Students Share Stories From Hillcrest Halls
We're excited about the mundane months. A recent story produced by the journalism class has many students anticipating the mundane motions at Hillcrest.
Often, school grows routine. Students find themselves in the same place, at the same time, every day. But our instructors have been challenging the students to think about how they're faithful through the mundane. One way teachers and coaches do that is through consistent conversation and mentorship with students. Addressing the routine, encouraging spiritual disciplines, students receive a constant reminder that the world they're learning about, often in a monotonous daily ritual, is full of life and excitement. Students hear that if they can develop consistent habits of prayer, solitude and testimony, their droning studies actually become and practice in deepening faith.
Hillcrest's journalism class is documenting some of the unseen realities where God is meeting students who are consistent in their work. Whether on the field, in the classroom, or through study periods, students are encountering an organized world, finding hope and relationship in a personal God.
Recently, Senior Kelly Dzialo sat through what may be a mundane class. She documented how God spoke powerfully through the consistent message of His order using literature. Hear how she and other students are realizing the significance of God, by following this link to the HLA Today>>
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
On Sunday, a dozen Hillcrest students from 5 countries in Africa traveled to Fargo to enjoy native African cuisine. The group visited a restaurant owned by a pastor and his wife from Ghana. The experience united a growing population in the Hillcrest community, highlighting special historical ties to the African continent.
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.
Hillcrest Alumnus Daniel Berge brought his Junior-Senior (JS) banquet date from twenty years prior to JS this year. Daniel reflected on his Hillcrest experience to lend formation to the JS theme Into the Woods.
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.