December 2023

Greetings from Walther! In this season of our Savior’s birth, there is a whole lot going on at Walther. We kicked off Advent with a beautiful Lessons and Carols chapel service, featuring many of our musical ensembles. Then, on a recent Friday evening, the season really arrived with our annual Christmas Concert. It was a beautiful showcase of both our curricular and extracurricular music ensembles. In a testament to the strength of our band and choir programs, nearly half of the student body was involved! And the music was beautiful. Perhaps Martin Luther said it best: “Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music.”

Meanwhile, in athletics, our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are off and running, as are our cheer teams, bowling teams, and wrestling teams. The day after our Concert saw seventeen schools from across the Midwest come to Walther to compete in the Hoger Invitational Wrestling Meet. What a weekend!

The next couple weeks will be busy ones, as teachers and students complete the work of the fall semester and final exams, which don’t end until December 22nd. Then we’ll all take a well-deserved break to celebrate Christmas with our families and friends. Please keep us in your prayers this Christmas Season, and many thanks to everyone who has supported Walther in 2023 (and it’s not too late to be in that number!).

See you in 2024!

God bless,

Tim Bouman

Dear Walther Friends,

December is joyous…and hectic!  While Walther students are preparing for final exams and are ready for Christmas break, the advancement department has been busy with all the year-end activities that ensure Walther Christian Academy meets its fundraising goals for the rest of the fiscal year.

Our year-end appeal is our largest fundraiser and supports our unrestricted annual fund. This fund allows us to assist more students and their families through scholarships, grant-in-aid, and emergency tuition. Our Bronco Benefit will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Maggianos Little Italy in Schaumburg, Illinois. I hope that you can join us! If you can’t, would you please send a gift to help us meet our event goal? You can also review our auction items and bid on them no matter if you live near or far. Auction items will continue to be added to our website so please continue to check!

Finally, the new Annual Report for the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 ( July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023) will be printed next month. Anyone who has donated to Walther at any level will receive a copy mailed to your home. The report will also be available to view on our website. We are so incredibly grateful for your support this past year, and for the blessings that so many of you continue to share with us. Walther continues to be a strong choice for a Lutheran education and we hope that you will spread the word that we are here, remaining steadfast in our mission for many years to come!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Meet: Madison Russell
9th Grader

Madison is one of the recipients of our Karen Ejavec Scholarship. Madison wrote an excellent essay that described why she wanted to attend Walther. Madison told me that she has met so many new friends and enjoys all of her classes. Her favorite classes are Art and World Literature and she especially enjoys learning from Mrs. Mack. She is looking forward to the Spring Girls Soccer season.

Madison and her parents wanted a strong Christian high school in a safe environment, and they chose Walther because of the caring teachers and staff, and all of the possibilities Walther offers.

Madison lives in Forest Park and attends Grace Baptist Church in Forest Park with her parents and her younger brother. Both of Madison’s parents are professional Physical Therapists. Like her parents, Madison wants to attend a 4-year college or University someday.   

Meet: Brian Dahlstrand
Class of 2024

“My name is Brian Dahlstrand, a senior at Walther. Reflecting over the past four years I can remember many good memories of my time in high school. Taking time after school to join extracurricular activities is a great way to meet new people and is a way that I have met some of my closest friends. Specifically, going across the street to our baseball field and working with my teammates in rain, snow, or shine is one of my favorite memories. Another one of my favorite things about Walther is the relationships that students have with their teachers. While more and more students continue to come to Walther, the class sizes remain manageable and the students can have a personal relationship with every one of their teachers. The teachers are more than just our teachers as well; they are there to give you advice and can be great mentors.

Walther has meant so much to me and I believe that it will continue to do so throughout my life. The education that you receive at school truly prepares you for the next level of life, wherever that may be. Relationships that I have made with coaches and teachers are something that I will forever be grateful for. As I move on to my next chapter after Walther, I will take the things that I have learned from there and apply them in my future endeavors. After high school, I am planning to be a student-athlete, applying both my academic and athletic skills at the school of my choice. I will be majoring in Criminal Justice where I hope to earn my degree and eventually become a police officer so I can better serve and protect my community.”

Meet: The Dahlstrand Family

Shawn and Heidi Dahlstrand were both raised Lutheran and have a strong belief in Christian education. Their sons, Brian and Spencer both attended St. John’s Lutheran School in LaGrange from preschool through 8th grade. They wanted to continue that faith-based experience in high school. Walther was the obvious choice. The quality of the education Brian and Spencer are getting is excellent. The teachers are exceptional. The extracurricular activities they experience are fulfilling. Walther is more than just a high school… it is a family.  

Shawn is an outstanding woodworker and is the owner of a construction company. Last year, Shawn donated several handmade pieces that helped the Bronco Benefit meet its fundraising goals. 

The entire Dahlstrand family is a gift to Walther, and we can’t wait to see what their son Brian does in the future! 

Meet: Coach Warren Hoger

Walther’s beloved Coach Hoger will be 94 years young on January 7, 2024. Coach Hoger’s family is requesting that alumni, colleagues, and friends remember him with a memory, a story, or a birthday greeting. Coach Hoger was active at Walther in many ways from 1956-2001.  

Please email birthday wishes and your memories to:

monknhoger@gmail.com

Cards can also be sent by January 4, 2024 to:

Warren Hoger

℅ Debbie Hoger Montgomery

368 Backwater Trail

Nekoosa, WI 54457

Upcoming Events:

  • Bronco Benefit

    Saturday, February 24, 2024

  • Career Day

    March 22, 2024

  • Bucking Bronco 5K Run/Walk

    Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Purchase a Paver!

Do you want to support Walther and leave your mark? Or, purchase a gift for someone you love?

 

The time is NOW to become a permanent part of Walther by purchasing an engraved paver. You can purchase one on our website by choosing the paver purchase option to honor your time here at Walther, thank a parent for sending you here, thank a teacher, honor a memory, or give recognition to your business!

 

The pavers are $200 each.

Walther Memorial Corner

Nora Schiewe, parent of 3 Walther alumni; Karen, Linda, and Donna : August 30, 2023

Natalie Jenne, beloved Concordia University Chicago music teacher from 1960-1999: November 21, 2023

Joyce Hansing Mccann, Class of 1965: November 24, 2023

Benjamin Marxhausen, WCA teacher 1961-1962

 

Please email any death notices to:

To Our Donors...

Walther would not exist without you!
 
To all ALUMNI: We are asking every one of you regardless of where you are in life, to consider including Walther Christian Academy in your will.
Leaving a legacy at Walther means that more students will experience the joy of attending a school that truly cares about them and that your legacy will be helping students tomorrow.
 
Please contact Sally_Ruecking@WaltherAcadamy.org to discuss your wishes.

Our Mission Statement 

Walther Christian Academy is a culturally diverse and inclusive Christian middle and high school, rooted in the Lutheran tradition. Walther nurtures and prepares learners to fulfill their unique
God-given potential through academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service,
leadership and enrichment opportunities.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Walther Christian Academy is operated for the purpose of providing Christian Education at the secondary level for the families of Lutheran congregations. However, it admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin and religion in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.