Dual Enrollment Students Earn College Credit

Dual enrollment is a rapidly expanding program which allows high school students to earn credit toward a degree at a Mississippi public university; many private colleges accept dual credit as well.  Even better, these courses simultaneously count as credit toward a high school diploma. Currently, Hillcrest offers English Composition I, English Composition II, and College Algebra through a partnership with Hinds Community College.  Seven students are earning 3 credit hours this semester in College Algebra with Mr. Ryan, and fourteen will receive 3 more credits in English Composition I with Mrs. Massey.  It is possible that seniors may have 9 college credits by the time they graduate from Hillcrest, almost enough to be counted as full-time for one semester!

Anyone who has been to college will likely agree that the most difficult part is learning to be responsible for yourself, and those considering taking dual enrollment courses must be aware that personal responsibility and time management are critical skills for success.  Furthermore, because these are college classes, the work assigned is often more challenging than in typical high-school classes. However, because dual-enrollment students are familiar with their instructors (who are given the title of adjunct professors at Hinds) and with the environment, these early college students are able to transition into the college frame-of-mind more easily than if their first experience was on a campus with thousands of others.

Any current juniors who are considering taking one or more of these courses during their senior year should consult the Dual Enrollment page here on the website, under Academics, or talk to Mr. Ritter for more information.

Homecoming T-shirts

The due date for returning Homecoming t-shirt order forms has changed.
The form and payment is due Monday, September 19th.
We had to move the date up so the printer can have plenty of time for printing.
Thanks for your help!



Homecoming is right around the corner! September 26th through the 30th will be a wild and crazy, but fun, week.

We have added a page here which provides specific information about the 2016 Homecoming events; find it under the “Campus Life” tab.  Please check it out and make plans to support our football team as much as possible that week.  Go, mighty Cougars!!

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Student Spotlight – Lauren Parkinson

Lauren Parkinson came to Hillcrest after moving from Alabama in the seventh grade, and for six years she has been the multi-talented percussionist in “the pit” of the One Spirit, One Sound Marching Band. (She’s the one who played the theremin — that Star Trek instrument — in the “Keep Calm: We Come in Peace” field show in 2014.)  She also sings in a worship group at church and has sung several times in upper school chapel.  Lauren believes that creativity is one of her greatest strengths, and it would seem that others agree; she won the state level creative writing competition in Teen Talent for poetry and short story last year. Part of the secret to her success is keeping a journal with her at all times “in case I spontaneously get inspired to write,” one of her favorite pastimes.

Lauren’s traveling experiences likely serve as inspiration for her writing; some of her favorite trips have been to Mexico, Chicago, Hawaii, and Yellowstone National Park in Montana, and she already has plans to travel to New York City next year.  Furthermore, she spends time in Anchorage, Alaska, every summer to visit her mom.  “I love it up there,” Lauren says, “The sun never really sets in the summer, and the mountains stay snow-capped year-round. These trips have been an incredible experience, and through them God has given me a desire to travel the world when I get older. I want to visit places I’ve never been before and experience first-hand what it’s like in different corners of the world.”  It’s hard to believe, then, that this adventurous wayfarer claims to be “terrified of people.”  However, she keeps her social anxiety under control by remembering that God has called those who believe in Him to share the news of salvation with others.  Along those same lines, her favorite Bible verse is 2 Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”


Those Biblical qualities have led Lauren to become a leader among her classmates; she serves as section leader in band, is Student Body/senior class secretary/treasurer, and she has been a member of Honor Society since eighth grade.  After graduation in May 2017, she wants to attend Georgetown University in Kentucky and eventually to join the Oxford Honors program, which will give her the opportunity to study for a year at Oxford University in London. Lauren plans to study English/Creative Writing, Communications, and Cinematography.  She states, “I would love to have a career in the latter, or one where I could write, or both.”

OSOS Members March with Famous Maroon Band

Mississippi State University held its annual Marching Honor Band as part of the Bulldogs’ first game of the football season against South Alabama this past Saturday, September 3rd. Participants were selected from the first 250 students in 9th grade or above to have registered.  Hillcrest’s One Spirit One Sound band was well represented, with 7 members taking part in this thrilling experience.

Highlights of the day included being served breakfast, warming up with the Maroon Band, and parading to Davis Wade stadium, but the culmination of the event was a “mass band” performance at halftime.

MSU Honor Band
from left to right: Katelyn Wyatt, Anna Grace Browning, Alex Howell, Emily Walker, Cullen Wood, Katelyn Foster,  and Amber Speegle