We're excited about the mundane months. A recent story produced by the journalism class has many students anticipating the mundane motions at Hillcrest.
Often, school grows routine. Students find themselves in the same place, at the same time, every day. But our instructors have been challenging the students to think about how they're faithful through the mundane. One way teachers and coaches do that is through consistent conversation and mentorship with students. Addressing the routine, encouraging spiritual disciplines, students receive a constant reminder that the world they're learning about, often in a monotonous daily ritual, is full of life and excitement. Students hear that if they can develop consistent habits of prayer, solitude and testimony, their droning studies actually become and practice in deepening faith.
Hillcrest's journalism class is documenting some of the unseen realities where God is meeting students who are consistent in their work. Whether on the field, in the classroom, or through study periods, students are encountering an organized world, finding hope and relationship in a personal God.
Recently, Senior Kelly Dzialo sat through what may be a mundane class. She documented how God spoke powerfully through the consistent message of His order using literature. Hear how she and other students are realizing the significance of God, by following this link to the HLA Today>>
Hillcrest is starting at square one. The goal is to drive Christians to see the story as if it was for the first time they heard it, rediscovering old truths in a new way. Former President Joel Egge called this, "making the familiar unfamiliar."
Hannah will start her high school coaching career at Hillcrest in a program that is in a rebuilding stage. Hannah brings a great deal of expertise, having served as a student-coach for the Hawkeyes following an injury that cut her collegiate season short.
A simple verse was stated, but little explanation given. The student had read the verse earlier that morning, but hadn't taken time to unpack the significance of God directing his thought process and actions through it. Coach Preston urged the young men to dwell on the context of the verse. After an initial pause, the silence was broken as comments flowed around the circle like popcorn popping. Some students drove deep into the relevance of the verse while others started tying in God directing their life, using the verse as a springboard.
Walking to my baptism on Thursday I did not have my immediate family with me. But, I had my other family with me. I had my friends who I made, and many people who adopted me as if their own child. They were walking with me into this impactful moment, and I knew in that moment that God was with me in many ways, and that I would never have to feel alone again.
Reggie stepped up and threw brilliantly, enabling us to take advantage of our pitching depth. He was in control the whole game, throwing just 76 pitches."
Hillcrest jumped out to a 12-0 lead on their way to a 17-7 victory over West Central Area in the first round of Section 6A baseball playoffs. Collin Erickson went 2 for 4 with 6 RBI including a grand slam to lead the Comet attack.
The Hillcrest Comets defeated the C-G-B Wolverines 12-2 Friday evening as Reggie Undseth had a perfect night: 3 for 3 with a walk, 3 runs scored and 5 RBI on two doubles. He also stole two bases in two attempts and handled 5 chances flawlessly at shortstop to back up pitcher Sean McGuire, who also had an outstanding night: 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI, and a complete game on the mound allowing just 3 hits while striking out 7 Wolverines.
Friday marked the beginning of the final days at Hillcrest for many. The all-school picnic and clean-up day was followed by an afternoon at the ball field where the Lady Comets hosted a double-header against Clinton/Graceville/Beardsley (CGB). They left the 2017 regular season in the dust, scoring 17 runs over the two games, giving up only 3 to CGB, in a dramatic finish.
I had to ask them how to say it because I was saying it wrong. May 17th--Norway’s Independence Day or Syttende Mai is a big day for some of our students. Our 26 Danielson students dressed in their best and paraded down Vernon Avenue waving the little red, white and blue flags of their country. As they walked, they sang. People who lived along their parade route came outside to talk to them or wave.