Suzanne Erdmann Denecke was one of the 13 students that started Lutheran High School. She graduated in 1980 with a class of seven (senior yearbook portrait at right). She married her high school sweetheart, Art Denecke, who graduated from Lutheran the same year.
Suzanne and Art have two sons who also graduated from Lutheran – Adam in 2006 and Andy in 2010.
In her nomination it was noted, “Suzanne is a wonderful example of sharing God’s love. She lives her faith and continues teaching children of God’s love.”
Currently, Suzanne is a Teacher’s aide for Kindergarten at Trinity Lutheran School, where she has worked for 27 years. She also sings in the praise band and plays handbells. She is shown in the photo below with husband, Art, and LHS Head of School, Michael Brandt.
Suzanne states, “I am honored and happy to be named Alumnus of the Year. Thank you so much.”
The Lutheran High School Alumnus of the Year award is given annually to an alumnus who demonstrates:
- an active faith and involvement in the church;
- consistent service and leadership in their local community;
- and a record of achievement in their chosen profession.
The honor was first awarded in 1995–1996 naming Howard Whitecotton III ’79 the institution’s first Alumnus of the Year. Subsequent recipients may be viewed here.
You may nominate an LHS alumnus for this award by completing the nomination form – click here to download or pick one up in the LHS office. Nominations are due by 4:00 pm, August 29 to 5555 S Arlington Ave, Indianapolis IN 46237.
Questions? Contact Jack Powell, Director of Development, 317-787-5474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Finchum (LHS 2008) has signed with Razor & Tie Music Publishing, a Nashville music publisher. Read more about his exciting new opportunity here.
Finchum, who dove in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, is currently a senior at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.