District Science Fair Winners

Hillcrest’s 7th through 9th graders (and a few 10th graders, as well) performed very well at the District Science Fair held last week at Porter’s Chapel Academy in Vicksburg. Congratulations to the following students who took top honors:

Class 3, Behavioral: Annellise Bell – Third place, Samantha McWilliams – First place

Class 3, Botany: Kamina Griffin – First place, Sancenia Johnson – Second place

Class 3, Chemistry: Lorien Harvey – Third place

Class 3, Earth: Beth Hammill – First place

Class 3, Engineering: Joe McAfee – Second place, Micah Parkinson – First place

Class 3, Environmental: Caitlyn McNamee – First place

Class 3, Medicine: Marie Schuff – First place

Class 3, Micro: Callie Matthews – Third place

Class 3, Physics: Austin Day – Second place

Class 4, Behavioral: Leah Wells – First place, Kaylyn Turner – Third place

Class 4, Chemistry: Trinity Powell – First place/ Best in Show Class 4

Class 4, Earth: Aliza Williams – First place

Class 4, Engineering: Taylor Williams – Second place

Class 4, Environmental: Aaliyah Newsome – First place

Class 4, Medicine: Madison Hughes – Third place, Addie Cothern – First place

Class 4, Physics: BJ Powe – Second place

Class 4, Zoology: Regan Chandler – First place, Jessica Bewley – Second place

Envirothon Wins Again

Yesterday, Hillcrest’s Envirothon teams traveled to Chatauqua Park in Crystal Springs for the Area Envirothon competition.  The A team took 1st place overall, along with top honors in each category of the contest; the B team also performed well, winning 5th place overall.

As a result of their wins, both teams will move on to the State competition to be held at the FFA Center in Raymond on April 28th.  Congratulations!!

Stand Up and Stand Out

In Upper School chapel this morning, Kayla Tate — an 11th-grade cheerleader, and Honor Society and FCA member — shared a message which God has recently put on her heart:  Kayla said she believes that most Christians truly have the desire to live for the Lord, but fears of being rejected or made fun of, as well as expectations about how the world thinks we should live, often prevent our doing as the Bible instructs.  She quoted Psalm 1, verses 1 and 2, which states, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.”  Kayla reminded us that in order to know what God expects, we have to read his Word, pray, and live in such a way that others notice and become curious about what makes us different.  Then, she added, we must claim the boldness offered by the Holy Spirit and actually tell others about Jesus and knowing Him as Lord.

In other words, Kayla asked her fellow Christians to STAND UP AND STAND OUT for their faith.  Finally, she asked those of us who were willing to stand up from our seats and to pledge our intentions to stop being afraid or ashamed and to offer each other support as we live boldly for Christ.

While we are often reminded at Hillcrest how blessed we are to be able to proclaim and worship God freely, that blessing is multiplied when Godly wisdom and Biblical truth come from one so young. Thanks, Kayla, for overcoming your own fears and for encouraging the rest of us to do the same.

Where Are They Now? – Leland Chow

Leland Chow attended Hillcrest from first grade until his graduation in 1993.  He then attended the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Chow began his law enforcement career in the Flowood and Madison Police Departments; he spent 18 years working between the two and was a shift supervisor in Madison during his last 8 years there. Currently, Chow works with the Mississippi Gaming Commission, starting as an Investigator/Agent Gaming Regulator. His duties included performing background checks and due diligence on casino employees at the management-levels all the way up to CEOs. Promoted in January to Special Agent in the Enforcement Division, Chow now supervises 6 agents; they cover the Vicksburg District Casinos which includes the cities of Greenville, Vicksburg, and Natchez. Their job is to ensure that casinos are following the regulations set by the state.

Chow wishes to relay the following pieces of advice to current HCS students: “Go and get your college degree!! Try not to take a break from school after graduating from high school. Set your goals short term and long term. Be kind and respect everyone, because one day that person may be your boss, and people will know people and they will not forget! I know college isn’t for everyone; however, that little piece of paper can and will do wonders for you in the long run. A degree will give you the edge over others without it, especially when a promotion comes along and especially those management /director positions.”