Sunday, March 26, 2017

A striking success!

Some believe there is comfort in numbers.
While the numbers from some of the bowling games might not have been too comforting, knowing that other high school students share similar values and strive to avoid alcohol and drug use, is very comforting.
We had a great time as you can see from the video. We have two more events this year so if you haven't been to an Example event, it's time you attend.
All are invite and all are welcome.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


No, that is not a sign that spring is here and baseball is about to begin. That sound means the next Example event has arrived! 
On Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. head over to Imperial Lanes on Garfield for some great fun and great bowling. 
The cost is $8.00 for two games and shoes.  Pay Mr Brandt during the week.
Listen to morning announcements before chapel this week for more details.  

Be sure to wear your new or old Example t-shirt to school this 
Thursday, March 23.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

42 Seconds

These forty-two seconds perfectly capture the Example Christmas party.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Example Leadership and Witnessing Christ the Redeemer

On November 22, Example hosted its second Prescription Drug Awareness Night.  The evening's speakers featured Executive Vice President of Families Against Narcotics, Katie Donovan and former Detroit Red Wing, Todd Bertuzzi.

Soon we will publish video excerpts from the event.  For now, however, please read the introduction and prayer that one of Example's leaders wrote and said to begin the event. It's this kind of leadership that makes leading Example such a pleasure and honor.  I have been blessed to be involved with high school students who want to make a difference in the lives of so many people.

John Brandt, Example adviser

Welcome to Lutheran North High School!
My name is Jack, and I am a senior here at Lutheran North. I’m a captain of the basketball team and I play baseball as well. I’ve been involved in Example for almost 4 years now and one of the things I love about it is that it encourages us to live a God pleasing life. It gives students an opportunity to gather and participate in fun activities as an alternative to engaging in drug and alcohol use. I am thankful to have met friends at Example who share my values, so that I don’t have to worry about being in situations where alcohol or drug use is going on. Example not only strengthens us to resist drugs and alcohol, but helps us to encourage those around us who might be struggling with it. In that spirit, Example is open to all students, and I welcome and encourage anyone who has not yet attended to join us.
Please bow your heads and pray with me….. 
Dear Lord,
Thank you for this day that you have given us. Thank you for bringing us all together tonight so that we might grow in knowledge and wisdom. Especially at Thanksgiving time, we thank you for friends who support us, and families who stick with us no matter what. Thank you for people like Mr. Brandt and LHN administration who continue to make such a positive impact on the lives of so many students. Lord most importantly, we thank you for sending your son to die on the cross to save us from our sins, even though we didn’t deserve your mercy. Through Jesus’ death on the cross we have the promise of salvation that we will one day be with you in Heaven. God, we ask you to help any families that are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, and that you bless and comfort them as they go through their life. Finally Lord, we ask you to bless our speakers tonight, and let their message resonate in our hearts and minds.
In your name we pray Lord,

Friday, October 28, 2016

Prescription Drug Awareness Night

“If you ever found out that your child had some signs of cancer, you’d do everything you could to get the best treatment. But drugs? We curl up in a hole and think, ‘We all experimented. It’s not a big deal.’ However, if you’re seeing signs, they are only going to intensify. Parents need to reach out for help.” – Katie Donovan, Executive Vice President of Families Against Narcotics and mother who experienced her daughter’s seven-year descent into drug abuse.

Example's Prescription Drug Awareness Night
Tuesday, November 22
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Katie Donovan, Executive Vice President of Families Against Narcotics, will share her story about her daughter's descent into drug addiction, how it devastated her family and how they overcame so many obstacles toward her daughter's recovery.

Former Detroit Red Wing, Todd Bertuzzi, who spent 20 years in the NHL,  will discuss his personal struggle with addictive opioids and the risks involved when pain killers are prescribed to treat athletic injuries.

This event is free, open to everyone, and will take place in Lutheran North's gym

Lutheran High School North - 16825 24 Mile Road
For more information contact John Brandt: 586-781-9151.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Go Green! Go White! Go Blue! Go Example!

One week before the B1G Michigan State-Michigan game, Example stoked the rivalry with some intense competition of its own: scooter tug-o-war, spooky music musical chairs, blind-man obstacle course, Wolverine-Spartan ScornTron, laughter, fun and pizza.
Sure the competition was fierce, but we also encouraged each other to resist the temptation of drugs and alcohol.

We watched this video from Families Against Narcotics and then examined Psalm 139 for the comforting knowledge that the almighty God who created us, has also promised to never leave us.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!  If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
Psalm 139: 7-10

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Got Drugs?

Not only is Saturday, October 22 Example's second event of the year, it's also National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  Click here to learn what to do with your expired or unused prescription drugs. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Musical Bowling Pins and More

Several seniors reminded and encouraged everyone that high
school can be fun and drug free at the same time.
Over 100 students attended Example's first event of the year. Our hope is to encourage young men and women to avoid drugs and alcohol.  Too often, students think there are no other alternatives.  Example and all the students involved prove that is simply not true. 
Well, it might not be simple, but it is true. 
Yes, living a drug-free life is not easy and that's why Example exists.  Find friends that share your God-pleasing values and continue to pray for strength.  Nearly each month we have events that feature fun, guest speakers, information, fun, pizza, insights, leadership opportunities, fun and an opportunity to encourage others to make God-pleasing, drug-free decisions.  



Example video technicians are creating a documentary of the evening that rivals anything Ken Burns has produced.  Stay tuned...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

"We were that 'normal' family."

Please take the time to read Katie Donovan's story.  Example is trying to arrange an opportunity for Katie to speak at an Example event this year.  This mother's story is one that all parents and children need  to read.

“We were that ‘normal’ family.”
So opens Katie Donovan’s first blog post on “A Mother’s Addiction Journey,” the story of her daughter Brittany Sherfield’s seven-year battle with heroin addiction.
Sherfield was an honor roll student -- “smart as a whip,” her mother writes. As a middle school student, she participated in D.A.R.E. She played basketball and softball at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights and was involved in dance.
“When she was 16, she was invited to prom by a senior,” writes Donovan. “We let her stay out a little longer than her normal curfew. But she ended up calling me early, saying ‘Hey, Mom, can you come and pick me up? My ride has been drinking and I don’t feel safe.’”
But when Sherfield was 17, Donovan got a phone call: “ ‘Mrs. Donovan, your daughter has been in an accident.’”
...So a terrible battle that would last seven years began for that “normal” family. Experimentation with marijuana had given way to trying Vicodin and Xanax at parties. Snorting Xanax led, when Sherfield was 19, to snorting heroin. Eventually, she was shooting up...

Monday, May 30, 2016

Example Kickball, Fun, Encouragement, Summer

Example ended the school year with its annual kickball tournament.  There were five teams that competed for the coveted trophy.  It was a great day of fun and encouragement and another example that proves high school students can have fun without drugs or alcohol.
Team Faculty's undefeated streak came to an end, but it's already in training for next year.  Mr. Horvath is designing a training program that, if it doesn't kill every faculty member, guarantees the trophy will end up on the mantle in the faculty lounge.

Photo Credit: Chelsea Grobelny
  • Thank you to everyone who was involved with the kickball extravaganza.  
  • Thank you to North's faculty and alumni for being great sports and supporting Example. 
  • Thank you Chelsea Grobelny who took fantastic photos of the event.  Please check them out on Facebook at Chelsea Grobelny Photograpy.
  • Thank you to the parents who dropped off and picked up children during Example events.
  • Thank you for such a supportive administration.  

Finally, thank you heavenly Father for all the gifts you have bestowed upon us and for the mercy, forgiveness and salvation we have in your Son, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

New Kicks on the Block: 2016 Tournament Champions 

Photo Credit: Chelsea Grobelny

Photo Credit: Chelsea Grobelny