Back to Reality

Happy 2017, and welcome back!  There were a good many groggy people (not all of them students!) dragging their way into the school buildings this morning, but as everyone spied friendly faces and had some time to catch up with one another after the holidays, moods seemed to improve.  Now comes the business of getting back into the school routine, and with the start of a new semester, many of our scholars will be taking different classes during these last 5 months of school.  For example, students who took trigonometry last semester will tackle pre-calculus this term, and Chemistry II students are now enrolled in physics. Also, a new offering this semester is music appreciation, taught by band director Josh Landrum; this class fulfills the fine arts requirement for graduation if students have not already taken art or band.

Students in 4th-period music appreciation class

More than anything, however, this semester is always a busy one.  Soccer and basketball are still going strong, and spring sports — track and field, baseball, and tennis — will begin soon.  Next, the high school’s Beauty Pageant takes place in 11 days!  Then, before we know it, it will be time for Spiritual Emphasis week, Prom, cheerleader tryouts, elementary field day, awards day, and finally, graduation for the Class of 2017. Not to mention, in the middle of all of these activities, we will still have daily lessons, chapel programs, homework, and yes, juniors and seniors will have the dreaded research papers to contend with.

The spring semester is always a wild whirlwind, and making it successful requires a great deal of planning and dedication on everyone’s parts.  Parents, please don’t forget to check this website, Facebook, Instagram, and Notify messages for regular updates.  Furthermore, as the school year draws closer to its end, it is crucial to keep up with your children’s grades in STI so that you can communicate with teachers if necessary and so that there are no unpleasant surprises at the end of the year.

Above all, let’s remember Colossians 3:23 – 24, which states, ” Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Where Are They Now? – Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson Deaton graduated from Hillcrest in 2011 after attending for 13 years. During high school she was a member of both Honor Society and Beta Club, as well as of the yearbook staff, serving as Editor during her senior year. Melissa then attended William Carey University on full scholarship and was heavily involved with the Student Music Therapy Organization; she served as President for two years.

After completing a six-month music therapy internship with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Louis, Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy. She earned her music therapy board certification (MT-BC) in February of 2016 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in music therapy at the University of Kentucky. Melissa is also working as a teacher’s assistant for the UK music therapy department and for the New Horizons instrumental ensemble for adults. Her current research interests include cognitive-behavior therapy techniques in hospice and bereavement.

Melissa has this message for current students: “Always trust God to guide you in the direction of his calling. There’s a very big world beyond where you are right now, and hard work gives you the freedom to explore it.”