Today during their morning break, Hillcrest’s Upper School students took part in a mock Presidential election as part of the Secretary of State’s “Promote the Vote” campaign. Student Body officers monitored the voting and collecting of ballots.
Promote the Vote is a non-partisan program created to teach the fundamentals of American democracy to students while also encouraging them to practice their civic responsibilities. The program further seeks to help students improve their decision-making abilities and increase their interest and enthusiasm in current political issues. The ultimate goal is to empower a new generation of voters.
The Secretary of State’s office organizes this statewide mock election in which students vote for our next U.S. President. In years past, the student vote has closely mirrored results statewide and presents an eye-opening view of the election just weeks before the real polls open.
The Cougar football team will play their final game of the 2016 season tonight at Parklane Academy in McComb. It will be a bittersweet night for our senior team members and their families, and as always, these young men have pushed themselves to perform better each and every week for the past several months.
Similarly, tonight marks the last time our senior band members will perform during halftime, and their show “Light” — a moving interpretation of God’s creation of the world — received numerous awards at three different competitions this season.
Hillcrest family, please come out to Parklane beginning at 7:00 tonight to show your support one more time for all of these hard-working athletes!
Senior Kofi Quartey, a member of Hillcrest’s winning Envirothon team, has established his reputation of having a unique sense of style during his five years on campus. When asked why this distinction is important to him, Kofi replies, “Everyone should be proud of their individualism.” He further believes that you cannot be your own person if you’re simply going to copy everyone else.
This individuality extends into other areas of Quartey’s life, as well. He is, at various times, either quite outspoken or quietly reserved; however, his attitude is always good-natured and courteous. In fact, he considers his attitude to be his best quality. Kofi affirms, “I try to approach every situation with a positive outlook.” To that end, his favorite Bible verse explains that the best way to remain positive is through Christ-like love; Romans 13:8 states, “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” He believes this verse is always relevant, even in unforeseen circumstances, which Kofi reminds his peers to be prepared for. His advice to them is to “Expect the unexpected.”
Though he works hard at school to maintain above-average grades, in his free time Kofi likes to relax; he enjoys watching Netflix, playing video games, and hanging out with his closest friends. After graduation, he plans to major in biology in college and to study abroad for a few years. Ultimately, Kofi wants to attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist.
Angela Sood, now Dr. Angela Joshi, attended Hillcrest for her four years of high school, from 1998 until her graduation in 2002. During that time, she was involved in the Honors Science Club and Quiz Bowl.
After graduating, Angela attended the University of Mississippi Medical School from 2006 to 2010. She then trained in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Afterward, she spent a year (2013 to 2014) as the Chief Resident of Quality and Patient Safety at the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Nashville; currently Dr. Joshi is in her third and final year of cardiology fellowship training.
Angela’s message for current Hillcrest students is, “Be motivated to learn as much as possible and to reach for the stars because you never know what may happen.” Her success, both in her years as an HCS Cougar and in the fourteen years since, proves that Dr. Joshi has taken her own advice to heart.