Leaders Choose Joy

Last Wednesday in Upper School Chapel, Coach Estabrook shared a message of encouragement from Psalm 33:1 – 3, which states, “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him…. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.”  He reminded us that joy is a choice; no matter how we feel at any given time, the people of God can, and should, choose to be joyful.  He further pointed out that the command to “play skillfully” reminds us to give God our very best in everything we undertake.  Then, Coach Estabrook read Psalm 34:3, “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together,” which shows the need for corporate praise and points out that when Christians work together, we are more powerful than we know.

This message served (and serves) as an encouraging reminder that in everything that we — the administration, faculty, staff, students, and family — at Hillcrest do, if we choose joy, make every effort our best, and work together, we will easily accomplish our school’s mission statement:

Hillcrest Christian School is dedicated to reaching students for Christ, emphasizing academic excellence, and incorporating Christ-like values in all extracurricular activities. We endeavor to operate Hillcrest Christian School on the following Biblical principles found in Colossians 1:9-12:

Operate in a manner worthy of the Lord (v. 10)

Seek to please the Lord in every aspect of the school (v. 10)

Expect growth in character and knowledge (v.10)

Rely upon the Lord (v. 11)

Cultivate an atmosphere of joyful thanksgiving (v. 12)

Dual Enrollment Students Earn College Credit

Dual enrollment is a rapidly expanding program which allows high school students to earn credit toward a degree at a Mississippi public university; many private colleges accept dual credit as well.  Even better, these courses simultaneously count as credit toward a high school diploma. Currently, Hillcrest offers English Composition I, English Composition II, and College Algebra through a partnership with Hinds Community College.  Seven students are earning 3 credit hours this semester in College Algebra with Mr. Ryan, and fourteen will receive 3 more credits in English Composition I with Mrs. Massey.  It is possible that seniors may have 9 college credits by the time they graduate from Hillcrest, almost enough to be counted as full-time for one semester!

Anyone who has been to college will likely agree that the most difficult part is learning to be responsible for yourself, and those considering taking dual enrollment courses must be aware that personal responsibility and time management are critical skills for success.  Furthermore, because these are college classes, the work assigned is often more challenging than in typical high-school classes. However, because dual-enrollment students are familiar with their instructors (who are given the title of adjunct professors at Hinds) and with the environment, these early college students are able to transition into the college frame-of-mind more easily than if their first experience was on a campus with thousands of others.

Any current juniors who are considering taking one or more of these courses during their senior year should consult the Dual Enrollment page here on the website, under Academics, or talk to Mr. Ritter for more information.

Homecoming T-shirts

The due date for returning Homecoming t-shirt order forms has changed.
The form and payment is due Monday, September 19th.
We had to move the date up so the printer can have plenty of time for printing.
Thanks for your help!

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Homecoming!!

Homecoming is right around the corner! September 26th through the 30th will be a wild and crazy, but fun, week.

We have added a page here which provides specific information about the 2016 Homecoming events; find it under the “Campus Life” tab.  Please check it out and make plans to support our football team as much as possible that week.  Go, mighty Cougars!!

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Student Spotlight – Lauren Parkinson

Lauren Parkinson came to Hillcrest after moving from Alabama in the seventh grade, and for six years she has been the multi-talented percussionist in “the pit” of the One Spirit, One Sound Marching Band. (She’s the one who played the theremin — that Star Trek instrument — in the “Keep Calm: We Come in Peace” field show in 2014.)  She also sings in a worship group at church and has sung several times in upper school chapel.  Lauren believes that creativity is one of her greatest strengths, and it would seem that others agree; she won the state level creative writing competition in Teen Talent for poetry and short story last year. Part of the secret to her success is keeping a journal with her at all times “in case I spontaneously get inspired to write,” one of her favorite pastimes.

Lauren’s traveling experiences likely serve as inspiration for her writing; some of her favorite trips have been to Mexico, Chicago, Hawaii, and Yellowstone National Park in Montana, and she already has plans to travel to New York City next year.  Furthermore, she spends time in Anchorage, Alaska, every summer to visit her mom.  “I love it up there,” Lauren says, “The sun never really sets in the summer, and the mountains stay snow-capped year-round. These trips have been an incredible experience, and through them God has given me a desire to travel the world when I get older. I want to visit places I’ve never been before and experience first-hand what it’s like in different corners of the world.”  It’s hard to believe, then, that this adventurous wayfarer claims to be “terrified of people.”  However, she keeps her social anxiety under control by remembering that God has called those who believe in Him to share the news of salvation with others.  Along those same lines, her favorite Bible verse is 2 Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

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Those Biblical qualities have led Lauren to become a leader among her classmates; she serves as section leader in band, is Student Body/senior class secretary/treasurer, and she has been a member of Honor Society since eighth grade.  After graduation in May 2017, she wants to attend Georgetown University in Kentucky and eventually to join the Oxford Honors program, which will give her the opportunity to study for a year at Oxford University in London. Lauren plans to study English/Creative Writing, Communications, and Cinematography.  She states, “I would love to have a career in the latter, or one where I could write, or both.”