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.

Dylan, Class of 2020

How long have you been at Illinois Lutheran Schools? I have been with ILHS since the very beginning. I started in 4 year old preschool all the way up to Senior year, so I have been with ILS for almost 14 years of my life. 

What have you participated in at ILHS? I have participated in a lot at ILHS. I have done basketball, baseball, junior high softball tournament, soccer, golf, drama, forensics, Michatam, concert choir, high school band, and student council.

I have been performing in ILS drama productions ever since the 4th grade. In 4th grade, I was in our school production of Holy Moses and played the Egyptian Brick Salesman. In junior high, I was a part of two shows: Seussical The Musical and Ransom of Red Chief. I have performed in high school productions for all four years of high school. My favorite roles that I have done include Mark Twain in Murder by the Book, The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, and Hare in A Bagful of Fables. Other high school productions include Anne of Green Gables, Cinderella, and Do You Wanna Dance. I have been in a couple of shows outside of ILHS. I was in the last two Crete Monee Summer Enrichment shows. I played Aladdin in Aladdin the Musical and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. You can also see me in the ILHS fall production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I will be playing Sarge and Prince Robert.

How have you been involved in our community? I’ve assisted with collecting food for the Crete Pantry, as well as Adopt-A-Highways for our community roads. I have also helped our community by participating in the Crete Country Christmas Parade.

What is your favorite class? My favorite class is any type of history class.

Where do you plan to go to college, and what do you plan to major in? I am still deciding between three colleges: Western Michigan University, Ball State University, and Southeast Missouri State. I plan to go to college for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre.

What is the most challenging part of being a senior? The most challenging part about being a senior is dealing with the stress of finding colleges and really figuring out what you want to do with your life.

What is the best part of being a senior? The best part about being a senior is the realization that this is my last year of high school. Being a senior makes me excited for the future and what I will be doing. 

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen? My advice for incoming freshman would be to enjoy your time at ILHS. It truly is a fun experience. Also, start to think about your future now, because these next four years will fly by.

Where do you imagine yourself 10 years from now? I imagine myself on Broadway, working as an actor. I would also love to do national tours of shows and travel the country.

Do you have a favorite bible passage that helps you through tough times? My favorite verse for hard times comes from Romans 8:18. It says, “ The pain that you have been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” This is a great passage especially as a senior because there are many stresses about being a Senior. 

Do you think ILHS is preparing you for college? I do think that ILHS is preparing me for college. All of the teachers work really hard to make their students ready for college and life.

Who has given you the best advice? What did they say? My dad has given me the best advice. He has told me that God always has a plan for me and even during times where my acting career might not be working out, I still have God to look upon. 

How would your friends describe you? My friends would describe me as helpful, loving, funny, caring, and adventurous. 

When you look back on Illinois Lutheran in later years, what will you remember most? I will remember the loving and God-fearing group of people that I got to spend every single day with. I will remember going to school and feeling like I can accomplish any task. 

What dreams do you have for the world of tomorrow? I hope the world in the future would try and work together, especially in America today. People are always trying to beat another person at something. However, if we work together, it will be easier to get tasks done.