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The lifelong impact of a Lutheran West education is something special. See what our alumni have to say.
Alex-Seagro"I can't believe how quickly my time at Lutheran West passed. When I graduated and ended my days on campus at West, I knew the friendships I had made would last a lifetime. I'm already looking forward to those Lutheran West class reunions!"
- Alex Seagro, Class of 2018 
Laryssa_Hess_Thompson"As an alumna of Lutheran West, I can say that I am thankful I chose to attend such a well equipped school. Lutheran West has excellent resources that supplied me with happy memories, a solid education, and a firm faith. These three things gave me a foundation of confidence with which to start out my college years."
- Laryssa (Hess) Thompson, Class of 2008 
John_Blackburn"You cannot not help but see what makes Lutheran West such a special place. It’s about incredible relationships…between students and students, students and faculty, students and coaches, faculty and parents, parents and parents and, most importantly, the common bond of the relationship that we all share and celebrate with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. "
- John Blackburn, Class of 1978 
Lisa-Fenn-Headshot"Like many young people, I struggled with the issue of faith as I entered my teenage years. I had gone through Confirmation and knew God’s promises for me, but found it difficult to “make the faith my own.” I had head knowledge of Christ, but badly wanted a deeper connection. I remember struggling with such a faith issue through my eighth grade year.

Months later, I entered Lutheran West. The school’s Bible classes and chapel services showed me who Jesus was and what type of relationship He desired to have with me. Nevertheless, this knowledge still did not have the impact I desired. Instead, what inspired me towards faith were the relationships I developed with friends, teachers and coaches. As they loved me and befriended me, I grew to understand Christ’s love for me. Such spiritual conversation and encouragement would have been difficult to find elsewhere.

Lutheran West offered the clarity and relevancy of Christ against the backdrop of my teenage experiences. During my junior year my relationship with Christ blossomed. I embarked on college secure in my purpose on this earth and my identity as God’s beloved. Today I work as a Features Producer at ESPN. I travel the world as a joyful servant of Christ, all the while mindful of my spiritual roots in Lutheran West."

- Lisa Fenn, Class of 1992 
Rachel_Fenske_Haughwort"While it took a lot of hard work, an undisputed factor in my college success was the foundation that Lutheran West gave me. After my very first semester of college, half of my nursing class had changed their majors due to the rigors of Anatomy and Physiology. I had already learned half the material in high school through Mrs. Miller’s A.P. (Advanced Placement) Biology class.

I could go on and on about how Lutheran West prepared me in so many different facets for college. I could tell you how LW’s band expected more than our college band program. I could tell you how four years of running cross country for Mr. Fenske, my father, readied me for even the toughest college workouts. Or I could tell you about the challenge of the A.P. Calculus class with Ms. Shimek. There were truly so very many aspects to Lutheran West which helped to shape me into someone academically, emotionally, and spiritually ready for the next four years and even beyond that as I started my first nursing job at a hospital. But I’ll stop here and simply say that an education at Lutheran West can be a springboard to things truly great. "
- Rachel (Fenske) Haughwout, Class of 2004

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