CA Says ‘Goodbye’ to Keith Esala & Steve Dickhudt
Next year, Concordia Academy won’t be quite the same. Mr. Keith Esala and Mr. Steve Dickhudt, who have taught at CA since the late 1970s, will not be returning in 2015-2016.
Mr. Esala began his teaching career at CA while still in college, teaching band from 1975-1977 while finishing his studies at Concordia College. He returned to CA in 1980 to teach band, choirs, and religion. He also taught music appreciation, 9th Grade English, Journalism, Yearbook, and Speech. Those who were students in his 9th Grade English probably remember the class going to the gym and acting out the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.
Outside of the classroom, Mr. Esala coached track, baseball, cross country, and wrestling (including 22 years as head coach) and served as the trainer for the football team. Directing the pit orchestra for CA’s musicals, leading the marching band in numerous parades (including Disney World in 1988), working with a jazz band, and directing the pep band are other memorable roles that Mr. Esala took on at CA.
He has been married to Beverly, a CA grad, for 37 years. They have three children (who all graduated from CA) and six grandchildren.
Mr. Esala plans to continue to teach at Bethany Academy in Bloomington and King of Kings Lutheran School in Roseville.
Mr. Steve Dickhudt’s connection to CA goes back to 1962, when he lived down the street and would play on the dirt piles as St. Paul Lutheran High School (which would later become Concordia Academy) was being built. His parents were founding members of King of Kings Lutheran Church.
As a freshman, he attended the first year of the combined “Concordia Academy” and “Saint Paul Lutheran High School” and was part of the first graduating class of “Concordia Academy, A St. Paul Lutheran High School.”
In 1978, he returned to CA to teach Senior Bible Class, Sophomore Health and Physical Education, Freshman Physical Education, and Advanced Physical Education. Over the years, Mr. Dickhudt also taught 9th -12th grade Bible classes, Sophomore Health, Basic Physical Education, Resistance Training and Personal Fitness, Dynamic Health and Human Movement (for Concordia University), and Psychology
Coach Dickhudt has also left his mark on CA’s athletic program, having been a coach for JV football, wresting, baseball, girls basketball, softball, and volleyball. As the Beacons volleyball coach, he took the team to the state tournament eight times.
Another one of his notable accomplishments at CA happened in 1991, when he pierced his ear and wore a pony tail in the building for first (and last) time. More notably, in April 1992, he married his wife Candy on the same day as the Foreign Dish Dinner here at CA. He made the right choice by skipping the dinner to attend his wedding ceremony.
Mr. Dickhudt is looking forward to retirement, when he can travel and spend more time with his grandchildren.
Keith and Steve have both been deeply woven into the fabric of Concordia Academy, and their absence will definitely be felt. Their legacies of service to their students, their colleagues, and their God laid the foundation on which the next generation of servant-teachers will continue to build.
Thank you Mr. Esala! Thank you Mr. Dickhudt!
Do you have memories of Mr. Esala and Mr. Dickhudt and/or words of gratitude that you would like to share with them and the whole CA community? Then please go to www.concordiaacademy.com/alumni/memories. On that page, you’ll be given an opportunity to share your comments and upload photos!
‘Perception’ College Art Show Runs May 13-20
Check out what CA’s post-secondary art classes have been up to this year by visiting “Perception,” a special exhibit at the Concordia Gallery on the Concordia University campus in St. Paul (in the art building at the corner of Marshall and Syndicate). Work will be on display from the college Illustration, Digital Photography, and Ceramics classes taught at CA this year. The exhibit opening will be May 13, 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Stop by and enjoy great art and delicious refreshments before heading to the Honors Convocation at CA.
The exhibit will remain open through May 20. Visit the exhibit Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/878791582167747/
Kim Duis Returns to Head Volleyball Coach Position
Concordia Academy is excited to announce that Mrs. Kim Duis has been named the Beacons volleyball head coach. Coach Duis has extensive ties with the program. She was the varsity assistant volleyball coach from 1995-2000 under Steve Dickhudt. She became the head coach in 2001 and took teams to the state tournament in 2001 and 2002, where they finished 3rd both years. After the 2006 season, she stepped down with a career record of 110-71. Kim recently returned as a varsity assistant coach for the 2013 and 2014 season and now will step back into the head coaching position for the 2015 season.
Coach Duis, a Concordia Academy alum, was a three-sport athlete at CA and was a member of the 1987 State Volleyball Championship team. She went on to play at Division I Montana State where she earned many accolades; she was inducted into the Montana State Hall of Fame in 2007. Last fall, Kim was also inducted into the Concordia Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.
CA Robotics World Championship Schedule & Streaming
Concordia Academy’s robotics team is at the VEX World Championship in Louisville, KY! Listed below are the scheduled times when the CA Robotics team (#5805A, PETRA) should be on the Technology competition field. The webcast of the competitions can be found at http://www.robotevents.com/vrctv.
Thursday, 4/16 #1 1:52 p.m.
Thursday, 4/16 #3 2:54 p.m.
Thursday, 4/16 #3 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 4/17 #3 8:45 a.m.
Friday, 4/17 #3 10:45 a.m.
Friday, 4/17 #2 2:06 p.m.
Friday, 4/17 #1 3:41 p.m.
Saturday, 4/18 #1 8:54 a.m.
Saturday, 4/18 #1 10:06 a.m.
Watch this page for updates as additional competitions are scheduled.
“Bye Bye Birdie”: March 12-15
Bye Bye Birdie, the classic Broadway musical, came to life on the CA stage March 12-15, 2015. Audiences loved seeing how 1950s rock star Conrad Birdie, newly drafted into the U.S. Army, turned Sweet Apple, Ohio upside down!
To view Bye Bye Birdie photos taken by Nate Jorgensen, click here. The password to access the photos is GoBeacons14! (note the capitalization and the exclamation point).
Thanks to all the students, staff, parents, and others who made the spring musical a huge success.
Robotics Team Advances to World Championship
Concordia Academy’s Robotics team is heading to the World Championship after placing first in the State Tournament. Read all about this impressive accomplishment in the CA Blog.
The Skit Guys and Newsboys Are Coming to CA!
Christmas is coming early to Concordia Academy, as The Skit Guys and Newsboys will both be performing at CA at special December Events.
Family Night Out, featuring The Skit Guys – SOLD OUT!
December 4, 7:00 pm
The Skit Guys, Tommy and Eddie, have been best friends since high school. Think of them as the wise guys in class who had everyone laughing and managed to make a career out of it. They’ve been teaching God’s Word using comedy, drama, and whatever category talking action figures fit into, for more than 20 years.
Prepare for non-stop laughs when they hit Concordia Academy for Family Night Out on December 4. Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT. For additional information, visit www.brightpeakevents.com.
The Reason, featuring Newsboys, Nick Hall, and Moriah Peters – SOLD OUT!
December 18, 7:00 pm
The Reason is a night of powerful music from Newsboys and Moriah Peters, creative videos, and an energizing Gospel message from Nick Hall to celebrate Jesus as the reason for the Christmas season! This energetic night is designed for all ages and families to share together, as well as a great opportunity to invite friends to join you. Come one, come all—whether you’ve heard the Christmas message a hundred times or never before, The Reason is for you!
Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT. To get additional information about this event, visit www.thereasonchristmas.com.
Girls Volleyball Places Sixth in State Tournament
Congratulations to the Beacons volleyball team for placing 6th in State! View photos from all three days of Beacons volleyball action at the State Tournament by going to http://natejphoto.smugmug.com/CABeacons. The password is “GoBeacons14!” (without the quotation marks). Note that the password is case sensitive and ends with an exclamation point.
Girls Volleyball Wins Section Championship and Heads to State
Congratulations to the Beacons volleyball team, the 2014 Section 4AA Champions! After defeating St. Croix Lutheran, they now advance to the State Tournament. The Beacons will play Maple Lake in the State Tournament at the Xcel Center in Saint Paul on Thursday, November 6, at 5:00 pm. They will play again (win or lose) on Friday, November 7, at 5:00 pm. Admission is $9 for students and $14 for adults. Students will be able to take a fan bus from CA to the Xcel Center on both days. It will leave CA at 3:30 PM. Cost is $2 per student; they should sign up in the office.
To view and/or order fantastic photos from the entire volleyball season, visit Nate Jorgensen’s website at http://natejphoto.smugmug.com/CABeacons. The password is “GoBeacons14!” (without the quotation marks). Note that the password is case sensitive and ends with an exclamation point.
Watch the video from Fofana’s “Behind-the-Scenes” Award
Lusiene Fofana, CA’s custodian, will be honored with a Behind-the-Scenes Story Award by the Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF) on May 13, 2014. This prestigious award recognizes individuals, schools, and/or programs modeling outstanding service to students, the school and the school community. Nominations were accepted from all private and independent schools in the state. MISF will be presenting four Story Awards highlighting the work, outcomes and struggles that take place along the way. Download the nomination submission here.
Any parents of an athlete going out for a winter sport, that didn’t play a fall sport, should fill out the medical information at SportsWareOnLine. The first time you visit the website you will need to enter your name, email address and School ID which is: 2400BeaconAthlete! Then click Get Password. For questions email Joel Kaden. Detailed instructions are available here (PDF).
CA’s STEM2 Seniors are going to State! Congratulations to Chloe, Rick, Joe, and Sunghee for their success at the regional science fair. They were selected from hundreds of competitors to advance to the MN Academy of Science State Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in Bloomington, MN, March 30-April 1. Congrats also to Connor and Matt, who received the Intel Award for Excellence in Computer Science.
CA’s principal, Pastor Berner, was interviewed by Paul Ridgeway on AM980KKMS in January 2014 about the importance of Christian education. Click here to listen to his comments.