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Hope Begins at Hillier

It's always fun when we hear of the successes of our former students!  Hope Willcutts, who attended Hillier School for 3rd–6th Grade, received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program this past fall. She currently attends Faith Christian School in Grapevine, Texas.

Hope credits Hillier with “any and all academic success” she has had, particularly her ability to read and write so skillfully. As her mother, Karen, noted, “When Hope started at Hillier, she could barely read, and had extreme difficulty with spelling. The school was literally a godsend for us.” In addition she said that Hillier provided Hope with the specialized attention and structure she needed to thrive academically and socially. At Hillier, Hope learned to love reading and writing so much that she started composing fiction stories for fun—something she continues to do today. “One of the things I enjoyed most about Hillier,” Hope says, “was the books and stories we read, like Chasing Vermeer and Hatchet. I’m still surprised by how often I think of them and how well I can remember the plots and characters.”

Ultimately, through what Hope’s mother described as a “low-pressure, nurturing environment,” Hillier provided Hope with the confidence and skills that have helped her excel and will help her fulfill her dreams for her future.

Currently, Hope is a straight-A student at Faith Christian School, excelling in A.P. English Literature and Composition and A.P. U.S. History. She is also very involved in extracurricular activities, including varsity tennis and a leadership program that has allowed her to travel to San Antonio, Washington, D.C., Europe and Africa, where she worked with orphans in Zambia. Hope also teaches Sunday school to preschoolers and has volunteered at the DFW Humane Society. In her spare time she loves to read, write, hang out with her friends and play tennis.

Hope, a senior, is actively applying to some of the most selective universities across the nation. She plans to major in biology and become a veterinarian or a doctor, based on her experiences as an intern with a veterinarian and her mission to Africa. Inspired by her travels, Hope also wants to write novels that “change people’s hearts and their minds” and help people “recognize [society’s] inconsistencies and injustices” so that they will correct them.

We are so proud to count Hope as one of our alumni!