Hillcrest Academy School News
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Hillcrest Academy to welcome alumni back to campus

After a year off due to COVID-19 restrictions, Hillcrest Academy is excited to get back to the traditional recipe for their Homecoming and Alumni Family weekend. This year’s event weekend is … more

Local schools hire new teachers

The new school year is here, which means new students and new faculty. After the novel COVID-19 became pandemic, many schools faced a loss in staff. Despite this shortage, many schools are still … more

Hillcrest Excited for Start of School

The staff and students of the 2021-22 Hillcrest Academy started school on Monday, Aug. 23. more

Hills Bank donates over $8,000 to area schools

Hills Bank, as part of the Classroom Cash program, recently donated $1,483.65 to the Highland Community School District, $728.91 to Hillcrest Academy, $662.85 to the Lone Tree Community School … more

Hillcrest Graduation

Hillcrest Academy hosts open gym for 5-8th graders

Hillcrest Academy will host open gyms for 5th-8th graders on Sunday afternoons. Students can run with cross country coach Marty Gingerich from 3-3:30 p.m. and enjoy activities like volleyball, … more

Hillcrest Academy presents fall production

This fall, the scheduled Hillcrest Academy production will take new direction due to current limitations on traditional performances. Three students selected monologues to prepare and perform in the … more

Hillcrest cancels open gyms

Hillcrest Academy has canceled their Nov. 22 and Dec. 6 open gym dates but at this time plans to hold its next open gym on Dec. 20 from 3-4:30 p.m for students in fifth through eighth grades. The … more

Gugel named new Mid-Prairie board president, board approves esports and girls basketball sharing agreement

    Jeremy Gugel was named the next president of the Mid-Prairie Board of Education and Denise Chittick was named vice president. Both were immediately sworn in prior to the business … more

Hillcrest’s Leah Bontrager finishes career-best 52nd

The smiling runner scored a personal-best finish in the Class 1A girls state meet this past Saturday. Leah Bontrager, a junior at Hillcrest Academy, placed 52nd in the state championship meet … more

Free school lunches “a huge relief” to students, parents and staff

Like many other area schools, the Highland Community School District has extended their participation in the Summer Food Service Program through the end of the school year. The federally-funded … more

Oh, baby, Huskies win tourney match

Now here’s a baby story that’s likely to be remembered around Highland High School. Playing in the first round of the Iowa Class 1A regional tournament Monday night, the Huskies … more

Bontrager grabs 8th in fast finish

The fire in Leah Bontrager’s eyes became evident in the final 50 yards of the Southeast Iowa Super Conference championship meet. While other runners seemingly struggled to finish off the … more

Cross Country Results

HILLCREST INVITATIONAL MONDAY AT KALONA GIRLS 5K VARSITY: 1, Mid-Prairie, 27; 2, Iowa City High, 58; 3, Solon, 72; 4, Pella, 90; 5, Danville, 148; 6, Mt. Pleasant, 162; 7, Washington, 194; 8, … more

1-2-3 Sweep

Danielle Hostetler ran 5 kilometers Monday. Then, she did it again. Battling a nagging hip injury, Hostetler, a freshman at Mid-Prairie, led a one-two-three Golden Hawks sweep in the girls … more

Bontrager medals at English Valleys

Leah Bontrager of Hillcrest Academy conquered the hills of the English Valleys Invitational and captured third place in the meet held Sept. 15. It was the second consecutive top 10 finish for … more

Hughes, Gutierrez lead Ravens kill machine

Esther Hughes, a junior, and Yanitza Gutierrez, a senior, led the Hillcrest Academy attack with eight kills in its home match against Wapello this past Thursday. The Ravens won the first set by a … more

Ravens nearly pull off an upset

Hillcrest Academy’s volleyball team played Lone Tree in its home opener on September 3, and nearly pulled off its first victory of the season. The Ravens won the first two sets before Lone … more

Hillcrest Early Bird

High school runners from multiple schools came to Kalona on the first of September for the first big meet of the cross country season. Click through the photos to take a look at the girls varsity … more

Huskies Power Up

The craziness spilled over when Jenna Sands of Highland slammed her second hit of the game toward the Hillcrest Academy outfield. Two teammates sprinted home with the Huskies’ ninth and … more
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