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Alumni Connection

ON THE COVER: Caleb Solofra (Class of 2012) with his class in Lima, Peru. IN THIS ISSUE: Page 2—Message from Jerry Worden Page 3—Wildcat Sports

Page 4-5—Brian Weiland, Class of 2003 Page 6—Caleb Solofra, Class of 2012 Page 7—Support our mission Page 8—How you can stay in touch

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Last November, when I accepted the call to become the Director of Mission Advancement and teach senior religion, one of the first things I did was to sit down and read Northland’s mission statement and understand what it means. TOGETHER training leaders by following Christ. The very first word stood out to me. Who made up this “TOGETHER”? Well certainly at first the relationship between the parents and faculty came to mind. Our faculty and staff work very hard to assist families in training Christian leaders. There are few parents today who could effectively teach their children all the courses that NLHS offers. I know that I couldn’t. That is why my wife and I are so thankful that, TOGETHER with faculty, we were able to partner to provide our children Christian education that has been such a blessing to them as they now pursue their vocations. What an amazing blessing that was for us. But the “TOGETHER” goes much deeper than just families and teachers. We are blessed by an association of congregations and Lutheran elementary schools that support NLHS through their prayers and financial support. We are blessed with grandparents that come to games and concerts and to our Grandparents day in April. We are blessed with volunteers that come weekly to serve on our Booster Club or as Board members and delegates. We are blessed with alumni that come back and volunteer to coach, teach or to help organize our annual golf outing and 5K Run/Walk. All of them, including you and me, are part of the “TOGETHER”. Most importantly we are “TOGETHER” through the blood of Christ. We are part of God’s family and as brothers and sisters we will one day be “TOGETHER” in heaven. Through all the blessings and challenges we face here at NLHS, I encourage you as alumni to look for ways to be part of our mission statement and to pray that God blesses our work here “TOGETHER”. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:10-11) Jerry Worden Director of Mission Advancement


Wildcat Pride Our soccer team has improved greatly as the season has gone along! They have been hovering around the .500 mark and are led by conference scoring leader junior David Burgess. The team is coached by alum, Bryce Zimmerman (Class of 2014). Coach Zimmerman talked about his team at the homecoming pep rally on Friday, October 7. Not only has he seen them grow as a team but as individuals they continue to learn and understand the game better each day. They also continue to glorify their God by using their abilities to their best and to represent the school and their Savior. God’s blessing to them as they soon start playoffs.

They continue to learn and understand the game better each day. Our volleyball team is also coached by an alum, Jodi Neumann (Bartel) (Class of 1989). Our volleyball team this year is young and has struggled at times but they are gaining valuable experience and we look forward to watching them grow as student-athletes and as a team. Kat Jackan (Class of 2004) also assisted with JV coaching. Thank you to Bryce, Jodi, and Kat for volunteering your time and dedication to coaching our young athletes and giving back to your alma mater. You are making a difference in these young Christians lives. 3

Catch up with B After graduating from Northland with the class of 2003, I went on to pursue more schooling. I married my high school sweetheart, Jessica (Blume), a 2005 NLHS alum, in July of 2010. Jessica and I lived in the Milwaukee area for a while as we attended our respective graduate schools. In June of 2014, I graduated from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology with a DocI married my high torate of Psychology degree. Jess and I school sweetheart, moved back to the Wausau area after I reJessica (Blume), a ceived a job as a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Behavioral Health Clinic of 2005 NLHS alum. Wausau, providing testing and individual, couples, and group counseling. About a year later, Jess became pregnant, and we had our little bundle of joy, Belle Juniper Weiland, on February 4, 2016. Belle and our puppy, Quinoa, take up most, if not all, of our free time these days, but they both make us laugh and thank God every day. I have recently become an owner of the Behavioral Health Clinic of Wausau, which has been quite the learning experience! I still find time to sneak in the occasional night of table tennis, play in a Wednesday night volleyball league at DC Everest, and serve as an Elder at Mountain of the Lord Lutheran Brian, his wife Church. Jessica (Blume) Weiland, their What I believe I daughter Belle, took away most from my years and their dog Quiat Northland was the feeling of noa in front of truly being valued and signifitheir home. cant. With my Christian upbringing, it was always instilled within me that God loves you no matter your past sins. I remember being treated this way from my peers, but especially my teachers. As I struggled with academics and a few behavioral issues, teachers took the time to 4

Brian Weiland be sure I understood the material. They also checked in with me to make sure I was staying on track. At the time, I think I mostly found this annoying; however, today I realize these small moments were pivotal to help me believe in myself and feel valued. I would have been left WAY behind if it wasn’t for their care for me. The teachers and staff at Northland took the time to treat me as the precious child of God that I am. I strongly believe that it was this attention and treatment, along with the support of my family and friends (especially my wife), that helped motivate me to pursue things that I don’t think I otherwise would have believed that I could. I have the utmost respect for our Northland teachers and feel so indebted to NLHS. I have hopes of giving back through the skills I have Teachers and staff learned over the years, by being available to counsel NLHS students should they need took the time to it, teaching a psychology mini-course treat me as the (which I have done and went very well!), precious child of and helping teachers and students better understand how to manage psychological God that I am. issues during adolescence. Jess and I still attend NLHS sporting events from time to time because of the forever family we have there. We hope that our little Belle will one day have the same experience we did at Northland. I couldn’t be more proud to be a graduate of Northland Lutheran High School, and I thank God for the time I spent there.

Brian stops by News Channel 7 on a regular basis for their “Relationship Restart” series. So far, he has covered topics including talking politics, pet names, and keeping the love alive. 5

Go and make disciples of all nations -Matthew 28:19-

My name is Caleb Solofra, and I graduated from Northland with the class of 2012. In May I completed my first four years of training for the Pastoral Ministry at Martin Luther College with an emphasis in Spanish. I moved to Lima, Peru the beginning of August. For the next year I will be working as an English professor at the primary and secondary school called “Colegio B Group.� When I return to the United States, I will be enrolling at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.

I really enjoyed my time at Northland. I specifically loved when I had the chance to teach Vacation Bible School in the Dominican Republic. After going on that trip, I realized I had a passion for ministry and the Spanish language. My teachers also gave me encouragement to continue my education at Martin Luther College. I am truly grateful for the opportunities and support that Northland has provided me.

Below: Caleb with his students in Lima, Peru.








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Perseverance You are truly important to the mission of Northland, and you have an opportunity to make a major difference in God’s ministry here at Northland. Our Perseverance program provides a means through which alumni like you can make regular gifts to help support to mission and ministry here. Northland’s budget is funded through four major sources: tuition, Dime and Dollar store, area WELS congregation and other gifts. It is the other gifts from caring individuals that must support the balance of the operating needs here at Northland Lutheran. Financial gifts from individuals like yourself are necessary and must be strengthened. Last November when I accepted this call Perseverance was averaging around $28,000 per year. Over this past year God has richly blessed this program and we are now up to 45 individuals the total has now reached $49,860. Praise be to God. Those individuals give gifts that range between $10 to $300 per month. Our goal for this year is to be at $70,000 and so I am asking for your help. Please pray and consider being part of this program. After you pray and you feel that this is a way you can help support our ministry here please contact me by email at and I can get you the proper paperwork to get you set up. Thank you for your support and continue to pray as we TOGETHER train leaders by following Christ.



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November 4

Wildcat for a Day


Girls First Home Game vs Edgar

November 11 Veterans Day Service

December 9

Tournament @ MLC

November 15 Fall Awards Night

December 13

Boys First Home Game Vs Marathon

November 29 Giving Tuesday

December 18

Christmas Concert For a more complete calendar of events, visit our website!

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Alumni Connection - October  

In this issue: Catch up on Wildcat sports, hear where Brian Weiland and Caleb Solofra are now, and how you can support Northland's mission.

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