Where Are They Now? – Cheryl Gladney

With the exception of a short span of time when she was in 2nd -grade and another year-and-a-half when she lived in Kentucky during her junior high years, Cheryl Gladney attended Hillcrest from 1st grade throughout her senior year of high school. Before her graduation in 1989, she was a member of the Beta Club, yearbook staff, band and flag corp, as well as the drill team. She then attended Mississippi College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1993. Afterward, she went to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and received her MD degree in 1997, then completed residency in 2000, specializing in internal medicine. Dr. Gladney worked for Premier Medical Group from 2000 until 2011 and then began working at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, where she has been employed as a hospitalist for the past 17 years.  She calls her career choice “very rewarding.”

Cheryl married David Kirk in 2001, and she has 2 step-children. She also is an avid outdoorswoman who loves to hunt and fish.

The message Dr. Gladney wants to relay to current HCS students is as follows: “Keep an eye on your goals, and keep God in your heart. He will help you achieve whatever you set your mind to. And always be kind to your fellow man. Also, another word… Always treasure the friendships that you make during high school because those friends will be with you throughout your lifetime.”

District Science Fair Winners

Hillcrest’s 7th through 9th graders (and a few 10th graders, as well) performed very well at the District Science Fair held last week at Porter’s Chapel Academy in Vicksburg. Congratulations to the following students who took top honors:

Class 3, Behavioral: Annellise Bell – Third place, Samantha McWilliams – First place

Class 3, Botany: Kamina Griffin – First place, Sancenia Johnson – Second place

Class 3, Chemistry: Lorien Harvey – Third place

Class 3, Earth: Beth Hammill – First place

Class 3, Engineering: Joe McAfee – Second place, Micah Parkinson – First place

Class 3, Environmental: Caitlyn McNamee – First place

Class 3, Medicine: Marie Schuff – First place

Class 3, Micro: Callie Matthews – Third place

Class 3, Physics: Austin Day – Second place

Class 4, Behavioral: Leah Wells – First place, Kaylyn Turner – Third place

Class 4, Chemistry: Trinity Powell – First place/ Best in Show Class 4

Class 4, Earth: Aliza Williams – First place

Class 4, Engineering: Taylor Williams – Second place

Class 4, Environmental: Aaliyah Newsome – First place

Class 4, Medicine: Madison Hughes – Third place, Addie Cothern – First place

Class 4, Physics: BJ Powe – Second place

Class 4, Zoology: Regan Chandler – First place, Jessica Bewley – Second place

Envirothon Wins Again

Yesterday, Hillcrest’s Envirothon teams traveled to Chatauqua Park in Crystal Springs for the Area Envirothon competition.  The A team took 1st place overall, along with top honors in each category of the contest; the B team also performed well, winning 5th place overall.

As a result of their wins, both teams will move on to the State competition to be held at the FFA Center in Raymond on April 28th.  Congratulations!!

Stand Up and Stand Out

In Upper School chapel this morning, Kayla Tate — an 11th-grade cheerleader, and Honor Society and FCA member — shared a message which God has recently put on her heart:  Kayla said she believes that most Christians truly have the desire to live for the Lord, but fears of being rejected or made fun of, as well as expectations about how the world thinks we should live, often prevent our doing as the Bible instructs.  She quoted Psalm 1, verses 1 and 2, which states, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.”  Kayla reminded us that in order to know what God expects, we have to read his Word, pray, and live in such a way that others notice and become curious about what makes us different.  Then, she added, we must claim the boldness offered by the Holy Spirit and actually tell others about Jesus and knowing Him as Lord.

In other words, Kayla asked her fellow Christians to STAND UP AND STAND OUT for their faith.  Finally, she asked those of us who were willing to stand up from our seats and to pledge our intentions to stop being afraid or ashamed and to offer each other support as we live boldly for Christ.

While we are often reminded at Hillcrest how blessed we are to be able to proclaim and worship God freely, that blessing is multiplied when Godly wisdom and Biblical truth come from one so young. Thanks, Kayla, for overcoming your own fears and for encouraging the rest of us to do the same.