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Meet Our Students

Wondering if you would fit in with this learning community? Explore this page for details about individual students in the various classes. Each incoming class is named for a letter in the Greek alphabet. Classes Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta have graduated and are making a difference in the world.

Theta Students

Clare Beardsley

Amy Abrigo

Born in Hefei, China, Clare Beardsley grew up in Arden Hills, Minnesota. She graduated from Concordia Academy where she played basketball and ran track. She is currently pursuing a career in Art Therapy at Concordia. She writes, "I am super excited to be a part of Concordia University’s community and to be involved with the Honors Program. I applied to be a part of the Honors Program because I wanted to challenge myself not only intellectually but also spiritually."

Andrea Beaver

Chris Anderson

Andrea is from Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and graduated from St. Croix Lutheran High School. She plans to major in business management. Her other interests include: singing, reading, cooking, and playing piano. She really enjoys the Honors Program because it provides a deeper knowledge in many subjects while connecting them together. The small group feeling and camaraderie are also great benefits.

Jordan Bruss

Anna Dauffenbach

Jordan is from a farm outside of Lafayette, a tiny town located somewhat north of Mankato, MN. He graduated from Sibley East High School in Arlington MN. He is majoring in Biology, and planning to go on to medical school. Hobbies include listening to and playing music, being outdoors, food, and trying new things. His favorite part of the Honors Program is the small class size and the in-depth discussions about each topic.

Lucas Pearson

Lauren Erath

Lucas Pearson is from Blaine, Minnesota and graduated from Blaine High School. He is majoring in music performance and music composition. His interests include playing the upright bass, computers, and reading. He enjoys the interdisciplinary learning, and the practicality of the information presented in the Honors Program. He also enjoys how friendly the people in the Honors Program are.

Josh Reber

Jonathan Erber

Josh Reber is from Fort Worth, TX (and no, he doesn't have an accent). He plans to major in business and then continue on to seminary. He enjoys playing guitar, reading the newspaper, watching sports, and doing athletic activities. While being away from home makes him miss his whole family, he also misses being able to do free laundry. He writes, “I have really enjoyed the honors program so far. I think it is a good fit, and I look forward to some intense learning!”

Anna Simon

Anna Simon is from So. St. Paul, Minnesota. Over the years she has been involved in a wide range of activities such as show choir, swing band, and working at summer camp. She writes, “I chose the honors program at Concordia because I was used to a rigorous course structure and felt comfortable continuing with that type of education. I cannot wait for the many memories I will make with the Honors Program and everyone involved in it.”

Erin Spatenka

Erin Spatenka

Erin Spatenka is from Owatonna, MN. In high school she ran cross country and track and field, and played basketball. At Concordia she continues to run both cross country and track and field. She has a passion for the sciences and is planning to major in Biology at Concordia. She writes, “The Honors Program has not only helped me academically, but it has helped me meet new people. These new people have become my family at Concordia.”

 

Eta Students

Elisabeth Coats

Elisabeth Coats

Elisabeth is from St. Louis Park, Minnesota (a suburb of Minneapolis) and graduated from Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins, Minnesota (another suburb of Minneapolis). She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Dance. She enjoys all manners of performing arts: dance, theatre, stage makeup, and both instrumental and vocal music. She plays alto saxophone and piano. She loves how much she is learning from the Honors program and the stimulating discussions!

Joshua Eckstein

Josh is from Jamestown, North Dakota and graduated from Jamestown High School. He is majoring in Christian Ministries (DCE Program) and minoring in Confessional Lutheranism and Mathematics. He is interested in technology. He helps with technology for chapel and works for CTP (Concordia Television Productions) and the athletic department as a cameraman. He is looking forward to the geometry portion of the class because he enjoys math, hence the extra Mathematics minor.

Jordyn Joens

Jordyn is from Ramsey, Minnesota. She graduated from Buffalo High School and was part of their Arts Magnet Program. She is working on getting her BBA in Marketing. She really likes to dance, and she recently joined the cheer team at CSP and is really enjoying it. She also likes to read and watch movies. She thinks that the Honors Program has many good aspects. She really enjoys the small community feeling. She also likes being able to ask questions and take the learning further than reading out of a textbook. The different professors are all passionate about their subject and are excited to work with the group.

Olivia Lien

Olivia Lien

Olivia is from Roseville, Minnesota and graduated from Concordia Academy. She is majoring in Elementary Education. Her interests include music, spending time with friends and family, running, being outdoors and laughing. She enjoys the Honors Program because of the small group of students and the opportunity to get to know everyone in the group. She also finds the discussions to be really interesting.

Mackenzie Lindquist

Mackenzie Lindquist

Mackenzie is from Kerkhoven, Minnesota and graduated from KMS high school.She is majoring in Elementary Education with a Lutheran Classroom Teachers Certificate and a Dance minor. Her interests include dance and theatre. She really likes how the Honors Program works more in a community-style setting.

Jessica Schmitt

Jessica Schmitt

Jessica is from White Bear Lake, Minnesota and graduated from Bluesky Online Charter School. She is double majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and English with an emphasis in Literature. Her interests include cooking and reading; playing piano is a current passion. She also enjoys keeping up with what's going on in the political world and reading geeky social science books. She likes the Honors Program because of how inclusive the material is. It's not the same thing day in and day out. This variety makes it interesting to go to class and be engaged. The community of students is also a great part of the program. One really gets to know this group of people, which is something that is not seen in every class. For her this was a major element of her decision to do the Honors Program and one of her favorite parts.

Kristyn Svoboda

Kristyn Svoboda

Kristyn is from Farmington, Minnesota and graduated from Farmington High School. She is majoring in Music and minoring in Math. She loves to play in the band. She is enjoying the Honors Program so far and she really likes the small class size and the deeper interpretation of the material that is presented in class.

 

Zeta Students

Gina Marchetti

Gina Marchetti

I'm Gina Marchetti, and honestly, I don't know what to write.  If you want to know all the general college student information about me, I'm from North St. Paul, I'm majoring in Elementary Education, and what really got me to join the Honors Programs is that it's an alternative to generals and takes up less credit hours.  However, if I were really to tell you about who I am, I would have to mention that those things are only temporarily important to me, since the structure of this world and this tent of a body I live in will only be this way for such a minimal part of my existence.  And so, that being said, I think it can easily be inferred why I am skimping out of the details, since an important part of me is that the tangible things about who I am are not all that important.

Katie Nemeth

Katie Nemeth

Hey, my name is Katie Nemeth, and I am from Orofino, Idaho. I am very ative and love spending tons of time outdoors.  Here at Concordia I am on the soccer team and decided to do the Honors Program as a way to experience two different sides of college.  I am currently on the track to major in Biology as a plan to finish my Pre-Med requisites and go to Med School.  From there I may study sports medicine or continue on my way to becoming a doctor.  I have two older sisters Becca and Sarah, that are going to college in Nevada.  Other random facts about me consist of my favorite color being green, I love potpies and my favorite candy are mini Reeses.

Jade Ptacek

Jade Ptacek

Hi, my name is Jade Ptacek.  I'm from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  At Concordia I'm planning on majoring in Marketing with a minor in Design.  I play on the softball team and I love to sing although I am not in the choir.  I enjoy many activities including sports, music, drawing, and finding new things to do.  I joined the Honors Program at Concordia because I like to challenge myself.  Also, I enjoy being part of something that helps people and the community.  I look forward to having a good time while also connecting my faith with my education.

Kathryn Reinhold

Kathryn Reinhold

My name is Kathryn Reinhold, and I prefer to be called Kat.  I am an aunt of seven and  the youngest child in my family. I chose to join the Honors Program because I like a challenge and I wanted to find my faith again.  I can honestly say my faith is renewed despite times of tragedy when I questioned my beliefs.  I am a Psych major with a minor in legal Studies in hopes of becoming a Forensic Psychologist.  This is not because I watch Criminal Minds or Bones, but because psycholgical profiling of criminals has always fascinated me.  Being part of a family where psychological functions are often brought up, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life when I learned of such a career.  I am Kat, I attend Concordia University in St. Paul, and I am so happy to be in the Honors program. Go Zetas!

Anna Schield

Anna Schield

My name is Anna Schield, and I am from Two harbors, Minnesota, where I live in the middle of the forest by Lake Superior.  My major here is Elementary Education with a Special Education minor and a Lutheran Classroom Certification.  When I'm not spending my time accomplishing assigned tasks related to my studies, I love to be with my cross country team running together and generally having a good bonding time.  If I ever feel I have spare time to use at my discretion, I usually choose to spend that time in a conversation with someone (I love to talk about feelings) or commit to a good few hours spent with children.  I am thankful that I am a child of God and that I receive perfect and enduring love at no cost to myself.  I am also thankful for a free ticket into heaven to be with my Father and Savior forever because of Jesus's sacrifice of Himself for my sins.  I chose to participate in the Honors Program because I desire a deeper approach to learning which includes alternate perspectives and a shared love of learning by the community with whom I am surrounded.  I look forward to the work that we will do to grow in our faith while learning enthusiastically.

Tori Schultz

Tori Schultz

My name is Tori Schultz and I am in the Zeta class.  My hometown is Utica, Minnesota.  I come from a family of six with two brothers and an older sister.  I love to play sports, read, and watch Disney movies. :)  Tangled is my favorite.  I am a huge Twins fan and I had the honor of playing The Star Spangled Banner at one my senior year.  My ambition is to become either a pediatric dentist or a family dentist.  I hope to study dentistry after Concordia at the University of Minnesota Dentistry School.  I chose the Honors Program at Concordia because it gives me the opportunity to explore my faith while learning.  I enjoy competitive classes so it has been perfect for me.

Crystal Vaughan

Crystal Vaughan

Hey all! My name is Crystal Vaughan, and I'm a music education major from Chesapeake, Virginia.  I have one brother, and two wonderful parents that wish I'd chosen a school that was less than 1300 miles from where they are.  I chose Concordia because it's  small, yet located in a big city area; because it has an awesome music department; and because of the Honors Program.  I love singing, playing piano, going to the beach, playing with my dog, reading, dancing, shopping, and intensifying my relationship with God.  I also enjoy delving deeper into all of my interests and learning more about myself along the way, which is why the CSP Honors Program is a perfect fit for me.

Jordan Voges

Jordan Voges

My name is Jordan Voges.  I'm from Pequot Lakes, Minnesota.  I'm currently attending Concordia University in order to accomplish my pre-seminary studies.  I joined the Honors Program because I wanted to be in an atmosphere where the people actually wanted to learn.  So far, I must say I love it here.  The academic portion is challenging and fascinating but by far the human aspect has been the best part.  I look forward to seeing where this adventure leads me in the coming years!

 

Epsilon Students

Amy Abrigo

Amy Abrigo

Hi!  My name is Amy Abrigo.  I'm from San Antonio, Texas, and I have no siblings.  I am currently undecided on a major, so I'm open to all options!  For now I'm just trying new things and discovering so much about myself so that I can figure out just what my interests are and what I can do with them as a career.  I am very excited for the Honors Program and I love the whole idea that the Honors students are like a "family."

Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson

My name is Chris Anderson, and I grew up in Eagan, Minnesota.  I joined the honors program because I wanted the academic challenge the honors program offered, and it seemed like a good way to disprove the common stereotype that all football players are idiots, because not all of us are.

Anna Dauffenbach

Anna Dauffenbach

Hello!  My name is Anna Dauffenbach, and I am a freshman here at Concordia St. Paul.  I am from Owatonna, Minnesota where I have lived my entire life.  I have one older sister, April who lives in New York City.  I am planning to become a Director of Christian Education with either a double major or a minor in sociology.  I want to be able to assist people of all ages in the struggles and triumphs they have with their faith in Jesus Christ, and be a teacher and friend to all who need or want my help, but most importantly, a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ.  I am extremely excited and proud to be a part of the Honors Program 'family.'  I am looking forward to the many challenges, being able to integrate my faith into my everyday learning and becoming close the people within our family.

Lauren Erath

Lauren Erath

Hi, my name is Lauren Erath.  I graduated from Concordia Academy High School in 2010.  I played volleyball during all four of my years in high school and played the flute in band for the last three.  My college major is going to be Director of Christian Outreach.  I hope to live a life of service to God and others by using all of the skills and abilities that God has given me.  I dream of being a writer on the side and gettings some of my books published.

I really like the color blue, and I wear blue clothing almost every day.  Some of my favorite things to do are writing stories and going on adventures.  Often times I get caught up in my imagination and spend a little too much time in dream land.  When I am not cuaght up in my imagination I like to climb trees, learn new skills such as making stained glass pieces, watch a little bit of anime such as Sailor Moon, read (to some extent), eat pocky or anything else that is dessert like, go on hikes, swim, ski or iceskate in the winter, try to do slightly dangerous stunts, and contemplate things concerning theology and philosophy.  I try to live for God and grow in my relationship with Him, even though it is sometimes really hard to do.  I hope that I will grow to be a true living letter for Him.

Jonathan Erber

Jonathan Erber

Hi, my name is Jonathan Erber.  This past year I graduated from Hillcrest School in Jos, Nigeria.  I enjoy running, reading, and football (soccer), go Super Eagles!! (and Arsenal)  I've been on the varsity track team since freshman year and ran sound and lights for various school performances as well.
This summer I worked at Camp Concordia, a Lutheran summer camp in Michigan where I did maintenance.  I am planning on majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry.

Sam Huntley

Sam Huntley

Hello, my name is Sam Huntley.  I'm from Stillwater, Minnesota.  I'm currently an undecided major but looking into art, business, science, or education.  I chose to come to Concordia because I knew I would be a part of a diverse group of people and be in an interesting community.  I chose to join the Honors program because I was looking for a unique, more personal learning experience.  In my free time I love to be outside.  I enjoy reading, drawing, biking, rollerblading, and making bracelets.  I most often spend my weekends at concerts or other fun city events and places, so St. Paul is the perfect city for me!

Joanna Johnson

Joanna Johnson

Hello!  My name is Joanna Johnson.  I'm really exited to be at college and to be a part of the honors program.  I'm 17 years old.  I was born in Michigan, but moved to North Carolina when I was two.  I'm majoring in Music Education and play guitar, piano, flute, and fiddle, as well as sing.  My dad is a pastor and my mom is a preschool teacher.  I have five siblings, and my two older siblings have/are attending Concordia St. Paul.  The thing I'm looking forward to the most about honors is connecting everything back to my faith.  I love God so much, and I want Him to be the center of every part of my life.

Abby Landes

Abby Landes

Hi everyone!  I am Abby Landes, and I grew up in Glencoe and Arlington, Minnesota (Both very small towns that you've probably never heard of).  I am, so far, really enjoying my time at Concordia as a student in the Honors Program.  I am interested in art, music, dance, and Christian outreach; and am hoping to be able to incorporate all of these interests in my major - although as of now, I have no idea what that will be!  What I was initially drawn to about the honors programs was the combination of faith and learning - and its connection to our daily lives.  I am enjoying the discussion we've been having in class up to this point and I am looking forward to the rest of the year!

Leah Markham

Leah Markham

My name is Leah Markham, and I am from White Bear Township, Minnesota.  I have a younger brother, Jacob, who started high school this fall.  I am a freshman this year at Concordia and am majoring in Biology.  I don't know yet how exactly I want to use my degree, but I definitely want to help people in some way.  I am really excited about the Honors program because I want to challenge myself and be surrounded by students who are also dedicated to their school work.

Christian Muters

Christian Muters

My name is Christian Muters.  I am majoring in Psychology and Pre-Seminary Studies.  I have enjoyed Honors at CSP because it has provided a once in a lifetime challenge and opportunity that would not normally be available.

Alex Wright

Alex Wright

My name is Alex Wright.  I am from Gurnee, Illinois.  I am a DCE major with possibly a religion minor.  At my church in Gurnee I was very active with my youth group.  I loved service projects and just hanging out and talking with friends.  I loved talking with my DCE and having discussions about various parts of the Bible.  This is partly what sparked my interest for the Honors Program.  I am looking forward to connecting the subjects of learning to faith and religion.

 

Delta Students

David Edwards

David Edwards

My name is David Edwards. I was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I moved to McKinney, Texas when I was six and that is where my home is now. I have three sisters, two older and one younger. I am 20 years old and a sophomore. I am planning to major in History and then head to seminary to become a pastor. I've enjoyed being a part of the Honors program, with the good discussions, inside and outside of class, the interesting topics of study, and the friendships I've developed and look forward to continuing in it.  I am especially looking forward to this year with studying the ways of knowing and learning more about how the many areas of academics i.e. Math, Science, English, Arts, etc. and many areas of our life are interconnected.

Daniel Ondov

Daniel Ondov

My name is Daniel Paul Raymond Ondov. I lived in Minneapolis, MN until I was 5, and I now live in Lakeville, MN. I was home schooled for my entire life until now. I am 18 and I will turn 19 in November. My major is Pre-seminary. I count it a privilege to be part of the Honors Program. I believe I will be challenged more, and that it will be an all around better experience because of the close knit group of students and because of the way the Honors Program brings in hands on learning and serving the community. Also, because there are a limited number of students in the Honors Program, I think more life-long friendships will be made and I will learn more.

Anna Shaw

Anna Shaw

Hey! My name is Anna Shaw, and I am a second year student here at Concordia St. Paul. My family currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, but we have also lived in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Taiwan. I'm majoring in K-8 math education with a Lutheran Confessionalism Minor. I'm not sure how long I'll be teaching in a traditional school, but I see myself doing some combination of church work and teaching after I graduate.  I am extremely excited to be involved in the Honors Program, both for the challenge and the experience.  I love to learn and serve my Savior so I think it is a great fit!

Kyle Sorkness

Kyle Sorkness

My name is Kyle Sorkness and, as of this writing, I am a 19-year-old sophomore at Concordia University, St. Paul. I was born and raised in Fergus Falls, MN, a small, rural community (and home of the world's largest otter). I am currently feeling drawn toward Christian Outreach, and I look forward to the next few years of exploring different church work paths.  I was glad to be a part of the Honors program last year, and I am excited to study the "ways of knowing" this year and experience some more in-class time with professors from all of the various disciplines.  So far, I feel that the Honors program has offered exactly what I'm looking for: a fusion of faith and learning, study and service, God's Kingdom and the secular world.  I have also valued the challenges, the in-depth discussions, and the closeness of everyone in the Honors "family."

Caralyn Tignanelli

Caralyn Tignanelli

Hello, my name is Caralyn Tignanelli, and I am a sophomore in the honors program at Concordia St. Paul. I grew up in Rochester, Michigan, which is about twelve to fourteen hours from CSP. You might wonder why I chose to come all the way out to St. Paul when there is a Concordia in Michigan. Well to be honest one of the biggest draws for me was the Honors Program. I was really drawn to Dr. Schuler's philosophy of connecting faith and learning, not only to each other, but also to our daily lives. That is something that we Deltas and Gammas will get to experience later this year through our service project, where we will learn how to use the gifts and talents God has given us to benefit his people. The honors program has also helped me get ahead in my other areas of study. I will be majoring in secondary history education and because I will be completing my general education credits through the Honors Program, I have already begun taking the classes that are required for my major rather than waiting until my junior and senior years to start these classes. This has allowed me to pick up two minors and diversify my education while still being on track to graduate in a reasonable amount of time. Overall I am very excited to go forward with my fellow honors students as we move together through the worlds of faith and learning and begin to build bridges between the two.

Jarett (Jay) Weiler

Jarett Weiler

Hi, my name is Jarett Weiler, but most of my friends just call me Jay. I grew up in the (very) small town of Auburndale, WI on an elk farm. I am a K-6 Elementary Education major with a Confessional Lutheranism minor to get my Lutheran Classroom teacher certification.  The Honors program has been a great experience so far, and I look forward to my second year in the program!

Jackie Wiebold

Jackie Wiebold

Hi everyone, my name is Jackie Wiebold, and I'm a Director of Christian Education student here at Concordia.  I'm in the Delta Honors class and am really excited to discover what this year holds for us.  After spending a year learning and growing through a service project I'm looking forward to spending time in the classroom with a wide variety of subjects.

 

The Zeta and Eta Classes at the 2013 annual end-of-the-year dessert party


Alpha Beta Group Photo

 

Members of the Delta Class with the Drs. Schuler
at the 2013 commencement ceremony

 



Members of the Eta class at the fall 2012 Honors Banquet:
Jordyn Joens, Elisabeth Coats, Olivia Lien

 


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