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Middle School Science Fair Results

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By Rachel Meinke

It’s that time of the year again: science fair time! The small gym is full of card tables displaying all different types of projects that Lincoln Lutheran middle school students have been working hard on for the last few months. The science fair judging took place on Saturday February 9th while the displays remained open to the public through February 12th. Many projects earned the point totals necessary to move on to regional competition. The three top projects at Lincoln Lutheran received rewards and recognition.

Taking home first place was Alice Wentz with her project entitled, “Fowl Play”. Using chicken wings, she tested different environments to see which would affect the weight of the chicken wing the most after decomposition. Between concrete, exposure to air, soil, and a plastic bag, Alice found that the exposed chicken wing’s weight changed the most.

In second place was Trevor Holland with his project called, “What a Drag!”. He experimented to see whether swimmers would have faster times when wearing jammers as compared to swim trunks. Trevor found that swimmers had lower times when wearing jammers because they created less drag in the water.

In third place was Lydia Asplin with her project entitled, “Sweet Dilemma”. She compared different brands of cookie sheets to see which would produce the best cookies.  Using taste testers, Lydia found that Doughmakers™ brand of cookie sheets produced the best cookies.

Overall the middle school science fair was a huge success with many students experiencing and applying the scientific method for the first time. With each project entrants also had to create a report and a display. Great job middle schoolers and congratulations on the successes stemming from all of your hard work!

Operation Sandy-Stash

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The week before Thanksgiving, Mr. Wieting and Mr. Krall challenged the Lincoln Lutheran middle school students to provide help for the families that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. As part of the challenge, Mr. Krall and Mr. Wieting would grow mustaches if the students raised $500 and $750 respectively. If they somehow managed to raise $2000, the rest of the male faculty would also grow mustaches. Operation Sandy-Stash was born.

The Lincoln Lutheran community responded with enthusiasm, and in a little over a week blew past all goals. With donations of cash, gift cards and other items, and help from Lincoln Rent-A-Van and U-Haul with donations of vehicles to use for the trip East, over $17,000 was raised. Mr. Wieting stated, “There were a lot of generous donations made. I think this was different than donating to someplace like the Red Cross because they knew the affiliation and they got to see pictures and see exactly what they were working for.” The three main types of items that were donated were clothes, toiletry items and nonperishable food. The 6th grade students then went about the task of carefully documenting all of the donations and their value before helping to load them into the van and trailer.

God moves through people’s hearts in many different ways. For Mr. Bob Krall and Mr. Sean Wieting, they believed their calling was to go to the Church of Grace and Peace in Toms River, New Jersey over Thanksgiving Break. This church sacrificed their time, money and volunteers to serve those who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. According to Mr. Wieting, he felt in his heart that this is what the Spirit needed him to do. 

It took the Sandy-Stash crew a total of 26 hours to get there due to some unplanned dense fog. They were then put onto different teams and went out and helped families in need. As far as the impact this had on Mr. Wieting's life, he said “The biggest thing for me was the experience that it has on young people.  I have the desire to get young people to go places and see how well we have it. It puts people into perspective.”  The Lincoln Lutheran family thanks all who contributed to this project, and ultimately, who helped to share the love of Christ with those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Want to know more? The Journal Star wrote a nice article on the whole operation.

All-State Music Students

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Each year, approximately 3000 of the best high school musicians in the state audition for the Nebraska All-State Band, Chorus, Jazz Band and Orchestra which are sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association.  Selection as a member of one of these groups is one of the highest musical honors attainable in Nebraska. 

Four Lincoln Lutheran students will be among the 440 students selected to be a part of the 2012 All-State Chorus:  Aine Lambrecht - Soprano 2, Clara Rich - Alto 2, Tanner Bohlender - Tenor 1 and Zach Kunz - Tenor 2.

Two Lincoln Lutheran students will be among the 130 students selected to be a part of the 2012 All-State Orchestra:  Hannah Bell - Clarinet and Emmiline Moll - Violin.

Both the Choir and Orchestra will rehearse Nov. 14 - Nov. 16 with a final public concert on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Lied Center.

Congressman Fortenberry visits Lincoln Lutheran

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On October 18th, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry visited with Lincoln Lutheran seniors and government students. In town hall format, Congressman Fortenberry reminded students that the simple phrase "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" is the foundation of American government and thought, and the enduring political and philosophical legacy of the United States.

For over an hour afterward, students were able to ask questions of the Congressman and asked such questions as:

  • "Is it difficult for politicians to tell the truth?"
  • "What inspired you to get involved in politics?"
  • "What is your plan to reduce the national debt?"
  • "Is your family supportive of your career?"

Before leaving, Congressman Fortenberry told students that he enjoys the opportunity to work with young people to encourage them to engage in the political process through voting and contacting elected officials. It is, he said, their voice and their vote that influences the process occurring in Washington, D.C.

The visit was made possible by the efforts of senior government student Casey Blum who contacted the Congressman and arranged the visit. Remember, election day is November 6th. Please vote!

Annual Development Report

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Dear Alumni, Donors, and Friends,

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this;
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
—Psalm 37:5-6

This past school year was filled with celebrations. Many people gathered at our 50th Anniversary Celebration and Worship to acknowledge the sacrifices our Founding Fathers made and their foresight to dream of a place like Lincoln Lutheran.

We also celebrated the retirement of four teachers who had over 100 years of combined teaching experience —Don Duitsman, John Roeber, Donna Willet, and Susan Carlson. Over my five years at Lincoln Lutheran, I have gotten to know all of these outstanding people and have seen first hand the impact they have on the lives of our students. They will be missed!

Our Development Office also had reason for celebration. Our 17th Annual Gala & Auction was blessed again with over 420 people attending, our special project raised $43,560 to purchase iPads for the teaching staff, and our gym advertising initiative continues to grow and provide revenue for the Activities Department.

If you watch KOLN you may see our new commercial that will continue to air throughout the year. This ad is part of our overall marketing plan to reach the Lincoln community. Every event and celebration happens only with God’s blessing and direction. As I put together this annual report, it provided me time to reflect on what has happened over the school year and made me further realize the importance of our ministry here.

Thank you again for your continued support of Lincoln Lutheran. We would not be here without you. Ambassador in Christ,

Amy K. Jurgens Development Director

Lincoln Lutheran plans for the future

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LLSA Site-Study Committee Engages in an RFI Process

Last spring the Lincoln Lutheran Board of Directors authorized the creation of a study committee in response to a critical target from the Association’s strategic plan. The critical target focused on Facilities states, “Lincoln Lutheran provides a multi-functional facility, designed and maintained to promote and enhance the delivery of excellent education and extra-curricular programs.” Our current 17+ acre campus is certainly a blessing and God has used it to do great ministry for more than 50 years. However, our space has some very real limitations. Adding bricks and mortar to our current campus will further limit space for programs and parking.

To begin planning for the future, the Board has begun to ask the question, “How can Lincoln Lutheran ensure it has competitive facilities which will respond to future needs for Lutheran Secondary Education in Lincoln?” The committee has chosen to engage the area development community in an RFI (Request For Information) process so they will have the information necessary to create a summary report for the Board. This is a similar prioritizing and planning process utilized by the Lincoln Public Schools and the City of Lincoln. The goal of this process is to determine what opportunities exist to be creative in ministry moving forward, be it on our current campus or on a new site. Please understand that no decisions have been made to move our campus. The committee and Board are simply in a discovery phase. Thank you for continued prayers and support.

Members of the Site-Study Committee include:

  • Scott Ernstmeyer, EdS Executive Director – LLSA/LEF
  • Bob Caldwell President and CEO – Hampton Enterprises
  • Doug Holle, P.E. Manager, Roadway Design – The Schemmer Associates
  • Dr. Doug Tewes Physician – Lincoln Orthopaedic Center
  • Cory Bergt (Board Member) Senior Relationship Manager – Wells Fargo
  • Tom Schulte (Board Member) Vice President of Operations – B &R Stores, Inc.
  • David Ringler, P.E. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Inc.
  • Chris Blomenberg (Board Member) Attorney – McHenry Haszard Law

Mr. Roeber meets his Hero

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Anyone who knows Mr. Roeber knows that he has two heroes, Norm Abram and Red Green.  He had the chance to meet one of those heroes at the Lied Center here in Lincoln on Tuesday May 15th.  One of the parents of a Lincoln Lutheran student works at the Lied Center and was able to get Mr. Roeber backstage before Red Green performed in Lincoln as part of his "Wit and Wisdom Tour".  

Every year at Lincoln Lutheran's Awards Ceremony, Mr. Roeber gives a Red Green Award to one student who is able to be crafty and make stuff work.  For those that know Red Green, the prize that comes with the award is naturally a roll of duct tape.

Mr. Roeber had a few things to say about the show:

"The guy was funny as all get out. He was the kind of guy you'd like to have as a friend." He also wanted to say thank you to a few people who made the show possible for him.  "I thank the school for buying the tickets, and I thank the faculty for going with me.  It was really great."


New Lincoln Lutheran Spot Airs!

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Check us out on Channel 10/11! You may have recently seen Lincoln Lutheran’s commercial on TV. Through a generous grant from the Dunklau Foundation, we worked with Reliant Studios to produce a 20 second commercial. This addition to our overall marketing plan is aligned with our goals and objectives that were outlined several years ago.

Reliant Studios spent two days at Lincoln Lutheran to film the 20 second commercial. It was a cooperative effort between students, faculty and staff. Our multi-media applications class was able to shadow the film crew for part of the day to see a behind the scenes look at creating a commercial.

This commercial can be seen on Channel 10/11, on our website, and on our page on Check it out and help us spread the word!

Blue Angels Take State

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The 2012 Nebraska State Cheer & Dance Championships were held in Grand Island on Saturday, February 18. The Blue Angels won the competition with first place performances in both the pom and high kick categories! In the pom division they performed Fashion, a routine choreographed by Cayla Berry. The kick routine, Don't Stop Me Now, was choreographed by former Blue Angels members Jenna Karlin and Jami Watts.

Each team is allowed to enter two divisions, and the Blue Angels made school history this year with a double state dance championship. The Nebraska Coaches Association began hosting the State Cheer & Dance Championships in 2008. Since that time the Blue Angels have experienced much success. Past results include: 

  • 2008 - 2nd place in Jazz, 3rd place in Pom
  • 2009 - 2nd place in Pom
  • 2010 - 1st place in High Kick, 3rd place in Pom, Spirit Award
  • 2011 - 1st place in Pom, 2nd place in High Kick
  • 2012 - 1st place in Pom, 1st place in High Kick

2011-2012 team members include Taylor Brockhaus, Emelia Deeter, Anne Heibel, Marissa Hein, Sidnee Lebsock, Cassie Lewis, Abbie Milligan, Kassidy Nuttelman, Mickalea Oneth, Jessi Schulte, Brittany Sincebaugh, Darcy Steffens, Lexie Volk, and Rachel Wheeler. Coaches are Lisa Burger and Rachel Deeter. 


Stained Glass

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Sharon Chatwell, mother of senior Anna Chatwell, wrote this article about the class of 2012's class gift. The article originally appeared in Side by Side, a ministry of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.

Our lives may be crushed and broken, but God is the Master Artisan of Creation…

Our youngest daughter, Anna, was recently commissioned, by the members of her high school graduating class, to create a set of stained glass windows as a school gift from the Class of 2012. The stained glass will augment the windows over the east entrance at Lincoln Lutheran and the project is to be completed by this coming May. Of course, all of this has caused a lot of excitement at our house!

Anna has been taking courses in stained glass and has become quite proficient at it. She is both creative and meticulous, and her artistic bent has led her into a decision to study Design in college. However, it’s still amazing to me that her peers actually believe she can do this… especially since she’s never worked on a project of this scope. I suppose they have faith in her because, over the years (since Kindergarten for many of them) they have gotten to know Anna, and by now they believe she can do just about anything she puts her mind to!

What fun! And we get to watch… up close, it seems… as much of the work is scheduled to take place in our basement!

I don’t know how much you know about creating stained glass, but I can tell you what I have learned. First you start with what seems like a perfectly good pane of glass… and then you break it! That’s right… the glass has to be cut or broken into pieces before the artisan fashions them into intricate and beautiful designs.

Anna’s stained glass windows will depict a Cedar of Lebanon. These great trees were used in biblical times to create structures such as The Temple in Jerusalem and King Solomon’s Palace. Throughout the Bible they are used as references of great strength and stability. As the theme for her windows, Anna has chosen the verses in Psalms 92:12-15:

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

These words will remind all those, who go in and out the doors of the school, of God’s promises.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about stained glass. And it occurs to me that our lives are similar to it. All of us have things that crush and break us, just like the glass is broken. Our sins can do this, but also the circumstances which occur in our lives, and in the lives of those around us, can add to the broken and jagged jumble. As a result, our lives seem to lie in pieces. We are hopeless and helpless to fix them, or even to restore them to a semblance of order. What to do?

The answer is to give all of the pieces to God. As Christians, we must routinely look around us, see the broken pieces of our lives, and determine in our hearts to let Jesus take them and use them. If we are not yet Christians, we have yet to learn that as soon as we give our lives to Jesus, and surrender to Him as our Lord and Savior, something wonderful begins to happen. God, the Master Artisan of Creation, begins to pick up the broken pieces of our lives, even the most fragile and deadly ones, and starts to create something new and wonderful with them.

A beautiful new design begins to take shape under His skillful hands. He takes a bit of glass from here and another piece from there, and by His grace, begins to bring them all together to form a remarkable picture of redemption and restoration in our lives. It is amazing to me that He can use things that previously broke and crushed me to become an intricate part of my new life in Him. And to my delight, these things end up glorifying Him as a beautiful new picture comes into view.

God has shown me that some of the things I learned the hard way can be shared with others to try and warn them from doing the same. Previous disasters, which had awful consequences in my life, now stand as firm reminders to myself and others that God’s laws are both righteous and good, and that we should always honor them. Pain, which I bore in silence in the past, can finally be released as the light of God’s glory illuminates it. Miraculously, it too has become an integral part of the beautiful mosaic He is creating in my life.

These cannot be new ideas. I am sure that others have had these thoughts before. Perhaps this is part of the reason that stained glass windows are so well loved in our churches. Maybe they remind us of the broken pieces of our lives which are bound up by God Himself, who never wastes anything, and who will use even the crushing events of our past to help fashion a beautiful new future for us.

It may seem difficult for us to believe that God can accomplish something this big, especially if we have not yet seen Him do something of this magnitude. But the more we get to know God, the easier it will be for us to have faith that He can accomplish anything, even something of this scope And the great part is that we get to watch… up close, in fact… as the work is done on our very lives!

All honor, glory, and praise to the LORD God, Creator of the universe, and to His One and Only Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. May He continue to use all the broken pieces of our lives to create something beautiful which glorifies His name. Amen.