GUIDED BY FAITH.
DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE.
WISCONSIN LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL
Can build confidence
important life skills
WLHS for its
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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.
GUIDED BY FAITH.
DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE.
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.
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.
414-453-4567, ext. 2303
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
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
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
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 Leverence, Class of 2012
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 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/
“Many young men I’ve
talked to credit wrestling
with developing their
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
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
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
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
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
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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GUIDED BY FAITH. DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE.
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Upcoming Events at WLHS
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
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
Monday, June 18, at 9:00 AM
Learn more about our school at www.wlhs.org