Hinkletown Mennonite School


Stan Vysotsky

8th Grade

Stan Vysotsky is an athletic 8th grader at Hinkletown Mennonite School. His parents are Alex and Aina Vysotsky, and he has three siblings, along with a bird. They attend Bethany Slavic Church. Stan enjoys doing many activities, including playing the piano and cooking, but besides that, he is especially talented at soccer.

Stan began playing soccer when he was just five years old, but he was not the one who initiated it. Eight years ago, his mom went ahead and signed him up for the Ephrata team, and, fortunately, he decided he liked it. He stuck with it and has continued playing ever since then. A professional soccer player that has inspired him along the way is Lionel Messi. 

Stan is now on the soccer team at Hinkletown Mennonite School. His position is offense. He likes playing soccer because it is a very active sport that requires a lot of running, especially since he plays offense.

In the future, Stan plans to continue soccer only as a hobby, and not a career. He will probably continue in the Venture Program at HMS in high school. If he can, Stan would like to play soccer with the HMS soccer co-op, but if not he might play with Ephrata. Whatever direction he goes with it, he will always love to play soccer!

Written by: Lily Zimmerman


Malachi Knowles

8th Grade

There are ten seconds left in the game! It is game point. The ball is in play and the clock is running. Malachi Knowles has the ball and is dribbling it down the court. Three seconds left and the crowd is on the edge of their seats! Malachi takes a shot. SWISH! Malachi is seen dominating on the basketball court at Hinkletown Mennonite School where he attends. Anyone watching HMS sports games is likely to see him playing basketball, volleyball, football, or track. He attends The Living Room church with his parents, Dave and Janina, and his six siblings. Malachi loves being active and anything that has to do with sports.  

Malachi is currently playing three sports at Hinkletown and is excited to advance his skills in football at Ephrata in high school. He is playing striker for the Hinkletown Hawks this soccer season. This winter he plans on playing point guard on the basketball team, and in the spring he is the setter for the HMS volleyball team. Last year the volleyball team won the CCAC championship and they are hoping to continue to succeed. Malachi has been playing football for six years. He plans on continuing next year when he goes to Ephrata. Malachi does not know what he wants to do in the future, but he hopes to do something that’s sports-related.

Malachi is a big part of the sports teams at Hinkletown and he is excited to continue playing throughout high school. Malachi loves being active and can not wait to grow throughout the rest of the sports season.

Written by: Cora Thomas