It’s always good to see graduates of LHSN achieve success in life. This past weekend I was privileged to attend a ceremony in Springfield, MO, honoring the 2017 inductees into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. One of these honorees is Jim Crane, LHSN Class of 1972 and owner of the Houston Astros since 2011.
Jim Crane played baseball and basketball at Lutheran North and went on to become a standout pitcher at the University of Central Missouri. He still ranks first in complete games (23), first in career shutouts (7), and third in strikeouts (215) for the Mules. Jim threw a shutout striking out 18 batters, which is still a school record, in the opening game of the NCAA Division II College World Series in 1974.
Mr. Crane achieved equal success in the business world and in the 1980’s founded Houston-based Eagle USA Airfreight, which grew to 10,000 employees and over 400 facilities in 139 countries. He said, “I hired a lot of athletes because, while they weren’t straight-A students, they knew how to work as a team and work hard.” In 2008 he formed Crane Worldwide Logistics (CWL), a premier global provider of customized transportation and logistics services. Mr. Crane is also the CEO of Crane Capital Group, Champion Energy Services and works with the Crane Foundation.
As a philanthropist, Mr. Crane donated $1 million toward Lutheran North’s athletic facilities and was the primary underwriter of a $1.2 million renovation of the Mules’ baseball field. Under his leadership, the Astros Foundation has provided athletic fields for Houston youth and supported several MLB diversity initiatives.
“When I was young, my mom and dad taught me that you have to work hard. And I learned how to treat people,” Crane said. We are thankful that LHSN was able to provide some of that training! Jim Crane is one of our inaugural “Crusader Hall of Honor” inductees.
Students of the Month
Congratulations to these four Crusaders who are the January “Students of the Month” and pictured left to right as follows:
Jesse Ochoa (grade 10) was nominated by Ms. Ambler who wrote, “Jesse has done a total 180 this semester. He has done all of his homework and participates in every class. He has lots of friends in this class, but he hasn’t let them distract him. He stays focused and on task. He has improved so much that his grade is now way above average in my class. I am very proud of him and impressed with his new attitude and hard work.”
Joel Brutlag (grade 12) was nominated by Mr. Wittler who wrote, ”Joel is one of the most consistent workers in both my Physics and Calculus courses. I have come to expect that consistency after having him in my Pre-Calc classes last year. Joel is a student of few words in my class, but his achievement in the coursework speaks volumes. I have also seen Joel’s leadership in other facets of LHSN. His leadership on the cross country team and the yearbook staff attests to his character as well.”
Carl Walker (grade 9) was nominated by Ms. Ambler who wrote, “Carl is an exceptional student in my Spanish I class. He always does his homework and classwork, and goes above and beyond just getting an A. I can count on him to be the first student I call on to set the example, because he is always paying attention and knows what to do. Carl currently has a 100.4 in my class. He is such a joy and a blessing to have in class, as I am sure he is to all of his teachers.”
Andrew Ballenger (grade 11) was nominated by Mr. Endorf who wrote, “This year Drew has had one of the highest overall scores if not the highest in all of his business classes. Those classes include Accounting (both semesters) and Entrepreneurship/Business Management. Drew works ahead in accounting and asks very detailed questions as he strives to always do his best while helping those around him understand business concepts along with debits and credits. He definitely works hard in all he does. On the soccer field Drew was voted the hardest working and that accolade was evident as he never backed down from competitors who were many times bigger than himself. In the classroom Drew is diligent with his studies as he completes assignments, takes tests, and presents projects, all of which are of the highest quality.”
“National Signing Day” was Feb. 1, and all six Crusader football seniors signed Letters of Intent to play college football. Pictured left to right are:
Jordan McDowell – Garden City (KS) Community College
Chris Avery – Quincy University
Kyrell Roberts – Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Jordan Sommerville – University of South Dakota
Aqeel Glass – Alabama A & M University
Devin Hart – Missouri Valley College
We would like to congratulate these seniors on their accomplishments, both on the field and in the classroom, that will enable them to pursue their dream of playing college football. The Lutheran North Football Program compiled a record of 37-15 during the past four years while winning 3 District Championships. God’s blessings to our senior football players on all of their future endeavors.
Second semester teacher conferences will be Thursday, Mar. 2, between 1:00 and 8:00. Parents of students who are experiencing any difficulty in class(es) are encouraged to request conference time with the respective teacher(s). Parents who have students with failing grades are expected to make appointments with the teachers of those classes. Current grade status is always available through onCampus.
Appointments must be made in advance, using the link at the end of this article to access an electronic form. The link is also posted on the Parent Resource page of the LHSN website. The deadline to request conferences is Feb. 17.
After you request conferences, we will schedule your appointments. An appointment post card giving time and room location for your conferences will be mailed to you Feb. 24. Watch for it in your mailbox!
We will have two half-days of school on Thursday, Mar. 2 and Friday, Mar. 3. Dismissal will be at 11:30 both days; please make arrangements for your student(s) to be taken home. Athletic practices will generally be held immediately following classes on both days. Please check with coaches. Click here to sign up!
Crusaders in HiSTEP
Seven Crusaders spent the day Monday being trained in HiSTEP (High School taught Education Program) through the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA). The students learned to make presentations on topics such as drugs, alcohol, friendships, decision-making, bullying, etc. Now ready to go out and speak to our Lutheran elementary schools and assist in DARE presentations are new program graduates: Jessica Hines, Keeley Klotzer, Zairai Moore, Rayonna Pollvogt, Rebecca Roth, Grace Sprivey, and Alida Theard.
Advanced HiSTEP training was given by NCADA to Lloyd Abernathy, Shannon Ambler, Adia Buford, Lily Kate Burreson, Taylor Ewing, Cameron Helmich, Phil Irving, Dallis Johnson, Jake Thompson, Eric Webster, Rachel Winkler, and Matt Zeuschel. These returning students will now serve as group leaders in the program. LHSN is proud of all our HiSTEP students!
Hoops Classic – TOMORROW, Feb. 4
Join us as we continue a Crusader Tradition! The “Crusader-Lancer Hoops Classic” features all five basketball teams from each school. The spirited competition is hosted this year by Lutheran South.
Come cheer on the Crusaders!
12:30 Freshman Boys
2:00 JV Girls
3:30 JV Boys
5:00 Varsity Girls
7:00 Varsity Boys
GO BIG NORTH!!
Other activities will include:
• Food Collection for the Seminary
• Knockout and Shooting Contests
• Spirit Wear sales
• Alumni Hospitality Room
• Hoops Zone activities for kids
• Selfie Stations to share your Crusader experience
Adult admission for the entire day is $5; high school and younger are free! Support your teams, enjoy concessions, meet old friends, and be a part of Hoops Classic! Note: Booster passes are not valid for Hoops Classic; Shield Society passes can be used.
It is that time of year again – the cold and flu season. In an effort to prevent illness and keep Crusader families healthy, here is information regarding the seasonal flu.
KEY FACTS ABOUT INFLUENZA (FLU)
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness.
Signs and Symptoms of Flu
* Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have a fever)
* Sore throat
* Runny or stuffy nose
* Muscle or body aches
* Fatigue (very tired)
How Flu Spreads
Droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, people might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
Period of Contagiousness
Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms start and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.
Onset of Symptoms
The time from when a person is exposed to flu virus to when symptoms begin is about 1-4 days, with an average of about 2 days.
* Get a flu vaccine each year
* Cover coughs and sneezes (with tissue, elbow or sleeve – NOT hands)
* Wash hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
* Keep your distance from people who are coughing and sneezing
* Stay home when you are ill
Information obtained from cdc.gov
Upcoming Events & Reminders
- Feb. 4 – Hoops Classic @ Lutheran South (see above)
- Feb. 4 – StuCo Polar Plunge @ Lake St. Louis
- Feb. 7 – TJ’s Pizza & Dessert Orders Pickup, 3-6 pm
- Feb. 11 – Vendor Event @ Grace Chapel, 10:00-2:00 (see flyer)
- Feb. 12-14 – College Bus Tour
- Feb. 16 – New Student Registration, 7 pm
- Feb. 17 – Senior Breakfast and Class of ’17 Picture, 7:15 am
- Feb. 17 – DEADLINE to request Parent Conferences
- Feb. 17 – Girls’ Retreat, 6-10 pm
- Feb. 18 – Mothers’ Club Meeting, 9 am
- Feb. 18 – Winter Dance, 7-10 pm
For the most updated calendar of events and activities at Lutheran North, see our website calendar.