By: Junior Krizia Koenig
Concordia Freshman Andy Deng was just five years old when he found his connection to figure skating.
“I went to a public skate session and I really liked it. After that I decided I wanted to get into competitive skating,” commented Deng.
But it wasn’t until only three years ago that he became fully dedicated and passionate for skating. He worked hard, which paid off when he made it through regionals and sectionals his first year competing. Deng skated in both singles and pairs at an intermediate level. After making it through regionals and sectionals, he competed at nationals.
God has truly blessed Deng with the incredible opportunity to keep competing and growing in his figure skating skills. On the weekend of January 19, at the Midwest sectionals, Deng excitingly placed second place in the intermediate men’s, and first place in the juvenile pairs category.
Some competitions that Deng has competed in include Skate Detroit, Skate Milwaukee, Battle of the Blades in Fort Wayne, and if he qualifies he will compete at regionals, sectionals, and nationals.
Deng’s goal is to one day be an official member of the USA Figure Skating Team of the 2026 Winter Olympics.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Andy!
By Shirley Wang (12th grade)
With the help of more than 70 volunteers and more than $25,000 in donations and donated time and goods, the Concordia Lutheran High School wrestling room recently received a much-needed upgrade.
Over the Christmas break, scores of parents, Cadet wrestlers and alumni worked to clean and renovate a room that has had more than 50 years of use. The best part — they did it as a surprise for their coach, Jamie Jones, a 1991 graduate and former wrestler himself.
“I feel humbled that so many people would do this for the program,” he said. “It really adds a layer of class to the room.”
Along with needed replacements to the mats, lighting and paint, the room now features memorabilia from the years of Cadet wrestlers who have come through the program, and the team is working on adding a wall to feature the team and individual champions since 1967, the first recorded championship of the program.
“We want to give many thanks to those who gave money, their precious time and talents, and other resources to make this project happen,” said Tony Hudson, assistant wrestling coach. “These volunteers honor the legacy of the program and how the great sport of wrestling impacted their lives. Rehabbing the wrestling room meant building upon the culture of unity and strength the Cadet wrestling family already possesses.”
By Senior Rylee Light
Starting off homecoming week with nothing but excitement, joy, and high hopes, but not exactly ending that way.
Every year for homecoming each grade decorates their own hallway with a theme. This year’s seniors had the theme of horror, which was in the main hallway, as every senior class does each year. Continue reading “Hallway Havoc: Senior hallway decorations taken down after some deemed against school’s core values”
Spanish visitors have fun in CLHS!
On August 29th, Spanish exchange students came to America from Spain! They spent three weeks and had fun with CLHS students during school hours. On September 18th, they left America and went back to school in Spain. Continue reading “Super Spanish Exchange Students”
This weekend I was able to indulge in African American pride publicly. We went to watch Black Panther on Saturday night and our theater was packed. Although there wasn’t an overwhelming tone of slavery and oppression, there were several metaphors that hit deep. The crowd was wowed by the special effects and graphics for the film, but even more touched by the impact of the words. They made the villain relatable and hard to dislike. All the characters were easy t get attached to and feel as if you somehow knew them. Almost all the cast was African American along with the director. Black Panther has made $360 million worldwide in just a weekend. This is an outstanding number. These numbers have shocked the black community and given everyone something to be impressed by. It’s an honor to have been able to watch this film. Black children have someone to watch and look up to, that hasn’t always been the case when watching superhero movies. They have someone who looks like them. That’s probably my favorite factor about the movie.
This Marvel movie is one of the longer ones, being a little over two hours. Black Panther is unrelated to any other Marvel movie, where most of them are somehow tied together. This allowed people who wouldn’t normally watch superhero movies to enjoy and fully understand it without background knowledge. The film has raised the bar completely for films. The story is about a king who overcomes the death of his father and rules Wakanda. He faces personal challenges and has to defeat his cousin in order to earn his throne back. T’Challa is exposed to demons of his father’s past and has to cope with them.
Continue reading “Go See Black Panther!”