PARKER GRAHN (Senior)
Nominated by Mr. McClintock and Mr. Wilaby
While helping with the summer musical, Parker offered to come in during the summer and help out with technology department projects around campus. The offer was duly noted, and when help was needed I took him up on his offer. It was the last week before school started and there was much to get done. Parker cheerfully came in and helped with a number of tasks: unhooking all the computers in a computer lab, putting items into storage, and doing general tasks to help get ready for the first day of school.
Parker also accepted Mr. Wilaby’s request to document Christ-centered images that are on campus. Parker will be creating a collage that shows how the facility bears witness to Christ. This task is helping with Mayer Lutheran’s accreditation process.
In addition, Parker has come along- side a family that was looking for a tutor for one of their children. Parker’s willingness to help is one of the characteristics of a servant-leader and he definitely exemplifies this quality.
Parker’s parents are Chris and Roxi Grahn of Cologne, MN.
MARTHA KELZER (Senior)
Nominated by Kris Gustin
Martha has been a true blessing to MLHS during our lunch period. At the beginning of the year, I was scheduled to run the computer at lunch, scanning cards and entering purchased items. After a few weeks of this, I had to be off campus and Martha, who had run the computer a few times for us last year, volunteered to run it in my absence. When I returned, Martha, who knows the demands of my position, stepped in and said she would take care of the computer. From that point forward, Martha has served in this respect. She has been a servant in many ways, and I am thankful for her willingness to help when she sees a need. Thank you, Martha!
Martha’s parents are James and Grace Kelzer of Richfield, MN.
LYDIA PARRISH (Junior)
Nominated by Department Chairs
Lydia had an idea to create a safe place for girls to talk about the challenges that go with the high school years and working to find guidance and answers to address the challenges by applying God’s Word to daily living. This group is called GIGGLES, which stands for Girls In God: Growing, Loving, Eating, and Sharing. What a great idea!
Initially the GIGGLES group began reading and talking about Ephesians. But they have transitioned to talking about specific topics, such as the greatness of God, parents, and relationships. The first meeting had only a few girls attend, but the group has been growing and has had as many as ten girls in attendance.
This is Christian leadership in action. Well done, Lydia!
Lydia’s parents are Rev. Brent and Susan Parrish of Prior Lake, MN.