Alumni Feature March 2019 - Kory Henkel ('99)

Published Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 10:00am

This month’s featured alumnus is Kory Henkel (‘99), and he’s the kind of person who if told to write a story, give a devotion, or share any type of message, will do so with great humor, detail, and faith. Past SCL students remember Kory as a favorite guest chapel speaker, church youth group leader, and all around nice guy. We thought his story is best told in his own words.

“I really cherish my time at SCLHS.  I was involved in football, basketball, and golf as an underclassman, but I quickly found that my passion was in the fine arts. I loved my time in theater and was so excited to be a part of the Croixaliers. Mr. Kassulke was just a tremendous band and choir director. I wasn't much of a saxophone player, but I loved singing in choir. The repertoire that Kassulke had us prepare was really challenging. Talking to colleagues now in the Nashville Symphony Chorus they are always shocked to hear that we were singing the pieces we were at the high school level. I don't know how we sounded performing (we always sounds great in my head), but I really appreciate the process of learning classic masterworks as a high school singer. I was also in student council and Right Triangle throughout my four years. Additionally, I was a huge fan of my many study halls. I didn't do much studying, but I took full advantage of the time to fellowship with my peers.

In all seriousness, the friendships are what made my time at SCLHS so very special. The friends I made in those three halls are ones that I still have today. The class of '99 was, of course, exemplary in many ways, but I think we really excelled at being good friends and team players. Beyond that, I am forever grateful for the things I learned in Religion class and for the opportunities I had to lead chapel. Those are the things that absolutely set me on my career path.

My professional journey has been winding and sometimes tumultuous, but always really, really fun. I spent eight years as a Youth Minister at Bloomington Living Hope Lutheran Church in Bloomington/Savage/Shakopee, MN. I can honestly say that it was eight years of joy. During that time, I was also fortunate enough to coach basketball at SCL under Mr. Mielke and was able to lead chapel regularly. It was my greatest honor to be involved at SCL influencing student's lives, just as mine was so wonderfully impacted years prior.

In August of 2013, I sold most of my stuff and moved to Nashville, TN to pursue a career in the music industry. I had a great group of friends down here that were well established in the industry, and I just knew I had to be a part of it. After six months of internships, odd jobs, and networking, I landed at Capitol Christian Music Group. I started in International Sales and Marketing and ended up managing both domestic and international major accounts. After 2.5 years at CCMG I moved over to a wonderful family owned independent music label called Centricity Music. I am currently Director of Marketing and Communication and get to work alongside incredible artists like (among others): Jason Gray, Unspoken, Andrew Peterson, Lauren Daigle, Jordan Feliz, and Apollo LTD. I am also a four-time chili cook-off winner.

In addition, I am in my 5th season singing tenor with the Nashville Symphony Chorus. We released the world-premiere recording of Haribson's Requiem on Naxos Records in October and will be touring Europe this summer.”

Wade Guerin, Class of 2007, University of Wisconsin River Falls
" The success I had at St. Croix carried over into college, and for that, I am very grateful. "
- Wade '07