Not many students are able to say that they have only ever attended one school throughout their lives, but senior Ansley Myers can. She started kindergarten at Hillcrest, and she is finishing her last days of high school here as well. She has made many fond memories over the years here; in particular, she remembers getting new chairs for Mrs. Matthews’s sixth-grade classroom. Ansley recalls, “They came in big boxes. That afternoon, we took them outside, colored those boxes, and got inside them, playing ‘imagination.’ As simple as it sounds, it was one of the most memorable moments.” Beyond that, she has created more memories in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities: Ansley is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Vice President of Honor Society, yearbook editor, as well as a member of the varsity soccer and track teams. On top of all that, she believes that her 13 years at Hillcrest have “completely prepared [her] to enter the ‘real world’.” Ansley states, “The teachers and the education they have provided gave me the ability to score high on my ACT, get accepted into honors college, and have my four years of college completely paid for.” In fact, she earned a 33 on the ACT, sealing her place as the school’s 2017 Star Student, and adding to the list of honors and scholarships she has been awarded.
These accomplishments haven’t always come easily in her life, however; Ansley remembers going through some hard times a few years ago until she encountered James 1:2-4 in her Bible. Those verses state, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” From those words, she took away two important lessons: first, to remember that the Lord is always in control, and second, in every circumstance to “Choose joy.” Since then, Ansley has sought to encourage her peers, to be the kind of easy-going person others can feel comfortable around, and to be a leader. She has continued to strengthen these characteristics not only at Hillcrest, but also as a worship leader for her church’s youth group and as a worker at Camp Crestridge each summer.
As she prepares to leave HCS, Ansley has the following advice for younger classmen: “Be sure to make friends among all groups of people because you never know who will still be around from year to year.” Undoubtedly, she will take her own advice as she heads to Ole Miss in August to major in Biomedical Engineering, and then continues her education at medical school in order to become a physiatrist (a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation).