Where Are They Now? – Tripp Douglas

Tripp Douglas attended Hillcrest for 9 years, graduating as Valedictorian in 1996.  During his time at HCS, he played football, soccer, tennis, and ran track. He was also involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, and the Yearbook staff, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Senior year, Douglas was number 33.

Douglas then attended Mississippi College, where he was an All-Conference goal keeper for the Choctaw soccer team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and graduated Summa cum Laude (with a perfect 4.0 GPA) in 2000.  During his college years, Tripp became involved with Brilla Soccer Ministries and now serves on the board of that organization. This and his many other athletic achievements led to his being inducted into the Hillcrest Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

Douglas is the owner of two businesses in the city of Ridgeland: a creative agency called Crema Design Studio and a coffee shop called Fusion.  He has also enjoyed using his design skills over the years to support his high-school alma mater.  While still in high school, he created the HC logo which Hillcrest still uses; then, in his college years Tripp designed the Hillcrest Christian logo as well as the Cougar mascot image which is featured on the wall in the high-school gym. Furthermore, he has designed nearly every yearbook cover for the past 15 years.  And most recently he assisted the school by designing the “United” t-shirts, creating graphics for the Color Run, and setting up the Hillcrest Annual Fund website.  Probably his greatest “claim to fame,” however, at least among HCS students and alumni, is that he is the son of our very own beloved Mrs. Bridges, librarian and yearbook sponsor-extraordinaire!

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with wife Amanda and children Kyle and Ella

Tripp’s message to current Hillcrest students is the same one he tries to instill in his staff: Whatever you do (whether it’s school, athletics, or work), glorify God by doing it with excellence. He also reminds believers that Colossians 3:23 tells us to work as if we’re doing it for God Himself, not only for a teacher, coach, or boss. Douglas further states, “Glorifying God is not just for church – we as Christians are called to do it in every part of our lives. And working with that attitude will also bring you success!”

HCS is thankful to Tripp Douglas for his continued love and support for our school, and we’re so glad to call you not just an alumnus, but also part of the family (Sorry, Mrs. Bridges, but you have to share)!

Mock Election Results

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.”

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First-time voters! Seniors Spurgeon Sanders and Mayowa Asagunla

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.”

Patterson to Play College Softball

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Front Row, L to R: Coach Dixon, Skylar Patterson, Coach West; Back Row, L to R: Athletic Director Todd Montgomery, Coach Broom, Administrator Jason Estabrook

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!

Sweet Victories

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!

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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!

Keep making us proud, Cougar nation!

Student Spotlight – Emily Walker

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.”

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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.

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Emily met Pierson Fode on the set of the upcoming movie It’s Time.

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.