The Our Shepherd Difference: A Christ-centered School of excellence in academics and faith.
As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, I celebrate the wonderful achievements of some of our students and alumni.
Every day, we strive to lay a solid foundation for our students' futures, shape a Christian world-view, and foster a love of learning. We pursue excellence. Our Shepherd provides a Christ-centered religiously integrated curriculum that meets or exceeds state standards for high quality schools.
Our Shepherd extends a warm congratulations to Sarah Gundlach, our Valedictorian for the 2019-2020 school year. Sarah has been awarded the Academic Gold Scholarship which she will use at her new academic home, Marian High School. Way to go Sarah! We are proud of you.
In the same vein of celebration, we not only celebrate with our OS 2020 grads, but we have reason to celebrate with many of our alumni from previous graduating classes. We extend a warm congratulations to Grace Vollmert, OS class of 2016. Grace has earned the Lutheran High Northwest Valedictorian award for this year's senior class! Grace will attend Hope College next year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She will study PreMed as a Biomedical Major. Way to represent OS and your Lord with your gifts and talents, Grace!
Our Shepherd is proud of their alumni and we have a very long list of success stories! Not only is an OS alum the valedictorian this year at LHNW, the 2019 LHNW Valedictorian is another OS grad! Elisabeth Holquist, class of 2015 earned this prestigious honor at last year's convocation ceremonies. Elisabeth has just finished her first year at Wayne State University where she is studying Biochemistry.
A number of Our Shepherd alumni were recently honored for academics, Christian conduct, and athletics at the Lutheran High Northwest Honors Convocation.
As a matter of fact, we are extremely proud of ALL of our OS alums and the success that they experience in high school and beyond! There is nothing more wonderful than hearing from previous OS students about their success in high school as well as their collegiate success! Our Shepherd students spread their wings at many of our prestigious area high schools, from the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, to Marian and Brother Rice in Birmingham, Shrine in Royal Oak and Lutheran High Northwest in Rochester Hills and DeLa Salle Collegiate High in Warren, not to mention our local area public schools such as Birmingham Groves and Seaholm, Troy High and Troy Athens, Royal Oak High School, and Berkley High to name just a few. The success rates of our alumni in high school rank among the top percentages in the areas of academic excellence, athletic excellence, leadership and spiritual involvement.
Our Shepherd is proud to call alumni students from some of the finest colleges and universities both in our state and across the country. We have students who go on from high school to excel academically at our public state institutions such as The University of Michigan and Michigan State University as well as some of our smaller private schools such as Hope College in Grand Rapids and Hillsdale College in in Hillsdale, Michigan. We also have students who make their collegiate homes in prestigious schools as far away as Stanford University in California, Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Loyola University, and New York University, and Clemson University in South Carolina. Our students go on to study in impressive academic fields, play collegiate sports and become involved in amazing projects of research and philanthropy.
At the heart of all that we do is the love of Christ that emanates inside each of our children and when they leave here, not only are they extremely prepared for the rigors of high school, but they are strong and solid in their faith to withstand the storms that the high school experience and the world of college can try to batter them in. When our students leave Our Shepherd, they are prepared for high school, they are prepared for college, they are prepared for the world. This starting block is one that gives them a solid foundation of faith, academics, confidence and leadership to go out into this world and become godly young men and women.
We are proud of the 2020 graduates of Our Shepherd, and we are confident that like the classes before them, and like the classes who will come after them that they will be prepared for their next experiences with best practices, strong confidence in their abilities, and a solid understanding of who they are as well as WHOSE they are.
Our Shepherd will continue to place a high value on academics, social relationships, and emotional security, and your child's faith journey which is encouraged and nourished here at Our Shepherd will have benefits that will last for eternity.
Thank you for a wonderful year. To God be the glory.