More than 28,300 Mississippi students participated in the 2016 Promote the Vote Mock Election sponsored by the Secretary of State’s office. This year’s Promote the Vote theme, “My Voice, My Vote,” sought to highlight the importance of voting to our democracy and how one ballot truly can make a difference in an election. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said, “Promote the Vote is one of my favorite election events because it involves teaching the next generation of Mississippi leaders about one of their most important future civic duties: voting for their elected leaders.”
Students who cast their ballots represent about 103 schools across the state, and the results of this mock election are as follows:
· Republican nominee Donald Trump received about 49.2 percent of the vote (13,977 votes);
· Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton received almost 42 percent of the vote (11,918 votes);
· Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson received about 2.7 percent of the vote (752 votes);
· Green Party nominee Jill Stein received 1.8 percent of the vote (511 votes);
· Constitution Party nominee Darrell Castle received about 1.3 percent of the vote (372 votes);
· American Delta Party nominee “Rocky” De La Fuente received 1.3 percent of the vote (360 votes);
· Prohibition Party nominee Jim Hedges received about 0.7 percent of the vote (195 votes); and
· About 1.1 percent of the votes cast (303 votes) were write-in candidates, which do not count.
The results from Hillcrest’s mock election are as follows:
Republican candidates Trump and Pence – 134 votes
Democratic candidates Clinton and Kaine – 50 votes
Libertarian candidates Johnson and Weld – 3 votes
Green candidates Stein and Baraka – 1 vote
American Delta candidates De La Fuente and Steinberg – 8 votes
Prohibition candidates Hedges and Bayes – 1 vote
Write-ins, among them our very own Ms. Flemmons, received 8 votes
The faculty and staff of HCS recognize that not only are we educating students in specific subject areas, we also “expect growth in character.” Therefore, ensuring Hillcrest students understand the importance of voting in our democratic nation is as important as knowing how to add and subtract or how to spell. As headmaster Jason Estabrook recently reminded the faculty, “We get to have elections for our next President of the United States on Tuesday. We all get to cast our ballots for the candidate that we believe is the best choice to represent our country. Come Wednesday morning there will be a new President in office AND whoever is elected, our GOD will still be on his throne. Presidents are important, but our trust and faith is in our Father in heaven.”
On Friday, November 4th, senior Skylar Patterson signed a commitment with Holmes Community College in Goodman to play softball on an athletic scholarship which will cover the costs of tuition as well as room and board. Patterson states, “I think this will be a great experience, and I’m excited about it.” Congratulations on your accomplishment, Skylar!
Congratulations go to our Varsity Girls’ basketball team this week! They won both games played in the pre-season tournament at MRA. Tuesday night’s victory was a nail-biter, but the Lady Cougars took the win against Magnolia Heights in overtime; Thursday night’s game, however, was a solid win for the ladies, 47 to 25 over Hartfield. What a great start to the new season!
Congratulations must also go to the Quiz Bowl team! Our resident geniuses competed against Enterprise High School yesterday and won their match with a score of 350 to 50. Impressive!
Emily Walker has been a Hillcrest Cougar since second grade; in her eleventh and final year at HCS, she serves as co-section leader of the trumpets and chaplain of the One Spirit One Sound band, and she is a member of the tennis team. When she’s not at school, she enjoys participating in fellowship activities with the youth of Country Woods Baptist Church and meeting with her discipleship mentor Amanda Wilson. In fact, her positive experiences with her discipler have influenced Emily to advise her peers at Hillcrest “to find somebody that you trust; having someone to fellowship with is one of the most important things.”
One of Emily’s favorite memories from her years at HCS happened only a month ago, when the band took top honors at the Copiah Competition for the third year in a row. She says that at times, “We had a pretty rough marching season, so when I heard the announcer say that our band won first place, I was extremely shocked.” She further states that their victory helped the band remember that they are a family; “we were finally One Spirit, One Sound again.” This special memory no doubt was due in part to the efforts of Emily’s favorite teacher, band director Joshua Landrum. She reflects, “I’ve had so many wonderful teachers who have helped shape me into who I am today, but… Mr. Landrum always has a smile on his face and does everything he can to help us improve.” Perhaps Mr. Landrum is her favorite because they have something in common: Emily believes that one of her best qualities is that she loves to make people smile.
Another of Walker’s strengths is her ability to trust God completely when it comes to meeting her needs. As a result, she is not worried about the future. After she graduates in May, Emily plans to attend a community college for two years and to allow God to lead her into the career path he has planned for her.
Caitlin Bingham began attending Hillcrest in the third grade and stayed until her graduation in 2009. During her years at HCS, she was involved in Honor Society, Student Council, Honor Council, HCTV, and Yearbook, and she was a cheerleader in her senior year. She met Josh Childs, another graduate of the Class of 2009, at the 2008 Homecoming dance. They started dating right before Christmas. Both then went to Hinds Community College, graduating in 2012; they married in the fall of 2014.
Caitlin worked for a time as a cosmetologist, but her dream was to become the proud owner of a business which would allow her to do what she truly loves. After much research and hard work, she opened All That It Seams, LLC, which features her hand-knit and hand-sewn accessories for women, and every purchase benefits shelter animals. She is most excited to have launched her business website — www.allthatitseams.com — just yesterday, November 1st. Childs states, “I never quite realized how much of a foundation Hillcrest had given me until I began my journey as an entrepreneur. It’s so much more than knitting and sewing, I had to learn the ins and out of how the business world operates. Hillcrest gave me the capacity to learn and the tools to expand my knowledge on my own. The teachers at Hillcrest gave me more than just a typical high school education, they taught me how to continue to educate myself.”
With all that she has learned in pursuit of her goals, Caitlin has some sage advice to offer to the current students of Hillcrest: “Make the most of your education, especially if you’re intending on pursuing a career in business. History is important for learning from others and learning from the past. No business would be able to function successfully without math, you have to know your numbers. English may be the most important of all. Whether it’s using proper grammar and spelling, or researching, your business will NOT be professional without knowing all of the facets that a high school English class will teach you. Find the learning style that works best for you and never stop learning because knowledge truly is power.”
Caitlin Childs proves that a strong educational foundation, lifelong learning, and hard work are the keys to living out your dreams. The Hillcrest family is proud to support her and wishes her continued success as her business grows.