Friday Night Tailgating

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!

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Where Are They Now? – Lee Ogletree

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!

Hillcrest Students Are Helpers

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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.

Elementary Students Accelerate Reading Skills

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.

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Mrs. Head’s first graders are already learning how to use the A.R. program all on their own!

Are You Ready for Some Football?!

Tonight is the Cougars’ first football game of the 2016 season, and our boys are ready to “Begin with a Win” at home against the Clinton Christian Academy Warriors.

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Our Senior players, especially, are ready to show that they mean business in their last first game. Quarterback Mario Asagunla says his goal for tonight is to “get the ball to the end of the field, every time I get my hands on it.”  Defensive Tackle Connor McDavid is optimistic not only that the Cougars will get the win, but that “we’ll be up 27 to nothing at the half.”

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With these ten young men leading the team, the Cougars are sure to have a successful football season.

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