October Alumni Give-Away:
Share your current address
between now and Oct. 16 and you're entered in a drawing to win one of three State Forty Eight tees.
Alumni are invited to join the Alumni Facebook group
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.
aka Swagg, is a 2014 ALA grad. The same work ethic and passion that made him a championship student-athlete drive his success in gaming and streaming. Check out this Youtube video to learn more
In national gaming news:
You can vote for Kris as esports "Streamer of the Year" online here
In local news:
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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