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Five Alumni Planning for Military Careers

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Each spring, the Air Force, Naval and Army Detachments march for the UNL Chancellor at the Chancellor's Review at Cook Pavilion on the UNL campus.  The Chancellor is the main speaker and awards are presented to the cadets and midshipmen in the different detachments. 

This year five recent Lincoln Lutheran graduates were a part of this event.  Bobby Brown and Matt Kisker, both of whom graduated in 2008,  represented the Army ROTC.  Mark Lohmeyer, a 2009 graduate, represented the Air Force ROTC.  Chase Lewis, class of 2009, and Alex Klein, class of 2010, represented the Navy ROTC.  All these men are planning a career in the military.

State Science Fair Results

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Five middle school students represented Lincoln Lutheran at the State Science Fair Friday at Nebraska Wesleyan. Josh Wendland, Rachel Wheeler, Sarah Gahan, Ben Stirtz, and Caleb Ziems were selected to represent the Southeast Region at the Regional Fair in March. They presented their indpendent research to numerous judges. The competition inluded the top twenty-five projects of the state.

From these 25 projects, ten projects are selected as exemplary. Rachel Wheeler's project "The Nose Knows" and Caleb Ziems's project "Effect of Boiling on the Iron Content of Spinach" were selected as exemplary projects. Student projects were recognized by the Nebraska Junior Academy of Science. Certificate and medallions were distributed by Miss Nebraska Nicky Haverland.

Rachel's research concluded that the olfactory system plays an imporant role in identifying flavor. She tested subjects with and without a nose-plug to determine if they could identify Skittle flavors correctly. Caleb tested how preparations methods of spinach effected its iron content. He found that boiling spinach did reduce the iron amount. He found that there was a greater change in iron content between 1-5 minutes of boiling compared to 5-10 minutes of boiling.

Congratulations to all students who partipated. A special note of congratulations to Caleb and Rachel being selected as 2 of 10 exemplary project in the state!  Thank you to all those who have been involved in the science fair process and have encouraged students through the process.

Church Team Tourney Results

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This year’s church team basketball tournament was once again a great success as 14 teams and almost 120 Lincoln area men participated.  The weekend was filled with brotherly competition (one double over-time game and one buzzer winner), great fellowship, food-n-fun, exhilarating thrills, and even a few spills! 

FINAL FOUR teams in the Classic Division (31 & over) were:  Christ Lutheran, Messiah Lutheran, St John Lutheran Seward, and Trinity Lutheran.  After the dust settled Sunday afternoon, St John emerged as the 2011 champions as they defeated Trinity in a very competitive game.  In the Open Division, FINAL FOUR teams included:  Christ, LL Alumni, Messiah Mix and Trinity-Messiah.  For the third consecutive year, the championship game hosted two traditional foes as Messiah Mix defeated Trinity-Messiah.

  • Classic Division Champions -- St John Lutheran SewardMike Mettenbrink (Captain), Don Bosek, Larry Goldsmith, Brady Johnson, Tim Janousek, Greg Miller, and Jamie Opfer
  • Classic Division Runner-up -- Trinity:  Randy Wilcox (Co-Captain), Stewart Hakenewerth (Co-Captian), Craig Anderson, Jeff Deboer, Ron Gottula, Dean Heiden, Kevin Orth, John Puelz, Eliot Rea, Vincent Rea, David Ringler, Rick Schwartz, Pastor Matthew Tooman.
  • Open Division Runner-up – LL Coaches:  Mike Holle (Captain), Adam Flanagan, Kraig Flanagan, Seth Flanagan, Lee Fiddler, Jason Glines,  Joel Weyand, Dan Wiemer, and Kyle Wooster
  • Open Division Runner-up – Trinity-Messiah:  Adam Troester (Captain), Tim Culwell, Reece Schwartz, Dirk Schwartz, Ben Troester, Dan Ziegler, John Ziegler, and Kyle Ziegler

Others teams in the tournament…


  • Christ -- Mark Fahelson (Captain), Curtis Klein, Jeff Frohberg, Shawn Goodrich, Scott Hamilton, Tom Holland, Rich Olson, Dave Swan, Jeramie Swanson, Shawn Wilcox, Lincoln Williams
  • Faith -- Pat Hardesty (Captain), Pastor Brad Beckman, Kent Eitzmann, Shane Larson, Matt Miller, Jeff Peterson, Cal Piepho, Gary Pohlmeier, Tom Schulte, Doug Sindelar
  • Holy Savior-Redeemer -- David Michaelson (Co-Captain), Chris Oerman (Co-Captain), John Conrad, Mark Hawkins, Troy Healy, Dustin Hoffman, Ryan Koch, Travis Lebo, Larry Pohlmann, Keith Seilhans.
  • Messiah -- Erik Borgmeyer (Captain), Chadd Bliss, Marty Haneszewski, Harlan Harnish, Trevin Knapp, Jim Mahoney, Ryan Means, Paul Oneth, Frank Pacenka.


  • Christ -- Joel Rodencal (Captain), Connor Dwinell, Bryce Kleen, Keaton Klein, Connor Long, Matthew Paulson, Jeff Sheets.
  • Faith -- Matt Himmelberg (Captain), David Bliemeister, Brett Himmelberg, Jared Himmelberg, Matt Justus, Jim Lance, Joel Stoltenow.
  • Good Shepherd -- Joe Reinke (Captain), Joe Bokelman, Brendan Bonner, Matt Duchek, Adam Olson, Erik Poulsen, Bob Roeder, Cory Rohren.
  • Holy Savior Mix -- Eric Beckman, Kevin Bowland, Connor DeBusk, Nick Dudycha, Eli Dull, Derek Groskurth, Jayson Haessler, Nick Hruza, Malcolm Massey, Logan Wachal
  • Lincoln Lutheran Mix -- Wade Houchin (Captain), Matt Bliemeister, Blake Houchin, Todd Earl, Kole Ficken, Casey Makey, Bryant Schweers.
  • Lincoln Lutheran Alumni / Concordia -- Alex Deeter (Captain), Nicholas Deeter, Aaron Hannemann, Aaron Hedlund, Sam Heubner, Tyler Metschke, Micah Pomerenke, Derek Schulte, Nate Sindt.

There are SO MANY people who volunteer time and talents to make this tournament successful.  Tournament director Lyle Ziems would like to thank all the players for their support of Lincoln Lutheran through participation in this tournament AND for their outstanding witness of Christ in their play.  Lyle would also like to thank MANY others for their special contributions to the tournament...

Volunteer Officials -- Brad Beckman, David Bliemeister, Tom Bliemeister, Scott Ernstmeyer, Lee Fiddler, Matt Heibel, Joel Stoltenow.   Scorers Table Coordinators – Brad Pracheil & Sean Wieting.  Jersey Organizers – Steve Garbe & FamilySloppy Joe Dinner – Cliff Kriezel. Saturday Lunch Dessert -- Sharon Bliemeister & Sheila Ziems.  Scorers Table Student Volunteeers:  Eric Beckman, Bailey Bliss, Ashley Dudycha, Meredith Hein, Trenton Hohbein, Tyler Knapp, Nick Koszewski, Emily Metschke, Makenzie Oneth, Andrew Polk, Josh Powell, Rachel Royuk, Luke Scholl, Sam Schulz, Riley Smith, Micah Wiegert, Caleb Ziems, Rachel Ziems, Rebecca ZiemsFood Coordinator & Miscellaneous Management – Sheila Ziems

Mr. Bassett Awarded Fellowship

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"Fund for Teachers" has awarded Mr. Nathan Bassett, Social Studies and Religion teacher at L.L., $5000 to cover travel and other expenses this summer for a trip to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston to study colonial and revolutionary era history. 

A primary goal in this trip is to obtain ideas for creating a "living history exhibit" with students in his U.S. History class.  This living history exhibit is focused on students recreating life in colonial and/or revolutionary America through re-enactment.  Mr. Bassett is looking forward to making contacts with various education experts in these three cities. 

Mr. Bassett's trip will take place in June of 2011.  He will spend most of his time in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York, but will travel through 15 states in total. 

Congratulations Mr. Bassett!  Have a great trip!

Warrior Wear Online Ordering

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The Lincoln Lutheran Booster Club has partnered with The Adwood Company to create a website that displays all of the Lincoln Lutheran paraphernalia. We still have all of the same options as before – t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, coats, shorts and more– but now we have an even wider selection of option! Even though we are working with this new company, your Warrior Wear purchases will still help support all of the wonderful work that the Lincoln Lutheran Booster Club does to support our activities program.

You can browse the merchandise at: and you can find it on the Lincoln Lutheran website  under Student Life –> Organizations –> Booster Club. All of the products will be styling our new Lincoln Lutheran logo and colors.

Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduation and Father’s Day are all coming up. Great holiday’s to get gifts for your loved ones! You can have your Warrior Wear shipped directly to your home or to the Lincoln Lutheran office for easy pickup.

If you have any questions about the products or the ordering process, please contact Amy Jurgens, Development Director, at 402-467-5404.

Warrior Spotlight

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If you read the first quarterly newsletter, you know that this year we have taken a different approach and will produce three each year, roughly one every quarter.  In the Winter Newsletter you will find information about:

  • What our Warrior students have been up to at school and in the community
  • Sports teams Results
  • Awards our students have earned
  • Updates on school events
  • Information about upcoming events to watch for
  • Learn about our faculty and staff, and so much more!

Lincoln Lutheran would love to hear from you so please contact Carrie Merry at or 402-467-5404 with any of the below information and/or questions:

  • Share your news with Lincoln Lutheran
  • Update your mailing address
  • Would like to receive this newsletter in paper or electronic form
  • Would like to donate to Lincoln Lutheran
  • Would like to receive additional Lincoln Lutheran information

Enrollment For 11-12 Open

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Why should your student attend Lincoln Lutheran?
The Lincoln Lutheran mission statement, “Lincoln Lutheran exists to equip young people to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ by providing an excellent, Christ-centered education” addresses this question.
• Lincoln Lutheran equips young people to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ not only through daily religion classes and twice-weekly chapel services, but through teachers who integrate their faith into classroom teaching and their daily interactions with students. In addition to the examples seen at school every day, required community service helps students learn how to serve Christ in their everyday lives.
• Lincoln Lutheran provides a comprehensive, Christ-centered, college preparatory education that enables students to be successful in life. Smaller class sizes allow teachers to know students on a more personal level and more accurately meet each student’s educational needs. We currently offer ten dual-credit courses for junior and senior students, allowing them to earn up to 32 hours of college credit through Concordia University-Nebraska while taking classes at Lincoln Lutheran. Our graduates are prepared for success in college, as indicated by our student’s ACT scores, which are the highest in the Lincoln area.
• Lincoln Lutheran offers a wide range of extracurricular activities for students, including opportunities in athletics, music, speech and drama, cheer and dance, and different clubs and organizations. Students are encouraged, and have the opportunity to, be involved in several different activities during the school year.

Did You Know…
The deadline for Early Registration is Tuesday, March 15th. The Registration Fee increases after that date. We rely on Early Registration to give us an estimate for class sizes, which assists us in planning for the next school year.

Association Congregation Tuition Support
Our seven Association congregations support their member families by subsidizing tuition costs by at least 25%. The specific amount varies by congregation. Please contact your church to determine their specific level of tuition support.

Please contact Carrie Merry, Recruitment Coordinator, if you have any questions about registering, what it is like to attend Lincoln Lutheran, or to receive information about Lincoln Lutheran. She can be reached at or at 402-467-5404.



Hein Receives Spirit Award

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On Febrauary 9, senior Meredith Hein received the Carmel Sheppard Spirit Award at the Husker women's basketball game. Along with six other recipients of various GWSF (Girls & Women in Sports & Fitness) awards, Meredith and her guests visited the Coaches Corner for a special reception. Her award was presented and she gave a brief acceptance speech before cheering on the Husker women against Baylor. Along with a plaque and the reception, Meredith's award was announced at the Lincoln Lutheran game on February 10 and a detailed article about her was published in Star City Sports.

The Carmel Sheppard Spirit Award is presented to a recipient who overcomes personal adversity and maintains a positive attitude. Meredith was honored for her leadership, her willingness to learn and volunteer, and her determination to always do her best. The article acknowledged her athletic skill despite "what many of us would feel was a disadvantage."  Her plan for the future is to help others while attending Concordia Nebraska, where she will major in health and human services and play on the soccer team.

Congratulations Meredith!

Discover Lincoln Lutheran Night

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We want you to become a member of the Lincoln Lutheran family for the 2011-12 school year. We would like to invite all prospective families to find out more about Lincoln Lutheran during our “Discover Lincoln Lutheran Night” on Thursday, January 20, at 7:00 pm.

Our Mission Statement says “Lincoln Lutheran exists to equip young people to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ by providing an excellent, Christ-centered education.” We do this by:

  • Offering a challenging academic program grounded in Christian teaching and beliefs.
  • Offering smaller class sizes that allow students better opportunities to learn and develop relationships with their teachers.
  • Offering an extensive extracurricular program that allows students opportunities for involvement in activities and to develop leadership abilities.
  • A faculty and staff that is deeply committed to the mission of Lincoln Lutheran.

We will be using a new format for Discover Lincoln Lutheran Night this year. While students are welcome to attend, the night is mainly designed for parents. You will meet in groups composed of other parents with Lincoln Lutheran teachers, and you have the opportunity to learn more about the different curricular and extracurricular programs offered at Lincoln Lutheran.

Please contact Carrie Merry, Recruitment Coordinator at 467-5404 or at to let us know that you will be able to make it.  If you cannot attend Discover Lincoln Lutheran Night on Thursday, January 20 at 7:00 pm, or would like additional information about Lincoln Lutheran, you are welcome to schedule a personal visit, just contact Carrie to make the arrangements.  Please do not hesitate to contact Carrie or Matt Heibel, Principal ( at any time with questions you might have about Lincoln Lutheran.

We look forward to meeting you on Thursday, January 20th at 7:00pm at Discover Lincoln Lutheran Night!

Gala & Live Auction

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Join us on Saturday, March 12th for the 16th Annual Lincoln Lutheran Gala and Live Auction. The event will take place at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Lincoln. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 5:00 pm for the social hour and silent auction. The dinner will start at 6:30 pm with the live auction beginning at 8:00 pm.

The theme for this year is “One in Spirit and Purpose” based on Philippians 2:1-2 which is the 2009/2010 theme for the school year. Philippians 2:1-2 says “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, and being one in spirit and purpose.” This verse teaches us that when we respond to Christ’s love by trusting in him, his purpose becomes our mission. Our Gala & Auction grows each year and our goal this year is $80,000. We will not reach our goal without your generosity.

How can you also be “One in Spirit and Purpose” and partake in this year’s Gala? First of all, we would love for you to attend! Ticket prices are $75 per person or $150 per couple. A few other options for reservations are the Hosted, Standard, and Premium Tables. The Hosted Table includes standard seating for 10 people at the Gala. The table host is responsible for finding 10 individuals (including themselves) who will purchase their tickets and sit at the same table. The Standard Table ($750) includes seating for ten individuals and a listing of your sponsorship in the Gala program. The Premium Table ($1000) includes preferred seating for eight at the table and a faculty member and guest will be seated with you. Your sponsorship will also include a ½ page advertisement in Gala program, the large screen during the event, and in the May issue of the Lincoln Lutheran Newsletter.

Another way you can help our students at Lincoln Lutheran is to make a donation. Whether that be through a monetary means, a physical item donation, or volunteering your time, we would love to have you help in this way as well.

Please call the School Office at 402-467-5404 and ask for Amy Jurgens or Carrie Merry to make a reservation, donate towards the Gala, or ask any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 12th!