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March 6, 2023

OLu Hockey 4-Peats As State Champions

The Orange Lutheran hockey team entered the California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) tournament at Anaheim Ice as back-to-back-to-back state...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti

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March 5, 2023

Lancer History Made as Boys Soccer Wins State Regional Title

OLu boys soccer became CIF State Regional Champions for the first time in program history with a 2-0 win over Littlerock on Saturday evening at...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
March 2, 2023

Student to CEO: How a High Schooler Created a Thriving Business

Starting a business is a daunting task for anyone, but it can seem like an impossible dream for a high school student. However, for one enterprising...
Author: Chris Cornish '10
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March 1, 2023

Meet A Lancer: Caroline Kargenian '23

Senior Caroline Kargenian has made the most of her OLu experience! Caroline has participated in our Instrumental Music program for all 4 years. She...
Author: Chris Cornish '10
February 16, 2023

Road to the CIF Playoffs: Girls Basketball

Preseason Coming off a Division 2AA CIF Championship last February, the girls basketball team was looking to make some noise in Division 1, with much...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
February 16, 2023

Road to the CIF Playoffs: Boys Soccer

Preseason As the boys soccer team entered the 2022-2023 season, the Lancers had the goal of ending a 15 + year playoff drought.  After a vast...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
February 15, 2023

Road to the CIF Playoffs: Boys Basketball

Preseason Having lost nine seniors to graduation, head coach Daniel Dunbar knew he had a younger group with some big shoes to fill as the curtain...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
February 12, 2023

History! Freshman Jennifer Flores Wins League Title

Freshman female wrestler Jennifer Flores entered the OLu history books on Saturday afternoon!  Flores, competing in the 111lb weight class, captured...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
February 10, 2023

Road to the CIF Playoffs: '22-'23 Girls Water Polo

Preseason Last April, Orange Lutheran hired four-time Olympic water polo champion Brenda Villa to lead the Lancers as they headed into the 2022-2023...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
February 2, 2023

10 Lancers Athletes Celebrated at February Signing Day

February 1, 2023, marked the second National Signing Day of the 2022-2023 academic year, and Orange Lutheran celebrated 10 senior athletes across...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
January 20, 2023

Meet A Lancer: Aidan Combes '23

Author: Chris Cornish '10
December 12, 2022

Season In Review: Lancers Fall Sports

Orange Lutheran athletics got off to a strong start in the fall season of the 2022-2023 academic year, with several teams qualifying for the...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
November 29, 2022

3 Ways the OLu Cafe will Surprise You

Reason 1: Incredible Staff with Decades of Culinary Experience    The fearless leader of the OLu Cafe, Orange Lutheran’s on-campus cafeteria, is Chef...
Author: Chris Cornish '10
November 14, 2022

Road to the CIF Finals: Girls Cross Country

Preseason As the 2022 cross country season started, one thing was evident to coach Kristen Goossens.  The team would be young.
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
November 10, 2022

11 Lancer Athletes Celebrated At National Signing Day

On the first National Signing Day of the 2022-2023 academic year, Orange Lutheran High School honored 11 of their senior athletes across seven sports...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
November 6, 2022

Road to the CIF Playoffs: Boys Water Polo

Preseason The Lancers entered the 2022 season with a new coach, Jacob Moore, and many returners on a team that made the Open Division playoffs in...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
November 1, 2022

Road to the CIF Finals: Girls Golf

Preseason After last season's success, the girls golf team entered the 2022 season with high expectations.  Building off of a 2nd place league finish...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
October 21, 2022

Three Lancers Will Represent Team USA

Three Lancers are off to represent the United States in November! 
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
October 5, 2022

Devotion: Morning By Morning, New Mercies I See

The following devotion was presented to all students by Dr. Mary Scott, CEO/Executive Director, during Daily Gathering on August 30, 2022.
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
September 1, 2022

Service Learning and Global Citizenship: Foundations Built in 2021-22

by LeeAnne Lavender, OLu Service Learning & Global Citizenship Partner
Author: LeeAnne Lavender
August 30, 2022

Welcome to The Show, Garrett Mitchell '17

Garrett Mitchell, a 2017 graduate of Orange Lutheran, was called up to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, August 27. His call-up made him the 4th...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
August 22, 2022

Lancer Baseball Associate Head Coach RJ Farrell Leads USA To Gold

Orange Lutheran Associate Head Baseball coach, RJ Farrell, is a gold medalist.
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
July 18, 2022

Max Rajcic '20 and Caleb Ricketts '18 Drafted on Day 2 of MLB Draft

Orange Lutheran baseball had 2 alumni drafted on Day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft, joining Mikey Romero '22, who was drafted in the 1st round...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
July 18, 2022

Mikey Romero '22 Drafted By Boston Red Sox in Round 1

On Sunday evening, Mikey Romero, ‘22, became the 21st Orange Lutheran baseball player to be drafted into Major League Baseball.  Romero, a shortstop,...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
July 15, 2022

Yankee Pitcher Gerrit Cole ‘08 Heads to 5th MLB All-Star Game

New York Yankees pitcher and 2008 OLu alumnus Gerrit Cole is headed to his fifth Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The appearance is Cole’s fourth...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
July 7, 2022

Lancer Athletes Go International

While Orange Lutheran athletes love wearing the “L” on their jerseys and representing the Lancers, several have been able to represent their...
Author: Jennifer Born '23
July 5, 2022

Signing Day: Celebrating OLu Athletes

Signing Day is an exciting day for student-athletes where they announce their binding agreement to a college in front of their friends, family, and...
Author: Lancer News
June 16, 2022

Esports: Blasting Off

Although Esports has been around for some time, the inaugural year for OLu’s Esports team fostered memories and victories that will last a lifetime.
Author: Jordan Cheng '23
June 8, 2022

FAQs about online learning

Blended learning provides students with a hybrid system of learning where they can choose both online learning, supported by the use of technology,...
Author: Lancer News
June 8, 2022

Understanding OLu’s Blended Learning Schedule Options

Orange Lutheran has been providing high-quality private Christian education since 1973.  Orange Lutheran’s renowned online education program has been...
Author: Lancer News
June 6, 2022

Season In Review: Lancers Spring Sports

Orange Lutheran’s 2022 spring sports season saw not only a number of teams advance to the CIF-SS post season, but the Lancers set some school records...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
June 2, 2022

Exciting Ministry Expansion News

Orange Lutheran High School is excited to announce the acquisition of 3111 N. Tustin St. in Orange, marking a significant step forward in pursuit of...
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
May 27, 2022

Jacob Moore Named Boys Water Polo Head Coach

Orange Lutheran Athletics is thrilled to announce the hiring of Jacob Moore as Boys Water Polo Head Coach. 
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
May 24, 2022

Meet a Lancer: Kayleigh Gilbert '22

Kayleigh Gilbert '22 first stepped into the Nechita Center in 2017 when she attended a performance of Cinderella while considering Orange Lutheran...
Author: Lancer News
May 20, 2022

Academic performance of Blended learners at OLu

The Blended learning option offers flexibility and personalization that can benefit students in multiple ways. At Orange Lutheran High School (OLu),...
Author: Lancer News
May 20, 2022

Tuition and financial aid for Blended learning students

Established in 2004, Orange Lutheran Online (OLO) continues to ensure that students around the country have the opportunity to access our flexible...
Author: Lancer News
May 19, 2022

Why OLu's flexible learning program is different than others

Due to the pandemic, many families were thrust into remote learning, and the unpopular implementation of synchronous Zoom classrooms left many...
Author: Lancer News
May 19, 2022

7 Ways OLu Supports Blended Learners

Blended learning is an effective education option that combines familiar in-class courses with asynchronous online learning courses. This gives...
Author: Lancer News
May 18, 2022

2022 Yearbook Dedication: Ms. Hayley Sampson, World Languages

Dedicated. Supportive. Patient. Loving. Nurturing. Empowering. These are a small sample of words students used to describe Latin teacher Miss Hayley...
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
May 17, 2022

Meet a Lancer: Natalie Turbedsky '22

The Nechita stage has been a special place for dancer Natalie Turbedsky '22.
Author: Lancer News
May 16, 2022

Meet a Lancer: Christina Abdishoo '22

Christina Abdishoo, Class of 2022, blends science with music as a member of STEM Academy and a two-instrument musician.
Author: Lancer News
May 11, 2022

Meet a Lancer: Tim Wilkinson '22

Tim Wilkinson has always been a sports fan.
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
May 10, 2022

Road To The Playoffs: Boys Tennis

Coming off a shortened Covid-19 season in 2021, the boys tennis program was excited for what was ahead in this season.
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
May 3, 2022

A day in the life of a Blended learning student, from a current student’s perspective.

Online learning has become somewhat of a norm in today’s global landscape. But finding a school that offers a flexible educational environment, while...
Author: Lancer News
May 3, 2022

Meet a Lancer: Harrison Gomes '22

Senior Class President Harrison Gomes, Class of 2022, has been cast in every show that has been offered during his time at Orange Lutheran.
Author: Lancer News
May 3, 2022

Meet a Lancer: Kiki Estrada '22

Softball player Kiki Estrada transferred to Orange Lutheran in Spring 2021. She will continue her softball career at University of Arkansas this fall.
Author: Kiki Estrada '22
May 2, 2022

Stanley Berryhill III '17 Signs With Atlanta Falcons

For Stanley Berryhill III, his journey to the NFL was not at all how he envisioned. But the Orange Lutheran alumnus would probably say that through...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
May 2, 2022

Lancer Track & Field: Road to CIF

At Trinity League finals, the culmination of the track & field regular season, Orange Lutheran's track & field team produced individual league...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
April 29, 2022

Service + SEL at Day of Dreams

Mechanical Surf. Oobleck. Karaoke. These were just a few of the many activities at the 2022 Day of Dreams, one of Orange Lutheran’s school-wide...
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
April 29, 2022

Lancer Boys Tennis Wins Singles & Doubles League Titles

Orange Lutheran swept the podium at the Trinity League Tennis Finals to win both the singles and doubles titles.
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
April 26, 2022

26 Lancer Athletes Celebrated at National Signing Day

In the final Athletic Signing Day of the 2021-22 academic year, Orange Lutheran saw 26 of their seniors commit to continuing their athletic careers...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
April 17, 2022

7 Reasons OLu is a Top Private High School

At Orange Lutheran High School (OLu), we believe that our role as a top Christian private school is to help our students discover their God-given...
Author: Lancer News
April 13, 2022

Olympian Brenda Villa Named OLu Aquatics Director

Orange Lutheran Athletics is excited to announce the hiring of four-time Olympic Water Polo champion Brenda Villa as its new Aquatics Director. Coach...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
April 11, 2022

Meet a Lancer: Sophie Busch '22

Sophie Busch, Class of 2022, is a triple-threat in that she can sing, dance, and act. More importantly, she's kind and takes direction in every...
Author: Lancer News
April 8, 2022

Linking US History to Global Citizenship

Jennifer Brenner, OLu's US History teacher, is passionate about giving her students the best learning experiences possible. She loves her subject,...
Author: LeeAnne Lavender
April 5, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Flexible Learning in High School

At Orange Lutheran High School (OLu), we understand that every child is a unique gift from God, and with these differences comes the necessity to...
Author: Lancer News
April 1, 2022

5 Myths About Online Learning in High School

Even before COVID-19 rapidly changed the face of online education, common myths about online learning ran rampant in the industry, leading to...
Author: Lancer News
March 31, 2022

Lancer Baseball Looking For Four-Peat

After two years of Covid restrictions, the Orange Lutheran baseball team is ready to compete again at the National High School Invitational (NHSI) in...
Author: Jennifer Born '23
March 30, 2022

Season In Review: Lancers Winter Sports

The 2021-22 Orange Lutheran winter sports season picked up right where the fall season left off with several teams advancing to CIF-SS playoffs and...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
March 25, 2022

Supporting student's transition into the blended program at OLu

OLu’s commitment to providing our students with a high-quality Christian education is backed by research and decades of experience in both in-person...
Author: Lancer News
March 21, 2022

20 Lancer Artists Recognized by Biola University

Twenty-seven pieces created by 20 Lancer artists have been selected for exhibition in Biola University’s NEXT:2022 art show. The exhibit, curated by...
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
March 16, 2022

What are the characteristics of a teacher at OLu?

A great teacher is a valuable asset in any school. Teachers play a pivotal role in your children's education, and a good teacher can have an almost...
Author: Lancer News
March 1, 2022

Orange Lutheran Welcomes STUNT To Athletic Programs

Orange Lutheran’s newest sport on campus puts the spotlight on cheerleaders in a new way – not only as supporters, but as athletes. 
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
February 28, 2022

OLu Hockey Wins 3rd Straight State Title

Preseason The Orange Lutheran Hockey team entered the 2021-2022 season with one goal in mind, winning the USA Hockey National Championship in Dallas,...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
February 20, 2022

Road to the Playoffs: Girls Basketball

Preseason Coming off a 3rd place finish last year without any seniors on the roster, the girls basketball team entered the 2021-22 season with a...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
February 16, 2022

Teacher Mark Klitzing Honored by Lutheran Education Association

Congratulations to longtime Orange Lutheran math teacher Mark Klitzing, honored as the 2022 Distinguished Lutheran Secondary Educator by the Lutheran...
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
February 15, 2022

Head Softball Coach Steve Miklos Records 500th Win

Long-time head softball coach Steve Miklos won his 500th career game in the Lancers season opener on Saturday, February 12, against Esperanza. 
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
February 11, 2022

Girls Water Polo Playoff Run

Preseason Heading into the 2021-2022 season, expectations were high for the Lancers. Coming off a year where the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
February 5, 2022

Senior Wrestler Dominic Lobo Captures Trinity League Title

On Friday, February 4, senior wrestler Dominic Lobo captured the Trinity League title in the 145-pound weight class by defeating Noah Segura from...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
February 4, 2022

12 Lancer Athletes Celebrated at National Signing Day Ceremony

February 2, 2022, marked the second National Signing Day in the 2021-22 academic year, and Orange Lutheran High School honored 13 of their senior...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
February 2, 2022

3 Ways Your Online/Blended Learner Can Develop a Healthy Social Life in High School

One of the biggest concerns we hear from families interested in their children completing their High School education either full-time or in-part...
Author: Lancer News
February 1, 2022

What are the Differences Between Online, Blended, and Hyflex Learning?

With all the technology available at our fingertips in our modern age, it is fully within our means to provide learning options outside of a...
Author: Lancer News
January 31, 2022

How Parents Can Support Their Blended and Online Students

Flexible learning options like online learning or blended learning create amazing opportunities for students who require extra accommodations when it...
Author: Lancer News
January 28, 2022

How Blended Learning Prepares Students for a Division 1 University

Many students come to OLu looking for a Christ-centered curriculum that will help them reach their academic goals of attending a Division 1 college...
Author: Lancer News
January 27, 2022

Transportation Options at OLu

As a parent, when you say goodbye to your children at their school bus pick-up stop, you are putting your faith and trust in us to shuttle them...
Author: Lancer News
January 12, 2022

The Matson Classic Returns

After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Matson Classic, honoring the late Coach Tony Matson, returns to Orange Lutheran on January 22.
Author: Abby Heinicke '23
December 21, 2021

OLu Integrates Global Citizenship Education with Service Learning

Service Learning Consultant and facilitator LeeAnne Lavender profiled Orange Lutheran's team of educators who are embedding Global Citizenship...
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
December 14, 2021

Season In Review: Lancers Fall Sports

In the first full high school fall sports season since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Orange Lutheran saw all six of their programs advance to...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
December 7, 2021

Girls Beach Volleyball coming to Orange Lutheran in early 2022

Orange Lutheran Athletics is excited to announce the addition of its 25th athletic program, Girls Beach Volleyball, whose inaugural season will begin...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
November 24, 2021

Shelby Taguchi '21 featured in AP Art & Design Digital Exhibit

The emotive and immersive artwork of Shelby Taguchi '21 has been selected for the College Board's 2021 AP Art & Design Digital Exhibit, a highly...
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
November 23, 2021

The Road to 2021 CIF Finals: Lancer Football

Pre-season In May, Orange Lutheran hired Rod Sherman ‘93 as the new head football coach.  With him, he brought OLu Quarterback alum Aaron Corp ‘07 as...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
November 1, 2021

Alexia Egdahl Claims Trinity League Title

On Monday, October 18, the girls golf team headed into the Trinty League finals held at Los Serranos Golf Course in Chino Hills.  League finals...
Author: Dave Cacciapuoti
August 24, 2021

2020 Tokyo Olympics Recap

After a year-long delay, the Games of the 32nd Olympiad officially came to a close on August 8, 2021. Here is a look back at how our Lancer alumni...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
July 14, 2021

2020 Olympic Games Profile: Water Polo Player Hannes Daube '18

It has been his dream since he started playing water polo at eight years old. And now Orange Lutheran alumnus Hannes Daube ’18 can say it is a dream...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
July 7, 2021

2020 Olympic Games Profile: Cyclist Amber Neben '93

American road cyclist and Orange Lutheran alumna Amber Neben ’93 is back on Team USA and will be heading to her third Olympic Games later this month...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
June 29, 2021

Meet a Lancer: Garrett Teng '23 [Video]

Garrett Teng ‘23 can’t remember exactly when he first started playing water polo--he was somewhere around 8 or 9 years old--but he remembers falling...
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
June 3, 2021

Meet a Lancer: Emily Meyer '21

A daddy-daughter skating class when she was just four years old was all it took for Orange Lutheran senior Emily Meyer to be bit by the figure...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
February 10, 2021

OLu’s Aaron Zeilinger Selected as Yamaha 40 Under 40

Congratulations to Orange Lutheran’s Director of Instrumental Music Aaron Zeilinger, known by his students as Mr. Z, who has been selected as one of...
Author: Cesar Zuniga-Pereyra
February 4, 2021

February 2021 Athletics Signing Day Wrap-Up

Orange Lutheran High School celebrated 16 of their senior athletes this week as they signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
February 1, 2021

Meet a Lancer: Shelby Taguchi '21

Shelby Fusako Taguchi, Class of 2021, came to OLu from Friends Christian School, where her interest in visual arts began.
Author: Lancer News
January 6, 2021

Giving from the Heart: Vi Kaiser and the OLu Thrift Shop

Long before Lutheran High School of Orange County opened its doors in 1973, there were teams of people who gave tirelessly and diligently of their...
Author: Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88
November 9, 2020

In Loving Memory of Richard T. Grice

Our gracious Lord called Richard Grice home to glory on Thursday, November 5, 2020.
Author: Nancy Paul
July 18, 2020

Dr. Mary Scott Accepts Call to Serve as OLu's CEO & Executive Director

After prayerful consideration, Dr. Mary Scott has accepted Orange Lutheran’s call to serve as its next Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
June 2, 2020

OLu Receives WASC's Highest Accreditation Status

Orange Lutheran is pleased to announce that it has received the Six-Year Accreditation Status, the highest level of accreditation possible, from the...
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
April 20, 2020

Alumni Story: Chelsea Bowers ’11

Chelsea Bowers ‘11 has made a name for herself through her community work for CityNet, which works to end street-level homelessness. It was not a...
Author: Lancer News
March 26, 2020

Alumni Represent at the 27th Annual Golf Classic

Lancer Alumni from 1979 – 2015 joined Orange Lutheran High School on the green for the 27th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, March 9th at the Yorba...
Author: Lancer News
March 4, 2020

Orange Lutheran Honored as NLSA School of Distinction

Out of the 682 LCMS schools nationwide and 131 accredited in 2019, Orange Lutheran has been recognized as one of six Schools of Distinction by the...
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06
February 28, 2020

Alumni Story: Kayla Hoff ’11

Author: Lancer News
February 21, 2020

Alumni Story: Terrence Brown ’09

Author: Lancer News
February 15, 2020

Alumni Story: Matt Barnes ’97

Author: Lancer News
February 14, 2020

Alumni Story: Gerrit Cole ’08

For the past two seasons, Gerrit Cole ’08 went 35-10 with .268 era over 65 starts with the Houston Astros. The ’08 alum parlayed that success into a...
Author: Lancer News
February 8, 2020

Alumni Story: Adam Schulte ’99

Author: Lancer News
February 1, 2020

Alumni Story: Brent Vieselmeyer ’94

Author: Lancer News
January 18, 2020

Meet a Lancer: Natalie Gomes '20

Since she was two years old, Natalie Lucia Gomes, Class of 2020, has been dancing. She learned about Orange Lutheran's Nechita Center for the...
Author: Lancer News
December 13, 2019

3 Ways to Encourage Healthy Study Habits

As a parent, you can’t do your child’s studying for them, but you can help create a plan to help make studying more manageable, less time-consuming...
Author: Lancer News
November 4, 2019

Community Service As A Family

As Orange Lutheran’s fall semester ‘Service to Society’ quickly approaches (November 20th & 21st), it’s rewarding to look at other ways we can...
Author: Lancer News
October 13, 2019

5 Reasons You Should Take Time To Treat Yo’ Self

Author: Lancer News
October 3, 2019

High School Dances: Need To Know Tips For Parents

High School Dances can raise many questions for parents. We’ve compiled a list of important Need To Know Tips for parents when it comes to high...
Author: Lancer News
August 28, 2019

Being a Role Model

“Children Learn More From What You Are Than What You Teach.”
Author: Lancer News
May 10, 2019

Athletics Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2019

Michael Crawford ’97, Eric Augustine ’05, Staci (Foster) Nash ’09, Coach Jack Preus, and the 2007 Girls Cross Country State Championship Team were...
Author: Beth Fitzgerald '06