I have been sleeping well lately, mostly because our days at Hillcrest are so full! We have had visitors to our campus considering enrollment for next year, the Council of Directors for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren shared a meal with our students after we presented our annual report, and we hosted a gathering of Hillcrest supporters for a coffee and dessert time. That was only over the past two days.
This week our basketball teams visited Morning Son Christian School. Morning Son is a local Christian elementary school where a handful of Hillcrest students spend two hours each week mentoring and tutoring the students. The basketball teams closed their seasons by presenting in chapel on some of their favorite memories and lessons they’ve learned while at Hillcrest. We are blessed with great students who want to share the love of God with others!
Earlier this week we hosted our second Prayer Day of the year. You can hear a few of the sermons from Prayer Day in our podcast. It was an incredible day that was filled with a lot of discussion, teaching, and praying as our students are making the move to the final movement in “Square One,” our theme this year. We have taken them through the four major movements in Scripture: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Prayer Day marked the move from Redemption into Restoration, and I’m so excited to hear some of the stories coming in chapel this week as Dawn Synstelien will kick off a group talking through ways God has redeemed situations and restored an understanding of His love in the life of believers.
Our students continue to do great things in our classrooms, and you have a chance to get an update on a strong tradition of academic competition at Hillcrest. Our knowledge bowl teams are very impressive. It’s a program at Hillcrest that has a strong tradition and is being farmed as we speak inside our classrooms. Mrs. Jane Uggerud is our advisor for this group and her work is outstanding as I grow to understand other academic competition programs. I am so proud of the work our faculty, staff, and volunteers do to communicate Christ and forge intellectual development in our students.
To close, I want to draw your attention to a testimony that was given at the end of the week last week. Alexis Tungseth has encountered a lot in her short seventeen years of life. Her love for others is notable and she has a beautiful reputation within her class as a cheerful and bubbly young lady. I encourage you to hear her testimony to understand some of the ways God is forming character in our students through their experiences. Alexis is one of many examples of the difference a focused attention on Christ makes when life happens to us.
We’re gearing up for our choir tour, and I’m excited to share the concert locations with you next week. As they finalize plans to visit our friends and family in the Church of the Lutheran Brethren next month. I’ll be traveling with the group, and would love to visit with you as we’re on the East Coast. If you would like to connect with me as I’m on my travels visiting friends, please reply to this email.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Hillcrest Academy!
President Brad Hoganson
Comets Close Basketball Season at Grade School Chapel
Every year the Hillcrest Comets bring a message to Morning Son's weekly chapel service. Traditionally the Boys and Girls basketball teams have done the services separately, sharing specific growth points related to their teams. Through the course of the past few years the two Comet squads have united to do more things together, including buddy groups where the teams will encourage each other and prayer partners, where the boys will spend specific time each week praying the Lady Comets. READ THE FULL ARTICLE>>
In 2013 Hillcrest Knowledge Bowl continually worked their way into the top rounds. Eyes of underclassmen Reggie Undseth, Thomas Martinson and Daniel Preston were on Hillcrest's upperclassmen. When it was their turn, the 2013 underclassmen rose to the occasion, taking top honors in the high school division in their final years as Hillcrest students, passing the baton of a strong program to Sam Ihrke, Zak Zwiers, Jordan Konynenbelt, Danny Isaac, and Shantanu Mallick. The five are competing now for a state berth, hoping to follow in the path paved by the Hillcrest teams who have passed the baton. READ THE FULL STORY>>
Tungseth Shares Faith
As we march to the end of the school year the senior class continues to share how God is working in their lives. Last Friday senior Alexis Tungseth shared her testimony in the main building gym because our drama club had the chapel set up for their performances. Alexis is part of the drama club, and has connected with a number of other groups that have encouraged her in her faith while she's been at Hillcrest. These groups are part of the Hillcrest experience that has fostered growth in Alexis' confidence and trust in Jesus. LISTEN TO THE TESTIMONY HERE>>
Prayer Day Tradition
The sporadic clanking of the radiator heating their room was a metronome of prayer for a young man referred to as Setterlund. The group of four young men were praying for a friend in their turn of the century dorm room. They noted that "Fire fell", andt ears filled their eyes as the group of young men began a string of repentance prayers that evening. Waking the next morning, the young men saw revival fire spread through the entire student body. Students were going to bed sure of physical illness, only to find in prayer that they suffered instead from spiritual ailments. READ THE HISTORY OF PRAYER DAY HERE>>