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2019 Rev. Ed Visscher Award Honorees

On June 13 LuHi honored Drew Nicholas (‘99), Chris Nicholas (‘91) and David and Janet Hahn at the Rev. Ed Visscher Award Dinner.
Due to the weather, golfers were unable to enjoy the Brookville Country Club golf course, but the rain didn’t dampen the festivities as LuHi gathered that evening. Attendees enjoyed an evening filled with good food, terrific raffle prizes, and cheery conversations. We were happy to see so many LuHi family and friends, including alumni spanning from 1965 - 2016. 
 
   “It wasn’t worth the risk to question what look liked an inevitable day of rain. Despite waking up to dry ground and questioning the decision, the rain soon came,” said LuHi’s Assistant Director of Development Stephanie Wollenburg. “The show went on and we gathered for a tremendous dinner with unforgettable honorees.”

Janet and David Hahn
    For the Hahns, LuHi is truly a family affair. For 28 years, Dave served as Head of School while Janet capped off her career as Middle School Science Teacher from 2000-2014. Their three daughters are proud LuHi alumni: Julie (’00), Kristin (’03) and Allison (’05).
    After earning her BA from Concordia University Chicago, Janet began her career teaching at Lutheran/Christian elementary schools in Maryland and Michigan. After moving to Long Island in 1987 and raising her family, Janet was the founding teacher at Redeemer Preschool (now The Life) in Old Westbury. Later, she joined the staffs of Trinity Lutheran School, Hicksville and LuHi Middle School. With Dave, she led 13 student tours to Europe, Central America and Hawaii. Janet was advisor to LuHi’s Middle School Science Club and National Junior Honor Society. She was honored as LSA’s “Teacher of the Year” and, while at Trinity, received LuHi’s “Randy Abbe Award.”
    Dave is also a LCMS teaching minister with a BA from Concordia University Chicago, where he met Janet. Dave began his career as a teacher/coach at Baltimore Lutheran High School before moving to college administration at Suomi College in Michigan. In 1982, Dave became Executive Director of the Lutheran High School of Minneapolis. Along the way, he earned an M.Ed. from Towson University and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. (In 2016, he also received an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University Nebraska.)
    In 1987, Dave was called to become LuHi’s Head of School. He notes that his years of ministry at LuHi were blessed in many ways—most importantly by LuHi’s outstanding Board, administrators, faculty, staff, students, families, and supporters. Enrollment grew from 375 to 600 students, the Middle School expanded and finances were stabilized. Under his leadership, more than $30 million was raised in a series of capital campaigns resulting in program development, servant projects, new/renovated facilities, and significant endowment growth to support student scholarships and academic innovation. In addition, Dave especially loved teaching public speaking to LuHi’s senior students. He received numerous awards from great organizations including LSA, ALDE, ALSS, Lutheran Counseling Center, Grace Lutheran School, Martin Luther School, Wheat Ridge, and Valparaiso University as well as LuHi’s Pro Deo Award (with Janet, 2012).
    After retiring from LuHi in 2015, the Hahns moved upstate to beautiful Saratoga Springs, where they stay active with Julie, JT, three grandsons, two racehorses (Pier Forty and Lunar Orbit, both 3), boating, fishing, golfing, and hosting dozens of friends in their “B&B” home. Charlotte, North Carolina has become a “2nd home” for frequent visits with Allie, Ed, Kristin, Matt, and their newest grandson. 
    Janet loves to sew and make quilts when not assisting Dave in his part-time role as Executive Director of the Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools. Dave also continues to share leadership tips with new administrators of faith-based schools as a Faculty member of the Van Lunen Center, Grand Rapids, MI. He is privileged to serve on the Boards of the Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Foundation and the Coburg Village retirement community, Rexford, NY. The Hahns are members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs. 
    In recent years, Janet and Dave have been focused on a new pursuit—visiting all 60 National Parks. (20 so far and counting!) They are forever proud to be a part of the LuHi Family and humbled to receive the Rev. Ed Visscher Award.

Chris Nicholas (’91)
    Chris graduated from LuHi in 1991 and as a student, he was a three-year member of the Boys Varsity Basketball team, a one-year member of Boys Cross Country team and a member of H.A.R.T. One of his favorite LuHi memories is playing Uno in the cafeteria with his friends. In 2017 Chris was selected as one of LuHi’s Alumni of the year. He has been serving on the Board of Directors since 2017.
    Chris Nicholas is a Partner and Head of North America Investor Relations at Arrowgrass Capital Partners. Nicholas brings 21 years of professional experience to his current role, where he is responsible for leading the firm’s business development and client relations functions in the region. Prior to joining Arrowgrass in 2009, Mr. Nicholas spent ten years at Deutsche Bank where he held a variety of client-facing functions across the Private Wealth Management and Asset Management businesses. Mr. Nicholas also spent one year at IBM as a financial analyst. Mr. Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from Colgate University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    Chris lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife Dana and two children.  He enjoys reading, watching basketball, and spending time with his family in his spare time.

Drew Nicholas (’99)
    Drew Nicholas has a story familiar to many who graduated from LuHi. He grew up attending Trinity Lutheran from 1st-6th grade and then transitioned to LuHi as a 7th grader. The foundation for his basketball career was first built on the outside courts of LuHi summer basketball camp that he attended each and every summer as a young kid. As a sophomore, he played on the 1997 Crusader varsity team that won the State Championship led by current assistant Coach Ronn Hall.  In 1999, Drew was named the Nassau Player of the Year and was selected 1st Team All-State.   
    Drew went on to play college ball at the University of Maryland and was on the 2002 NCAA Championship team his junior year. In 2003, he was named 2nd team All-ACC and hit a buzzer-beating shot in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament against UNC Wilmington.
    After his college career, he went on to play professionally overseas. Drew played for several top tier European teams and won numerous championships including the 2006 Italian Championship with Benetton Treviso as well as the 2009 and 2011 Euroleague Championships with Panathinaikos in Athens, Greece. 
After spending 9 seasons overseas, Drew officially announced his retirement in 2013, yet he stayed involved in the sport he loves. He considers himself a “basketball lifer” initially as a television analyst and now as a scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves.    
    Drew resides in Parkland, FL with his wife, son, and daughter. He enjoys golfing and spending time with his family during his free time. He’s grateful to his parents for providing the opportunity to attend LuHi as well as his brother Chris for allowing him to follow in his footsteps at LuHi.   
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