Elizabeth Simmons attended Hillcrest for 13 years and graduated in 2004 as Salutatorian of her class; she was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. During her high school years, Elizabeth kept busy and was involved in National Honor Society, Beta Club, Teenage Republicans, Quiz Bowl, Mu Alpha Theta, Science Club, Dance Team/Color Guard and Drama Club.
In 2008 she graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi College with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Medical Science. While at MC, Elizabeth was involved in Mortar Board Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, and she was an active member of Swannanoa Social Tribe and Scouts student recruiters. Simmons then attended medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and earned her Doctor of Medicine in 2012. After that, she matched in Pediatrics at University of Tennessee Health Science Center/ LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, completing her residency and becoming board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2015. Dr. Simmons then joined Pediatric Associates in Memphis, which is affiliated with the LeBonheur Pediatrics clinics.
Dr. Simmons wanted to relay the following message to current HCS students: “When I was a student at Hillcrest, I knew I was getting a quality education, but I didn’t truly realize the full extent of how my time there would affect me long term. I was more than adequately prepared to start my classes at Mississippi College, and in turn, that helped me be prepared for medical school and beyond. However, I know that the growth in my relationship with Christ during these years was far more impactful on my future! Don’t miss or take for granted the wonderful opportunities that are provided at Hillcrest to grow personally, academically, and spiritually!”
Thank you for your wise advice, and congratulations on your hard-earned and well-deserved success, Dr. Elizabeth Simmons!
Katelyn Wyatt has been a Hillcrest Cougar since K-3, meaning that for 15 years, HCS has been her second home. Now in her senior year, Katelyn is a member of National Honor Society; she serves as reporter for Mu Alpha Theta, the honors organization for math; and she is the clarinet section leader for the One Spirit One Sound band. Wyatt can often be found in Hillcrest’s library, scouring the shelves for a title which is both unfamiliar and intriguing, though this is becoming rather difficult for this prolific reader. When asked about her love of reading historical fiction and fantasy, Katelyn states, “Through reading books, I can fly, time-travel, or do anything I wouldn’t normally be able to do. I enjoy learning about and exploring different places, even if they are only make believe.
When she’s not on campus, Katelyn enjoys “rocking out” to the band Skillet with her brother, scouring Pinterest, and dancing, which is yet another important aspect of her life and one which she has been practicing for as long as she can remember. She takes ballet and pointe classes two nights a week and claims, “I love how ballet is freeing, elegant, and has been around for centuries.”
Katelyn believes her imagination and her loyalty to those whom she loves to be her greatest strengths along with her positive attitude, which always leads her to try to find joy in every situation. This sense of joy is further motivated by the knowledge gained in her favorite Bible verses, Luke 23:42-43: “And he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ And He said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.’” Katelyn says these verses remind her that “as a Christian, I can look forward to being with Christ in Heaven.” Wyatt also looks forward to attending Mississippi State University after graduation, and she plans to major in history.
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.
Please make plans to come out tomorrow night for fun and fellowship in the beautiful fall weather …and bring some friends!
Don’t forget: Those who bought Fall Festival t-shirts may wear them every Tuesday in the month of November.
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!