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Issue 11 The Summer 2007 Crusader Communicator Preparing the Next Generation of Christian Leaders THE LHS ASSOCIATION Full Members THE WORLD IS FLAT AND OTHER INTERESTING FACTS BY JOEL LANDSKROENER, • St. John, Chaska Pastor Gregg Snow On June 3, sixty-five Mayer Lutheran High School seniors graduated from their beloved high school. The joy of such an accomplishment • Zion, Cologne Pastor Eric Zacharias was shared with many family and friends. As our newest alumni • Emanuel, Hamburg reflect on their past four years at MLHS, they cannot help but think Pastor Don Andrix of the many fascinating things they learned in the wide variety of • Zion, Mayer courses they studied. Pastor Lucas Woodford Pastor Adam Gless Thomas Friedman, in his best-selling work The World is Flat, • St. John, New Germany examines the role of technology in the world today and how it is Pastor Robert Rupprecht helping to “flatten” the world as many communication barriers are • Trinity, Waconia decimated with the rise of broadband Internet, advanced search Pastor Phil Wagner engines, and sophisticated communication and transportation Pastor Peter Peitsch systems that allow work to be completed more efficiently and • St. Paul, Watertown Pastor Paul Krentz cheaply than ever before. Abundant information is available quickly, with relatively little effort, to anyone with a computer and Internet access anywhere in the world. • St. John, Young America Pastor David Winter Pastor Scott Gustafson The next time you order a hamburger in the drive-through at the Brainerd, Minnesota Affiliate Members McDonalds, be aware that your order is actually being taken many miles away in Colorado. • Our Savior, Excelsior When you need tech help on the newest gadget purchased at a local electronics store, you will Pastor John Zahrte likely be assisted by a person in India who was trained to speak to you on the telephone in • Christ Victorious, Chaska American English. When your Toshiba laptop computer breaks and you send it out to be Pastor Thomas Braun repaired, UPS will pick up the device at your home, fly it to Louisville, fix it in a large • St. James, Howard Lake warehouse manned by UPS workers trained to fix the machine, and return it to you within two Pastor Michael Nirva days. These are only three examples that reveal increased efficiency, lower costs, and more Pastor Martin Schoenfeld responsive service to the customer. • St. Mark, New Germany Pastor Allan Holthus As I read Friedman’s book, I was wondering how we could take advantage of the flattening • St. Peter, Watertown world to help accomplish the mission at MLHS while saving the school money. As hard as I think Vacant about it, there is not much that can help. You see, MLHS thrives by God’s grace because of the personal relationships that develop on our campus between students, staff, families, and supporters. You simply cannot outsource the work that goes on daily at this location. Oh, 305 5th St. NE there are virtual high schools that allow you to study on-line and get an accredited diploma Mayer, MN 55360 without ever leaving the comfort of your home. But, there is no substitute for the tender 952-657-2251 assurances of God’s grace shared with a struggling scholar by an alert teacher. No operator in Fax: 952-657-2344 India can replace the smile of affirmation that one teammate shares with another when a Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lhsmayer.mn.org personal record is set in a track race. And, UPS will never be able to deliver the eternal hope we have in the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ like the teachers, coaches, administrators, and students at MLHS (unless, of course, a Bible is in the package.). The close relationships that are forged at MLHS are one of many characteristics that make this Inside This Issue a special place. In fact, those relationships help in flattening our world. It seems like Alumni News 2 everywhere I go, I run into MLHS alumni. They revel in sharing fantastic stories of their time in Founder’s Luncheon 3 high school. They also are quick to assert just how important their time spent here helped them grow spiritually. We are blessed to have many alumni who are missionaries around the world, Summer Theatre at MLHS 4 sharing the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not yet know of his love. They are taking advantage of the technological miracles of our age not to save money, but to save Endowment Opportunities 5 souls. Summer at MLHS 6 Crusader Country News 8 What a joy to be able to train and equip the next generation of Christian leaders who graduated this past June! God richly blesses Mayer Lutheran High School with great opportunities and Upcoming Events 10 challenges that allow us to share His life-saving news of forgiveness, life, and salvation with Thrivent Giving Plus Gift Form 11 folks throughout the world—even if it seems to be flatter every day! A Final Word 12 In Christ, Joel P. Landskroener, Executive Director Page 2 The Crusader Communicator ALUMNI NEWS CAN YOU HELP? The following are Alumni for whom MLHS does not have a current address. If you know of the John Taggatz (1999) celebrated his ordination whereabouts of these alumni, please call 952.657.2251 x224 into the preaching ministry on July 1, 2007 at his or email email@example.com with the information. home church, Our Savior Lutheran Church, in 1965 Tom Kusserow 1991 Heidi Maresh Excelsior. John was installed as pastor of St. John Lutheran 1966 Paul Goethke 1991 Shawn Smith 1966 Paulette (Molnau) Monson 1991 Lisa (Kapuza) Spaudy Church in Baldwin, IL on Sunday July 8. John’s email address: 1968 Mardeen (Schultz) Jorgenson 1991 Tarra (Zehnder) Wendorf firstname.lastname@example.org. God’s blessings on your ministry, 1968 Mike Miller 1992 Melody Lange Reverend Taggatz! 1969 Diane (Schlueter) Nadeau 1992 Shawn Veches 1974 Randy Landsman 1992 Brett Wendorf Valerie (Buckentin) Homolka (1994) gave birth to Lauren 1974 Shelly Swanson 1993 Alexandra Glasmann 1975 Bradley Barlau 1994 Lisa (Nelson) Bechtold Avery on Feb. 23, 2007. Lauren joins her four-year old 1975 Janet Gennrich 1995 Joshua Carlson brother, Logan. Valerie is the Assistant Director of Patient 1975 Scott Hess 1995 Melissa Hoernemann 1975 Mike Otkin 1995 Jenny Hoese Financial Services for the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield. Her 1976 Jodi (Latterner) Hoops 1995 Kristina Koester husband, Aaron, is Physical Therapist/Assistant Manager of 1976 Gary Lenzen 1996 Thomas Hoese Physical Therapy for the Marshfield Clinic. 1976 Debra Lindstrom 1996 Matthew Schmidt 1978 Maija Ojansuu 1997 Andrew Briggs Valerie’s Email address is email@example.com. 1978 Sherry Roy 1997 Mark Frederick 1980 David Niebuhr 1998 Brent Dahl Attention Class of 1998! Jay Schutte and Allie Radintz are 1980 Steven Quick 1998 Chad Gutknecht eager to set up the class reunion for next summer. If you 1983 Andrea Mackenthun 1998 Aaron Perry 1983 Drew Peterson 1999 Jeremiah Larson would like to help please contact Jay at: 1983 Jeffrey Stradtmann 1999 Lindsay Penaz firstname.lastname@example.org. 1984 Melissa (Anderson) Burfeind 1999 Matthew Schwichtenberg 1984 Paula Johnson 1999 Jamie Zebell 1984 Sonja Weibel 2000 Lindsay Harman 1985 Andrew Lehrke 2000 Kristin Hoese The Class of 1982 should have received information about a 1985 Paul Stemper 2001 Jacob Palen class reunion from Julie Crocker. Her contact information 1986 Theresa (Schauer) Graupmann 2001 Aaron Stender is as follows: email@example.com. You can also con- 1986 Daniel Hedlund 2002 Breanna Beck 1986 Robert Marty 2002 Kristine Pedersen tact Monica Wasser at: firstname.lastname@example.org. 1987 Sheryl (Laesch) Johnson 2002 Erin Veches 1987 Kimberly Spaulding 2003 Brandon Meyer 1988 Darin Hormann 2004 Paige Beddor 1988 Sherr Selchow 2004 Aaron Hatling 1989 Timohty Boll 2005 Paris Beddor 1989 Bryan Dammann 2005 Derek Meyer E-News from LHS Would you like to receive a monthly up- 1989 Joe Davis 1990 Melissa Lund date about activities, news, and events going on MLHS? 1990 Jennifer (Esgar) Mackenthun Please send your e-mail address to email@example.com We look forward to hearing from you. $1,000 Grant Awarded to MLHS CARS WITH HEART SUPPORTS MLHS STUDENT AID If you are thinking about trading in your vehicle and buying a new one, consider donating your used vehicle to Mayer Lutheran High School. In addition to automobiles, you can donate your, truck, boat, motor home, motorcycle, snowmobile/ trailer, personal water craft, or RV to MLHS. The vehicle needs to be in safe running order to be re-sold. Your donation is tax deductible based on the proceeds received from the sale by Cars with Heart. To donate call 952.657.2251 x224. Joel Landskroener Dave Lane & Maria Hendrickson Mayer Lutheran High School was awarded a Lutheran Church Extention Fund (LCEF) Outreach Event Grant for this year’s mis- sion trip to Ysleta which will occur in January of 2008. You can support Lutheran High School The mission team of 31 MLHS students and 12 counselors plan to by filling out the build three houses for needy families in Mexico. We are grateful Giving Plus Gift Form and enclosing it with your gift . for our mission partnership with LCEF as we serve God’s people in Carver County and the world. Summer 2007 Page 3 LUNCHEON HONORING THE LHS FOUNDERS Mayer Lutheran High School was 45 years old in 2006. Some of you may remember the first day of school, the first graduation, the first freshman class, or the first basketball game in MLHS his- tory. God has show- ered blessings upon MLHS throughout Mr. Bernie Pettersen ad- Mr. Erlen Schroeder talks the past 45 years. As dresses the luncheon about the many years he you read through guests. served LHS. Ernie Dreier & Bernie Pettersen this issue of The Crusader Communicator, there can be no doubt that MLHS is built on a firm foundation that was put in place through the vision of those leaders who came before our current students, parents, teachers, and administrators. On May 7, MLHS honored the school’s founders and the Board of Directors of Mayer Lutheran High School’s first ten years. Fifty-seven guests gathered in the Fine Arts Center to share a meal, swap stories, and listen to a program outlining the wonderful things happening at MLHS. Students and staff members spoke to our guests and thanked them for their work. Mr. William Ebel, one of our first teachers and coaches, spoke briefly about his time at MLHS. He was joined by Norlean Berndt who shared the story of when she was called to serve at MLHS. “When I arrived, there were two bricks in a field. My mother thought I had made a mistake and suggested that I get my old job back.” Mr. Bernie Pettersen, an original member of the Board of Delegates, held everyone’s attention as he spoke about gathering funds to build our school and planning the new campus back in 1960. Bill & Dorothy Ebel The Mayer Lutheran High School campus was dedicated to the Glory of God on December 10, 1961. Our school prospered as interest in Christian education grew. Throughout the past 45 years there have been many changes at MLHS, but one thing has not changed. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone and solid rock of our special, precious ministry to young people. As our founders can attest, God has richly blessed MLHS as we prepare the next generation of Christian leaders. Paul & Theodore von Fange Elaine Hoese, Arlys Honebrink, Lavonne & Norville Luebke Page 4 The Crusader Communicator IT IS REUNION TIME AT LHS “South Pacific” - Summer Theatre at LHS Here is the rundown on reunions— After six summers of rest, the community members of Mayer Lutheran High School are returning to the Fine Arts Auditorium excited to perform the first-ever Class of 1962 you are celebrating 45 years - summer musical, “South Pacific,” scheduled for July 19, 20 21 at 7:00 p.m. and July 22 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $10.00 for adults; and $7.00 for students. Class of 1967 you are celebrating 40 years - Class of 1972 you are celebrating 35 years - In 1998, 1999, and 2000, community members performed in the then new build- ing under the direction of former MLHS art teacher and high school drama direc- Plans are in the works for the classes of 1964— tor, Richard Dorn. Shows performed then included: “A Thurber Carnival,” “Our 72 to gather this summer at Mayer Lutheran Hearts Were Happy and Gay,” “The Count of Monte Cristo,” as well as three one High School. Watch your mailbox! acts, “Black Comedy,” “Under the Lamplight,” and “Fifteen Minute Hamlet.” The Class of 1982 is celebrating 25 years and Julie (Mackenthun) Crocker is working on the The present cast of “South Pacific” includes 25 members. Former Mayer LHS com- event. If you would like to work with Julianne munity cast members include current parents of MLHS students, Darel Radde on planning you can contact her via email at: (1977 alumni), Joan Schroeder and Betsy Werner. Other parents of LHS current firstname.lastname@example.org. students or alumni included in the cast are: Steve Hirsch, Greg Johnson, Fred You can also contact Monica Wasser (Jacques) Limmel, Joel Noenning, and Nick and Gina Rogosienski. Alumni performing in 952.657.2188 or email@example.com. “South Pacific” will be: Wendy Bakken (1985), Luke Beck (2005), Nick Heckmann (2005), John Landskroener (2007), Shannon Mellgren (2006), Christian Peitsch The Class of 1987 is celebrating 20 years. (2005), Leah Radde (2005), Lee Radde (2007), Lukas Radde (2004), Melissa Schmidt (2005), Lyndsy Wasser (2004), and Jessica Werner (2005). Other mem- The Class of 1992 has 15 years to celebrate. bers include MLHS faculty members, Tim Bierbaum and Joel Landskroener and The Class of 1997 is 10 years older and, finally, future MLHS students, Brandon and Maddie Bakken. The Class of 2002 is celebrating five years. In March, a few enthusiastic individuals prompted a committee to head up the new summer Mayer Lutheran Community Theater. Positions were quickly filled: We would appreciate information about your orchestral director - James Dulas, theatrical director - Pam Bierbaum, set design – class reunion in order to help publicize your Jessica West, and choreographic artist – Deseree Dantona. Many cast members, gathering. Don’t forget to send photos of your friends, parents, and students of Mayer Lutheran High School comprise commit- party! tees working to prepare the set, costumes, technical support, programs, and pub- lic relations necessary to make this exciting project successful. We are eager to see you there! ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT—NEW GRADS! On June 3, 2007, the class of 2007 walked the stage, ac- cepted their diplomas, and shook hands with Executive Director Mr. Landskroener, Principal Kevin Wilaby, and Board of Directors President Jeff Machemehl (pictured in the lower left photo). Of the 65 graduates, 24 of them have a special connec- tion to Mayer Lutheran High School—one or both of their parents graduated from MLHS too! Pictured on the right is Kreg (’84) and Dede (Schoen) Schmidt (‘83) with their oldest son Aaron. On the left is the Buckentine family Alan & Nancy (Schmidt) (‘78) with their daughter Heidi. Kevin Wilaby mentioned in his comments at graduation that 100% of our graduates will be moving on with post-secondary educational plans. Of our 65 graduates, 78% will go on to a college or university, Twenty percent will pursue a two-year junior college degree, and two percent of the class will be entering the military to serve their nation. We are very proud of the Class of 2007. May God continue His good work as they con- tinue to be Christian leaders wherever they go. Summer 2007 Page 5 DIFFERENT FUNDS… FOR DIFFERENT GIVING Your gifts make a difference in the lives of hundreds of families and students by helping to provide a Christ-centered education for all. Thank you for helping us in funding these accounts . ALUMNI CHURCH WORKER SCHOLARSHIP was created by donors earnings are specifically used to supplement the music, art, and who were interested in encouraging Christian Church Workers by drama ministries of LHS. New equipment, repairs, capital prod- providing a grant for alumni who graduate from a Lutheran col- ucts, etc. may be purchased for the music, art, and drama de- lege and enter a church work field. partments of LHS from the earnings and interest made from this endowment. Thank you for supporting the arts at LHS. THE ALLAN KRAMER MINISTRY IN SPORTS ENDOWMENT Created in KLEMP/ MUELICH ACADEMIC ENDOWMENT created in December loving memory of Allan Kramer who loved the ministry that oc- curred between Christian coaches and athletes, the Ministry in of 2006 by Wayne and Lois Muelich of Monticello, Minnesota, Sports Endowment provides funding for improvements, develop- provides grants to graduates of Lutheran High School in Mayer ment, additions, and enhancement of LHS’s athletic facilities and who will study for full-time church work in the Lutheran programs. Thank you for supporting this special part of our minis- Church-Missouri Synod and to current Mayer Lutheran High try at LHS. School students who excel academically. The Muelich’s desire is that others will see the need for furthering the training of BRANDENBURG STUDENT AID ENDOWMENT The Brandenburg En- graduates for full-time church work in the Lutheran Church- dowment was established in memory of Emma and Erwin Bran- Missouri Synod and for supporting high-achieving current stu- denburg, and is funded by proceeds from the Brandenburg es- dents and will be encouraged to contribute to this fund as well. tate, to assist students in meeting tuition needs in order to attend MELCHERT OPERATING ENDOWMENT The earnings from this LHS. Endowment are to be used to help subsidize LHS’s general op- CRUSADER CLUB— FIRST THINGS FIRST ANNUAL FUND The Crusader erating needs. The endowment was established by the Mel- Club is LHS’s Annual Giving Program. Each year, the operating chert family and helps to slow increases in tuition. Thank you budget of LHS relies on gifts from Crusader Club members to meet for helping to offset the costs of Christian education at LHS. the daily costs of education at LHS. Did you know that it costs MELCHERT LOUNGE ENDOWMENT Earnings from the Melchert almost $6,044 per day to fund LHS? It costs $9,116 to educate each student at LHS; yet, tuition, before discounts and financial Lounge Endowment are to be used only to purchase furnish- aid, is only $7,500. ings for the student lounge. Over 200 individuals belong to the various levels of the LHS MUELICH LANDSCAPE ENDOWMENT was begun in December of Crusader Club. If you are a member, thank you! If you are not a 2006 by Wayne and Lois Muelich of Monticello, Minnesota to member, would you consider becoming one? provide financial support for outdoor beautification and mainte- nance of the Lutheran High School in Mayer campus. The CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP FUND The Christian Muelich’s desire is that others will see the need for improving Leadership Scholarship Fund was created by donors who were the school grounds and will be encouraged to contribute to this interested in rewarding and encouraging the maturation, de- fund as well. velopment, and growth of Christian Leaders at LHS. Four an- nual scholarship are given to graduating seniors of LHS who NORMAN SCHWARTZ STUDENT AID ENDOWMENT The Schwartz have exhibited growth in their personal relationship with Jesus Endowment was set up so that the earnings can supplement Christ, leadership skills, and a vision for using their God-given and help needy families with scholarship assistance. The fund leadership skills both at LHS and in the future. Thank you to all was originally established in loving memory of LHS supporter of you who are helping to support LHS’s mission and encour- Norman Schwartz of Lester Prairie. age Christian leadership development in our students. SCHROEDER STUDENT AID ENDOWMENT The Student Aid EXTRA CURRICULAR ENDOWMENT Over 90% of LHS’s student body Endowment is very crucial to the future enrollment of stu- participates in at least one extracurricular event. The Extracurricu- dents at LHS. The earnings and interest made from this en- lar Endowment earnings are used to pay for coaching and direc- dowment provide scholarship assistance to families in need. tor’s stipends in areas such as athletics, music, and drama. This The bigger this endowment grows, the more aid LHS can endowment also helps to provide extra revenue for the athletic, offer to future and prospective LHS students and families. music, and drama programs themselves. LHS students learn so Thank you for helping LHS in this great cause. much in their extracurricular programs—leadership, character, hard work, etc. A gift to this fund ensures the future stability and TECHNOLOGY ENDOWMENT The Technology Endowment en- viability of these opportunities and programs. sures that LHS will be able to provide the very best education possible to students now and in the future. As the costs of com- GENERAL/MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT Do you wish to dedicate a gift puters and technology use increase, the more operating money in remembrance of a loved one? A gift to the General Endowment is needed to fund these computer hardware, software, and helps LHS both now and in the future. The earnings and interest maintenance needs. The earnings and interest made on the made from the General Endowment help subsidize LHS’s operat- Technology Endowment are used to help support the operating ing budget. In other words, the more the General Endowment budget expenditures directly related to technology costs. Thank grows, the more earnings and interest made can help to pay util- you for supporting academic excellence at LHS. ity expenses, materials, supplies, teacher salaries, etc. This endow- ment truly helps to slow tuition increases at LHS. LHS is honored TUTOR RESOURCE ENDOWMENT The Tutor Resource Endow- to receive gifts in remembrance of your loved ones. ment earnings are used to assist with costs of helping special needs students, students who need extra one-on-one atten- JACOB PETER ZIMMER MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE FINE ARTS tion, special education training and tutorial service, and Created in loving memory of Jacob P. Zimmer, who was tragically learning materials for special needs students. Thank you for killed in a car accident in the fall of 2000, the Zimmer Endowment helping us meet the needs of all students who desire a Christ-centered education at LHS. Page 6 The Crusader Communicator SUMMER CAMPS SUMMER RENOVATIONS In spite of the gymnasium renovations, summer A great crew of folks camps will still be made up of past parents, South Side held. alumni, current students, Bleachers and staff members gathered on a Monday Being removed evening to tear down our current bleachers. The bleachers have served MLSH well since 1968. The girls In order to begin renova- basketball camp tion of the gymnasium, was held at Trinity Lu- the first order of business theran School in Waconia and was to remove the cur- was headed by Coach Kris Gustin. Volleyball camp, lead by Coach Joelle Grimsley, rent bleachers in order to may be relocated this year depending on the install the new floor. renovation progress. With the bleachers com- Camps at MLHS have been a long-standing tra- pletely removed, the next dition. Attendance at these camps has been step was painting the increasing the past few years. Mr. Kevin walls, which was com- Boozikee’s boys bas- pleted on Monday, June ketball camp worked 18, just under the wire as with 65 campers. the benefit sale began on Every camp at MLHS Tuesday, June 19! emphasizes leader- ship. This year’s After everything was South Side of the gym boys basketball cleared out, following the camp coaching staff sale, materials were is pictured above. brought in to complete (From left to right) the floor. Luke Buttenhoff, Jon Schmidt, Adam Dorion, Ben Pictured in the lower right Schwanke, and is Dan Pohl (‘04) and Coach Boozikee. Michael Schuette (‘06) Curent MLHS stu- who are working on dents led, taught, officiated, and thoroughly improving the storage enjoyed the camp this year. area under the weight room. When asked how MLHS offers camps for aviation, baseball, basket- it felt to be back, both ball, dance, drama, football, soccer, and volley- said they never thought ball. they would be working at New this year is the Model Aviation camp MLHS doing construction. taught by Mr. Bud Hitchcock, a long-time friend of MLHS. In its second year, Drama Camp is directed by Mr. Richard Dorn, a former teacher at MLHS. Although he is retired, he enthusiastically leads drama camp. Of course he was smiling! LHS coaches are always looking for ways to encourage, model, mentor and teach Christian leadership skills. Our summer camps provide a great opportunity for students to put into prac- tice what they have learned from their coaches — leadership in action! Dan Pohl and Mike Schuette Page 7 The Crusader Communicator 10th Annual Crusader Classic Golf Tournament Saturday, September 8, 2007 Shadowbrooke Golf Course, Lester Praire, Minnesota 7:45 a.m. Scramble Shotgun Start – Rain or Shine - Entry Fee - $400.00 per Team and Includes: 18 holes of Golf, Carts, Coffee and Donuts at Registration, Lunch, participation in the Putting Contest, Two Mulligans per golfer, Prizes, Fun, Fellowship, a Good Time for All! Plus – a chance to win valuable prizes on each par 3 hole. Prizes include a New Car on hole 17, sponsored by Lenzen Chevrolet Par 3 Card Take part in the Hit the Green Contests on Thank You! all six Par-3 holes for $20.00 per person All funds raised at this annual event supports (price at registration - $25.00) (on-course price- $30.00) technology at LHS Registration Deadline – Upon receipt of 36th team registration Questions? – call Gerry Thomas at 952-657-2300 or 952-657-2251 ext. 315 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include one check, made out to Crusader Classic Golf Tournament and mail it and this form to: Lutheran High School Attn: Gerry Thomas 305 5th St. NE Mayer, MN 55360 Team Registration - 4 golfers at $100.00 each $400.00 _____ Par 3 Cards at $20.00 per golfer ______________ Total Enclosed ______________ Please check here if you wish to have receipt mailed to you for income tax purposes. ___________ --------------------------------—————————————————————————---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team Contact Person: ______________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________ e-mail: ____________________________________ (your email address will not be shared with anyone) Golfer # 2: ______________________________________________ Golfer #3: ______________________________________________ Golfer #4: ______________________________________________ Page 8 The Crusader Communicator CHESS TEAM — GOOD MOVES SCIENCE AT MLHS Mr. Gary Loonjer’s physics class The Mayer Lutheran High School Chess team had a good year. built and launched rockets in late The A team had a rough start, but ended up in 4th place out of May — two-liter bottle rockets, 8 teams. The B team had a good start then they struggled the that is. The rocket’s payload was second half of the season and ended up in 5th place. an egg which had to be carried Practices were held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 - 5:00 aloft and returned safely to earth PM. Matches were held on Wednesdays. Three out of the 5 via a parachute. Students earned members of the A team just graduated. Next season’s captains points for achieveing 50 or 100 will be Zach Hoerman, who is now first chair on the A team, and feet, rocket design, parachute Joe Eischens, who is second chair. deployment and safely returning the egg. There were only a few This past season, every- casualties. one lettered. This was our best season for This project finished the year’s chess—ever. We are series of construction projects. winning more and Earlier, Mr. Loontjer’s class made much of the credit is due egg drop structures. The goal of to the addition of having the project was to have the egg Pastor Krentz on board padded in such a way that the as the assistant coach as impact would not break the egg. well as the seasoned The class also built toothpick guidance from Mr. bridges which were tested for Robert Luecke. strength by placing sand in buck- Eggs ets and heaping it on until each Away! bridge eventually collapsed. Physics can be fun, and Mr. Loontjer certainly makes sure the kids are learning while challenging themselves and others in the class—to build a better bridge, parachute, or rocket. Mr. Loontjer is complet- ing his first year at LHS, but his 32nd year of the teaching ministry. He has been a great asset to the mission and ministry of LHS and we are thankful to have him as part of our talented staff at LHS. Getting Ready to Launch Bridge Building Mallory Christopherson, Rachel Anderson and Cassie Schlueter are sure their rockets will beat the 100 ft. goal. Summer 2007 Page 9 TOP HONORS—CLASS OF 2007 CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS Lee Radde is the son of Darel and Krista Radde (both ‘77) of Cologne. Lee plans to attend Dordt College in Iowa. Alyssa Kovar is the daughter of Dale and PREPARING CHRISTIAN LEADERS! Linda Kovar of Winsted. Alyssa plans to attend Wartburg College in Iowa Quintin Biermann is the son of Brian (’80) and Kari Biermann of Hamburg. Quintin plans to attend the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls. Selection Process: The Executive Director, two other administrators, and one teacher selected the winners. Scholarship applicants were chosen based on the following criteria: A clear vision on how they plan to use their leadership skills and Katie Schaefer, the class of 2007 Valedictorian, lives with her God-given gifts in the future (this was done in a written essay parents Richard and Bonnie. Katie has two college-aged broth- format). ers, Christopher and Matthew. Leadership development and growth in their own personal faith Katie attends St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska and her lives. favorite classes this year were Band and Advanced Placement Active participation in LHS’s leadership development programs, English. student mission and service projects, and other faith-outreach opportunities on and off campus. “My favorite things about LHS are the friends, the teachers, band trips, and learning and growing in my faith.” A recognition, understanding, and the appreciation for the love, Grace, and saving faith that is theirs through Jesus Christ. Lee Radde, the class of 2007 Salutatorian, lives with his parents Darel (’77) and Krista (’77). His siblings are Lukas, Leah, Lael The goal is to recognize and award scholarships annually to up to and Logan. four graduating students who have demonstrated Christian leadership traits, characteristics, skills, and/or growth in their years at Lee attends Zion Lutheran Church in Cologne and his favorite Mayer Lutheran High School. This scholarship also hopes to classes were Band, Advanced Placement English, Advanced encourage students to use their Christian leadership skills in the Biology and Physics. future. National Honor Society National Honor Society Back Row: Reid Bode, Eric Pawela, Jon Schmidt, Jason Buxcel, Quintin Biermann, Allen Kassen, Michael Geib, David Mielke, Brian Wikstrom, Nick Wilson, and advisor Mr. Chris Jung. Middle Row: Tim Zahrte, Leah Burfiend, Bree Schneider, Cassie Schlueter, Rachel Ander- son, Alyssa Kovar, Katie Schaefer, Lee Radde Front Row: Katie Schwartz, Elle Gustafson, Mallory Christopherson, Kristen Sprengeler, Karen DeRocher, Jordan Meyer Page 10 The Crusader Communicator Mark Your Calendar…. July 19—22 South Pacific—Summer Community Theatre August 16 New Student Orientation 5:30 PM at LHS August 22 First day of School for the 2007-2008 school year. September 8 10th Annual Crusader Golf Classic September 21 Homecoming Football Game & Dance October 5 Booster Club Pork Chop Dinner October 5 Student Aid Brunch COMMUNITY THEATRE AT LHS BY PAM (SCHNEEWIND) BIERBAUM “South Pacific” will be performed at LHS on Thursday, July 19 at 7:00 PM, Friday, July 20 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, July 21 at 7:00 PM and on Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 PM. If you have any questions or would like to get involved please contact Pam Bierbaum at email@example.com. 10TH ANNUAL CRUSADER CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT You will not want to miss out on being a part of the 10th Annual Crusader Classic on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 7:30 AM Shadow- brooke Golf Course in Lester Prairie, MN! Two Holland Grills will be given as prizes—a $750 value each. (Thank You Stu Glock!) Two 27-inch LCD HDTV’s will be given away. The grills and TV’s can be won on the par-three contests. The day was chilly in 2006! How about a new car? One hole in one on a special par-three hole can get you a free vehicle courtesy of Lenzen Chevrolet. The Ysleta mission trip students will benefit from the tournament as well. How would you like to wear a grass skirt if you could tee off from the ladies tee? The mission trip team can make that dream a reality. It will be a great day for golf, food, fellowship and support of technology at Mayer Lutheran High School. Get your foursome in today! Visit the LHS website for a registration form www.lhsmayer.mn.org. Spring 2007 Page 11 The Crusader Communicator “A FINAL WORD — BY PRINCIPAL KEVIN WILABY In conclusion, the 2006-2007 school year was a terrific year. Now that sounds like a “Last Word”, but to write this article in the context of providing a “last word” doesn’t make sense to me. The year has been completed and students are in the midst of their greatest desire – summer break. Summer camps are underway and teachers are wrapping up the school year just completed. The end of the school year really doesn’t bring a finality to anything. It does create a transition point, or if you will a spring board to something new and very exciting…the next school year with all of the unknowns and possibilities that it will possess. It is true, the past year was a terrific year. Students learned, athletes practiced, musicians played, vocalists sang, students acted, teachers taught, coaches coached, and directors directed. Families attended games and concerts. The Booster Club held a terrific Pork Chop Dinner. And the time, it went by so quickly. Commencement, the last day of school, and a retirement were all exciting events. Why are these events so exciting to those involved in them? I believe it is the anticipation of what will come next. The seniors (class of 2007) are anticipating the next phase of their education and have an idealistic view of what their adult lives will be like. Teachers, advisors, and coaches are planning the upcoming school year and looking forward to tapping into potential that is present in their students and participants. In retirement Mr. Hilk has a new and exciting chapter to live. Our eyes are focused forward on the future, and I pray upward on the hope that we share because of what Christ has done on our behalf. This is a time to be thankful and looking back on the past year we are thankful! Sixty-five students have become alumni of Mayer Lutheran High School and each of them is planning to either continue their education next year or serve their country in the military. Mr. Hilk was a faithful servant of Christ in this place for so many years and we wish him God richest blessings in retirement. God has raised up dedicated Christian teachers to be in ministry here. The following teachers were honored for years of service: Mr. Tim Bierbaum (15 years), Mr. Kris Gustin (5 years), Mrs. Barbara Hoback (20 years), and Mr. Mike Zimmer (25 years). God has provided dedicated support staff for this ministry. Karen Loehrs was recognized for her 20 years of service. Our incoming freshmen class, the class of 2011, will be in the mid-sixties and several transfer students will be joining the Crusader family as well. God has provided the students at Mayer Lutheran High School with diverse and exceptional talents which they displayed in the classroom, on stage, and on the athletic fields and courts. There were so many accomplishments and victories (too many to list here) earned via these venues, both individual and collective. For our families who desire an education for their sons and daughters that will nourish their spirit as well as their minds. For our supporters who keep this ministry in their prayers and chose to invest in it with finances, knowing the eternal impact that it produces through the power of the Holy Spirit. God has blessed us and our future is exciting. When the new school year begins the gymnasium renovation will be complete. Our hallways will be filled with students. The classrooms will hum with teaching and learning. And in all we do, Jesus Christ will be lifted up. 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