March 2024

Tim Bouman

Principal and Head of School

 Greetings from Walther!

 

Lent came early this year, and as we settle into this new, introspective church season, I want to wish everyone God’s blessings from Walther. As always, it was a moving experience to see our students approach the altar on Ash Wednesday for the imposition of ashes. Walther students are wonderful, and generally do a great job of demonstrating Christian values of kindness and the love of neighbor, as well as being respectful during chapel services. But they are teenagers, and I would be lying if I said that 100% of them showed absolute reverence and awe each week during the whole chapel service. There are the occasional students who need to be reminded to put their phones away, take out their earbuds, stop whispering to their friend, and even to stay awake. Like I said, they are teenagers–and need reminders.

This year, I had the opportunity to be one of the faculty members who imposed ashes on their foreheads (or hands). Let me tell you, it was a moving experience. The teens came forward to receive the ashes (kids who represented the whole gamut of high school personae: serious, funny, mischievous, popular, quiet, etc.), and saw that this was something serious and sacred. Not a single kid giggled or smiled even, as I took the Q-Tip, dipped it in the mixture of ash and oil, and made the sign of the cross on their foreheads, telling them each by name that they were dust, and unto dust they would return. I could tell, they “got it.”

May you, too, find time this Lent for quiet contemplation of the price Jesus paid for our salvation, joining our Bronco family as we await the joy of Easter.

Bronco Benefit Update

Our Bronco Benefit was held on Saturday, February 24 at Maggiano’s in Schaumburg, IL, where our guests were treated to music provided by Walther student musicians and singers, led by Samantha Rose, Lori Boyer, Cheldon White, and Darryl Holliday. 

We heard speeches from four students in grades 9-12: Steven Heard, Jillian Bjorklund, Briana Wurpts, and Brian Dahlstrand about their experiences at Walther. We also heard from Jordan Holliday, a Walther Alumni and a recent Concordia University Chicago graduate, and the long-time President of our Boosters Club and Walther parent Jennifer Martin. 

Finally, this year’s Sower Award recipients were Lou and Ann Rundio, who have supported a Lutheran education for many years, first Luther North, now Walther Christian Academy. Ann has served on the board of Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation and Lou serves as an Advisor to our Board of Directors.  

Our guests enjoyed mingling with our speakers and learning more about “life at Walther.”

We are so grateful for our sponsors, donors, alumni, and attendees who all helped make this year a success. Because of you, nearly $107,000. was raised which allows us to continue to support our students through scholarships and financial assistance throughout the year. 

Enjoy learning more about our students who spoke at the benefit below:

Steven Hear

“Walther was my first choice!  From the moment school started, I wanted to be in everything. Yes, everything! I am in Acapella Choir, Christian Minstrels, Gospel Choir, Praise Band, Student Council, and Drama. I  also wrestled for the first time.  I look forward to playing volleyball in the spring.”

 

Jillian Bjorklund

“My family has a long history at Walther, with my oldest sister, Julia, graduating in 2008 and my middle sister, Jennifer, graduating in  2021. A Lutheran education is critical to my family, so Walther was the only option in our eyes. Being a sophomore at Walther is an exciting experience. I am taking AP and honors classes, but it never becomes too overwhelming. The schoolwork is balanced and reasonable, and the teachers are friendly and understanding. As someone involved in a long list of extracurriculars- both JV and varsity volleyball, jazz band, Christian minstrels, and drama, to name a few- it is reassuring to know that my teachers understand how busy students can be.” 

 

Briana Wurpts

“Everyone at Walther is very caring and encourages me to keep growing and learning as I continue my education. One of my favorite things this year was reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream in my AP Literature class. Another favorite was in AP Government when we studied the Constitutional Amendments and had a competition where we had to associate GIFs with each amendment in a slide show – I won by the way. During my time at Walther, I have not just learned information and how to think critically, but I have also learned life skills like how to advocate for myself and be a leader.”

 

Brian Dahlstrand

“Being a senior at Walther, I have opportunities that some underclassmen might not have yet. Most notably, being a part of the Concordia Advantage Program gives me the chance to better myself as a student as well as prepare me for college life in the not-so-distant future. This program is a partnership that our school has with Concordia University Chicago which gives rising juniors and seniors the chance to experience college classes with real professors and current college students. Students who are successful in these classes can earn college credit [which can be transferred to the college of your choice when you graduate].”

 

Walther Staff Update

As of Friday, March 15th, former Advancement Director Sally Ruecking is no longer at Walther. We thank her for the countless contributions she made to our school. We wish her all the best as she moves on. 

We will soon be seeking a new Advancement Director, but in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to Head of School Tim Bouman at tim_bouman@waltheracademy.org with any questions you might have.

Bucking Bronco 5K Run/Walk Update

This year, Walther will not be hosting our annual Run/Walk Event. We will explore its eventual return in the coming months. Fortunately, we will always have the memories of this event that was enjoyed by so many!

Career Day is March 22, 2024

Alumni and Friends are welcome to listen to our two Keynote Speakers at 8:25 am in the school gym. Our Keynote Speakers this year are R.C. Riley, Class of 1996. R.C. is a healthcare professional as well as a performing artist, and Brian Boos, Class of 2001 is in I.T., an interest he has had since his high school days Classmates who graduated with R.C. and Brian are welcome to listen to their keynote speeches, and joining them after for continental breakfast in a private classroom. 

All alumni of Walther are welcome to come to listen to our Keynote speakers that morning. 

Our students will have the opportunity to learn from 24 professionals throughout the day to help them decide on a future college major or career path.

Annual Report

Please click on the button below to view the Annual Report on our website, and enjoy reading about our students and our school. 

Save The Date:

Alumni Dinner and Concert, Reunions, and more!

Spend the weekend of October 25 and 26 with Walther Christian Academy. On Friday, October 25 we will be hosting our annual Alumni Dinner at the school. You will be treated to a self-guided tour of Walther, a great dinner, a band, and a concert that you can even participate in…and private reunion classrooms to kick off your reunion weekend! Last year we hosted two class reunions that enjoyed wine and light appetizers in private classrooms, giving classmates a chance to reconnect. 

On Saturday, October 26, join us for a brief Chapel service, and then please cheer on the  Bronco Football Team led by our new coach. Broncos Vs. Westmont! Most reunions gather on Saturday evening at a local restaurant or hotel….start planning now! 

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

Psalm 116:15: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servants.

 

Please email any death notices to:@info@waltheracademy.org

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 info@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.