Hillcrest Loves Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is always fun in the Lower School, with parties, love-themed activities and crafts, cards for friends, and LOTS of sugary treats. (Sorry, parents!) Mrs. Engels’ 2nd graders showed their Valentine’s Day spirit by wearing the colors of the day.

In the Junior High, Mrs. Harwell uses Valentine’s Day each year to hold a giant birthday party, celebrating all of her students’ special days and showing her love for them.

Above all, however, at Hillcrest we strive to remember that Valentine’s Day — and every day — is possible because God loved us first and loves us still.

Varsity Basketball District AAA Champs!

Congratulations to both our Girls’ and Boys’ Varsity basketball teams!! They each won last week’s tournament to become District 3A Champs! Congratulations also to Kenneth Beverly, Donovan Givens, Darien Newchurch and JD Ransom for being chosen to represent Hillcrest on the Boys’ All-Tournament Team!  Congratulations to Katie Martin, Jazmyn Ellis, Kendal Bankston and Aaliyah Dixon on making the Girls’ All-Tournament Team!

Our Cougars now move on, and will play again this Wednesday at Adams Christian in Natchez. Varsity Girls play at 4:00 PM, and Varsity Boys play at 7:45 PM. Please make plans to head out there to support them!

Student Spotlight – Tad Hammill

Senior Tad Hammill has been attending Hillcrest for 14 years; he was a baritone player in the One Spirit One Sound band for 6 years, and he just finished another season with the Cougar soccer team. Outside of school, Tad enjoys watching Netflix and hanging out with friends; he also plays guitar. In fact, he believes his ability to quickly learn to play different musical instruments is one of his strengths. He also says that “making stuff up” as he goes is another one of his talents. Those who know him well probably wouldn’t state it quite the same way, but they would say that Tad doesn’t stress out about much of anything; he does his best and realizes that sometimes he might fail, but his failures do not define him. As a result, things just seem to work out in his life.

Tad has a laid-back outlook on life and an understanding nature; these are the same qualities he likes about his favorite Hillcrest teacher. He states that Mrs. Massey is “pretty chill and nice. She is also the best teacher I’ve had at this school.” Even his favorite Bible verse exemplifies this characteristic of doing your best, yet going with the flow: Ecclesiastes 7:23 states, “All this I tested by wisdom and I said, ‘I am determined to be wise’– but this was beyond me.” Tad relates that he read this verse at “Outback once, and my mom said it sounded like me. So, it stuck.”

Tad is not lazy, however; he simply deals with each day when it comes along. His advice to lower classmen reflects that. He says, “Focus on one thing at a time so you don’t lose your mind.” Nevertheless, he is planning for his future, though he has not yet definitively settled on a field of study or career. Tad is considering studying cosmetology to become a barber; he also is thinking about going to Delta State in the fall to major in audio engineering or graphic design. No matter what he chooses to do, Tad is going to be, and do, just fine.

Seniors Step-up, Share History

A group of senior students recently asked permission to create a bulletin board in the high school hall to draw students’ attention to the importance of Black History Month. They spent a few hours one afternoon putting it together, and it features both well- and not-so-well-known African-Americans who have made significant contributions to culture, science, human rights, and every other aspect of our nation’s history.

These history-minded student-leaders plan to change pictures and short bios regularly, in order to feature a wide variety of influential black Americans during the entire month of February. Perhaps one day, future Hillcrest students will shine a spotlight on them!