Hillcrest is proud to welcome 4 new, yet highly experienced, teachers to our Upper School faculty this year. From left to right: Clark Russell – Chemistry and Earth Science, Patsy Wilkinson – English and Creative Writing, Libby Berrong – Social Studies, and Wyck Neely – Biology and Anatomy & Physiology. We’re so glad all of you have become part of the Cougar family!
The Upper School is also pleased to have a long-time and well-loved faculty member join us “up the hill” this year; Stephanie McCrory has moved from teaching kindergarten to instructing a few junior high courses.
Yesterday in their computer classes, Mrs. Browning’s students built “spaghetti towers.” While the immediate goal of this hands-on activity was to build a tower as tall as possible using only dry spaghetti noodles, gumdrops, and a marshmallow (on top of it all, of course), ultimately, students were building their teamwork and critical thinking skills. Furthermore, they discovered that learning can actually be fun!
In February, more than 1,000 Mississippi high school students converged on Mississippi College to take tests and compete for scholarships at the Mississippi Science and Mathematics Tournament. Talented math and science students completed 50-minute written exams in biology, chemistry, computer science, math and physics. They were competing not only for bragging rights, but also for academic scholarships to MC: all those who place in the top 20 percent on each test are offered scholarships.
Hillcrest sent 10 students to compete in the subjects of Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry. Our highest scores in each of these areas were earned by Kaylyn Turner, JoJo Moss, and Madelyn Banks. Kaylyn and JoJo both scored in the top 35 percent in Mathematics!
Congratulations to the Envirothon A Team who took 2nd place overall at the State competition last week, as well as the highest scores in Aquatics and Forestry categories. As a result of their wins, they were presented with a cash scholarship. These dedicated students have put in a great deal of extra time and have arrived early to school many mornings in order to study and practice, and the Hillcrest family is so proud of their hard work and impressive achievement!