Emily Walker has been a Hillcrest Cougar since second grade; in her eleventh and final year at HCS, she serves as co-section leader of the trumpets and chaplain of the One Spirit One Sound band, and she is a member of the tennis team. When she’s not at school, she enjoys participating in fellowship activities with the youth of Country Woods Baptist Church and meeting with her discipleship mentor Amanda Wilson. In fact, her positive experiences with her discipler have influenced Emily to advise her peers at Hillcrest “to find somebody that you trust; having someone to fellowship with is one of the most important things.”
One of Emily’s favorite memories from her years at HCS happened only a month ago, when the band took top honors at the Copiah Competition for the third year in a row. She says that at times, “We had a pretty rough marching season, so when I heard the announcer say that our band won first place, I was extremely shocked.” She further states that their victory helped the band remember that they are a family; “we were finally One Spirit, One Sound again.” This special memory no doubt was due in part to the efforts of Emily’s favorite teacher, band director Joshua Landrum. She reflects, “I’ve had so many wonderful teachers who have helped shape me into who I am today, but… Mr. Landrum always has a smile on his face and does everything he can to help us improve.” Perhaps Mr. Landrum is her favorite because they have something in common: Emily believes that one of her best qualities is that she loves to make people smile.
Another of Walker’s strengths is her ability to trust God completely when it comes to meeting her needs. As a result, she is not worried about the future. After she graduates in May, Emily plans to attend a community college for two years and to allow God to lead her into the career path he has planned for her.