On day two of Hillcrest’s 2017 Homecoming week, the Upper School campus was overtaken by cowboys and Indians, and one representative from each class participated as part of a team to compete in a Family Feud-style game. While the girls’ team started out strong, in the end the guys’ team of cowboys, led by Coach Horner, took the victory today.
Kayla Tate has been a Hillcrest Cougar for 6 years; now in her final year at HCS, she serves as chaplain of Student Council, a water girl for the varsity football team, and a member of both Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. When she’s not at school, she enjoys traveling, watching YouTube videos, sleeping, and dancing. In fact, her love of dancing also influenced her favorite memory from her years at Hillcrest. Kayla states, “My seventh-grade Homecoming dance lasted 4 hours, and we danced all night long. It was the best.”
Kayla’s favorite teacher at HCS is Ms. Lauren Stovall. She reflects, “Ms. Stovall always had a positive attitude during class, and she would share her faith with us. Even though I no longer take her class, she still checks on me and prays for me.” That quality is something which Ms. Stovall and Kayla have in common: Tate is known among her peers for being bold about her faith in God. No doubt her favorite Bible verse has inspired some of that boldness. Kayla loves 1 John 4:4, which states, “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” She says that this verse “reminds me that God’s strength lies within me, and it challenges me not to blend in with the world but to be a shining light for Christ.” She also believes that her caring attitude and her problem-solving skills are among her greatest strengths, along with her creativity and artistic abilities.
After she graduates in May, Kayla plans to attend “whichever college God leads me to.” No matter where that is, she intends to focus on her studies first and then to make new life experiences, always seeking to change for the better. That wise attitude and optimistic outlook extends to the advice she has for lower classmen: “Take time to appreciate where you are right now. Even though a situation may look troubling at the moment, there is always a positive sign around or at the end of it. Enjoy life the way it is.”
Water girls are unofficial members — some might even call them the “unsung heroes” — of the Cougar football team. They may not practice with the boys, but these dedicated ladies are there for every game, not just to ensure that players stay hydrated, but to support the team in a wide variety of ways. For instance, sometimes they help the athletic trainer with taping ankles, and they can often be seen running up and down the field to find equipment. Most of all, however, they get an insider’s view of the game, which allows them to form special bonds with “the boys.” It’s a role they perform happily, and the Cougar family is thankful for their willingness to serve.
“It doesn’t sparkle, but I guard this diamond with my life.” The author of that quote is unknown, but it very well could have been one of the members of the Lady Cougar softball team. These girls pour their heart and soul into the game, sometimes playing 3 times or more in a given week. As a result, they have made it into the state playoffs and will be headed to Baton Rouge in the coming weeks.
If you haven’t seen these fierce females in action, you’re almost “out of luck,” as their season is drawing to a close. Their next game is tomorrow, September 14th, at Shiloh Park in Brandon. The Junior Varsity team will compete against Park Place beginning at 5:00 PM, and the Varsity girls will play immediately after. Monday, September 18th, will be their final home game versus Porter’s Chapel, with 2 Varsity games, beginning at 5:00 PM. Come out and support our Lady Cougars!