Mu Alpha Theta Inducts Members and Associates

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Pictured here are the sponsors and the first members of Hillcrest’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the honor society for mathematics; they were officially inducted into membership during chapel today. High school students in grades 9 through 12 who have completed the equivalent of three years of college-preparatory mathematics are eligible. Then, they must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average overall in mathematics.

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Those who are currently enrolled in a third-year college-preparatory math course are Associates.  They are not members of Mu Alpha Theta but are likely candidates for membership who will be fully inducted once they successfully complete geometry and maintain the required GPA.

Congratulations to these hard-working scholars for their impressive achievement!

Varsity Football Team Leads by Serving

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On Thursday, September 15, the Cougar Varsity Football team served at the Mississippi Food Network in Jackson and helped pack boxes for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).  The goal of this program is to improve the health of low-income elderly persons by supplementing their diets with nutritious foods recommended by the USDA.

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Students Apply Skills in Lab

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According to the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), since the nineteenth century “Laboratory instruction was considered essential because it provided training in observation, supplied detailed information, and aroused pupils’ interest.”  Hillcrest Christian School has a distinct advantage over many other schools in the metro Jackson area because our Upper-School science classrooms feature well-equipped labs.

Labs are an essential component of upper-school science classes at Hillcrest.  HCS instructors understand that the ultimate goal of learning is not simply knowing facts, but being able to prove understanding of one’s knowledge through application.  The laboratory setting gives students the opportunity to put what they have learned into practice in a supervised and controlled setting.

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“It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over”

Rumor had it that these girls weren’t going to win a single game this season, but the negative people who made this prediction must have forgotten to tell the 2016 Lady Cougars softball team.  They may be a young group, still figuring out all the “ins and outs” of working together, but these young ladies appear to be fast learners, and they play to win.  This was most evident in their tournament this past weekend; the Lady Cougars went 2 – 0 with wins over Newton and Central Hinds.

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Their next home game is Monday versus Copiah; both the junior varsity and varsity teams will play.

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         Senior players: Skylar Patterson, Tori McCray, and Alana Price

Student Spotlight – Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid is making the most of his ninth and final year at Hillcrest. His love of history has made him a valuable member of the Quiz Bowl team, and his size and determination are assets on both the offensive and defensive lines of the Cougar football team.  He is a member of the golf team as well. Outside of school, Connor enjoys hunting, fishing, and riding.

Connor’s advice to lower classmen at HCS is to “live for today because you are not promised tomorrow.” Connor himself takes this advice to heart, and he believes his greatest strength lies in his drive not to let anything stop him or slow him down.  This is most evident in the struggles he has overcome with his health since the age of 10.  Since that time, he has undergone numerous surgeries and has re-learned how to walk four times.  And as if that weren’t enough to convince many people to give up, Connor was diagnosed with occular melanoma, a rare form of skin cancer of the eye, when he was 13 years of age. He recalls, “Everyone told me I could quit football, and it would be okay because I had a reason to quit, but I continued to play because I wanted to prove that I wasn’t going to let anything ever stop me.”

McDavid has been impacted in more ways than one by the sports in which he has participated at Hillcrest; he credits his coaches not only with making him a better athlete, but also with bringing him closer to the Lord.  Perhaps this has led to his decision to attend Mississippi College after graduation in order to pursue a career in teaching and coaching football.  No doubt, his story of perseverance in the face of seemingly overwhelming obstacles will be an inspiring one to the next generation of gridiron athletes.