Student Spotlight – Amber Speegle, Salutatorian

Amber Speegle has attended Hillcrest for 14 years, starting in K-4, and she has just finished her last days of high school here as well. HCS has been home to many of Amber’s accomplishments — such as being named Salutatorian of her graduating class — along with numerous fond memories. For instance, she recalls winning Homecoming Queen this past year as a memory she will treasure. Amber states, “I loved that I was voted for by my peers and represented the school in that way.” Beyond that, she created even more memories as she participated in several extra-curricular activities: Amber is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the tennis team. She also has held leadership positions in several organizations: Amber was this year’s One Spirit One Sound drum major, she was President of the senior class and of the student body, and she was a lead team member for FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). Without a doubt, her intelligence and leadership abilities have helped her succeed in each of these areas.

Amber credits former band director Todd Taylor and her involvement in band with allowing her “to find [her] niche at Hillcrest.” This also helped her gain the confidence to try those other activities. And while she recognizes the value of hard work and taking on responsibility, Amber has the following advice for younger classmen: “Do not let trying to make perfect grades and trying to be the perfect student take your focus off your relationship with Christ. It is important to have a balance and to prioritize.” One way she maintains balance is to give herself some down time, watching Netflix and snuggling with her cat Kali, playing tennis with friends, and shopping.

As she leaves HCS, she realizes that down time is going to be harder to come by. Amber is headed to Mississippi State in the fall, where she plans to major in biochemistry with a pre-med concentration; eventually, she hopes to attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center and to become an obstetrician. And though the road ahead will certainly be difficult at times, Amber says she has “no reason to be discouraged or afraid; God is with me always.” She is certain of this because of her favorite Bible verse, Joshua 1:9, which states, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”