HCS Promotes the Vote

Today during their morning break, Hillcrest’s Upper School students took part in a mock Presidential election as part of the Secretary of State’s “Promote the Vote” campaign.  Student Body officers monitored the voting and collecting of ballots.

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Promote the Vote is a non-partisan program created to teach the fundamentals of American democracy to students while also encouraging them to practice their civic responsibilities. The program further seeks to help students improve their decision-making abilities and increase their interest and enthusiasm in current political issues. The ultimate goal is to empower a new generation of voters.

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The Secretary of State’s office organizes this statewide mock election in which students vote for our next U.S. President. In years past, the student vote has closely mirrored results statewide and presents an eye-opening view of the election just weeks before the real polls open.

ACT (Over)Achievers

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The students pictured above recently received certificates which designate each of them as members of the MAIS ACT “25 and Over” or “30 and Over” Clubs.

Pictured from left to right:  Ansley Myers made a 30 on the ACT; Anna Grace Browning made a 31; Kofi Quartey made a 26; Lauren Parkinson made a 29; and Spurgeon Sanders made a 31 on the ACT.

Congratulations to all of you on your impressive achievements!

Fun Times at Reading Fair

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Thursday, October 13, the fourth through sixth grades of the Lower School held their annual Reading Fair. This event provides students with the opportunity to share their favorite books while learning about plot, character, setting, and other elements of fiction. These features are then displayed on a creative storyboard designed by each student; as part of their presentation, readers also dress up as a favorite character from the book.  The goal of Reading Fair is to help students enjoy the process of reading, creating a project, and discussing books of their choice.  Ultimately, participants will experience a deeper understanding and enjoyment of reading.

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“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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AR Hall of Famers

So many of our elementary students seem to have taken this classic Dr. Seuss quote to heart: “The more that you read, the more things you know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  The following have reached at least 25 Accelerated Reader points during the first nine weeks of school; this earns each of these remarkable readers a spot on the “Wall of Fame.” Some of them have even earned over 100 AR points. What an accomplishment!!

1st grade – Kenzie Allen, Myles Brown, Zander Coleman, Summer Epperson, Annalise James, Olivia Jones, Michael Lacey, Madison McMillan, Sophia Nino, and Deeya Sharma

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2nd Grade – Colton Adams, Sadie Beazley, Ryker Brooks, Brooke Cadwallader, Silas Chambers, Brayden Cohn, Jovie Donelson, Coleston Foster, Molly Godbold, Michael Gonzalez, Alex Holm, Amari McNeal, A’niya Morris, Logan Powers, Mary Grace Tomlinson, Matthew Watkins, Layla Williams, Colby Zillinger, Trey Askew, Addison Cohn, Kimberly Davis, Dylan Harris, Brock Horner, Mason Oexman, Jay Shuff, and Mercie Wilson

3rd Grade – Hallie Alexander, Ivy Bankston, Madison Cooley, Chayce Cooper, Kannon Cowart, Kayla Epperson, Audriana Gonzalez, Teagan Hammond, Bria Mallet, Aiden McGloster, London McKenzie, Lauryn Moore, Dhvani Patel, Damion Portis, Skyler Ramage, Jaden Rhymes, Drew Ross, Sadie Shanks, Caden Thornton, and Makenzie Ward

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4th Grade – Bert Burns

5th Grade – Cole Bankston, Brooke Boney, Mason Brown, Emily Diggs, Hannah Holm, Lena Matthews, Brooks Rutland, and Danielle Wallace

6th Grade – Brooke Bankston, Cole Hatch, Kirsten Hill, Avery Mitchell, Ally Noone, Ekkaleo Quartey, Lily Thompson, Ethan Watkins, Allison Harvey, McKenzie Myers, Tiffany Price, and Lauren Shuff

Mrs. Lum wants to encourage all of you to “keep on reading”!