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HLA

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January 13, 2011 Volume 17, Issue 9

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HLA Today is produced bi-weekly by the Journalism class. HLAToday Staff Annalise Boyum Wil Twedt Chris Christenson Frankie Sandnes Marli Johnson

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Lar Bringeland starts in a crowd in the varsity race at Giants Ridge in Mesabi.

Dashing Through the Snow Hillcrest’s ski team competes in the Mesabi East meet over the weekend. By Chris Christenson

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ast weekend 1300 skiers from schools around the country gathered at Giant Ridge to participate in the Mesabi East—the biggest high school crosscountry ski meet in northern America. Hillcrest, in cooperation with Fergus High, sent a team of 20 to compete in the races. The team left early Friday morning with only six hours of bus time between them and Giant Ridge. Once they arrived they spent the rest of the day practicing for the big competition the next day. The skiers competed much of Saturday, from morning till late afternoon. “The

way they organized it was every sixteen seconds they let two skiers go,” said Lars Bringeland, one of Hillcrest’s varsity skiers. “Then they [would] trace you with your number and a [computer] chip that they put around your foot.” Ethan Taylor of Fergus Falls High School placed the highest of the HillcrestFergus team at 117th place. After the competition the skiers relaxed with some friendly downhill skiing. “The hill-I’ve never seen a hill like that in Minnesota,” exclaimed Lars. “Seriously, it was so big!” The Mesabi East weekend is one of the biggest highlights of the cross-country Continued on page two


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skiing season, but it’s not the finale. The team will continue to practice everyday after school, navigating the routes at Spidahl’s. The skiers are coached mainly by Sean Taylor, but the complete coaching staff includes Armin Jahr, John

Demuth and David Spidahl. Skiing isn’t all just serious sporting; the team definitely knows how to kick back and have fun. “We had one pretty big snow wrestling fight,” said Lars. “I got about half a gallon of snow in my boots.”

New Year, New Students Hillcrest receives four new attendees. By Marli Johnson

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tarting off the year of 2011 at Hillcrest are four new students. They come from all over the world, and add to the diversity of the school. There are two new juniors, a sophomore, and a senior. Sophomore Ji Hye Kim is from Daejon, South Korea. She came here along with her brother, Duke Kim, a junior, to experience life in America. So far, both of them have said they like it here, along with the dorms. Duke says he prefers home, and there’s one thing he misses the most: “the food.” A person not so new to her surroundings is the other junior Tayler Leach. She came here from Omaha, Nebraska, but is originally from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. She even attended Morning Son Elementary School with several other Hillcrest students. The final new student, who just finished his junior year at his old school, is from Page 2

Brazil. He’s currently supposed to be on summer vacation. Leo Albuquerque came here not only to experience life in America, but to experience and learn about Hillcrest’s religion as well. Leo is Catholic and wanted to see what kinds of things a Lutheran school would teach. He was surprised by the lack of difference. “The bases [of the faith],” he said, “are pretty much the same.” All of them have said that the Hillcrest student body was welcoming, nice, and accepting, and all the new students hope

to make new friendships and have a great time this year.

Leo Albuquerque

Duke Kim

Ji Hye Kim and Tayler Leech


New Deans in the Dorms! Two new deans have entered Hillcrest’s dorms this semester. By Annie Boyum

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wo new deans, Pete Narvesen and Megan Beehler, have arrived in the Hillcrest dorms. Before coming to the Hillcrest girls’ dorm, Megan Beehler was working with different ministries around the world, such as YWAM in Asia, a Torchbearer Bible School in Sweden, and L’Abri Fellowship in Rochester, MN. Beehler was born and raised in Fergus Falls, even though she now lives in Ashby with her family. She did not attend Hillcrest during her high school years but instead was home schooled and took classes at the college. As to being a dean at Hillcrest, Beehler says she felt called to discipleship and loving people. “I want to invest in the lives of young people from different parts of the world,” said Beehler. “Also, I felt like becoming a dean was a door God was opening for me, and I had to pay attention!” For Pete Narvesen, being

a dean in the boy’s dorm may be a change from cooking at Pizza Hut or working at the Family Christian Store, in West Acres Mall. Narvesen came to the dorms from working as a counselor and being on the maintenance staff at Inspiration Point. Narvesen was born in Duluth, MN and being a Pastors Kid, has also lived in Nanuet, NY; Tempe, AZ; and DeWitt, IA, where he graduated from high school. He went to two years of community college in Iowa before moving away from home. Narvesen has a couple different reasons for wanting to become a dean. First of all, he feels ‘wired to do this sort of thing’. Narvesen said, “It’s the same reason why I worked at Inspiration Point for as long as I did, why I now work with the youth at Bethel, and why I’m planning to go back to school and, eventually, seminary—I am happiest when I’m invest-

Tidbits

Compiled by Wil Twedt Chris Bigelow scored at the wrong hoop. Twice. The worship team forgot to get the words on the screen. Chloe Ell, Rhoda Christenson, and Rachel Olson got lost in Breckenridge. Daniel Nersten, Zach Nersten, and Quincy Circo scared Esther Choi with the head of a doll. Brita Iverson, Amanda Lundeen, and Kathleen Martinson had a glow stick dance off. Cat Jacoby fell down the stairs. Katelyn Mohagen slept for 22 hours straight. Cooper Patch played Black Opps for nine hours. Danny Tungseth watched him the whole time. Kylee Haegeland and Laura Basile’s heat radiator sounds like it’s beat boxing.

ing in the lives of others.” Narvesen’s hope is to build relationships with the guys and to be someone they can trust and look to when they have questions about life, spiritual matters, or just how to catch a fish. Narvesen also believes there are things for him to learn while he’s in the dorms. Narvesen said, “I’ve already had a good time getting to know some of the guys and I look forward to more good times to come!” Page 3


Memories Kept Safe behind Glass Trophy case in memory of David Christenson built in new gym. By Annie Boyum

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illcrest Academy is where memories are made! HLA has memories that are stored up in shiny trophies, which will never be forgotten. This is why the family of David Christenson, who passed away last December due to a heart attack, chose to give a memorial toward building a new trophy case. Though David Christenson was never able to attend Hillcrest himself, he and his wife Sylvia made sure that each one of their six children was able to attend. With those six children came many sports events filled with memories and—can you guess?—trophies. From their six children came grandchildren, some who have had the opportunity of also attending Hillcrest. Two that now attend are seniors, Andrea Christenson and Taylor Brue. The grandchildren

Boys Basketball Tue 14

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Thu 16 could count on their grandparent’s Hancock................................. 26 being at many of their games. Hillcrest.................................. 62 “He [David Christenson] went Thu 6 to all of my sons’ [Titus and Battle Lake............................. 54 Hillcrest.................................. 38 Calvin] football games, even the Sat 8 away games, and all of my daughBreckenridge.......................... 54 ter’s basketball and volleyball Hillcrest.................................. 35 games,” said Charlie Brue, who’s married to David Christenson’s Girls Basketball Fri 17 daughter Carrie. Battle Lake............................. 42 President Steve Brue and teachHillcrest.................................. 66 Tue 21 er Charlie Brue have begun buildHenning................................. 36 ing the new trophy case, which Hillcrest.................................. 53 will be replacing the old case in Pelican Rapids Tourney the Student Activity Center. Tue 28-29 Perham.................................. 56 There were several boxes of Hillcrest.................................. 36 trophies from the 50s and 60s Norman County East............... 28 that never made it into the old Hillcrest.................................. 37 Jan ‘11 case. The new case will hold all Tue 4 of the trophies as well as troAshby..................................... 19 phies that are to come. The new Hillcrest.................................. 51 case will have five sections, sided with mirrors, in a 5x20 foot space hope is to have it completed by with a black background. Their the end of next week.

Weather Could Be Better Chilled to the bone in Minnesota. By Frankie Sandnes

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hen January comes around in Minnesota, it is definitely cold. With temperatures reaching the negatives, there is not much to do outside. Kids are resourceful though, and since they can’t really go outside for a long period of time unless they’re bundled up, they do just that. “I like to go snowmobiling when

it snows. I have a good time even though it’s cold,” said Zach Taylor. With mountains of snow, it’s hard to resist wanting to go out and sled, snowmobile, or make some snow forts. Fergus Falls was hit hard with snow and cold over break. Drifts were bad on Friday, January 7, so bad that Hillcrest got out of school two

hours early and the girls basketball game was postponed. Although it doesn’t affect our dorm students since they live at the school, there is a large portion of students who live off campus who were affected by the bad roads.

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