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>>
Hillcrest unloaded three math teams from the bus at the MSU-Moorhead campus on Wednesday, March 6. The Comets have a tradition of performing well at the Tri-College Mathematics Competition, and a certain level of expectation follows students each year. Wednesday was no exception, and the Comets delivered a top team and top scorer again.
The game didn’t change seedings for playoffs, but is sending Hillcrest into playoffs with a renewed vision for what their season could be in the coming month. Thanks to lock-down defense by the Comets, aided by a career shooting night for Nick Foss, and some last minute heroics by Micah Foss, Hillcrest ended their regular season with a 13-10 record. They will play New York Mills in the first round of playoffs on Thursday at New York Mills at 7pm.
“Why did Jesus talk about money so much?” The question from Donovan Rogness hung in the air during Big Boss Monday in Economics class. Donovan is a 2001 graduate of Hillcrest who owns and operates a construction management and land development company. Students were reeling after Donovan’s lead question. Donovan referenced that Jesus spoke to money over 2300 times in the Bible. Donovan said that Jesus talked about money more than love, heaven, and hell combined. Donovan continued, “It’s something that He knows if we abuse it, can take over His role in our lives.”
Students stood in unison as Trevor started strumming his guitar in the unconventional chapel service. The students lifted their voices, some raising hands, before they ventured out of the chapel to Hillcrest hallways where they sat with a sheet of paper. It was an active practice that is fighting the newest drug captivating students’ hearts and minds. Screen time.
The atmosphere was electric as students were filing in and out of the office in the front hall. The volume of teenage voices grew exponentially as one after another the students fought for attention. One shared excitement overflowing from a package from home. Another was sarcastic about his second period class. He always finds corrective banter in the front hall offices. Then a small voice cut through it all with a simple question. “Could you help me talk to a friend about euthanasia?”
The worship team wrapped up their first of three sessions with Dr. Pribbenow with a debrief of the presentation. In their hand students held notes and a packet of the Hillcrest worship program. The packet closes the vision of the worship program in saying, “We desire to equip and raise up young musicians and leaders to fulfill the call on the Church to be a sending community.” This first session with Dr. Pribbenow is representative of an active arm of the Lutheran Brethren in being a disciple-making movement.
“The fatigued mind would rather categorize a conversation about God as another superficial distraction, requiring little cognitive attention.” That’s a finding by Dr. Alan Noble of Oklahoma Baptist University. He believes we’re unknowingly training our students away from a faith-filled life.
Tuesday morning students sat in their first period economic class with a paper laid out before them. Doug Hansen nervously laughed as Mr. Garvin explained the purpose of Big Boss Monday, “Will they be tested on what I’m talking about?” Throughout the presentation the students practiced actively listening. They write down concepts and phrases that presenters share, building a concrete perspective of being a business person in todays economy. “Write three things you learned, two things you’d like to learn more about, and one question you have. So, let me pray, and then Mr. Hansen will speak for us.”
1st year coach Marcos Holzner walked his teams into Zion Lutheran church to test their skills against schools three to four times their size. Holzner is finding growing interest in the Hillcrest student body, forming two teams for Friday’s meet.
Walk into the Comet boys locker room and the first thing you’ll see is Bibles laying on benches that are facing the whiteboard. Pages are dogeared in Proverbs. The team reads a chapter a day as a part of practice. The result of these habits was forefront in an away game against Underwood this week.