MAIS Band Clinic, an intense three-day experience which allows band students to sharpen their musical skills with students and directors from across the state, was held January 4 – 6 at Hinds Community College. Students learn new musical pieces and techniques for two days after trying out for and being placed in one of two ensembles; on the final day of Clinic, they perform in a concert to showcase their talents, and it is always a beautiful finale to a worthwhile event.
This year’s Clinic featured 93 participants from 7 different schools. Representing Hillcrest were the following: Jesse Fountain – Alto Saxophone, Luke Tynes – French Horn, Phillip Hutchins – Alto Saxophone, Micah Parkinson – Alto Saxophone, and Jared Bewley – Baritone Saxophone.
Congratulations, gentlemen, on a job well done!
Last Thursday, December 7th, Hillcrest’s 3rd grade classes enjoyed a theatrical performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi.
Our Lower School students outdid themselves in their World’s Finest Chocolate sales this year; as a reward, they were treated to a show by the Futboleros, a soccer entertainment team! The Futboleros performed various tricks with their soccer balls and encouraged the students to believe in themselves. Then, in a game of Teachers versus Futboleros, our teachers won!
Congratulations to the following winners of the chocolate sales:
5 lb World’s Finest Chocolate Bar – Silas Chambers
3rd place – Calvin Ramsey
2nd place – Coleston Foster
1st place – London McKenzie
This past Friday, Hillcrest’s Lower School hosted its annual special program to honor local Veterans of our nation’s armed services. As part of the celebration, some of the classes sang to these special men and women, and then lined up to shake their hands and to say, “Thank you for your service.”
Brooke Boney, a 6th grader in Mrs. McNamee’s class, also read her original poem as part of the Veteran’s Day program.
Congratulations to our very own One Spirit One Sound marching band on yet another great season! It ended this past Saturday at the MAIS Marching Competition, where the band received all Superior ratings, as well as trophies for best percussion and best band.