Meet TLS Alumni

Trinity Lutheran School has outstanding alumni. We are excited to have them share their stories.

My name is Ian Kollipara. I am a Trinity Lutheran School and a Lincoln Lutheran alum. After I graduated from LL I’ve been attending Concordia University, Nebraska. I’m a double major in Elementary Education with an Infotech and LTD along with Computer Science and a minor in math. I plan to pursue a career in Lutheran School teaching, preferably with Kindergarten. My favorite LL memory was my Junior Year Band Tour, it was a great last trip with my close senior friends. My favorite Trinity memory is more a conglomeration than a specific one. Trinity has always felt like a second home to me, and it facilitated who I became and who I’m still friends with. I met my best friend at Trinity, granted we became friends after we left, but it was because of Trinity we even knew each other. #TLSAlum #TLCSFamily #LincolnTrinityPride #HisWordandLove

Hello! My name is Jacie Hartman. I am a former Trinity Lutheran School Tiger (2007-2013) and a 2020 Lincoln Lutheran graduate. This upcoming fall, I will be attending Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, NE in the Biomedical Sciences program. I am so excited and blessed to be in this pre-med curriculum as it will prepare me for my future endeavors in the medical field! My favorite memory from Trinity was participating on the Tiger Girlzz Dance Team. I had so much fun learning dance routines and performing them in front of the entire school. It also prepared me for the Inspirations and Blue Angels Dance Teams at Lincoln Lutheran! I am incredibly grateful for my education from both Trinity and Lincoln Lutheran, as they prepared me for the world and showed me God’s love and how to let His light shine! #TLCSFamily #LincolnTrinityPride #HisWordandLove

My name is Hope Leimbach and I am a Trinity Lutheran School and Lincoln Lutheran alum. I graduated from Lincoln Lutheran in May 2019. I am currently attending Midland University in Fremont, NE. I am studying K-12 Health and Physical Education. I am also blessed with the opportunity to set for the Midland Volleyball team. One of my favorite memories from Trinity was in 3rd when my class had a sleepover with Mrs. Lorenzen. We spent our time playing games, working on our Mothers Day pillows, and watching Roy Rogers. It was a lot of fun. One of my favorite memories from Lincoln Lutheran was being able to qualify for state volleyball, finishing 3rd(2017) and 2nd(2018) and being able to qualify and win state track(2019) with my teammates. I won’t ever forget all of the many memories while competing for Lincoln Lutheran.

My name is Brighton Kollipara and I am an alum of Trinity Lutheran School and Lincoln Lutheran. Watching Ghostbusters like 15 times in 5th grade is one of my favorite memories from Trinity. My favorite memory from Lincoln Lutheran is beating Lincoln Christian in football my senior year. I plan to attend University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Fall and major in Business. 

My name is Tanner Lebo, and I am a Trinity Lutheran School alum and Lincoln Lutheran alum. I am planning to attend Grand Canyon University University in Phoenix, Arizona, to study Cybersecurity. My favorite memory from Trinity is the activities in 3rd Grade, like the trip to the Stuhr Museum and the 3rd Grade sleepover. My favorite memory from Lincoln Lutheran is going to state in Cross Country with my team.

Hello! My name is Lexie Kreizel. I am a former Trinity Lutheran School Tiger (2007-2013) and a 2020 Lincoln Lutheran​ graduate. I will be heading to Seward this fall to continue my education at Concordia University, Nebraska where I plan to obtain a Lutheran Teacher’s Diploma for Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I am also excited and blessed for the opportunity to continue my volleyball career as a Bulldog! My favorite memory from Trinity would be participating in drama club with my classmates and friends. The practices and programs were always so fun! My favorite memory from Lincoln Lutheran, without a doubt, is becoming a State Champion in volleyball alongside my amazing teammates and coaches. It was a dream turned reality! 

My name is Paige Trutna. I am an alumna of Trinity Lutheran School (2013) and Lincoln Lutheran (2020). I am planning to go to UNL to study Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Art. My favorite memory at Trinity was winning the longest spelling bee ever in 3rd grade! I also have a lot of fun memories associated with working at Trinity and all the fun kids I got to meet and hang out with. My favorite memory at Lincoln Lutheran is definitely winning State Volleyball, I’ll never forget it! #TLSAlum #TLCSFamily #LincolnTrinityPride #HisWordandLove

Grant Donovan is a 2019 graduate of Lincoln Lutheran Middle & High School. Parents are Shawn Donovan Michelle Donovan members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lincoln NE. Grant is a Trinity Lutheran School alumnus; and, enjoyed his time being active in the classroom and having parts in the elementary Christmas and Spring programs.

Grant started Lincoln Lutheran in 2012 as a 6th grader. While in middle school, Grant participated in football, basketball, track and drama.

Once in high school, Grant became very active! As a freshman he was in drama and theater, and went on to participate in jazz band, soccer and basketball all four years and was a captain his senior year on the basketball team. He has also been actively involved in National Honor Society, Youth Leadership Lincoln; and chosen as one of Lincoln Lutheran’s Cornhusker Boy’s State Representatives, National Merit Finalists and a Presidential Scholar Candidate.

Not only has grant, Grant busy with school work, he is very active in his church community and the Lincoln community. Grant volunteers at his church to run screens on Sunday, has co-emceed Trinity Trivia Night and Trinity dessert auction, Blue Angels Dance Night dessert auction and helps with youth group activities. He also volunteers his time during the summer to help Coach Jason Glines run the basketball camps and Coach Jeremiah Majorins to help run the youth soccer camps for Lincoln Lutheran. All while volunteering and organizing a Red Cross Blood Drive.

Grant plans to attend the University of Central Florida and has been admitted to Burnett Honor College to study Public Policy Analysis. Grant hopes to be elected to office one day. And, says “Lincoln Lutheran has definitely challenged me by holding me to a high standard in the classroom and pushing me to be active in the school and the surrounding community. However, it has also given me a great support system of teachers and friends who encourage me to succeed and make overcoming those challenges fun and rewarding.´

Thank You Grant for showing and sharing your love of Lutheran Education!

Kelsie Bliss was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1999. She was a Trinity Tiger from pre-K all the way to 5th grade class of 2010. Kelsie attended Lincoln Lutheran from grades 6th to 11th where she played Varsity Soccer and joined the Blue Angels Sophomore year. Before graduating from Lincoln East High School in the class of 2017, Kelsie became a member of the Apollonaire’s dance team. After graduation, she traveled to Las Vegas to attend Theater Arts Preparatory School for six months to prepare for her dancing career. After months of training in dancing, singing, acting, and auditioning, Kelsie was offered a job to perform in a show at Cedar Point Theme Park. For the summer of 2018, she was a dancer in Sandusky, Ohio for the show Vertical impact. Kelsie decided to make her way back to her hometown to attend college at the University of Nebraska Lincoln where she will study Business Marketing. She recently became a Husker Scarlet for the Spirit Squad and will be continuing her dancing career at Husker football and basketball games.

Do You Have a Story?

Trinity Lutheran School has been educating children and serving the community of Lincoln for over 135 Years.  Trinity Lutheran School alumni, parents and grandparents, we are building a Trinity alumni community to help keep people connected and updated about Trinity Lutheran School.

Do you have a story from your time at Trinity Lutheran School that you would like to share? Please email it to

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