For six years Mayowa “Mario” Asagunla’s smile has been one of the most recognizable all over the Hillcrest campus, and not just because his height (6′ 6″) makes him stand out in a crowd. Whether he’s playing a sport — Mario excels in football, basketball, baseball, and track — or speaking in chapel, Asagunla inspires people and makes friends easily. His talents also extend into the classroom; Mario’s above-average grades led to his becoming a member of Honor Society in ninth grade, and he served as chaplain last year. He is one of the first members of the HCS chapter of Mu Alpha Theta as well.
Mario believes his greatest strength is communicating and interacting with people, and anyone who has met him would definitely agree. These skills recently helped him when he attended Super Summer at Mississippi College, a camp focused on worship, community service, and building leadership skills for teens from Baptist churches across the state. Mario says this experience taught him more about showing the love of Christ without fear of embarrassment. Along those same lines, his advice to his peers is to stand and know what you believe. It is evident that Mario believes the words of his favorite Bible verse, Philippians 2:3-4, which states, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” His concern for people of all backgrounds and ages, which is based in his love for God, shows in everything he does.
As his high school career draws to a close, Mario continues to set high goals for himself. He looks forward to continuing to play sports in college, and he plans to major in mechanical engineering.
We will be tailgating before the game this Friday to support our Cougars! There are 16 spots available in the grassy areas between the lower school and the parking lot. Set up begins at 5:00 p.m. Contact Stephanie McCrory (601-540-7084) or April Epperson (601-506-9523) ASAP to reserve your spot! We look forward to seeing you and smelling all that great food! Come out and support the Cougars Friday night!
Lee Ogletree graduated from Hillcrest in 2013; he was an all-around athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and football, even being named as a Blitz 16 Scholar Athlete and a recipient of Wendy’s High School Heisman. Ogletree was also STAR Student, a member of Honor Society, and his above-average grades kept him on the honor roll all four years of high school.
Currently, Lee is a junior at Millsaps College, and he was recently selected to participate in the pre-matriculation portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP). This program identifies college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate the required commitment and academic achievement to become primary care physicians in rural areas of our state. Upon completion of a pre-med program, Ogletree can be admitted to the University of Mississippi School of Medicine or to William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Furthermore, each MRPSP scholar may receive up to $30,000 per year toward medical school expenses. Additional benefits include mentoring from practicing physicians as well as academic enrichment and clinical experience.
The purpose of MRPSP is not only to address Mississippi’s small-town health care crisis, but also to allow participants to make a difference in rural areas similar to those in which they grew up. Upon completion of his medical training and residency, Ogletree must provide four years of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community with 20,000 or fewer residents, located more than 20 miles from a medically served area.
Congratulations on earning your place in this preeminent program, Lee!
Mrs. England’s 3rd graders collected supplies to aid the flooding relief efforts in Baton Rouge and southern counties in our own state, and because of their generosity, they were featured on WAPT 16’s newscast and Facebook page on August 18.
There is also a collection drive for flood victims happening in the Upper School this week; items such as diapers, toiletries, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and gift cards would be especially helpful. These and other items may be dropped off in Mrs. Browning’s room. Contact Madelyn Banks for more information.
Accelerated Reader is a program used in the lower school to help students improve their independent reading skills, allowing them to choose their own books, on which they then take short comprehension quizzes. Students work toward personalized reading goals and growth.
Mrs. Head’s first graders are already learning how to use the A.R. program all on their own!