Eagle Scouts Excel as Leaders

Hillcrest Christian School is proud to claim these 3 young men as our own.  Stephen Dooley and JoJo Moss recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout within the Boy Scouts of America, and Preston Vaughan is in the process of being awarded this honor.  (Read about his Eagle Scout project in the article, “Nursing students lend artistic hand to scout’s project.”)  And while many of us realize that this is an impressive achievement, we don’t completely understand why.

A young man does not become an Eagle Scout within a few months; it takes years, and only about 5 percent of Boy Scouts complete the work to earn this highest level in Scouting. According to the National Eagle Scout Association, candidates must first advance through the ranks—Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life, by passing specific tests which are organized by requirements and merit badges, demonstrating proficiency in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills.  Of the more-than-130 merit badges available, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scout, 13 of which are required in areas including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Cooking, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping, and Family Life. In addition, a Scout has a choice between Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving and a choice among Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming.

Furthermore, at each of his rank advancements, a Scout must conference with his Scoutmaster in order to set goals in line with his talents and abilities and in order that the Scoutmaster may evaluate how well he accomplished his present goal.  Also, at each level after First Class, the Scout must demonstrate leadership by holding positions of responsibility in his patrol and/or troop.  The skills learned in Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—benefit these young men for the rest of their lives, as they enter college and careers, and in understanding the importance of community service.

The Hillcrest family could not be more proud of these 3 juniors and of their achievements!

It’s Beginning to *Sound* A Lot Like Christmas

Last night at Lakeshore Church, the One Spirit One Sound Band and Director Mr. Landrum presented their annual Christmas concert.  This was the first time the 6th-grade beginner band performed in front of an audience, and they sounded fantastic on traditional carols such as “Good King Wenceslas.”  The junior high and high school bands then followed with familiar festive tunes such as “White Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride.”  And, if the music didn’t cause the audience to get into the Christmas spirit, no doubt the parade of “tacky” Christmas sweaters did!

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High Honors for Hillcrest Students

HCS hosted the MAIS District Spelling Bee this past Wednesday, November 9th. Hillcrest’s participants, pictured from left to right, were Lily Thompson (6th grade), Hannah Holm (5th grade), and Kendell Davis (4th grade).

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Congratulations to Lily and Hannah, who will go on to compete in the state competition on January 20th; each placed 2nd for her grade level.

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Also, our One Spirit One Sound band members and director have once again been recognized for their hard work, this time from Governor Phil Bryant.  He sent a letter congratulating them on their “three-peat,” having earned the title of Overall Best Band at the Copiah Marching Festival 3 years in a row.

Loose Ends

It’s hard to believe that we’re already thirteen weeks into the school year, and the time is showing no sign of slowing down as we count down the remaining days until the end of 2016.  As always, our students are staying plenty busy with studies, sports, clubs and activities, and friends.  As a result, there are a few “loose ends”  — a variety of news tidbits — to share with the HCS family.  Here goes…

Last week, the 4th grade classes held and participated in their annual Hoedown, a long-standing Hillcrest tradition and a fun time to show parents and friends how all their hard work has paid off.

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In other (good!) news, Christmas break has been extended by one day.  Originally, students, faculty and staff were scheduled to return from Christmas break on Monday, January 2nd; however, since that day is the federally recognized holiday for New Year’s, we will start back to school on Tuesday, January 3rd. No further changes to the academic schedule will be required to make up for this extra holiday, so mark your calendars and make your plans.

Next, the Cougar baseball team needs your help!  We’re looking for Cougar Supporters to buy field banners which will help provide our young athletes with essential, quality equipment such as baseballs, new bases, deck mats, screens, mound clay, and other items and expenditures necessary to prepare for a successful 2017 season.  Not only is this a great way to support our baseball team, it is also excellent advertisement for businesses.  If interested, please click on the link provided under the ATHLETICS tab and the Baseball heading, or call Athletic Director Todd Montgomery.

Finally, don’t forget that the uniform resale store will be open this Thursday, and now would be a great time to stock up on your students’ uniform needs for the cooler weather… should it decide to show up, that is!  Also, if you need to turn any outgrown items in for resale, please click on the link found under the UNIFORMS tab, and fill out the required form ahead of time.

“And the Correct Answer Is…”

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From Left to Right: Sarah Grace Brownlee, Gage Mitchell, Jared Bewley, and Amber Speegle; Back Row: JoJo Moss, Spurgeon Sanders, Anna Grace Browning, and Connor McDavid

This is a seriously dedicated group of scholars; practice begins at 7:30 in the morning and takes place two or three times each week.  No doubt, though, it’s worth it to these students.  Each member of the Quiz Bowl team hones his or her “mental muscle” in a variety of subject areas in order to show rival schools from the area that Hillcrest students are hard to beat when it comes to general knowledge.

According to National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT), “At the high school level, quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for which players attend periodic practices and then represent their school at varsity tournaments based on the school’s athletic conference, district, county, or state.  Quiz bowl questions range over the entire spectrum of a high school curriculum and also include a certain amount of current events, sports, and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Quiz bowl can reinforce classroom lessons and also encourage players to go beyond their assignments to master other areas as well.”

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