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Documentary Film Maker Returns to Hillcrest

Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley

A film by Jesse Freeston

Hillcrest Auditorium

Wednesday November 25 1:00pm

Documentary film-maker Jesse Freeston is about to step back in time when he returns to Hillcrest High School to showcase his first feature-length independent documentary, Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley.

The film chronicles events around the 2009 coup-d’état in Honduras. As camera operator, interviewer and narrator, Jesse delivers a powerful narrative about industrious campesinos who just want to work their land without interference from wealthy land owners. It touches on political corruption, abuse of power, tainted elections, American influence, resistance, and the fight for social justice.

The 2003 Hillcrest High School graduate is in the middle of a 50-city tour of North America. Since graduating from Hillcrest High School, Jesse has worked for outlets like Al Jazeera, teleSUR (world's largest Spanish-language broadcaster), Vice News, Independent World Television, and the BBC.

Department Head Kristine Klassen says, "Current Hillcrest High School students studying in Communication Technology and Film Studies are thrilled to be meeting someone who once went to the same school as they do and is now travelling the world, working in the film industry. The students will get a first-hand account of what it’s really like to be a film-maker."

Congratulations to Jesse. Hillcrest is proud and wishes you all the best on your World Tour.

Hillcrest High School and Ms. Le Blanc recognized at VOscars 2015

Ms.Leblanc was presented with an award at the Volunteer Ottawa "VOscars 2015" gala at City Hall earlier this month. The award was give to Ms. Leblanc in the category of "Best Support to Youth" for her efforts running the Hillcrest Cancer Drive.

From the award nomination:

"Hillcrest High School represents an extremely dedicated community of students, parents, teachers and community volunteers who throughout their fund-raising and ongoing health education, truly embrace the values of the Canadian Cancer Society. A caring nature is evident when you see the support rallied around a teacher whose daughter has battled cancer. The students show incredible courage with every house they canvass; with every no they endure and with every yes they triumph. There is no doubt that door-to-door canvassing can be one of the most difficult fund-raising initiatives, yet the students of Hillcrest persevere without hesitation. Integrity is evident when you read thank-you letters from donors who are in awe of the dedication and honesty of these young people. Finally, the example of the 21 years of involvement with the Canadian Cancer Society; each year incorporating new ideas, the inclusion of new students representing a variety of cultural groups and new goals; demonstrates their commitment to the Society’s value: progressive.

The first Hillcrest High School Blitz was initiated in 1995 and raised just over $5,000. Since then, each year has continuously showcased the school's support. In 2015, over $24,000 was raised by the Hillcrest High School community bringing their 21 year total to over $550,000.

The involvement of students, in what has become a school tradition, is astounding. The spirit of giving is exemplified by the parents and teachers who support the efforts of these young people. In addition, the business and residential communities around the school have welcomed this annual campaign and willingly support the students. School spirit can be seen by anyone who steps foot into Hillcrest during the month of April; it is because of this spirit that they continue to support the Canadian Cancer Society."

The Hillcrest High School 22nd annual Cancer Drive will take place on April 28th, 2016 from 5 pm - 9 pm. Plans for this year's event are under way and student leaders and committee members will be working on making this another great event at Hillcrest. Everyone is invited to take part, so let's make cancer history!

Please see Ms. Le Blanc to get involved.

Mental Health Awareness

The City of Ottawa's mental health website is an excellent resource for families regarding the issue of mental health support Included in the above link are sections and videos on the following topics: Part 1: Mental Health and My Teen; Part 2: Teaching My Teen How to Cope; Part 3: How to Have That Talk; and, Part 4: What Every Parent Should Know About Depression and Suicide.

Hillcrest Represented at Student Commonwealth

Hannah Hrynuik-Breedon and Jesse Belleau-Karaskewich represented Hillcrest at the National Student Commonwealth Forum for a full week last May. They were among 100 students who came to Ottawa from across Canada to take part in debates, team building and to learn about the political process. In a mock meeting of Heads of Governments, Jesse and Hannah acted on behalf of Cyprus. This year's theme was "Youth in the Commonwealth: Gender and Gender Equality".

Impact Club Raises $5000 for Ecuador

The Impact Club has been hard at work over the past two years raising money for the community in Llullin, Ecuador. Through various activities the club has managed to raise its goal of $5000 which is earmarked for a clean water project. This is the second fundraising campaign conducted by the club for the people of Llullin. Previously the Impact Club raised $8500 to build a school for the community. Congratulations Hawks!

Hillcrest Silent Auction garners Media Attention

Hillcrest music teachers Jeannie Hunter and Melanie Reeks made the news when they decided to auction off some old donated instruments. Here is what the fuss is all about (courtesy of the CBC):

Hillcrest Cancer Drive

Congratulations to all Hawks that participated in this year's 21st annual cancer drive.

On April 30th, students, alumni, staff and parents came out on a beautiful sunny evening to blitz our neighbourhood for the Canadian Cancer Society. More than 200 students and alumni hit the streets to canvass our neighbours, and many canvassed more than one route. We also had 45 staff and parent volunteers drive and work at tables, and several alumni and former staff came out to make monetary contributions.

Thank you to Katie Pittman and Amanda Byrne, our co-Heads and the entire cancer drive committee who organized a fantastic event at Hillcrest. Continuing with the tradition, over $24,000 was raised in just 4 hours for the Canadian Cancer Society adding to the half million raised in the last 20 years.

Congratulations Hawks, you should be very proud of what you've accomplished.

Outdoor Education Slide Show

Click on the picture to view the slide show.

Hillcrest’s Outdoor Education students braved the cold during a 3-day winter camping trip in February. The students slept in quinces (snow caves) both nights and enjoyed the pristine Nordic ski and snowshoe trails at Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club in Cantley, Quebec. Judging by the smiles in these photos, the students felt proud of their accomplishment!

News Archive

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