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aka Swagg, (ALA 2014 )
The same work ethic and passion that made him a championship student-athlete drive his success in gaming and streaming. In June 2021 he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Check out this Youtube video to meet FaZe Swagg
of the FaZE Clan.
In local news:
(ALA 2016) graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. He has accepted a Nursing position at Aurora Health in Oconomowoc, WI.
graduated from Martin Luther College in May 2021 with a degree in Secondary Life Science education and received a call to teach biology at Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, WI.
Candace Green (ALA 1999)
was recently featured on "The Drew Barrymore Show" featuring the live virtual field trips she "took" during the pandemic! Check it out here
(ALA 2016) has been active duty with the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant since November 2020. She is currently attending Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training in Pensacola, FL, and will become an aviator for the US Air Force in 2022.
graduated from ASU in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with certification in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. She was awarded the Moeur Award. The Moeur Award
is given to the student or students with the highest academic standing in terms of GPA, and is thus also considered the equivalent to a Valedictorian Award
(which is not directly offered by Arizona State)." According to sources, it is awarded to students with the highest academic honors including a cumulative 4.0 GPA for 8 consecutive semesters.
Elise will begin her teaching career at Bush Elementary School in Mesa as a teacher for 2nd and 3rd grade special education, starting in August.
Anna (Meyer) Brown
(ALA 2015) is featured as the cover story of the May edition of Bethany Magazine
. Scroll to page 14 to read the article.
Jared Gray (ALA1997) is the Board President of Festival International de Louisiane (FIL), the largest international music festival in the United States.
In 2021, FIL celebrates its 35th year of existence. Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s event will be a virtual event. It will be livestreamed on April 23-25 and is available on the Festival’s Facebook event page.
Jared has attended every Festival since 1998 and has been an involved volunteer since 2009. Jared’s wife Erin also serves on the Festival board. Learn more at www.festivalinternational.org
Mickey Diamond Diaz (
ALA 2014) graduates from
Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business with a Master of Science in Leadership with a 4.0 GPA in May 2021. Mickey also celebrates his two-year work anniversary at Grand Canyon University this June. “Looking back on my time at ALA to where I am today, I am grateful for what God has done in my life, and I am thankful for the firm foundation ALA provided me with.”
Mickey encourages current ALA students to make the most of their time on campus. “Cherish the opportunity you have been given by getting involved and never taking a minute of it for granted.” Now that he has completed Graduate School, Mickey plans to continue his career at Grand Canyon University and enjoy his newfound free time.
(ALA 2008) shares, "DOUBLECAMP is still going strong and will be releasing more music this year and hoping to tour if COVID gets under control.
You can find our music on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, iTunes, and Pandora and stay up to date with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter." Visit doublecampmusic.com
ALA State Forty Eight tees are spotted in Minnesota! Erin (Gray) Hulse
(ALA 1999) received hers from Dad, Mr. Gary Gray.
Army Capt. Troy Merkle
(ALA 2007), now serving as Assistant Professor Of Military Science at Grand Canyon University, is featured in The GCU Lope Show
(a Sept. 11 remembrance epidsode) about his training as an army ROTC officer. His interview lasts from about 2:00-8:00 of the 14-minute video.
Rachel (Schuelein) Braun
ored and self-published a children's book (and coloring book) based on the Branches Band song "Esther." The song originated on Branches Band's second children's album from 2019, "Grow in the Vine". Both characters and scenes for this story are captivatingly illustrated by young emerging artist, Maida Jaspersen (Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School 2020 graduate). Experience the story of Esther and her cousin Mordecai saving their people from complete destruction by being in the exact place God needed them to be. Enjoy a Bible-story favorite highlighting a strong woman who relies on an even stronger God. This book is the perfect choice for story time at home, a Bible lesson in the class room, or a way to add music and visual fun in Sunday school. For the month of October there is an opportunity to be entered into a giveaway for an "Esther" collection including the Esther children's book, coloring book, "Grow in the Vine" CD, tote, and more! Find more details on Branches Band's social media posts. Both books are available for purchase on Amazon: Book
| Coloring Book
Julie Zembruski (ALA 2019), a student at Embry Riddle in Prescott, AZ is now a licensed pilot, with plans to become a commercial pilot.
Calle (Solie) Costilow
(ALA 2009) "recorded just about every program setting record imaginable" after graduating from ALA and furthering her volleyball career at MACU. She has been named to the MACU Volleyball Team of the Decade! View on Facebook
Erin (Gray) Hulse
(ALA 1999) earned her Master's Degree in English from Grand Canyon University in March of 2020. She currently serves at St. Croix Lutheran Academy in West St. Paul, MN — as English Department chair, American Literature & AP Language teacher , and Varsity softball coach.
Our alumni continue to amaze us. Take a moment to watch Jenna (Wagner) Brogdon's story
of returning to the ER to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jenna (ALA 2006) was interviewed on International Nurse's Day 2020, on Good Morning America.
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