Youth Art Month

April is Youth Art Month, and the Lower School is having its annual “Strut Your Stuff” campaign.  Each Thursday, students who ordered a t-shirt featuring their art work (from their Artsonia accounts), are allowed to wear those shirts.  Hillcrest’s Lower School is proud of its outstanding art program, and we want people to see that everyone can be a great artist.  Featured below are some of the students from each grade who recently decided to “strut” their stuff:

Student / Faculty Basketball Game

It’s possible that the right words do not yet exist to describe the action on the basketball court today when 2 teams of non-basketball-playing senior girls faced off against one another in a brief but brutal game, followed by another game in which a team of (again) non-basketball-playing senior boys and male faculty members took each other on for bragging rights.  Today, we’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

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Student Spotlight – Colton Mayfield

Senior Colton Mayfield has attended Hillcrest for 7 years and has made a name for himself on campus not only as a bit of a jokester — his greatest strengths, he says, are his “back and biceps” — but also as one of the main members of the HCS Hype Squad, the Upper School’s always entertaining spirit leaders at athletics events throughout each school year. When asked why he believes school spirit is important, Colton states, “I believe without school spirit every game would just be dull and boring. We created the ‘half timies’ during basketball season and performed skits and other funny acts in order to get the crowd laughing and having a good time.”

As a talented football and baseball player himself, Mayfield recognizes that the energy generated by the crowd often overflows onto the field and helps players stay motivated for success.  He experienced that just this past football season “in the game against Amite [when] I ran a 90-yard touchdown and nearly tripped and fell at the 5-yard line, putting the touchdown in danger of being called back, but then spiked the ball down.” Moments such as that memorable one also inspired his advice to fellow and younger classmates: “Don’t take the sports you enjoy for granted, and play anything you want. I would do anything to restart in 7th grade and play football every year, enjoying the time given.”

When not at school, Colton enjoys working with cattle, hunting, fishing and “making money.”  After his graduation next month, not only does he plan to continue these pursuits, he also will attend Hinds Community College to study beef animal science, and then will go to Mississippi State to become a large animal veterinarian.  With his strong sense of self-motivation and his favorite Bible verse, 1 John 2:17, guiding him, Colton Mayfield will, no doubt, be successful.

On Your Mark, Get Set…

It’s almost time for the 2nd Annual Color Us One 5K and Kids’ Fun Run!

Students, Parents and Guardians, Alumni, Runners and Walkers… Come one, come all, and join us Saturday, April 29th, starting at 8:00 AM to support HCS.  All you have to do to help out is just have fun!  What’s more, the race is not the only activity featured; there will be “bouncy houses” and other games for children, and this year, we’ve even added a craft show.  So, if shopping is your “thing,” we’ve got you covered too!

Follow the links under the “Color Us One” sidebar on the right side of this page to sign up, and meet us at the Byram Parkway, starting at The Gym – Byram, on April 29th.