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HS Science Fair Results

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Eighteen senior high biology students participated in this year’s LL Science Fair. There were a lot of hours of work on display. All student participants are to be applauded for the extra time and energy they invested to pursue experimental research! To God be the glory!

Caleb Ziems won 1st place, a trophy, Caleb received a $100 SCRIP voucher for his experiment titled: Cornfield Mystery: Investigation of Annual Crop Failure in a Portion of a Holt County Dry Land Cornfield. In his experiment, Caleb investigated whether the crop failure on a “problem” plot has a biotic cause or a chemical cause and also whether a variety of plant species are equally sensitive to whatever the problem turned out to be. Asked what he learned through this years science fair, Caleb said, "I have learned that, to get worthwhile results, much work and effort must be invested. Some things simply take time and scientific research is one of them."

Kacey Kohlhoff placed 2nd with her experiment to determine how age effects memory titled Total Recall. "I did a lot of work but that was good because I felt like I learned a lot about memory, and I was really ready to present to the judges.", said Kacey. She went on to talk about the fact that the insights that she gained about memory would help her when she studies in other classes. Kacey received a trophy, $75 SCRIP voucher and she is very proud of the time and work that she put into science fair this year.

Uriah Soenksen recieved the 3rd place trophy along with a $50 SCRIP vouched for his experiment to determine whether supermarket hamburger label percentages actually reflect the amount of lean meat present in the product. Uriah's titled his experiment, Where's the Beef?  When asked about his project, he said, "Science fair consumed quite a bit of time and was a lot of hard work, but when it was all over I felt good about finishing it. I felt a sense of accomplishment. I thought it was pretty cool how my project could be applied to real life situations. For example, now my mom can be more informed when she buys ground beef."

Mia Wright placed 4th for her experiment titled Bacteria in Chicken where she tried to determine which type of raw chicken (frozen, air chilled or fresh) had the most bacterial contamination. Mia said that she was really surprised at how well her project did and that science fair has increased her confidence when it comes to speaking in front of others. Mis received a $25 SCRIP voucher along with a trophy.

Rounding out the winners, Corbyn Trumbley & Nolan Schad tied for 5th place recieving a trophy and a $10 SCRIP voucher for their efforts. Others who participated in the fair were: Nalom Deng, Sarah Gahan, Alysia Hohbein, Jon Kisker, Milana Langewisch, Danielle Moerer, Nick Schmeling, Paige Steinbauer, and Kyle Williams.

These students will now have the opportunity to compete in the Southeast Nebraska Junior Academy of Science Regional Fair hosted by UNL at the East Campus Union on Saturday, March 2.

A huge Warrior thank you to the twelve wonderful people who served as expert judges for our fair: Merv Dehning, Sean Anderson, Roy Bartels, Shanna Engel, David Franzen, Trinity Exchange Teacher From Korea Gabriella, John Lindquist, Kyle McClellan, Sydney Paige, Anne Streich, and Randy Wehling.

1st Place (trophy & $100 SCRIP voucher): Caleb Ziems
2nd Place (trophy & $75 SCRIP voucher): Kacey Kohlhoff
3rd Place (trophy & $50 SCRIP voucher): Uriah Soenksen
4th Place (trophy & $25 SCRIP voucher): Mia Wright
5th & 6th Place ($10 SCRIP vouchers): Corbyn Trumbley & Nolan Schad

Dance Takes State

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On Saturday, February 16th, the Blue Angels Dance Team competed at the Nebraska Cheer and Dance State Competition in Grand Island. The Angels performed two routines, a Pom routine and a High Kick routine. The routines are scored on many varying elements by a panel of professional dance judges who evaluate them on a 100 point scale. There were 13 teams in the Pom division and 8 in the High Kick category.  The kick routine was choreographed by former Blue Angels members, Jenna Karlin and Jami Watts.  The pom routine was choreographed by Cayla Berry.  

The girls brought home state championships in both Pom and High Kick.

This is the sixth year the state Cheer and Dance Championships have been held and the Blue Angels have brought home trophies every year, including first place finishes the last four years. The Angels got their first double championship last year, also in Pom and High Kick. This year, the Blue Angels’ High Kick routine came in first place by a whopping 6.3 points! Not only did the Blue Angels win class C; their scores in both pom and high kick would have placed them first in Class B and Runner-up in Class A! 

The Blue Angels Dance Team holds their annual dance show at Lincoln Lutheran on Monday, March 4th, at 7:00 pm. Come support the girls and see the senior boys dance in Blue Ice!

Team members include Lexie Volk, Marissa Hein, Taylor Brockhaus, Mickalea Oneth, Sidnee Lebsock, Darcy Steffens, Brittany Sincebaugh, Brianna Hellbusch, Sarah Gahan, Haley Wineman, Makenna Drewel, Rachel Wheeler.

Middle School Science Fair Results

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By Rachel Meinke

It’s that time of the year again: science fair time! The small gym is full of card tables displaying all different types of projects that Lincoln Lutheran middle school students have been working hard on for the last few months. The science fair judging took place on Saturday February 9th while the displays remained open to the public through February 12th. Many projects earned the point totals necessary to move on to regional competition. The three top projects at Lincoln Lutheran received rewards and recognition.

Taking home first place was Alice Wentz with her project entitled, “Fowl Play”. Using chicken wings, she tested different environments to see which would affect the weight of the chicken wing the most after decomposition. Between concrete, exposure to air, soil, and a plastic bag, Alice found that the exposed chicken wing’s weight changed the most.

In second place was Trevor Holland with his project called, “What a Drag!”. He experimented to see whether swimmers would have faster times when wearing jammers as compared to swim trunks. Trevor found that swimmers had lower times when wearing jammers because they created less drag in the water.

In third place was Lydia Asplin with her project entitled, “Sweet Dilemma”. She compared different brands of cookie sheets to see which would produce the best cookies.  Using taste testers, Lydia found that Doughmakers™ brand of cookie sheets produced the best cookies.

Overall the middle school science fair was a huge success with many students experiencing and applying the scientific method for the first time. With each project entrants also had to create a report and a display. Great job middle schoolers and congratulations on the successes stemming from all of your hard work!

Operation Sandy-Stash

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The week before Thanksgiving, Mr. Wieting and Mr. Krall challenged the Lincoln Lutheran middle school students to provide help for the families that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. As part of the challenge, Mr. Krall and Mr. Wieting would grow mustaches if the students raised $500 and $750 respectively. If they somehow managed to raise $2000, the rest of the male faculty would also grow mustaches. Operation Sandy-Stash was born.

The Lincoln Lutheran community responded with enthusiasm, and in a little over a week blew past all goals. With donations of cash, gift cards and other items, and help from Lincoln Rent-A-Van and U-Haul with donations of vehicles to use for the trip East, over $17,000 was raised. Mr. Wieting stated, “There were a lot of generous donations made. I think this was different than donating to someplace like the Red Cross because they knew the affiliation and they got to see pictures and see exactly what they were working for.” The three main types of items that were donated were clothes, toiletry items and nonperishable food. The 6th grade students then went about the task of carefully documenting all of the donations and their value before helping to load them into the van and trailer.

God moves through people’s hearts in many different ways. For Mr. Bob Krall and Mr. Sean Wieting, they believed their calling was to go to the Church of Grace and Peace in Toms River, New Jersey over Thanksgiving Break. This church sacrificed their time, money and volunteers to serve those who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. According to Mr. Wieting, he felt in his heart that this is what the Spirit needed him to do. 

It took the Sandy-Stash crew a total of 26 hours to get there due to some unplanned dense fog. They were then put onto different teams and went out and helped families in need. As far as the impact this had on Mr. Wieting's life, he said “The biggest thing for me was the experience that it has on young people.  I have the desire to get young people to go places and see how well we have it. It puts people into perspective.”  The Lincoln Lutheran family thanks all who contributed to this project, and ultimately, who helped to share the love of Christ with those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Want to know more? The Journal Star wrote a nice article on the whole operation.

All-State Music Students

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Each year, approximately 3000 of the best high school musicians in the state audition for the Nebraska All-State Band, Chorus, Jazz Band and Orchestra which are sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association.  Selection as a member of one of these groups is one of the highest musical honors attainable in Nebraska. 

Four Lincoln Lutheran students will be among the 440 students selected to be a part of the 2012 All-State Chorus:  Aine Lambrecht - Soprano 2, Clara Rich - Alto 2, Tanner Bohlender - Tenor 1 and Zach Kunz - Tenor 2.

Two Lincoln Lutheran students will be among the 130 students selected to be a part of the 2012 All-State Orchestra:  Hannah Bell - Clarinet and Emmiline Moll - Violin.

Both the Choir and Orchestra will rehearse Nov. 14 - Nov. 16 with a final public concert on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Lied Center.

Congressman Fortenberry visits Lincoln Lutheran

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On October 18th, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry visited with Lincoln Lutheran seniors and government students. In town hall format, Congressman Fortenberry reminded students that the simple phrase "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" is the foundation of American government and thought, and the enduring political and philosophical legacy of the United States.

For over an hour afterward, students were able to ask questions of the Congressman and asked such questions as:

  • "Is it difficult for politicians to tell the truth?"
  • "What inspired you to get involved in politics?"
  • "What is your plan to reduce the national debt?"
  • "Is your family supportive of your career?"

Before leaving, Congressman Fortenberry told students that he enjoys the opportunity to work with young people to encourage them to engage in the political process through voting and contacting elected officials. It is, he said, their voice and their vote that influences the process occurring in Washington, D.C.

The visit was made possible by the efforts of senior government student Casey Blum who contacted the Congressman and arranged the visit. Remember, election day is November 6th. Please vote!

Annual Development Report

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Dear Alumni, Donors, and Friends,

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this;
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
—Psalm 37:5-6

This past school year was filled with celebrations. Many people gathered at our 50th Anniversary Celebration and Worship to acknowledge the sacrifices our Founding Fathers made and their foresight to dream of a place like Lincoln Lutheran.

We also celebrated the retirement of four teachers who had over 100 years of combined teaching experience —Don Duitsman, John Roeber, Donna Willet, and Susan Carlson. Over my five years at Lincoln Lutheran, I have gotten to know all of these outstanding people and have seen first hand the impact they have on the lives of our students. They will be missed!

Our Development Office also had reason for celebration. Our 17th Annual Gala & Auction was blessed again with over 420 people attending, our special project raised $43,560 to purchase iPads for the teaching staff, and our gym advertising initiative continues to grow and provide revenue for the Activities Department.

If you watch KOLN you may see our new commercial that will continue to air throughout the year. This ad is part of our overall marketing plan to reach the Lincoln community. Every event and celebration happens only with God’s blessing and direction. As I put together this annual report, it provided me time to reflect on what has happened over the school year and made me further realize the importance of our ministry here.

Thank you again for your continued support of Lincoln Lutheran. We would not be here without you. Ambassador in Christ,

Amy K. Jurgens Development Director

Lincoln Lutheran plans for the future

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LLSA Site-Study Committee Engages in an RFI Process

Last spring the Lincoln Lutheran Board of Directors authorized the creation of a study committee in response to a critical target from the Association’s strategic plan. The critical target focused on Facilities states, “Lincoln Lutheran provides a multi-functional facility, designed and maintained to promote and enhance the delivery of excellent education and extra-curricular programs.” Our current 17+ acre campus is certainly a blessing and God has used it to do great ministry for more than 50 years. However, our space has some very real limitations. Adding bricks and mortar to our current campus will further limit space for programs and parking.

To begin planning for the future, the Board has begun to ask the question, “How can Lincoln Lutheran ensure it has competitive facilities which will respond to future needs for Lutheran Secondary Education in Lincoln?” The committee has chosen to engage the area development community in an RFI (Request For Information) process so they will have the information necessary to create a summary report for the Board. This is a similar prioritizing and planning process utilized by the Lincoln Public Schools and the City of Lincoln. The goal of this process is to determine what opportunities exist to be creative in ministry moving forward, be it on our current campus or on a new site. Please understand that no decisions have been made to move our campus. The committee and Board are simply in a discovery phase. Thank you for continued prayers and support.

Members of the Site-Study Committee include:

  • Scott Ernstmeyer, EdS Executive Director – LLSA/LEF
  • Bob Caldwell President and CEO – Hampton Enterprises
  • Doug Holle, P.E. Manager, Roadway Design – The Schemmer Associates
  • Dr. Doug Tewes Physician – Lincoln Orthopaedic Center
  • Cory Bergt (Board Member) Senior Relationship Manager – Wells Fargo
  • Tom Schulte (Board Member) Vice President of Operations – B &R Stores, Inc.
  • David Ringler, P.E. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Inc.
  • Chris Blomenberg (Board Member) Attorney – McHenry Haszard Law

Mr. Roeber meets his Hero

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Anyone who knows Mr. Roeber knows that he has two heroes, Norm Abram and Red Green.  He had the chance to meet one of those heroes at the Lied Center here in Lincoln on Tuesday May 15th.  One of the parents of a Lincoln Lutheran student works at the Lied Center and was able to get Mr. Roeber backstage before Red Green performed in Lincoln as part of his "Wit and Wisdom Tour".  

Every year at Lincoln Lutheran's Awards Ceremony, Mr. Roeber gives a Red Green Award to one student who is able to be crafty and make stuff work.  For those that know Red Green, the prize that comes with the award is naturally a roll of duct tape.

Mr. Roeber had a few things to say about the show:

"The guy was funny as all get out. He was the kind of guy you'd like to have as a friend." He also wanted to say thank you to a few people who made the show possible for him.  "I thank the school for buying the tickets, and I thank the faculty for going with me.  It was really great."


New Lincoln Lutheran Spot Airs!

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Check us out on Channel 10/11! You may have recently seen Lincoln Lutheran’s commercial on TV. Through a generous grant from the Dunklau Foundation, we worked with Reliant Studios to produce a 20 second commercial. This addition to our overall marketing plan is aligned with our goals and objectives that were outlined several years ago.

Reliant Studios spent two days at Lincoln Lutheran to film the 20 second commercial. It was a cooperative effort between students, faculty and staff. Our multi-media applications class was able to shadow the film crew for part of the day to see a behind the scenes look at creating a commercial.

This commercial can be seen on Channel 10/11, on our website, and on our page on Check it out and help us spread the word!