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HS Boys Win the Class C State Golf Championship

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State Golf Championship (from a coach’s perspective) I still don’t think it’s really sunk in that we won the Class C State Golf Championship and that our season is now over.  Part of me doesn’t want it to be over because it’s been such a memorable year.  We get to add 3 new banners to the gym, Conference, Districts and State Championships.  What an amazing year!  

When people look at golf scores they tend to look at the totals, what did they shoot?...  how does that compare to their personal best?... how does their total compare to the totals in the other classes?  While score does matter, golf isn’t played on a standard layout like so many fields, courts and tracks where you can compare one meet, match or game to another.  Each course presents its own challenges specifically for that day… temperature, wind, sun and magnitude of the tournament (nerves) play into that match on that day and it will be a completely different course the next day.  Each player in the field is truly playing against the course on that day under the same conditions.

Knowing this, we had two completely different courses in the two days of the tournament.  The first day was cold (in the 50s), windy (avg. wind speed 25mph = wind chill in low to mid 40s) and a little wet from the night before.  Then the second day was beautiful, sunny, upper 60s, light SW wind around 5mph… to me almost perfect golf weather.  So on the first day, I honestly don’t think nerves had much effect on the their games, I think all were in survival mode and trying to post the best score they could, given the elements that day.  I’m sure a glimpse of what was running through their minds was ‘ how do you play a 340 yard, narrow par 4 from an elevated tee box, directly into a 20+ mph north wind that is cutting through your layers and making your body cold and tight, do you add 20 or 30 yards to the distance you want to hit?’.  Knowing all that, for our guys to go out there and post a 321 team score (our 4th highest total of the season) and still be 3 strokes ahead of the next team, Kimball (who set a school record earlier this year with a 298 team total), shows that our golfers got it done in under difficult conditions against the best in the state.

Now were on to day 2.  When the weather is perfect and you’re playing from the lead, you’re expected to win… right?  In that sentence is the struggle that all golfers go through on every team, EXPECTATIONS.  Each golfer plays individually, almost on an island.  They don’t know what their teammates are doing, how they’re playing, and in that player’s mind their teammates are getting it done, and they don’t want to let the others down.  Each teammate feels that expectation squarely on your shoulders and it adds a level of pressure and stress that you have to now carry around for 4 hours and weigh against each shot. 

I’m going to digress here a little and I’ll get back to day 2, but I want to share what we talk about a lot during rounds, letting go of the past.  Golf is a lot like life.  As you go through your round, much like life, you have great things happen to you and you have bad things happen to you… you may hole out from 187 yards for par (true story) or you might miss that 6 foot eagle putt that would change your round (also a true story).  You can drag that past stuff on and let it affect you now, OR you put it aside because you can’t go back and change it and keep your focus on the moment and what you can affect in the future, which may be good or may be bad.  We have to play our game and live our life for the future, we have to stay hopeful that whatever comes is what’s intended, blessing or heartache.  This is where I believe we have an advantage over everyone else in competition, we know the redemptive power of Christ and that our future is in Him, and that all the rest of this (joy and pain) is just life (or golf).  Granted, we still need to use the past to help us look forward and guide the future decisions we make, but nothing good happens when we drag the bad things along with us.  SO in golf, much like in life, bad shots and missed putts have to be forgotten, but we use that experience to try to change the outcome if we encounter the same 6 foot breaking putt for eagle… on the next hole.

So, back to day 2, our biggest hurdle on day 2 was ourselves and definitely not the weather.  We started out, let’s say, not as well as we did on day 1.  With only a 3 shot lead every bogey makes you feel like you’re letting the team down.  This is where the experience of this year (I believe) kicked in.  We were notoriously slow starters this year, bogeying opening holes, digging (what seems like) a big stroke deficit right out of the gate (C-1 Districts seems to come to mind) but this group of golfers can string pars and birdies together like nobody’s business.  They didn’t panic (well, maybe a little) and they stayed with the game plan, and didn’t hit driver on every hole and only on the holes we agreed to, before the first day.  They hit fairways, played to the middle of the greens and 2-putted to make the pars that were necessary.  They had faith that if they took care of their business and stayed focused on what’s ahead of them that in the end the team would be fine, because they trusted their teammates were doing the same.

In the end they did exactly what they needed to do, they relied on each other, their gift to play golf and they got it done.  Low score each day and a State Championship!  Elijah Frost was the state runner up, and showed everyone the game we all knew he had.  The rest of the team played true to form, and almost to the number, shot their season average score.  At this point I have to confess that I probably added (at least) 6 strokes to Dylan’s score on that first day because I didn’t follow my own advice on his last hole.  I should have told him chip out to safety and hit his next shot on the green but I gave him too aggressive of a line.  He trusted my advice and hit the shot and got into more trouble.  So in my mind he shot an 85 both days, instead of the 92 on the scorecard the first day.  There, that feels better.

I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss this team, they have a special place in my heart and life.  I’ve known three-fifths of them since Kindergarten, and they are all like sons to me (and one is).  I’ll miss the conversations in the van (and yes I do listen), the laughing and the heartfelt love for one another.  This is not just a state champion team but a wonderful group of young men that will change the world, given the chance. I love them and will miss them but I know they will be my friends for life.

Coach Carl


Registration for 2017-2018 school year is open!

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Come and join us for the 2017-2018 school year! Lincoln Lutheran is now accepting Registration Forms for the 2017-2018 school year.  You can print off a copy of the registration form by clicking HERE. If you have any questions either about the registration process or about choosing Lincoln Lutheran for your student, please contact our Recruiting Coordinator, Kristin Bennett at kbennett@lincolnlutheran.org or call us at 402-467-5404.


COT Serves during Thanksgiving Break

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The Community Outreach Team spent several hours serving local agencies over the Thanksgiving Break. Several students helped the Center for People in Need prepare for their yearly Thanksgiving food distribution. Some worked to package, load and sort food in the days before the distribution. Others joined in on the day of the event, serving as distributors of different foods. Roughly 3,000 families were blessed by this gigantic community effort. Playing a role in all of it was humbling to say the least.

“I love how easy it can be to make somebody’s day. All it takes is a few hands taping labels to cereal boxes or packing potatoes into bags, and suddenly hundreds of people in need have food for the holiday,” junior Rebecca Ziems said. “God has given me many blessings. I was glad we could share our blessings of time and talent with others.”

This is the third year the COT has partnered with CFPN and this huge undertaking. The joy of seeing physical labor turned into food blessings was very rewarding for all who served.

 

At The Gathering Place, the COT group helped by participating in a yearly deep cleaning of the facilities. While the volunteer numbers were small, it was an example of the ideal COT outing: students of different ages, parents and faculty working together outside the classroom walls and serving our neighbors.

“Volunteering at the Gathering Place is a win-win-win: volunteers find joy in serving, the organization finds workforce to keep the place up and running and the guests find more comfort and hospitality,” said Georgann Roth, volunteer coordinator. “It’s a trifecta of greatness,”

The Gathering place was founded in 1982 by like-minded people who wanted to feed the hungry but create a “home” in which to do so. Today, the unmistakable feel of home (hardwood floors, banister staircase, reading area, fireplace, etc…) is also an unmistakable agent of good, serving over 120 meals daily and welcoming people from all walks of life with home cookin’.

Recently, the Journal Star covered this organization in a feature article, you can read that article by following this link: http://journalstar.com/niche/l-magazine/here-to-help/the-gathering-place/article_b5e3cf8e-7b0e-56fc-b67d-c77899ae8452.html. Helping those who “help others” has become a unique characteristic of the Community Outreach Team events.

Speaking of serving those who serve, our next event is solely gear to do just that. In Access/AP classes, students and teachers will create care packages for those who tutor in LPS. Through a partnership with City Impact, and because of the vision of Mrs. Rickords, City Impact will be able to recognize the tutor volunteers who read to below-level students in an attempt to get them at reading level. If you have any interest in this event, or any other listed below, contact Joel Stoltenow (jstoltenow@lincolnlutheran.org).

Dec. 10: Meals on Wheels (ages 16+)

Jan. 3: People City Mission (soup kitchen)

Jan. 21: People City Mission (warehouse) 


COT Begins Third Yr of Service

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This year marks year three for Lincoln Lutheran’s Community Outreach Team. Formed by teachers and students, and funded by a series of grants, this group impacts community organizations in the Lincoln community.

A typical event begins with a student-led devotion, then continues with a unique service outing, and concludes with a donation to that agency. For each outing, there is at least one student, one parent and one Lincoln Lutheran staff member.

“We spend so much time in our roles as teacher-student-parent,” coordinator Joel Stoltenow said. “Sometimes it’s nice – and important – to spend time together as fellow believers serving in God’s Kingdom.”

Executive Director Scott Ernstmeyer appreciates how students have engaged in the COT. “The COT has allowed some students to embrace leadership roles while all who’ve had a chance to serve have discovered an appreciation for the true needs within our community.”

Last year 179 individual volunteers served 789 hours in 17 different outings (see list below). This year, we are at it again. Each year, the goal is 1,000 hours and 20 outings. However, we have had limited interest or involvement from families. If this group seems like something you might want to join, please contact Joel Stoltenow (jstoltenow@lincolnlutheran.org) at 402-770-3927.

Our next outing will take place on October 1st with Jacob’s Well at First Presbyterian Church (18th / F Streets). Other upcoming events include: City Impact, Habitat for Humanity, People City’s Mission and Veteran’s Affairs.

Opportunities to Serve:

Habitat for Humanity, People’s City Mission, Streets Alive!, Friendship Home, City Impact, Veteran’s Affair, The Arbors, Jacob’s Well, Lighthouse, Salvation Army, Lancaster Manor, Barnabas Project, F Street Community Center, Partnership of Healthy Lincoln, NonProfit Hub, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Safe Quarters, 8th Grade Community Witness Project


2016 Homecoming King and Queen & Court

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Congratulations to the six seniors elected to the 2016 Homecoming Court.  Final voting took place in AP on Wednesday. The King and Queen were announced on Friday at the pep rally. Congratulations to Allen Lacroix and Rachel Garbe on being named 2016 Homecoming King and Queen!  The 2016 court members are Amber LeGrande, Isaac Zager, Hope Bassett, Joel Stennett, Rachel Garbe, and Allen Lacroix.


HS VB Coach Sue Ziegler recorded her 300th career win with a three-set sweep over Auburn

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Lincoln Lutheran coach Sue Ziegler recorded her 300th career win with a three-set sweep over Auburn 25-15, 25-17, 25-22 on Tuesday.

The Warriors recorded 13 ace serves as a team in Ziegler's milestone, led by Hope Leimbach (five) and Lexie Kriezel (four). Leimbach added 31 set assists, as the Warriors totaled 30 digs as a team.

Ellie L'Heureux and Josie Puelz had three blocks apiece, and Amber LeGrande led the offense with 12 kills.

Ziegler, a former Journal Star girls coach of the year, has spent 26 years at the school, coaching a total of 19 years. She led the Warriors to the 2004 Class C-1 state title and spent 15 years as the head coach before taking seven-year hiatus and returning in 2013.


Bryan Health Awards $90,000 to Future Health Care Providers

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Lincoln, NE (September 8, 2016) – Bryan Health today awarded $90,000 to Lincoln and Crete schools to assist students pursuing careers in health care. The event served as the capstone of Bryan’s 90 Acts of Kindness this summer, in celebration of its 90th anniversary.

Schools receiving gifts today include:

·         College View Academy, $5,000

·         Crete Public Schools, $10,000

·         Lincoln Christian, $10,000

·         Lincoln Lutheran, $10,000

·         Lincoln Public Schools, $40,000

·         Parkview Christian, $5,000

·         Pius X, $10,000

“Our 90th Act of Kindness is focused on the future, for students who want to join us in caring for the region,” said Bob Ravenscroft, vice president for Advancement at Bryan Health.

Bryan’s Acts of Kindness served to salute unsung heroes, surprise community champions and serve other local organizations as a thank you for the difference they make. To see photos and a video recapping this campaign, please visit www.bryanhealth.org/90-acts-of-kindness.

 


6's last kicks: The last Soenksen son takes the field for the Warriors

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There were 15 years of soccer tradition on the sideline to witness Lincoln Lutheran’s game against Columbus Lakeview on Friday. You may know them as the Soenksens. Five brothers stood next to their mother to offer support and encouragement for their youngest brother, Uriah, as he played in his final home game. After a left-footed shot by Uriah was corralled by the Lakeview goalkeeper, family members either grimaced or brought their hands to their cheeks. At one point, a suggestion to “look up the middle, it’s open” was met with a thumbs-up from the senior midfielder. While his jersey may not have listed his name on the back, all you needed to see was his number to know he was a Soenksen. “It’s been a tradition, the No. 6,” Lincoln Lutheran coach Nathan Bassett said. “The first one wore it, then the second one wore it, and I didn’t give them a choice after the second wore 6.” The soccer tradition started when Jesse was a talented freshman on the Warrior team and has carried on with five more brothers over the last decade-and-a-half. Sisters Wendy and Esther, now a sophomore soccer player at Concordia, were the only two of the nine siblings that couldn’t make it to the game. “We’ve always been super close and we play soccer with each other all the time,” said Kevin Soenksen, the fourth-oldest of the six brothers. “It’s great. Especially with him (Uriah) being the last one here and I know it means a lot to him to have all of us watching him.” When Uriah dribbled into the side of the box and his shot was blocked, the family saw a potential game-winning goal disappear. But the ball deflected off different legs before landing at the feet of fullback Cayden Bregt, who slotted it in with less than three minutes remaining to lift the Warriors to a 1-0 win. It came after more critiques and notes were directed toward the youngest brother. “I do feel bad for him, because we do have very high standards for him,” Kevin said. “So we hold him up there really high and sometimes we come down on him a little hard.” After the game, the brothers lined up on the goal line, wearing their old jerseys that Bassett provided. All No. 6. “I wanted to do something special,” Bassett said. “So I thought I’d take a picture so they have it and then I can have it.” In those pictures are 15 years of Lincoln Lutheran soccer, with the family at the center of it all. “I think that’s a really special thing,” Kevin said. “Just about everyone except for Uriah has had one of our brothers playing with them. It’s cool to be such a part of this program for so long.” If you think Uriah’s upcoming graduation means the end of the Soenksens in soccer, think again. Youngest sister Grace is a freshman at Lincoln Lutheran and the older siblings still play whenever they can. The love of the game is cemented at the core of this family. “It’s a bittersweet moment,” Bassett said. “But I’ll see them again. All I have to do is go out to a soccer field.”

 


Spring Cleaning at the Lighthouse

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Have you noticed the several light bulb sculptures around town? They are in recognition of the Lighthouse’s outstanding work, helping Lincoln’s youth with graduation and vital life skills training. For 26 years the Lighthouse has been a beacon of hope for high school students. For three hours on Saturday, the Lincoln Lutheran Community Outreach Team shared in that mission with some "spring cleaning" for the after-school organization.

Senior Paige Steinbauer began the day with a meditation on how Moses learned from God how to accept help from those who wanted to help him. As such, Lighthouse, which needs help every month to keep its property tidy, received help from the COT members.

In small groups, the community outreach team vacuumed floors and sofa seats, folded clothes and scrubbed floors, organized camping gear and sports equipment; ultimately, the goal was to serve the Lighthouse staff, which daily serves the youth of Lincoln. It was a beautiful day to open doors and give a thorough cleaning of the high-traffic facility.

“Going to Lighthouse really showed me that there are people that come from all different walks of life that are working toward goals just like me,” said junior Abigail Lofgren. “Seeing all of this made me realize that sometimes I take my education resources for granted. It felt good to help other teens, just like me.”

“I enjoyed serving at the Lighthouse because I know that there are so many different students that benefit from this facility,” said teacher Lindsey Morris, who served with her husband David and daughter Nora. “When something is nice and well cared for, you make sure that you also take care of it. Every kid deserves a place like this to do things that will help them in school and their future.”

In addition to the service of cleaning and organizing, the COT donated $100 to the scholarship program, which helps Lincoln graduates pursue post-secondary goals at college. This event marks the 11th event this year, with nine more outings planned in the 2015-2016 school year. For more information on how you might connect with an outreach event, please contact Joel Stoltenow at jstoltenow@licnolnlutheran.org. 
 


Reflections on our 1:1 Initiative

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Lincoln Lutheran Middle and High School implemented a school-wide 1:1 Bring-Your-Own-Device initiative in the 2014-2015 school year. Now, more than halfway through its second year, Principal Matt Heibel has been impressed with how well the transition has gone and with the willingness of classroom teachers to integrate a variety of instructional technology into lessons. “We did everything we could to be prepared. What has helped make the change so successful is the leadership of our teachers and the willingness of our students to embrace the change.”

Lincoln Lutheran senior Kate Staab has grown to appreciate technology innovation in her classes. “The ability to quickly annotate a document and have all of our resources in one place has helped us as students. We can record documents from our teachers and the software we use creates an easy process for turning in assignments and retrieving them later if needed. Our teachers (and students) can easily project examples on the screen during the learning process. All of these changes have helped us learn more efficiently.”

Improvements

Instructional technology resources have changed drastically during Staab’s seven years at Lincoln Lutheran. During that time the school has:

1. Installed LCD projectors in every classroom .

2. Adopted a learning management system to give students anytime/anywhere access to course material.

3. Installed more than a mile of new ethernet cable, making wireless access available school-wide.

4. Installed fiber optic cable to increase Internet speeds ten-fold.

5. Adopted software so students can receive, complete and turn in homework online as well as view grades and receive teacher feedback online.

6. Provided each teacher with an iPad, allowing them to teach multimedia lessons from anywhere in the room.

7. Installed an Apple TV in every instructional space which teachers and students can use for class presentations.

8. Adopted a 1:1 Bring-Your-Own-Device initiative so every student has a device to facilitate and enhance learning.

Lloyd Sommerer, the school’s technology coordinator, appreciates the array of resources available in Nebraska to help schools and teachers as they implement and increase the use of instructional technology. “Technology coordinators throughout Nebraska are always willing to help each other. Learning from other early adopters has allowed Lincoln Lutheran to stay ahead of other Lincoln schools when it comes to instructional technology. We were also able to avoid some common mistakes as we rolled out our 1:1 initiative because of the experience of other early adopters.”

During an AdvancED accreditation visit last spring, the visitation team, comprised of experienced educators from several states, was impressed by the use of instructional technology in the classroom. The team noted that Lincoln Lutheran scored higher in the area of digital learning than any school they had visited. Based on the accreditation process, Lincoln Lutheran has adopted a school improvement goal that focuses on next-level use of instructional technology, called the SAMR Model. Teachers are focusing on moving from “Substituting” technology for traditional methods of instruction, to “Augmenting,” “Modifying,” and “Redefining” instruction using educational technology.

Investing in the continued professional development of teachers will be key to identifying ways to further strengthen the students’ learning experience. Over the past several years, teachers have attended state, national and international technology conferences. The annual Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) conference has been an invaluable source of ideas for technology integration in classroom instruction.

Prepared for future

Senior Kate Staab is looking forward to college with confidence because she knows her experience at Lincoln Lutheran has exposed her to some of the best educational innovation found in schools today.

“My teachers have been willing to try new things and challenge us as students. When I talk to peers at other schools they are amazed by the fact that we turn everything in and receive everything back electronically. I am so thankful for all those who’ve supported Lincoln Lutheran so we could make the most out of our educational experience.”