Hillcrest wins pix 11 competition
By clelisbel medrano, '19
On March 30 2016, Hillcrest High School won 5000 dollars from PIX 11´s Fuel My School competition.
We were able to win the contest thanks to the students, teachers, and outside community that supports the school. Most importantly, we need to thank is Ms. Gordon, our schools College Office Counselor, who decided to enter the contest.
While watching the news one day, Ms. Gordon about it and immediately jumped at the opportunity before the deadline for submissions. On Monday, March 28, she found out we were placed as semi-finalists and was sure that we would win. PIX 11 sent a journalism team to our school to film her office and some of the students accepted into Ivy League schools.
When she got notified on Wednesday, March 30 that we had won the competition, she was very excited but couldn't say a word about it until Friday. “I had to curb my enthusiasm,” she said. She didn't like having to hide it from her students. It was hard to lie to them but she managed to keep it a secret until Friday.
Ms. Gordon said she is still “exploring ways to use the money¨ but has thought of buying more computers for her office since her seniors struggle with time and sharing the six computers she has available in her office.Thinking about it more, she came up with an idea of “increasing server power¨ in the school. This would help because students and teachers struggle with the internet almost everyday. It would make a lot of things more easier for everyone. Also, she has thought of using some of the money to redo the Career Office as well as helping out Hillcrestś new Drumline team by getting them new equipment.
Ms. Gordon is always looking for opportunities to help the school and is always trying do something positive for her students. She had just won 500 dollars for a college trip grant through New Visions for Education!
She hopes her students realize how powerful they are and can accomplish things like this. She said, “It's great how we were able to communicate with the people outside of Hillcrest to help the school win.” Hopefully, this gives “those people a better perspective on all the students here at our school” instead of “judging from what they see or hear.’’