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New Staff at Highland Academy H ighland Academy students were greeted with laughter, chatter, and four new staff members for the 2018-2019 school year. Haroldo Álvarez comes to Highland from San Diego Academy where he taught music. Haroldo is the new music director. He received a BMusEd in music education from the Adventist University of Colombia in Medellin. In graduate school, he com- pleted a program in choral conducting at California State University at Los Angeles and an MA in teach- ing with emphasis in curriculum and instruction at La Sierra Academy in Riverside, California.  Rob Hillebert joins Highland as the vice princi- pal of finance. Rob received a BA in business admin- istration from Andrews University. After graduating, he spent a year at Holbrook Indian School in Arizona as a task force worker in the business office. He then began a two-year business internship with the Lake Union Conference. Before coming to Highland, he served a combined 14 years as assistant and associate treasurer at the Illinois and Wisconsin conferences. Pastor Will Labrenz, ’94, comes to Highland from Mount Pisgah Academy Church where he served as the senior pastor. He has been in ministry for the past 11 years. Will now serves as the chaplain and Bible teacher at Highland Academy. He has a passion for encouraging young people to follow Jesus. Will has an MA in pastoral ministry from Andrews University. His hobbies include playing guitar, impersonating Elvis, hiking, and the joys of cayenne pepper. Melissa McCoy-Weisner, ’89, comes to High- land from the Robertson County, Tennessee school system where she taught English. Melissa is the assistant dean and freshman English teacher. She graduated with a BA in English from University of Phoenix. She received an MA in human services with an emphasis in working with teens and family from Liberty University. Melissa is currently finishing an MA in education from Union University with an ex- pected graduation date of December 2018. Kentucky-Tennessee Conference 9