I don't think I like the quiet halls of Hillcrest Academy during spring break. It might be one of the most profound things I've learned this week. Hillcrest needs halls that are busy with students, loud with laughter, and electric with the excitement of students growing in their faith. These things are happening, as you'll read below, as we are taking time this week to send a group of our students out on their mission trip. Next year, I'm planning to go along with them. I don't know that I can handle another quiet week in the Castle.
But what has been exciting is hearing the reports from some of our students on the Dominican mission trip. Below you'll be able to click a link that will direct you to the mission blog. The chaperones have been reporting back about all that God is doing in the Dominican and it is really exciting. Our students have been able to build a boldness in a number of arenas. I am so proud of how God is using them.
I'm also excited about some of the ways we'll be able to connect in the coming weeks. Next weekend is the HIT tournament. There are 60 teams registered for the tournament this year! The tournament has been going on for over fifty years, and the tradition of unity built around what God has done and is doing is inspiring.
I'm also finalizing the small details around my trip to the east coast that is coinciding with our choir tour. I am driving along the route of the choir tour, visiting friends and alumni of Hillcrest, and connecting with many more at the concerts. I plan to be at every concert, and hope that we can connect there! If you'd like to set up a special time to visit with me outside of the concerts, please send me an email here. I'd love to share some of the stories of what is happening at Hillcrest that aren't able to be captured in this weekly newsletter.
We're smack-dab in our recruitment calendar, which started in January. I'm hearing from our team that we are ahead of our projections over the past five years. As you might know, enrollment took a dip last year, but the reports are strong and I am so excited to meet some of the new families who will be join us as Comets in the fall. If you know of anyone who we should reach out to, please pass them my way and our team will follow-up with them.
God is doing great things. This season of Easter is a reminder that this cultural moment sits inside a larger story that God is writing. Our students hear that perspective every day, and are encouraged to not lose heart. I pray Hillcrest can be a beacon for you as well, that God is doing great things in this generation. Thank you for supporting your school, both financially and in prayer and encouragement. You are a blessing to our community.
In His Grace,
President Brad Hoganson
Dominican Mission Team Boldly Shares Christ in D.R.
The first day of the mission trip the students visited a secular college to engage the students on truth. The conversation shifted from politics, to the family, to God, and the Hillcrest team was able to share the hope of Jesus with those who would listen in the classrooms. The boldness in the colleges started a domino effect over the coming days of the trip, where the group has visited orphanages for the physically and mentally impaired, Christian schools in impoverished communities, and the streets of the Dominican Republic going door-to-door. In nearly every setting a pair of students has gotten up to share their testimony. Read more about the Dominican Team's trip in their mission blog. READ MORE HERE>>
The Hillcrest choir is preparing to carry on a 100 year tradition of touring the United States to share what God is doing at Hillcrest. The tour is traveling to the East Coast this year, and we invite you to look over the itinerary and make plans to attend a concert. READ THE ITINERARY HERE>>
New NHS Members
Hillcrest is continuing to build on a strong movement in academic preparation. Recent Hillcrest graduates say their time in Hillcrest's classrooms have been incredibly formative for their academic and spiritual maturity being fine-tuned in college and life experiences. They say the strong emphasis on understanding God's design and the salvation found in Him are bedrock foundations to navigate upper academia. Hillcrest inducted new students into an honor that most of these alumni have held rank in. The NHS induction ceremony was last week. WATCH THE NHS INDUCTION CEREMONY HERE>>
Alumni Hear Students
The great Hillcrest get-together is April 7&8. The Hillcrest Invitational Tournament, known as the HITs, are a fifty year tradition where churches from around the country send teams representing their church to compete in a basketball tournament. This year there are 60 teams registered to play in the two day tournament. Brackets were posted this week. CHECK OUT THE HIT BRACKETS HERE>>