Hillcrest’s Track Stars

This summer three of our students, Senior Katie Martin and Juniors Lauren Denton and Kaylyn Turner, participated in summer track with Mississippi Track Stars, as well as independently, earning the opportunity to run in the USATF (USA Track & Field) Junior Olympics in Lawrence, Kansas.  According to the USATF website, “The USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field program is one of the most visible youth athletic development programs in the world. Many of today’s Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF’s Junior Olympic meets.”

Katie qualified in the 400m and 100m hurdles, Lauren qualified in the 400m dash, and Kaylyn 400m hurdles.

Katie is ranked #2 in USATF Region 6 (consisting of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama) for the 400m hurdles age group 17-18, and she is #18 in USATF in the 400m hurdles. She also ranks #4 in Region 6 for 100m hurdles and #18 in USATF.  Kaylyn’s rank is #2 Region 6 for the 400m hurdles age group 15-16, and #22 in the 400m hurdles for USATF. She also is ranked #7 in Region 6 for 100m hurdles, and #6 in Region 6 in shot put.

Congratulations, ladies, and keep working hard; your Cougar family looks forward to seeing you in the Olympics in the future!

Patriot’s Day 2017

“I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:20-23 (NIV)

Homecoming Week Information

With Homecoming next week — Friday, September 22nd — students, alumni, and other members of the Hillcrest family have many questions about activities and expectations.  Here is your go-to source for all things Homecoming-related:

This year’s theme is “Born in the U.S.A.”

Upper School Dress-up Days:
Monday – Tacky Tourists
Tuesday – Cowboys vs. Indians
Wednesday – Patriotic Day
Thursday – Athletes vs. Math-letes
Friday – Spirit Day

Class Competitions: Each day there will be games in which the Upper School classes will compete for points.  At the end of the week, points are tallied from dress-up days, games, and floats, and first and second place winners overall are decided; these classes will receive a yet-to-be-decided prize later in the school year.

Class Dues: The dues for every member of each grade are $10 and can be given to the Secretary / Treasurer or to the President of your grade.  Any extra funds go into the class account for future class events.

Floats: Two grades will work together to design, construct, and decorate a total of 3 floats for the parade which begins at 11:10 AM on Friday.  Student Council members are responsible for coordinating work days and times and for finding an adult driver to pull trailers/floats.  Contact the following Class Presidents for more information:
12th & 9th Grades – Amber Speegle & Beth Hammill
11th & 8th Grades – Sarah Grace Brownlee & Maddison Turner
10th & 7th Grades – Ashley Myers (7th grade does not elect class officers.)IMPORTANT! Friday Class Schedule: Students are expected to attend class as usual until 11:05 AM, and attendance will be taken.  Cheerleaders, football players, band members, Homecoming maids, and float riders will be dismissed at 10:50 AM to get lined up for the parade.  Students will have had weeks to construct and complete their floats and will not be allowed to continue to work on them Friday.  All students must remain in class until they are officially dismissed.  The pep rally will begin immediately after the parade is finished and will take place in the high school gym.

High School Dance:  Held in the high school gym from 10:30 PM to 12:30 AM.
*Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door and can be purchased from Mrs. Browning.
*If a student’s date does not attend Hillcrest, prior approval must be given for his/her attendance by the principal.  Forms for outside dates are available from the front office and are due NO LATER THAN Tuesday, September 19th and can be turned in at the front office.
*Suggested attire is dressy-casual; semi-formal is acceptable, but not required.  All dress should be modest and appropriate.  HCS teachers and administration (chaperones) reserve the right to refuse admission to a student and/or guest if dressed inappropriately.
*No parents are allowed inside the gym an hour before or during the dance.

Junior High Dance:  Held in the elementary gym from 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM.
*Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door and can be purchased from Mrs. Harwell.
*Only 7th and 8th grade Hillcrest students are allowed to attend — no older dates, and no dates from other schools.
*Suggested attire is dressy-casual; semi-formal is acceptable, but not required.  All dress should be modest and appropriate.  HCS teachers and administration (chaperones) reserve the right to refuse admission to any student dressed inappropriately.  Students who would like a place to dress after the game (in order not to have to go home and miss much of the dance) will be accommodated.
*No parents are allowed inside the gym 30 minutes before or during the dance.

Student Spotlight – Preston Vaughan

Preston Vaughan has been attending Hillcrest his entire life; for 15 years, beginning in K-3 and continuing through his graduation next May, he has been a Cougar. Now in his senior year of high school, Preston is a member of the HCS varsity soccer team, and he is also the percussion section leader for the One Spirit One Sound band. These activities also feature in his favorite memories from his years at Hillcrest: Vaughan states that beating East Rankin’s soccer team in a penalty shoot out and winning first place overall at the Copiah Marching Competition for the third year in a row are moments he will not soon forget.

When he is not at school or participating in school-related actvities, Preston’s hobbies include playing drums for his church, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.  He is also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank a young man can achieve within the Boy Scouts of America. The years of hard work required for this achievement have given Vaughan opportunities to teach and to step up as a leader, qualities which he now believes are his greatest strengths.  Strength is also the focus of his favorite Bible verse, Isaiah 40:31, which states, “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”  Preston says this verse is special to him because it “reminds me of the first time I went to Eagle Rock [a Christian retreat in the mountains of Tennessee], where I rededicated my life to Christ.”

Now approaching the end of his time at Hillcrest, Preston has the following advice for lower classmen: “You can’t worry about the past or the future because you have to live day by day.” And as his future leads him toward adult life, Preston plans to attend Hinds Community College in order to study music and percussive arts.

“Skins and Skulls”

As part of their recent study of mammals in their science classes, last Friday, September 1st, our third graders enjoyed Skins & Skulls, a presentation featuring animal hides, skulls, and various facts about mammals. Special thanks to Hillcrest patron Rachel Davidson for facilitating this fun learning event!