Senior Courtney West has been attending Hillcrest since fifth grade; she is a member of Honor Society, serves as statistician for the Cougar softball team, and plays clarinet in the One Spirit One Sound band. Being part of the band family led to her most memorable moment from her years at HCS: it happened just a few months ago when they took top honors — all superior ratings, first place in their division, and overall best band — at the Copiah Marching Festival for the third year in a row. Outside of school, Courtney keeps her hobbies simple; she says she enjoys “shopping and tending to my 14 cows.” The latter pastime fits right in with the qualities which she believes to be her greatest strengths: a strong work ethic and compassion for others. That same compassion is, in her opinion, the best thing about attending Hillcrest too; she observes the quality in “teachers that know and care about every single student. They are willing to go the extra mile.”
Courtney’s desire to follow Christ is evident in all aspects of her life, and the confidence and hope she gains as a Christ-follower leads her to advise lower classmen, “Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in.” That bit of wisdom is also strengthened by the truth found in her favorite Bible verse, Isaiah 40:31, which states, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Courtney says this passage further reminds her of her late grandfather and of his favorite hymn, “On Eagles’ Wings,” which is based on the verse, and which tells her that “everything will be okay, and I’ll see my Pepaw again in Heaven along with our Father.”
Finally, after she graduates in May, Courtney plans to attend Hinds Community College in Raymond, to continue participating in marching band there, and possibly to pursue a business major.
Annie Hutchins, who graduated from HCS last May with the Class of 2016, is in the second semester of her freshman year at the University of Mississippi; she is majoring in art with a minor in education. In order to ensure that art education is indeed the career she wants to pursue, Annie spent much of her Christmas break from her studies at Ole Miss helping Mrs. Gifford teach art in the lower school. She states that this rewarding experience helped her fully commit to her studies and to her goal of becoming an art instructor. No doubt Mrs. Gifford enjoyed having such a capable assistant, as well!
There is a great deal of excitement — and soon enough, arrows — in the air, as approximately 50 students (pictured here) are “taking aim” to be part of a new spring sport: archery. Band director Josh Landrum, who is also an accomplished archer and has placed in numerous competitions, will be the team’s coach. Most of the necessary equipment has been already delivered, so parents, if your child is pictured here, be on the lookout for more information very soon.
Last week in Spanish II, students applied newly learned vocabulary to script their own restaurant scenes. Throughout the week, students worked in groups to create a scene, write a conversation, and construct their own props. They had to agree about which characters they would play and how each line should be spoken using correct food vocabulary, verb conjugations, and word order. Each group had to include the same elements of a normal restaurant encounter: greetings, asking for a table, ordering food and drinks, paying the bill, and saying goodbye. Once they met these requirements, all the groups added their own creative flair to make their restaurant scene fun and/or funny. Some groups had silly waiters, customers who stole silverware, or relatives who refused to leave a tip. One group even had a customer who brought a stuffed cat named Lasagna!
After all of their hard work during the week, students enjoyed watching the other groups as each performed their restaurant scenes for the whole class on Friday. Did the students succeed AND have fun? ¡Por supuesto! (Of course!)