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Hillcrest E-Connect 9/24/16

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Finding Faith in the Classroom
Dekok Earns National Award
On Empathy
Presidential Search Update

Finding Faith in the Classroom

At Hillcrest Academy, we use every means possible to teach God’s Word to our students. This past week, Dawn Synstelien hopped around to some classes and observed two of our Bible teachers. She was impressed by the thought and creativity they put into their lessons. It is easy to see how virtue is taught to the students, namely the virtue of faith.  Read the full article here>>
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On Empathy

Hans Holzner recently wrote a piece in response to the picture above. The picture is of a school child impacted by a civil war in Syria. Hans asks the question, "What is empathy?" Catch a Hillcrest student's perspective in this preview to our school newspaper. Read the Full Story>>

Preston Shares Faith

Daniel's faith is being made his own. Struggling to know if he is personally saved, Daniel felt challenged knowing that his faith was highly informed by his family. Over the years, Daniel has been stretched, and in the process, had his faith developed. Hear this quick testimony from Hillcrest's student body president. Read the full story>>
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Dekok Earns Award

Principal Jeff Isaac of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy announced today that Nicole Dekok has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Read the Full Story>>

Culture Translator

For 100 years Hillcrest has helped students discern truth in a changing world. Recently, Hillcrest has built a solid ministry partnership with AXIS, a worldview teaching group that travels the United States. One of the best things they put out is a weekly email touching on the top topics in youth culture. Check out the Culture Translator>>

Alumni News

Notes from Pres. Egge

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but facing one’s fear,” said Coach Werdal. I was in his office shortly after he had told us football players to turn in our pads if we were going to play fearfully. Read the Full Article>>

Presidential Search

The Search Committee has evaluated the results and are using them in our President Qualifications, Position Announcement and in the future interview process. Read the Full Update>>

Comet Calendar

Homecoming Week
The Lady Comets kick-off homecoming week with a game Tuesday night. To view the homecoming calendar, Click Here>>
 
   
Centennial Kickoff
Hillcrest turns 100 this year. Help us celebrate with our kickoff event during homecoming. Find out more here>>
   
Homecoming Concert
The Homecoming concert is Sunday, October 2 at 7pm at Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. 
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Hillcrest E-Connect 9/17/16

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The Turn on Virtue
Volleyball Wins Big Game
History Starts Year With Strong Orientation
Alumn Receives Discipline Letter and Responds

The Turn on Virtue

Sitting at the feet of Socrates were two individuals who would debate and be debated for centuries. Plato and Aristotle took prompting from Socrates and developed a search for ultimate truth. The two looked to the particulars of the universe, working to discern ultimate reality by studying the world in motion. Eventually, their eyes raised to the heavens to ponder the ideals. A gentle mesh of the two is driving education at Hillcrest in a purposed fashion. Read the full article here>>
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Volleyball Wins Big

Thursday marked a turning point for the Lady Comets. Under new coach Brian Pickering, the Lady Comets played with renewed confidence under their coach's new scheme that propelled them over the Ashby Arrows in four sets. Read the Full Story>>

Math Focuses Future

Part of the Consumer Math class curriculum at Hillcrest is a Money Management Course by Dave Ramsey. Hillcrest's newest instructor, Mrs. Smith, is focusing her students not only on the advanced aspects of mathematics, but how understanding fundamentals can redirect student's life trajectory. Read the full story>>
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History Starts Right

As Mr. Garvin opened his class this year students were found nose deep in the Bible. Classes around the nation hung quotes from famous and infamous men on white boards. The quotes from men gave perspective to why History is important. For Mr. Garvin, the truth in those quotes echo a Biblical Truth. History reveals what happens when men focus on Jesus Christ.  Read the Full Story>>

Nersten Shares Purpose

Craig Nersten started Hillcrest's dorm family group program last week with a special service. His message sparked conversations in the small groups that met afterwards. Hear the Message>>

Alumni News

Notes from Pres. Egge

Dare we say that Hillcrest is a success?

Ponder the following remarks by James M. Houston, “…[S]uccess is a public and cultural rating, whereas faithfulness to God remains hidden and divinely evaluated. … Living faithfully to Christ is in contrast with success, for it is marked by the sacrificial reality of the cross of Christ…Read the Full Article>>

Centennial Sighting

Tellef Senum received a note from President Broen. Palms sweating with his eyes on his suitcase, he opened the letter that would give him news of his discipline. The letter was a life line that Senum used to change his actions and realize what a life of eternal significance looks like.  Read the Full Story>>

Comet Calendar

Dorm Shopping at West Acres
Students will leave Hillcrest at noon, returning at 8pm, from a shopping trip to West Acres in Fargo, ND. Students will stop at HuHot Mongolian Grill for dinner. Cost is $5 for transportation.
 
   
Comets on the Field
Volleyball kicks off a busy week with a game vs. Park Christian on Monday. To view the full sports schedule Click Here>>
   
Friday Night Activity
Students are diving into the weekend activities. Friday, September 23, the dorms will host an open gym night at the Student Activity Center from 9-11pm.
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Hillcrest E-Connect 9/10/16

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Crafting Courage
Saving Football
Centennial Kickoff
Chapel Testimony

Crafting Courage

Because the community is forged and students find support in it, there is a strong desire to build a sense of protecting it. Students are called to defend their faith and practice their reasoning and love to stand for the community, the concept of bearing the image of God. In this, courage is exercised on a daily basis. The first concern for teachers isn't college preparation, it's giving students the tools, confidence, and courage necessary to stand as a defined 28 year old who is seeking the Lord and serving Him daily. Academic preparation come in studying the organization of God's world. But studying that organization is a smaller cog in the life of the student. That cog churns to turn a larger wheel that runs an engine of faith and identity. Students need these things if they are to build courage. Read the full article here>>
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On Saving Football

Hillcrest is taking steps to make football safer because they think there are important lessons for young men to learn in the sport. Coaches are teaching tackling techniques that allow players to keep their head out of the play, preventing unnecessary head or neck injuries. Concussions can occur frequently in football. Read the Full Story>>

Filippini Shares Story

Senior Hayley Filippini is trusting God on her road in battling cancer. Her testimony speaks to a confidence that is inspiring and draws all focus and attention to Jesus Christ. Watch the Testimony>>
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Retzlaff in Chapel

Ryan shared his journey in finding answers and truth in the shadow of the death of his 8 month old son, Carter. His testimony was a timely message for students facing difficulties and obstacles that leave them wondering where God is. Watch the Testimony>>

Carnival Highlight

Students relaxed this weekend with some games and quality time as the Resident Life Staff hosted a dorm carnival. Watch the Highlight>>

Alumni News

Centennial Kickoff

Scott Erickson is '95 grad. Since walking down Hillcrest's halls, Scott has become a touring painter and performance artist who mixes autobiography and aesthetics. He is currently touring his one man performance piece “We Are Not Troubled Guests.”

Scott is presenting at Hillcrest's first annual Q-Conference during homecoming. He is sharing how God is using his art as a beacon of light. Read more on the Q-Conference>>

Centennial Sightings

Jumping into a football program picking up speed, Gunhus' Hillcrest experience would provide context for a future battle. He joined the Vietnam war at its height. Having the experience of jumping in to contribute to Hillcrest's football program, Gunhus would now catch pace with a war in full-swing. His role as Army Chaplain would take him to a difficult place and greatly shape his life. Read the Full Story>>
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