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Wisco Advantage - Wisconsin Lutheran High School

WISCONSIN

LUTHERAN

HIGH SCHOOL

GUIDED BY FAITH.

DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE.

WISCONSIN LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL

ADVANTAGE

Winter 2012

Wrestling

at WLHS

Can build confidence

and develop

important life skills

page 5

Choosing

WLHS for its

diversity

A parent’s view

page 3

Student

Notes

Learning through

WLHS co-curriculars

page 4

“$578,000

available

in financial

aid and

scholarships

to share with

families.”

page 2

IN THIS ISSUE

3 4 5 6 7

A Parent’s Student Wrestling Alumni’s Teacher’s

Perspective Notes at WLHS Perspective Perspective


Welcome to Our School

It’s that time of year. Now is the time we start accepting financial aid

applications for the 2012-2013 school year.

While an education at WLHS is a significant financial commitment, we

believe our caring Christian environment, superior academics and

award-winning co-curricular activities infuse students with values and

skills that guide them during their teen years and throughout life.

To make our superior education affordable, we have $578,000 available in

financial aid and scholarships to share with families. The amount of tuition

assistance provided ranges from $600 to $5,500 per student, based on

financial need and timing of the student’s application. I encourage you to

apply for tuition assistance right away.

If you’re considering Wisconsin Lutheran High School, but are concerned

about the cost of tuition, call me. Or, visit the financial aid section of

our web site (wlhs.org) and complete the TADS form. The deadline for

submitting a financial aid application is April 1. It’s important to know that

the sooner you complete an application, the better chance you’ll have of

receiving the maximum amount of financial aid available.

Wisconsin Lutheran High School delivers a rigorous curriculum that

prepares students for success beyond high school – whether your child

attends a four-year college or university or a two-year technical or trade

college. We’re an institution that’s guided by faith and driven by excellence.

We truly want your child to be part of our Wisconsin Lutheran High School

family. Please do contact me to talk about your child’s future at WLHS.

WISCONSIN

LUTHERAN

HIGH SCHOOL

GUIDED BY FAITH.

DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE.

Mission

Wisconsin Lutheran High School

exists to work in partnership

with Milwaukee area WELS

congregations to make disciples

of young people and their

families now and for eternity by

developing in them a Biblical world

view as well as the personal skills

necessary for a lifetime of service

to Jesus in their homes, churches,

careers, and communities.

Purpose

The Wisco Advantage is published

by Wisconsin Lutheran High

School for the purpose of

informing parents of grade schoolaged

children about the quality

Christian-based education, cocurricular

activities, and student

life opportunities for those who

attend our school.

God bless,

Kirk DeNoyer

Admissions Coordinator

414-453-4567, ext. 2303

kirk.denoyer@wlhs.org

On the cover:

Nick Monty looking to put a West

Bend East wrestler on his back,

contributing to a Wisco win at

the dual meet.

NEW Alumni Scholarship Program

at WLHS

WLHS is starting a new program to help give even more

scholarships to incoming academically-gifted WELS students. The

WLHS Alumni-Sponsored Scholarship program will give out four

new merit-based scholarships of $4000 per student ($1000/yr)

for next year, and continue to grow after that. These scholarships

are being supported by individual alumni classes, and many of the

classes are already on their way to meeting their goal!

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A Parent’s Perspective

on Choosing WLHS for Its Diversity

By Pastor Joel Kluender

“… we actually had the choice of

three different WELS high schools

(in addition to one of the best

public high schools in the

state). … In the end, we chose

WLHS because we wanted our

son to have the most balanced

academic and social experience

possible. …Frankly, we could not

be happier with our decision.”

Pastor Joel Kluender currently serves Northside Lutheran

Ministries in Milwaukee where he was assigned upon

graduation from the Seminary. He and his family are members

of Zion Lutheran Church in Hartland, WI where they lived and

attended during his seminary years. His son, Samuel, is a

sophomore at WLHS.

I grew up attending Lutheran schools from

kindergarten through high school. My wife

went to Lutheran grade schools and college. So

for us there never was a question of if our son

would attend a Lutheran high school, but simply

“which one?” Given where we live, we actually

had the choice of three different WELS high

schools (in addition to one of the best public

high schools in the state). So we had options

to consider, and we got plenty of advice from

people who had strong opinions.

I know that some people might wonder about

the ability of Wisconsin Lutheran High School

to maintain its truly Christian character

while participating in the Milwaukee Parental

Choice Program. I also know that some parents

whose children grew up in smaller suburban

schools (like ours) might even hesitate to send

their child to a larger school in the city such as

Wisconsin Lutheran High School with its diverse

student body. Perhaps they wonder if everyone

gets along, or if the academic standards really

are what they should be.

To those parents, I say: set your concerns aside.

No school is perfect, but in our experience,

these factors make WLHS far more--not less-

-attractive. If our children are going to live

and thrive in a diverse world, how better

to prepare them than to have them attend

a school which is a true microcosm of the

world they will face one day? How better to

prepare them for a world of service to God than

to allow all of God’s children to study and build

friendships together? In the end, we chose

WLHS because we wanted our son to have

the most balanced academic and social

experience possible.

Frankly, we could not be happier with our

decision. Not only does our son love the

school and the friendships he is making,

we have found that the academic experience

is second-to-none. The breadth and quality

of courses offered is far greater than what

I had realized. Without hesitation, I would

recommend Wisconsin Lutheran High School

to anyone who is considering it!

www.wlhs.org Guided by faith. Driven by excellence. 3


Student

Notes

Perspectives on

Co-Curriculars

Cross Country

Winning the Wisconsin State Cross Country

Championship was one of the greatest moments

of my life. All of the blood, sweat and tears my

team and I had put into the season paid off. The

fact that it was a team win, one done with my best

friends, friends who had become like brothers,

made it even sweeter.

Coach Lueck really helped me early on in the

season, as I was struggling with balancing my

training schedule, tough AP classes and getting

enough sleep. He took the time to show me how

to get the most done with the time I had. I did my

homework right away because I didn’t have time

to procrastinate. Things such as surfing the web

or playing video games couldn’t be a part of my

day. It really gave me a greater appreciation for

success both in the classroom and on the course.

My race times got better after that, and then came

State. Our whole team was extremely nervous,

even coach, but he sat us down and said that we

should pray and leave it to God, since He already

knew the outcome of the race. The hymn coach

gave us, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” was

perfect for that moment. Knowing that we could

take our fears and worries to him in prayer was

truly a comfort. In the end, He guided us through

the conclusion of an amazing season.

Josh

Josh Leverence, Class of 2012

Theater

Theater is my passion. It’s something that’s been part of my life for a long time

and it’s a path I hope to pursue in college and beyond.

Each school year, the play and musical are high points for me. Every role is a chance to test

myself. I love getting to know the characters and then challenging myself to become them.

My closest high school friends and best memories are from theater because

the friendships are built on a solid base of mutual interests. I’ve also found

that theater is a good motivator since it makes me focus on my classes

and homework so I keep up my grades.

I’m excited about the proposed new fine arts expansion because I know many other

students will have an amazing space to pursue their artistic passions during high school.

Michael

Michael Jeske, Class of 2012

Michael is playing Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, March 2, 3 & 4 at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

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Wrestling at WLHS

Beginning in first grade, the Junior Vikings

program offers grade school students the

opportunity to participate in wrestling.

For more information on the Junior Vikings

program, visit http://www.wlhs.org/cocurricular/

VikingExplorersCatalog.pdf

“Many young men I’ve

talked to credit wrestling

with developing their

leadership skills.”

Each fall and winter, 40 to 50 young men of all different

shapes and sizes hit the mats as members of the high

school’s wrestling team. The juniors and seniors have a

few years of experience under their belt, but many of the

sophomores and freshmen are new to wrestling.

Even if they haven’t wrestled before, varsity wrestling

coach Darrell “Buddy” Roecker encourages underclassmen

to try the sport because it’s a great way

to build confidence and develop important life

skills. “Wrestling requires a high level of discipline,

encourages goal setting and takes commitment,”

says Roecker. “And, although wrestlers often face

adversity, they quickly figure out how to overcome

those tough situations through the sport.”

Wrestling team members must also learn how to prioritize

their time so they’re able to balance the academic

demands of high school with the time requirements of

practices and meets. Healthy eating and a clean life are an

important part of the wrestling program since wrestlers

must maintain their weight class and extract peak

performance from their bodies.

Coach Darrell “Buddy” Roecker gives his wrestlers encouragement from

the sidelines.

At Wisconsin Lutheran High School, God’s word is

brought into the wrestling program. Before meets,

there’s a team devotion that often focuses on the challenges

of being a Christian young man, a leader, husband or

father. And, practices open and close with prayer.

By junior and senior year, the wrestlers have developed

into fine Christian leaders.

“I know our wrestlers use their leadership skills to

succeed beyond high school,” says Roecker. “Two WLHS

wrestlers recently joined the Marines and are now

platoon commanders. Other boys have gone on to lead

congregations as pastors. Many young men I’ve talked to

credit wrestling with developing their leadership skills.”

But, the wrestling program isn’t just for young men. Each

season, 20 to 30 members of the Wrestling Auxiliary

videotape matches, keep score and support the team at

both home and away meets.

“I’m proud that our wrestling program brings together

a great mix of young Christian people who all enjoy

participating in the sport,” adds Roecker.

5th Grade Parents –

Save the Date!

On Sunday, April 22, we’re hosting a dinner and entertainment

extravaganza at the high school for 5th grade parents

and students. To introduce you to WLHS, we’re bringing

our academics, sports and fine arts programs to life through

entertainment. Plus, we’re giving away prizes throughout

the evening. More details will follow shortly.

www.wlhs.org Guided by faith. Driven by excellence. 5


Alumni Perspective

Chellee Siewert

President/Owner Capture Marketing

“The education and leadership

skills that I was taught at WLHS

helped me fulfill my dream of

having my own company”

As a teenager attending WLHS I certainly didn’t realize

at the time how much WLHS would prepare me for life.

I now often recall lessons learned at WLHS that

have helped me in my marriage, parenthood and

professionally. My husband, Brett, and I use these

lessons in our marriage and raising our sons which made

it an easy choice for us to send our sons to Mt. Calvary.

The education and leadership skills that I was taught

at WLHS helped me fulfill my dream of having my own

company, Capture Marketing. Moving from high school

to college into the working world I often went back to the

values learned at WHLS.

I have also carried with me the message of giving back.

I clearly remember chapel services about the importance

of giving back and the many events put on by our student

council to help raise money. At the time they were great

fun to participate in but it wasn’t until later in life I

understood the true impact this can have. I have been

Chellee Siewert WLHS Class of ‘93 and owner/president of

Capture Marketing

privileged to work and volunteer with, and now

have clients who are non-profits or believe in the

importance and impact of giving back.

Although as children and teenagers it is hard to

understand the value of a Christian education,

as an adult I am now so thankful for the

values that my parents instilled in me and

the choices they made in sending me to St. Jacobi

Grade School and WHLS.

Financial Aid and

Scholarships

We truly want your child to be part of our Wisconsin

Lutheran High School family. To make our superior

education affordable, each school year we work with

families to award more than $570,000 in financial

aid and scholarships. The amount of tuition

assistance provided ranges from $600 to $5,500 per

student, based on financial need and timing of

the student’s application.

WLHS also offers 16 annual scholarships that range from $500 to $3,650.

All of the scholarships, except for one, are based on financial need. For details, visit wlhs.org.

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A Teacher’s Perspective

Marcie Kren _ Science Department

For grade school, I was blessed to attend grades K-8 at Trinity

Lutheran in Waukesha. Besides in my home, Trinity is where

I remember seeds of God’s Word constantly being sowed on

my heart. That’s also where I remember being inspired to

become a teacher. That Trinity faculty sure made a life changing

impression on me!

“. . . the Lord continues to nurture his

children at WLHS before they bloom

where God will plant them.”

Well, it is years later and I am a teacher. I have taught in a variety

of places-grade school, high school, and college. For the last seven

years I was teaching in that very same Lutheran elementary school

that shaped my life. It was such a blessing for me to witness

and participate in the training of so many of God’s young

children. His Word wasn’t just taught in catechism, Christ Light,

and Bible History. It permeated into reading, language, science,

social studies, music, math, and art. Applications carried over

into phy ed, recess, sports and other activities. Children were

encouraged to use their gifts to glorify the Lord. Those seeds

of faith were always being nurtured.

Now, being a high school science teacher at Wisconsin

Lutheran, I get to see those seeds of faith keep being

nurtured in these wonderful Christian adolescents.

Our students, faculty, and staff are blessed

with the opportunity to attend chapel every

day. It is such a privilege to hear God’s word through

so many faithful servants. Special chapel services

allow the choirs and musicians to help glorify God even

more. Devotions and prayers are common in all classrooms.

Students are always encouraged

Instructor Marcie Kren instructs students about the surface

tension of water in her physical science class.

to use their gifts to glorify the Lord no matter what

the class, team, or co-curricular activity. Those seeds

are still being nurtured. I have been at WLHS for a semester,

I have seen some of these seeds of faith start blooming.

I’ve seen and heard teams pray before meals and

sing a hymn before competition. In my classroom,

I have seen students who are challenged by

chemistry do the work and realize they can do

it and glorify God by doing their best.

As a parent it is reassuring that the seeds

of faith that were started in the home, and

cultivated through grade school, are still being

attended to at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

It is a true blessing that the Lord continues to

nurture his children at WLHS before

they bloom where God will

plant them.

Math Track Team

A strong math department lead by the AP Calculus

teaching of Brian Gottschalk, along with the abilities

which the Lord has gifted these students, is the root

of the Math Track Team’s success. The team competes

in the Southeast Wisconsin area four times annually

against eight other schools. Last year the team won

first place at three of the four competitions.

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Upcoming Events at WLHS

Spaghetti Dinner

Friday, March 2 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

The Wisco Stewards Lab serves as a writing center for

students. Assistance offered by members of the faculty

includes help with all aspects of the writing process.

The lab accommodates 40 students at computer

work stations which have a wide variety of software

including Microsoft Office, Open Office, and Adobe

Creative Suite 5.

Spring Musical My Fair Lady

Friday, March 2 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 4 at 1:30 PM

Big Friday Night Auction

Friday, March 30 at 5:00 PM

Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee

Prism

Friday, May 18 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Spring Band Concert

Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 PM

Spring Sacred Choral Concert

Saturday, March 31, at 7:30 PM

Golf Outing

Monday, June 18, at 9:00 AM

Learn more about our school at www.wlhs.org

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