Student Success Stories


Isaac McClosky (‘18) is back on campus, this time as an employee, making an impact on students, especially in the dormitory. Isaac studies for a master’s degree by day and supervises in the dorm in the evenings. Read more about his passion for cross-cultural relationships and his future plans to serve as a counselor.

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Coming to SCLA as an international student from Korea, Kwanho Lee (‘15) had to adjust to a new school system, American food, and friends from across the globe. He reflects on his experience and encourages other international students to take the leap and enroll at SCLA.

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Renee (Ponath) Nair (‘79) has a heart for kids and serving others. She reflects on the path that led her to New Day Thrift Store where she enjoys welcoming families and sharing smiles with their children who affectionately call her “Grandma.” Read more of Renee’s story and learn about the important work that New Day provides in the Twin Cities.

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Isaiah Allen

Isaiah Allen (‘19) has grown from SCLA middle school and high school to college graduate and award winner to published author who recently spoke to students in a former SCLA classroom. We love to see alumni have these full circle moments and bring their talents back to encourage the next classes of students. An all-around accomplished young man, Isaiah revisits his years in sports, service, business, and writing for children.

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Martin Guldberg (‘91) and his wife Melissa have four children that attend or recently graduated from SCLA. This family shares the love of Jesus wherever they go! Read more about Martin’s time in high school and his thankfulness for Christian education.

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As a pastor’s kid, Paul Huebner (‘00) grew up around St. Croix even before his high school years. He reflects on the importance of his Christian education and how he will encourage future pastors and teachers through his new football coaching role at Martin Luther College.

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Kristen (Scislow ‘05) and Bryan Budahn (‘05) have had their share of adventures since their time in high school at SCLA. From delivering babies to brewing beer to climbing mountains around the world, the Budahns took their passions and ran with them. Read on for how the pandemic has affected their careers and how they’ve done their best to make the most of every situation.

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Over the past few months, Nick Krueger (‘05), an aide to representative Terry Katsma (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin), has had a wild ride in his run for office in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Nick shares about the SCLA teachers that impacted and prepared him, his run for office, and his hobby of restoring their historic home. 

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Michelle Wirth 2009

If you attended the SCLA 2022 Gala in April, you may remember the beautiful photos taken by Michelle Wirth Photography. It’s wonderful to see St. Croix alumni using their talents and passions! Michelle Wirth (Enger ‘09) shares about St. Croix’s impact on her, how she found her way into photography, and what she’s learned from international travel.

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Loren Kosloske (‘10)

In just ten years, Loren Kosloske has gone from learning in the classrooms of SCLA to working as a a Senior Strategy and Operations Manager at Uber in Seattle. The pandemic has called on everyone to adapt, including Loren’s work at the ride-share company. Loren answered some questions for us about what he’s been up to and shares his hopes for more SCLA alumni to mentor current students.

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Andrew Tiarks ('13)

As an independent financial advisor, Andy has worked the last five years at Tiarks, Becker, and Hackett Financial based out of Pine Island, Minnesota. Andy has served at SCLA as a volunteer head throwing coach for the Crusader track and field team, and he has served as an assistant football coach. He took part in 2019 Career Day at SCLA by explaining his role in the finance industry and answering student questions.

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Crystal Carmichael ('14)

Crystal Carmichael (‘14) and her family have been familiar faces around St. Croix for years. Crystal and her three sisters all attended SCLA and lived in the dorm. After obtaining her teaching degree from Martin Luther College, Crystal returned to SCLA to teach and serve as a dorm supervisor! Crystal shares her experience in the SCLA ministry from different contexts and how God prepared her for her current role in Florida.

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Michelle Wirth 2009

SCLA is excited to welcome Kaitlin Rupprecht (Adsit ‘16) to the Mission Advancement Team! Kaitlin was our school study hall supervisor and attendance secretary last year, and as a fairly recent alumna, she brings a wealth of knowledge, school culture, and personal experience to her new role as Manager of Alumni Relations. Get to know Kaitlin!

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Wade Shult, Leah Sonnenburg, Madylin Mielke

College life can be a bit tricky to manage, but then combine it with a pandemic and things get even harder. We caught up with two recent SCLA alumni who are currently studying at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN and are learning how to hold on to patience, hope, and faith. Wade Shult (‘16) is a senior looking forward to his first teaching assignment and getting married in just a few weeks. Madylin Mielke (‘19) is a sophomore who is looking forward to summer with family and friends and returning to SCLA to coach summer basketball camp.

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Jared Joyal (‘17) is a recent graduate who has taken his creativity, attention to detail, and gaming hobby to the next level by landing a job at Epic Games where he helps develop the popular online video game Fortnite.

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We caught up with Garett Maag (‘18) who is a Division-I student athlete at University of North Dakota. He plays wide receiver for FCS (1-AA) North Dakota out of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Read about his SCLA football story and what led him to continue playing in college. 

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Parker Lewis (‘21) came to SCLA in 7th grade as an apprehensive middle school student in need of a change. Although he “cried his eyes out” when he came to shadow, he left laughing and joyful after immediately connecting with new friends. Now graduated, he is preparing for his future as a Christian teacher. His testimony is one of God’s unwavering grace, love, and provision, and a must-read.


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