Student Spotlight – Colton Mayfield

Senior Colton Mayfield has attended Hillcrest for 7 years and has made a name for himself on campus not only as a bit of a jokester — his greatest strengths, he says, are his “back and biceps” — but also as one of the main members of the HCS Hype Squad, the Upper School’s always entertaining spirit leaders at athletics events throughout each school year. When asked why he believes school spirit is important, Colton states, “I believe without school spirit every game would just be dull and boring. We created the ‘half timies’ during basketball season and performed skits and other funny acts in order to get the crowd laughing and having a good time.”

As a talented football and baseball player himself, Mayfield recognizes that the energy generated by the crowd often overflows onto the field and helps players stay motivated for success.  He experienced that just this past football season “in the game against Amite [when] I ran a 90-yard touchdown and nearly tripped and fell at the 5-yard line, putting the touchdown in danger of being called back, but then spiked the ball down.” Moments such as that memorable one also inspired his advice to fellow and younger classmates: “Don’t take the sports you enjoy for granted, and play anything you want. I would do anything to restart in 7th grade and play football every year, enjoying the time given.”

When not at school, Colton enjoys working with cattle, hunting, fishing and “making money.”  After his graduation next month, not only does he plan to continue these pursuits, he also will attend Hinds Community College to study beef animal science, and then will go to Mississippi State to become a large animal veterinarian.  With his strong sense of self-motivation and his favorite Bible verse, 1 John 2:17, guiding him, Colton Mayfield will, no doubt, be successful.

On Your Mark, Get Set…

It’s almost time for the 2nd Annual Color Us One 5K and Kids’ Fun Run!

Students, Parents and Guardians, Alumni, Runners and Walkers… Come one, come all, and join us Saturday, April 29th, starting at 8:00 AM to support HCS.  All you have to do to help out is just have fun!  What’s more, the race is not the only activity featured; there will be “bouncy houses” and other games for children, and this year, we’ve even added a craft show.  So, if shopping is your “thing,” we’ve got you covered too!

Follow the links under the “Color Us One” sidebar on the right side of this page to sign up, and meet us at the Byram Parkway, starting at The Gym – Byram, on April 29th.

Tea Time

The young ladies of the Class of 2017 would like to thank former Upper-School math teacher Rusty Bridges and his wife Peggy for once again opening their home and their beautiful garden in order to host Hillcrest’s Senior Girls’ Tea, a long-standing and beloved Hillcrest tradition.

“Life is like a tea cup, to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with friends.”

Winter Sports Awards

Congratulations to the following student-athletes who were recognized during yesterday’s Winter Sports Awards Assembly:

Soccer Awards, from L to R: Coach Jay Glenn; Gage Mitchell – Best Defensive Player; Max Chandler – Best Offensive Player; Ansley Myers – Cougar Award; Preston Cadwallader – MVP; Coach Cara Glenn
JV Girls’ Basketball Awards, from L to R: Belle West – Cougar Award; Coach Tracy Rodgers; Annellise Bell – Best Christian Example
JV Boys’ Basketball Best Christian Example – Bryce Wimberly
Varsity Girls’ Basketball Awards, from L to R: Kaitlyn McBride – Senior Award; Jazmyn Ellis – 1st Team All-Conference 2AAAA; Lauren Denton – 1st Team All-Conference 2AAAA; Emily Lewis – Best Christian Example; Tori McCray – Senior Award; Katie Martin – Cougar Award; Coach Tommy Groves
Varsity Boys’ Basketball Awards, from L to R: Thomas Cain, Jr. – MAIS 2AAAA Player of the Year & MAIS All-Star & 1st Team All-Conference 2AAAA; Andrew Mitchell – Senior Award; Jake Lape – 2nd Team All-Conference 2AAAA; Mayowa Asagunla – MAIS All-Star & 1st Team All-Conference 2AAAA; Darien Newchurch – 1st Team All-Conference 2AAAA; Bruce Reed – 1st Team All-Conference 2AAAA; Kenneth Beverly – 2nd Team All-Conference 2AAAA; Thomas Wilson – Senior Award; Braxton Lewis – Cougar Award; Moses James – Senior Award; Coach Wes Prather – MAIS Division 2 & 2AAAA Coach of the Year