Student Spotlight – Katie Martin

Katie Martin has been a Hillcrest Cougar since second grade; now in her final year at HCS, she is a member of the Honor Society, the girls’ varsity basketball team, and a star member of Hillcrest’s track and field team. In fact, her favorite memories have come from her participation in athletics: She states that winning the AAAA District 2 track championship in 2017 and winning the AAA South State basketball championship this year are her most memorable moments from high school. Katie says, “I really like winning.” When she’s (rarely) not busy with one of these school-related activities, Katie says she enjoys sleeping. However, she has too much else “on her plate” to have a lot of time for sleep; Katie runs with the Mississippi Track Stars and even earned the opportunity to run in last summer’s USATF (USA Track & Field) Junior Olympics.

Katie is not just a great athlete, however; she is also dedicated to being a good student. She gives some of the credit for her success in academics to a few great teachers she’s had throughout the years, among them, Hillcrest math teacher Mr. Ryan. Katie states, “He actually made me enjoy math, and the donuts he brought sometimes didn’t hurt. I could always tell that he really does love being a teacher.” Above all, though, she credits determination as her greatest strength and the quality that leads her to want to be the best in everything she attempts. Katie adds, “If I am doing something I love, I won’t give up. To me, failure is never an option.”

That strong sense of determination carries over into Katie’s advice to the younger students of HCS: “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” It also helps to know that God has our backs through all that we do, as her favorite Bible verse, Isaiah 41:10, states, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” These will be important tools to take with her when Katie graduates this May and heads to Mississippi State University to major in Computer Engineering and to walk on as a member of the Bulldog track team.

Math and Science Minds

Last week, Mississippi College held its annual Math and Science Tournament, in which more than 1,000 Mississippi high school students take tests to compete for “bragging rights,” as well as for scholarships. Talented students completed 50-minute written exams in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, math, and physics. All those who place in the top 20 percent on each test are offered scholarships.

Hillcrest sent a team of the following students: JoJo Moss, Jared Bewley, Sarah Grace Brownlee, Jazmyn Ellis, Gage Mitchell, Katelynn Phillips, Kaylyn Turner, Ashley Myers, Trinity Powell, Leah Wells, and Aliza Williams. Congratulations to senior JoJo Moss; he scored in the top 20 percent on the math and chemistry tests and has been offered a $2,000 scholarship to Mississippi College!

Important Notice for Senior Parents

Senior Parents & Students:

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, there will be a REQUIRED meeting for Class of 2018 parents and students at 6:30 PM in the high school gym. At least one parent / guardian per senior student must attend this meeting.

Please go ahead and put this date on your calendars now.

Varsity Basketball South State AAA Champs!

They did it again! Both of our varsity basketball teams took South State! Big shout outs to Kendal Bankston, Aaliyah Dixon, Jazmyn Ellis, and Katie Martin for being selected to the girls’ 3A South State All-Tournament Team. A-a-a-a-a-and congratulations to Kenneth Beverly, Darien Newchurch, JD Ransom, and Harrison Carr for being selected to the boys’ 3A South State All-Tournament team.

Now we need our Cougar fans to head to Columbia Academy to watch them take State!

Varsity Boys play Tuesday versus Lee Academy at 4:00 PM; if they win this round, they will play again Friday at 7:15 PM. Varsity Girls also play Tuesday versus Starkville Academy at 5:15 PM; if they win, they will play again Friday at 2:15 PM.