Over Christmas break we interviewed Lutheran Alumni Seton Tournoux. Seton graduated from Lutheran High in 2017. She attends Upper Iowa University. Seton is a member of Upper Iowa's Volleyball team. Upper Iowa is a Division II school competing in an intense athletic conference.
1. How has Lutheran High helped you succeed in college academics?
Lutheran High gave me a strong basis for my college education. Lutheran prepared me as a well-rounded student/individual to succeed in my college classes. I help my college friends and others students on a day to day basis with Word, statistics, writing, PowerPoint, and etc. Lutheran High could not have prepared me more for college and I am doing fantastic in my classes!
2. How has Lutheran High helped you succeed in college athletics?
I play volleyball in the best Division II conference in the nation and I can definitely say the Lutheran high volleyball program helped me become the player I am today. Coach Katie McCulley is excellent, and had helped me grow mentally, physically, and in skill with my four years in the program. I highly recommend Lutheran High’s athletics, there is a very competitive standard set, and the coaches have numerous collegiate backgrounds, hands on experience, and skill to help the student/athlete thrive at the collegiate level. I did play club volleyball and I can say that was the main molder of the way I play today, but Lutheran definitely is a great school to attend if you wish to play at the collegiate level.
3. Do you feel that Lutheran High prepared you for the academic and athletic workload in college?
Yes! I am balancing my classes and volleyball easily. Lutheran’s homework load and preparation makes college almost easier than my high school years. I did play club which took away most of my time but I was able to balance academics/ and travel volleyball to succeed on the court and in the classroom.
4. What has been the biggest challenge in the transition from high school to college?
Time management is the biggest challenge for me because in college I have more time to relax hang with friends, so finding the fine line between classes and practice where I can apply myself fully on homework can be a challenge.
5. Have you received ample amount of playing time as a freshman on your team?
I have played in a few matches but not often. The program I am with is phenomenal and three older girls were in my position. But, when I did play I excelled and played to best of my ability. The “pressure” on the collegiate Division II volleyball floor compares to the way Coach McCulley runs practices/games.
6. Did Lutheran High prepare you spiritually for the challenges in college?
Yes, very much so. I am a very strong Christian and I was involved in spiritual life and leadership committee for three years at Lutheran. In college, you face many different choices. I attend a non-Christian school so I am in an environment totally different than Lutheran. But, my faith has grown even more. Mr. K’s religion classes prepares you for the different viewpoints, and questions the world throws at you. I strongly believe Lutheran and Mr. K has 110% prepared me for witnessing about my faith. I am a leader in Chi Alpha a Christian group on campus and without my background knowledge and leadership roles it would be harder to follow the Lord's path. I firmly am so so thankful for the way Lutheran prepared me to be a strong Christian leader on my campus. It is amazing to see the way the Lord has guided me for my career and life.
7. If you could give a brief testimony about Lutheran, what would you say?
Lutheran high is a great high school to prepare your son/daughter spiritually, academically, and athletically. Lutheran gave me a strong basis for my college education and prepared me as a well-rounded student/individual to succeed in my college classes. I help my friends and others students on a day to day basis with Word, statistics, writing, PowerPoint, and etc. Lutheran High could not have prepared me more for college and I am doing fantastic in my classes. Spiritually I came out of Lutheran extremely strong, and ready to face the world's ideas, different religions, and different opinions. I stand firm in my faith and without LuHi's preparation the trials at a non-Christian school would have been tougher. I highly recommend Lutheran high’s athletics, there is a very competitive standard set, and the coaches have numerous collegiate backgrounds, hands on experience, and skill to help the student/athlete to thrive at the collegiate level.