Choosing Classes

Hard to believe, but it’s time for students to think about the courses they want (and need!) to take next school year! Today, the Upper School had an activity period in which a few new course offerings were explained, and then students received their course choice sheets and had the opportunity to ask teachers questions about anything they did not understand.

Parents, please be sure to talk with your children about this, as it is critical that students (especially beginning in 9th grade) take the correct courses needed for graduation. Also, your signature is required before they can return their choice sheets to the school counselor.

Two Future Pharmacists

The University of Mississippi’s Early Entry Program allows highly-qualified high school seniors to avoid the competitive selection process for regular admission in the professional pharmacy program and guarantees them a place upon completion of three years of pre-pharmacy coursework. If they complete 3 years of pre-pharmacy and the first year of professional curriculum, they will receive a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree. They must then complete 3 additional years of study and take the national licensure exam in order to earn a Pharm.D. degree and practice pharmacy.

Acceptance into the Early Entry Program is based on two primary factors: an ACT score of at least 25 and high school grade-point average. Extra-curricular activities and leadership, as well as performance during a campus interview, are also considered. Furthermore, enrollment in the freshman early entry class is capped.

Hillcrest is proud to claim 2 members of the Class of 2018 who have been accepted into this prestigious and very competitive program. Congratulations to Isaiah Brown and Bruce Reed for their hard work and dedication throughout high school, which has placed each young man on the path to becoming a doctor of pharmacy!

Meaningful Economics

Last Thursday, March 22nd, 4th and 5th grade students, accompanied by Mrs. Stegall and Mrs. Watts, traveled to Millsaps College to compete in the ME* Competition hosted by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education. In the Meaningful Economics Competition, students competed in three areas—basic skills, production, and problem solving. In the basic skills portion, students were tested on their basic knowledge of economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship. During production the students were tested on their ability to work together as a team and follow instructions. In the final portion of the competition, the problem solving activity, students were tested on creativity and cooperation by working together to solve a problem and create an advertising campaign.

Congratulations to one of our fourth-grade teams; they placed 1st in the fourth-grade division! They are pictured left to right on the front row—Savannah Morton, Kannon Cowart, Hallie Alexander, and Kayla Epperson, along with their teacher, Mrs. Stegall. Way to go, girls!

District Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to the following Upper School students who attended the District Science Fair at Porter’s Chapel Academy on Wednesday and placed in their class and category:

Back row, L to R: Medicine & Health 2nd place – Terriene Freeman; Behavioral & Social Science 2nd place – Samantha McWilliams; Physics 2nd place – Micah Parkinson; Zoology 3rd place – Skylar Pittman; and Environmental Sciences 1st place – Aaliyah Newsome

Front row, L to R: Math & Computer 1st place – Beth Hammill; Zoology 1st place – Payton McCoy; and Physics 1st place – Caitlyn McNamee

Those who placed 1st or 2nd will advance to the State Science Fair to be held at the Rankin campus of Hinds Community College on Wednesday, April 4th.