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.