The fortieth Baccalaureate and Commencement of Lutheran High School of Indianapolis was held on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The 46 members of the Class of 2018 were awarded their diplomas during the service.
Mr. Matthew T. Frick, LHS teacher and Theatre director, addressed the graduates, faculty, families, and friends, speaking about steadfastness. The class had chosen James 1:12 as their class verse: Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him. He also took a selfie with the entire class!
Mr. Ted Deitz presented the salutatory address and Miss Janessa gave the valedictory address.
Special presentations were made to several individuals. The Evelyn Benning Service Award was presented to Jim and Beth (Pride, LHS 1994) Knight (read more). Matt Riley (LHS 2004) was named Alumnus of the Year for 2017-2018 (more here). Mr. Patrick Winningham was awarded Teacher of the Year (read about it). The Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Miss Shelby Hedges.
See more pictures from before, during, and after the graduation ceremony here.
Thank you for supporting and/or attending LuFest 2018. I hope that you enjoyed your evening. On behalf of the LuFest committee, I want to thank you for helping to make LuFest 2018 a huge success! I am excited to share with you just how successful our event was.
Because of you, we exceeded our goal for our Special Appeal. Together, you donated $52,835 for “Operation Dry Tile.” This is a roof repair project that is long overdue and greatly needed. Lutheran High School will be able to replace a trouble-section of our roof. This means no more rain water entering the building and a safer environment for our students for years to come.
Because of you, the proceeds from the silent auction were $23,187 and our live auction proceeds were $17,000. You also donated to the general LuFest budget, contributed funds that provided tickets for faculty and staff to attend the event, played heads or tails with us, and purchased wine or bourbon.Because of you, our net profit for Lufest 2018 is over $101,000 to help support the mission and ministry of Lutheran High School. That is record breaking! God is good! We praise Him for his bountiful blessings.
Because of you, Lutheran High School will continue to be an excellent place for students to advance their minds and grow in their relationship with God. I cannot thank you enough for you your prayers, time, donations, and financial support. Lutheran High School is blessed by your generosity.
We have already begun planning next year’s LuFest and invite you to join us. We are looking forward to spending another evening with our Saints family.
Click on the picture or here to see more photos from LuFest 2018.
J. Douglas Boles, the President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, will be our inaugural speaker of the Ruth Lilly Distinguished Speaker Series presented by Hanna's Wrecker, Parts & Recycling on Friday, February 9, 9:30 am at Lutheran High School. Mr. Boles will speak on servant leadership and the importance of one’s faith in the racing and business world.
Mr. Boles is responsible for the daily operations of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and all four world-class racing events at the facility – the Indianapolis 500, presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, the Indy Car Grand Prix, the Brickyard 400, and the Red Bull Air Race. In 2017, IMS hosted more than 275 event days of activity. As President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, Mr. Boles oversaw the investment of over $100,000,000 in renovations of the 108-year-old venue, the largest sporting venue in the world, and the implementation of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. A Butler University graduate, Mr. Boles also earned a law degree from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis.
This event, at 9:30 am on Friday, February 9, is open to alumni, parents of students at LHS, and the general public, but reservations for this free event are required. Please register here. Please enter the Ruth Lilly Auditorium at LHS (Door 3).
The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) is still available to assist you in receiving a 50% tax credit for donations made for the benefit of Lutheran High School of Indianapolis.
The remaining amount of tax credits available to be awarded through June 30, 2018, is $4,866,583 as of November 15, 2017. At the current pace, it is anticipated the entire tax credit program of $12.5 million for fiscal year 7/1/2017–6/30/2018 will likely be exhausted by early December 2017. It is important to act NOW if you wish to take advantage of a 50% tax credit against your individual or corporate Indiana state-tax liability.
Please visit lhsi.org » giving » Lutheran SGO for more information.
Plunge down the rabbit hole with Alice and join the Saints on Stage for a madcap and deliciously satiric series of adventures! Alice in Wonderland will be presented in the Ruth Lilly Auditorium, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 5, 7, and 8, 2017. Performance times are 7:00 on Thursday and Saturday and 3:00 on Sunday. Adult tickets are $10, Pre-K–12 students and seniors 65+ are $5. Tickets are available by visiting the school website, lhsi.org, or at the door of each performance.
Alice features 14 Lutheran High School students on stage as well as almost a dozen working behind the scenes. This particular adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s much acclaimed and performed tale is very true to his original iconic story as well as its sequel Through the Looking Glass. Audiences of all ages will be thrilled and puzzled when they meet the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Duchess, the Mad Hatter and March Hare, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, as well as the dreaded Queen of Hearts. This kaleidoscope of action, madness, frustration, and suspense takes the audience along with Alice on adventure they won't soon forget!
The production incorporates many returning students who have previously appeared in Saints on Stage productions, including: Junior Mollie Graham as Alice (Cinderella, Our Town, HONK!), Junior Gretchen Erdmann as the Queen of Hearts (Play ON!, Cinderella, Our Town, HONK!), Senior Ben Chapman plays the Mad Hatter (Story Theatre, Beauty & the Beast, Play ON!, Cinderella, Our Town, HONK!), and Junior Zack Murphy as TweedleDum and the King of Hearts (Cinderella, Our Town, HONK!). Newcomer, Freshman Caleb Johnson, portrays Tweedle Dee and the March Hare.
The 2017-2018 Saints on Stage Season is presented by Meyer Financial Strategies, Dennis and Kathy Meyer. Join us February 23, 24, and 25, 2018 for Meredith Wilson’s American Musical Classic, The Music Man.
Scholarship Granting Organization
The Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, created to help ensure that all eligible families in Indiana have the opportunity to attend a Lutheran school. Your donation made to the Lutheran SGO and designated for Lutheran High School of Indianapolis will be applied directly to the cost of tuition for incoming or existing students who qualify.
Your Donor Impact
Donors that are Indiana residents or Indiana businesses are eligible to take a 50 percent tax credit against their Indiana state tax liability for their contribution to the Lutheran SGO in the name of Lutheran High School of Indianapolis. In addition to the 50% state tax credit eligibility, gifts are also tax-deductible to the full extent of the federal charitable tax laws. Depending on your tax bracket, your true cost of donating may be as little as 20% of your donation.
Please hurry, Indiana tax credits are limited
Please note, that contributions made later in the state’s fiscal year are more likely to be subject to a maximum cap for Indiana state tax credits. To learn how much has been donated state-wide for this year, you can visit http://www.in.gov/dor/4305.htm.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Indiana tax credit work?
The amount of the Indiana tax credit you will receive is equal to 50% of the amount you contribute to the Lutheran SGO in the name of Lutheran High School of Indianapolis. If you donate $6,000 to the Lutheran SGO in the name of Lutheran High School of Indianapolis, you will receive a tax credit of $3,000. This tax credit is directly applied to your Indiana tax liability. If your Indiana tax liability is $4,000, then the bottom line tax you will owe is $1,000. This is a tax credit, which has much more impact than a tax deduction.
A gift to the Lutheran SGO in the name of Lutheran High School of Indianapolis results in two very important outcomes. First, it does enable students to obtain scholarships to attend Lutheran High School of Indianapolis which they may otherwise be unable to do so because of financial considerations. In addition, a donation to the Lutheran SGO provides an Indiana resident or an Indiana company with a significant tax credit benefit on their state of Indiana income tax form.
Who is eligible for the Indiana tax credit?
Any Indiana resident that is subject to the Indiana income tax code may be eligible for this tax credit. This tax credit eligibility also includes Indiana corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, professional corporations, and sole proprietorships.
How do I donate to the Lutheran SGO?
To contribute to the Lutheran SGO in the name of Lutheran High School of Indianapolis, you must complete a donation form and make the donation to the Lutheran SGO. A form is available in PDF format here to download, complete, and return with your payment. You may also donate online at LutheranSGO.org. In the Fund field, scroll down and choose ‘Lutheran High School, Indianapolis.’
Once your donation is received, the Lutheran SGO will send you an acknowledgment letter along with your Indiana school state tax credit certificate number. It is very important that you retain in your possession the Indiana school state tax credit certificate for use when your Indiana tax forms are prepared as you will need the certificate number.
What forms of donations to the Lutheran SGO are acceptable?
- check, money order, credit/debit card
- publicly-traded securities
- stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
- real estate
- any type of farm commodities.
What is the contact information for the Lutheran SGO?
The Lutheran SGO of Indiana, 1145 Barr St, Fort Wayne IN 46802; 260-312-3289; lutheransgo.org
What other sources of information exist?
Please feel free to call Bill Ayres, LHS Chief Development Officer, 317-791-4092, for more information or to receive help implementing your donation. You may also email Bill at email@example.com.
What is this "wallop"? To understand this is to understand the Board of Directors of Lutheran High School, and to read this article to the end. This group of professional men and women has taken a position to share their gifts in work, wisdom, wealth, witness, and wallop.
The current Board members, shown above, are:
- (front, L to R) Anthony Watkins (VP of Finance), Lisa Hartzburg (President), Steve Vandivier (Vice President), Tim Frank (Secretary)
- (back, L to R) Rev. Jeff Alexander, Jon Knoll, William Ayres, Steve Thompson
- (not pictured) Jeff Huntington, Cindy Lukach, and Jenny Vance.
These elected members function as a policy-governing board. The important decisions that affect the mission and core values of our community are their focus. Each member trusts the administration, faculty, and staff as capable and competent. The board provides written policy that directs this administration, faculty, and staff to make decisions that are right for today and also right for the sustainable focus and future of LHS.
In a February 2016 publication called "Growing in Governing", the LCMS church encourages school boards to govern the activities of a school with intentional policies that direct leaders, teachers, and families of a school ministry and mission. But to effectively govern, effective board of directors should consist of members who provide for five things: work, wisdom, wealth, witness and wallop.
WORK – Board members must prepare for each meeting by reading the documents received in advance. Members must be ready to use individual skills and talents when events occur for the benefit of the school.
WISDOM – Through policy-governance, members help formulate and monitor wise policies. They ask great questions when meeting as a board. They have the ability to analyze complex issues. They are able to sift through lots of information and make great decisions on behalf of the organization.
WEALTH – When the school seeks a commitment for a major campaign or fund raising event, it is important that every member of the governing board is a donor of record. As a volunteer, a board member goes beyond "easy giving" to being a model of "sacrificial giving."
WITNESS – In a Lutheran School, board members must help integrate Lutheran doctrine and beliefs with practices as they set policies. In their volunteer role, board members must talk up the school as they go about their normal work and life. Great board members look for opportunities to make the school known in their community.
WALLOP – Finally the board should consist of people who will bring their professional knowledge and experience to bear on the work of the board in ways only they can do. This is the final wallop or "punch" that is needed for an ideal board of directors. Having a balance of professional experience, community perspective, family knowledge, with Christian commitment is the great wallop that ensures that the decisions today will be the best for tomorrow.
The Lutheran High School community should be thankful for the leadership of our Board of Directors. This leadership has been a vital element in the success of the past 40 years. May God continue to bless the next 40 years with committed members who give work, wisdom, wealth, witness, and wallop to advance the mission of the SAINTS.
Lutheran High School is pleased to introduce the LuFest 2017 Coordinator – Michelle Bradbury.
What is LuFest?
It’s an evening of celebration and fun for supporters of Lutheran High School. We dress up, have a nice dinner, bid on auction items, dance, laugh, and raise money. A tradition since 1981, LuFest is the largest fundraiser for Lutheran High School with a goal of raising over $100,000.
This year’s LuFest will take place on Friday evening, March 17, 2017 at The Crane Bay Event Center.
Student and parent volunteers; corporate sponsors; alumni, staff and supporters of the school; and members and donors from our area Lutheran Churches all help make LuFest possible.
Michelle Bradbury, LuFest Coordinator
Michelle Bradbury is the Coordinator for LuFest 2017. She and her husband, Ryan, have lived in Franklin Township for seven years and have two sons, Aiden and Noah. Their family has been involved with the Jr. Saints for the past four seasons, and Aiden is a freshman this year at Lutheran High School.
Michelle’s vision for the LuFest team is to create the most fun, meaningful, and impactful fundraising event for the school.
How can you help?
If you would like to be a part of the LuFest tradition, join us this Sunday August 28, 3:00–5:00 pm in the Mary-Martha Commons for the kick-off meeting of our LuFest team.
You also may make donations of brand new, high demand and quality gifts, gift cards, or cash; invest in a sponsorship if you own a business, or ask your employer for support; or purchase LuFest tickets for yourself or a staff member and participate in the bidding fun.
You may contact Michelle directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-504-0542 for information regarding volunteering, corporate sponsorships, and donations. Or contact Melissa Johnson, email@example.com, or Jack Powell, firstname.lastname@example.org, in the Development Office.
Thank you for your support and interest in LuFest 2017!
A great deal of hard work, sweat, sore muscles, and sacrifice have been demonstrated by our athletes and coaches all summer and now it is time for our athletes to show off their increased quickness, strength, and skills.
The new school year started on a positive note as all the hard work paid off for our varsity volleyball team on Monday as they defeated Indiana Crossroads Conference opponent Beech Grove in front of a fantastic crowd.
I would encourage fans to attend as many Lutheran High School athletic events as possible. Our athletes are eager to use their God given abilities to entertain our crowds and to show everyone just how talented they are and to represent Lutheran High School in a positive image.
Lutheran High School graduate, Zach Perdue (2011), leads this year’s girls’ soccer program. The 15 girls on the squad open the regular season on Saturday, August 20, at Brown County at noon.
Ryan Baglow is starting his first year as the head coach of the boys’ soccer program. Their first game of the year against Scecina was rained out so they opened their season with a win over Monrovia on August 18. The boys’ soccer program competes at the junior varsity and varsity level.
Calvary teacher, Dave Honebrink, takes over as our cross-country coach after leading the track program for several years. The team opened its season at the Beech Grove Invitational on August 16, and continues on August 20, at the Greenwood Christian Invitational at 10:00 am.
Lutheran High School graduates Kathy Anderson (1993), Lindsay Kurz (2011), Shelby Koons(2012), and Casey Koons (2014) along with Carl Lucas make up our volleyball coaching staff. The Lady Saints are the defending sectional and regional champions. The volleyball program has freshman, junior varsity, and varsity levels.
A familiar face has taken over the boys’ tennis program. Lutheran High School teacher, Eric Vincent, is now the head coach for our girls’ and boys’ tennis programs. The nine members of the team play their next match on August 23, at home against Scecina at 4:00 pm.
Varsity football opens its season at Beech Grove on August 19, 7:00 pm. The team’s first home game is Friday, August 26, v. Cardinal Ritter. Our football team is the defending sectional champions. The junior varsity will play its first game of the year August 20, at home against Ritter at 10:30 am. Dave Pasch is once again the head coach of the Saints.
Lutheran High School graduate, Becca (Duggan) Maddigan (2010), starts her second year as the cheerleading coach. The cheerleaders will be cheering during varsity football games.
Our athletes are looking forward to games and matches this year and would love your support. Please click here for the complete schedules of all athletic events.
Lutheran High School is excited to welcome a new group of students for the 2016–2017 school year.
The freshman class is at maximum capacity with a total of 75 students. LHS is also pleased to welcome ten new students in grades 10–12. This indicates a nearly 10% growth in just one year, as more students and families are learning about the amazing Christian education offered at Lutheran High School.
These new students are already involved in many areas of student life. Some participate in various athletics including tennis, soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, and cross country. Others are eagerly learning more about the theatre program, Saints on Stage, and preparing for the upcoming season. Still other new students are eager to participate in the Academic Competition Teams to strive for a second consecutive state championship.
Students are joining LHS from various association Lutheran schools as well as other private and public schools. Lutheran High School also welcomes international students, who have arrived from places across the globe. Students enjoy the smaller, family-type of environment at LHS.
Welcome aboard, new Saints!