afraid to stand up for what you believe in.”

As he gets closer to graduating and leaving Hillcrest, Rasheed has this advice for lower classmen: “Keep going, you guys got this! And, never stop being you.” This is easier to do at HCS than maybe at other schools, he states, because students receive “support from everyone,” including “all the teachers I’ve met and had.”  Finally, Rasheed intends to use his musical talents to show that same support to others in the future; he is going to attend Jones County Junior College and major in band. He plans to be a music teacher and a church worship leader.