Coming Home a Success!

“What a beautiful night for a football game!” This statement was heard more than once on September 24th, 2010 as the Warriors took on Fillmore Central for our Homecoming game. Friday night was also the Lincoln Lutheran Coming Home Celebration for alumni, friends, families, and other supporters of Lincoln Lutheran.

During halftime, Matt Korte was honored as our Distinguished Alumni and Kim Loontjer was honored as our first ever Distinguished Young Alumni. Matt Korte is a 1985 graduate of Lincoln Lutheran Junior High before finishing high school at Lincoln High. Korte went on to Concordia College in Seward, NE where he received NAIA All-District Football and Academic All-America honors while earning his bachelors degree in Secondary Education. Later he attended Kansas State University receiving a degree in Educational Administration. He taught math and coached football and baseball at Junction City High School, KS from 1991 to 1997 before serving as assistant principal of Reedsburg Area High School, WI from 1997 to 2001. In 2001 he accepted a Divine Call to become the first principal of the new Concordia Jr.-Sr. High School in Omaha. During his tenure as principal, the Lutheran school has grown from an initial enrollment of 45 students to 276 students in 2010-11.

Kim Loontjer is a 1999 graduate of Lincoln Lutheran. She attended Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL and received bachelor degrees in History and Political Science graduating in 2003. Later, she attended the University of Nebraska College Of Law earning a Juris Doctorate degree. She finished her studies at the University of Denver’s Graduate School in 2007 earning her Masters degree in International Studies. After graduation, Kim moved to Washington D.C. where she worked as a deputy director for a lawyers’ membership organization until the end of 2008. In January 2009, she served as the director of operations and finance for the Washington Legal Foundation, a pro-free enterprise law firm and public advocacy organization. In January 2010, Kim moved to Chicago where she currently works for Wheat Ridge Ministries as an Associate Director of Program Ministries.

After the third quarter, Steve and June Taege were recognized for their many years of running the SCRIP program. Steve initially got the idea of SCRIP from some Catholic schools who were using SCRIP to raise money for their schools. Technology has changed over the years from a paper process to being able to order SCRIP online with the new “Shop with SCRIP” program. Over the 14 years that Steve led the SCRIP program, he has volunteered many personal and family hours to this very important program. Lincoln Lutheran was just one organization who benefited from his efforts and between $300,000 – $350,000 was raised to benefit our school.

The Friday evening festivities ended at The Legends, where over 70 people gathered for a social time after the game. Alumni, donors, school families, and many others had the opportunity to make new connections in addition to catching up with old acquaintances.

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