A polar bear in Russia was found with graffiti on its fur this past month. In a video posted on Facebook by World Wildlife Federation employee, Sergey Kavree, a polar bear was seen walking around with the phrase, "T-34” spray-painted on its fur. This phrase stands for the name of an old Soviet Union tank. On his post, he explains the dangers of this as well as the disgust he has for this crime writing “Why, he won’t be able to hunt without being noticed!” The video posted was obtained by Kavree from the app, ‘WhatsApp’. Reports of emergency have been made in the past weeks about raids of polar bears throughout towns in Russia that may have led to this “art excursion. ”Officials are not sure where exactly the video was filmed and who committed this act, but they suspect it to be acts of 'pranksters'” (Roth). Click on this link in order to see the video mentioned in this article. By: Maggie Beam
A puppy named Narwhal was adopted by the founder of a Missouri rescue earlier this week. Narwhal is an adorable dog who has a tail like growth on his forehead. When his photo was posted on social media, the young dog received national attention due to the growth. Nicknamed "Unicorn Puppy," he was presented with many adoption offers, but he also received some death threats because many people felt as though he is damaged and should not live. The owner of the group that rescued Narwhal made the decision to adopt the fluff-ball because of his great personality as well as her desire to keep him safe from people who desired to harm him. She stated, “It’s not just a decision from me, the whole rescue cannot fathom him leaving. We all fell in love with him” (“Narwhal”). It looks like this special puppy has just found his forever home.
By: Emma Lau
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The Dancing Queen
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten won Dancing With the Stars in California two weeks ago. Hannah and Alan were underdogs throughout the entire season. They didn’t receive any perfect scores until the final night. Brown often struggled because she felt that the judges critiqued her more harshly and more closely than they critiqued the others. She also needed to overcome her insecurity when it came to dancing. However, in the end, Hannah and Alan shocked the fans and won the Mirror Ball Trophy defeating a close runner up, Kel Mitchell and his partner, Witney Carson. Although it was a challenging season, Hannah commented that it was worth the struggle and dedication. “I knew it was going to be hard, but it’s been harder than I’ve ever imagined, but it has made this victory such an amazing win” (Yahr).
By: Ana Glisper
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The topic of air pollution has greatly intensified throughout the previous few years. Air pollution is a major environmental threat to global health. The toxic particles and chemicals inhaled in polluted urban air will not be eliminated by the short-term scouring of pure oxygen. Therefore, citizens who care and despair should not be misled, and 80% of people living in urban areas breathe air that is worse than the standard of the World Health Organization. Seven million people die every year from breathing polluted air. Citizens everywhere should be transparent about the air quality of the places where they live, so we should try our best to reduce the use of things that will pollute the air in our lives and consciously avoid some unnecessary air pollution. By: James Ji
Mrs. Kuerth has been assisting Luther Prep students for 30 years. Although her office may go unnoticed, Luther Prep would not function without her. She starts her day at 7:30 and spends time working with admissions, school choice, various tasks with the President and Dean, and much more. Mrs. Kuerth went to DMLC and used to teach elementary grades, but she is extremely happy with her current job: “I enjoy being with the students without the classroom responsibilities.” When Mrs. Kuerth is not working, she enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with her family. Many things would not be completed if Mrs. Kuerth did not work at Luther Prep, and all are thankful that she is able to help our school run smoothly.
By: Hannah Westra
Swiss scientists have developed a stretchy, flexible battery that could power a new type of phone that can be folded, bent, or even rolled. Professor Markus Niederberger and his team at Switzerland's ETH Zürich Technical University are spearheading this new type of technology. This technology uses a new type of electrolyte discovered by doctoral student Xi Chen. The electrolyte takes the form of a gel which is far less flammable and toxic than liquid electrolytes in today's commercial batteries. Phones aren't the only possible application for the bendy battery, though, as Niederberger also sees potential uses in flexible tablets, watches, and even fashion. "For instance, you could sew our battery right into the clothing” he said (Ruegg). Smart garments are certainly interesting, but Niederberger is keen to point out that the bendy battery needs more development before it'll be ready to stitch into your clothes. For now, fully fold-able devices are still on standby. By: Yuri Soloviyov
Mrs. Kuerth is Down-to-earth
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Goal is Breathing
Graffiti Polar Bear
Corianna Lamb is a current Junior student who has a very interesting background. Most of her life was spent in Deltona, Florida. She and her family moved to Ohio five years ago due to her father's job. Corianna tells us that in Florida she was attending a public school, but, when they moved to Ohio, she had the privilege of attending a WELS grade school. She says that, at first, it was weird going to a small private christian school, but then it was nothing but good. A fun fact about Corianna is how she was named. Her name is the "ship name" of her parents! Her father’s name is Cori and her mother’s is Rosanna. I asked Miss Lamb a quote that she lives her life by, and she wisely said “If it's not gonna matter in 5 years, do not waste 5 minutes on it now!”
By: Sarah Vance
Alyssa Walther is a current Luther Prep senior who is a nice and friendly lady. She lives in Watertown, Wisconsin, with her family. She loves dancing, so she spends time participating on the dance team. Alyssa’s favorite meals are pizza with frappe or hot chocolate. Her favorite classes are English and History. Alyssa is going to MLC for college and plans to be a teacher in early childhood in the future because of her unique love for little children: “When I was little, I would teach a classroom of children in my living room,” she smiles and says proudly. Spending time with Alyssa will always produce a laugh and will brighten anyone’s day.
By: Stella Zhao
Alyssa the Awesome Girl
The Sport of Octopush
Octopush is an intriguing sport that has been played by many teams since 1954. The game is a hockey spin off played underwater. It was initially created to keep scuba divers fit during the winter when they couldn’t complete actual dives. However, it is now played by scuba divers and non-scuba divers alike. There are even professional teams that participate in world championships, which are held every two years. All you need to play are two teams of six players, a pool, a diving mask, snorkel, fins, a latex glove, and a short 12 inch stick. You then proceed to play by the regular rules of hockey, except of course that you are playing under the water. Ben Erickson, a longtime player on an octopush club team, explained the biggest difference between ice hockey and octopush, “In ice hockey you can breathe" (Wright). By: Emma Lau
Francis J. Uplegger
Adolph Hoenecke of Bradenburg, Germany, passed away at age 72 on January 3, 1908. Even though his family wasn’t very religious, he went on the road to become a pastor. Because of his poor health, Hoenecke didn’t go to the military like all of his brothers did. Instead, he went to study theology at the University of Halle. Christianity was growing in the Unites States, especially in Wisconsin where he received a call to become the first pastor of the Farmington, Wisconsin, area. Adolph went to America and lived there the rest of his life preaching the gospel in Farmington, Watertown, and Milwaukee. A great amount of his work was put in his book “Evangelical Lutheran Dogmatics." Later in his life, he would become the head of the first seminary. Hoenecke was one of the first people to recognize the diffrences between the Missouri and Wisconsin Synods. Psalm 62:1-2: My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
By: Zachary Krewald
Francis J. Uplegger from Arizona died at the age of 97 in 1964. Francis Uplegger served as a missionary to the Apaches and started the mission of San Carlos in Arizona. The missionary translated the Lutheran catechism, creed, liturgy, and much of the Bible into Apache. Along with translating Lutheran writings, Pastor Uplegger also compiled the first dictionary of the Apache language. Additionally, he played an important role in helping the Apache people write their first constitution. "Held in high esteem by many of the members of the tribe, he was affectionately called “Old Man Missionary” (Brenner). Francis Uplegger lived by the Bible passage Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and gather disciples from all nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
By: Emma Lau
Fritz Otto Reuter
Fritz Otto Reuter from Germany died at the age of 60 in 1924. Fritz Reuter became a professor at Doctor Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, in 1908. He served there for fourteen years. Before this musician’s arrival in New Ulm, the college had an extremely small amount of any music classes and lessons. Reuter was able to greatly improve the school’s music curriculum which helped better equip future called workers with musical abilities. His change in the school impacted Lutheran churches all around the United States as his students were sent out to share their gifts. He also composed pieces of music for worship, including the well known tune to the hymn God’s Word is our Great Heritage. In Ephesians 5, God commands us to “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” This is something that Fritz Reuter was able to do extremely well. He used his gift of music to serve God’s church during his life, and his actions were the forerunners to the music that is still in Lutheran churches today.
By: Hannah Westra
63-year-old Edward Heinrich Jonas from Providence, Rhode Island, died from old age on March 10, 1907. On February 25, 1844, Edward Jonas was born in Germany. Jonas began his preparations for the ministry at the Hermannsburg Lutheran Missionary Seminary in Germany. He immigrated to America in 1871. He then married his wife Emma Christine Leveler on June 22, 1872, in Sheboygan at Trinity Lutheran Church. Shortly after they were married, he began his ministry at St. Paul's in Algoma, Wisconsin. He resigned from his call at St. Paul's and soon after accepted a call to be a pastor at First German Lutheran Church of Beaver Dam, WI. He retired from the pastoral ministry in 1902. He is survived by his son, a professor of German at Brown University. Mrs. Jonas and two of the Jonas children, young adults all died in the years 1900-1902. He was buried in Beaver Dam’s Oakwood Cemetery with members of his family. By: Sarah Vance
George Stoeckhardt of the Kingdom of Saxony died suddenly of a massive stroke at the age of 71. Stoeckhardt had multiple accomplishments in his lifetime. However, two of his achievements stand out much more prominently than others. Firstly, he taught the interpretation of key biblical books for understanding God’s salvation history. This practice was instituted in the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary because of the influence of three of Stoeckhardt’s students. Another influential accomplishment of Stoeckhardt’s is his articles on the divinity of the call of women serving as school teachers. He came to the conclusion that women can serve as teachers as long as it does not violate the headship principle. This is an achievement that largely affects our congregational life today. Those who knew George Stoeckhardt said that he was the most sincere and humble man. He was easy to understand and did not hide his feelings. It is said that, like Luther, he wore his heart on his sleeve.
By: Ana Glisper
Edward H. Jonas
Henry M. Muhlenberg
Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg from Einbeck, Germany, died on September 6th in New Providence, Pennsylvania, at age 76. Henry Muhlenberg was a pastor as well as a great influence to the Lutheran church. He is often referred to as “the Father of American Lutheranism” and was well known for his motto “Ecclesia Plantanda” which means “The Church must be Planted.” Muhlenberg recognized the need for an organized outreach in America and took his pastoral efforts a step forward when he formed the Pennsylvania Ministerium along with the help of six other pastors and twenty-four lay delegates. This action made the Lutherans of America independent of Old World control so Prussia no longer ruled over them. Muhlenberg also wrote common prayers and constitutions for the churches which showed his true devotion to outreach of God’s word. Melchoir truly lived by the bible passage: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20
By: Maggie Beam
Maggie Beam: Proof of Research: Roth, Andrew. “Sight of Polar Bear Daubed with Graffiti Sparks Outrage.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 3 Dec. 2019, www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/03/sight-of-polar-bear-daubed-with-graffiti-sparks-outrage.
Shukla, Sebastian. “Survival Fears for Polar Bear Spray-Painted with Graffiti.” CNN, Cable News Network, 4 Dec. 2019, www.cnn.com/2019/12/04/asia/russian-polar-bear-t-34-spray-paint-intl-hnk-scli/index.html.
Ana Glisper: Proof of Research: Yahr, Emily. “Analysis | Why Hannah Brown's Win on 'Dancing With the Stars' Was Somehow Both Shocking and Very Predictable.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 26 Nov. 2019, www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/11/26/why-hannah-browns-win-dancing-with-stars-was-somehow-both-shocking-very-predictable/.
Wagmeister, Elizabeth. “How 'Dancing With the Stars' Helped Hannah Brown Overcome Heartbreak After 'The Bachelorette'.” Variety, Variety Media, 27 Nov. 2019, variety.com/2019/tv/news/dancing-with-the-stars-hannah-brown-winner-interview-reaction-1203417001/.
James Ji: Proof of Research:https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/opinion/letters/air-pollution-health.html
Zach Krewald: Proof of Research:
Emma Lau: Proof of Research: “Narwhal, Dubbed the Unicorn Puppy, Will Stay With Missouri Shelter Founder.” KTLA, Associated Press, 3 Dec. 2019, ktla.com/2019/12/03/narwhal-dubbed-the-unicorn-puppy-will-live-with-stay-with-missouri-shelter-founder/.
Yuri Soloviyov: Proof of Research:
Rüegg, Peter. “A Battery with a Twist.” Phys.org, Phys.org, 24 Sept. 2019, phys.org/news/2019-09-battery.html.
Sarah Vance: Proof of Research: Signed Document
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Hannah Westra: Proof of Research: Signed Document
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Stella Zhao: Proof of Research: signed document
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