Where Are They Now? – Lee Ogletree

Lee Ogletree graduated from Hillcrest in 2013; he was an all-around athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and football, even being named as a Blitz 16 Scholar Athlete and a recipient of Wendy’s High School Heisman.  Ogletree was also STAR Student, a member of Honor Society, and his above-average grades kept him on the honor roll all four years of high school.

Currently, Lee is a junior at Millsaps College, and he was recently selected to participate in the pre-matriculation portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP).  This program identifies college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate the required commitment and academic achievement to become primary care physicians in rural areas of our state.  Upon completion of a pre-med program, Ogletree can be admitted to the University of Mississippi School of Medicine or to William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Furthermore, each MRPSP scholar may receive up to $30,000 per year toward medical school expenses.  Additional benefits include mentoring from practicing physicians as well as academic enrichment and clinical experience.

The purpose of MRPSP is not only to address Mississippi’s small-town health care crisis, but also to allow participants to make a difference in rural areas similar to those in which they grew up. Upon completion of his medical training and residency, Ogletree must provide four years of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community with 20,000 or fewer residents, located more than 20 miles from a medically served area.

Congratulations on earning your place in this preeminent program, Lee!

Where Are They Now? – Scott Pope

Scott Pope, a Cougar beginning in K4, graduated from Hillcrest in 2012.  While at HCS, Scott participated in band and was chosen to receive the Director’s Award his senior year; he also was an avid soccer player and ran track throughout high school.

After graduation, Scott attended Mississippi State University, where earlier this year, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, graduating with Cum Laude honors.pope1

Scott’s hard work at MSU has led to his receiving numerous awards and recognition, including the Undergraduate Research Award for the College of Education in 2015 and Personal Trainer of the Year at the Joe Frank Sanderson Center.  He has now been accepted into graduate school at MSU and is working toward his degree as a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology.  He is also getting ready to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination later this month.

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In his free time Pope enjoys competitive powerlifting in the American Powerlifting Association, and he is engaged to Bethany Lossau; their wedding date is set for May 20, 2017.

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Scott says that he is always thankful for the education that he received at Hillcrest Christian School because his time here prepared him not only for studying both as an undergraduate and now as a graduate student, but also helped tremendously in making life’s biggest decisions.