Comets For Life Club Attends March for Life with Holistic Pro-Life Perspective

“Tell them, ‘I have this annoying teacher who said I have to go out and ask people questions. Could I ask you a question?’” Wayne gave them instruction. He went on to say, “Just ask them what they think about when life begins.” He told them to keep the conversations light and fun, to work to gather perspectives for why people think the way they do. He encouraged them not to make judgements, but instead to truly understand what some ideas are for people to be pro-life or pro-choice. He then gave them the SLED acronym; size, level of development, environment, degree of dependency, as a simply way for them to explain why they logically support a pro-life position.

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Comets Lockdown Defense in Friendly Rivalry

The Comets started the game down early. Park Christian attacked the paint, using Tanner Brunsberg in isolation to beat the Comets off the dribble. Brunsberg found soft spots in the Comet defense ten feet from the hoop and scored the Falcons first eight points. Hillcrest called a time-out down six points after two minutes of play.

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Comets Launch into 2019 with Gutsy Conference Win

The Panthers chipped away at the Comet lead, finding hard shots in the paint as the Comet big men had their foul totals increase. The Panthers tied the game on a turnover by Hillcrest with thirty seconds left. A quick inbounds by Micah Foss to Gabe Preston earned Preston a foul. With the Panthers in bonus the game was placed in the hands of Preston, who would take three more trips to the line in the final seconds of the game, making all six of his attempts in the final thirty seconds to seal the victory for Hillcrest, 46-50.

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Comets for Life Club Launches into Character Formation

Christian young people want to make a difference in their world. They are deep thinkers and observers of their culture. Polls have shown that today’s youth are more pro-life than their parents. They are not swallowing the lies that extremists are pushing in the name of Choice. Here at Hillcrest, we want to make room for discussions of what is right and wrong, and juxtapose truth with what is current and culturally relevant. We encourage them to ask the questions that are hard, wrestle with issues that seem uncertain, listen for the voice of God in matter that are, ultimately, not political but moral. Character is forged in clubs like these.

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Comets Unite in Student Organized Huddles for Chapel

Weeks before the huddle groups were announced Hillcrest’s Local Missions class was outlining the program. The daily Bible class is learning how to organize and coordinate Bible studies. In their class they outlined the format for the study. Student body leaders helped to organize the format and structure, how the Bible study would be communicated to the individual groups. The class experienced their first exam of sorts in the huddle group meeting. Their assessment is how well they communicated the Gospel in their study on faith. They’re turning to surveys to learn what they can do better next time.

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Faculty Hear Classical Update and Applaud

When Mr. Isaac finished closed out the meeting he reiterated the hope, that teachers would feel briefed on some of the things God is doing at the school. In dismissing the teachers a few started to applaud. It was an apt response to hearing inspiring things happening in classes that are equipping students for lives of eternal significance.

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Comets Score in Final Minute in Gutsy Win Over Pelican

Mervin Makundi slid to kick the ball out of the box as the Comets were in a 2-2 tie with Pelican Rapids in the final minute of Tuesdays game. Pelican kept pressure on Makundi all day, and after some strong saves the Hillcrest keeper wasn’t going to let his squad down in the final seconds. Nearly the entire Pelican team was inside the box, keeping pressure on Makundi and looking for a window to kick the final goal and beat a friendly rival. Makundi’s sliding kick left the net open after the ball ping-ponged around before finding a Pelican offender. The game looked to be over.

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Lady Comets Put 8 in the Net in Complete Team Win

The Lady Comets spread the ball around in their mid-season check-up against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (WHA). When the final whistle blew the Comets met near their bench to pray with their opponents, a staple in girls’ athletics at Hillcrest. The smiles on both team’s faces revealed a complete Comet victory over a WHA team they scored 4 goals on three games prior.

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Big Boss Monday Kicks Off in Economics

A round of applause follows Ryan Garvin’s introduction of Daryl Synstelien. Bashfully smiling he lays out what he brought for the class, who hold pencils in ready position as they prepare to take notes. “Know and understand what you’re going to do, that’s the first thing I want to bring to you today."

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Comets Reset Year in Two-part Chapel Series

The first page of the packet read, “We want to give you a chance to take responsibility for your development both spiritually and emotionally. Please do this exercise with a heart of growing, knowing that your teachers, staff, and RAs are all praying for you as you look to grow during your time here.” Students moved to the first question in the packet that had them imagine what a person following them for a day would say the student loves. Students were asked to write down the things they want to love, the thoughts they want to have in their intimate and quiet times of thought and processing life. They were then asked what their action plan was to generate new loves during their time at Hillcrest. The packet was a four-week checkup on their Hillcrest experience. It called them to remember why they came to the Castle in the first place.

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Comets Serve Up First Sweep in Eight Years off Brennhaug's 20 Set Assists

The Comets were perfect from the service line in their first match against Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal (NCE-UH). With more practice and more games the Comets may put the conference on notice, having won a set against ninth ranked Underwood last week and carrying their first sweep of the season against NCE-UH Tuesday night. The sweep was the first since 2010 for Hillcrest, and the Comets are looking to set their sights higher in the coming weeks.

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First Year Coach Derrick Clark Reveals Character of Program in Season Opener

In the pandemonium Clark called a time out. Apologizing to his coaching staff, he turned to his players. The shuffle of injuries hit his heart. Now he worked to right the team with his mind. He started calling off numbers. "You, go four. You're a three." The Comet huddle was filled with players ready to step up, understanding where their friends had been on the field and where their coach needed them to step in now. 

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2017 Alumnus Luke Bowman to Sing at McCain's Funeral

Luke Bowman, HLA class of 2017, was recently admitted into the U.S. Naval Academy’s Men’s Glee Club in Annapolis Maryland. As the academy’s most prestigious musical organization, members have the high honor of performing for presidents and royalty around the world. This Saturday, The Men’s Glee Club will be singing at the funeral of Senator John McCain which will be broadcast by all major television networks and live-streamed on Senator McCain’s website.

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Ness Earns First Win in Net with Comets Outshooting St. Johns 26-7

It took ten minutes for Hillcrest to strike. After a Marcus Fluge pass up the middle of the field, Eirik Primavera juked defenders to place a strike in the right corner of the net. Eighteen minutes later Primavera attacked the right goal line, dropping a perfect pass to Iver Honningdal who touched the ball past the Johnnie defender to put the Comets up 2-0. Honnindgal put more force behind his second goal, scored at the 32nd minute. A rocket from the top of the box sailed into the net off a pass from Primavera. The Comets went into halftime with their 3-0 lead, having kept the Johnnies on their heels for the first part of the afternoon.

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Lady Comets Outshoot Opponents 30-3 in 6-0 Shutout

It took 25 minutes for the Lady Comets to fill the net after MacKenzie Foss drilled an unassisted shot past the Crookston defender Friday. Foss would round out a hat trick over the next twenty minutes of play, leading the Lady Comets in scoring. Their six goal shutout is a strong step for the Comets this year as they embark on a new season with new faces filling the field.

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Student Orientation Builds on 2018 Theme for Hillcrest

Practice Makes Purpose is plastered on a ten foot banner in Hillcrest's chapel. With music instruments in the foreground, students peer over a drum ses to see the theme logo on the wall that is also on hallway display signs and student orientation packets. Each class at Hillcrest goes through an orientation schedule that has them meeting in the chapel to unpack the school theme and receive a series of messages that bring unity to the school.

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