Many people in the Wisco family have been impacted by organ donors. It is fitting to recognize this since April is National Donate Life Month! Over 36,000 organ donations were performed in 2018, but many more are still waiting. Including Wisco alum Joel Kammueller ('88) and Ezekiel Gipson ('00) who are both looking for kidney donors. Please keep both in your prayers! For more information about living organ donations through UW-Madison hospital, visit this link.
Recent kidney donor, Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger ('99), Assistant Director of Alumni Development at WLHS says, "Being a living organ donor was NEVER on my bucket list. Donating a kidney was an incredibly humbling experience. I was surprised at what a gift it was in my life and how it strengthened my faith and trust in God's unique plans for our lives. Never doubt what a difference YOU can make in this world!"
We're celebrating a milestone year at Wisco, and want our alumni in on the fun early! The 2018-19 school year marks Wisconsin Lutheran High School’s 115th anniversary. To celebrate, gifts given will be entered for these drawings:
$15 minimum: $50 Amazon gift card
$115 minimum: Two Brewers vs Phillies field level tickets for the Saturday, May 25 game, with a bonus post-game concert by Flo Rida
After the 115th day of 2019 on Thursday, April 25, the winners will be announced. The official gift-giving celebration will be held April 23-25. However, we want our alumni to kick off gifts in advance by donating here. Happy Birthday Wisco!
On Saturday, April 6, WLHS hosted its 23rd Annual Dinner Auction "Prepare for Trumpets." A near capacity crowd of 415 attended. Student and adult volunteers helped to serve appetizers and dinner, and assist with making the silent auction a success. The Dinner Auction succeeded in reaching its goal of raising $500,000. The event is meant to build relationships and to provide for student tuition assistance and school budgetary needs. God has blessed WLHS with donors, volunteers, and and a Wisco family that supports our students and mission to provide a successful and Christ-centered future for all at WLHS.
Josh Metzger ('97) had the chance of a lifetime to meet Milwaukee Bucks MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. At the meeting, facilitated by non-profit organization Jacarrie Kicks4Kids, Josh gave Giannis a pair of custom designed shoes he had created. Josh also has created custom pieces for silent auction at the WLHS Dinner Auction. To see more of Josh's work, visit his Instagram page here or @7JesusForgives7.
In November 2018, WLHS broke ground on an exciting campus expansion that's adding an attractive, new amenity to the school's offerings.
Rising from the ground along Bluemound Road is Honey Creek Hall, a contemporary, suite style dormitory that’s designed to comfortably accommodate 72 domestic and international students and help grow the school’s enrollment.
The development is also home to Honey Creek Place, a separate five-story, market-rate apartment building with 62 units that was funded by an outside group of WLHS supporters.
Early on, WLHS partnered with the architecture firm Tredo Group, which is led by Mr. Jeff Tredo (‘90) and, Catalyst Construction, which is led by Mr. Matt Burow.
STRIKE! You are invited to the third annual Dan Joers ('77) Memorial Bowling Tournament at the Riviera Lanes (86th & Greenfield), on Saturday, April 20, at 11:30 a.m. Cost of $30 includes three games, t-shirt, pizza and prizes. For event information or to register contact Steve Dunn ('77) at 414-453-7200 or Mark Rumler ('77) at 414-640-5551. All proceeds will be donated to WLHS athletics in Dan's name.
Alumni had a fun night out at Good City Brewing for the first ever WLHS Sip & Social on Monday, March 18. The event was facilitated by Wisco's new Young Alumni Leader Council (YALC). "The Sip & Social was inspired by a desire to provide fun fellowship opportunities for young alumni which didn't revolve around fundraising exclusively. Our goal is to grow and tighten the young alumni network by planning attractive social events, while fostering a renewed passion for WLHS," says YALC member Jon Mann ('07). The most important element for these events is fun and fellowship, so contact YALC members for suggestions about future activities. Stay tuned for the Sip & Social event next year!
Roughly seven years ago, Ezekiel Gipson ('00) was diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease, and his best chance of survival lies in the hands of someone willing to be a living kidney donor. Over the last 2 year his condition has worsened. He has three options for treatment: dialysis, a kidney transplant from a deceased donor or a kidney transplant from a living donor. Dialysis is only a temporary solution. While Ezekiel can remain on dialysis for many years, it is not a cure for kidney disease. It is also physically exhausting and time consuming, with treatment schedules as frequent as three times each week for four hours each session.
Members of the 1994 Conference and State girls varsity basketball team returned to WLHS to celebrate their 25-year anniversary before a WLHS girls varsity basketball game. The '94 team enjoyed social time to watch highlight videos from their championship year and time to meet with former Coaches Leninger and Bowe. During halftime of the varsity girls game, the current team honored these past champs with roses. Members of the reunion basketball team hadn't been back to Wisco in years. "Thanks for everything," one basketball alum said, "my heart is full."
The snow may have thwarted us the first time, but the Sip & Social exclusive event for WLHS young alumni has been rescheduled for Monday, March 18, at Good City Brewery (333 W. Juneau Ave, Milwaukee), from 6:00-9:00p.m. Cost is $15 per person. Click here to register.
If you previously registered in February, you will automaticaly be transfered to our new date. We will still offer the same great beer, great prizes and food, and of course, social time with your Wisco classmates and friends. Check your calendars, and RSVP by Tuesday, March 12.
Members of the 1994 State Championship girls basketball team are invited to Wisco on Friday, February 8, for a special 25-year reunion. A nacho bar reception will be held in the school's atrium from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for you and your family before the Wisco girls varsity baskball game vs New Berlin West. During half time of the game, the '94 team will also be announced. Come back and celebrate with Coach Lehninger!
The Antioch Foundation will host their annual Christian Leadership Experience (CLE) event on March 15-16, 2019 at the LaCrosse Center in Lacrosse, WI and invites our readers to attend. The CLE is aimed at Christians who are looking for encouragement and counsel about their leadership roles in the home, at work, and in the community.
Since 2000, the Antioch Foundation has sponsored many projects under a simple mission: “To make a positive difference in the lives of others for the greater glory of God.” To learn more about the conference, go to www.christlead.com.
Join fellow WLHS young alumni for a Sip & Social exclusive night out for the soft opening at Good City Brewery (333 W. Juneau Ave, Milwaukee), on Tuesday, February 12, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. RSVP by Tuesday, February 5, by clicking here.
Located in the newly developed Good City Commons area, next to the Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee, Good City Brewery has a variety of craft beers on tap. Enjoy appetizers, one drink ticket, and a chance for some fun raffle prizes with the price of admission.
Wisco seniors received a special treat from WLHS alumni relations, through the generosity of a coffee-loving group of donors, to motivate them for final exams this week. Special thanks to Better Together Mobile Café for the mochas, chai tea lattes, and hot apple cider!
WLHS alumni team, staff, and administrators wish you a Christ-centered and joyous Christmas celebration. May you enjoy the special warmth and joy that comes from gathering with family and friends to observe your traditions and above all praising God for the gift of his Son, our Savior from sin. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
This past November, Giving Tuesday gifts, totaling $15,258, funded new auditorium lights, which were installed last week. Special thanks to the YALC committee (Young Alumni Leaders Council), who provided a $1,000 match during the day!
These lights are the same fixtures that were installed in the main gym this summer. The estimated savings from the old, hot halogen lights to the new, cool LED bulbs (and, yes, students and teachers have noticed the temperature difference) should be about $1,500 annually.
This spring, WLHS will perform the Sound of Music for the annual musical. Since it will be the third time the school has performed this production, we are inviting all cast, crew, and pit orchestra members to a special reunion reception before theSaturday, March 2, 2019 performance. RSVP information will be coming soon. Save the date and join your fellow crew for this fine arts reunion!
During the month of December, all new Wisco Champions have received an additional, limited Wisco giveaway item when they sign-up for annual giving. We have just two more weeks of giveaways, don't miss out!
Until the end of this week, our giveaway is a WL outdoor blanket. Sign up next week, and new champs will receive a WL stainless steel waterbottle. Any level of giving qualifies for the giveaway, but the giveaway is by pick up only.
All Wisco Champion gifts will be matched dollar for dollar until the end of December 2018. DOUBLE your gift today!
As we approach the Thanksgiving season, your Wisco family is thankful for YOU! We strive to foster connections among our alumni and supporters, open doors for professional networking, and enable classmates and friends to keep in touch. We want to provide opportunties for you to engage, volunteer, and support your high school. Happy Thanksgiving!
Did you know that your Wisconsin Lutheran High School is home to 40 international students in the 2018-2019 school year? Students from around the world are receiving the high-quality Christian education and care that you received as a student.
One unique opportunity you have to support Wisco is by hosting an international student over a school break. We seek loving Christian families like yours to take in our students. The next opportunity is coming up soon – Christmas break!
Here are the basics of what a Christmas break host family does:
Save the date for Wisco's Giving Tuesday challenge which will "LIght the Way" toward a new giving campaign this year. The Young Alumni Leaders Council will also make a special annoucement that day—stay tuned!
Homecoming is always a special time when alumni come back to the high school, and this year Wisconsin Lutheran High School specially celebrated the 1968 Conference Champion Football team and the 1998 WIAA Little Ten State Championship team. A reception was held before the Homecoming football game for these alumni teams with a presentation for them on the field during half time.
Although the Wisco Viking football team narrowly lost to Pewaukee (16-17) that night, the support in the stands from our alumni was incredible to see. Once a Wisco Viking always a Wisco Viking!
More than 2,000 special edition Wisco alumni t-shirts were mailed out to our alumni who sent us updates and confirmation of their contact information. Thank you — we love staying in contact with you!
Now we want to know: how are you wearing your Wisco pride? Is your alumni t-shirt a comfy nighttime shirt, part of your workout attire, something you wear to Wisco events, or the item you showcase in out-of-state photos? Take a picture with your friends, your family, your classmates, or on vacation and tag Wisconsin Lutheran High School on any social media platforms or use #WiscoAlumni. The most popular photo will be selected for printing in the next Contact magazine, so make sure you tell your friends to vote!
If you were on the Wisco championship football team in 1968 or 1998, a special football reunion is being held at Mo's Irish Pub (10842 W. Bluemound Road, Wauwatosa, WI) on Friday, October 5, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. before the Homecoming football game. RSVP you and a guest by Friday, September 28, to email@example.com or call 414-453-4567 ext. 2018.
Teams will be announced at half time of the Homecoming football game that evening. Please meet down on the field prior to halftime. Look for the alumni flag.
Everyone is inivted to the WLHS Homecoming football game on Friday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m. vs. Pewaukee High School at the WLC Raabe Field. Wisco alumni who stop by the alumni tent will receive free admission into the game. Let's pack the stands with Wisco pride. Go Vikes!
Mr. C.L. Whiteside recently released #ChampTalk, a book that challenges, encourages, and inspires readers through riveting and unforgettable original quotes. This book offers a unique perspective on several topics all people face, and reveals thoughts, feelings, and choices we make subconsciously and consciously no matter our position in life. Paperback and ebook versions can be purchased online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
On Thursday, August 9, WLHS held its first ever Wisco Summer Night for alumni and friends. Despite a few showers that day, more than 50 attendees socialized and reconnected in the covered airconditioned space at The Landing's Grand Hall at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa.
Stay tuned and join us next summer for this annual, location-rotating event!
Don't miss Tanya Tranberg, Ned Goede, and President Ken Fisher on the roof overnight! Join us in person on Friday, August 24, 2018 (after the home football game). Don't worry if you can't be there in person, we will be posting updates, pictures, and videos throughout the night!
Thank you to everyone who donated to the "Raise the Roof" campaign. $361,000 was raised towards our $500,000 goal.
Thank you to the over 2,000 alumni who have sent us confirmation of their contact information! With this positive amount of submissions, please allow a little extra time to get your alumni t-shirt. And note, this special alumni t-shirt offer is only open for a limited time yet. Visit wlhs.org/alumniupdate to confirm your current information. The submission form will be open until Friday, August 31.
Contact Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger (‘99), assistant director of alumni development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-4567 ext. 2018 to take a tour of the school or to connect with WLHS!
During Homecoming this fall on Friday, October 5, there will be a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ‘68 Football Conference Championship and the 20th anniversary of the ‘98 Football State Championship. Both teams will be announced during the game.
All alumni are invited to stop by the alumni table at the Homecoming football game before entering the WLC football field for a free ticket into the game and for some free Wisco alumni swag. Come on out and cheer on your Wisco Vikings!
Wisco alumn, Dan Eick ('79) has been battling kidney cancer since 2001. The cancer recently spread to his bones, and Dan is in need of additional surgeries to put rods in his bones so that they won't break. Dan needs prayers, love and care during this difficult time, so please send them his way. For more information about his progress and other ways to send support, visit Dan's GoFundMe page here.
This summer, WLHS is updating alumni contact information. Visit wlhs.org/alumniupdate to confirm your current information, and we’ll send you a FREE alumni t-shirt! We've had a great response from our alumni so far, so please allow a little time to receive your T-shirt. All responses will receive a T-shirt with a valid address.
Contact Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger (‘99), assistant director of alumni development, at email@example.com or 414-453-4567 ext. 2018 to take a tour of the school or to connect with WLHS!
WLHS' Compass department is looking for a yearbook from 1932 and 1941 (called the Aurora) to complete a full set of yearbooks from the LHS/WLHS era. If you have an Aurora yearbook from one of those years and would like to donate it to Wisconsin Lutheran High School, please contact Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger (‘99), assistant director of alumni development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-4567 ext. 2018.
Summer is officially here and it’s time to celebrate! Join us for a casual evening of games, music, and merriment. Snacks provided with beverages and additional food available for purchase. Rain or shine—indoor space available.
The Landing at Hoyt Park Grand Hall Room 1800 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa Thursday, August 9 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
In their 13th concert season, Canticum Novum: A WELS Chamber Choir presents "On My Journey Home." This concert will include pieces by F. Mendelssohn, H. Purcell, A. McDermid, and M. Hogan. It is a beautiful collection of music assembled by Artistic Director, Jonathan A. Laabs.
WLHS alumni and faculty can also be heard singing with this group. Visit Canticum Novum's Facebook page here.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is seeking candidates for the head Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleading coaches positions. Candidates must be active members of a WELS/ELS church and have a background in cheer. Coaching experience is preferred. Candidates may submit their resumes to Jeff Sitz, Director of Athletics, at email@example.com or to Wisconsin Lutheran High School c/o Jeff Sitz, 330 N Glenview Avenue, Milwaukee 53213 by Monday, June 11.
Reconnect with your high school by joining the new alumni committee of Christ-centered young professionals at WLHS called Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC). The YALC will assist the Mission Advancement Office developing programs and communications and will also act to shepherd the development of volunteers and future leaders in ways that deepen their commitment to WLHS and prepare them for active alumni leadership roles. Committee members are still needed! Click here to find out more.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is starting a new, alumni committe of Christ-centered young professionals called Young Alumni Leaders Council (YALC). The YALC will assist the Mission Advancement Office developing programs and communications and will also act to shepherd the development of volunteers and future leaders in ways that deepen their commitment to WLHS and prepare them for active alumni leadership roles. For more information, or to apply now, click here.
Our Wisco alumni college athetes are making a mark in their choosen sports fields.
Four track & field athletes competed at the NCAA indoor national track & field championships. Eric Brown II ('15) competed in the the distance medley relay at the D1 National meet at Texas A&M and helped his team finish 6th. Dylan Lueck ('16) competed in the distance medley relay at the D3 national meet in Alabama and helped his team finish 5th. Both Eric and Dylan became All-Americans. Leif van Grinsven ('15) competed in the heptathlon and Shawntrel Garner in the long jump at the D3 meet in Alabama.
Dan Squires ('14), also became a Division 3 All-American wrestler for UW-Stevens Point in the past month.
Congratulations to Suzanne Grzanna ('86) and her father, Donald E. Grzanna, who were honored with the Silver Medal in Jazz and Musical composition for Spring Waltz. A brilliant saxophonist, sultry jazz singer and Grammy Award voting member, Suzanne Grzanna is a world-class artist who has traveled the world during her productive career. The recent award is just one of many including a Hollywood Music and Media Award for Jazz, Clouzine for best Christian song and best instrumental song as well as several Indie Music Awards to name just a few of her many highpoints. Find out more about Suzanne and her career on her Facebook page here.
On Tuesday evening, March 6, Trade and Technology instructor James Hahm ('93) suffered a major heart attack at school during an after school event. He was treated at Froedtert Hospital after two surgeries and an extended ICU stay. James was finally released on Wednesday, March 14, and is recovering at home. We are thankful that God is in charge and has a plan for him.
Through connection and speed of social media, a prayer chain was started that has now reached over 142,000 people from around the world. The Hahm family appreciates everyone's support. Keep the prayers coming!
Alumni, we want you to be a part of the WLHS Dinner Auction! Attend this year's event, "Light the Path," on Saturday, April 14, at 5:00 p.m. at the high school. Register a table of ten or purchase individual tickets here. Not in the area, or already booked? Join in on the fun of the silent auction online by registering as a non-attending bidder here. Silent auction items include: sport tickets, artwork, jewelry, and much more!
Sponsorship, item donations, and volunteers also are important to the success of the dinner auction. Contact Heidi Witz at 414-453-4567, ext. 2004 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help in any way.
Seth Weide (’15) had his plans set. He was going to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison to pursue a degree in veterinarian medicine.
At least that’s what he thought until February of his senior year. It was at that point when he began to consider the ministry.
“There were a lot of teachers at WLHS who encouraged me. Plus, I had a great group of friends who were supportive,” says Weide. “Once I made the decision to focus on becoming a pastor, I never looked back. The thought of sharing Jesus’ love every day and leading others got me excited.”
You might not be a student anymore, but you can still be a champion for WLHS. WLHS's annual giving program, Wisco Champions, provides on-going support for tuition assistance, curriculum, building updates, and more.
Wisconsin Lutheran High School is excited to bring on board Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger. Cynthia is a proud 1999 graduate and is thrilled to be serving her alma mater! She graduated from Carthage College in 2003 with a degree in Communications, and then attended UW-La Crosse for her Master’s in College Student Development and Administration. She has 13 years of professional experience in higher education in the areas of domestic and international recruitment, orientation, study abroad, and alumni engagement and development.
We are excited to introduce our rebranded Wisconsin Lutheran High School Alumni e-Link which will be delivered to your inbox via E-mail once a month on the third Thursday of the month here on out. Alumni news can also be found on our website under www.wlhs.org/alumni. The purpose of the Alumni e-Link is to reconnect you to the high school and your fellow alumni, promote upcoming WLHS events, and celebrate alumni accomplishments.
Please share this new communication with your fellow alumni who might not be on our mailing list. Use the link here, to forward this E-mail on to them.
Have you stepped inside your high school lately? Contact new Assistant Director of Alumni Developement, Cynthia (Fitzsimmons) Krueger ('99), at email@example.com, or 414-453-4567 ext. 2018.
The Friends of Wisco Annual Charity Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, June 19, at the new location of Hawk’s View Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wis. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. with shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. Registration is now full, however hole sponsorships and cash donations can stiill be made at this link. For questions, contact Heidi Witz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-4567 ext. 2004.
The husband of WLHS graduate Megan Radeck (Christman) ('03), Justin Radeck was called home to heaven unexpectedly on April 5, 2017. Justin is survived by his wife, Megan and son, Nolan, who is 6 months old.
Support for the family and information can be found here.
The Wisco family sends thoughts and prayers to Megan and her family, knowing the reassurance and hope of heaven.
Friends of Wisco are invited to join Mr. Bob Lehninger on a tour of the Lutherlands on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on October 27-November 6, 2017. Tour highlights include: Wartburg Castle, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Nuremburg, and Munich. Cost is $3,995 per person based on double occupancy.
WLHS Director of the International Student Program, April Goldschmidt ('05), was a co-presenter for a workshop session titled "Untapped Resource: US High Schools with International Students," at the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Regional V Conference on October 26-28, 2016.
WLHS alumnus Kevin Zeitler ('08) is once again on the ballot for the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl. Click here to go to the voting page. Select "G" for Guards at the top menu, scroll to the bottom to "Zeitler," and click "Submit Ballot."
Looking for a way to make the presidential elections competitive but fun? Alumnus Eric Nelson ('04) created an interactive Election Challenge online game here. Submit your Election predictions in a series of rounds (similar to March Madness), and get more points for deeper learning about the election system. Anyone can enter and compete for civic competence alongside students!
Keelee Roggenbuck (’12) credits calculus and physics for opening her eyes to a career in STEM during her junior year at WLHS. (STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.)
“Mr. Gottschalk got me excited about calc and showed me it’s cool to love math,” says Roggenbuck, who attended Atonement Lutheran Grade School, Milwaukee. “In physics, Mr. Greschner always pushed us to apply what we learned in a practical way and to truly understand the principles instead of just memorizing equations.”
The WisSports.net Player of the Week is back again for 2016. WLHS football player, Brian Corbins, has been nominated for week 8. Voting is open until Thursday, October 13, at 4 p.m. at this link. Users may vote once per day.
Brian Corbins ('17) The Vikings started the season 0-2 in non-conference games, but have rattled off five wins in the last six contests, including a 48-28 win over Oconomowoc on Thursday to knock the Raccoons from the ranks of the unbeatens and force a tie atop the Little Ten with just one week left. With just a one-score lead heading into the final quarter, Corbins found the end zone twice times to bring his game total to five touchdowns. He finished with 25 carries for 281 yards.
Calling all WLHS alumni! We want you back for a Homecoming tailgate before the varsity football game on Friday, September 30. A tent will be set up at the Raabe Stadium and pulled chicken sandwhiches will be provided starting at 5:30 p.m. Side dishes are on your own, but bring your family, friends, and picnic gear.
If you visit the alumni tailgate tent, alumni will recieve free admission into the game at 7:00 p.m.
On Saturday, September 10, at 6:00 a.m. select teachers at Wisconsin Lutheran High School had the opportunity to join other civic leaders and employers witness an in-flight refueling with the 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee.
128th Air Refueling Wing invites civic leaders and employers on a training flight aboard the KC-135R “Stratotanker,” in an effort to educate the surrounding community about the Wisconsin Air National Guard.
WLHS teachers that attended included: Mr. Roger Festerling, Mr. Darrell Roecker, Mr. Quinten Peterson, and Mr. Skip Bremer
Huge thank you to Command Chief CMSgt Connie Bacik, whose daughter Lauren is a junior at WLHS.
Drew Konkol ('16) was also in attendance as a First Flight, for those about to go to boot camp.
Rockets and space are the stuff of dreams for many little boys and girls. But, for one WLHS grad, it’s his daily reality.
Max Long (’07) is a lead launch engineer with SpaceX in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and, during the five years he’s been with the company, has been involved with 22 missions—ranging from International Space Station resupply, scientific government launches to communications satellite deployments.
Making a will allows you to determine how your assets will be used. No matter how much you have, large or small, it can make a difference. Providing a gift through your will gives you the opportunity to make a larger gift than you might have thought possible and still provide for your family.
Do you know someone who needs to know about Wisconsin Lutheran High School? A new round of WLHS TODAY breakfasts will be held in the 2016-17 school year. Meet at 7:30 a.m. for a complimentary breakfast and tour of the school. See classrooms in action, meet the faculty and students, and join us for chapel. Contact Heidi Witz at 414-453-4567 ext. 2004 or email@example.com for more information about next year.
A very important part of each day here at WLHS is the blessing every student and faculty member has to worship in chapel. New this year, chapel services are now being streamed live at about 8:45 a.m. every weekday at this link.
Or, you can always view and follow past chapel services at our Vimeo channel found here.