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Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards

Concordia Lutheran High School recognizes and honors outstanding achievements of alumni who have made significant contributions to their career, community or have been instrumental in serving the high school. If you have someone in mind that you would like to nominate for one of the three awards listed below, please click here and fill out the nomination form.

If you are an alumnus of Concordia Lutheran High School and interested in being a part of the Alumni Awards deciding committee, please contact aeckert@clhscadets.com.

Click here to see a full list of past Alumni Award winners.

If you know of someone for our CLHS Athletic Hall of Fame (past player or coach), please click here for the nomination form. 

Distinguished Alumnus Award (highest honor)

Candidate must be a CLHS graduate who has demonstrated an ongoing dedication to Christian principles and the church, with both lifetime and personal achievement. This award is given yearly.

Distinguished Service Award

Candidate must be a CLHS graduate who has a record of dedicated support, activity and service to the ministry of CLHS. This will be awarded when nominations allow.

Neale M. Shank Award

Candidate must be younger than 40 by the end of the calendar year and have made significant contributions to their given career, community, church or for Concordia Lutheran High School. This will be awarded as nominations allow.

About Neale Morgan Shank

Neale M. Shank was born in Kendallville, Ind., to Mike and Jacquelyn Shank on April 26, 1981. After attending Concordia Lutheran Elementary School, Neale moved onto Concordia Lutheran High School. While attending Concordia Lutheran H.S. Neale was heavily involved in the Army JROTC Cadet Battalion. He was a member of the Adventure Team and commanded the CLHS Snap Squad during his senior year. Neale achieved the rank of c/Major prior to graduating in 1999. During his senior year Neale enlisted in the Army’s delayed entry program and reported for active duty in August of that year.

Neale was admitted to West Point in July 2001 where he majored in Civil Engineering. While attending West Point, Neale attended and graduated from the Basic Airborne Course, Ft. Benning, Ga. Neale was an exacting task master for his charges, but had great sense of compassion as well. He had an inner desire to mentor cadets and soldiers wherever he was assigned.

Neale exemplified a Christian attitude and spirit of heart as a Cadet at Concordia Lutheran High School, as a soldier in the United States Army, as a USMA Cadet and as an Officer serving his country in Iraq. Neale was taken from us by a tragic accident on March 30, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq.