There was more talking than game planning before the games on December 28 and 29 inside the Comet gym. Players from Hillcrest’s 2000 second place in state team gathered with the 2001 third place team. Conversations didn’t center on Basketball or the old days. Discussions centered with how kids are doing and what is new in the workplace. Younger alumni shared how college is going, what campus ministries they’re involved in, and some of the challenging things that are happening on their campus. But when the laces tightened the focus shifted to a game the 30+ alumni who gathered knew by heart, instructed by Coach Preston to approach the court with special attention.
Hot coals filled the fire pit trench in the concrete floor of the boys dorm patio. Kebabs sizzled on the grate. She looks between her African, Norwegian and American friends, effortlessly switching between languages. Debora Abate is a true testament to the power if bilinguality.
As the chapel filled, classmates talked, some muttering of the war. It is warm, and the dry, dusty atmosphere created a soft, brownish light. In the midst of dark talk, one student begins to hum the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”. A friend joins in, and then another. The students in the next pew look over and nod. They must have come from Mrs. Skovholt’s class, a class that gave students a grounding in uncertain times.
The Lutheran Brethren School’s teachers had to save up numerous gasoline coupons in order to fuel-up the bus. “They also had accumulated as many ration coupons for tires as they could before they left,” Joyce recalled, and “of course those were for used tires-- -no one could buy new ones.”