David Franklin attended Hillcrest for 13 years, beginning in 5-year-old kindergarten in 2000 and continuing through 12th grade, graduating as part of the Class of 2013. “Big Dave,” as he was known around campus, states, “I was not a sports guy,” but he was active on campus and well-known among his peers. First, David joined the One Spirit, One Sound band as a sixth grader, and he served as drum major during his senior year. (He even wore a kilt for the show!) He further served as Senior Class President, as the Youth and Government Club President, President Pro-Tempore for Mississippi Youth Legislature, and Honor Society Vice President for MAIS during his senior year. These leadership roles, along with several others, led to his being inducted into the Hillcrest Hall of Fame upon graduation.
After leaving HCS, he attended Mississippi College, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. During those years at MC, he was an active member of the Baptist Student Union, which led to his spending a summer in Greece, serving as a Humanitarian Intern/Summer Missionary. David now works in sales at Taylor Power Systems in Clinton. He recently became engaged to Abby Hicks, whom he met at Mississippi College, and they will be married in March.
David’s best advice for current Hillcrest students is, “Find your strengths, and use them to your advantage, but also be just as aware — or more aware — of your weaknesses.” He states that “knowing where you fall short helps you identify areas in which you can strive for better results. This, in turn, will make you a stronger and more well-rounded individual in the long run.” Finally, he encourages HCS students not to “be afraid of not knowing how to do something, because then your learning will never cease.”