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A Message from Dr. Ken Fisher President of the WLHS Conference Celebrating Something More Why are parents choosing Wisconsin Lutheran High School for their sons and daughters in record numbers?

To God the Glory Page 3 Guided by Faith Pages 4-5 2019 WLHS Report Card Pages 6-7 Faculty & Staff Accomplishments Page 8 Faculty Anniversaries & Additions Page 9 International Program Flourishes Pages 10-11 Wisco Alumni Underwrites New Science Class Pages 12-13 Alumni Updates & Events Pages 14-15 Reunions Page 16 WLHS Foundation/In Loving Memory Page 17 School News Pages 18-19 Veterans Day Back cover

In my mind it is simple. Parents want what is best for their children. They want to set their child up for success. That’s true if the parent is in Brookfield, Dr. Ken Fisher Wisconsin, or Seoul, South Korea. Parents are looking for a high school experience that prepares their young adult for success in this life and beyond.

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Parents want it all. Rigorous academics. Award winning co-curriculars. And something more — a faith-based foundation that guides their child through life.

2019-20 School Theme

WHLS strives to provide it all. We’ve added several new offerings this year, including AP Economics, AP Computer Science Principles, Anatomy & Physiology (sponsored by the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin) and Video Production to continue to raise the academic bar for our teens. You can take a look at our report card to see how God is blessing your school in so many profound ways. But WHLS offers something more. It flows from a faculty and staff that are united in their Christian faith and values. It is something that many other schools can’t offer. It is a Christ-centered experience that permeates everything. It is the Wisco difference. Parents want their children prepared for life after high school. By God’s special grace, that’s what we are doing at WLHS — preparing young adults for productive, Christ-centered lives that extend into eternity. Please continue to support our students with your gifts and prayers! In Christ,

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Fisher President of WLHS 2

In This Issue


Veterans Day Christmas Pops Concert Sacred Christmas Concert 5th Grade Extravaganza Winter Festival School Musical - Newsies

November 11 December 8 December 15 January 26 February 1 March 6, 7 & 8

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“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2).

Our Mission

Compelled by Christ’s love, guided by the Great Commission, and rooted in God’s Word . . . Wisconsin Lutheran High School prepares young adults for productive, Christ-centered lives in a diverse world.

Our Vision

Renowned for its distinctive Lutheran values, superior academics, and award-winning co-curricular activities . . . Wisconsin Lutheran High School will be the preferred choice for those seeking a comprehensive Christian high school experience in a caring, cross-cultural setting.

On the Cover: Mr. Jason Nickels, Anatomy & Physiology Instructor

Class of 2023 Largest in Two Decades Over the years, God has bestowed numerous blessings on WLHS – talented faculty and staff, dedicated parents and generous supporters. This year, he’s led 260 freshmen to become part of Wisco.

To God the Glory!

“We thank God for guiding more than 250 families to choose WLHS for their sons and daughters,” says Dr. Kenneth Fisher, president of WLHS. “Our WELS congregations and grade schools continue to work in close partnership with us to shepherd Christian young men and women through our doors.”

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”Our goal is to make WLHS affordable for every family that’s interested in our successfocused, Christian education,” says Brad Wetzel (’98), director of admissions. “The financial packages we’re able to offer through tuition assistance and scholarships make a difference.”


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Guided by Faith

Campus Ministry Continues to Grow At 8:45 a.m. each school day, nearly 900 believers gather for chapel at WLHS. The group sings together, prays together and grows together in Christ. Thanks to a generous donation of time and talent from retired pastor Nathan Pope, WLHS now has a beautiful, hand-carved altar, lectern and the school’s first baptismal font. A number of sources came together for this project. Individual donors, along with the class of 1967, provided funds to help defray the cost of supplies and materials.

Pope, whose father served as a Wisco teacher from 1942-43, has created pieces for many WELS churches, including the Chapel of the Christ at Martin Luther College. The three pieces for WLHS are his final work. The furnishings are rich with Christian symbolism and remind WLHS students, faculty and staff to keep Christ as their foundation.

The altar is a monument to the Triune God and incorporates triangles and artwork representing the Atonement.

The baptismal font is eight-sided to symbolize new life and is a reference to Noah and his family who numbered eight in the ark. 4


The lectern looks traditional on the outside but the inside accommodates the latest technology.

Join Us in Worship! Subscribe to our WLHS YouTube channel and you can be part of our 15-minute, weekday chapel services. Visit to join us in worship.

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Wisco Witnesses in the World Last school year, 128 WLHS students were lights to the world, sharing God’s word in cities throughout the United States, Thailand, Mexico, Canada and beyond as part of WWW (Wisco Witnesses in the World).

Dear Wisco mission team, parents and Pastor Huebner, Imagine for a second what it would look like for you to double the size of your church. That’s what God just did through the work of the Wisco mission team and our CrossLife volunteers! Our small church of about 60 people prayed for God to bless this mission effort, knocking on doors all week. He answered our prayers. 62 new people are interested in follow up with CrossLife. I consider these people under our spiritual care and, therefore, we’ve now doubled in size! God is amazing. And the Holy Spirit is already working, because our team sowed over 130 gospel seeds, telling people about Jesus.

During the 2018-19 school year, 11 WLHS students were baptized into God’s kingdom of believers.

I spent time with this awesome team for a week, in God’s Word and prayer, focusing on our theme of “courage.” Their faith and love inspired us! Thanks so much to Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Pastor Huebner, chaperones Pastor Dave and Stacy Bitter, students on the team and their parents. CrossLife is so grateful to you and gives thanks to God for such success. Pastor Daron Lindemann CrossLife Church, Pflugerville, Texas



2019 Report Card 2019 WLHS Report Card

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Wisco Witnesses in the World


Wisco Witnesses in the World is a serviceminded group. Students have the opportunity students to practice the lessons they learn every day in school, including sharing the love of Jesus through outreach and community service activities.


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85% WLHS

Eighty-five percent of students who took AP exams received qualifying scores for college credit, a four percent increase from 2018.



WLHS’ best scores, as reported to colleges, show the top 75 percent of seniors averaged 23.8 (70th percentile) on the ACT. Achieving at the 70th percentile means a student scored in the top third of all students nationwide. 2019-20 Official Enrollment

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2018 2018 2018 District State WLHS Economically Disadvantaged

WLHS students participating in College Possible had an impressive 2.5 points growth on the ACT over the course of a year and outperformed the state average. College Possible makes college admissions and success possible for low-income students with an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Co-Curriculars, Clubs, or Student Activities

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Scholarship Success A 2019 WLHS graduate, and St. Marcus Lutheran Grade School alumna, is on her way to Northwestern University with a scholarship totaling $300,000 over the next four years.


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• Participant in College Possible • Honor roll every semester • NHS member • Completed four Advanced Placement classes • First-generation college student

Faculty Who Hold or Are Working Toward an Advanced Degree

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2019 2019 Report Report Card Card

Caring, Caring, Christian Christian Atmosphere Atmosphere In a school-wide survey In a school-wide survey

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Embracing Embracing the the Great Great Commission Commission

Multiethnic Multiethnic Diversity Diversity

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of WLHS students of WLHS students agree or strongly agree agree or strongly agree with this statement: with this statement:

“My “My teacher teacher reflected reflected Christ’s love by Christ’s love by caring caring about me as a person about me as a person and and as as a a student.” student.”

(for 2019-20)

Recent Recent College College Acceptance Acceptance Highlights Highlights Boston University Boston University Emory University Emory University Fashion Institute of Technology Fashion Institute of Technology Harvard Harvard Northwestern University Northwestern University Martin Luther College Martin Luther College Michigan State University Michigan State University Otis College of Art and Design Otis College of Art and Design Purdue University Purdue University Rutgers University Rutgers University Rice University Rice University University of California-Berkley University of California-Berkley University of Chicago University of Chicago University of Miami University of Miami University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Wisconsin-Madison Valparaiso University Valparaiso University Wisconsin Lutheran College Wisconsin Lutheran College

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Baptisms Three-year total Three-year total since 2017 since 2017


Countries of Origin Represented Countries of Origin Represented

New Curriculum New Curriculum Offerings Offerings (for 2019-20)

0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native 9.5% Asian 9.5% Asian 30.4% Black/African American 30.4% Black/African American 1% Native Hawaiian/ 1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Pacific Islander 12.3% Latino/Hispanic 12.3% Latino/Hispanic 47.5% White 47.5% White

Mobile Devices 21st Century Class 21st Century Class Room Learning Room Learning

International Students International Students

AP Economics AP Economics AP Computer Science Principles AP Computer Science Principles Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy & Physiology Video Production Video Production

(in 2018-19) (in 2018-19)

AP Physics AP Physics AP Statistics AP Statistics Apologetics Apologetics ProStart ProStart

National National Merit Merit Scholarships Scholarships

ACT ACT Perfection Perfection

Two WLHS juniors, Jonas Two WLHS juniors, Jonas Doerr and Maggie Doerr and Maggie Johnston, achieved a Johnston, achieved a perfect ACT score on the perfect ACT score on the first try of taking the test. first try of taking the test. Of the nearly two million Of the nearly two million students who took the students who took the exam nationally in 2018, exam nationally in 2018, only 3,741 achieved a only 3,741 achieved a perfect score (.02 percent). perfect score (.02 percent).

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Of the 1.6 million entrants, Of the 1.6 million entrants, less than 2 percent earned less than 2 percent earned this prestigious recognition. this prestigious recognition.

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National National AP AP Scholars Scholars

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School-wide School-wide Mission Project Mission Project Dollars Raised

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Achieved a 4.0 or higher on Achieved a 4.0 or higher on a 5 point scale, and took 8 a 5 point scale, and took 8 or more AP exams. Of the 3.6 or more AP exams. Of the 3.6 million scholars who take AP million scholars who take AP tests, only about .09% achieve tests, only about .09% achieve this national distinction. this national distinction.

Fine Arts Fine Arts Participation Participation

79% 51%

Athletic Conference Athletic Conference Championships Championships Including Girls State

Including Girls State Champs in Track & Field Champs in Track & Field


223 Overall 223 Overall



Faculty & Staff News & Accomplishments

Mrs. Lindsay Knight is currently enrolled in the online program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney to pursue her master’s of science degree in Education.

The math and English departments were awarded a grant from the State of Wisconsin to support their plans for advancing students’ math and reading outcomes. The funding will support the integration of a technology-based learning resource in order to provide targeted practice, based on individual student needs.

The Lady Vikings volleyball team, led by Coach Dave Baacke (’84), was the recipient of the 2018-19 AVCA Team Academic Award. The award honors teams who have matched their dedication to the sport of volleyball and maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Mrs. Lindsay Knight

Principal Phil Leyrer, Academic Dean Jim Brandt and Curriculum Coordinator Keith Bowe attended the Learning Sciences International conference in Orlando in June. Mr. Eric Lueck (’87) was selected for the 2019 Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The award recognizes the best high school cross country coaches in the history of Wisconsin.

Ms. Anna Mattox and Mrs. Cindy (Fitzsimmons) Krueger (‘99) from the Mission Advancement Office spoke at professional conferences in Washington D.C., Chicago and Nashville. They shared insight on how to engage current students, recent grads and young professional alumni through programming and communication. Mr. Eric Lueck

Spanish teacher Mrs. Cheryl (Gottschalk) Belott (’98) and Academic Dean Jim Brandt were certified as classroom observers, using the Marzano teacher observation and feedback model. They are implementing a trial application of that model with a select group of WLHS teachers this year. Mr. Jason Goede (‘94) was awarded the Wisconsin Girls’ High School Coach of the Year for the 2019 track and field season. Coach Goede is also serving on the WIAA’s Track and Field Coach’s Advisory Committee. Mr. Jason Goede

Mr. James Hahm (‘93) attended year two of the ASM Materials Camp® for Teachers in Ottawa, Ontario, hosted by the ASM Materials Education Foundation and NACE International. Hahm used a portion of the camp material to teach the STEM class that was part of the English Excellence Camp held at WLHS this July. Dr. Phil Huebner (’99) earned his doctorate in ministry in Mission and Culture from Concordia Theological Seminary in May. 8


Mr. Casey Puhfal was named Executive Director of the Chamber Choir Canticum Novum. Mr. Joshua Nelson (‘99) recently earned two graduate credits by completing an ASM Materials Science Engineering course through the University of Missouri—Kansas City. Once he obtains 18 graduate credits in chemistry, WLHS will partner with Wisconsin Lutheran College to offer dual-credit chemistry in Mr. Joshua Nelson addition to AP chemistry. Nelson is also the new director of the Wisco Greenhouse and is collaborating with senior AP students to create a student-led aquaponics program. This summer, Mr. Gil Tatge directed a Basketball Skills Development program for Menomonee Falls Community Education and Recreation. Mr. Brad Wetzel (’98) earned his MBA in Education Leadership from the MSOE Rader School of Business and is now pursuing a State of Wisconsin School Administrator’s License.

Faculty Anniversaries

New Faculty

Mr. Daniel Hafenstein Grade School Band Director & Music Instructor

40 Years of Service

Mr. Keith Bowe has been a member of the WLHS faculty twice. He returned to Wisco in 2004 and currently teaches theology and serves as department and curriculum coordinator. Bowe Mr. Keith Bowe has a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University Wisconsin.

Mr. Al Greschner

Mr. Bill Plamann

Mr. Al Greschner was called to WLHS in 1987 and currently teaches physics, theology and small engines. He spent decades coaching freshman football and wrestling. Greschner has a master’s degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University. Mr. Bill Plamann has been at Wisco for the past 29 years teaching chemistry and theology, while also coaching football and wrestling. Bill was the long-time offensive line coach for the highly successful football program before stepping down a few years ago.

Mr. Daniel Hafenstein

Ms. Angela Horneber English Teacher & Dorm Supervisor

Ms. Angela Horneber

Mrs. Lisa Wigley

Wigley comes to WLHS from Atonement Lutheran School in Milwaukee where she taught third grade and served as academic dean. Before that, she taught Spanish at Michigan Lutheran Seminary.

Mr. Jason Nickels Science Teacher & Wrestling Coach

Mr. Mark Leverence (’79) became a full-time faculty member of the WLHS Social Studies Department this school year. Leverence has a master’s degree in Education from Carroll University.

Mr. Eric Lueck (’87) has taught history at WLHS for 25 years, is chair of the Social Studies Department and coaches boys cross country.

Horneber has been teaching English and sharing God’s word in Shanghai, China, for the past five years. At WLHS, she’s teaching freshman English and living on-site at the new Honey Creek Residence Hall.

Mrs. Lisa (Gawrisch) Wigley (’96) English & Spanish Teacher, Freshman Volleyball Coach

25 Years of Service

Mr. Mark Leverence

Hafenstein will be visiting WELS grade schools to give one-on-one music lessons and direct the grade school band program. Hafenstein has a master’s degree in Music Composition from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Mr. Jason Nickels

Nickels was recently director of research and education at Mequon Nature Preserve. Prior to that, he taught biology at Lakeside Lutheran for nearly a decade. Nickels has a master’s degree in Environmental Education from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon.

Mr. Eric Lueck



International Program Flourishes

Mark 16:15: He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Six domestic students from California, Virginia and Wisconsin and 56 international students now call Honey Creek Hall home.

In a little more than a decade, the International Program has grown to 66 students from 13 countries, including Albania, China, Japan, Montenegro, Nigeria, Serbia, South Korea, Spain and Vietnam. “The international students directly connect our WLHS community to people, places and culture in a relational way. Our U.S. students would never be able to get that deep experience from a lecture or textbook,” says Eric Duwe, director of the international student program. “As a result, we all grow in our understanding of God’s masterful plan to gather people from all nations and languages to himself for all eternity.” This summer, WLHS welcomed 55 students from Cambodia, China, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam for its first-ever English Excellence Camp. The three-week program included daily English skills classes and weekly concentrations on STEM, history and fine arts. Each afternoon, American students from WLHS and area Lutheran grade schools joined the international campers for field trips throughout Milwaukee.



Meet the International Student Program Staff

(pictured left to right) Mr. Eric Duwe, Director of International Program, Ms. Angela Horneber, Dorm Supervisor and Instructor, Mrs. Tamara Leyrer, International Admissions Director, and Mr. Doug Carter, Dean of Residential Life; (not pictured) Pastor Brian Doebler, International Campus Pastor, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel and Maddie Helwig, and Mrs. Alicia Treadwell-Parsley, Honey Creek Hall Supervisors.

Honey Creek Hall Dormitory is a three-story, suite-style dormitory that can accommodate up to 72 residents. It was designed to help facilitate a close-knit community.

This September, WLHS held a dedication ceremony for Honey Creek Hall. Milwaukee elected officials were part of the ribbon cutting ceremony.



Wisco Alum Underwrites New Science Class Thanks to the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin (OHOW), Brian Cramer (’81) and his wife, Michelle, this school year WLHS added an anatomy and physiology class. Mr. Jason Nickels in Anatomy & Physiology class

Since OHOW and the Cramers have committed $75,000 during the next four years to establish the course, it will be recognized as Anatomy and Physiology, sponsored by the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. Brian is CEO of OHOW and a long-time friend and supporter of WLHS. In fact, he served on the WLHS Foundation Board of Directors for five years. The class has also led to a new faculty member in the Science Department. “The teachers at Wisco made all the difference to me. Brian and Michelle Cramer They helped guide me and were instrumental in my future. I’ll never forget Mr. Larry Numeric, Ms. Margaret Gullixson, Coach Glen Raasch and Mr. Bruce Heckman,” says Brian. “I feel blessed that I’m able to play a small part in exposing Wisco students to a potential career path.”



In August, Mr. Jason Nickels began teaching Anatomy and Physiology, sponsored by the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. Nickels joined the faculty after eight years with Mequon Nature Preserve where he was director of research and education. Prior to that, he taught biology at Lakeside Lutheran High School for nearly a decade.

“Wisco put me on the path to where I am today. It instilled in me a solid Christian faith and the desire to serve, through the military and health care, and now to give back to my high school and help kids who are interested in medicine and science.” — Brian Cramer (‘81)

Hebrews 4:12

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.�

Louise is the resident tortoise that Mr. Jason Nickels brought to Wisco. Louise is well-behaved and has freedom to roam around the classroom.

This plaque hangs in the Science wing outside Nickels' classroom.



Alumni Updates

Retired Colonel James Schumacher (’51) of the Marine Corps and his daughter Jodie Schommer were guests on an Honor Flight in May 2019.

Scott Found (’66) and his wife Cathy (Mathiak ’66) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2019. Wesley Andersen (’75) and his wife Sharon celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on October 20, 2019. Steven K. “Zimmy” Zimmermann (‘75) was inducted into the Land O’ Lakes Baseball Hall of Fame on June 26, 2019. (Pictured second from the right). Zimmermann played 12 seasons with Sussex, Butler and Lannon winning two Grand Championships. He was Rookie of the Year in 1979 and a seven time All-Star including MVP of the 1981 All Star game. Steve and his wife Wendy (Meier ‘75) live in Germantown. Alumni Sara (Matzke) Weideman (‘81) and Chris (Buerger) Midthun (‘83) completed their first Triathlon together in July 2019 as part of Team Phoenix. More than half way through the training, they made the Wisco connection!

Jean (Schram) Gunderson (’95) was 2019 South Dakota Region 1 Teacher of the Year and was one of 5 finalists for 2020 South Dakota State Teacher of the Year.



Tina (Lukowitz) Lawler (‘95) and the Water Street Brewery team won Fan Favorite and Second Place Sporkies for the Deep Fried Italian Stallion at the Wisconsin State Fair 2019. Tina will also be featured in a future episode of the show Carnival Eats on the Cooking Channel. (Pictured with Tina is her daughter Ava). Sara (Urbanek) Carney (‘97) and her husband Clint welcomed their first child, Wynston Lawrence, on May 12, 2019. Sara is a 1st Grade Teacher at Edith Bowen Laboratory School at Utah State University. The family live in North Logan, UT. Laura (Kelm) Funk (’99) and her husband Tim welcomed their daughter, Sidney Lynne, on March 18, 2019. The Funk family reside in Wauwatosa. Laura is a teacher in the Hartland-Lakeside school district.

Stacy (Grams) King (’99) and her husband Jeremiah welcomed their first child, Everly “Evie” Kristine, on July 9, 2019. The King family reside in Nashville, Tenn. Stacy serves as Director of Technology Management for HCA, a national healthcare system in their Revenue Cycle Management division. Christine (Zachow) Robers (’99) and her husband Stephen welcomed daughter Addison Antoinette on June 29, 2019. He joins big brother Mason. The Robers family reside in Waukesha.

Emily (Treichel) Siemers (‘11) and her husband Ben welcomed their first child, Rudy Allen, on April 17, 2019. The Siemers reside in New Berlin.

Alumni News

Homecoming Viking Band Reunion

Homecoming 2019 included a special reunion and pre-game performance by alumni members of the Viking Marching Band. The alumni band was led by Mr. Terry Treuden who was director of bands at WLHS from 1970-1999.

Katie Curry (‘15) and Addison “AJ” Krueger (‘15) were engaged on June 29, 2019. Katie works at Alverno College and Addison recently graded from UW-Milwaukee.

Visit or call Erin Krug at 414-453-4567 ext. 2012 to share your Alumni Updates and In Loving Memory updates.

Alumni Events

10-Year State Championship Reunion — Save the Date: January, 24, 2020 Pre-game Social at 5:30 p.m. WLHS versus New Berlin West – Prior to tip off, coaches and players from the 2009 Boys Basketball State Championship team will be recognized. During halftime, members of the 2009 and 2010 Cheer State Championship squads will be recognized. Formal invitations will be mailed.

Fun fact: Five Viking Band alumni are currently band members at Big Ten or University of Wisconsin schools: Aaron Jensen (‘19) University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Alicia Webb (‘19) Northwestern University, Matt Wranovsky (‘15) University of Wisconsin–Madison, Ethen Nass (‘18) University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, and Grace Rindfleisch (‘19) University of Wisconsin– Eau Claire.

Senior Coffee Truck

It has become an annual treat for the WLHS Mission Advancement Office to fuel seniors with a coffee truck during lunch periods. This year, the coffee truck was sponsored by generous alumni from the Class of 1989 in honor of former WLHS art teacher Mr. Jerome Harders who taught from 1957-1997.

“In the Image” Fashion Show Save the date for the annual “In the Image” Fashion Show which will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at WLHS. Through this fashion show, a scholarship will be awarded to a WLHS junior female student, based on academic success as well as community outreach and volunteer activities. Last year, Stephanie Hernandez (’20) was awarded this scholarship.

Stay connected to WLHS!




Class of 1955 Classmates from the class of 1955 celebrated their 64-year reunion on September 20, 2019 at Alioto’s Restaurant.

Class of 1989 Members of the Class of 1989 gathered on July 27, 2019 at the New Berlin Ale House to celebrate their 30-year reunion. Some celebrated their graduation decade by wearing 80’s themed attire.

Class of 1959 Classmates from the Class of 1959 celebrated their 50-year reunion at WLHS on September 5, 2019.

Class of 1999 Members of the Class of 1999 gathered on July 20, 2019 to celebrate their 20-year reunion at Greyhouse Creative Market in Wauwatosa. Classmates traveled from California, Maryland, Florida, Texas, Michigan and Minnesota to attend the event.

Class of 1969 46 alumni plus guests gathered in the Atrium at WLHS on September 7, 2019 to celebrate their 50-year reunion. 10 alum traveled from out-of-state to attend the event.

Class of 2004 The class of 2004 celebrated their 15-year reunion on October 19, 2019. Dugout 54 Hall on Bluemound in Milwaukee was the location for the alum to gather, chat and reconnect. Class of 2009 Class of 2009 celebrated their 10-year reunion in June. Alum and guests gathered at J&B’s Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill in Milwaukee.



Late summer and early fall are prime times for WLHS reunions. A special “shout out” to the classes whose graduation years ended in a nine — 1959 (60th), 1969 (50th), and 1979 (40th) — who held their celebrations right here in our Atrium. It was a privilege to host several hundred alumni and help them remember and celebrate four very special years in their lives. As alumni toured the campus, they had many questions. Why did you build a dormitory? Why does a school need a baptismal font in chapel? When does Wisco add new faculty/staff? How much is tuition (A: $9,200) and how are families able to afford that? The answers to those questions are part of our mission. WLHS prepares young adults for productive, Christcentered lives in a diverse world. That statement drives every activity that happens at 330 N. Glenview Ave. The WLHS Foundation makes it possible for the high school to carry out that work. Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has made an annual grant to WLHS to help fund many areas of its ministry. In the same way God blessed the small basket of loaves and fishes to feed 5,000 people, he’s opened the hearts of his people to make gifts (mostly planned) which have grown today to $14.2 million! The Foundation, in turn, has been able to give $4.5 million to WLHS since 2001. Since the Foundation was established to operate in perpetuity, it will continue to support WLHS forever. All glory to God! Here’s how WLHS has used this incredible blessing for the current school year:

WLHS Foundation Annual Grant $455,000 Faculty Continuing Education - 11%

Program Enhancement & Campus Ministry - 16%

Tuition Assistance - 51%

Endowed Faculty Chair in Social Studies - 22%

If you would like to join this growing army of believers who are passionately dedicated to the ministry of WLHS and would like to make the kind of gift that will change lives for generations to come, please contact Kris Metzger at 414-453-4567 or

In Loving Memory

Class of 1934 Ruth (Treuden) Farrand September 27, 2019

Class of 1959 John Ritchie July 5, 2019

Class of 1937 Elda (Pankow) Albers February 25, 2018

Class of 1960 James Boettiger June 20, 2018

Class of 1944 Dolores (Gaul) Wendorf July 28, 2018

Judith (Rathke) Petzold September 21, 2019

Jane (Raabe) Pape August 22, 2018 Fred Bartel July 7, 2019 Class of 1946 Ruth (Braun) Schiefelbein April 6, 2019 Class of 1950 Lucille (Fischer) Henning July 20, 2019 Warren Schmidt July 15, 2019 Class of 1954 Gerald Vanselow December 8, 2017 Beverly (Windberg) Vanslow May 5, 2018 Class of 1955 William Schreiber June 5, 2019 Faith (Holtz) Ladwig August 2, 2019 Class of 1957 Karen (Krause) Champeau December 19, 2018

Class of 1963 Lois (Marquardt) Oxford September 23, 2019 Class of 1964 Jeff Mierendorf October 27, 2019 Class of 1965 Phyllis (Quandt) Orth February 9, 2019 Class of 1966 Lois (Abramowski) Jacobson November 6, 2018 Michael Mohrhardt June 10, 2019 Tim Schneider September 10, 2019 Class of 1967 Lynne (White) Kramer June 25, 2019 Class of 1969 Susan (Wegner) Stimac September 21, 2019 Class of 1970 Mark Keihl July 17, 2019 Class of 1984 Lisa (Hanson) Schmitt July 27, 2019

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28). GUIDED BY FAITH. DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE.


Homecoming 2019

Homecoming 2019 was a spirited week at Wisconsin Lutheran! Activities included pajama day, VSCO/E-boy day, costume day, decades day, and spirit day dress-ups, and lunchtime competitions. Senior Jonathan Kannenberg won the title of Mr. Wisco. Abigail Emmrich (center) (St. Jacobi Lutheran School, Greenfield) was crowned queen with escort Lucas Nygaard (St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Cudahy). Princesses included Isabella Zylka (left) (St. John’s Lutheran School, Milwaukee) escorted by Jacob Meyer, (St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Muskego), and Hannah Denk (right) (St. John’s Lutheran School, Wawautosa) escorted by Caleb Economy (Good Shepherd’s Lutheran School, West Allis).



School News





1-2. About 400 grandparents celebrated Grandparents Day at WLHS in September. 3. During chapel, the 2019 Girls Track Team presented their state championship trophy. The team had a record breaking season. 4. For the first time in WLHS history, students from Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and Spain are attending WLHS. Carrying their flags are (pictured left to right) Serbian student Stefan (‘22), Albanian student Jeton (‘22), Spanish student Diego (‘21), and Montenegro student Iva (‘21). Forty flags now hang in the atrium.

WLHS is owned and operated by the following congregations joined together as the WLHS Conference Abiding Word Apostles of Christ Atonement Centennial Christ, Big Bend Christ, Milwaukee Christ, Pewaukee Christ the Lord Divine Peace Fairview Faith Garden Homes Gethsemane

Good Shepherd’s Grace, Milwaukee Grace, Waukesha Jordan Loving Shepherd Living Word Messiah Mt. Calvary Mt. Lebanon Nain Pilgrim Redemption Resurrection

Risen Savior St. Jacobi St. James St. John’s on the Hillside St. John, Lannon St. John, Milwaukee St. John, Mukwonago St. John, Wauwatosa St. Lucas St. Marcus St. Mark St. Matthew St. Paul, Cudahy

St. Paul, Franklin St. Paul, Muskego St. Peter St. Philip Salem, Cramer Street Salem, 107th Street Siloah Star of Bethlehem Trinity Victory of the Lamb Woodlawn Zion, Hartland Zion, South Milwaukee

Homecoming 2019

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WLHS Hosts Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Military vets, those who are currently serving, WLHS alumni and community members please join us for our Veterans Day observance on Monday, November 11, 2019. Members of the military are invited to a special breakfast prior to the ceremony and should RSVP online at Contact Heidi Witz, 414-453-4567 ext. 2004 or for more information.

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