Thomas Wilson has spent the majority of his life at Hillcrest Christian School; this senior has been attending HCS for 13 years, since he began K-5. Thomas is a member of Envirothon and Honor Society, and he plays football, basketball, and baseball, and runs track. Not only does he stay busy at school, beyond the HCS halls Thomas enjoys hunting, fishing, biking, spending time with family, hanging out with friends, and going to church. Furthermore, he has a long-standing job helping his family maintain their farm and land, caring for animals, gardening, and working in the yard. Above all, however, Thomas says his parents make sure that his school work always comes first.
Thomas believes his best characteristics are his positive attitude, his love for people, his ability to forgive, and his encouraging nature. He counts his Christian faith, however, as his greatest strength. His advice to his peers reflects that: “First and foremost, they need to get their lives straight with Christ. Secondly, give your very best to your academics, THEN sports. Thirdly, see your failures as a chance to learn, grow, and eventually succeed.” The secret to his own success is Philippians 4:6-7, his favorite Bible verse; it states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Thomas says this takes pressure off him and puts all the focus on God. “I don’t have to worry; I don’t have to hurry. All I have to do is pray, give it all to God, and the peace comes.”
Perhaps this reliance on the peace God provides is a reason for Wilson’s not knowing for certain what he wants to do once he graduates in May. He plans to attend Hinds Community College to give himself a little more time to decide; however, he says he’s interested in athletic training, nursing, working with animals, or engineering.