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2018 Senior Awards

At CA's 55th Annual Honors Convocation on May 15, seniors were honored with department awards, arts awards, athletics awards, and more. In addition, National Honor Society members were recognized. Congratulations to our outstanding students!

Science: Rachel TerHaar
Math: Maria Brand
English: Elizabeth Ostendorf
Social Studies: Wes Tacheny
Foreign Language: Annika Scholten
Music: Lydia Hellevik
Physical Education: Jonathan Boll
Theology: Elijah Rollerson
Art: Lindsey Noyed
Service Award: Jacob Lahti

Best Actor: Alex Tramm
Best Actress: Lily Courneya
 
STEM2: Rachel TerHaar
STEM2: Arika Robinson
STEM2: Garrett Johnson
STEM2: Taylor Hermansen
STEM2: Elizabeth Ostendorf

Emerging Artist: Lydia Hellevik
Emerging Artist: Lindsey Noyed
Emerging Artist: Mitchel Zenda-Johnson

Valedictorian: Annika Scholten
Salutatorian: Elizabeth Ostendorf

Female Athlete of the Year: Arika Robinson
Male Athlete of the Year: Casey Hackett
 
Three Sport Athlete: Jonathan Boll
Three Sport Athlete: Lily Courneya
Three Sport Athlete: Casey Hackett
Three Sport Athlete: Michael Juelich
Three Sport Athlete: Gabrielle Nelsen
Three Sport Athlete: Arika Robinson

CA Names New Dance and Girls Basketball Coaches

After extensive searches, the Concordia Academy Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Kaylie Bisping and Tiffany Stubbs will be joining our coaching staff. 

Kaylie Bisping will be our new head dance coach. Coach Bisping has served as our assistant head coach for the last two years. Kaylie is an operations manager at We’ve Got It Covered, a wedding rental business located in Woodbury. She currently collaborates with many Twin Cities venues and event centers coordinating the different needs of potential clients. Bisping is an alumna of Concordia Academy and graduated from the University of Minnesota Rochester in May 2017. She danced all four years at CA, which included two state appearances, and she also danced one year at the collegiate level. 

Tiffany Stubbs, a graduate of Northwestern University in St. Paul, will lead our Girls Basketball program. Tiffany graduated from Northwestern University in St. Paul in 2017 with a degree in public relations. Coach Stubbs is a four-year varsity letter winner and two-time team captain for the Northwestern Eagles. She currently works at Medtronic. She coached the JV girls basketball team last season and, with an obvious passion for coaching, is excited to remain in the Beacon family. 

Welcome, Coach Bisping and Coach Stubbs!

Emerging Artist Senior Showcase: May 15 - 24
Concordia Academy’s second Emerging Artist Curriculum cohort stages a senior showcase, spotlighting all three members’ capstone projects, May 5 - 24. This years cohort includes Lydia Hellevik (vocal music), Mitchell Zenda-Johnson (video & photography), and Lindsey Noyed (visual art).
  • May 5 - 24
  • Opening Reception: May 15, following the 7:00 pm Honors Convocation
  • Closing Reception: May 24, following the 7:30 pm His People Concert

Click here for more details about this year's showcase.

CA Students in 'Next Gen Art' College Art Exhibit through May 18

Next Gen Art LogoOn May 3, you're invited to attend the opening of "Next Gen Art," a gallery event to celebrate the work of Concordia Academy students enrolled in college art courses taught at CA this year through Concordia University, Saint Paul. The exhibit will be held at the Concordia Galleries at Concordia University. Participating students and professors include:

Ceramics - Professor Priya Thoreson
Maia Hermansen, Taylor Hermansen, Helen Kohlmetz, Krystal Lyu, Gabrielle Oiumet, Hailey Paup, Isabel Romay, Wes Tacheny, Rachel TerHaar, Madeline Wang
 
Digital Photography - Professor Michelle Daniels
Taylor Brunn, Sarah McTaggart, Lindsey Noyed, Yen Wang, Mitchell Zenda-Johnson
 
Drawing - Professor Erin Maurelli
Helen Kohlmetz, John Engh, Katie Wicklund, Connor Gruenes, Hailey Paup, Jacob Salisbury
 
Graphic Design - Professor Brad Daniels
Taylor Hermansen, Madeleine Peck, Ethan Rust, Jacob Salisbury, Mitchell Zenda-Johnson
 

Michelle Daniels, the curator for the show, explains, "It is a big deal for CA art students to have an opportunity to show their work in a real gallery setting this early in their art experience. The Concordia Galleries feature regional through international professional artists and are a great setting for the photography, design, drawing, and ceramics work from our CA students this school year."

If you can't be there for the opening event, the exhibit will be open weekdays through May 18.

Next Gen Art - 2018 Concordia Academy PSEO Art Show
Photography, Design, Drawing & Ceramics
 
Location: Concordia Galleries, 1301 Marshall Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55104 
Opening: Thursday May 3, 5 - 7 pm
Dates: May 3 - 18, 2018
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm, or by appointment (call campus security at 651.641.8278)
 
CA's Vision4Life Featured on KSTP

On Thursday, March 1, KSTP Eyewitness News aired a story about CA's Vision4Life service program. If you missed it, you can view it below.

CA to Join New Skyline Conference in 2019
Concordia Academy is pleased to announce that we will be moving to a new athletic conference starting with the 2019-2020 school year.
 
What does this mean?
Concordia Academy will be leaving the Tri-Metro Conference at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year. We are grateful for our time as members of the Tri-Metro Conference and are thankful for the relationships we have developed. We look forward to maintaining many of those relationships as we move forward. 
 
In the fall of 2019, we will join the newly organized Skyline Conference. This move will allow our students to compete with schools that are approximately the same size as CA. The Skyline conference will include eight schools: Concordia Academy and Saint Agnes from the Tri-Metro Conference; Maranatha Christian Academy, St. Croix Preparatory Academy, New Life Academy, and Trinity at River Ridge from the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association; and Cristo Rey Jesuit and Nova Classical Academy from the Twin Cities Athletic Conference.
 
The mission of the Skyline Conference is to “provide transformational education-based athletic and fine arts experiences for our students and communities of our member schools.” 
 
Why is this a positive change for CA? 
The Tri-Metro Conference has changed significantly over the last few years. A number of schools similar in size to CA departed the conference, leaving Concordia Academy as the school with the smallest population from which to draw athletes. Last spring, we were approached by other schools with similar challenges and began looking for different options in regards to conference affiliation. We believe that we have found a group where our students can compete with schools that are approximately the same size and share common values in our athletic programming.
 
Concordia Academy values high participation and cultivating multi-sport athletes. We also strive to create a culture of developmental and education-based athletics that is holistic in nature. The schools in the Skyline Conference share these values. This move will also help create more flexible scheduling opportunities. We will be able to adjust the competitive balance as necessary with our non-conference schedule.
 
What will change? What will stay the same? 
Our conference schedule will change, but our playoff schedule will continue to include the same teams and competition that we have experienced in the past. We will remain in the same section and class as determined by the Minnesota State High School League. In some cases, our non-conference schedule will include schools from the Tri-Metro, but that will be determined on a program-by-program basis. 
 
Football will continue with district play. Districts replaced conferences three years ago in an effort to place schools with similar enrollments in the same group. Wrestling will also be unaffected by the conference change, as we plan to continue our co-op with Brooklyn Center High School for the foreseeable future.
 
 
We want to thank our coaches for their continued hard work and input in this decision. We also want to thank the many people who gave important feedback throughout this process. Change is rarely easy, but we are excited for this new beginning with the Skyline Conference. As we move forward, please continue to pray for the mission of Concordia Academy, our students, and our athletic programming. 
 
CA Student Artwork Exhibited in Washington, DC

CA students were awarded first and second place in the 2017 Fourth District Congressional Art Competition. Lindsey Noyed (’18) took first place for her mixed media artwork entitled “Evermore and Evermore,” which was also CA’s 2016 Christmas Concert poster design. Rebecca Hed (’17), finished in a tie for second place with her self portrait created with torn duct tape. “The Fourth District has incredible artistic talent, and I am proud to help showcase it through the Congressional Art Competition,” Congresswoman Betty McCollum said. “My office was wowed by the quality of all of this year’s submissions. Congratulations to Lindsey, to the runners-up, and to everyone who participated.”

The winning entry is displayed as part of a national exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. In June, Lindsey was flown to Washington, DC for an opening reception for the first place winners from throughout the country. In addition, runners-up are displayed in Congresswoman McCollum’s offices in Saint Paul and in Washington, D.C. Both Lindsey and Rebecca are part of Concordia Academy’s new Emerging Artist Curriculum.

State Track Results
 
We're proud of the accomplishments of the Beacons at the State Track Meet on June 9 and 10.
  • Arika Robinson is the state high jump champion, breaking her own school record and clearing 5'6".
  • Casey Hackett earned all-state honors in the triple jump, placing 7th. Cooper Wood made finals and was 10th.
  • Charlie Tastad cleared two heights in the pole vault, tying his best of 11'6" and placing 16th.
  • Our girls 4x200 finished in 11th, just missing finals.
  • Arika Robinson was 14th in the 100 hurdles.
  • In the 300 hurdles, Erin Fallert was 16th & Arika Robinson was 19th.
  • Rachel TerHaar finished 6th in the pole vault, clearing 10'6".
  • Casey Hackett ended up in 8th in the long jump, going 21'0".
  • Paige Winterfeldt had a good day of vaulting, clearing 9'6" and finishing in 11th place.
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CA Final Chapel 2017

Twice a week, CA students and staff gather in chapel to pray, sing praises, and listen to the Word of God. But it's a tradition that the fun, ridiculous side of our staff comes through in the final chapel of the year. See the CAvengers Assemble in this year's end-of-year chapel! Special thanks to Beacon alum Ryan LeVahn ('15) for his great work filming and editing this year's blockbuster.

Honors Convocation Recognizes Student Excellence

Congratulations to the following students who were recgonized at our Honors Convocation on Wednesday, May 17, 2017:

Departmental Honors
Art - Rebecca Hed
English - Elissa Boll
Mathematics - Nicholas Oelschlaeger
Music - Tim Peterson
Physical Education - Joel Gmach
Theology - Yingyan Huang
Science - Yingyan Huang
Social Studies  - Alyssa Moore
Spanish - Regina Kyarsgaard
Best Actor - Tim Peterson 
Best Actress - Sarah Arend    
Service - Zachary Geist
 
Athletic & Scholastic Awards
Athletes of the Year - Cooper Wood & Anika Neuman
Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete - Adam Maser & Erin Fallert
Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award - Zachary Geist & Alyssa Moore
U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award - Nicholas Oelschlaeger & Lillian Langevin
Salutatorian - Nicholas Oelschlaeger
Valedictorian - Adam Maser
 
In addition, National Honor Society members, Spanish Honor Society members, STEM2 graduates, and Emerging Artist Curriculum graduates were recognzied.
 
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New National Honor Society Inductees

 

 
 
CA Offers New East Metro Transportation Option

Concordia Academy is thrilled to announce a new transportation option for families commuting to CA from the East Metro. Starting this fall, morning transportation to CA will be available from Hudson and Woodbury in our new 2016 10-passenger Ford Transit van!

We plan to create a route that will stop and pick up students at a location in Hudson, continue to Woodbury to pick up additional students, and then drop off the students at CA. Because of the number of students participating in activities after school, we only plan to offer morning transportation. 

Final details, including cost and pickup times, are still being determined, and a formal signup will be happening at a later date. However, we would like to begin building a list of interested families. If you are interested in using this new transportation option or have questions about the program, please contact Pastor Tim Berner, Principal (tim.berner@concordiaacademy.com or  651-796-2677). 

We have been working on this transportation option for quite some time. What a blessing that it is finally a reality! 

1000 Students Celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week at CA

We were blessed to have 1000 students, teachers, and parents from Twin Cities Lutheran elementary schools celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week with us on January 23! The day openend with worship and a "rock opera" version of "The Three Little Pigs." After that, students attended a variety of sectionals, participated in service projects, enjoyed time with CA's "His People" choir, ate lunch, and ended the day with more worship.  Thanks to Central Lutheran, St. Paul; Gethsemane, Maplewood; King of Kings, Roseville; St. John, Elk River; St. John’s, Corcoran; St. Paul’s, Prior Lake; Trinity Academy, Hudson; Trinity First, Minneapolis; Trinity Lone Oak, Eagan; and Trinity, St. Francis for being here to celebrate the amazing work that God does in our Lutheran schools! 

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Beacon Cup Results

Golf Tournament WinnersThe 13th Annual Beacon Cup was held Saturday, June 18, 2016 with many alumni, past and present parents, teachers, coaches and friends of CA in attendance. Thank you to our many volunteers and sponsors Palomino Sports and David Grupa Photography. Congratulations to our winners Jordan Kordosky, Zach Kordosky, Ryan Sundberg, and Steve Hanson. They walked away with a trophy and a lot of great CA swag, and their names will be added to the Beacon Cup. Thank you to all our golfers for your continued support. You can view more photos from the event by going to our Facebook page.