1 08-09 edition THE OFFICIAL ALUMNI MAGAZINE OF ORANGE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL Amber Neben: from Olympian to World Champion MASCOT UPDATE / PAGE 2 Mascot Ollie O Lu Lancer makes his debut Orange Lutheran s new mascot, made possible by donations from alumni and the greater Lancer family, has appeared at sporting events throughout the year.
2 90s reunion Saturday, August 9, 2008 Concourse Entertainment Center, Anaheim SARA CERULLE
3 contents 2 Mascot Makes His Debut Ollie was joined by returning alumni at the Lancer Football season opener versus Bullard 4 Capital Campaign Update Changes are coming to Orange Lutheran, thanks to the Vision & Values capital campaign 5 Basketball Alumni Event An exciting victory over the Servite Friars takes the Lancers one step closer to 500 career wins 6 Alumni Spotlight Amber Parkinson Neben 93 became Orange Lutheran s first Olympian when she competed in the Beijing games this past summer BREELYN WILLIAMS / ARCHITECTS ORANGE / MARLO NABER MOLE / JONATHON COLEMAN / AMBER NEBEN / CONTRIBUTED PHOTO 9 10 Defending Faith & Freedom Dozens of Orange Lutheran alumni are serving as clergymen or as members of the Armed Forces Alumni Updates Catch up on the latest news (and wedding pictures) from your graduating class LancerPage is an annual publication of Lutheran High School of Orange County. Editor: Sara Cerulle. Layout & Design: Nathan Masters. Cover Photo: Roth/Augenklick, courtesy of the Neben family 1
4 Ollie mascot comes alive at football alumni reunion Orange Lutheran s new mascot, Ollie O Lu Lancer, was made possible by donations from alumni and the greater Lancer family Thanks to the donations of alumni and the greater Orange Lutheran community, Orange Lutheran s new mascot made his debut at the first Lancer Football game of the 2008 season. Ollie O Lu Lancer (pictured to the right in the original artist s sketch) made his first public appear-pearance on Saturday, September 6 before a packed house at the Santa Ana Bowl. Over eighty football alumni were on hand for the game, most enjoying great sideline views and unparalleled access thanks to the field and locker room passes provided by the O Lu football program. Ollie s debut was well-timed; he and the alumni who made him possible cheered on the Lancers to a rout of Bullard, a Bakersfield area powerhouse that proved to be no match for the Lancers. Ollie will continue to appear at Lancer sporting events as well as at special Ollie outings, exclusive gatherings for alumni and their families. Stay tuned to the Orange Lutheran Alumni page at lhsoc.org/alumni for dates and locations. lancer football through the years First League: Arrowhead, season First Playoff Game: Loss to Needles, 18-6, 1978 First Playoff Victory: November 1981 over Whittier Chrisitan, (2OT) First League Championships: 1983 (Arrowhead League) 1994 (Olympic League) 2002 (Empire League) 2006 (Trinity League) First CIF Championship: December 2004 over Newport Harbor, 35-6 First State Championship: December 2006 over Palo Alto, First Division I Football player: Robbie Gibbs,1985, US Naval Academy First All-League player: Duane McLeoud, 1976 First All-CIF player: Curt Leonard, 1978 First All-County player: Marc Neben, 1977 First All-State player: Joe Juliano, 1994 COMPOSITE: BACKGROUND BY CAROL RAMMELSBERG, FOREGROUND BY BREELYN WILLIAMS; ILLUSTRATION BY STREET CHARACTERS, INC.
5 Alumni come together for One Night, One Purpose The sixth annual Power of the Dream Gala featured an elegant Gatsby Era setting and a special performance by recording artist Crystal Lewis One Night. One Purpose. Four words capable of summing up the annual Power of the Dream Gala. On October 3, 2008, five hundred guests, thirty of whom were Orange Lutheran alumni, enjoyed a Gatsby Era evening complete with silent and live auctions and an unforgettable show in the Nechita Center. The usual enticing auction prizes were on display before dinner in the silent auction; highlights included a wine tasting evening with Executive Director Gregg Pinick and a trip to Kauai. The recently-christened Ellwein Center housed an elegant dinner set in a Roaring Twenties-era orchard. Regular attendees of the Gala might have noticed a new guest in attendance: auctioneer Bill Menish, who made his first appearance at Orange Lutheran. The special performance in the Nechita Center featured Orange Lutheran singers and musicians performing distinctly spiritual songs, joined later by the Grammy-nominated Christian recording artist Crystal Lewis. Alumni attending the 2008 Power of the Dream Gala AMY WILLIAMS Mandy Leichtfuss Ballesteros 95 Suzanne Bragg Coffin 86 Laura Miklos Crawford 01 Mike Crawford 97 Tim Detviler 79 Jenny McCann Detviler 81 Meredith Riebau Dufield 89 Shauna Fleming 07 Cory Fleming 92 Joy Fitschen Flynn 80 Robert Freeman 81 Roger Frick 81 Matt Hall 04 Zane Hall 83 Tom Howard 94 Lori Utke Jaeger 82 Jenny Morner Jordan 76 Tim Klinkenberg 82 Betsy Leichtfuss Kunau 92 Jenny Ritter Lark 98 Derek Lee 85 Rob Meaux 96 Chad Mihr 92 Jenny Miklos 99 Marlo Naber Mole 89 Lisa Olson Molitor 02 Sara Schlueter Morgan 93 Jason Neben 89 Amber Parkinson Neben 93 Jeremiah Nelson 95 Tim Odle 89 Jason Perkins 95 JP Presley 92 Anna Klitzing Preus 00 Susie Boezinger Reinsberg 86 Sheila Affeld Rossi 92 Mark Schmidt 89 Wayne Weisman 77 Shari Morner Willis 79 Jennifer Wong Kapur 78 3
6 Change is coming to Orange Lutheran, courtesy of Campaign The Vision & Values Campaign raised over $10 million for new construction, a teachers endowment, and technology upgrades Change is coming to Orange Lutheran High School. With the most successful capital campaign in school history completed, the school is now ready to move forward on big changes to its physical facilities, and in some cases the students and teachers have already seen big benefits. The Vision & Values Campaign, which raised over $10 million in pledges, was launched to address several critical school needs: an endowment to attract and retain excellent teachers, upgrades to technology, renovation of school facilities, and construction of a new multipurpose wing. While the endowment is already partly funded thanks to the first round of pledge payments, the school is currently awaiting final approval from the City of Orange on its planned construction. A new wing will be built around the existing gym and, when completed, will feature ten new classrooms, an expanded weight room, a new wood shop, and a new practice room for the Lancer Marching Band. Existing facilities will also be renovated to unite the campus aesthetically and architecturally. Classrooms, hallways, and offices will receive an updated look. The existing lunch area will be transformed into a peaceful courtyard. And an attractive and efficient main entrance, to be built near the Success Center s current location, will welcome students, parents, and visitors at the start of the day. The campaign is already making a difference in other areas. Over the summer, campaign donations financed major upgrades to the school s technology resources: a new wireless network, Apple computer systems for teachers and staff, and major improvements to the school s network infrastructure. Perhaps the most notable change is the addition of a campuswide wireless (wifi) network. With more and more smartphones and laptop computers in students hands, there is great potential for academic learning in campuswide wifi. Built on a backbone of 40 wireless access points, Orange Lutheran s wifi network allows students to research papers, complete homework, and participate in OLO classes from anywhere on campus. RENDERING BY ARCHITECTS ORANGE
7 Alumni cheer as Lancers close in on five hundred wins Dozens of alumni gathered for a special reunion in January to honor past players and coaches and see the Lancers rack up win number 497 in school history. AMY WILLIAMS As the Lancer Basketball team closed in on its 500th win in school history, Lutheran High alumni gathered on the Orange Lutheran campus on January 16 for an alumni dinner and to watch the Lancers take on the Servite Friars. Past players and coaches from the Lancer Basketball program were honored throughout the evening as the Lancers defeated Servite, 72-67, for the 497th victory in school history. Only two weeks later, on January 30, the Lancers passed the milestone: win number 500. The school has changed a lot since it opened in 1973, and so has the environment in which it competes Orange Lutheran s first basketball teams competed in the small schools Arrowhead League; today, the Lancers are a part of the highly competitive Trinity League. But the competitive spirit that has propelled the Lancers into the upper echelon of county basketball programs has been a common thread throughout the team s history. The 500 wins are the work of countless players but only five coaches. The school s first coach, Jerry Simmons, led the Lancers from 1976 to 1990, and was followed by Matt Hansen (1991) and Craig Swanson (1992 to 1995). Shawn Cassidy had the second longest tenure at the helm, serving from 1995 to 2004, yielding to current Head Coach Steve Hight, Nancy Paul, Debbie Rogers Merced, and Marlo Naber Mole lancer basketball through the years Cory Fleming and Lenny Gavin with former Head Coach and fellow alum Matt Hansen Career point leaders Jason Whieldon 00, 1902 Daryl Cole 90, 1286 Sean Luecke 04, 1017 Career rebound leaders: Wayne Stark 78, 619 Jason Whieldon 00, 594 Clint Rieber 85, 572 First CIF Finalist team: 1978 First All-League player: Harvey Tidwell, 1976 First League MVP: Wayne Stark, 1978 Daryl Cole and Jason Whieldon share a light moment while Austin Pettis and Aaron Corp watch the game MARLO NABER MOLE Career assist leaders: Jason Whieldon 00, 1902 Travis Tanner 04, 455 Tyler Funk 10, 342 First League Championships: 1978 (Arrowhead League) 1988 (Olympic League 2003 (Empire League) First All-CIF player: Wayne Stark, 1978 First All-County player: Geoff McArthur, 1988 First All-State player: Daryl Cole, 1990 The crowd sings Lutheran High s alma mater 5
8 alumni spotlight Amber Neben 93 becomes first Orange Lutheran Olympian After disappointing equipment problems in the Summer Games, Neben bounced back to win the World Time Trial Championship in Varese, Italy just a month later Amber Parkinson Neben s Olympic dream began in the fifth grade at a soccer tournament. As she was scoring the winning goal she thought to herself, I want to do this in the Olympics someday. Soccer led her to Cross Country and Track with the encouragement of her Orange Lutheran P.E. instructor, Mr. Zimmerman. As a sophomore, Neben was posting top-ten national times on the track, though she began to struggle with stress fractures. All her hard work at Orange Lutheran paid off though, and she received an athletic scholarship from the University of Nebraska. While she found much success, her struggles gles with stress fractures followed her and caused more pain than enjoyment at Nebraska. By her junior year the message was clear: she wouldn t be in the Olympics as a runner. When Neben returned to Southern California and began her graduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, she joined a cycling club. She enjoyed the competition without the stress on her legs that running had brought. Without knowing much about bike racing, she began to win local and state mountain biking events. As she became more serious s about the sport and transitioned to road cycling, Neben s Olympic dreams came back into view. In 2001, she turned professional, and wins at the Gracia Tour in 2002 and the Tour du Montreal in 2003 had her on track for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Then, she was struck by another crushing blow. Testing positive for a banned substance due to a contaminated sample, she was forced to sit out six months, precious time with the Olympics fast approaching. She served her suspension honorably, knowing she was innocent, and was back to the sport just in time to try to qualify for the U.S. Team. To do so, she would need to win the Olympic trials race. She placed second, missing out on the Olympic spot by eight seconds, but making her the alternate for the U.S. Olympic Cycling team for the 2004 Athens games. With new persever- ance, Neben immediately began to train for the 2008 games, to be held in Beijing. She won the Tour de l Aude (the women s equivalent to the Tour de France) in both 2005 and Though another bump in the road, a bout with melanoma on her back, made her reexamine her sport and her dreams, she fought hard and relied on her faith in God and His plan for her. In June 2008, After years of hard work and perserverance in the face of discouraging circumstances, Neben finally y received the long-awaited phone call: she was going to be an Olympian.
9 With her her husband Jason 89, sister Brooke 95, and sister in law Amy 98 in tow, Neben traveled to Beijing. Amber s blog at amberneben.com is filled with her journaling from the games, but the highlight of her trip came during the Opening Cermonies, when the fact that she was an Olympian finally sunk in. As the American contingent entered the Bird s Nest stadium to the chants of U-S-A, U-S-A, chills and tears overtook her. Amber s race was on the second day of competition. The weather changed dramatically twice during the race and created quite a mental battle for her. Ten minutes from the finish, Amber s bike chain failed and she lost her lead position. She ended the race a disappointing 33rd, hampered by her equipment, not her body or mind. Her redemption came six weeks later though in Varese, Italy at the Road Cycling World Championships. Amber won the race in defining fashion and is the current Women s World Time Trial Champion in Road Cycling, looking ahead to the 2012 games in London. Neben racing Americans brave the wet weather to cheer on the U.S. team While we waited for President Bush, all of the athletes mingled and took pictures. Since I was next to Basketball, I took photos with the players and Coach K. The energy and excitement in the room was very high, and it was very cool to be with all the athletes and to realize that I was one of them. I was an Olympian dressed in my opening ceremonies outfi t in a room full of Olympic athletes, standing with my arm around the President of the United States. What an incredible moment! I will never forget it. The course passes through the Great Wall PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY JASON AND AMBER NEBEN EN We raced through downtown Beijing. We passed by Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and then continued on through roads with layers and layers of people stacked along the sides. There was an almost constant chant of Let s Go in Chinese. It was broken only one time by a pocket of Americans chanting USA-USA-USA. Chills. I was sitting comfortably within this small, strung out group. And just as the hill was begin- ning to pitch again and the surge was about to happen again, I shifted to my small ring in preparation. And even though I had clicked up three gears in the rear before doing this, en- suring that I was in the middle/bottom half of the cogset, my chain fl ew off. Unbelievable. I quickly shifted back to the big ring and tried to slow pedal the chain back on, but it wouldn t catch. I drifted to the back of our bunch. It still would not grab. I had no choice. I jumped off the bike and yanked the chain back on, but it was too late. The group was gone. I didn t quit, though I chased hard. I was getting close, but about two minutes from the top, it happened again. I never made it back. Even if I would have, the split of 5 would have already happened. I continued to ride hard to the end, fi nishing a very disappointing 33rd. That s bike racing, though. And unfortunately it happened in a big race. There are no guarantees, but I would have at least liked the chance to try. It is one thing if you do not have the legs. It is another if you do not even get the chance to fi nd out. For me I am fi ne. It is bike racing. I will continue to persevere and enjoy chasing my goals. God willing, I will go for London and have another chance to dream of gold. In between, the sport is fi lled with plenty of beautiful races to keep me motivated and moving forward. Source: Amber Neben s blog at amberneben.com With her family and fellow alumni Jason 89, Brooke 95, and Amy 98 in Beijing With NBA star LeBron James before the Opening Ceremonies 7
10 generations Are you a current parent continuing the Lancer Tradition started by your parents? Is your son or daughter a second generation Lancer? Register your family for our GENERATIONS Program and help continue the legacy. Grandparents in the program will receive special gifts, discounts and notices about exciting activities happening at Orange Lutheran. Registering is easy and free. Simply with your name, graduation year, your student s name, and your parents name and address. Pictured to the left: T.J. Detviler 07 with his family as he signs a letter of intent with Cal State Fullerton. His parents Jenny McCann Detviler 81 (far left) and Tim Detviler 79 (far right) are also Orange Lutheran alumni. CAROL RAMMELSBERG UNPAID ADVERTISEMENT Two hundred fi fty alumni have joined. Have you? The Lutheran High School of Orange County Alumni page on the popular social networking site Facebook is for all Orange Lutheran alums. Catch up with fellow alumni and keep up to date on the latest pictures, videos, and alumni events, especially reunion information. See you on Facebook!
11 faith & freedom Alumni serving as ordained Lutheran ministers Rev. Brian Roberts 78 Saint Luke s Lutheran Church, Oviedo, Florida Rev. Timothy Detviler 79 Orange Lutheran High School Rev. Roger Frick 81 Zion Lutheran Church, Anaheim, California Rev. Bruce Osborne 81 Saint John s Lutheran Church, Mattoon, Illinois Rev. Timothy Klinkenberg 82 St. John s Lutheran Church, Orange, California Rev. Robert Stevens 83 Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Hickory, North Carolina Rev. John Rallison 84 Journey of Life Lutheran Church, Orlando, Florida Rev. Jason Kilian 86 First Lutheran Church, Fontana, California Rev. Darryl Kozak 86 Redeemer - St. John Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, New York Rev. Rod Benkendorf 87 Concordia Lutheran Church, Frohna, Missiouri Rev. Nathan Kilian 88 First Lutheran Church, Fontana, California Rev. Jason Haynes 91 Gracious Savior Lutheran Church, Edwards, Colorado Rev. Nathan Kramer 95 Zion Lutheran Church, Ottawa, Illinois Rev. James Whatley 97 Peace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Rev. Jeffrey Caithamer 98 Light of the Valley Lutheran Church, Valley Center, California Alumni serving as American servicemen and servicewomen Brian Sherman 79 Chief Warrant Officer 4 Martin Pargee 80, Florida National Guard, & Nebraska National Guard (retired) Staff Sergeant Michael Detviler 81 Reserves Major Harold Martin 81 US Air Force (retired) Greg Greene 82 (retired) Bryce Bailey 84 US Navy Reserves Sheri Duker Haines 84 US Air Force Master Chief Petty Officer Clint Rieber 85 US Navy Captain Robert Gibbs 87 Major Gaylord Greene 88 Master Sergeant Darren Keeney 89 Commander Bryn Henderson 89 US Navy Captain Karl Blanke 91 Reserves Corporal Aaron Cantu 91 Dr. Danny Solkamans 91 Lieutenant Phil Menard 91 US Navy Staff Sergeant Jamie Palmer 92 Sergeant Bryan Flory 92 Lance Corporal Jeremy Palmer 93 Specialist Michael Barton 94 Corporal Jennifer Eden Legg 96 Captain Robert Morgan 97 US Air Force Academy 02 Petty Officer David Rooth 98 US Navy Staff Sergeant Mark Brydges 00 Reserves Captain Shawn Silva 00 US Air Force Lieutenant Kris Hansen 00 Kevin Williams 01 E2 Corpsman Kenny Waugh 01 David Lopez 01 Stephen Newsome 02 Warrant Officer Chris Delgado 02 Second Lieutenant James Teeter 03 Second Lieutenant Aaron Gross 03 Air Force Academy 08 Luke Duran 04 US Air Force Private Josh Brinks 05 Lance Corporal Sean Yeandle 05 Cadet Fourth Class Jamie Levesque 07 US Air Force Academy 12 Lance Corporal George Plimpton 07 Cadet Fourth Class Erin Dannemeyer 08 US Air Force Academy 12 9
12 alumni updates 1977 Bill Friend and his wife Marian have three sons; Jason, David and Daniel. Bill s company, WC Friend Co. Inc. is celebrating 20 years in Orange County Melanie Watson McGinnis and her husband welcomed Trinitie Faith into their family on November 26, Photo Maria (Lopez) Wren and her husband Jim live in Connecticut with their two sons. Maria graduated from the University of Connecticut with her Master s degree in social work and has been a licensed psychotherapist working with the VA for 15 years Lisa (Hill) Eaton and her husband Scott live in Sacramento, CA with their two children, David (8) and Grace (5). Scott is an Executive Pastor with Impact Community Church Shannon (Savala) Marshall has been married 7 years and has 3 children: Alexa (6), Devin (5), and Nathan (14 months). She and her family live in Villa Park, CA. Robin (Skogen) Williams lives with her husband, Ray, in Brea, CA. She is currently a sales manager for Verizon Gail Swickard is living in Riverside, CA and teaches kindergarden in Colton. Scott Johnson lives in Portland, OR with his wife and three children. He and his wife just celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary. Scott works for Pacifi c Offi ce Automation managing sales Krista (Imboden) Briley has recently moved to the Portland, OR area. Her family has grown to fi ve now with three children, Amanda (5½), Zachary (3½), and Joshua (18 months). She and her husband will soon be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. 3 0 Alison (Salsbury) Parsons and her husband welcomed a baby girl, Lena Marilyn, into their family in January She is their fourth child. They currently live in San Clemente, CA. Jim Maxey lives in Los Angeles and has been playing drums professionally since He s on a break from touring, and has been teaching drums/percussion at various institutions Susan (Whitson) Granfors has just recently moved to Seward, Nebraska with her three children: Sara (10), Justin (7), and Heather (5). She is currently attending Southeast Community College and is
13 taking classes for a nursing degree. Arnold Huff and his wife Kristin live in Costa Mesa, CA with their two children. They celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary in September Arnold recently started his own business and is pursuing his MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Photo 2 Keith Carter lives in Sacramento, CA and is a union representative for SEIU Local Phil Menard and Cherise (Fowler) Menard welcomed Luke Terence on July 25, He joins sister Zoe (7) and brother Phillip (3). They celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary in January. Phil is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and is attending Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Rebecca Otte works as an environmental engineer/planner at the Regional Planning Commission in New Orleans, LA. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Valparaiso University Guild Lyndsay (Kahler) Ermeling and the Phoenix Chorale received four Grammy nominations on December 3, Nominations for the albums Spotless Rose and Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works include: Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, Best Small Ensemble Performance, and Best Surround Sound Album. On February 8, 2009, Lyndsay s choir won the Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance. Megan Schulz married Ted Burke on May 25, They live in St. Louis, MO. Brian Bratcher was married on December 31, He has been working at the Sandoval County Detention Center in New Mexico for fi ve years and was promoted to sergeant two years ago Christina (Cooper) Hoyle and her husband Kevin live in Orange, CA. They have two sons; Jack (4) and Denny (1). Keira (Montell) Anastasio and her husband Angelo welcomed their second baby girl, Annabella Grace, into their family on September 30, Keira and Angelo recently celebrated their 5th anniversary. Their oldest daughter is 4 year old Angeleigh. Brian Buehler recently co-founded International Sanctuary (www. isanctuary.org), a non-profi t organization designed to help rescue, re-socialize, and vocationally train enslaved women and children in India. Addtionally, Brian just moved to south OC with his family: Kristin (wife, married Oct. 15, 2000), Taya (10), Ben (4), and Baron (2). Brian was also recently named First Vice President of U.S. Advisors, LLC, a Napa based multibillion dollar real estate asset management fi rm. Stephanie Byard and Jonathan Kruse 95 were married on May 3, 2008 at the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier. They honeymooned for a week on Kauai Jennifer (Landrum) Robinson graduated from UCI with a BS in Biology in She and her husband Kevin were married in 2000 and live in Northern California. They welcomed their son Austin into their family in Jason Perkins has been awarded his Master s degree from Cal State University, Long Beach Bryan Knaak and his wife Kana live in San Francisco. Bryan currently works as a business development director at SAP, a large software company in Palo Alto Jenny (Duncan) Agnew gave birth to twins in Feburary 2009: Nataly Katherine and Kylie Rose Agnew Heather Physioc is engaged to Doug Jolly and planning a wedding for summer She is teaching fi rst grade at St. Matthew s Parish School in Pacifi c Palisades, CA. Sharon (Elias) Sardina and her husband Brian are proud to announce the birth of their son, Nicolai James, on May 2, Melanie (Morgan) Harvey married Bo Harvey on August 23, Laura Bocanegra 99, was the Maid of Honor, and James Whatley 97 was the presiding pastor. In 2007, she received her Master s degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. Since graduation, Melanie has lived in Rhode Island, Australia, Argentina, and North Carolina, and has been fortunate enough to travel to Hong Kong and Costa Rica. The Harveys currently live in Durham, NC, and will be moving to either Hong Kong or New York City next fall. Heather Baldwin and Mike McCurdy 00 are engaged. They are both graduates of Chapman University. Sharley Hurwitz and Stephen Rasch were married on March 1, 2008 by Rev. Blau. They currently live in Yorba Linda, CA. Photo 3 Adam Schulte is a second year medical student at Touro University in Nevada. He is a member of the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association and a frequent volunteer at MERIN (Medical Education & Research Institute of Nevada). Adam will transfer to Western Health Science University, Pomona in 2009 to do his clinical rotations and residency as he pursues his interests in orthopedic surgery. Photo Erin (Martlaro) Chvat and her husband Todd welcomed daughter Kayla Sue into their family on Sunday, October 5, Erin is an accounts manager in Anaheim, and Todd is a lawyer. They currently live in Tustin, CA. Logan Swift graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation in May Nicole (Beckett) Beller was married in August She has two children; a son, Christian (5), and a daughter, Taylor (2) Sara Hannay and Anthony Sager 00 were married on October 11 4, 2008.
14 Laura (Portland) Bensen and her husband Scott welcomed their fi rst daughter, Brooklynn Ann, into their family on July 23, Monika Schulte and Joseph Morris were married on Saturday, June 28, Lisa Olson and Devon Molitor were married at St John s Lutheran Church on September 6, In the wedding party were two alumna, Brandi Bustam 02 and Allie Steele 02. Photo 5 Brandon McCurdy graduated from Cal State Fullerton in May He is engaged to Dana Hippe of Prescott, AZ. They are planning an August 2009 wedding in Sedona, AZ. Amee (Kanady) Scigliano graduated from Chapman University in 2006 and married Scott Scigliano in August They live in Carlsbad, CA. Amee is attending Concordia University Irvine to get her teaching credential and her Master s in education. Photo Heather (Lykins) Churney married her high school sweetheart, Robert Churney, on August 10, Under the leadership of Brad Vinton, President of Cal Poly s Mini Baja Team, Pomona brought home 1st Place Overall from the Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). In addition, they won 2nd place in the four hour endurance race, and 2nd place overall in the dynamic events (hill climb, manuverability course, rock crawl, and acceleration). This international event, with more than 110 universities competing, was held at Caterpillar s Demonstration Center in Edwards, IL from May 29 to 31, Baja SAE consists of 3 regional competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain and in one competition, water. Brad graduated from Cal Poly Pomona on June 15, Charly (Smith) Amen and Matt Amen 02 were married at Lake Tahoe on August 11, Charly graduated from the University of Oregon in June 2008 with a BS in communication disorders and sciences. Matt graduated June 2007 from the University of Oregon, completing four years on the golf team. He is currently pursuing a career as a professional poker player. Photo 7 Patricia (DeMello) Leinweber and her husband Kevin welcomed their fi rst son, Ethan Michael, into their family on December 15, Chad Fleager and Veronica Steele were married on January 17, Emma Kahler and Travis Hardeman were married on July 20, 2008 at Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert, CA. They live in Brea, CA. Michael Schatzman graduated from UC Irvine in June As a chemistry major, he and his team developed, for the fi rst time, a technique for the direct synthesis of the compound lanthanum phosphate. Michael plans to pursue a master s degree in materials science. 2 Jenny Rohm graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in global and international studies. She is currently living in France,
15 immersing herself in the language and culture while working as an au pair to a family with fi ve children. Matt Miller is an All-American designated hitter at Mesa State College in Colorado Steven Holness, a chemistry major at Stanford, fi nished his junior year and was given a $5,300 grant to conduct research last summer on the cancer drug Bleomycin. He worked with Dr. Edward Salomon of Stanford to fi nd out the effectiveness of this drug under different ph conditions. Danny Grubb and the Fresno State Bulldog baseball team visited the White House in November 2008, where they were honored by then-president Bush, along with the other NCAA Spring Championship teams. Photo 8 Travis Pinick, who plays basketball at Yale, was named Ivy League Player of the Week on December 29, Brittany Fleming graduated in June 2008 from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a degree in apparel manufacturing. She has interned with Skunk Funk, a European designer, and is currently interviewing for a position with Sorbet, a Brazilian swimwear designer based in San Diego, CA. 7 Kyle Cordova, chemistry major at the University of San Diego (USD), has fi nished his sophomore year earning the distinction of academic First Honors. Therese Lahlouh, who attends Cornell, is studying abroad in Italy during her spring semester Martin Keating is now a three-time world champion in the American Taekwondo Association Matt Hemphill, founder of the Orange Lutheran Ping Pong Club, took 1st place at Cal State Long Beach s Table Tennis Tournament in October With that win, he advanced to the regional tournament, which is attended by 50 schools from California, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam, and Australia. The ACUI tournament will be held at Point Loma University in San Diego, CA from February 20 to 21, Matt is seed #1 of three representatives sent by CSULB to attempt to win the Western Region Table Tennis title. The winner of this tournament advances to Nationals. Photo 9 8 Submit your updates to 9 13
16 Golf Classic Monday, March 16 Instrumental Festival Concert Sunday, April 5 Spring Musical April 24 to May 3 89 Class of 1989 Reunion Saturday, July Power of the Dream Gala Saturday, October 3 Class of 1999 Reunion Saturday, November 21 NATHAN MASTERS / AMY WILLIAMS / CAROL RAMMELSBERG / AMY WILLIAMS Non-Profi t Org U.S. Postage PAID Orange, CA Permit No. 296