08-09 edition
Amber Neben:
from Olympian
to World Champion
Mascot Ollie ‘O Lu’ Lancer makes his debut
Orange Lutheran’s new mascot, made possible by donations from alumni and the greater Lancer
family, has appeared at sporting events throughout the year.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Concourse Entertainment Center, Anaheim
90s reunion
Mascot Makes His Debut
Ollie was joined by returning alumni at the Lancer
Football season opener versus Bullard
Capital Campaign Update
Changes are coming to Orange Lutheran, thanks to
the Vision & Values capital campaign
Basketball Alumni Event
An exciting victory over the Servite Friars takes the
Lancers one step closer to 500 career wins
Alumni Spotlight
Amber Parkinson Neben ‘93 became Orange
Lutheran’s first Olympian when she competed in
the Beijing games this past summer
Defending Faith & Freedom
Dozens of Orange Lutheran alumni are serving as
clergymen or as members of the Armed Forces
Alumni Updates
Catch up on the latest news (and wedding pictures)
from your graduating class
LancerPage is an annual publication of Lutheran High School of Orange County. Editor: Sara Cerulle. Layout & Design: Nathan Masters.
Cover Photo: Roth/Augenklick, courtesy of the Neben family
Orange Lutheran’s new mascot, Ollie ‘O Lu’ Lancer, was made possible by donations
from alumni and the greater Lancer family
Thanks to the donations of alumni
lumni and the
greater Orange Lutheran community, Orange Lutheran’s new
mascot made his debut at the
first Lancer Football game of
the 2008 season.
Ollie “O Lu” Lancer (pictured
to the right in the original artist’s’s
pearsketch) made his first public appearance on Saturday, September 6 before a
packed house at the Santa Ana Bowl.
Over eighty football alumni were
on hand for the game, most enjoying
great sideline views and unparalleled
access thanks to the field and locker
room passes provided by the O Lu football program.
Ollie’s debut was well-timed; he and the alumni who
made him possible cheered on the Lancers to a 35-17 rout
of Bullard, a Bakersfield area powerhouse that proved to
be no match for the Lancers.
Ollie will continue to appear at Lancer sporting events
as well as at special Ollie outings, exclusive gatherings
for alumni and their families. Stay tuned to the Orange
Lutheran Alumni page at lhsoc.org/alumni for dates and
lancer football
through the years
First League:
Arrowhead, 1974-75 season
First Playoff Game:
Loss to Needles, 18-6, 1978
First Playoff Victory:
November 1981
over Whittier Chrisitan, 27-21 (2OT)
First League Championships:
1983 (Arrowhead League)
1994 (Olympic League)
2002 (Empire League)
2006 (Trinity League)
First CIF Championship:
December 2004
over Newport Harbor, 35-6
First State Championship:
December 2006
over Palo Alto, 42-28
First Division I Football player:
Robbie Gibbs,1985, US Naval Academy
First All-League player:
Duane McLeoud, 1976
First All-CIF player:
Curt Leonard, 1978
First All-County player:
Marc Neben, 1977
First All-State player:
Joe Juliano, 1994
Ollie mascot comes alive at
football alumni reunion
Alumni come together for
One Night, One Purpose
The sixth annual Power of the Dream Gala featured an elegant “Gatsby Era” setting and
a special performance by recording artist Crystal Lewis
“One Night. One Purpose.” Four
words capable of summing up the annual Power of the Dream Gala.
On October 3, 2008, five hundred
guests, thirty of whom were Orange
Lutheran alumni, enjoyed a “Gatsby
Era” evening complete with silent and
live auctions and an unforgettable
show in the Nechita Center.
The usual enticing auction prizes
were on display before dinner in the
silent auction; highlights included a
wine tasting evening with Executive
Director Gregg Pinick and a trip to
The recently-christened Ellwein
Center housed an elegant dinner set
in a Roaring Twenties-era orchard.
Regular attendees of the Gala might
have noticed a new guest in attendance: auctioneer Bill Menish, who
made his first appearance at Orange
The special performance in the
Nechita Center featured Orange
Lutheran singers and musicians
performing distinctly spiritual songs,
joined later by the Grammy-nominated Christian recording artist Crystal
Alumni attending the 2008 Power of the Dream Gala
Mandy Leichtfuss Ballesteros ’95
Derek Lee ’85
Suzanne Bragg Coffin ’86
Rob Meaux ’96
Laura Miklos Crawford ’01
Chad Mihr ’92
Mike Crawford ’97
Jenny Miklos ’99
Tim Detviler ’79
Marlo Naber Mole ’89
Jenny McCann Detviler ’81
Lisa Olson Molitor ’02
Meredith Riebau Dufield ’89
Sara Schlueter Morgan ’93
Shauna Fleming ’07
Jason Neben ’89
Cory Fleming ’92
Amber Parkinson Neben ’93
Joy Fitschen Flynn ’80
Jeremiah Nelson ’95
Robert Freeman ’81
Tim Odle ’89
Roger Frick ’81
Jason Perkins ’95
Matt Hall ’04
JP Presley ’92
Zane Hall ’83
Anna Klitzing Preus ’00
Tom Howard ’94
Susie Boezinger Reinsberg ’86
Lori Utke Jaeger ’82
Sheila Affeld Rossi ’92
Jenny Morner Jordan ’76
Mark Schmidt ’89
Tim Klinkenberg ’82
Wayne Weisman ’77
Betsy Leichtfuss Kunau ’92
Shari Morner Willis ’79
Jenny Ritter Lark ’98
Jennifer Wong Kapur ’78
Change is coming to Orange
Lutheran, courtesy of Campaign
The Vision & Values Campaign raised over $10 million for new construction, a teachers’
endowment, and technology upgrades
Change is coming to Orange Lutheran High School.
With the most successful capital
campaign in school history completed, the school is now ready to
move forward on big changes to its
physical facilities, and in some cases
the students and teachers have already
seen big benefits.
The Vision & Values Campaign,
which raised over $10 million in
pledges, was launched to address several critical school needs: an endowment to attract and retain excellent
teachers, upgrades to technology,
renovation of school facilities, and
construction of a new multipurpose
While the endowment is already
partly funded thanks to the first
round of pledge payments, the school
is currently awaiting final approval
from the City of Orange on its
planned construction. A new wing
will be built around the existing gym
and, when completed, will feature ten
new classrooms, an expanded weight
room, a new wood shop, and a new
practice room for the Lancer Marching Band.
Existing facilities will also be renovated to unite the campus aesthetically and architecturally. Classrooms,
hallways, and offices will receive an
updated look. The existing lunch area
will be transformed into a peaceful
courtyard. And an attractive and efficient main entrance, to be built near
the Success Center’s current location,
will welcome students, parents, and
visitors at the start of the day.
The campaign is already making a
difference in other
areas. Over the summer, campaign
donations financed major upgrades to
the school’s technology resources: a
new wireless network, Apple computer systems for teachers and staff, and
major improvements to the school’s
network infrastructure.
Perhaps the most notable change is
the addition of a campuswide wireless
(wifi) network. With more and more
smartphones and laptop computers in
students’ hands, there is great potential for academic learning in campuswide wifi. Built on a backbone of 40
wireless access points, Orange Lutheran’s wifi network allows students to
research papers, complete homework,
and participate in OLO classes from
anywhere on campus.
Alumni cheer as Lancers close in
on five hundred wins
Dozens of alumni gathered for a special reunion in January to honor past players and
coaches and see the Lancers rack up win number 497 in school history.
As the Lancer Basketball team
closed in on its 500th win in school
history, Lutheran High alumni gathered on the Orange Lutheran campus
on January 16 for an alumni dinner
and to watch the Lancers take on
the Servite Friars. Past players and
coaches from the Lancer Basketball
program were honored throughout
the evening as the Lancers defeated
Servite, 72-67, for the 497th victory in
school history.
Only two weeks later, on January
30, the Lancers passed the milestone:
win number 500.
The school has changed a lot since
it opened in 1973, and so has the
environment in which it competes
— Orange Lutheran’s first basket-
ball teams competed in the small
schools Arrowhead League; today,
the Lancers are a part of the highly
competitive Trinity League. But the
competitive spirit that has propelled
the Lancers into the upper echelon
of county basketball programs has
been a common thread throughout
the team’s history.
The 500 wins are the work of
countless players but only five
coaches. The school’s first coach,
Jerry Simmons, led the Lancers
from 1976 to 1990, and was followed by Matt Hansen (1991) and
Craig Swanson (1992 to 1995). Shawn
Cassidy had the second longest tenure
at the helm, serving from 1995 to
2004, yielding to current Head Coach
lancer basketball
through the years
Career point leaders
Jason Whieldon ‘00, 1902
Daryl Cole ‘90, 1286
Sean Luecke ‘04, 1017
Career rebound leaders:
Wayne Stark ‘78, 619
Jason Whieldon ‘00, 594
Clint Rieber ‘85, 572
Career assist leaders:
Jason Whieldon ‘00, 1902
Travis Tanner ‘04, 455
Tyler Funk ‘10, 342
First League Championships:
1978 (Arrowhead League)
1988 (Olympic League
2003 (Empire League)
Steve Hight, Nancy Paul,
Debbie Rogers Merced, and Marlo Naber Mole
Cory Fleming and Lenny Gavin with
former Head Coach and fellow alum Matt Hansen
First CIF Finalist team:
First All-League player:
Harvey Tidwell, 1976
First League MVP:
Daryl Cole and Jason Whieldon share a light moment
while Austin Pettis and Aaron Corp watch the game
Wayne Stark, 1978
First All-CIF player:
Wayne Stark, 1978
First All-County player:
Geoff McArthur, 1988
First All-State player:
Daryl Cole, 1990
The crowd sings Lutheran High’s alma mater
alumni spotlight
Amber Neben ‘93 becomes first
Orange Lutheran Olympian
After disappointing equipment problems in the Summer Games, Neben bounced back
to win the World Time Trial Championship in Varese, Italy just a month later
Amber Parkinson Neben’s Olympic dream began in the fifth grade
at a soccer tournament. As she was
scoring the winning goal she thought
to herself, “I want to do this in the
Olympics someday.”
Soccer led her to Cross Country
and Track with the encouragement of
her Orange Lutheran P.E. instructor,
Mr. Zimmerman. As a sophomore,
Neben was posting top-ten national
times on the track, though she began
to struggle with stress fractures.
All her hard work at Orange
Lutheran paid off though, and she
p from
received an athletic scholarship
hile she
the University of Nebraska. While
found much success, her struggles
with stress fractures followed her and
ment at
caused more pain than enjoyment
he mesNebraska. By her junior year the
sage was clear: she wouldn’t be in the
Olympics as a runner.
When Neben returned to Southern
California and began her graduate
studies at the University of California,
b. She
Irvine, she joined a cycling club.
ut the
enjoyed the competition without
stress on her legs that running had
brought. Without knowing much
o win
about bike racing, she began to
local and state mountain bikingg
As she became more seriouss about
oad cythe sport and transitioned to road
cling, Neben’s Olympic dreams came
back into view. In 2001, she turned
professional, and wins at the Gracia
Tour in 2002 and the Tour du Montreal in 2003 had her on track for the
2004 Olympics in Athens.
Then, she was struck by another
crushing blow. Testing positive for a
banned substance due to a contaminated sample, she was forced to sit
out six months, precious time with
the Olympics fast approaching. She
served her suspension honorably,
knowing she was innocent, and was
back to the sport just in time to try to
y for the U.S. Team.
To do so, she would
need to win the
Olympic trials
race. She placed
second, missing out on the
Olympic spot
by eight seconds,
but making her the
alternate for the U.S.
Olympic Cycling team for
the 2004 Athens games.
With new persever-
ance, Neben immediately began to
train for the 2008 games, to be held in
Beijing. She won the Tour de l’Aude
(the women’s equivalent to the Tour
de France) in both 2005 and 2006.
Though another bump in the road,
a bout with melanoma on her back,
made her reexamine her sport and her
dreams, she fought hard and relied on
her faith in God and His plan for her.
In June 2008, After years of hard
work and perserverance in the face of
discouraging circumstances, Neben
finallyy received the long-awaited
phone call: she was going to
be an Olympian.
With her her husband Jason ’89,
sister Brooke ’95, and sister in law
Amy ’98 in tow, Neben traveled to
Beijing. Amber’s blog at amberneben.com is filled with her journaling
from the games, but the highlight
of her trip came during the Opening Cermonies, when the fact that
she was an Olympian finally sunk in.
As the American contingent entered
the Bird’s Nest stadium to the chants
of “U-S-A, U-S-A”, chills and tears
overtook her.
Amber’s race was on the second
day of competition. The weather
changed dramatically twice during the
race and created quite a mental battle
for her. Ten minutes from the finish,
Amber’s bike chain failed and she lost
her lead position. She ended the race
a disappointing 33rd, hampered by
her equipment, not her body or mind.
Her redemption came six weeks
later though in Varese, Italy at the
Road Cycling World Championships. Amber won the race in defining
fashion and is the current Women’s
World Time Trial Champion in Road
Cycling, looking ahead to the 2012
games in London.
Neben racing
Americans brave the wet
weather to cheer on the U.S. team
While we waited for President Bush, all of the athletes mingled and took pictures. Since I
was next to Basketball, I took photos with the players and Coach K. The energy and excitement in the room was very high, and it was very cool to be with all the athletes … and to
realize that I was one of them.
I was an Olympian dressed in my opening ceremonies outfit in a room full of Olympic athletes, standing with my arm around the President of the United States.
What an incredible moment! I will never forget it.
The course passes through the Great Wall
We raced through downtown Beijing. We passed by Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden
City, and then continued on through road
roads with layers and layers of people stacked along
the sides. There was an almost constant chant of “Let’s Go” in Chinese. It was broken only
one time by a pocket of Americans chant
chanting USA-USA-USA. Chills.
I was sitting comfortably within this smal
small, strung out group. And just as the hill was beginning to pitch again and the surge was ab
about to happen again, I shifted to my small ring in
preparation. And even though I had clicke
clicked up three gears in the rear before doing this, ensuring that I was in the middle/bottom ha
half of the cogset, my chain flew off. Unbelievable. I
quickly shifted back to the big ring and tr
tried to slow pedal the chain back on, but it wouldn’t
catch. I drifted to the back of our bunch. It still would not grab. I had no choice. I
With her family and fellow alumni
Jason ‘89, Brooke ‘95, and Amy ‘98 in Beijing
jumped off the bike and yanked the chain back on, but it was too late.
The group was gone. I didn’t quit, though … I chased hard. I was getting close, but about
two minutes from the top, it happened ag
again. I never made it back. Even if I would have, the
split of 5 would have already happened. I continued to ride hard to the end, finishing a very
disappointing 33rd. That’s bike racing, th
though. And unfortunately it happened in a big race.
There are no guarantees, but I would hav
have at least liked the chance to try. It is one thing if
you do not have the legs. It is another if yyou do not even get the chance to find out.
For me … I am fine. It is bike racing. I w
will continue to persevere and enjoy chasing my
goals. God willing, I will go for Lo
London and have another chance to
dream of gold. In between, the sport is filled with plenty of beautiful races to keep me
motivated and moving forward.
Source: Amber Neben’s blog at amberneben.com
With NBA star LeBron James
before the Opening Ceremonies
Are you a current parent continuing the Lancer Tradition
started by your parents? Is your son or daughter a second
generation Lancer?
Register your family for our GENERATIONS Program and help continue the
legacy. Grandparents in the program will receive special gifts, discounts and notices about exciting activities happening at Orange Lutheran.
Registering is easy and free. Simply e-mail [email protected] with your
name, graduation year, your student’s name, and your parents’ name and address.
Pictured to the left: T.J. Detviler ‘07 with his family as he signs a letter of
intent with Cal State Fullerton. His parents Jenny McCann Detviler ‘81 (far
left) and Tim Detviler ‘79 (far right) are also Orange Lutheran alumni.
Two hundred fifty alumni have joined. Have you? The
Lutheran High School of Orange County Alumni page
on the popular social networking site Facebook is for
all Orange Lutheran alums. Catch up with fellow alumni and keep up to date on the latest pictures, videos,
and alumni events, especially reunion information.
See you on Facebook!
faith & freedom
Alumni serving as ordained Lutheran ministers
Rev. Brian Roberts ’78
Rev. John Rallison ’84
Rev. Nathan Kramer ’95
Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church, Oviedo, Florida
Journey of Life Lutheran Church, Orlando, Florida
Zion Lutheran Church, Ottawa, Illinois
Rev. Timothy Detviler ’79
Rev. Jason Kilian ’86
Rev. James Whatley ’97
Orange Lutheran High School
First Lutheran Church, Fontana, California
Peace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Rev. Roger Frick ’81
Rev. Darryl Kozak ’86
Rev. Jeffrey Caithamer ’98
Zion Lutheran Church, Anaheim, California
Redeemer - St. John Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, New York
Rev. Bruce Osborne ’81
Rev. Rod Benkendorf ’87
Light of the Valley Lutheran Church, Valley Center,
Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Mattoon, Illinois
Concordia Lutheran Church, Frohna, Missiouri
Rev. Timothy Klinkenberg ’82
Rev. Nathan Kilian ’88
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Orange, California
First Lutheran Church, Fontana, California
Rev. Robert Stevens ’83
Rev. Jason Haynes ’91
Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Hickory, North Carolina
Gracious Savior Lutheran Church, Edwards, Colorado
Alumni serving as American servicemen and servicewomen
Brian Sherman ’79
Corporal Aaron Cantu ’91
E2 Corpsman Kenny Waugh ’01
US Marine Corps
US Marine Corps
US Army
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Martin Pargee ’80
Dr. Danny Solkamans ’91
David Lopez ’01
US Marine Corps
US Army
Lieutenant Phil Menard ’91
Stephen Newsome ’02
US Navy
US Marine Corps
Staff Sergeant Jamie Palmer ’92
Warrant Officer Chris Delgado ’02
US Marine Corps
US Army
Sergeant Bryan Flory ’92
Second Lieutenant James Teeter ’03
US Army
US Army
Lance Corporal Jeremy Palmer ’93
Second Lieutenant Aaron Gross ’03
US Marine Corps
Air Force Academy ’08
Specialist Michael Barton ’94
Luke Duran ’04
US Army
US Air Force
Corporal Jennifer Eden Legg ’96
Private Josh Brinks ’05
US Marine Corps
US Army
Captain Robert Morgan ’97
Lance Corporal Sean Yeandle ’05
US Air Force Academy ’02
US Marine Corps
Petty Officer David Rooth ’98
Cadet Fourth Class Jamie Levesque
US Army, Florida National Guard, &
Nebraska National Guard (retired)
Staff Sergeant Michael Detviler ’81
US Marine Corps Reserves
Major Harold Martin ’81
US Air Force (retired)
Greg Greene ’82
US Army (retired)
Bryce Bailey ’84
US Navy Reserves
Sheri Duker Haines ’84
US Air Force
Master Chief Petty Officer
Clint Rieber ’85
US Navy
Captain Robert Gibbs ’87
US Marine Corps
Major Gaylord Greene ’88
US Army
Master Sergeant Darren Keeney ’89
US Army
Commander Bryn Henderson ’89
US Navy
Captain Karl Blanke ’91
US Marine Corps Reserves
US Navy
Staff Sergeant Mark Brydges ’00
US Army Reserves
Captain Shawn Silva ’00
US Air Force
Lieutenant Kris Hansen ’00
US Marine Corps
Kevin Williams ’01
US Army
US Air Force Academy ’12
Lance Corporal George Plimpton ’07
US Marine Corps
Cadet Fourth Class Erin Dannemeyer
US Air Force Academy ’12
alumni updates
Bill Friend and his wife Marian have three sons; Jason, David and
Daniel. Bill’s company, WC Friend Co. Inc. is celebrating 20 years in
Orange County.
Melanie Watson McGinnis and her husband welcomed Trinitie
Faith into their family on November 26, 2008. Photo 1
Maria (Lopez) Wren and her husband Jim live in Connecticut with
their two sons. Maria graduated from the University of Connecticut
with her Master’s degree in social work and has been a licensed
psychotherapist working with the VA for 15 years.
Lisa (Hill) Eaton and her husband Scott live in Sacramento, CA
with their two children, David (8) and Grace (5). Scott is an Executive Pastor with Impact Community Church.
Shannon (Savala) Marshall has been married 7 years and has 3
children: Alexa (6), Devin (5), and Nathan (14 months). She and her
family live in Villa Park, CA.
Robin (Skogen) Williams lives with her husband, Ray, in Brea, CA.
She is currently a sales manager for Verizon.
Gail Swickard is living in Riverside, CA and teaches kindergarden
in Colton.
Scott Johnson lives in Portland, OR with his wife and three children. He and his wife just celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary. Scott works for Pacific Office Automation managing sales.
Krista (Imboden) Briley has recently moved to the Portland, OR
area. Her family has grown to five now with three children, Amanda
(5½), Zachary (3½), and Joshua (18 months). She and her husband
will soon be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary.
Alison (Salsbury) Parsons and her husband welcomed a baby
girl, Lena Marilyn, into their family in January 2008. She is their
fourth child. They currently live in San Clemente, CA.
Jim Maxey lives in Los Angeles and has been playing drums professionally since 1994. He’s on a break from touring, and has been
teaching drums/percussion at various institutions.
Susan (Whitson) Granfors has just recently moved to Seward,
Nebraska with her three children: Sara (10), Justin (7), and Heather
(5). She is currently attending Southeast Community College and is
taking classes for a nursing degree.
Arnold Huff and his wife Kristin live in Costa Mesa, CA with their
two children. They celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary in
September 2008. Arnold recently started his own business and
is pursuing his MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Photo 2
Keith Carter lives in Sacramento, CA and is a union representative
for SEIU Local 1000.
and live in Northern California. They welcomed their son Austin
into their family in 2007.
Jason Perkins has been awarded his Master’s degree from Cal
State University, Long Beach.
Bryan Knaak and his wife Kana live in San Francisco. Bryan currently works as a business development director at SAP, a large
software company in Palo Alto.
Phil Menard and Cherise (Fowler) Menard welcomed Luke Terence on July 25, 2008. He joins sister Zoe (7) and brother Phillip
(3). They celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary in January. Phil
is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and is attending Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
Rebecca Otte works as an environmental engineer/planner at the
Regional Planning Commission in New Orleans, LA. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Valparaiso University
Heather Physioc is engaged to Doug Jolly and planning a wedding for summer 2009. She is teaching first grade at St. Matthew’s
Parish School in Pacific Palisades, CA.
Lyndsay (Kahler) Ermeling and the Phoenix Chorale received four
Grammy nominations on December 3, 2008. Nominations for the
albums “Spotless Rose” and “Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works”
include: Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, Best
Small Ensemble Performance, and Best Surround Sound Album.
On February 8, 2009, Lyndsay’s choir won the Grammy for Best
Small Ensemble Performance.
Megan Schulz married Ted Burke on May 25, 2008. They live in
St. Louis, MO.
Jenny (Duncan) Agnew gave birth to twins in Feburary 2009:
Nataly Katherine and Kylie Rose Agnew.
Sharon (Elias) Sardina and her husband Brian are proud to announce the birth of their son, Nicolai James, on May 2, 2008.
Melanie (Morgan) Harvey married Bo Harvey on August 23,
2008. Laura Bocanegra ‘99, was the Maid of Honor, and James
Whatley ‘97 was the presiding pastor. In 2007, she received her
Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from North
Carolina State University. Since graduation, Melanie has lived in
Rhode Island, Australia, Argentina, and North Carolina, and has
been fortunate enough to travel to Hong Kong and Costa Rica.
The Harveys currently live in Durham, NC, and will be moving to
either Hong Kong or New York City next fall.
Brian Bratcher was married on December 31, 2006. He has been
working at the Sandoval County Detention Center in New Mexico
for five years and was promoted to sergeant two years ago.
Heather Baldwin and Mike McCurdy ‘00 are engaged. They are
both graduates of Chapman University.
Sharley Hurwitz and Stephen Rasch were married on March 1,
2008 by Rev. Blau. They currently live in Yorba Linda, CA. Photo 3
Keira (Montell) Anastasio and her husband Angelo welcomed
their second baby girl, Annabella Grace, into their family on September 30, 2008. Keira and Angelo recently celebrated their 5th
anniversary. Their oldest daughter is 4 year old Angeleigh.
Adam Schulte is a second year medical student at Touro University in Nevada. He is a member of the Student Osteopathic
Surgical Association and a frequent volunteer at MERIN (Medical
Education & Research Institute of Nevada). Adam will transfer to
Western Health Science University, Pomona in 2009 to do his clinical rotations and residency as he pursues his interests in orthopedic surgery. Photo 4
Christina (Cooper) Hoyle and her husband Kevin live in Orange,
CA. They have two sons; Jack (4) and Denny (1).
Brian Buehler recently co-founded International Sanctuary (www.
isanctuary.org), a non-profit organization designed to help rescue,
re-socialize, and vocationally train enslaved women and children
in India. Addtionally, Brian just moved to south OC with his family:
Kristin (wife, married Oct. 15, 2000), Taya (10), Ben (4), and Baron
(2). Brian was also recently named First Vice President of U.S.
Advisors, LLC, a Napa based multibillion dollar real estate asset
management firm.
Stephanie Byard and Jonathan Kruse ‘95 were married on May
3, 2008 at the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier. They honeymooned for a week on Kauai.
Jennifer (Landrum) Robinson graduated from UCI with a BS in
Biology in 1999. She and her husband Kevin were married in 2000
Erin (Martlaro) Chvat and her husband Todd welcomed daughter
Kayla Sue into their family on Sunday, October 5, 2008. Erin is an
accounts manager in Anaheim, and Todd is a lawyer. They currently live in Tustin, CA.
Logan Swift graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton with a
Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation in May 2008.
Nicole (Beckett) Beller was married in August 2002. She has two
children; a son, Christian (5), and a daughter, Taylor (2).
Sara Hannay and Anthony Sager ‘00 were married on Octoberr
4, 2008.
Laura (Portland) Bensen and her husband Scott welcomed their
first daughter, Brooklynn Ann, into their family on July 23, 2008.
Monika Schulte and Joseph Morris were married on Saturday,
June 28, 2008.
Lisa Olson and Devon Molitor were married at St John’s Lutheran Church on September 6, 2008. In the wedding party were
two alumna, Brandi Bustam ‘02 and Allie Steele ‘02. Photo 5
Brandon McCurdy graduated from Cal State Fullerton in May
2008. He is engaged to Dana Hippe of Prescott, AZ. They are
planning an August 2009 wedding in Sedona, AZ.
Amee (Kanady) Scigliano graduated from Chapman University
in 2006 and married Scott Scigliano in August 2007. They live in
Carlsbad, CA. Amee is attending Concordia University Irvine to get
her teaching credential and her Master’s in education. Photo 6
Heather (Lykins) Churney married her high school sweetheart,
Robert Churney, on August 10, 2008.
Under the leadership of Brad Vinton, President of Cal Poly’s Mini
Baja Team, Pomona brought home 1st Place Overall from the Baja
SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). In addition, they won 2nd
place in the four hour endurance race, and 2nd place overall in the
dynamic events (hill climb, manuverability course, rock crawl, and
acceleration). This international event, with more than 110 universities competing, was held at Caterpillar’s Demonstration Center
in Edwards, IL from May 29 to 31, 2008. Baja SAE consists of 3
regional competitions that simulate real-world engineering design
projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are
tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the
severe punishment of rough terrain and in one competition, water.
Brad graduated from Cal Poly Pomona on June 15, 2008.
Charly (Smith) Amen and Matt Amen ‘02 were married at Lake
Tahoe on August 11, 2007. Charly graduated from the University
of Oregon in June 2008 with a BS in communication disorders
and sciences. Matt graduated June 2007 from the University of
Oregon, completing four years on the golf team. He is currently
pursuing a career as a professional poker player. Photo 7
Patricia (DeMello) Leinweber and her husband Kevin welcomed
their first son, Ethan Michael, into their family on December 15,
Chad Fleager and Veronica Steele were married on January 17,
Emma Kahler and Travis Hardeman were married on July 20,
2008 at Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert, CA. They live in
Brea, CA.
Michael Schatzman graduated from UC Irvine in June 2008. As
a chemistry major, he and his team developed, for the first time,
a technique for the direct synthesis of the compound lanthanum
phosphate. Michael plans to pursue a master’s degree in materials
Jenny Rohm graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in
global and international studies. She is currently living in France,
immersing herself in the language and culture while working as an
au pair to a family with five children.
Matt Miller is an All-American designated hitter at Mesa State
College in Colorado.
Steven Holness, a chemistry major at Stanford, finished his junior
year and was given a $5,300 grant to conduct research last summer on the cancer drug Bleomycin. He worked with Dr. Edward
Salomon of Stanford to find out the effectiveness of this drug
under different pH conditions.
Danny Grubb and the Fresno State Bulldog baseball team visited
the White House in November 2008, where they were honored by
then-President Bush, along with the other NCAA Spring Championship teams. Photo 8
Travis Pinick, who plays basketball at Yale, was named Ivy
League Player of the Week on December 29, 2008.
Brittany Fleming graduated in June 2008 from the Fashion
Institute of Design and Merchandising with a degree in apparel
manufacturing. She has interned with Skunk Funk, a European
designer, and is currently interviewing for a position with Sorbet, a
Brazilian swimwear designer based in San Diego, CA.
Kyle Cordova, chemistry major at the University of San Diego
(USD), has finished his sophomore year earning the distinction of
academic First Honors.
Therese Lahlouh, who attends Cornell, is studying abroad in Italy
during her spring semester.
Martin Keating is now a three-time world champion in the American Taekwondo Association.
Matt Hemphill, founder of the Orange Lutheran Ping Pong Club,
took 1st place at Cal State Long Beach’s Table Tennis Tournament
in October 2008. With that win, he advanced to the regional tournament, which is attended by 50 schools from California, Nevada,
Hawaii, Guam, and Australia. The ACUI tournament will be held at
Point Loma University in San Diego, CA from February 20 to 21,
2009. Matt is seed #1 of three representatives sent by CSULB to
attempt to win the Western Region Table Tennis title. The winner of
this tournament advances to Nationals. Photo 9
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Monday, March 16
Instrumental Festival Concert
Sunday, April 5
Class of 1989 Reunion
Saturday, July 25
Power of the Dream Gala
Saturday, October 3
Spring Musical
April 24 to May 3
Class of 1999 Reunion
Saturday, November 21
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