Abby Calkins: A favorite part of MLHS is having small class sizes. With small class sizes, the teachers have the ability to work with the students, helping them understand if they are having trouble. I also like the fact that MLHS offers college level classes because this saves thousands of dollars later without costing you a dime extra in highschool. The teachers also can help you with your college class/es if you are having trouble because they are the ones teaching it. Another thing I like is being able to take enough different classes to widen my knowledge in many different subjects.
Marah Engel I did not choose to go to MLHS. The decision was made by my parents. However, I am glad that my parents made that decision. Public school was not the right environment for me. It started to affect my morals and my actions. I became a person I was not proud of. Coming to MLHS changed that by giving me a positive Christian environment.
Cayden Fischer My name is Cayden Fischer. I am a senior at Martin Luther High School. The most valuable things I have learned at MLHS are the things from my religion and consumer math classes. I have learned to defend my faith and how to prove that what I believe is true. I have also learned how to handle my money correctly. I learned all the foundations I need to be a successful adult.
Alexys Flohrs In my four years at MLHS I have learned that environment is everything. It is so important to be in a good environment. The teachers, the friends, the classes, extracurriculars, everything about it is important and I think MLHS has the best environment in the area. The teachers care about the students. The students care about their classes and about each other. The classes do a great job of preparing students for college and life after school. The difference is the Christian attitude that the teachers have and that they help the students develop further their relationship with Christ. MLHS is a really great school and anyone would be smart to consider going here.
Adriana Freitag My name is Adriana Freitag and I am a senior at Martin Luther High School in Northrop. I have many favorite things about MLHS. Ever since I came here sophomore year, I’ve never wanted to leave. Martin Luther is a positive environment with a tight-knit community full of encouraging Christian people. I love how close everyone is and how hands-on the classes are. Not only that, but there’s so much to learn and take in before you enter into the next stages of your life. MLHS is faith-based, so Christ is a part of all my classes. All in all, Martin Luther is the place to be.
Cody Greve After I graduate, I plan on going to college at SDSU, and then pursuing a job in the medical field, preferably Anesthesiology or Psychiatry (because they make more than Psychologists). I feel that MLHS has prepared me for the college transition by teaching me lessons on independence and also teaching me about how college is going to work when it comes to classes and study habits. Apart from preparing me for college, MLHS has also managed to help me come out of my shell and make some friends, which is something that I honestly thought wouldn’t be possible. I’m really happy that my parents decided to send here, otherwise none of the things that I’ve learned, the things that I’ve done here, and all of the friends that I’ve made wouldn’t even in my life. I definitely recommend sending your kids to MLHS if you want them to have a positive high school experience.
Lizzie Oothoudt When I was a freshman at MLHS, I thought that high school would be just like in the movies. I was wrong. I am not saying that in the most negative way, I am saying (like every high schooler does) that high school is really hard. It is hard but there is always a helpful teacher and or student to help you through the hard times and hard units in specific classes. There is such a nice environment in a smaller school and especially a Christian school. We are all like a very close-knit family and none of the movies about high school show the great friendships that we have here at MLHS. Now that I am a Senior, I know that going to MLHS was definitely one of the best decisions that my family and I have ever made. I am most definitely not prepared for college in the slightest but coming to MLHS is getting me more and more prepared to become an independent person in the real world.
Caleb Roiger A favorite part of MLHS is having small class sizes. With small class sizes, the teachers have the ability to work with the students and help them understand if they are having trouble. I also like the fact that MLHS offers college level classes because this saves thousands of dollars later without costing you a dime extra in high school. The teachers also can help you with your college class/es if you are having trouble because they are the ones teaching it. Another thing I like is being able to take enough different classes to widen my knowledge in many different subjects.
Lydia Steinhaus I know more about the Bible than I realized, and I had taken it for granted until I talk to Christian friends that didn't go to a Christian School. Having Chapel in the day brings everything into perspective and gives purpose. At Martin Luther I know that the teachers are teaching from an eternal perspective with not just the fleeting present in mind. After graduation I plan on teaching others about the truth of Science and I feel that Martin Luther has given me the facts of observation that I now can see are absent from common knowledge. This is what I would say to an 8th grader who is looking for a high school: don't compromise Eternal values for a temporary pleasure.
Dylan Stevens I am grateful for Mr. Taylor because he has taught me how to make money, save money and grow in wealth. I feel like if I follow what he has taught me I will go somewhere in the future. Until senior year I have not been too good with money. When I graduate I hope to have my own shop. If I follow what I’m taught I believe I can achieve this goal.
Jordan Wiederhoeft After I graduate, I plan on going straight into the work force. I hope to end up working on a farm somewhere. I feel that MLHS has helped with this decision with the classes of math and science. The science classes will help with checking the soil and plants. The math will help with the portion of buying seed, diesel, and farm equipment.
Zayne Engel-Class of 2017- Senior Devotions
“Don't be fooled: Bad friends will ruin good habits. Come back to your right way of thinking and stop sinning. Some of you don't know God. I say this to shame you.” -1 Corinthians 15: 33-34
“Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot. People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they're deceiving you. They pretend to be kind, but don't believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils” -Proverbs 26: 23-25
Many of us think we will walk out of high school with the same people that we started off with. Honestly, I can tell you that this is not true. As people and relations grow, so do character and integrity. And there comes a time in your high school career where that character and integrity are going to be put to the test, often unfortunately by your peers. You have to make hard decisions during these short four years. The people you surround yourself with and the person you aspire to be can have a big impact on your future. A lot of you might think these decisions will be easy to make, but I can assure you, when surrounded by peer pressure, it’s very easy to crumble. This is definitely a two way street. I'm sure many of you, especially our football players, have heard of the phrase “Would you rather be the hammer or the nail?” Now that works well in the context of football, but it's quite the opposite when talking about peer pressure and overall life decisions. It's one thing to be the nail. We are human. We don't always abide by our best judgment. We make mistakes. It's a whole new problem when you are the hammer and the one encouraging those mistakes. Now I’m by no means saying you can't have fun during your high school career. It is supposed to be a big chunk of what we consider “the best years of our lives.” But please understand that with risks come consequences—consequences that can last a day or a lifetime. And if anything feels worse than bearing those consequences yourself, it is someone else enduring them because of your own actions. Now please understand, this pertains to a lot of things. Anywhere from bullying to the most extreme things that can come to mind, they can all have lasting consequences on both you and your peers. So, as a senior who has seen this first hand, not so much under MLHS’s roof, but in past experiences in past places, I ask you to be careful not only for yourself but for those around you. The second thing I'd like to talk about serves a double meaning. One directed to the students, and one to the teachers. As you all know I transferred here as a sophomore, and it wasn't under the best conditions. Midway through sophomore year was when I realized that basketball was my passion. It was also when I realized that, for the first time, college might be something I'd be interested in. After two years of slacking off, I finally realized that academically I was nowhere close to where I needed to be in order to make either of these happen. After a quarter of trying my hardest to improve as a student, I realized fast that not paying attention for two years made it incredibly hard to try to turn into a good student—when I had no common knowledge of the current task at hand. I felt that I was at a dead end. As many of you know, a couple years back my mother started helping with sporting programs here at Martin Luther. An opportunity came and I made the decision to transfer. I came to MLHS with roughly a 2.1 GPA and, if I remember right, a 7th grade math level when I was close to entering my junior year. For those who are not seniors and will be coming back at the end of the summer, please understand that as much as MLHS teachers can seem unfair at times, as much as they can upset you, and even though they might seem like a nightmare at times the teachers we have here are really a blessing in disguise. I personally can guarantee you that. I understand even at MLHS that I wasn't the best student. But because of how much you guys care for your students, I was given another opportunity. Upon arrival, the staff and faculty had no problem helping and pushing me to where I needed to be. I once was laughed at for wanting to go to college. And because of all of you, the staff and faculty of Martin Luther, I will not only be attending college in the fall, but I will also be paying only 1/10 of my tuition every year due to receiving five grants and scholarships--three of those are academically related. And for all of this, I personally cannot find the words to thank you all enough.
*Zayne Engel, Senior Devotions, May 2017. Zayne is attending Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato studying Business and Physical Therapy. He is playing basketball for the Vikings.
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