Music Directors David Strom and Steve Doering provide a wonderful community Christmas event each year using the talents of Hillcrest high school vocalists and instrumentalists. The Annual Christmas Concert Weekend on December 15 and 16 at Bethel Church portrayed in song and word the Christmas story through the eyes of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The concert was live-streamed on the internet for friends and family to view. Those wishing to watch the concert may visit the Hillcrest website at www.ffhillcrest.org/livestream-archive. We express our appreciation to the Hillcrest Music Department for enriching our Advent festivities!
With the Senior Class halfway through the school year, the Hillcrest Guidance Office kicks into high gear, supporting, encouraging and directing seniors toward their next educational steps. Guidance Counselor Ruth Juliot reports that over 75% of the 43 member class has completed their college entrance exams with approximately 70% already set on their college or university plans for the fall. The Guidance Office will work with the remaining students, anticipating that about 95% of the graduates will attend a college or university following their education at Hillcrest Academy. This percentage has been the standard for many years, keeping the Hillcrest classroom a “college preparatory” learning environment.
The Class of 2013 has listed Engineering, Christian Counseling, Nursing, Political Science, Business, Biology, Accounting, Global Studies, Vocal Performance, Music Education, and Early Childhood Education as fields of study in their undergraduate work. Some have expressed interest in graduate work as well.
Hillcrest’s enrollment this year is above 200 for the first time in 5 years. The HLA Board of Directors authorized the hiring of Mr. Wayne Stender as Marketing Director last year, whose work is paying off as Hillcrest is being introduced more intentionally on the national and international levels. We look forward to 4 more students joining the Hillcrest student body at the start of the second semester.
Anticipating an increased enrollment trend gives urgency to a classroom renovation project that has been announced as one of the initiatives of the “Fresh Breeze” Capital Campaign. This successful campaign will conclude on December 31st. The Hillcrest Board will meet in January to begin the timetable for phasing this important campus improvement. Campaign participation has come from alumni and Hillcrest families and friends. It is a remarkable blessing to experience such a generous outpouring of response toward the campaign!
Rev. Steven Brue is the President at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls, MN