Alumni Share Future Plans as High School Graduation Approaches


This spring, we caught up with a few Sioux Falls Lutheran School alumni to see what the future has in store for them as they graduate from high school. Check out their stories below!

Laramie J.Giles

High School: Roosevelt High School

Activities: Cross Country, Track and Field, Sports Broadcasting, National Honor Society, Outdoor Campus Volunteer

Awards: Varsity letter in Cross Country and Track and Field, Champion in Broadcast Production in State Skills USA, Academic All-State Runner

College: South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota

Major: Atmospheric Sciences and Mereology

Scholarships: Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and Deputies Association – Kim Schoenhard Memorial Scholarship Award ($1,000); SD School of Mines & Technology – Freshman Scholar ($1,000); SD School of Mines & Technology – Athletic Scholar ($1,000)

Career goals: Broadcast Meteorologist  

College activities: I will be running Cross Country and Track for the School of Mines.

My SFLS Experience:  I made lifelong friendships at Sioux Falls Lutheran School that helped me grow spiritually, mentally, and physically into the person I am today. I am still benefiting from all of the memories, friendships, lessons, and experiences I had at SFLS.

Jaden Maier

High School: Lutheran High School of Sioux Falls

Activities: Basketball, Church Worship Band, 4H Shooting Club, Hunting, and Fishing

College: Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Major: Automotive Technology

Scholarships: Beresford Chapter of Whitetails Forever – 4H Shooting Club ($200); Sioux Falls Community Foundation – Ralph and Doris Wallin Scholarship ($3,500); Build Dakota Scholarship Recipient

Career goals: I am blessed through the Build Dakota Scholarship to have a guaranteed job in South Dakota if I commit to working there for three years. My plan is to work in a local auto shop and work on my own toys on the side.

My SFLS Experience:  I struggled academically and would have fallen through the cracks at a big public school. At Sioux Falls Lutheran School, I had smaller class sizes with more one-on-one attention and teachers who wanted to see me succeed. They made themselves available for extra help whenever I need it, and I continued to get that attention at the Lutheran High School of Sioux Falls. I constantly received positive messages, encouragement, and reminders that, even though I might have tested boundaries, I was still loved. In addition to all that, I also received encouragement to explore what I was good at and go for it – I wasn't pushed to make decisions about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Instead, I was given the time and encouragement to figure it out for myself.

Nolan Behr

High School: Washington High School

Activities: Baseball, Basketball, FCA, Student Ambassadors, Shoes and Boots (tutoring), Link Crew, Chess Club, Young Life, Lord of Life Lutheran Youth Group, Sioux Falls Youth Bowling, National Honor Society, 2013 and 2016 LCMS National Youth Gatherings

Awards: Baseball Letter (x2); Basketball Letter (x4), Team Attitude Award (x3), Best Practice Player Award, Activity Leader of the Month – February 2017; Bowling – U15 Boys SD Pepsi Tournament High Scratch Game and Series 2014 & U20 Boys SD Pepsi Tournament High Scratch Game 2015; Top Ten Freshmen (academic), Academic Letter (all semesters), National Honor Society

College: Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa

Scholarships: Presidential Scholarship, Baseball Scholarship, Sue Kooiker Scholarship

Major: Social Work/Psychology

Career goals: Receive the best college education possible in order to obtain a meaningful degree and work in an occupation that I am passionate about.

College activities: Baseball

My SFLS Experience:  My time at SFLS was the start of increasing my knowledge and skills, as well as strengthening my faith, which prepared me excellently for the transition I went through when entering high school. Washington was absolutely great, and I wouldn’t change my decision of going there if I had to choose again. However, I want to return to the Christian atmosphere I first experienced at SFLS in order to develop my career and transition into adulthood to the best of my ability. I believe the best way to do that is by partnering my schooling and extracurricular activities with my faith in order to reach my full potential in my future career and upcoming life.