Christ Our Rock Growth Steady

September 12, 2013

Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School opened its doors with a chapel service on Aug. 18, 2004, beginning with nine (later 11) students, three faculty members and a school secretary. This August, for the third year in a row, more than 100 students sat in the school gym for an opening chapel. There were 16 faculty and staff also in attendance.

The school will be observing its tenth year of operation throughout the school year with a number of events, including the Annual Banquet where the school family will celebrate “A Decade of Blessings”. Activities will include a catered meal, music, and presentations on the future of Christ Our Rock as well as a look back on a decade of school history. The entertainment for the evening will be Christian comedian Michael Joiner.

“The Lord has truly blessed us over the last ten years. We want to take time to thank God for all that He has done and we want to look to the future. We know His blessings will continue as we continue our mission to train the next generation of Christian leaders,” said Don Duensing, Executive Director and Principal of the school.

CORLHS began the school year on Aug. 15. This year’s student body includes 23 freshmen, 25 sophomores, 32 juniors and 22 seniors. The current enrollment, has just over 50 percent of the students attending Lutheran congregations, with the remainder coming from other Christian congregations or having no designated church home. More than 25 Christian congregations are represented in the student body. This year’s freshman class came from over 20 different middle/elementary schools. The 2013-2014 student body also includes a foreign exchange student from South Korea.

The Christ Our Rock student body draws from across the broad spectrum of the four county area, with students coming from Ashley, Carlyle, Centralia, Dix, Hoffman, Hoyleton, Nashville, Okawville, Sandoval, Salem and Woodlawn.

Faculty in addition to Duensing, who also teaches freshman theology, include Julie Cole, Director of Student Services and social studies; Craig Freels, physical education and driver’s education; Bert Griffin, Spanish and computer applications; Patti Heard, English; Justin Hunt, band and choir; Ben Kasten, mathematics and science; Steve Kasten, agricultural science; Rev. Scott Nierman, theology; Wilfred Pennington, vice principal, social studies and theology; Tim Thomack, mathematics and physical education; Randa Trout, science; and Mindy Wicklander, art.

Staff include Marsha Edler, school secretary; Curt Fischer, Director of Development; and Joni Kroeger, Administrative Assistant. Christ Our Rock’s extracurricular activities have grown over the past decade to include soccer, volleyball, golf, scholastic bowl, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, baseball, softball and track and field.

The students and faculty took up residence in their permanent facilities in April 2007. Plans are in progress for an addition to be constructed in the near future.