Congratulations to the Class of 2022


  • Valedictorian – Alisa Alford
  • Salutatorian – Madisen Bonner
  • Outstanding Senior – Yuri Braga and Emily Chamish
  • Principal’s Award – Zachary Chamish and Faith Vernarelli
  • Mission Statement – Cameron Jordan Harris, Madisen Bonner, Brooke Meyer and Andrew Couser
  • Brooks Spirit Award – Andrew Couser
  • Van Hollen Public Service Award – Jonathan Makrodimitris
  • UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program nominees – Alisa Alford, Yuri Braga, Emily Chamish
  • First Financial Federal Credit Union Scholarship – Emily Chamish
  • College Board National African American Recognition Program – Alisa Alford
  • National Merit Scholarship Program – Emily Chamish


Alisa Alford, Madisen Bonner, Yuri Braga, Teresa DiPelino, Brooke Marschall, Brooke Meyer, and Faith Vernarelli


  • English – Joel Strong
  • Fine Arts – Faith Vernarelli
  • Foreign Language – Emily Chamish
  • Mathematics – Emily Chamish
  • Religion – Andrew Couser
  • Science – Yuri Braga
  • Social Studies – Joel Strong


  • Senior Athletes – Sone Metuge, Faith Vernarelli
  • 12-Season Athletes – Brooke Marschall, Brooke Meyer
  • Scholar Athletes – Alisa Alford, Yuri Braga
  • Christus Victor – Cameron Harris
  • C. Markland Kelly – Madelaine Godat, Kaden Koester
  • McCormick Unsung Hero – Alisa Alford, Toyja Kelley, Jr.


Back to a Normal School Year

On August 23, new members of the Saints family were welcomed to campus for orientation. There were a few worried faces, but the amazing CPS student ambassadors and faculty were on hand to greet them and direct them to their first destination. At the end of the orientation, the new students showed their school spirit by spelling out CPS on Saints Field!

Later that evening, all new parents and students were welcomed to campus for the new family orientation. Director of Admissions Mr. Stephen Berger and members of the administrative team shared information about policies and procedures for the upcoming school year. Many thanks to the PTL – they welcomed new families, encouraged them to join the PTL and get involved at CPS, and sold used uniforms and CPS spirit wear.

Wednesday, August 25 was the first day of the 2021-2022 school year. The tradition is to begin the school year with a school-wide chapel. Pastor Couser blessed the new called teachers as well as the other new teachers for their ministry to Concordia Prep. Due to the need to continue social distancing, not all students were in the LAC at once. Pastor Couser led chapel in the Lutheran Activities Center for the juniors and seniors while student “chapel leaders” were deployed to each classroom to lead chapel based upon Pastor Couser’s sermon. After discussing the five core values of Concordia Prep: Faith, Integrity, Service, Leadership, and Community, Pastor Couser discussed Faith.

Student Achievements


In the fall of 2021, Concordia Prep was informed that senior Alisa Alford has been selected as a finalist by the College Board National African American Recognition Program. Alisa was selected based on her PSAT10, PSAT/NMSQT test scores that are in the top 10% in the state of Maryland, and/or her AP test scores of 3 or higher.

Senior Emily Chamish was named a semifinalist in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Emily is one of only 16,000 semifinalists nationwide who qualified by achieving one of the state of Maryland’s highest scores on the 2020 Preliminary SAT (PSAT/NMSQT), according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


Dressed for Success! On September 17, students in Mrs. Johnson’s Honors American Literature classes dressed the part for a lively debate. After discussion on Colson’s Whitehead’s 2019 Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Nickel Boys, they were tasked with researching and building a case to either defend or oppose the reading of the novel in school. In pairs, teams presented their arguments for banning the book or keeping it in the 11th-grade curriculum. Photo from L to R: Cadia Sanders, Maddie Coons, Patrik Simons, Hailey Ford, Gabby Smelcer, Aniya Stancil, and Ryan Calheira.

See you at the Pole! On September 22, Pastor Couser, members of the FCA, and students and faculty held a prayer service. See You at the Pole is a national day of prayer on September 22 where students meet at their school flagpole and pray for the school community.

In late September, members of Ms. Tornabene’s AP Physics class finished a lab on electric field mapping. The students measured potential differences in order to graphically plot equipotential for dipole electrodes and parallel plate electrodes. Their analysis includes mapping and discussing the differences between the electric fields surrounding each electrode configuration.


Mr. Berger and members of the SGA organized a Saints Sunrise service early in the morning on October 1, for the junior and senior classes. Students arrived on campus at 6:30 am to share time with each other, watch the sunrise together, and pray. Pastor Couser led the students in prayer after the sun had risen. Many thanks to the PTL and parent volunteers who provided refreshments and breakfast after.

Also on October 1, the Club Fair was held. Concordia Prep encourages students to lead, share, discover a passion, and serve others. Each year, Concordia Prep offers over 20 clubs for Upper and Middle School students. Clubs meet regularly on club days and after school. Several leadership clubs such as the Student Government Association (SGS), Black Student Association (BSA), and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) work with the administration on student interests and concerns and plan a number of school-wide events.

Seventh-grader CJ Savin was awarded The Young Patriot Award by the Catch A Lift Fund, which is a non-profit organization that helps wounded veterans. CJ has been volunteering and raising money for CAL for the past four years.


In November, the Concordia Prep Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed the newest members. These students have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Front row from left: Aaron Mobley, Katherine Doyle, Jahneé Evans, Leah Daniels, Lakiyah Gales, Jennifer Rodriguez. Second row from left: Madison Coons, Jadyn Green, Jake Brintnall, Hailee Ford, Gabriella Smelcer, Leah Corona, and Cadia Sanders. Third row from left: Henry Edwards. They were joined by seniors Bryelle Johnson, Deja Jones, Teresa DiPelino, Brooke Marschall, Brooke Meyer, Andrew Couser, Ben Strong, and Zac Chamish. Not pictured: Ryan Calhiera and Colton Drought.

Students in Ms. Silkowitz’s AP Bio class studied the properties of cell membranes on November 1, using bubbles. Bubbles make a great stand in for cell membranes – they are fluid, flexible, and can self-repair.


In early December, Mrs. Harding’s Middle School engineering class began their semester-long study of civil engineering. Students worked in small groups to build bridges with popsicle sticks. Each team had the autonomy to create its own design. After the design is set, some teams divided the duties.


After the Christmas break, students were excited to welcome Heaven Sent Catering LLC, which began food service in the newly renovated CPS cafeteria. Each day they offered breakfast, a special for the day, hot options, as well as salads, wraps, and sandwiches.

Students in Mrs. Chrysam’s Honors Chemistry class performed an experiment to discover the formula of an unknown compound. The students heated the compound eliminating all the water and then completed calculations to discover the final result.

Students in Mrs. Chrysam’s Forensic Science class worked on the final by solving a murder in the Black Box Theatre. During the first semester, students learn how investigators secure a scene, look for and collect evidence. Students also studied fingerprint evidence, handwriting, fiber, and hair analysis during the semester. This final exam involves a simulated crime scene that involves applying the knowledge from all the completed units.


Members of Concordia Prep’s faculty and staff wore their tutus in celebration of 2-22-22 day – a palindrome, which means it reads the same forward and backward, and because it is on a Tuesday it is referred to as Twos Day.  

Students in Ms. Tornabene’s PreCalculus class created 3D models of the Unit Circle whose coordinate points show explicit relationships between angle measure (in degrees and radian) and values of trigonometric functions beyond right triangles. With this resource, students were able to visualize the periodic nature of trig functions and build recognition and fluency with naming patterns and relationships. While some students explored and studied each other’s projects, others competed in speed run competitions to exhibit mastery of the material.

In early February, a special assembly was held to celebrate the start of Black History month. Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Ms. Anna Heckel ’10, who organized the assembly with the BSA is pictured with speakers Dr. Joseph Ellison Brown, PhD. a grandparent of a current CPS student, and Mr. Steve Backmon ’02. The assembly also included a performance by the STEP team and sophomores Margaret Miller, Simone Tyson, and Corey Bradley.

Also in February, Mrs. Calheira’s 6th-grade geography class finished learning about Egypt and the pyramids. Student competed in a timed, group competition to see who could build the best and largest pyramid with marshmallows and toothpicks.

In preparation of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, Ms. Weldon’s German classes celebrated “Fasching. The Fasching season culminates in “Faschingsdienstag,” (Mardi Gras) the day before “Aschermittwoch” (Ash Wednesday) as it does throughout the world. Various regions of southern and western Germany, as well as Austria and Switzerland, have multiple names for the festivities and several regional traditions. In German-speaking countries, the “Faschingszeit,” or Fasching season, is known as the “5th Season,” since many places count its start back on November 11th! The months of December and January are used for the preparation of parade floats and costumes. Parades and celebrations can begin as early as January (after “Dreikoenigstag,” or Epiphany), and get into full swing the week before Ash Wednesday. Students made masks and enjoyed some Pfannekuchen (pancakes)!


In early March, members of the PTL – Kristin Strong, Shelly Ford-Peroutka, Nancy Fiorentino Smelcer, Monica Makrodimitris, and Angela Tirschman with help from teacher Julia Bloom and Director of Advancement Gloria Murphy hung the banners in the Upper School building to surprise the senior class.

In honor of Lutheran Schools Week, the Concordia Prep Student Government Association (SGA) organized dress-down days and service projects throughout the week to celebrate. Students, and some staff, dressed up as their favorite teachers.


The Social Studies Bowl returned! On April 8, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Upper School students competed in the Social Studies Bowl – a Jeopardy-type competition that tests students’ knowledge of social studies, economics, geography, psychology, and current events. Preliminary competitions held earlier this month yielded four final teams: Trevor Brady/Henry Edwards, Patrik Simons/Madison Coons, Alisa Alford/Madisen Bonner, and Ben Strong/Kene Ofoche. The champions were Ben Strong and Kene Ofoche with a winning score of 12,700 points! The runners-up were Alisa Alford and Madisen Bonner. Moderator Ms. Melissa Weldon was helped during the assembly by scorekeeper Ms. Tornabene, umpire Mr. Holtmeier, and Mr. Doede.

The Concordia Prep PTL organized the 50 Days to Graduation Senior Dinner on Friday, April 9. It was the beginning of many celebrations for the Class of 2022.

On Saturday, April 10, the junior class celebrated the blessing and distribution of their class rings. The presentation of rings is a ceremony that symbolizes the juniors’ ascension to becoming the senior class and leaders of the school.


In the spring, students in Mrs. Barth’s Middle School Art Class entered their poster designs in the Baltimore County Bar Association Law Day 2022 Art Contest. Reid Pries won for the eighth-grade level and Layla Wilhelm for the sixth-grade level. Yesterday, they received a prize and certificate at the Law Day ceremony at the Baltimore County Circuit Court, where they were recognized for their artistic talent.

Ms. Tornabene’s Honors PreCalculus students played identity golf verifying trigonometric identities in as few steps as possible. For each problem solved, students attempted a hole in one putt to eliminate one problem on their problem set! A shout out to Jake Brintnall for building, from scratch, the in-room putt-putt golf board.

The Student Government Association (SGA) organized the annual Picnic Day in May. The Hawaiin-themed event included a picnic lunch, the senior class skit, and faculty vs. seniors basketball game. To top off the day, SGA sponsored a Kona Ice truck for everyone!

College Shirt Day: On the last, official day of school for the Class of 2022. The seniors posed for a group picture – some students wore the shirt for the college they will be attending next year.


On June 3, Concordia Prep celebrated Affirmation with the 8th-grade class and their families. The Service of Affirmation honors the role that God and family have played in the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual growth of each student. This celebration is an opportunity to affirm the students of the CPS 8th Grade class as they leave the halls of the Concordia Prep Middle School and take the next step in their lives.

The Arts

Fall Play – The CPS Theatre Department presented The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in late October. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of a gifted fifteen-year-old boy named Christopher Boone who, while investigating the killing of a dog, has an adventure of self-discovery.

All Together Now! Musical Revue – In November, Concordia Prep joined schools all across the country to perform a collection of Broadway’s greatest numbers in a Musical Revue to raise money for the CPS Theatre program. Music Theatre International (MTI) allowed schools to use songs, copyright free, to raise money for school theater programs that had unable to perform due to COVID-19. Middle and Upper school students were joined by alumni and faculty members: Mr. Erickson, Ms. Heckel, Mrs. Johnson, Mr. Meador, Mr. Miller, Ms. Stradtmann, and Ms. Weldon.

In December, Mrs. Johnson’s Middle School Drama II classes presented two hilarious one-act plays – The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet and The Internet is So Distract–Oh Look, A Kitten! in the Black Box Theatre. These were the first performances in many years of only Middle School drama students.

The Concordia Prep music ensembles – both Middle and Upper School, under the direction of Mr. Joseph Meador, performed Christmas with Concordia on December 17, 2022, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baltimore, MD.

The CPS Middle School and Upper School choirs had an amazing opportunity in March to attend a workshop with the Concordia University Chicago Kapelle under the direction of Dr. Charles Brown. In addition to performing individually, the CPS and Concordia University choirs performed together.

Little Shop of Horrors – The Concordia Prep Theatre Department presented an outstanding production of Little Shop of Horrors in late April. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over thirty years. The cast included students from both the Upper and Middle school and a real Audrey II. In addition to four sell-out performances, the cast and crew performed for St. Peter’s School, St. Paul’s Kingsville, and the CPS Middle School during the day on Friday, April 29.

Service to the Community

In September the SGA organized a dress-down day that raised money for the Lutheran High School of Greater New Orleans in Metairie, LA, which received extensive damage from Hurricane Ida followed by a tropical storm. A grand total $1,738.20 was raised!

Also in September, Concordia Prep collected donations of snacks and food for the Haven pantry at Loch Raven High School, which is stocked with items including food, clothing, toiletries, and school items for students in need.

Before Thanksgiving, Concordia Prep partnered with NewThing to collect food for Assistance Center of Towson Churches. Over 640 canned goods/food items were collected and over $2,200 was donated! The goal, which was to donate enough for 100 food baskets was surpassed! Students in advisory helped members of NewThing pack up the food donations.

In December, Concordia Prep and NewThing collected donations for the Lutheran Mission Society Compassion Place. The generous donations that LMS received allowed them to provide food and gifts at Christmas to over 100 families in need in the Baltimore area. In addition to food collected, over $1,000 was donated.

Members of the Art Club pack 50 boxes with donations from CPS students and their families for the Operation Christmas Child Project. The Art Club holds the drive each fall collecting donations of hygiene items, toys, and school supplies. Included in each box is a Gospel booklet. The gifts will help spread the Gospel and bring joy to many impoverished children. The Art Club thanks you for your generous support of this service project.

In February, as a kickoff to Lent, Concordia Prep School and NewThing partnered in a toiletries drive for the students at Loch Raven High School to stock “The Haven” with personal toiletry items.

In late April, the Concordia Prep Athletic Department held the annual Field Day competition. Students from St. Paul’s Kingsville, St. Paul’s Glen Burnie, and St. Paul Catonsville spent the morning at Concordia Prep competing in a variety of field day events. CPS faculty, staff, and students volunteered – a few staff members competed in their own sack race.

CPS-NewThing Partnership

In March of 2020, Pastor Peter Couser joined the Concordia Prep community as both campus pastor for Concordia Prep School and the Pastor of NewThing – a church plant birthed through a unique Spirit-led partnership between First Lutheran Church and Concordia Prep School in Towson, MD. On June 5, 2022, NewThing received its official charter from Southeastern District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and became an official church.

Throughout the year, in addition to his duties as Campus Pastor – ministering to both students and parents, Pastor Couser and Youth Coordinator Ms. Kaitlyn Stradtmann, share their time and love of Jesus with students conducting after school meet-ups, moderating the FCA (Federation of Christian Athletes Club) and coordinating service activities for local charities including the Haven at Loch Raven High School for local students in need and Lutheran Mission Society Compassion Place.

During the school year for the first time, Concordia Prep students were Baptized and Confirmed as members of NewThing Church.

This summer there were 26 people (21 students, 5 adult leaders) who traveled July 7-13 to Houston, Texas, for the Youth Gathering of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. 19 of the students were current students or recent graduates of Concordia Prep. NewThing Church sponsored the trip as this group joined together with 20,000 high school students from all over the country for worship, Bible study, various interest sessions, sports, various interactive booths and activity areas, and service opportunities. This event is held once every 3 years and the next gathering will be in the summer of 2025 in New Orleans, LA. Photo above: Youth Gathering participants with matching shirts, includes the new president of the Southeastern District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Bill Harmon (BLHS ‘90).


Fall Highlights

Varsity Football: The Varsity Football team won the MIAA B championship game 14-3 vs. Loyola Blakefield in the second season the team advanced to the MIAA B Conference. Overall, the Saints went 9-2 on the season. MIAA B Football All-Conference team: Juniors Jaedon Alston and Josh Derry along with seniors Terrell Bartee, Everett Dingle Jr., Keenan Gilchrist, Kogge Metuge, and Sone Metuge, Jr. 

Four Concordia Prep Football team members – seniors Everette Dingle, Kogge Metuge, Sone Metuge, and Oluwasesan Tifase were selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic. The game, which was played on May 30, features the top high school football players from Maryland vs. the top players from Pennsylvania. Coach Battaglia was selected to be the defensive coordinator for the Maryland team.

Varsity Boys’ Soccer: The Varsity Boys’ Soccer team advanced to the very competitive MIAA A Conference in the fall of 2021 under Head Coach Adauto Neto. The team showed they belonged with a record of 11-9-2. They lost to John Carroll 3-0 in the MIAA C Conference quarter-final game. Juniors Ryan Calheira and Colton Drought were named to the MIAA A Soccer All-Conference Team.

Varsity Girls’ Soccer: The Varsity Girls’ Soccer team had a great season under new Head Coach Hayley Brock. The team went 8-6-1 with a big win over Roland Park in the quarter-finals 5-4. They lost in a heartbreaker 1-0 in PKs to Severn in the semi-finals. Junior Hailee Ford and sophomore Haylee Kurek were selected to the IAAM B All-Conference Soccer Team.

Varsity Volleyball: The Varsity Volleyball team had a good year going 8-6 with some coaching changes mid-season. The Saints lost to Glenelg 3-2 in the IAAM Quarter Finals. Senior Anna Schwatka was selected to the IAAM C All-Conference Volleyball Team.

Winter Highlights

Varsity Girls’ Basketball: In the return to the B conference, the Girls’ Basketball program had a great season with a 14-7 record. After beating Bryn Mawr 50-26 in the IAAM quarter-finals and Gerstel 51-47 in the semi-finals the team advanced to the championship game. They lost 67-34 to a very dominant Mercy High School team. Next year, all five starters will return and the Saints are predicted to be a team to beat in the B Conference. Junior Hailee Ford was selected to the IAAM B All-Conference Basketball team.

Varsity Boys’ Basketball: 15-8 overall, 11-1 in-conference. The Boys’ basketball program under Head Coach Bryan Howard soared to new heights this year. The Varsity Boys’ team won their first championship in school history with a victory over Park 72-53 in the MIAA C Conference Championship. As a result, the team is moving up to the B Conference next season. Senior Josh Pouncey and sophomore Noah Robinson were named to the MIAA C All-Conference Basketball team.

Middle School Basketball: MS basketball came back with a bang, competing in their first season in two years. Three MS Boys’ teams and two MS Girls’ teams hit the court. Our “A” teams were selected to travel to 74th Annual Lutheran Basketball Association Tournament in Fort Wayne, IN in March and did very well. The boys went 1-2 and the girls finished in 4th place overall. 

Spring Highlights

Varsity Baseball: Coming off a championship in 2021, the baseball program was ready to continue its winning ways. Under new Head Coach Pastor Peter Couser, the team’s record was 13-6 overall, 11-3 in conference. They won 13-3 in the semi-finals vs. Beth Tfiloh to advance to the MIAA C Conference Championship game and lost a heartbreaker to Key 12-1. The baseball program has been in the conference championship each year for the last four years and continues to be a model of success and consistency.  Seniors Braden Hofstetter and Andrew Couser, and junior Caleb Couser were selected to the MIAA C All-Conference Baseball team.

Varsity Softball: Once again led by Head Coach Leslie Calheira, the Varsity Softball team returned to the championship game this season by beating Bryn Mawr 24-13 in the Semi-Finals. The team lost to Beth Tfiloh in the IAAM C Conference Championship in a strong showing. There was a lot of interest this year for softball and over 20 girls played. Thanks to parent volunteers, improvements were made to the home dugout. Junior Kaitlyn Osbourne and freshman Lilly Lorenz were selected to the IAAM C All-Conference Softball team. 

Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse: The Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse program under Head Coach Stephen Berger improved this season, 6-8 overall, and 3-4 in conference. They qualified for the MIAA playoffs winning the first round 14-2 against Chapelgate. They lost in the MIAA C Semi-Finals to St. John’s Catholic Prep. The program has a great young core that will continue to build into the future. Senior Mark Esposito, freshman, Noah Hauf, and junior Garret Morgan were selected to the MIAA C All-Conference Lacrosse team.

Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse: The Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team under Head Coach Carlyn Stefanelli had a transitional year after moving up to the competitive IAAM B Conference. They had a big freshmen class come out and contribute early and made the playoffs as the overall 5th seed but fell short in the first game. Sophomore Ceanna McGirt and freshman Molly Clapp were named to the IAAM B All-Conference Lacrosse team. 

Track & Field: What a year for a track program! Nearly 40 athletes competed, which is the most in years. The team broke five school records and set PRs in almost every meet. The boys’ track team finished 4th at championships this season. Junior Josh Derry, and sophomores Justin Harvey, Keshawn Mister, and Darian Hill were selected to the MIAA Track & Field All-Conference Team. Junior Kyla Snipes was selected to the IAAM All-Conference team.

Middle School Spring Sports: The Middle School Spring sports season returned with MS Baseball, Boys’ Lacrosse, and Girls’ Lacrosse teams. It was the first year for Middle School boys’ and girls’ lacrosse – both teams were very successful! The MS Baseball program developed immensely this season. 

Saints Playing in College Next Year
  • Terrell Bartee – Albright College, Football
  • Everette Dingle – East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Football
  • Keenan Gilchrist – Shippensburg University, Football
  • Clifton Gillis – Gila River Community College, Football
  • Madelaine Goddat – Bridgewater College, Lacrosse
  • Braden Hofstetter – Lancaster Bible College, Baseball
  • Jacob Hofstetter – Stevenson University, Baseball
  • Toyja Kelley – Ursinus College, Football
  • Kaden Koester – Embry-Riddle University, Soccer
  • Gabriel McArthur – American International College, Football
  • Kogge Metuge – Shippensburg University, Football
  • Sone Metuge – Shippensburg University, Football
  • Josh Pouncy – Elms College, Basketball
  • Oluwasean “Ayo” Tifase – Florida State, Football

Alumni Events

Homecoming: During halftime of the Homecoming Varsity Football game alumni were honored as distinguished alumni and inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Those honored were:

Distinguished Alumni Awards: David Bushman ’81, Mark Failinger ’75, Ann Failinger ’74, Thomas Failinger ’77, Conard Failinger ’73, Deborah Frech ’77, Leigh Goedeke ’05, and David Maack ’75.

Athletic Hall of Fame: Lawrence “Jay” Davis ’11, Adam Ernst ’01, Alora Gullivan Woods ’08, Amanda Lentsch-Whitley ’02, Thomas Lentsch (former AD and coach), Meghan Lepley Blundon ’08, Thomas McLemore ’92, Keith Voelker ’69, and Candace Weinreich Knott ’00.

50th Anniversary and Former Faculty Reunion: During the celebrations for the Class of 2022 in May, Concordia Prep hosted reunions for the classes of 1971 and 1972 and former faculty. The 50th-anniversary classes are honored at commencement each year. Due to COVID-19 the classes of 1970 and 1971 did not have reunions and were invited to join in the festivities this year. Former faculty, several of whom are alumni, were also invited to be a special part of the commencement. On Saturday May 29, 2022, alumni from the 1970s and 1980s were invited to a reception to honor and celebrate the former faculty for their dedication and commitment to Lutheran education and the many lives they have impacted.