Diverse is a word that would accurately describe the fifteen young artists that make up this year’s LuHi Art Academy. Art Academy. The six juniors and nine seniors are studying architecture, special effects makeup, photography, graphic design, film, and a variety of fine art.
Two years ago, the LuHi theater program took on a new challenge by presenting the first musical ever at the Parker campus of Lutheran High School. “Godspell” was a huge hit and started a new chapter in the performing arts history of Lutheran High. The production was held in the Lutheran High flex room which functions as a theater but also serves as our chapel, lunch room, multipurpose room, and even a classroom from time to time.
It is a well-known fact that a high school athlete selected as first team all-state is a big deal. These achievements are noted through a player’s college career and even into an individual’s adult years. What is less well known, is that sports are not the only areas in which students may be designated as “all-state.” Musicians throughout the country compete each year to be selected as part of all-state choirs, all-state bands, all-state orchestras, and more. For the first time ever at the Parker campus, Lutheran High had students audition for these prestigious ensembles, and two of those individuals, Bethany Schilling and Beth Vanderhyde, were honored with a selection to the all-state women’s choir.
The beginning of the school year and the fall season is always a busy time at Lutheran High. Not only are students and faculty getting back into their school routine, but the first sport seasons are also starting, along with Homecoming Week and fall break. This business also includes the Lutheran High School theater department kicking into gear as they prepare to put on their first show of the year. This year’s production is “Treasure Island” and many people have high hopes and expectations for the start. Everyone seems to be on the go with something.
Lutheran High School loves the opportunity to partner with the town of Parker to make an impact on the community and to share the love of Christ through the gifts and talents of the Lutheran High School art students and staff. This is exactly what a group of students, led by LuHi art teacher Mark Hollenbeck, recently did through the Paint Parker initiative. The focus of this ongoing project is the beautifying of Parker’s running and biking trails.