This was a difficult week at Hillcrest. We mourn the loss of Loren Synstelien who passed away last week. Loren was a strong Hillcrest supporter and taught psychology at Hillcrest for a number of years. His impact in our community will be missed. We also mourn the loss of alumnus and Hillcrest parent John Tungseth. John was a strong supporter of Hillcrest, joining his wife Ruby in cooking ethnic food for our dormitories on a number of occasions this year. John will be missed on our campus, but his legacy of love and service, and his consistent devotion to the Lord, will be remembered as we mourn. John’s daughter asked the choir to sing a song that the choir sang on tour and is easily one of my favorites of all time. I invite you to listen to the song below.
In the midst of these times we had a number of visitors on campus this week. An alumnus from Bergen, Norway visited the school with his daughter and it is heartwarming to see the eagerness of the next generation in their passion to attend Hillcrest. This passion was evident last weekend as we celebrated the life of Diane Ihrke through a 5K run fundraiser for student scholarships and an endowment in Diane’s memory. The event raised over $15,000 and was a huge success. You can read about the day below.
Below you’ll also read about a big event coming up at Hillcrest as near the reunion events of graduation weekend. The Hall of Fame Banquet is quickly becoming a highlight for many to remember some of the exciting times we all had in the gym at Hillcrest. Take some time to read about the banquet, and consider joining us in honoring those who achieved much during their athletic careers at Hillcrest.
To close there is a testimony that struck me from chapel a few weeks ago. Brent Ferenczy walked up on stage and cooly gave a testimony of the power reading the Bible has. I hope you’re encouraged that in the midst of all of the events of Hillcrest, the Bible is still the cornerstone of the Hillcrest experience.
I hope you’ll be able to find some time to watch the Grand March of the Junior Senior banquet today at 5:30pm. I’m really looking forward to bringing a message as we honor our seniors and consider the great things the Lord has done.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Hillcrest Academy
Hillcrest Preps for Hall of Fame Celebration
Alumni are traveling back to Hillcrest on Thursday, May 24 for the Hall of Fame Banquet. This year the committee selected Hillcrest's lone individual state champion in Hanne Dale, who won a medal in swimming in the early 2000s. The committee also selected Jeff Martinson, Nick Mundis, and Pernie Walla who were all star athletes during their time at Hillcrest. Richard Risbrudt, an anchor in Hillcrest athletics for many years set a bar of excellence with his football program and is being honored for his tireless work in building Hillcrest's athletics program after Bill Colbeck passed the reigns. Risbrudt was a state champion coach and made numerous trips to the state football playoffs, earning coach of the year honors. Hillcrest is also selecting a legacy team in their second hall of fame ceremony. The 1964 Hillcrest Comets boys basketball team was national champions. You can read more about the banquet and the honored guests by VISITING THE HALL OF FAME PAGE>>
Over 200 racers showed up to support the first annual Bread and Jam Dash which is raising funds for student scholarships. Many avid racers said the event was one of the best they've attended, and special stories have emerged that are helping Sam and Zeke not only honor their mother who passed away last year, but are also opening doors for more students share Christ. READ THE STORY HERE>>
Ferenczy in Chapel
Many students look over the fact that they are in God's Word every day at Hillcrest when they consider attending the school. For Brent Ferenczy, being around and in God's Word daily has transformed his thinking and the way he lives his life. His testimony in Chapel last week is an honest reminder of the impact being soaked in God's Word has. LISTEN TO BRENT'S TESTIMONY HERE>>
John Tungseth Passes
Hillcrest alumnus and current Hillcrest parent John Tungseth passed away unexpectedly this week. His daughter is a senior at Hillcrest and asked the choir to sing their favorite song at the funeral. The students also sang the song as part of a worship time on the tour bus as they drove back to Fergus Falls. The song fittingly describes the role of our Savior, who was evident in John's life. LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE>>