Music That Makes You Think

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Music That Makes You Think

Taylor Swift, the perfectly blonde­­, red-lipped girl, is an American icon. Brooke Fraser, a  Christ-centered musician, who started her music career under the Hillsong banner, leads hearts to worship. The two singers are very similar, yet very different. 

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Students Learn More Than Spanish With Mr. Quam

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Students Learn More Than Spanish With Mr. Quam

Students learn more than Spanish with Mr. Quam. Walking past his classroom students are often greeted with an exuberant, "Hola!" As the bell for first period rings Spanish is launched into action and students prepare for a class that touches the heart.

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Comets Lose First Game but Look Forward to the Rest of the Season

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Comets Lose First Game but Look Forward to the Rest of the Season

The Comets suffered a disappointing loss to Parkers Prairie Tuesday night (Dec.16) with a final score of 65-61. This is their first loss and they are now 5-1. Jake Isaac led the scoring for Hillcrest with 30 points and Ben Herzog contributed another 15. "Parkers Prairie shot the ball very well and out rebounded us by a wide margin,” said Coach Preston. “They played with more aggressiveness and a quick start by the Panthers made an uphill battle insurmountable." The boys won't have another game before Christmas, but will host Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal on Tuesday Dec. 30.

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Lady Comets Game Overview

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Lady Comets Game Overview

The Lady Comets played hard on Tuesday night (Dec. 16). The first part of the game was great, but the Henning Hornets came back after the half to steal the win. "We had a great start and then we just ran out of gas," said Coach Brue. Overall, the girls made 35% of their shots, but had 29 turnovers. Megan Aasness led the pack with 9 points and 3 steals. Following close behind were Lydia Tostenson with 8 points and 5 rebounds, Laura Tungseth with 7 points and 3 assists, and Emma Royce with 4 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. The Comets put forth much effort and it was a disappointing loss. They will have one more chance to play before Christmas break Thursday night (Dec. 18) against the Rothsay Tigers.

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The Current

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The Current

Hillcrest's Journalism program has produced a culture review publication titled The Current. In this edition students dissect Taylor Swift's new album, the Alex from Target phenomenon, and top Youtube sites to build a better worldview.

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Crash Course in Comet Communication

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Crash Course in Comet Communication

A Facebook owned company, Instagram has gained popularity over the years, especially with teenagers and young adults. 51% of teenagers use Instagram daily while 57% of all users access it in same time span. One-third of all users access it more than once per day. Ashley Lou, a senior at Hillcrest says she checks Instagram 3 times a day.

Journalism instructor, Wayne Stender, has noticed this trend and is working to equip students to use the tools that the culture is demanding them to use. "My goal in Journalism is to teach students to use popular communication tools to say meaningful things that are captivating and worthwhile."

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Volleyball Season Ends for Comets

“Overall, I was very pleased with how we played as a team tonight,” commented Head Coach Dessica Veum. “We kept our composure through the momentum changes of the match. We had trouble getting our legs underneath us the first set. The gym was quite a bit longer than we are used to and the depth perception messed with us. Second set we came out strong and played to win. Kara Nash led us in kills tonight with ten and she got most of them that second set. Laura Tungseth served strong all night with five aces and kept them out of system for much of the third set. It was point by point and could have gone either way. The fourth set we played hard but at times tentative not wanting to make mistakes. It was a bittersweet moment watching the four senior girls end their volleyball season together, not just as their coach but also as a mom to #7. I am proud of each and every one of the girls who wore a Hillcrest Varsity jersey this season.”

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Comets Close Season in Meeting Pre-Season Goals

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Comets Close Season in Meeting Pre-Season Goals

The stories of Hillcrest Football's 2014 season always begin with the word diligence. Summer weight-lifting carried many players to the summer football camp. After battling mosquitos and learning new plays, the Comets were well on their way to a memorable season. 

As students drew in from around the world to play football in the fall, it was easy to see that students were joining to do more than carry the pigskin. Meeting for early morning running, lifting after practices and gathering in the locker-room to look through plays gave a quick glimpse to how the Comets would end their time together. They gathered to work.

Following a quick three-win start, the Comets traveled to Verndale to face the toughest team in mid-west Minnesota. Battling state ranked Verndale, finishing three-scores short of the win, drove the Comets back together. Developing more depth in character and forging new drive, the Comets' game plan led them to a hard-fought win over Ortonville, leaving them with a four-win and one-loss record. They accomplished a common goal.

As the Comets closed their season with two losses, falling out of playoffs in a home battle, many were left looking at statistics. But the Comet Football team didn't make their goals known by their statistics. Instead, judging by the type of team they were on and off the field, the Comets' goals lay more in character development than leading the conference in individual statistics. Accolades aren't enough for them.

The Comets close their season hearing classmates note that they worked hard together, they grew together as a team, and they achieved their goals. But one of the most defining characteristics of the 2014 football team is their resiliency in retaining who they are. After hard hits they would check their helmet snaps and reach to help their opponent. Shouting, "Good Game!" to a Comet was often met with, "Thanks!" Walking the hallways on game days saw a sea of Comet jerseys, usually connecting with some Junior High students or working with an international group on a test for next period. The Comets aren't defined by their record, they made that clear at the start of the season. They want to be judged on their diligence, and they haven't been found wanting in that category this year.

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Comets Football Comes to a Close

The number 5 seed NCE/U-H Titans come out victorious over the 4 seed Comets. The Titans came out strong in the first half and jumped to a 12-0 lead. But, quarterback Jake Isaac for the Comets hurdled into the end zone making it 12-7 in the third quarter. The Titans made a stop late in the fourth quarter to close out the game and win 12-7. The Comets ended the season with a record of 5-4. 

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Comet Football Closes Season with Eyes on Playoffs

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Comet Football Closes Season with Eyes on Playoffs

"I was proud of the way the guys finished the season," commented Head CoachCharlie Brue of Hillcrest.  "With two defensive starters out, we had difficulty stopping a very good offense which featured hard running sprinkled in with a few long connections.Now with playoffs starting we hope we can get everyone healthy and make a good run for it.  Nathan Christenson, Jared Christenson and Chris Tungseth had great games for us on both sides of the ball.  I felt our passing offense picked up some steam in the second half."

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Comets Close Season with Battle in Underwood

After coming off of such a great week with two wins, tonight was disappointing for our four seniors to end the season with a tough loss. Underwood is a talented team and they were a class act tonight recognizing our seniors with theirs for their senior night. It was nice to see our two teams coming together for that recognition in our Little Eight Conference, I have a lot of respect for Diane and her program.

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Comets fall to Apollo

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Comets fall to Apollo

Throughout the year the Comet soccer has given fans something to cheer about. flashy goals and great footwork have enabled success behind Coach Rod Jensen's game plans. St. Cloud Apollo ended the season for the Comets after shutting down the attack and remaining solid on defense. 

Here are a few pictures from throughout the season as we celebrate the growth individual players have made and how Jesus Christ was communicated through their brotherhood, consistent prayers, and intentional mentorship.

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Comets Sweep Ashby

Hillcrest Lutheran Academy recorded a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-17) Little Eight Conference volleyball win over the Ashby Arrows on Thursday night in Fergus Falls. 

“Tonight we played like I have always known we were capable of,” said Head Coach Dessica Veum. “It was so validating to see the girls play to their potential. We controlled the tempo of the game all the way thru the match, we moved as a unit and we executed our offense with few errors. We passed really well and that was the key to our success at setting up our offense.” 

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Holzner and Konynenbelt Race to Sections

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Holzner and Konynenbelt Race to Sections

Kevy Konynenbelt is running towards a bright future while running away with new experiences. Hans is working to develop his character using running. Both students showed their progression to strong character in this week's race in Wheaton, MN.

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Undseth Runs for 170 Yards and 4 TD's as Comets Top Hancock

Reggie Undseth picked up 170 yards rushing and found himself in the end zone four times on Friday night as Hillcrest Lutheran Academy recorded a 34-14 victory over the Hancock Owls.

The Comets had 385 yards of total offense, including 256 on the ground.  Jake Isaac completed 14 of 23 passes for 129 yards and one TD.  Cameron Crider was the leading receiver, catching 4 passes for 46 yards.

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Storm Boys Blank Wolves 10-0 in 8A Playoffs

The West Ottertail United Boys Soccer Team defeated Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 10-0 Thursday, in the first round of the 8A Section Tournament.  The Storm now take on Alexandria in a Quarter Final matchup on Saturday at 1:00pm at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. 

Kjetil Nielsen scored first with a header off a Vegard Torsvik corner kick at 4 minutes and 30 seconds.  Abdul Ahmed scored on a header at eight minutes, again, off a corner kick by Vegard Torsvik.  At 10 minutes, Kjetil Nielsen scored his second goal, with a one touch flick, off a pass up the middle by Thomas Isaksen.  Jordan Foss connected on a 30 yard unassisted BLAST at 12 minutes.  Abdul Ahmed scored his second goal at 13 minutes, off an assist from...

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