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>>
Over 480 students gathered for the Tri-College math competition at Concordia in Moorhead last week to gauge the areas top math students. The mathematics departments from Concordia College, NDSU, and MSU-Moorhead organize the regional competition each year, and over the past twelve years Hillcrest has placed a team in the top three positions. The 2018 teams looked to continue the decade of momentum Hillcrest students have built in the classroom.
On Tuesday night Principal Jeff Isaac gave a ten minute overview of the Hillcrest program using the school's recently updated School Profile. In his opening, Principal Isaac referred to an academic survey that shows students who engage in the Bible four times or more per week have a natural decrease in the likelihood of participating in premarital sex, pornography, smoking, getting drunk, and having suicidal and destructive thoughts. He noted that Hillcrest students engage in Bible training in every class every day, making the point that attending Hillcrest offers a longterm health and social benefit.
After the written round, Hillcrest was seeded in third and fourth place. Hillcrest's younger team continues to set the bar for the written round. Jack Nordick, Juliana Undseth, Yohan Jee, Carter Mitchell, and Sylvia Venberg sat ahead of their upperclassmen teammates. Zak Zwiers, Eric Konynenbelt, Danny Isaac, and Shantanu Mallick.
Seniors Paige Schultz and Anna Murray embraced at center court as head coach Hannah Clark talked about their leadership and the attitude they bring to work hard and unite their team in daily practices. The girls' smiles beamed, with Paige's parents by her side, a clear testimony to the girls' enjoyment in the game of Basketball. The warm engagement at center court was recreated after the final buzzer as the two led their team to a strong victory on Senior Night.
Before the starting lineups were announced Coach Gregg Preston called his seniors to mid-court to address them. With the stands sitting on every word being spoken about the Comet leaders, the character of the class of 2018 was on display. It was a short treatise to reveal why so many Comet players focus on the game of life after the final buzzer of their last night in a Comet uniform sounds.
I’ve loved being on worship team," Halli noted. She is seeing that God has equipped her to share His love with others, and He is showing that His love is vast and spreads into every heart and soul. "Meeting people from all over the world, I love the relationship they have with Christ, and the community around the Hillcrest.”
Seventh grad student Hope Adams is prepping for one of the most competitive rounds in spelling bee competition. After working through three preliminary rounds of competition, Adams is preparing to face a host of the regions top spellers with her sights set on the State competition.