End-of-the-Year Awards

Congratulations to these outstanding students whose hard work and exemplary character led to their being chosen for Hillcrest’s highest Upper-School honors!

Congratulations to Sarah Grace Brownlee, Valedictorian of the Class of 2019.
Kaylyn Turner is Salutatorian of the Class of 2019. Congratulations!
Each year, high-school faculty selects 10 percent of the graduating class to induct into the Hillcrest Christian School Hall of Fame. This prestigious award recognizes students who demonstrate the true meaning of character, values, leadership, attitude, academic excellence, extra-curricular involvement, and dedication to the school community. Congratulations to the Class of 2019 Hall of Fame: Aaliyah Newsome, Emily Lewis, Braxton Lewis, and Sarah Grace Brownlee.
Mr. and Miss Hillcrest are voted on by the Upper School student body as the senior boy and girl who have best represented all that Hillcrest Christian School stands for throughout their high-school careers. Congratulations to Braxton Lewis and Emily Lewis!
Congratulations to Meegan Chandler and Will McCrory, voted as Miss and Mr. Hillcrest Junior High 2019 by their peers!

More Student successes


Sophomore Taylor Breaux has been selected as a National Youth Delegate to the 2019 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University in Washington, D.C, in June. He will be one of only 300 students from across the country to participate in a week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Breaux was chosen based on academic accomplishments and his interest in the sciences and conservation studies.
Congratulations to District Science Fair Participants: Aaliyah Newsome placed 1st in Class 5 Environmental; Caitlyn McNamee placed 1st in Class 4 Environmental; Beth Hammill placed 2nd in Class 4 Earth/Space; and Austin Myers placed 2nd in Class 4 Chemistry. They all qualified to go to the State MAIS Science Fair in April.
Congratulations to Envirothon Team A: Jared Bewley, Sarah Grace Brownlee, Emily Lewis, Gage Mitchell, Aaliyah Newsome, and alternate Sam Brownlee. They took 1st place overall at district competition, as well as 1st place in Aquatics, Wildlife, and Current Issues. They will compete at the State level at the end of April.
Senior Zoe Williams recently served as a junior page for the Mississippi State Senate, assisting in its day-to-day operations by running errands for officials and other staff.

Star Student Shines

Sarah Grace Brownlee has been named Hillcrest’s STAR Student for the 2018-2019 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. Established in 1965, the purpose of the STAR program is to recognize outstanding students & teachers in Mississippi through its Education Celebration. Their theme this year is “Reach For The Stars,” and Sarah Grace will be honored during the annual Education Celebration on April 11 at the Jackson Convention Complex. This is a prestigious event co-sponsored by well-known corporations such as AT&T, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, Nissan North America, Inc., Walmart, and many more, as well as by MEC members from local communities across the state.

Star Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both ACT scores and scholastic averages are used to determine each school’s STAR Student. Each STAR Student is then asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the one who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement. Sarah Grace chose Mrs. Lindsey Noble, her 11th-and-12th-grade English teacher, as her STAR Teacher.

Over 650 STAR Students and Teachers will be recognized at the Celebration. The top 20 students –The ALL-STAR Scholars – will receive scholarships, and their STAR Teachers will receive monetary awards provided by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation. The highlight of the Education Celebration will be the naming of the Mississippi ALL-STAR Scholar for 2018-2019 school year, winner of the coveted $24,000 Cook Foundation Scholarship.

G’Day! Hillcrest Junior “Gone Walkabout”

Until recently, Ashley Myers’s entire school career had been spent at Hillcrest, but now she has bravely ventured across the world to become an international exchange student at Mount Barker High School in South Australia. Last week, Ashley excitedly started as a “year 11” student, enrolled in the following courses: P.E., Outdoor Education, Top General Math, English Literary Studies, Agriculture, and Psychology. She states that Mount Barker’s student body is much larger than what she is accustomed to at HCS, with 660 students in grades 7 through 12; however, her outgoing and intrepid personality will no doubt lead her to make many new friends. Though her Hillcrest family misses her, we can’t wait to hear about all of her adventures!