Congratulations to senior Courtney West! She signed a letter of intent this week, committing to Hinds Community College in Raymond; she auditioned for and will be a member of the Eagle Marching Band during the fall season. As a result, Courtney has been awarded a scholarship which will pay her tuition in full for her two years at Hinds.
Today was Hillcrest’s second annual Leadership Day for members of Honor Society and Student Council. These students often take on more-than-average amounts of responsibility and work diligently to keep their grades high, so this is their reward. Members are allowed to dress up and are treated to Chik-Fil-A biscuits during break; then they have the privilege of hearing speakers who have been “in their shoes” and who will inspire these students to continue to excel in order to achieve their goals. Finally, these hard-working students dismiss early from school and have a free afternoon to spend as they please. Who says hard work doesn’t pay off?!
One of this year’s invited guests was WAPT weatherman and Hillcrest alumnus Adam McWilliams, who spoke not only about his years at HCS, but also about working in the exciting (and often crazy!) television industry. As part of his message to students, he encouraged them to stay rooted in God’s Word and to remain steadfast in their faith, no matter the obstacles which the world tries to throw in their paths, especially once they leave Hillcrest. MaryBeth Davis, a graduate of the Class of 2014, then spoke to Honor Society and Student Council members about “life after Hillcrest.” She discussed the problems of homelessness and human trafficking which exist in the metro Jackson area, as well as her work with the OR Project, which seeks to help people who find themselves in those desperate situations. MaryBeth also reminded students that the Lord “has incredible plans for you, but you have to step out and be obedient” first. How fortunate we are at Hillcrest to have successful alumni who return not only to share their stories with our students, but also to share how God works in their lives.
Congratulations to Thomas Wilson and Lauren Parkinson, voted by their peers as the 2017 Prom King and Queen. This year’s theme was “Once Upon a Time,” and after the Senior Walk, students danced the night away at the Flora Gin. Thank you to the Junior Class officers and to their parents for working so hard to make it a night to remember.
Yesterday, current 6th-grade students took their annual tour of the Upper School, in order to feel more comfortable in their surroundings when they go “up the hill” next year to become junior high students. They attended Upper School chapel, and then were shown the administration offices, computer labs, library, the junior high hall and classes, and the band hall. However, the highlight of the trip every year is eating break in the cafeteria, where they are allowed to purchase any food they want, including the “famous” cheese sticks.