Recently, Trey Hammond, Hillcrest’s tennis coach and lead pastor of Crossroads of Life Church in Byram, wrote the following on his Facebook page:
“So, I started my prayer walking over the school today at Hillcrest Christian and as I was doing so, the Lord gave me a scripture for the school for this year. I was observing the rain flowing down and began asking the Lord for some significance to rain on this first day of prayer walking and He gave me Deuteronomy 11:10-14!
For the land which you go in to possess is not like the land of Egypt, from which you came out, where you sowed your seed and watered it with your foot laboriously as in a garden of vegetables. But the land which you enter to possess is a land of hills and valleys which drinks water of the rain of the heavens, A land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. And if you will diligently heed My commandments which I command you this day–to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being – I will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.
[I received] Fresh revelation to grain, new wine and oil too… Grain represents the nutrients God is going to give to feed the body of the school. New wine represents His covenant relationship in making all things new. And the oil represents the authority given to the board and administration and the healing that is at work in the relationships of the school.”
Good things are happening daily at Hillcrest, but the school — its students, faculty, staff, and families — continues to need leaders who will boldly intercede, praying these scriptures and other biblical promises for our school. Please commit to this act of service so that we may continue to reach students for Christ, while simultaneously emphasizing academic excellence.
“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'” Matthew 9:37 – 38
According to History.com, Labor Day was created by the labor movement in the late 1800s and became a federal holiday in 1894 to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is celebrated across the U.S. with parades, barbecues, fireworks and other public gatherings. For many Americans, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season, so it’s a last chance to get away for a mini-vacation.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope all of our HCS family will stay safe and have fun!
An old Spanish proverb states, “A full stomach makes a happy heart.” Cougar fans and supporters definitely want to keep our hard-working athletes happy, so the peewee football team and cheerleaders enjoyed a breakfast in their honor before their first game on Tuesday, August 30th.
Since 2012, a small blonde bundle of energy has been practically bouncing through the halls of the HCS upper school; her name is Skylar Patterson, she is a member of the National Honor Society, and she plays short stop for the Lady Cougars softball team.
Perhaps the one quality for which Skylar is best known is her seemingly never-ending reserve of school spirit, which she defines as, “Giving all your appreciation to your school and showing others how thankful you are to be there.” In fact, she says she would love to see everyone at Hillcrest get as excited as she does during school functions. Skylar can easily be spotted at pep rallies, sports events, and even some assemblies cheering, dancing, and convincing as many people as possible to join her. Some of her happiest memories at Hillcrest happened when several members of the Class of 2015 dubbed themselves “the Hype Squad” and spread their enthusiasm for cheering for the varsity boys’ basketball team at every home game to a majority of the student body. Believing in our teams, pumping up the players and the crowd, and adding to everyone’s enjoyment is what Skylar says “it’s all about.”
Outside of school Skylar’s favorite moments are spent with her friends and making memories by having the best time possible in every circumstance. Similarly, her advice to her peers at HCS is to “live it up because you only get one chance at high school, and when you get older, you’re going to want to laugh about the good times.” Even her favorite bible verse, Philippians 3:14, reflects this idea of making the most of every moment: “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Skylar Patterson is an expert when it comes to living in the now, but she also has big plans for the future. After graduation, she plans to attend Hinds Community College before transferring to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in order to become a nurse.
Kayla Thornton is a 2010 graduate of Hillcrest who played in the One Spirit, One Sound band and served as drum major in her final year at HCS; she also was a member of Envirothon, Quiz Bowl, and Honor Society during her high school career. Kayla was voted as Most Talented by the upper school student body and graduated as Salutatorian of her class, earning numerous scholarships toward the college of her choice.
Kayla accepted a vocal scholarship to Delta State University and was a member of both the Delta State Chorale and the Delta Singers during her time there. She was also active in numerous other areas of campus life, including Kappa Delta sorority, Omicron Delta Kappa (a national leadership honor society for college juniors or seniors who rank in the upper 35 percent of their class), Alpha Epsilon Delta (the national health pre-professional honor society), and she was a staff member of The Broom, Delta State’s yearbook, serving as Editor-in-Chief during her senior year. Thornton graduated with cum laude honors in 2014, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.
At present, Kayla is a Pharm.D. candidate at Union University’s School of Pharmacy in Jackson, Tennessee. Despite the amount of time required for study and keeping necessary certifications up-to-date in this very demanding field, she continues to take part in numerous community service projects, and she is a member of several professional pharmaceutical organizations, such as the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI). Thornton currently serves as president of Union’s chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma, the pharmacy leadership society, and she was recently awarded the Walgreens Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Scholarship.
If her past is any indication of her future, Kayla Thornton is nowhere near finished adding to her already long list of accomplishments and honors, and Hillcrest continues to be proud to call her one of its most distinguished alumni.