WLHS hosted food and clothing drives during the first two weeks of November, led by Wisco Witnesses in the World (WWW). WWW partnered with Fox Valley Lutheran High School (FVL) to maximize efforts. On November 12, WLHS and FVL students combined and sorted collected food and clothing items and dropped them off to Garden Homes Lutheran Church and School. Both WLHS and FVL students had an opportunity to show thanks, and we pray that the donations are a blessing to many.
ProStart 1 students entered into a statewide "Battle of the Brats" virtual competition in October. Students had to select a style of brat, bun and homemade topping to create, plate, and compete against other WI ProStart students. Aubrey Bauer ('24), Abigail Walter ('24), Marissa Moilanen ('23) and Rubielis Casiano-Muniz ('23) placed in the top three of the competition. Food Industry Judge comments included:
Students in Speech class have been studying Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A Raisin in the Sun. Each class period students are assigned different parts of the play to read out loud. The experience not only allows them to study an important piece of American literature, it also requires them to practice their speaking and listening skills. Small group discussions allow them to discuss how they think a character might be feeling and use that inflection in their group performances of the play. Class discussions focus on the content of the play as well as the importance of inflection and language usage in public speaking.
Members of the WLHS Viking Christian Leaders Academy attended Wisconsin Lutheran College's second annual Leadership Academy Day on October 18. Students participated in breakout sessions on Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Dealing with Failure. Some of the impactful takeaways from our students were:
Members of Ms. Grzanna's English Language Learners and American Fiction classes attended a performance of Titanic The Musical at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. The show was a stirring and unforgettable account of the first and last days of the ship of dreams. Students studied the play guide ahead of time for historical context including the real people behind the characters and divisions in social classes. After the show, students were able to participate in a question and answer session with the actors.
Mrs. Bauer’s Modern World History students spent a few days in the Wisco library researching influential people during World War I. Students chose their own historic figures which included lesser known people such as Edith Cavell (British nurse), Douglas Haig (senior officer in the British army), Alvin York (one of the most decorated U.S. WWI soldiers), Milunka Savic (most decorated Serbian war heroine), Gavrilo Princip (student who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria), and The Red Baron (German Air Force fighter pilot) just to name a few.
On Friday, October 21, Wisco Kids visited a few grade schools to debut this year's show entitled Singing through the Fire and Rain, and played music originally performed by Barbra Streisand, Jerry Lee Lewis, Simon & Garfunkel, Gene Kelly, John Legend, BTS, and more. After the performance, Wisco Kids taught some steps from one of their songs to student volunteers from the crowd as well as teachers.
Thank you, St. Jacobi, Star of Bethlehem, and St. Paul's, Muskego for allowing us to come and perform.
The Viking-2-Viking Program, spearheaded by the WLHS Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC), hosted a presentation on Thursday, October 20, from Wisco alumni in the field of healthcare. Interested juniors and seniors had the opportunity to hear from the following alums about their experiences:
Brittany Vierck ('04) a Registered Nurse Clinical Coordinator at St. Luke's Hospital
Kimmy Schwall ('10) a Registered Nurse at Children's Hospital Wisconsin
WLHS not only believes in the continued academic growth of their students, but also their faculty. COVID decreased the number of in person conferences teachers could attend. Last month, two WLHS math teachers, Mr. Brian Gottschalk and Ms. Gina Radue, had the opportunity to attend the first in person National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) international math conference in three years. This conference allowed our teachers to network, attend sectionals, and learn with some of the best math instructors from around the world. These opportunities benefit both our students and faculty as they can bring their new-found knowledge and experience back to help others grow. We thank God that face-to-face professional growth conferences are returning.
On Friday, October 14, WLHS welcomed over 400 grade school students to Zeitler Stadium for our annual grade school marching band concert. The theme of the concert was The Show Must Go On. This year marching band had to contend with limited practice space due to the construction of our new field. Rather than give up on the season, the marching band, under the direction of Mr. Quinten Petersen, prepared four unique performances for each home game of the season. Without a space to practice marching, they performed popular tunes in a stand-still, show band style. Their willingness to adapt proved that The Show Must Go On. Thanks, marching band for rising to the challenge.
A group of Wisco students interested in a trade & tech career had the opportunity to attend the Waukesha Trade Show. Students tried out different tools and equipment used in a variety of industries and spoke with professionals in the trades to get a better understanding of what a typical workday looks like. The experience was valuable for students exploring paths they can take after high school.
To celebrate our study of cultures and our diverse WLHS student body, we display the colorful flags of six different Latin American countries and Spain in our World Languages hallway at the southwest corner of our building. Spanish and German classes are taught here. The Deutsche flag also hangs, as well as the Ukraine flag (pictured second) — German and American Literature Teacher Ms. Elertson’s home country.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is excited to announce the cast for our drama production, The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder. Please note, the fall drama production will be performed the weekend of December 2-4, 2022, in the WLHS auditorium. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 14. Stay tuned for additional information. Click for more cast members.
Last year, Counselors from Christian Family Solutions (CFS) taught a unit on resiliency skills to our juniors in their theology classes. We are grateful to have them return this year to instruct a new class of juniors. Resilience is the ability to adapt successfully to challenging experiences by applying specific mental and emotional strategies. Taught from a Christian perspective, those strategies include prayer, the application of God’s Word and finding support from fellow Christians. The resiliency skills unit is another part of our partnership with CFS.
The first Viking-2-Viking event was Thursday, September 22. Viking-2-Viking brings together young alumni professionals with juniors and seniors to talk about life after graduation, career paths, and how to be productive, Christ-centered professionals. The topic this month was engineering. WLHS was excited to welcome back the following alumni:
Mrs. Michelle Crowder (pictured top left), Mrs. Madison (pictured top right) and Mr. Samuel Schulz (pictured bottom left) joined our staff this year as dorm supervisors to our international and domestic students in Honey Creek Hall. We give them a warm Wisco welcome and sincere appreciation for their service to our students.
National Hispanic Heritage month is September 15 through October 15 and offers us a chance to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. Fashion Tech Teacher Mrs. Patti Wenzel ('83) displayed notable Hispanic designers outside of her classroom along with the country they are from and a brief description about their contributions to the fashion industry. Catherine Herrera, Manolo Blahnik, Mariano Fortuny, and Oscar de la Renta are some of the designers featured.
WLHS is blessed to offer a varied curriculum for our students. Due to staffing changes at the end of last school year, we had some unique teaching assignments to fill. We are grateful to the following part-time staff who are serving these specialized teaching positions:
Mr. Matthew Harbach (pictured top left) teaches two sections of video production and helps with the livestreaming of our daily chapel services. He is also the technology director at Victory of the Lamb where he shares his gifts in video production.
On Thursday, September 15, we had our first student-led chapel service of the school year. Trevor Hoffman ('23), delivered the message based on Psalm 51 to our student body. Natalie Hatzung ('23) and Nora Stroh ('23) sang Your Hands by JJ Heller, and Tim Valerio ('23) and Tommy Doerr ('25) accompanied them on the guitar and piano respectively. WLHS strives to encourage leadership in our students by providing them opportunities to share their faith and talents during chapel. Click here to view the chapel service.
Mrs. Lisa Wigley's ('96) freshman English 9 classes went to the library at the start of the year to familiarize themselves with its services and procedures. Under the direction of Librarian Justin Liepert, the freshmen learned what kind of books and resources the library has, how to use the library during a free period, how to find books using the library catalog, and about some of the fun events and clubs that the library hosts to promote reading, mental health, and creativity. Students had 30 minutes to complete 10 missions around the library, taking pictures of their progress along the way.
WLHS is excited to have Mr. Kenton Fabian ('17) back as an aide in the Extended Learning Center and as a football coach. Previously, Mr. Fabian worked at Lighthouse Youth Center as a Program Assistant, as a teacher's aide at Garden Homes Lutheran School, and at the Cultural Engagement Center while attending Martin Luther College. In his free time, Mr. Fabian enjoys watching Netflix shows, listening to live musicians, and coaching sports. He worships at Garden Homes Lutheran Church.
WLHS is blessed to have another alumni, Mrs. Stephanie Lamas ('90), join our staff. Mrs. Lamas is serving as an Extended Learning teacher. She has worked as a dyslexia consultant and as a private tutor since 2010, as well as an extended learning teacher at St. John's Lutheran School in Milwaukee. Mrs. Lamas is a 1994 DMLC graduate. She and her husband, Greg, are proud parents of Simon ('26) and Adelaide (12). The Lamas family are members at St. John's, Wauwatosa. In her free time, Mrs. Lamas enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time on the beach.
In connection with the start of the cross country season, head boys coach Eric Lueck ('87) organized a first-ever alumni race. Later in the day, Coach Lueck hosted a special gathering of WLHS alumni at his house. Coach Lueck has completed his 30th year of coaching the WLHS cross country teams, and more than 40 young men celebrated this milestone and enjoyed a night of team memories.
Child Development classes visited our library to prepare projects they will take out to our conference K4/K5 grade school classrooms. Students read the books I Want to be in the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar and talked about how to turn books into learning opportunities for kids — including these caterpillar headbands!
WLHS is thankful to have Mrs. Bitter cover Mrs. Knight's science classes while she is on maternity leave. Mrs. Bitter received a bachelor's degree from Martin Luther College in Life Science and Chemistry. Last year, Mrs. Bitter taught 7th and 8th grade science at Atonement Lutheran School. She and her husband, Jacob, are members at Atonement Lutheran Church and both are supervisors at Honey Creek Hall. Mrs. Bitter enjoys everything that has to do with the outdoors including swimming, hiking, camping, scuba diving and spending time with her family and friends. Upon Mrs. Knight's return, Mrs. Bitter will continue to teach a section of chemistry and physical science.
Mr. Matt Bilitz, executive director of Mission Advancement and the WLHS Foundation, Rev. Heath Butler, theology instructor and soccer coach, Mrs. Amy Goede ('94), English department coordinator and English instructor, and Mr. Ryan Walz ('92), physical education department coordinator and boys basketball coach, are all celebrating 25 years in ministry. WLHS is blessed to have these talented and faithful members on staff.
Mr. Josh Rimpel joined our theology department, coming to us from Christ the King Academy in Florida where he served as teacher, activities director, and assistant principal. Previously he served as principal and teacher at Our Savior Lutheran School (2008-2013), Living Word Christian Academy (2005-2008), and as a tutor at Luther Preparatory School from 2003-2005. Mr. Rimpel graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor's degree in education ('03) and earned a Master's degree in educational leadership ('21). He and his wife, Rachel, have four children: Caleb (16), Hannah (14), a freshman at Wisco, Lucas (12), and Elijah (9). In his free time, Mr. Rimpel enjoys playing basketball and golf, and watching his children participate in their extracurricular activities and sports.
Mrs. Rimpel is teaching geometry and Algebra 3 and is the coordinator for our math track team. Previously she taught at Christ the King in Palm Coast, Fla., Our Savior Lutheran in San Antonio, Tex., and Living Word Christian Academy in Mission Viejo, Calif. Mrs. Rimpel is a graduate of Martin Luther College ('03). She enjoys exploring nature, reading, and spending time with her husband, Josh, and four children, Caleb (16), Hannah (14), Lucas (12), and Elijah (9). Mrs. Rimpel and her family are members at Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in New Berlin.
Mr. Pete Schumacher, school counselor and AP Psychology instructor, is celebrating 40 years in the ministry! WLHS has been blessed by Mr. Schumacher's counseling, teaching, and coaching at WLHS since 1995. Prior to that, he served as a principal and teacher at Gloria Dei-Bethesda Lutheran School (1982-1995). Mr. Schumacher graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Master of Science in psychology and is a DMLC ('82) graduate. He and his wife, Denyse, have four children who all graduated from WLHS, Eric (’98), Amy (’01), Kaitlyn (’04) and Jeremy (’06). Mr. Schumacher is a proud grandfather and enjoys sporting clays, hunting and fishing. The Schumachers are members at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lannon.
Mrs. Stacy Bitter (pictured with her family, second from right) is the newest member of our English department, teaching American Literature 2 and English 9. Mrs. Bitter brings much experience as she was the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Shining Star Christian Schools from 2021-22, Director of Curriculum and Instruction from 2017-2022 and teacher at St. John’s, Milwaukee from 2014-2017. Mrs. Bitter is a 1994 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, earned a Master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2019, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education at Alverno College. Mrs. Bitter is married to Rev. David Bitter, who is serving at St. John, Milwaukee. They have three children, Ben (’15), Jacob, and Sarah (’21). Ben and Jacob attend Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and Sarah attends UW-Madison. In her free time, Mrs. Bitter enjoys walking, reading, gardening, and brunching with family.
Mr. Micah Walz ('00) is our new athletic director. He has strong ties to Wisco as an alum, son of retired vice principal Dale Walz, and brother of Justin ('96) and Ryan ('92). Previously, Mr. Walz served as an interim principal, teacher and/or athletic director at three conference elementary schools: Star of Bethlehem, St. Jacobi, and Garden Homes. He has a Masters in curriculum and instruction from UW–Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Science in education from Martin Luther College. Micah and his wife, Natalie (Nelson '02), are busy parents of Layla (12), Mason (10), Zoey (7), and Sadie (4). The Walz family are members at Star of Bethlehem where their children also attend school. During Mr. Walz's spare time, he enjoys hiking, coaching his children's sports, spending time with family and friends, and the occasional home improvement project.
WLHS welcomes Ms. Rachel Rosenberg to our art department. Ms. Rosenberg previously taught at St. Lucas Lutheran School, American School of Bangkok, and, most recently, Kettle Moraine Middle School. She received a Master's in art from The Art of Education University and a Bachelor of Arts in art, education, and wide range art from Wisconsin Lutheran College. Ms. Rosenberg is a member at Living Word Lutheran Church in Waukesha. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, diving and snorkeling, as well as cooking, baking, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog.
Everyone is invited to try their bag-tossing luck at the WLHS Soccer Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, August 20. PLEASE NOTE: due to weather conditions, the venue location has changed to 1st and Bowl (2969 N 114th St.) in Wauwatosa. Check-in is at 10:00 a.m., and bags fly at 11:00 a.m. Cost is $50 per team; bring your own partner and your own bags (bags will be available to use if you don't have any). Pre-register by clicking here, or sign up the day of the event. Double elimination. Proceeds to benefit the WLHS Boy's Soccer Program.
Congratulations to Wisco junior Eddie Rynders who played in the Underclass All-American Perfect Game at USCD (Triton Ballpark) in San Diego, California. The games were held August 7-9. Since its beginning, the Underclass All-American Games has played a vital role in evaluating the top underclassman from across the country, many of which have gone on to attend the National Showcase and even the coveted PG All-American Classic.
Coaches Lueck and Hernandez led 18 members of the boys cross country team on a week-long mission trip/cross country camp to Boulder, Colorado. After a 15-hour road trip to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church the boys helped with a three-day VBS soccer camp. In addition to the mission, the boys enjoyed the natural beauty of Colorado where they visited Rocky Mountain National Park, the Flatirons of Boulder, the University of Colorado, and went to a Colorado Rockies baseball game.
Our WWW (Wisco Witnesses in the World) mission trips are starting to wrap up after assisting our missions and churches with summer camps, VBS, witnessing, canvassing, and more. Pictured are mission teams visiting Grenada, Antigua, Nashville, Tenn., New Orleans, La., and Toronto, Canada.
Our WWW (Wisco Witnesses in the World) mission trips are starting to wrap up after assisting our missions and churches with summer camps, VBS, local festivals, witnessing, canvassing, and more. Pictured are mission teams visiting Puerto Rico, Garden Grove, Calif., Navarre, Fla., and St. Louis, Mo.
Summer Viking Explorer Camps are in full swing! Our explorers recently enjoyed the following camps: art, wrestling, volleyball, theater, robotics, softball, football, and steelband. Summer Viking Explorer Camps continue in July. Soccer camp registration is still open; click here to register.
Several of our WWW (Wisco Witnesses in the World) mission trip teams have already left and are assisting our missions and churches with summer camps, VBS, witnessing, canvassing and more. Pictured are mission teams visiting Colorado Springs, Thailand, Brazil, Pflugerville, Texas, and Salt Lake City.
Wisco seniors received 2022 graduation lawn signs this year to celebrate their accomplishments and share the news. Be a part of the social fun and visit WLHS Vikings on Facebook or Instagram to tag your senior.
Alumna Rachel Dziekan ('20) (pictured left) returned to WLHS to deliver a lecture on organic chemistry to AP Chemistry students. Rachel shared some of what she's learned about biochemical research at Wisconsin Lutheran College. It's a blessing to see our students return to share their God-given abilities and education.
Over two days, from May 19-20, WLHS' inaugural canoe club held the maiden voyage of their student-made canoe. After seven months of construction, eight club members and their advisor, Mr. Mark Ricke, headed to Veterans Memorial Park, near Prairie du Sac, and launched their canoe into the Wisconsin River. "Building a canoe was a fantastic experience," says junior Jadon Kerkow. "The process was much more complicated than I thought. But the best part was being able to customize each of the canoe paddles to our liking."
Students in Mrs. Cousin's marketing and entrepreneurship classes took a field trip to Planet Smoothie in Glendale for market research, and to, of course, enjoy some delicious smoothies! A few weeks later, students pitched marketing plans to the owner, Sherri Luckett. Our thanks to Ms. Luckett and Planet Smoothie for this valuable experience.
Wisco's performing arts program participated in its very first year of the Overture Center for the Arts Jerry Awards and was honored with two award recipients for their roles in the spring musical, Crazy for You! Congratulations to J'Nya Smith ('24) for her supporting performance as Mrs. Lottie Child and to Aaron Economy ('23) recipient of the the Spirit Award. Both students have the opportunity to perform in a show this summer with other Jerry Award recipients.
The Canoe Club started this year under the leadership of Mr. Mark Ricke. Members within the club worked together all year to build a canoe from scratch while learning many new skills along the way. "They have learned to problem solve and adjust planning to fit unique situations outside their realm of experience. Most of all, they are learning that if you are willing to work you can accomplish some pretty cool goals along with being proud of what you have done. The work is not perfect, but the finished project will be praiseworthy," says Mr. Ricke.
Led by science teacher Josh Nelson, WLHS has added another co-curricular to its offerings. The Viking Clay Breakers is a trap shooting club that's open to both boys and girls. “Anyone can do this sport. It doesn’t matter if you’re tall, short, big, or small because it doesn’t require athletic ability. Instead, it takes hand-eye-coordination, along with discipline and focus — two skills that are valuable throughout life,” says Nelson.
The season runs February through June and the Viking team competes against other area high schools, including Shoreland Lutheran, Marquette High School, Wauwatosa East, and Brookfield East.
A group of students in WLHS trade and technology classes visited Dynamic Tool Corporation in Menomonee Falls and Midwest Engineered Systems in Waukesha to learn about career pathways in engineering and manufacturing. Thank you to Cassidy Egan at DTC and Jamie Aggen at MWES for arranging tours and discussing career path opportunities with our students.
The culminating project in our Construction Skills class, taught by Mr. Joel Radue, is the building of storage sheds on site at the homes of WLHS alumni and friends who commission the labor. From design to shingles, the sheds are 100% student built. This kind of experiential learning teaches our students about building codes, wall framing, siding selection and more.
For the 2022-23 school year, we are excited to offer a course on African American Studies for the first time at Wisco. This course is an elective that examines the history and culture of Africa and the African-American experience in an interdisciplinary format, including an analysis of the unique historical, cultural, and social developments from the Middle Passage to the present day. The course will address the literary and artistic contributions of African-Americans to American culture. Like other WLHS courses, this one will emphasize critical thinking, reading, writing, and oral presentation skills.
The WLHS alumni team hosted another Viking-2-Viking event. The highlighted career field was Actuarial Science/Business/Finance. Juniors and seniors were invited to sign up and attend this presentation to learn more about this profession. The speakers were Kimberly Steiner ('00), Senior Director and Central Division Leader within the North America Life Practice, and Weijiang (John) Lin ('17), Retirement Actuarial Associate at Aon Consulting. We thank them for sharing their valuable experiences and advice with our students!
Three Wisco student musicians composed for the 2022 WSMA Student Composition Project. Congratulations to Nathaniel Frisque ('22), Nathaniel Crowder ('24), and Allie Bauer ('23) for first time submissions. Nathaniel Frisque's piece for Jazz Ensemble, "Blame it On the Boogie," took first place in the category for arrangements. His arrangement premiers at the 2022 Prism Concert.
Art students at Wisco entered in The Young People’s Art Exhibit at State Fair which celebrates artwork created by youth across Wisconsin, grades 6-12, from public, private, and home schools in 2022. Congratulations to Grace Raymond ('24) who won a cash prize for her Top 10 High School art submission (pictured first), and to Kiah Schuessler ('25) who also won a cash prize for her Top 30 High School art submission (pictured second).
Who says math isn't beautiful? Mrs. Morgan Lautz's Algebra 1 class created stained glass pictures using nothing but intersecting lines and a little artistry. This project allowed students to better understand how to plot, create and apply lines in a creative and more interesting way. Take some time today and thank God for his beautiful linear gift.
We are excited to share that something special is in the works for our Wisco family and friends. Stay tuned for the big reveal on social media and Weekly E-news on Wednesday, April 20. Click here for a video teaser.
WLHS Vikings Band was excited to send 11 students to the 2022 WELS Eastern Regional Band Festival which was held at Michigan Lutheran High School in St. Joseph, Mich. About 70 student musicians from various WELS high schools in the region rehearsed for three days to perform for the festival concert. Sophomore musician Eviana Uttech was selected to be one of two oboists, her first time playing at a WELS Band Festival.
World Languages Department recently held a CineNight (motion picture) at Wisco where more than 100 students gathered in the atrium to watch Disney's new hit Encanto on the big screen. Students who study Spanish, (and many who don't!) came to enjoy the movie in Spanish with English subtitles and enjoy fresh authentic churros, chocolate, palomitas (popcorn), and of course, time with amigos! It was a fun event with a fantastic taste of different cultures in God's diverse world.
As part of our celebration of Black History, WLHS held its first ever Spoken Word and Poetry Reading Open Mic. Students shared original and published pieces of poetry or literature. Led by teacher Mrs. Shakirah Cousins, the goal is to make this an annual event and grow the number of times it is offered in a school year.
An additional treat to attending were the homemade dishes that students prepared. Stay tuned for future dates!
Mr. Ryan Maertz recently joined the Wisco family as a student teacher in the science department, specifically biology and chemistry. He grew up in Watertown and Rapid City, South Dakota, and now is a senior at Martin Luther College (New Ulm, Minn.). Beyond the classroom, Mr. Maertz is helping coach the distance runners on the boys track team. When asked about his time and experience at Wisco, he said "Wisco has been awesome so far. I've gotten to know many students as they dissect fish for Biology. The school's unique culture is something that I have never experienced before. I already know that my time at Wisco will be a great blessing to me as I enter the public ministry. I look forward to continuing to grow as a teacher and servant of Christ during the rest of my time here."
Business students at Wisco are blessed to have the student-run School Store that they can use to apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom. Marketing students, led by Mrs. Cousins, recently worked on social media advertising as part of a Digital Communications unit. The students chose goods available for sale in the Wisco School Store and developed ads that can be shared via Twitter, Instagram, and/or Snapchat. Students learn effective communication strategies and have the ability to see their work in action, as many of these ads will be used by the School Store. Click here to see what's available at the Wisco School Store.
Wisconsin Lutheran earned its 900th win in program history with the 90-72 triumph over the West Allis Central Bulldogs on Tuesday, February 8. Since the boys basketball program started in 1955, the program has only had three head coaches: Glenn Raasch, Dale Walz, and Ryan Walz. At the Wednesday, February 23 boys home game, a presentation with commemorative basketball was shared with Coaches Dale Walz, Ryan Walz, and Dr. William Raasch ('77) who attended in honor of his dad, Glenn. Congratulations to our boys basketball program. We wish them God's blessing going into WIAA postseason play.
WLHS student Emilia Bervera ('24) was the FOX6 High School Hot Shot last week. She is all about family and helping out young kids. Emilia says, "I love kids. I love being surrounded by kids. I love teaching them. Helping them. Guiding them. Anything I can do. I just love being around them."
Congratulation, Emilia! Keep letting your light shine. Click here to watch Emilia's story and the amazing ways she is pursuing her passion of helping local children.
WLHS juniors in Living Christianity courses discuss the mission and ministry of the church. The students review foundational truths of the law, gospel, and justification. As a final part of the unit, each student designs his or her own church — from its name to its mission statement to its core values. Pictured are students discussing their designs in group collaboration.
Students in math teacher Mrs. Morgan Lautz's Math Enrichment classes are using math to build their dream homes! Students are working on area, perimeter, and proportions to draw up blueprints. We'll take our house with the pool room.
Congratulations to Jadon Kerkow ('23), Lucas Steinbrenner ('24), John Park ('22), Jack Nguyen ('23), and Michael Sa ('22) of the League of Legends team for going undefeated in the Transylvania University Tournament! John Park was named the tournament MVP and the team won over $500 in prizes.
Two Viking wrestlers made history on Saturday, January 29. Olivia Ramirez ('23) and Audreyanna Scott ('22) competed at the first-ever WIAA Girls State Wrestling Tournament in La Crosse. Audreyanna shared that her grandfather was also a wrestler. "I was told girls don't wrestle, so that made me want to try it," she shares. "It was really exciting to be a part of this historical, all-girls state wrestling tournament. I'm proof that wrestling is not just for boys." As a senior, this was the very first time Scott had ever tried wrestling.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Wisco football team has partnered once again with our area Lutheran Grade Schools for the Reading Buddy Program. Participating grade schools included: Good Shepherd's, Garden Homes, Mt. Calvary, Risen Savior, St. Paul's, Muskego, Christ-St. Peter, Lamb of God, St. John's, Milwaukee, St. John's, Mukwonago, St. John's, Wauwatosa, and St. Marcus. The team has enjoyed spending time encouraging the youngsters to keep up reading. Varsity Football Coach Joel Radue comments on the challenges of reading, "A football student athlete said to me, 'When I was reading, the kids had to keep correcting me. I never realized how hard it was to read upside down!'" Coach Radue adds, "The little students can't believe how big our guys are." We look forward to seeing these future Vikings here at Wisco!
On Saturday, January 29, Viking Steel presented their winter concert for both in-person and livestream audiences. All three steel groups performed: Tragoudi, Chi Ro, and Ichthys. "The goal of our concerts is first to glorify God through music, and then have fun while doing it. I hope this concert shows how capable and adaptable the steel pan is as an instrument; it can feel at home playing any style of music," says Director of Bands Quinten Petersen. Click here to watch a recording of the winter concert.
This month University of Minnesota Twin Cities student Jacob Meyer ('20) came in to speak to current upper level Spanish students about what it looks like to study Spanish in college. Jacob gave tips on what to do now and what to expect as far as placement exams, the college courses, and travel abroad opportunities. It was great to have a former student back in our building helping guide current students who also may be interested in using their language skills professionally someday. Thanks, Jacob!
WELS Regional Band Fest gathers the top musicians from WELS Lutheran High Schools in our region, for a weekend of professional playing with their peers. It is quite an honor to be selected to play in this group. Wisco is sending 11 students this year to the 2022 WELS East Regional Band Festival at Michigan Lutheran High School in St. Joseph, Mich. on March 18-20.
Four WLHS students won recognition for six pieces in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Additionally, the works of art that received a Gold Key will be displayed at the Milwaukee Art Museum for a two-month art show with the best student artists in Wisconsin. The Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition will be on view Saturday, February 5, through Sunday, March 20, in the Schroeder Galleria at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Come view the exhibition when it's up!
Who says math can't be fun? Ms. Gina Radue ('12) offers not only great math instruction to her Honors Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 classes, but also a little levity. She posts a weekly math joke in an effort to bring some smiles and joy to a subject which some students find challenging. Thank you Ms. Radue for your hard work and great sense of humor.
Just before Christmas break, WLHS students in the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy organized a Soles for Jesus (SFJ) shoe drive. Many children and adults in Africa have only badly worn shoes or no shoes at all. The Wisco family was asked to share their gently worn shoes to meet this need. SFJ exists to share Christ’s love by providing for a physical need which is also accompanied by a Gospel message written in the recipients’ language. Leadership Academy students collected more than 500 pairs of shoes and $368 to defray the cost of shipping. They sorted the shoes and prepared them for sending to Africa. Thank you to all who donated shoes, as well as those who contributed monetarily.
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40, NIV).