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Casey Colgate update

December 17, 2018
By Julie Pflug

Casey Colgate (LHS 2014) graduated this year from IU Kokomo, where she had played volleyball on a scholarship. She plans to go to grad school.

Casey was an assistant coach for girls volleyball team this fall.

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Matthew Oates update

December 17, 2018
By Julie Pflug

Matthew Oates (LHS 1996) "retired" from Franciscan Health after 18 years. He is now working at Purdue as a senior writer/editor at the University News Service.

He and his wife have two sons.

Matthew says "Hi!" and "Merry Christmas" to all.

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Jessica Wilson to go to nationals

May 25, 2018
By Julie Pflug

Jessica Wilson (2015) has qualified for the Division 3 track & field nationals in the hammer throw.

At a recent meet, Jess set a new Concordia University Chicago record with her throw of 172' 5". This put her 15th in the nation and qualified her for nationals in La Crosse, WI this weekend.

Read more.

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Matt Riley, Alumnus of the Year

May 24, 2018
By Julie Pflug

Matthew Riley (LHS 2004) was named LHS Alumnus of the year for 2017-2018 during the Graduation service on May 20, 2018.

Matt graduated from Lutheran High School in 2004. His 2004 LHS yearbook picture is shown at right.

He earned his bachelor's decgree in Theology and German from Valparaiso University and his master of education degree in Leadership in Reading from the University of Sioux Falls. 

Matt taught on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and in Rapid City elementary school in western South Dakota. He also had the opportunity to open and direct the Lakeview Villages site while serving as one of the program directors at Lakeview Ministries.

Matt met his wife, Jenn, when they were students at Valpo. Matt and Jenn have three children, Kati, Elli, and Nate, who attend Trinity Lutheran School.

Today Mr. Riley serves as principal for Trinity Lutheran School which, under his leadership, has made advancements in student achievement, enrollment, and school sustainability.

It is an honor to see this graduate of Lutheran High School as a teacher who daily shares God's grace through word and action.

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Bob Etheridge placed as Vicar

April 26, 2018
By Julie Pflug

Bob Etheridge (LHS 2011) has received his vicarage placement. He was placed as Vicar at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Baltimore, MD during the Assignment Service on April 24 at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.

Read more here.

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Suzanne Denecke – Alumnus of the Year

September 23, 2016
By Julie S Pflug

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 Denecke, Alum of Year

Suzanne states, “I am honored and happy to be named Alumnus of the Year. Thank you so much.”

Suzanne Denecke with cheerleaders


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Alumnus of the Year nominations sought

August 19, 2016
By Julie S Pflug

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

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Thomas Finchum signs with Razor & Tie Music Publishing

August 05, 2016
By Julie S Pflug

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.

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