By Sophomore Brooklyn Holley
The program Sources of Strength was introduced to Concordia last year. This year is the second year the program has been at school. The theme of the program is to show how to balance the six important parts of being a healthy teenager. These six things include family support, positive friends, mentors, healthy activities, generosity, spirituality, medical access, and mental health. Each part of these six are represented as a piece of pie in a circle. These show that all are equally important and when all used together, you can be a healthy teenager.
Around the school, this program does many different activities to bring awareness for different parts of the circle. They have different kinds of contests where you can win little prizes, and sometimes it’s challenges to do throughout the day. Last year they had a Thanksgiving challenge and everybody before and were then posted around the school.
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By Junior Grace Hedke
Choir. One director. Seventy-two members. Hundreds of rehearsals. All striving to succeed one ultimate goal. At Concordia Lutheran High School, the choir program is very competitive. And every year they strive to succeed the same goal: praise God and spread the gospel to others through their music.
This year they are working on a more complex piece that requires lots of patience and practice. A song composed by George Handel called Messiah. “After performing for a concert, Senior Mckenna Sappenfield said “After the audience heard us perform, I believe that it was very impactful. It felt wonderful to spread God’s word through music to others who don’t know Jesus.”
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By Sophomore Sydney Chappell
The 2019 Jv and freshman football season was rocky. For most of the players it was about learning and growing. Being on the team was less about score and whether they won or lost, but building relationships and producing a team that could work together and trust one another. Once they had built a sturdy relationship with each other they could work together on and off the field.
They learned that being on a team isn’t about the score, its doing what’s best for the team isn’t always what you want to do. It’s important to sacrifice your wants for the greater good of the team. Sophomore, Michael Habegger says, “being part of a team means doing what’s best for the guy next to you, not what you think is best for you.
While off the field the team may have been great, on the field was tough. Out of the whole season they only scored one touchdown, winning one game. Freshman, Christian Fairgood said this, “ we tried our hardest, now all we have to do is come back harder than ever. Thank you to all of our coaches, and senior, you will be missed. Best family ever.”
Overall the 2019 JV and Freshman team may not have been the best, or won many games, they grew as players, and created a family that will be remembered forever. It was a season full of growth, learning, humility, and jokes. When asked about their favorite part of the season sophomore Wyatt Chesebrough talked about the many inside jokes and memories made especially, “we are all out of bubble gum.”
Story By: Bo Bearman
Krizia is a dancer in many forms. She started dancing when she was three years old. “When I was three years old, I started off by doing ballet, tap, and musical theatre.” Krizia said. As she continued to dance, she progressed and got into bigger forms of dance.Krizia adds that “As I began progressing in dance, I started to do jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop along with the styles I had already been doing.” Krizia is on a competitive dance team at Elite Dance Center.
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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.”