Student Life at Winnebago Lutheran Academy

To supplement academics, athletics and fine arts, WLA has opportunities for students to connect in a wide variety of programs and extracurriculars that foster interpersonal and servant leadership skills.

At Winnebago Lutheran Academy, students are encouraged to grow in their individual God-given gifts and interests that exist beyond the classroom. Students at WLA are often involved in multiple extracurricular activities and clubs. Student athletes are often involved in the fine arts programs, schools clubs, and service activities. These opportunities provide our students with opportunities that enhance work and life skills.

Student Leadership, Clubs, and Activities

WLA’s student organizations encourage the development of leadership skills and student growth in service to their school, community, and their Savior. As students at WLA participate in a variety of clubs, organizations, and programs, they have the opportunity to discover lifelong passions.

Students show their school pride for Homecoming Week with the acclaimed Skit Night, they show their appreciation during our Veteran’s Day program, and sing along at the Christmas concerts, along with so many others!

Student Council

At Winnebago Lutheran Academy, student leadership is a foundational piece of our school’s culture. Elected class officers and student council members gain leadership, organizational, and communication skills as they plan and implement social events, the Freshmen Lock-Out, community service opportunities for our student body, the school cafe, and the mission offering.

Staff contact: Pastor John Werner

International Student Program

The International Student Program connects our students with multiple cultures around the world. Our international students come to us from Italy, China, France, Japan, and many others. Students welcome our international students and their host families with meals, activities, and trips that build friendships throughout the school year.

Staff contact: Kristin Mose


The WLA Yearbook not only provides opportunities for students to create the content of their yearbook, but to gain skills in editing and photography. Yearbook students meet periodically to design pages, take photographs at student events, and write page content.

Staff contact: Laurel Papenfuss

Youth Apprenticeship

WLA students have a hands-on learning opportunity with Youth Apprenticeship to enhance their career skills in a field of interest. These apprenticeships are often in the field that students will enter after graduation and allow students to build a partnership with community employers.

Staff contact: Jeremy Thiesfeldt


The WLA Forensics team spends the winter and spring months preparing, practicing, and delivering individual speeches and group performances for competition among other schools. Qualifying students have the opportunity to compete in the State competition.

Staff contact: Scott Herrewig

Academic Bowl

A team of students with strengths in multiple content areas competes among other local students for the chance to be named Academic Bowl Champion. Students compete in trivia knowledge for the highest score among competitors.

Staff contact: Alissa Ambroso


WLA’s eSports team participates in competitive, organized video gaming. It provides our students a platform to acquire critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. Students practice as a team and compete against other schools around the state.

Staff contact: David Schroeder

Art Club

Students in Art Club meet weekly to share artistic interests and passions. This time of fellowship allows students to share ideas with their peers and foster creativity.

Staff contact: Ellen Brehm

Come Visit Our Campus!

The first thing to do to find your belonging at Winnebago Lutheran Academy is to visit our campus. On your visit you will meet our admissions team, tour our classrooms and campus, learn about the mission and ministry of WLA, and have an opportunity to ask all your questions.