Seniors Step-up, Share History

A group of senior students recently asked permission to create a bulletin board in the high school hall to draw students’ attention to the importance of Black History Month. They spent a few hours one afternoon putting it together, and it features both well- and not-so-well-known African-Americans who have made significant contributions to culture, science, human rights, and every other aspect of our nation’s history.

These history-minded student-leaders plan to change pictures and short bios regularly, in order to feature a wide variety of influential black Americans during the entire month of February. Perhaps one day, future Hillcrest students will shine a spotlight on them!

Tournament Time!

Our varsity basketball teams are going to the District AAA Tournament! We need our Cougar fans to show up in full force to support our girls and guys, and to cheer them all the way to State!

Varsity boys play Thursday at 5:15 PM, and Varsity girls play beginning at 6:30 PM at Riverfield Academy in Rayville, Louisiana.

Quiz Bowl’s Quest to Win

Congratulations to the Hillcrest Quiz Bowl team for their outstanding performance in last Friday’s MAIS Quiz Bowl competition at Park Place Academy in Pearl. They defeated Benton Academy and MRA before losing to Laurel Christian in the semi-finals.

Front Row (L to R): Abigail Browning, Amber Speegle, Sarah Grace Brownlee, Beth Hammill, and Jessica Bewley; Back Row (L to R): JoJo Moss, Jared Bewley, Gage Mitchell, and Luke Tynes

Student Spotlight – Langston Carter-Price

Senior Langston Carter-Price, a member of National Honor Society and a successful athlete in several sports, has come to be known for his determination and his positive attitude throughout his three years at Hillcrest. He also is recognized as a leader and as being independent, unafraid to be himself and unwilling to follow the crowd. Langston’s favorite Bible verses, Colossians 3:23-24, encourage these qualities: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” He says he loves these words because “Before… I was working for the approval of my peers, but this reminded me that I am serving the Lord, so I now work with all my heart as if I’m working just for God.”

Before Langston came to Hillcrest, he attended a few different public schools as well as another private school; he says that HCS is different because of the encouragement students are given to grow spiritually. Langston states, “I haven’t been this close to Christ before, and it has changed my life.” He contributes to the openly spiritual atmosphere by singing sometimes during the worship portion of Upper School chapel services. Hillcrest has also given him some great memories which he believes he will always be able to think back on when he needs a good laugh: “During break time everyday, my teammates will make jokes and talk about each other. [I also think about] this year’s football season and all the funny things we did both on and off the field.”

Langston’s strong work ethic is a quality which he intends to take with him when he leaves Hillcrest later this year. He advises fellow classmates and lower classmen, “Never think life is going to be easy; it’s supposed to be hard. God does things for a reason, and putting us through hard times just prepares us for what’s to come. So don’t quit because it’s hard; have faith and push through because there is something even better at the finish line.” No doubt, this mindset will serve him well as he goes on to attend Dillard University and to study physical therapy.