Hillcrest recently graduated 47 students. These students represent New York, Korea, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Jersey and Ecuador. Joining them are students from Norway, Japan, Seattle and a list of other places. As they leave Hillcrest, placing a capstone on a year of their life, they now represent Hillcrest Academy and Fergus Falls.

I say this following the blessing I had to connect with class members from 1945 to 2011 in our reunion festivities held during graduation weekend. The generations look different, but the fondness of our community remains as alumni walked the halls of Hillcrest sharing stories of our community. It is truly a blessing to be located in this supportive community.

Equipping Students For Significance

One of the most unique aspects of Hillcrest is the diverse student body that attends our small school in mid-west Minnesota. Our graduating students are attending Rutgers University, The University of Minnesota, The South Dakota School of Mines, Liberty University, Eastern University and the list goes on.

Our students will represent Christ on their college campuses, I know it. I heard their testimonies of how God captured their hearts and minds in the halls of Hillcrest. It was unmistakable, their passion to communicate how they feel propelled to represent Christ on their campuses. I invite you to view some of these testimonies on our website: www.ffhillcrest.org/significant.


Planning for Preparation

As the school year winds down in the area there are always comments and appreciation speaking to the value of educators. Hillcrest has been blessed over the years and continues to be blessed by phenomenal teachers who view their position at Hillcrest as a discipleship venture with their classes.

Through the work of the completed Fresh Breeze Campaign, Hillcrest staff will be traveling to Inspiration Point Bible Camp in August to receive training from Walt Mueller, the President of the Center for Parent and Youth Understanding and author of numerous books on teen culture. Holding a doctorate in postmodern generations from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Dr. Mueller will be instructing educators on teen culture and how to best educate both the heart and mind. This training, involving every faculty member during another intentional in-service, is one of the steps Hillcrest is taking to not only prepare our teachers for the classroom, but also equip them to disciple students in today's fast-paced culture.

The training and intentional staff development solidify the Hillcrest program, causing students to comment how they have received so much more than a diploma at Hillcrest Academy.

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