This week was an encouraging one. We’re excited to welcome five new students into the Hillcrest family this semester and I had an incredible time meeting some of our recent alumni who were home in Fergus Falls for Christmas vacation.
I met one of the new Hillcrest students this week. He is from Florida. He is a brave soul, still smiling after walking down the front steps in -20 degree weather. I am looking forward to lamenting the cold weather with him, sharing the warm smiles and good conversation that make this time of the year formative for so many students.
I was also honored to run into some recent alumni the past few days. Dawn Synstelien and Wayne Stender hosted a recent graduate gathering during the Christmas vacation, and six graduates from 2017 wanted to visit with me over some appetizers at Applebees. I was so blessed to hear their passion for Hillcrest. Seriously, it was powerful to sit at the table and hear them share their Hillcrest experience with me. The group of six spoke of mentors they had and difficult classes that they didn’t like at the time, but that they look back on as some of the most formative classes they had at Hillcrest. There is a lot of investment and love for Hillcrest from our alumni, and I am honored to work with an amazing staff that the Lord is using in our students' lives.
On Monday this past week I sat with a group of teachers and staff who received some very insightful teaching and training in creating a faith-filled grace-based classroom. The teaching helped staff and teachers solidify additional ways to integrate spiritual truths on the character of God into the academic and intellectual training of our classrooms. It is incredible to hear how our staff are incorporating, not only the Bible, but the good news of the life-changing message of the Gospel into the culture of Hillcrest in classrooms, dormitories, hallways, and other touch points staff have with students.
Below you’ll read of a few areas that the Lord is using Hillcrest to challenge and encourage students to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ while forming character through friendships and being shown to have strong intellectual development.
You’ll hear Mr. Garvin introduce the chapel program for the second semester that includes teachings in disciplines like fasting. You’ll also hear from our knowledgebowl team that placed two squads in the top ten out of 32 schools. There is also a short student profile from a Hillcrest student that reveals the importance of being in a Bible-based school, like Hillcrest.
As we start the second semester I am excited to see what the Lord will do with our school. We are increasing our enrollment, as I said earlier, and we are also increasing the breadth of partnership from alumni. I am looking forward to communicating ways the Lord is currently working behind the scenes of your school. God is writing an incredible story, using Hillcrest as a marker for many students who are growing in their confidence in Christ and their abilities to live lives of eternal significance. Thank you for your ongoing partnership and encouragement.
Grace and Peace!
President Brad Hoganson
Garvin Opens Year in Chapel Series Introduction
Chapel coordinator Ryan Garvin opened the new year by explaining some spiritual disciplines the students will learn about in the new year. In working with Chapel coordinator, Sam Ihrke, Mr. Garvin painted a picture of the direction chapel will take as students and staff engage in the school theme Square One in the coming months. WATCH THE VIDEO>>
Hillcrest placed their two knowledgebowl squads in the top 10 in their first meet of the year. The teams were missing some members, who were home enjoying the Christmas vacation with family. However, that didn't stop HLA from soaring over schools with three times their enrollment. READ THE STORY>>
Wutka Growing in Faith
Elise Wutka joined Hillcrest after the Lord crafted a deep love for sharing Jesus in Costa Rica. She is now surrounded by people from around the world, and her faith formation in classes and the dormitories is enlarging her heart in new ways. READ THE STORY>>
The HLA-Danielsen Story
Hillcrest's relationship with the Danielsen School in Bergen, Norway, is very special. We retrace the steps to an incredible friendship as we receive applications from the Danielsen School for the 2018-19 school year. READ THE STORY>>