If you know any news about alumni, please contact Mrs. Herman at 763-463-2223 or email at jherman@heritagechristianacademymn.org

"And Friends are Friends Forever..." 

Another benefit to "tight" classes, both in size and in the Lord: 3 of these 5 men have been best friends since 1989, and all five graduated from Heritage in 2008. These guys are lifelong friends, and we were just lucky enough to grab a picture last week when they were all in town. 


Left-Right: Tim Ferrell (Minneapolis), Bjorn Waldron (Washington, D.C.), Stew Herman (Minneapolis), John Hirte (Chatanooga, TN) and Jake Obert (Los Angeles, CA)




Katherine Robbins, a 2015 graduate of Heritage Christian Academy, is pictured here with MN Rep. Erik Paulsen, for whom she is interning for in Washington, D.C. this summer. Katherine will be a junior at Baylor University in Waco, TX, this fall, where she is studying Political Science. Katherine reports that she enjoys working for Rep. Paulsen and seeing our government in action.




Allison Deckert, a 2014 HCA alum, is studying at Oxford University in Oxford, England this summer. Allison is participating in the Oxford Study Abroad Program through Hillsdale College in Michigan, where she will be a senior this fall.

Her first day she was inducted into the Bodleian Library and into New College, which, founded in 1379, is the 7th oldest of the 38 Oxford colleges. Allison is engaged in a tutorial on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins; she is majoring in English and Latin.

After Allison returns to Hillsdale, she will be the director of their GOAL program which oversees all of their volunteer programs.


Posted 5/17

HCA alum, Tanner Tripp ('14) is graduating this spring from Liberty University with a Global Studies major. Tanner completed his college degree in three years by taking AP and PSEO classes while at Heritage, along with taking CLEP tests to test out of general education courses and taking online courses during the summer. He took a full course load while serving a 7 month internship in Papua New Guinea during the 2nd semester of his junior year. While on that internship, he learned the tribal language, Tok Pisin, and served at the New Tribes Mission base and the tribes people near the base.

Tanner graduates as a Liberty Honors Scholar, a highly rigorous program of honors courses, including GPA requirements throughout his college career, and capped off with an honors dissertation requirement his senior year. Tanner's dissertation is titled: Contextualizing New Tribes Mission's Method of Biblical Discipleship to a North American Context.

Tanner plans to take New Tribes Mission training courses with the goal of serving in Papua New Guinea with a remote tribe, translating the Bible into their language, starting a church for the tribe and raising up church leaders from within the tribe. The missions trips that Tanner went on while a student at Heritage gave Tanner a deep sense of God's calling on his life to serve as a missionary to far-off lands.

Posted 10/16

Current Gustavus Adolphus College Junior and HCA Alum Brad Basco ('13) recently co-founded the Christian Fraternity  Alpha Chi Delta.  It is off to a great start of 20 members as they head into pledge week, where they will certainly pick up more.  The fraternity's established mission is stated as follows: The mission of the Christian Fraternity Interest Group is to stand for Christ as male leaders in the Church on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. A fellowship built from honest communication and for serving others. Looking to influence the community in an evangelical manner while promoting personal and communal relationship with God. Founded on a stance of having genuine relationships and mutual growth through Christ.

His dedication and commitment to the cause of Jesus Christ does not stop there. Just last month, Brad was a featured Chapel speaker at GAC, where he spoke to fellow students about "Community." 

Basco, who was crowned homecoming Royalty (Part Deux--Brad was also crowned homecoming King at HCA in 2013) during Homecoming festivities at Gustavus, is on track to graduate next Spring, after which he plans to pursue a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in three years' time. His sights are set on the programs at Mayo Graduate School and St. Catherine University, St. Paul. 

Brad's parents, Deb and Mark commented, "We know that the Christian education Bradley received at Heritage is the basis for his good works now. We are so grateful."


Posted: 9/16


UMD Freshman setter Emily Torve (HCA ’16) was recognized for her exceptional play throughout the Bulldogs' three victories, earning NSIC Setter of the Week honors. Torve recorded 43 or more assists in each game last week, including 53 against Winona State. The 140 total assists are good for 14.0 per set, vaulting Torve to second in the NSIC in assists per set during conference play. UMD is hitting 0.293 on the season, ranking fourth in Division II, in large part to Torve's ability to pile up the assists. Torve added in 16 digs, four kills, and three blocks in the Bulldogs' winning efforts. UMD will travel to St. Paul on Friday, September 30 for the long-awaited matchup against rival No. 1 Concordia St. Paul at 7:00 p.m. at Gangelhoff Center.




HCA Alumni Isaiah Walk ('15) wins Best Technical Award in Sound Design for his original score in Jessica Lin's short film "Recall," part of University of California Irvine's 18th annual ZOTFEST.  Isaiah is the second freshman ever to win an award in the 18 years since UCI's Student Film Festival's inception.  Additionally, two other films Isaiah worked on also made it to the festival: "Tell Me a Joke" and "Punch."  "Punch" was originally produced for the 48 Hour Film Festival and was premiered earlier this year in Los Angeles.  The film was written, filmed and edited in under 48 hours.  For these films, Isaiah worked as an Assistant Camera, Composer, or Casting Director, working under great filmmakers (one working for Sony Pictures and one that works with WonFu Productions).

Congratulations, Isaiah, Manuel and Deb Walk!


HCA Alumni Award Winner at Bethel’s “Raspberry Monday” Fine Arts Exhibition Molly Dreblow, Class of 2016, was honored at Bethel University’s annual “Raspberry Monday” Fine Arts Exhibition. The exhibition was initiated in 1973 to accompany the awarding of the “Raspberry Monday” Scholarship.
This year, 53 works in the mediums of printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, photography, and digital media made by students in the Department of Art & Design were juried into the show. There were 158 works entered.

Molly was awarded the Jeff Koeningsberg Memorial Scholarship for best Young Artist for her plaster and sugar sculpture, “Empty Calories.” This scholarship is intended to be awarded to a promising art student who demonstrates unique and genuine talent.

Congratulations, Molly!!


HCA ALUM Ben Suits ('15) hits another homerun, doing his part to help Concordia-St. Paul's Golden Bears to "pull off a four game weekend series sweep to open Northern Sun play... In game two, it was a pair of freshmen that sparked the comeback as Isaac Hormann had a game-tying bases loaded two-run double in the seventh before Ben Suits hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth. It was Suits' second homer of the day, third of the weekend and fourth of the season. Follow this link for more information.


We are saddened by Sarah's passing, but rejoice in knowing that she is now in the arms of Jesus who she loved dearly.

Sarah Elizabeth Perilla

Perilla, Sarah Elizabeth 28, passed away October 29, 2015, at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls, MN. She was born July 17, 1987, in Minneapolis, MN to Michael and Vicki (Johnson) Perilla. She attended Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove, MN and graduated in 2011 from University of Northwestern College, St. Paul with a degree in Psychology. She moved to Fergus Falls, MN in 2013 and resided there until her death. Loved and mourned by all who knew her, she is survived by her father, Michael Perilla, Minneapolis, MN, Hazel Johnson of Fergus Falls, MN and Jean Perilla, Wilmington, NC, aunt Barbara Perilla, Wilmington, NC, aunt Barbara and "favorite uncle" Jim Nordstrom of Fergus Falls, MN, cousins Grant Nordstrom of St. Paul, MN, Jason (Lynette Lukes) Nordstrom of West Fargo, ND, and Michael (Brenda) Nordstrom of Rochester, MN, and second cousins Hanna, Noah, Haley, Abby, Jada and Hope. Preceding her in death were her mother Vicki Johnson Perilla, grandfathers Levi Johnson and George Perilla. A Celebration of Sarah's Life, a "Sarah"bration will be held at Vision of Glory Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MN on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Visitation will be at 1:00 followed by a service at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at a later date in Lakeside Cemetery, Frazee, MN.


You may recall last Spring's newsletter article in which Heritage Alum Phifer Nicholson's ('12) appointment to represent Wofford College as this year's Presidential Scholar was highlighted:  
"Nicholson was named the 32nd Presidential International Scholar by Wofford President Nayef Samhat at the college’s annual Honors Convocation held on campus today (Thursday, May 7, 2015). The innovative program allows one student to travel internationally to research an independent project. The Presidential International Scholar is selected by the president of Wofford College as a student with exceptional potential to benefit humankind as evidenced by a demonstrated passion for service learning combined with a globally minded intellectual curiosity......Nicholson, a graduate of Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove, Minn., says his plans after graduating from Wofford in 2016 are not firm; maybe the ministry or maybe teaching, or both. “However, I do know this: whatever I end up doing, I will be constantly seeking to learn, teach and serve, whether that be in academia, vocational ministry or another path. Furthermore, this opportunity (of being the Presidential International Scholar) will shape me and help me further discern my calling, and I am certain it will be applicable in ways I cannot even fathom now.”
An inherent part of Phifer's international experience is the maintenance of a blog detailing his travels and experiences.
Read on!
BLOG:  http://blogs.wofford.edu/presidential_scholar/

Way to go, Riley W. Smith ('14)! Those monster trees aren't the only Giants out there! A gigantic shout out to an MLLA/HCA ALUMNI, making us proud all over the map! Follow this link to see the Star Tribune article about Riley.

Congratulations to HCA 2015 Grad Bryce Nelson, son of Kurt and Gloria Nelson of Maple Grove. On May 8th, Bryce achieved the highest honor bestowed upon a Boy Scout, that of Eagle Scout. The Court of Honor ceremony was held at Plymouth Covenant Church in Plymouth. Bryce participated and worked with the Scouts for seven years to complete all  the necessary requirements toward the Eagle Scout ranking.  
His final work as a Boy Scout, his Eagle Scout community service project, required Bryce to build a bench, sign and patio on the path around Lake Camelot in Plymouth. Bryce will attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA this fall. 


Congratulations to Phifer Nicholson (HCA ’12), who has been named the 2015-2016 Presidential International Scholar for Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. 
The Presidential International Scholar is selected by the president of Wofford as a student with exceptional potential to benefit humankind as evidenced by a demonstrated passion for service learning combined with a globally minded intellectual curiosity. Follow this link for the entire article. 



Congratulations To... 
HCA Nurse Mrs. Hannah Langness (’06 Alum) and husband John on the birth of Evan Robert Langness! Born Thursday 4/23, 9lbs 3oz, 22 inches long. Grandparents are Dr. Peter (HCA School Board)  and Mrs. Judy Dyrud 

Alumnus Abraham Humnick ('12) was part of a team that won the fourth place prize in the finals of the University of  Minnesota Carlson School of Business Target Case Competition. Seventy-four teams participated in this year’s competition,  which is integrated into the business communications classes at the university. The cases go through several rounds of in-house judging, and the four finalist teams earn the opportunity to present their case to Target representatives. All four teams  win a share of $5000 in prize money distributed according to the final ranking.
Congratulations Abraham!