Community News – RLHS is a springboard to success

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RLHS is a springboard to success

Happy spring. Change is in the air as temperatures warm, green leaves unfold, and graduating seniors prepare for the next journey in life.

During times of transition, we are reminded by Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” This message provides comfort during times of change and throughout our lives. As we prepare for the final month of this school year, we lift up our seniors and ask God to bless them as they go.

New dual-credit partnership

CBS recently interviewed student Sam Theuer for the “Racine & Me” television program, aired on affiliate WMLW. The segment featured Racine Lutheran High School as the first local school to offer the Concordia University Wisconsin dual-credit (early college start) initiative.

Called the Concordia Promise, this new program offers high school students the opportunity to complete one year of a liberal arts degree cost-free after jumpstarting their college career via dual enrollment. Select honors-level students are enrolled in the inaugural semester of the program. See the CBS video clip at www.cbs58.com/story/28462460/the-concordia-promise-first-fridays-celebrating-10-years.

Leadership

The South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod selected junior Sophia Drager to represent her district and congregation at the Council of Lutheran Youth Fellowship Representatives in St. Louis. She and the other youth leaders helped develop a vision for youth ministry through LYF. In addition, the youth representatives trained to host leadership training for their peers through a leadership-skill-training module entitled “Teen Stand Strong Training.”

Sophia stands out at Racine Lutheran High School by serving as president of the student council, a Student Ambassador and a member of the National Honor Society. She also performs with the handbells ensemble, jazz band and concert band.

Grand Gala gratitude

The 17th annual Red Carpet Grand Gala was even more fun than a night at the Oscars — filled with games, auctions, dinner and dancing. Thanks to nearly 300 guests, plus sponsors, donors and volunteers, the Gala raised more than $85,000 benefitting the school’s fine arts program and student tuition assistance. We greatly appreciate the community-wide support for this event and our school. The 2016 Grand Gala is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13. Celebrate Valentine’s weekend with us.

Music tour

More than 30 Racine Lutheran High School musicians hit the road in late April. Performance cities include New Orleans, La.; Joliet, Ill.; Collierville, Tenn. and Biloxi, Miss. The students enjoy the cultural opportunity to experience different cities and perform in various venues, making this beyond-the-classroom-walls trip a treasured part of their high school years.

Spring concert

Racine Lutheran High School musicians will perform at the spring concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8. The grade school Beginner Band and Symphonic Band join the Racine Lutheran High School Concert Choir, Concert Band and state-bound Handbells Ensemble. Admission is free, but an offering is accepted after the concert. All are welcome.

Class of ‘19 enrollment

Limited seats remain for students entering ninth grade in the fall. Prospective families are encouraged to contact the admissions office now to ensure the best opportunity for admission. Contact Susie Drummond, director of admissions, at 262-637-6538 orsdrummond@RacineLutheran.org.

Honors and graduation

As we celebrate spring’s arrival, we also conclude another successful school year. Racine Lutheran High School provided more than 220 students with a high-quality Christian education, and we celebrate the achievements of all these young people. Honors convocation is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, followed by commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. Join us in praying for our graduates and each other: “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed” (Psalms 20:4).