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Phil Aurich ('99) Update

October 10, 2017

Phil AurichPhilip Aurich, a 1999 Concordia Academy graduate and son of longtime CA teacher Mike Aurich, was one of the  shooting victims in Las Vegas on October 1. He continues to recover and is now able to take short walks. His sister-in-law Sheila writes, "We know he still has a very long, painful journey ahead of him. Please continue to support him with prayers and messages of encouragement. He has started reading them and is very much looking forward to talking and visiting with more people. "
Phil's family has also shared with us that, while they are appreciative of the many people who have asked about helping the family financially, they will be well taken care of and aren't in need of financial support. Instead, if you would like to make a financial contribution, they've suggested that donations be made to the GoFundMe page for the children of Steve Berger, the Minnesota man who was killed in the Las Vegas shooting. Those donations can be made at
The family also suggested that notes of appreciation be sent to the staff at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, who they say have done an amazing job caring for Phil and the hundreds of other victims. That address is
University Medical Center
1800 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
If you would live to send a card to Phil, CA will be happy to collect them and send them on to him. You can drop off cards or mail them to
Phil Aurich
c/o Concordia Academy
2400 North Dale Street
Roseville, MN. 55113
We thank God for the progress Phil has made and ask that you continue to keep him, his family, and all those affected by the Las Vegas tragedy in your prayers!
Matt Pryor Named Girls Basketball Head Coach

Concordia Academy is pleased to announce that Matt Pryor has been named head coach of Beacons girls basketball.  Coach Pryor is a student of the game and a tireless worker who will bring energy and drive that will serve well our players and program.  

Coach Pryor writes:  

Matt PryorI have coached both the boys and girls JV basketball teams the past three years at Concordia Academy. During my time at CA, I have developed a passion for coaching and mentoring both on and off the court. I am blessed to start off my head coaching career in a community that not only​ embodies academic and athletic excellence, but also a community that I am passionate about. I graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 2011, and I graduated from Bethel University in 2016 with a degree in Physical and Health Education. I am currently employed at Saint Thomas More Catholic School where I teach and manage athletic director duties. 

CA is excited to welcome Coach Pryor in his new position in our athletic program.

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.
Arika Robinson
Arika Robinson


Track Advances to State on June 9 & 10
The Boys and Girls Track teams had a great showing at the Section 4A Championship Meet last week.  The girls successfully defended their title, winning the team championship for the second year in a row.  The boys also had many excellent performances and placed fourth out of 18 teams.  Section Championship highlights include the following, with these athletes also qualifying for the State Meet on July 9 & 10:
  • Arika Robinson won the High Jump with a school record jump of 5'5".
  • Charlie Tastad placed 2nd in the Pole Vault with a vault of 11'6".
  • Casey Hackett finished 2nd with a Long Jump of 21'5.5".  
  • The Girls 4 x 200 Relay team of Erin Fallert, Sally Paul, Shaina Zinter, and Rachel TerHaar won the race in a school record time of 1:48.13.
  • Rachel TerHaar won the Pole Vault with a vault of 10'0".
  • Paige Winterfeldt placed 2nd in the Pole Vault  with a vault of 9'0".  
  • Arika Robinson won the 100 Hurdles with a time of 16.07. 
  • Erin Fallert won the 300 Hurdles with a time 48.93.
  • Arika Robinson took 2nd in the 300 Hurdles with a time of 49.08.  
  • Sally Paul finished in 2nd place with a Triple Jump of 35'1".
  • Casey Hackett (3rd place) and Cooper Wood (4th place) reached the automatic State Meet Qualifying standard for Triple Jump with jumps of 44'9.5 and 44'0.75", respectively.
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.

Second Semester Finals
The second semester finals schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, May 24
Block 1 - 8:00-9:15
Block 3 - 10:00-11:15
Lunch break: 11:15-12:30
Block 5 - 12:30-1:45

Thursday, May 25
Block 2 - 8:00-9:15
Block 4 - 10:00-11:15
Lunch break: 11:15-12:30
Block 6 - 12:30-1:45

Friday, May 26
Block 7 - 8:00-9:15
Block 8 -10:00-11:15

Please note the following policies during finals week: 
  • If the class ends at semester, students need to bring their books to the class during finals.
  • Finals will be given in all classes except for study halls.
  • Students may leave campus between finals, during the lunch break, and during any period in which a study hall is scheduled.
  • Students are not required to leave campus.
  • Quiet rooms for students to study will be open throughout the day.
  • The school will not provide lunch during finals. However, the lunchroom will be available for students to eat bag lunches, and microwaves will be available.
  • School ends at 1:45 pm on Wednesday and Thursday and 11:15 am on Friday.
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.
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 ( 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! 

Beacons Take First in Tri-Metro Weightlifting Competition
WeightliftingBeacon athletes competed in the Tri-Metro Weightlifting Championship on March 14, 2017 and won for the sixth year in a row! This is the ninth year of the annual competition, and CA has won seven of those years.  We are proud of our Beacon Strength program and our high level of participation (50 of our student athletes competed).  Many of our athletes recorded personal records in their lifts.  Special thanks to our athletes, our seniors, and the Beacon Strength coaching staff:  Coach Michaels, Coach Quast and Coach Wolf.  
Special congratulations go to the athletes who placed:
Division Champion:  Lydia Lecher
Second Place Finishers:  Isaiah Wilson, Anika Neumann, Joel Gmach, DeShante Peterson, Sydney Hackett, Elizabeth Ostendorf, Elijah Rollerson, Jake Salisbury, Casey Hackett
Third Place Finishers:  Jordan Brennan, Arika Robinson, Taylor Brunn, Sadaya Stowers, Naomi Bunker, Erin Fallert, Eben Mundfrom, Donovan Baker, Karl Valin 
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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Volleyball Is Second in State!

The Concordia Academy Beacons finished the 2016 MN State Volleyball Tournament on November 12 as second in state, wrapping up an amazing weekend of volleyball! Congratulations to the Beacons on an outstanding season that filled us all with amazing amounts of Beacon Pride! Special congratulations to Erin Fallert, Anika Neuman & Brooke Weichbrodt, CA players who were named to the All- Tournament Team!

View Pioneer Press coverage of the Class AA finals game by clicking here.
View WCCO-TV coverage of the Beacons' Nov. 11 semifinals victory by clicking here.
View Star Tribune MN Volleyball Hub coverage of the Beacons' Nov. 10 victory by clicking here.
View Star Tribune MN Volleyball Hub coverage of the Beacons' Nov. 3 section victory by clicking here.
View photographer Nate Jorgensen's photos from this season's games, including all three State Tournament games, by clicking here. The password is "cabeacons".

Beacons Volleyball

200 Attend Grandparents Day

On October 10, Concordia Academy was honored to welcome 200 grandparents into our building for Grandparents Day. They spent time worshipping with, praying over, and eating with their grandchildren. In addition, the grandparents enjoyed a special concert, a presentation about CA’s Innovation Lab, a mini-tour of the building, and time to catch up with old friends. The smiles, hugs, and proud looks that filled the building helped make this one of the best days of the year!

New Members Inducted Into CA's Athletic Hall of Fame
At a banquet on Septmeber 17, six new members were inducted into Concordia Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2016 inductees are:
  • Glenn Baumann (Coach)
  • Steve Cobbs (Class of 1986)
  • Dr. Jennifer Hale (Class of 1992)
  • Mark Johnson (Class of 1973)
  • Stephanie Johnson (Class of 1982)
  • Rod Olson (Class of 1984)
New inductees, their invited guests, and a number of previous inductees were all in attendance. Pastor Baumann, who was inducted posthumously, was honored by former players and 19 members of his family who were in attendance. Retired CA teacher and coach Tom Kuseske was the emcee for the event. 
Photos and biographies of the new inductees will be added to the Hall of Fame wall in the lower gym later this year. To learn more about the Athletic Hall of Fame and read about previous inductees, click here. 
Nominations for 2017 inductees will be accepted starting in spring next year.
2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees


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.