Hitzemann honored with Barnabas Award for his servant heart

May 11, 2023

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Concordia Lutheran High School senior Dakota Hitzemann was honored today with the Richard W. Moellering Senior Barnabas Award. Established by the Class of 1986, the award recognizes a senior who exemplifies encouragement and servanthood.

Barnabas was a missionary and co-worker of St. Paul. His name means “encourager.” His ministry in life was to be of service to his fellow man.

One nominator wrote: “Dakota Hitzemann is an upstanding servant of Christ who encourages and leads those around him, whether student or teacher. I have been honored to get to know such a strong man of God during my time here.” 

Seven students in all were nominated for this award by the student body and faculty and staff. A committee of four faculty members and four seniors made the final selection. Hitzemann was nominated along with six other seniors: Sophie Hoem, Ruth Kaiser, Evan Mallory, Evan Moloney, James Rusher, and Keller Whicker.

He was recognized during chapel today in front of the student body.

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.clhscadets.com.