Philosophy of Co-Curricular Activities
Illinois Lutheran High School exists to provide a Christ-centered education for its students. This Christian focus does not stop in the classroom but also extends in the area of co-curricular activities. Students at ILHS represent their school and their Savior while they are participating in co-curriculars at ILHS.
Illinois Lutheran High School recognizes co-curricular activities as an integral part of our students’ education. Participation in these activities provides opportunities for personal growth, skill development, socialization, creativity and competitive experiences.
It is the belief of Illinois Lutheran High School that involvement in co-curricular activities is a privilege, which comes with certain expectations and responsibilities. It is in the interest of the school and church foundation that standards be maintained concerning academic performance and personal behavior.
Illinois Lutheran provides a full slate of co-curricular activities including volleyball, soccer, student council, drama, basketball, cheerleading, show choir, yearbook, scholastic bowl, baseball and softball.
What People Are Saying
“Regarding athletics, the strength of the baseball program has given Sam the opportunity to play at the collegiate level. When our family discussed where Sam would attend high school, the opportunity to learn and excel in athletics was an important aspect of our decision process. Sam is a talented baseball player and we wanted him to participate in a competitive program with a coach who not only understands the game, but one is who is also a teacher of the game. We wanted a coach with high standards,a quality character and one who leads by example. We found it at ILHS. Baseball has given Sam the opportunity to play in crucial games to prepare him for his collegiate career. The baseball program offered Sam the chance to compete for conference and regional championships as well as to play in numerous quality tournaments that helped expose Sam to college coaches. The strength of the program plus the dedication of his coach helped Sam achieve all-state status–an achievement earned because of the opportunity to play at ILHS.” John G.
Meet Mr. Mark Kjenstad, Activities Director
Mr. Mark Kjenstad is from South Dakota and graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN He also holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.
Mr. KJ teaches 9th Grade Old Testament and 10th Grade New Testament. He also serves as the Athletic Director at ILS and coaches varsity boys’ basketball and baseball. He has been at Illinois Lutheran since 1999.
When asked what he enjoys most about teaching, he said, “Sharing and discussing God’s Word, teaching my students lessons about life, and helping students enjoy Illinois Lutheran. ”
When not at school Mr. KJ enjoys being with his family, playing golf, working in the yard, and following the world of sports.
Mr. Kjenstad and his wife, Jessica, have two children: Ryen and Reah.