Senior Testimony | Ewan Has View Expanded at Hillcrest

Through the Understanding the Times class Augusta was challenged to think deeply. She found Principal Isaac’s teaching method intimidating at first. He would ask a question and push students beyond simple answers. This taught Augusta to think deeply and answer thoughtfully. She started to look at the world from other perspectives, helping expand her view as she engaged the classroom.

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Dawn SynstelienComment
Classical Program Highlights Aspects of STEM Void in Secular Programs

Too often scientists today fail to correctly address moral and ethical questions in research and experiments. Answers to stem cell research linger in the shadows as scientists continue to march down a path that not only impacts the unborn but are directing further study into viability and utility of the myriad of life forms on planet earth. Where specialized study in the sciences continues to grow rapidly in other school settings, Hillcrest is seeing students gain greater context to the purpose of science and how it should be directed.

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New Summer Reading Program Propels Hillcrest Classical Program in Second Year

“The primary goal of a classical education is to transcend simple knowledge and skills by developing wisdom and eloquence in students,” Hillcrest’s mentor-teacher Michele Foss added. “I have noticed that the students in my classroom are learning to honor virtue, defend truth, recognize falsehood, as well as celebrate beauty, speak articulately, and write persuasively.”

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Hillcrest Launches Comet Combine Training Program

In the wake of long time Comet coach Gregg Preston’s step back from coaching this winter Hillcrest is launching a new training program. In one of his final acts as coach, Preston passed along a final message to Hillcrest students and staff during graduation weekend, highlighting 1 Corinthians 10:31, telling athletes and staff that the motivation for athletics is, "whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." This mindset is pushing Hillcrest athletes to compete, but also to improve their skills.

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Wayne StenderComment
Christenson Develops Fortified Faith in Midst of Health Trials

Conner’s persistent joy in the midst of his pain has been an inspiration to many. He found restoring solace in his devotion times with God. In the midst of the cold and lonely winter Conner saw God spring to life a renewed personal relationship with his heavenly father. Conner notes that he placed more trust in God’s promises. A profound passage he clung to during his lonely trial was Romans 8:18. “I Consider that our present sufferings are noth worth comparting with the glory that will be revealed in us.

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Comets Earn Unheard Of Award Total In Visual Arts Contest

15 Hillcrest art pieces held a superior sticker next to their display at Alexandria Technical College after the 2019 MSHSL Visual Arts Festival in March. Hillcrest students submitted 17 pieces by 12 students, with an amazing four students earning the best in category at the regional art competition. That many awards held by one school is nearly unheard of. It’s a testimony to students excelling in Hillcrest classrooms.

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Students Use Easter Lesson to Show Power of Classical Program

The reference caught Principal Isaac off guard. The immediate benefit of the classical program in defending the resurrection was evident. Not only were students using their logic class, but the cross-discipline reference to their Bible and literature courses displayed a level of mastery. Students have gained confidence to build reasoned thought, even in the face of challenges from their Principal, and hold a posture of educating to inform others with a heart for truth.

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Comet Golf Takes First Meet with Top Team Score

Hillcrest picked up where they left off last year. Momentum built in Hillcrest’s relaunched golf program was built in sending John Vall to State last year. Work over the summer had Comet golfers perfecting their swing during the final snow storms of the spring. The first meet of the year was held on Thursday, only a few weeks after the spring thaw receded snow drifts from the fairways at Balmoral Golf course.

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Comets Unite in Exciting Finish to Regular Season

The game didn’t change seedings for playoffs, but is sending Hillcrest into playoffs with a renewed vision for what their season could be in the coming month. Thanks to lock-down defense by the Comets, aided by a career shooting night for Nick Foss, and some last minute heroics by Micah Foss, Hillcrest ended their regular season with a 13-10 record. They will play New York Mills in the first round of playoffs on Thursday at New York Mills at 7pm.

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Donovan Rogness Shows Biblically-based Presentation on Power of Investment for Economics Class

“Why did Jesus talk about money so much?” The question from Donovan Rogness hung in the air during Big Boss Monday in Economics class. Donovan is a 2001 graduate of Hillcrest who owns and operates a construction management and land development company. Students were reeling after Donovan’s lead question. Donovan referenced that Jesus spoke to money over 2300 times in the Bible. Donovan said that Jesus talked about money more than love, heaven, and hell combined. Donovan continued, “It’s something that He knows if we abuse it, can take over His role in our lives.”

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Students Break Routine with Unconventional Practice

Students stood in unison as Trevor started strumming his guitar in the unconventional chapel service. The students lifted their voices, some raising hands, before they ventured out of the chapel to Hillcrest hallways where they sat with a sheet of paper. It was an active practice that is fighting the newest drug captivating students’ hearts and minds. Screen time.

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Wayne StenderComment
Conversation on Euthanasia Pauses Hustle of Hillcrest Halls

The atmosphere was electric as students were filing in and out of the office in the front hall. The volume of teenage voices grew exponentially as one after another the students fought for attention. One shared excitement overflowing from a package from home. Another was sarcastic about his second period class. He always finds corrective banter in the front hall offices. Then a small voice cut through it all with a simple question. “Could you help me talk to a friend about euthanasia?”

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Hillcrest Academy Comment
Hillcrest Worship Program Goes to Seminary

The worship team wrapped up their first of three sessions with Dr. Pribbenow with a debrief of the presentation. In their hand students held notes and a packet of the Hillcrest worship program. The packet closes the vision of the worship program in saying, “We desire to equip and raise up young musicians and leaders to fulfill the call on the Church to be a sending community.” This first session with Dr. Pribbenow is representative of an active arm of the Lutheran Brethren in being a disciple-making movement.

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Wayne StenderComment
Hansen Amusement Foods Brings Time-tested Practices to Big Boss Monday

Tuesday morning students sat in their first period economic class with a paper laid out before them. Doug Hansen nervously laughed as Mr. Garvin explained the purpose of Big Boss Monday, “Will they be tested on what I’m talking about?” Throughout the presentation the students practiced actively listening. They write down concepts and phrases that presenters share, building a concrete perspective of being a business person in todays economy. “Write three things you learned, two things you’d like to learn more about, and one question you have. So, let me pray, and then Mr. Hansen will speak for us.”

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