Developing Christian Leaders

An Illinois Lutheran education empowers students to be bold, confident Christian leaders in tomorrow’s world. Through a strong academic program, our caring, qualified instructors prepare students for college, the workforce and beyond.

Our students develop essential critical thinking skills and develop a strong, Christian worldview as they discover their own unique God-given skills and abilities. Students participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities and social experiences that help to build a strong community within the school and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Maya, Class of 2021

How long have you been at Illinois Lutheran Schools? I have been at Illinois Lutheran since 8th grade, so I’m in my fifth year.

What have you participated in at ILHS? I have participated in volleyball, basketball, cheer, student council, micahtam, and a number of different school events.

How have you been involved in our community? I have participated in Faith In Action days, which assists our community in many different ways.

What is your favorite class? My favorite class is Anatomy and Physiology.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to attend Olivet to become a neonatal nurse.

What is the most challenging part of being a senior? The most challenging part of being a senior is realizing that I have to start to learn to do most things on my own.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? I would tell the incoming freshmen to participate in as many school events as you can, because if you do not you will miss out on so much fun. I would also tell them to not stress so much, and have fun in high school.

Where do you imagine yourself ten years from now? Ten years from now I imagine having a great time being a neonatal nurse trying to save babies’ lives, and I hope to have started a family of my own.

Is there a Bible passage that inspires you and helps you through tough times? A Bible passage that keeps me going is my confirmation verse, Isaiah 40:31. “Bus those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Do you think that ILS has prepared you for college? I think ILS has done a great job of preparing me to go to college. I am able to take some college courses throughout this year that gives me a taste of what college is like. Mr. Spiaser’s classes are also very helpful, as I’ve heard from many graduated seniors.

Who has given you the best advice? What did they say? My mom has given me the best advice. She continues to tell me throughout the years to ease up a little and enjoy the time I have with all my high school friends.

How would your friends describe you? My friends would probably describe me as a caring person who works hard, especially when trying to make others happy. They would also probably describe me as short and make fun of me a little, because that is just what good friends do.

When you look back on Illinois Lutheran in later years, what will you remember most? I will most likely remember all the close bonds I have with my teachers. The teachers at ILS are amazing and truly want what is best for their students. I will remember how much they supported and rooted for me, even in my toughest days.

What dreams do you have for the world of tomorrow? My dreams are probably like most peoples, but I want the world to be more at peace with each other. God made us a beautiful place to live, but we do not always act so kind to the world, people, and things He has given us.