Until recently, Ashley Myers’s entire school career had been spent at Hillcrest, but now she has bravely ventured across the world to become an international exchange student at Mount Barker High School in South Australia. Last week, Ashley excitedly started as a “year 11” student, enrolled in the following courses: P.E., Outdoor Education, Top General Math, English Literary Studies, Agriculture, and Psychology. She states that Mount Barker’s student body is much larger than what she is accustomed to at HCS, with 660 students in grades 7 through 12; however, her outgoing and intrepid personality will no doubt lead her to make many new friends. Though her Hillcrest family misses her, we can’t wait to hear about all of her adventures!
Friday was the 100th day of school for this year, and our Kindergarten classes participated in many fun activities and showed how much they have learned. Check out some of the pictures from their special day:
Hillcrest was honored to welcome a special speaker in Upper School chapel Wednesday; U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst was nominated by President Trump and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to become the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi in October of 2017. Hurst is well-respected for his work, having received numerous awards from the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and other federal law enforcement agencies throughout his career. Yesterday he shared with our Upper School students and faculty the scary-but-true facts about the dangers of opioids and synthetic drug use, which claimed the lives of over 42,000 people in 2016, leading the President to declare a public health emergency and pledge government resources to address it. Hurst’s first-hand knowledge of the terrible effect this growing epidemic is having on people from all backgrounds and all over the United States was both interesting and heart-breaking; however, his goal is to arm students with the truth, so that they can not only avoid these dangers for themselves, but also perhaps do their part to fight against the crisis in the future.