“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”!

Disney Goes to College!

The annual Hillcrest college fair for juniors and seniors just happened to fall at the same time as Homecoming this year, so college and armed services recruiters were bombarded with questions from the likes of Dory, Cinderella, a slew of Star Wars heroes and villains, and many more.

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Maybe Hillcrest is the real “happiest place on earth”!

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Mu Alpha Theta Inducts Members and Associates

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Pictured here are the sponsors and the first members of Hillcrest’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the honor society for mathematics; they were officially inducted into membership during chapel today. High school students in grades 9 through 12 who have completed the equivalent of three years of college-preparatory mathematics are eligible. Then, they must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average overall in mathematics.

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Those who are currently enrolled in a third-year college-preparatory math course are Associates.  They are not members of Mu Alpha Theta but are likely candidates for membership who will be fully inducted once they successfully complete geometry and maintain the required GPA.

Congratulations to these hard-working scholars for their impressive achievement!

Students Apply Skills in Lab

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According to the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), since the nineteenth century “Laboratory instruction was considered essential because it provided training in observation, supplied detailed information, and aroused pupils’ interest.”  Hillcrest Christian School has a distinct advantage over many other schools in the metro Jackson area because our Upper-School science classrooms feature well-equipped labs.

Labs are an essential component of upper-school science classes at Hillcrest.  HCS instructors understand that the ultimate goal of learning is not simply knowing facts, but being able to prove understanding of one’s knowledge through application.  The laboratory setting gives students the opportunity to put what they have learned into practice in a supervised and controlled setting.

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