Student Spotlight – Joseph Moss, Valedictorian

Joseph Moss — known as “JoJo” among his peers — has been a Cougar since ninth grade; in his 4 years at Hillcrest, he has been active in a wide range of clubs and athletics. JoJo has played football, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, and he has been on the track and field team. He has also been a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Quiz Bowl and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Outside of school, JoJo still finds time for other activities he enjoys, such as hunting and playing guitar. He feels it is important to be optimistic and a leader in everything he does so that he can “lead others to accomplish great things too and to better themselves.”

Throughout his relatively short time at Hillcrest, Moss has had many opportunities for making memories; going to the playoffs with the football team during his sophomore year was a favorite for him. His favorite teacher, Coach Horner, has also added to JoJo’s memories, because in every class and every occasion, he has shown that “He loves us students and wants so badly for us to know God’s love for us.” Showing God’s love to others is important to JoJo too; his advice to his peers is, “Never look for your satisfaction in anything in this world. The world is temporary, but God is eternal.” His favorite Bible verse, 2 Corinthians 4:18, reflects this same theme: ” So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Moss loves these words because they “remind us that the bad things in this world won’t last, and the good things are outdone by God’s glory.”

JoJo has been accepted to Mississippi State University, where he intends to major in biochemistry. After that, he hopes to attend the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and then eventually to open his own veterinary clinic.