This week was a particularly fun week for me. On Wednesday I got to hear one of our praise teams lead their classmates in singing. I was a little late to chapel, and rushed down the stairs and stood in the hallway where I was rushed over by the billow of sweet sounding voices coming from the entire student body. It was the first time I’d really heard the students singing out, and it was inspiring! I am really starting to understand in a new way that our Chapel time is so important to the life of our students and staff.
On Monday I was blessed by Mr. Isaac’s presentation of the Gospel. He outlined beautifully the reality of the Fall. It is something everyone in the world encounters; some relinquish it to God, while others wrestle with the brokenness and suffering that comes with it and try to find peace. You can hear the Chapel presentation below, along with a special performance by our drama club, who absolutely had me and the entire student body captivated in their portrayal of Jesus taking our dirty rags and replacing them with his spotless garments.
I’m appreciative of the top-level education students are receiving. I heard this week that Hillcrest had an average of 25.1 on the ACT. I learned that the Minnesota state average is 21. On top of that, I heard our two-week progress report jumped from having 38 students with a 70% or lower in any one class to 11. Our student services aren’t only concerned with ramping up the top-level academic training in our program, but are working with individual students to ensure that they know how to improve in their understanding, discipline, and diligence in the classroom. I am so proud of my alma mater, and now as President I get a chance to hear these stats and relay them to you. God is doing great things here, not only in building faith, but also in developing intellect.
Yesterday I was out of the office in the morning, cheering on our robotics team. Eldee Eymifie, one of our students from Nigeria, presented on Thursday in the marketing portion of the competition. Yesterday I got to watch the work the physics students executed in designing the robot for the field competition. I was wearing my new red and white Hillcrest scarf, cheering for our team who did great work and I am so proud of them! It was an honor to cheer for our top ranked robotics club, who took home first place, again.
Last night I attend my first Christmas banquet in 20 years. I walked down to see the setup our tech team is doing. There was a photobooth, lights darting around the room, Christmas trees flanking the podium on the stage, it was so exciting to usher in the Christmas season this way.
At the top of the email there is a link to a teaser video of our Christmas Concert that our Journalism class put together. Elias Pribbenow did some fantastic work laying out the foundation of this video, and he and Inga-Liese Hantho are producing some videos for the Concert. Please attend if you are in the area. The performances are Friday and Saturday, December 8&9. If you’re unable to attend in person, please watch live online at www.ffhillcrest.org/livestream.
I look forward to hearing from you over the coming months. Please reach out to me if you’d like to visit, have a question, or want to know how you can partner with Hillcrest as we enter the Christmas holiday
Grace and Peace!
President Brad Hoganson
Light Shines on All at Christmas Banquet
"You don't have to be taught to be afraid of the dark," Heidi Konynenbelt, a Hillcrest board member and the Christmas banquet speaker said as she gave context to Hillcrest's banquet theme Light of the World. READ THE FULL STORY>>
Inga-liese Hantho has had a challenging experience at Hillcrest. She received a concussion during volleyball after a few weeks at Hillcrest, which left her in her room with her lights off for a number of weeks as she recovered. Through it all God is teaching her powerful lessons. LISTEN TO HER TESTIMONY HERE>>
Understanding the Fall
Hillcrest's Drama Club coordinated with Principal Isaac to deliver a powerful message for the student body. The message outlined the beauty of Creation, the reality of the fall, and left students with a question on if they trust God's story. WATCH TO THE PRESENTATION HERE>>
Robotics Impresses in 1st
With the smallest group the club has had to date, and facing the stiffest competition ever at the BISON BEST competition, Hillcrest's robotics club took home the first place trophy after the two day competition. READ THE FULL STORY>>