In the fall of my senior year at Denver Lutheran High, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. My family and I were shocked, scared, and confused. Suddenly the certain future we all took for granted was full of questions, and they no longer concerned what dress I would wear to Homecoming. Instead, it was: what treatment will she need? Will it be painful? How much will it cost? What will it do to her body? How will it affect our family and her work? And scariest of all, will she make it through?
I’m going to ask a question. Instead of responding immediately, be still for a few moments and reflect on the feelings it stirs up.
Have you ever felt inadequate?
What do you feel?
What memories have been dredged up?
What kind of conversation are you having with yourself or God in this moment?
As you settle into this semester at Lutheran High, whether you’re a new freshman, sophomore, junior or senior, there are so many opportunities laid out before you like an all-you-can-eat buffet: classes, friends, clubs and activities, sports, jobs, college applications…the list goes on and on.
Most of the clubs here at LuHi welcome every student who is interested. National Honor Society (NHS) is an exception. This unique club admits students based on several important criteria, and provides them with opportunities to further develop core areas while attending Lutheran High.
The title of this article is not, “How to Avoid Anxiety” because that’s impossible this side of heaven. Anxiety disorders affect one in four youth over their lifetime, and it’s the most common disorder for youth to face in childhood and adolescence. While some of us will never have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, we all face anxious, fearful, worrying feelings at different points.
My kids and I recently watched a powerful story about baby animals in a Disney Nature film called “Growing Up Wild.” One of the babies, a monkey, lived within a troop of fifty monkeys that, by nature, heavily depend on a social class system. If a monkey is born into a good family, it gets the best food and the best chance at survival. If a monkey is in the lowest of classes, it sadly doesn’t fare well.
More than likely you know a young person who struggles with mental illness. Today, mental health problems are diagnosed more frequently than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined. More than twenty percent of youth ages 12-25 are now experiencing or will experience a serious mental disorder.
This month we are excited to showcase art teacher and Art Academy director Mark Hollenbeck, who has been teaching at LuHi for close to twenty-five years! In addition to teaching Drawing/Painting 1 and 2, Intro to Computer Graphics, Crafts and Printmaking, leading the Art Academy, and coaching Tennis, he is also an artist himself whose work is inspired by his faith in Christ.
It seemed like it would never get here during all the May snow, but summer is finally arrive! After a long year of studying, training, teaching and working, you’ve earned a new swimming suit and some relaxation in the sun.
Getting To Know History Teacher Mark Doebele
This month for our teacher spotlight edition we’d like you to get better acquainted with one of LuHi’s outstanding history teachers. Mark Doebele currently teaches AP US History and US History. He’s been living out his calling now for seventeen years, and this is his fourth year at Lutheran High School.