It’s possible that the right words do not yet exist to describe the action on the basketball court today when 2 teams of non-basketball-playing senior girls faced off against one another in a brief but brutal game, followed by another game in which a team of (again) non-basketball-playing senior boys and male faculty members took each other on for bragging rights. Today, we’ll just let the pictures do the talking.
Yesterday, Hillcrest’s Envirothon teams traveled to Chatauqua Park in Crystal Springs for the Area Envirothon competition. The A team took 1st place overall, along with top honors in each category of the contest; the B team also performed well, winning 5th place overall.
As a result of their wins, both teams will move on to the State competition to be held at the FFA Center in Raymond on April 28th. Congratulations!!
Congratulations to senior Dawson Hinton who signed his letter of intent, committing to University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky; he will be a member of the Patriots’ archery team — which won three individual national titles in Las Vegas in February — beginning in the fall.
Senior Lauren Parkinson recently has been accepted to the Oxford Honors Scholars Program at Georgetown College in Kentucky. In order to qualify for this program, she had to have a 28 or higher ACT score and a cumulative un-weighted high school GPA of 3.75. Lauren also had to attend a special program orientation and to interview on Georgetown’s campus. As a result of her acceptance, she will be awarded a $1,000 yearly scholarship above and beyond any academic awards she receives.
This great honor, however, will require Parkinson to work “above and beyond” the average college student; on top of the credit hours she must earn in order to complete her chosen major, Lauren will also be part of the “Oxford Honors” track of the Honors Program, which requires her to maintain a 3.75 overall G.P.A, to complete 15 hours of Honors Credit, and to write an Honors Thesis, among several other expectations. She will also be assigned a professor as an adviser, and they will have regular meetings and communications, mirroring the Tutorial Method of instruction used at Oxford University. The reward for all of this, though, is that Lauren will have the opportunity to travel to Oxford, England, to attend one term of study at Regent’s Park College during her junior or senior year.
This past Saturday night, 18 beautiful young women had the opportunity to primp and put on their finest and then to “strut their stuff” across a stage in Hillcrest’s 2017 High School Beauty Pageant. Though the idea of walking under bright lights before 3 judges and a large audience caused anxiety and fears of tripping onstage, each contestant carried herself with grace. Congratulations to the following young ladies who placed: Fourth Alternate – Addie Cothern, Third Alternate – Sandy Myers, Second Alternate – Kaylyn Turner, and First Alternate – Brianna Foy. Congratulations, of course, also must go to 2017’s Most Beautiful – Hayley McCann!
Though the overall purpose of the pageant is to crown one young woman as Hillcrest’s Most Beautiful, sponsors hope each girl will realize that in everything she does – whether preparing for and participating in a pageant, doing school work, or being involved in extracurricular activities – her ultimate goal should be to spend eternity with God in heaven. Therefore, each year, the junior class/pageant sponsors choose a Biblical theme for Beauty Pageant; this year’s theme came from Proverbs 31:30, which reads, “Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.” It is important for all young women to remember that although people tend to focus on appearance, the Lord can see our hearts, and our lives should clearly demonstrate that we belong to Him. As a result, at every pageant, one young woman is presented with the “Spirit of HCS” award. Each contestant casts her vote for the participant who best represents the woman described in Proverbs 31 – one who is kind, selfless, graceful, compassionate, flexible, and who consistently demonstrates a Christ-like attitude. Receiving this award is a great honor, and this year’s winner was senior Alana Price. Congratulations, Alana!