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Alumni Newsletter Winter 2023

A Message from the Director of Mission Advancement

Dear Alumni,

As we approach the joyous season of Christmas, I extend warm greetings to each of you from your high school.  "I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11. It also brings me immense pleasure to share the wonderful news of the great school year we've had so far. We received a great report card from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and there is great progress on the building of our new gym on campus.  Another bit of news this year is a milestone in terms of student population.  We have grown to an enrollment of 250 including 80 freshmen – the largest freshman class in a good number of years. Our halls are filled with the eager energy of these new students, and their presence has added an extra layer of enthusiasm to our close-knit community.


Speaking of community, we warmly invite all our esteemed choir alumni to join us in celebrating the magic of Christmas at our upcoming concert. Your voices have echoed through our school's history, and it would be an honor to have you reunite with current choir members for this special occasion. Your presence would be a wonderful addition to our Christmas concerts on Thursday, December 21st.  We will be having an small reception in the Mertens Lounge at the Capitol Civic Center after the 4:30 PM concert for ALL ALUMNI.  Please consider joining us for that.  All are welcome, including those that are not involved with singing in the concert.


We hope that you enjoy this second edition of our newly minted Alumni Newsletter.  There is a lot of information here, but if there are topics that you think should be shared that we have missed.  Please email me and we will do our best to include those ideas in future newsletters.  Again, it is our plan to send these out to you each quarter.  Please look for this email again in March on the 15th.


As you embark on your holiday festivities, may the warmth and joy of Christmas fill your hearts. We express our deepest gratitude for your continued support and involvement in our school's legacy. Your presence, whether in person or in spirit, enriches the tapestry of our community.


Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year.

In Christ,

Kevin M. Buch

Director of Mission Advancement

Manitowoc Lutheran High School

Cell 920-973-0465



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Capital Campaign News

To keep up with everything happening in the Captital Campaign, each week on Facebook and Instgram we feature 'Buidling Our Future On Christ-Weekly Updates'. Don't worry, if you are not a user to either of these social media services you can still keep up with our progress. The vidoes are posted each week and linked to our website. Below is an example of two of our latest updates.


Attention Choir Alumni!

This year we would like to invite all MLHS Alumni to join us in singing the final song at the MLHS Christmas Concert.  It has always been a great blessing to proclaim the Word in song at every MLHS Christmas Concert!  Would you please join us? 

Our concerts are on Thursday, December 21st at 4:30pm and 7:30pm.  Joy to the World will be the last song of the concert.  Join us in singing at either concert or better yet, sing at both!

Please spread the word! We would love to have a large showing of the 68 years of students singing with us and singing the praises of the Christ-child / celebrating Christmas with us!

We will have an alumni gathering in the Mertens Lounge at the CCC after the first concert.

Complete Performance





Music PDF

Joy To The World - PDF of Music
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Important Dates

MLHS Christmas Concert: Joy to the World! | 12/21/23 - 4:30PM & 7:30PM

Join us for the MLHS Christmas concert at the Capitol Civic Centre. If you are unable to attend, both concerts will be Livestreamed HERE

MLHS to Host Night to Shine | 2/9 - 6PM

Spring Musical: "Bye Bye Birdie" | 3/8 - 3/10

Lancer Gala | 3/23 - 5PM

MLHS Graduation | 5/25 - 10AM


Stay Updated

The Lancer Update and Lancer Sports Update/Report are new ways that we will stay connected to you. These will be short, no longer than 90-second videos. The Lancer Update will feature news about the Capital Campaign project, what is happening in the classroom, student and teacher bios, information and special features about different groups and clubs at MLHS, and much more!

The Lancer Sports Update/Report will feature highlights from sporting events, coach/ player post game interviews, practice mic'd up, and more! Both of these are hosted online via Facebook and Instagram. But here is the great news, If you are reading this message you can see the videos. You are not required to have an account to watch. If you are prompted to either login or open a new account; bypass that by clicking the X in the corner of the box that popped open.

Lancer Update | Dec 6 | Building our Future on Christ Update

Lancer Update | Dec 5 |  Lancer 90 Second Update

Lancer Sports Report | Dec 1 | Boys & Girls Basketball/ Wrestling

Lancer Update | Nov 23 | Lakeshore Holiday Parade

Lancer Update | Nov 15 | Building our Future on Christ Update

Lancer Update | Nov 9 | Building our Future on Christ Update

Lancer Sports Update | Nov 6 | Football Awards 2023

Lancer Sports Update | Nov 3 | Volleyball Awards 2023

Lancer Sports Update | Nov 1 | Cross Country Awards 2023

Lancer Update | Oct 31 | Question Time - Favorite Candy

Lancer Update | Oct 30 | Fall Festival and Concert

Lancer Update | Oct 30 | Grandparents & VIP Day 2023

Lancer Update | Oct 30 | Lancer Singer & Jazz Band Tour 2023

Lancer Sports Update | Oct 21 | Regional Volleyball Championship 2023

Lancer Sports Update | Oct 21 | WIAA Cross Country Sectionals

Lancer Update | Oct 20 | Meet Mr. Cox

Lancer Update | Oct 20 | Meet Mr. Leyrer

Lancer Update | Oct 19 | Question Time - Favorite Thing About Fall

Lancer Update | Oct 17 | Kurt Troge Courtyard


If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram we often have ALUMNI ALERTS. They are fun way for us to stay connected to our alumni and share exciting news about you. If you would like to be featured, or for us to feature a Lancer graduate please message us on either of those two social media sites, and we are happy to share! We are hoping to grow this section each month. For those who do not have social media, those updates can be sent directly to Paul Durkee in the Mission Advancement Office.

Ethan Haupt ('21) is currently a junior studying Electrical Engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering. This year he is studying abroad at Lubeck University of Applied Sciences in Lubeck, Germany.

Samuel EIckhoff ('19) & Natalie nee Zirbel Eickhoff ('19) Were married on June 4.

Amanda Nee Pautz Wojciechowski ('18) & TJ Wojciechowski were married on September 23.

Joe Pautz('14) & Katie Nee Waskow Pautz ('14) welcomed twins, Jonah & Josiah on June 25!

Anna Nee Ungemach Wendt ('11) & Josh Wendt welcomed their first child, Maddox Jerald on October 4!


Your Alma Mater!

Student Spotlight


4's & 9's

Attention graduates ending in 4 & 9, you are coming up on a milestone year, congratulations!

Class of: 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004, 2014

Class of: 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009, 2019

We would love to be involved in the planning of your class reunion. We really need the most current contact information that you can provide. Please click the button below and complete the thirty-second survey to enable us to help your class celebrate!

Planning a Reunion? We are here to help!

Please contact Kevin Buch at or 920-973-0465 in the Mission Advancement Office when when you begin the process; we have many options to take advantage of when planning your reunion.


Let us do the work and send out a Save the Date notification email. MLHS recommends that you send this out six months prior to the reunion. (A postcard will be mailed to any classmates who do not have an email)

  • MLHS can design the save the date announcement/image. All we need from you is the following: (If you have a design in mind we can work with you.)

    • Date of the Reunion

    • Time of Reunion

    • Location of Reunion

    • Any extra information you want on there.

    • If you have an image you would like included you can attach it to your reply.

Please Note: You will receive a list of your classmates and their contact information to verify before we send out the Save the Date. That list will come to your email soon, so watch for that.


Let us do the work and send out your Class Reunion invitation. MLHS recommends that you send this out six to eight weeks in advance of your reunion. The invitation will look similar to the save the date, but will include all of the detail about your reunion that you provide.


MLHS is happy to help promote your reunion through our social media, website, and upcoming publications. If you form a social media group, we can share a link to that as well!


Let us put together a Class Reunion Booklet for you to share!

This booklet would contain any updated information that your classmates want to share. Their updates are collected by having them all fill out an online form. A link to that form would be included on the Save the Date email/mailing, or on the invite, whichever you prefer.

MLHS will print them all out for you and have them available for you to share at the class reunion. A digital copy can also be sent to everyone. This is a nice feature especially for those that are not able to make it to the reunion.


A lot has changed since you have graduated, and we would love to share these blessings with you. This is a guided tour with lots of fun facts and maybe even some stories you didn’t know about. These tours tend to bring out memories from your time at MLHS. You might even learn about something you never even knew about!


If you would like someone to come to your celebration and give a presentation on MLHS, or be available for a short Question and Answer Session, we can line up someone to do just that!


Would you like an MLHS representative to come and take some updated class pictures? Don’t worry about finding someone in the building to take the picture! Just let us know and we can provide someone to take a class picture and some candids too! For 1 hour of your reunion we can capture the memories for you!


If you would like MLHS to put together a short video of your times here at MLHS from photos that we have on file or photos submitted from your classmates, we can do that too! This feature will depend on whether there is enough turned in to make a montage. Some classes have each person’s senior picture on the screen with any updated photo they submit along side of it. Sort of like a “that was then, this is now” type display. Of course, all of this depends on what can be pulled together. On the Save the Date and Invitation, we would include instructions on how classmates could submit their photos or short video clips for the montage.



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