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>>
“Tell them, ‘I have this annoying teacher who said I have to go out and ask people questions. Could I ask you a question?’” Wayne gave them instruction. He went on to say, “Just ask them what they think about when life begins.” He told them to keep the conversations light and fun, to work to gather perspectives for why people think the way they do. He encouraged them not to make judgements, but instead to truly understand what some ideas are for people to be pro-life or pro-choice. He then gave them the SLED acronym; size, level of development, environment, degree of dependency, as a simply way for them to explain why they logically support a pro-life position.
The Comets started the game down early. Park Christian attacked the paint, using Tanner Brunsberg in isolation to beat the Comets off the dribble. Brunsberg found soft spots in the Comet defense ten feet from the hoop and scored the Falcons first eight points. Hillcrest called a time-out down six points after two minutes of play.
The Panthers chipped away at the Comet lead, finding hard shots in the paint as the Comet big men had their foul totals increase. The Panthers tied the game on a turnover by Hillcrest with thirty seconds left. A quick inbounds by Micah Foss to Gabe Preston earned Preston a foul. With the Panthers in bonus the game was placed in the hands of Preston, who would take three more trips to the line in the final seconds of the game, making all six of his attempts in the final thirty seconds to seal the victory for Hillcrest, 46-50.
The Lady Comets ended their soccer season yesterday to East Grand Forks, 5-0. A comment from an EGF fan to our office this morning was worth more than a trophy. Proud of the way our students are strengthening character in their athletic training. We're blessed with great coaches who teach resiliency and sportsmanship.
The Volleyball team boarded the bus after chapel Monday in mismatched clothes. Bringing homecoming to Morning Son Christian school the team was ready to deliver a message that gave many chills.
The Comets didn’t have their fourth win handed to them Thursday night in Ashby. The Arrows served well through five sets, hitting their mark on 92% of their serves. In the end it was Hillcrest’s scrappy play and relentless pursuit of the ball that tipped the win to their column.
Christian young people want to make a difference in their world. They are deep thinkers and observers of their culture. Polls have shown that today’s youth are more pro-life than their parents. They are not swallowing the lies that extremists are pushing in the name of Choice. Here at Hillcrest, we want to make room for discussions of what is right and wrong, and juxtapose truth with what is current and culturally relevant. We encourage them to ask the questions that are hard, wrestle with issues that seem uncertain, listen for the voice of God in matter that are, ultimately, not political but moral. Character is forged in clubs like these.
Weeks before the huddle groups were announced Hillcrest’s Local Missions class was outlining the program. The daily Bible class is learning how to organize and coordinate Bible studies. In their class they outlined the format for the study. Student body leaders helped to organize the format and structure, how the Bible study would be communicated to the individual groups. The class experienced their first exam of sorts in the huddle group meeting. Their assessment is how well they communicated the Gospel in their study on faith. They’re turning to surveys to learn what they can do better next time.
When Mr. Isaac finished closed out the meeting he reiterated the hope, that teachers would feel briefed on some of the things God is doing at the school. In dismissing the teachers a few started to applaud. It was an apt response to hearing inspiring things happening in classes that are equipping students for lives of eternal significance.
Mervin Makundi slid to kick the ball out of the box as the Comets were in a 2-2 tie with Pelican Rapids in the final minute of Tuesdays game. Pelican kept pressure on Makundi all day, and after some strong saves the Hillcrest keeper wasn’t going to let his squad down in the final seconds. Nearly the entire Pelican team was inside the box, keeping pressure on Makundi and looking for a window to kick the final goal and beat a friendly rival. Makundi’s sliding kick left the net open after the ball ping-ponged around before finding a Pelican offender. The game looked to be over.