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.

Student Spotlight – Madelyn Banks

Madelyn Banks is a senior who has been attending Hillcrest since fifth grade; she is a member of Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, as well as captain of the color guard.  Outside of school, Madelyn is active in her church youth group at First Baptist – Terry, where she enjoys participating in the prayer partners program.  This past summer, she attended Camp Generate in Daytona, Florida, where she not only worshiped but also served at the local Boys and Girls Club.  Madelyn enjoyed acting in a play as part of her service and says that since then she has felt God leading her to speak, to share her testimony and to tell others how the Lord is working in her life.  Her fear of public speaking has overwhelmed Madelyn in the past, but she is determined to be obedient and to overcome her anxiety.


Madelyn feels certain that HCS is exactly where she is supposed to be, and she believes that God has great things in store for our school.  She is inspired by the song “I Am Yours” by Lauren Daigle, which proclaims, “It’s all in Your hands / I see the evidence / Leaving nothing to chance / The world’s in Your hands.” Her personal goal for the year is to leave her mark on the school, and she knows that the best way to do that is to help every student find his or her meaning in Christ.  For her fellow members of the Class of 2017, she trusts that they will continue to grow in their friendship, which has felt more like a family, throughout the year and even after graduation she hopes they won’t drift apart.

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After high school, Madelyn plans to attend Hinds Community College before transferring (most likely) to the University of Mississippi.  Though she has not specifically chosen a major, she knows that she wants to work in the field of medicine.

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