2011-10-19 / Features

Martin Luther School Honors Four As Alumni Of The Year

MLS Alumni of the Year Award Steven Grosch (ML ’76), Joseph Watson (ML ’83), Laura Barnwell Waisnor (ML ’96) and Lindsay Adams (ML ’86) pose with Director of Development Chris Brown (far l.) and Head of School Randal C. Gast (far r.).MLS Alumni of the Year Award Steven Grosch (ML ’76), Joseph Watson (ML ’83), Laura Barnwell Waisnor (ML ’96) and Lindsay Adams (ML ’86) pose with Director of Development Chris Brown (far l.) and Head of School Randal C. Gast (far r.).Martin Luther School (MLS) recently honored four graduates with the Alumni of the Year Award at the school’s annual Alumni Day. The four individuals chosen as MLS Alumnus of the Year all exhibit in their personal and professional lives the values and ideals espoused by MLS for its students and families.

•Stephen Grosch, ML ’76: Throughout his years as a student, Stephen had the opportunity to receive his education in a Lutheran classroom. In fact, he was enrolled in Lutheran school for a little over twenty years.

Prior to entering the Freshman class at MLS in 1972, he went to St. John’s Lutheran School in Glendale for eight years. The chapel services which were held each week in the adjoining church made a lasting impression upon him, and so did the congregation’s pastor, Rev. Martin Steege.

It was then that Stephen began thinking about making church work his life’s vocation. He was accepted to Concordia College in Bronxville in 1976 and was one of the last students to receive the Associate in Arts degree in theology. Two years before the program was phased out. He was awarded the Arthur Brunn Memorial Prize in religion and completed his studies there in 1980 graduating cum laude with a B.A. in English. He entered Concordia Seminary in St. Louis that year with the ambition of becoming a parish pastor.

After serving two congregations over the next five years, one in Iowa and one in Ontario, it became clear that the Lord was leading him in a different direction. Having worked in a bank for several summers while earning money for tuition, he began to consider making this his career choice. For the last twenty-five years he has worked in a number of different banks, and is currently employed with CapitalOne.

Stephen is a life-long member of Emmaus Lutheran Church in Ridgewood where his family has worshiped for over ninety years. He is the treasurer of the congregation. He has represented his church as a delegate to MLHS for the past fifteen years and has served on the BOD since 2003. He also holds a Lutheran Teachers Diploma from Concordia, Bronxville.

•Joseph Watson, Jr., ML ‘83: After graduating from Martin Luther in 1983, Joe worked as an appliance repair technician. In 1987, he had the good fortune of entering and graduating from the Port Authority Police Department. His first assignment was at Newark Airport, where he functioned as an Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter. In 2002, Joe became a member of the Port Authority Police Motorcycle Unit. Seven years later, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Port Authority Path Transit Command. This is where he currently serves as the midnight supervisor.

While serving with the Port Authority, Joe enhanced his education by receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Caldwell College in 2007. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Joe is the proud father of two terrific children, Shaun, 30 and Ashley, 20. A year ago, he  married Bobbi, who has proven to be not only a wonderful wife but also a very special friend.

•Lindsay Adams, ML ‘86: Lindsay is a Patent attorney with experience in litigation support, opinion writing, prosecution, licensing and client counseling. He specializes in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemistry, mechanical devices and medical devices. Lindsay currently serves as Counsel at Day Pitney LLP. 

He has also performed due diligence reviews of patent portfolios and has counseled clients on patents and patent-related FDA matters.

Lindsay graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center and  Hofstra University.

Laura Barnwell Waisnor, ML ‘96: After graduating MLS, Laura attended SUNY Stony Brook for her B.A. and M.A. degrees. 

She worked briefly at Adelphi University before coming back to MLS in 2002 to teach French and Spanish. 

Laura married Bryan in 2004 and continued teaching at MLS until 2007 when their first daughter was born. Laura is now a stay at home mother to three daughters Sarah age four, Katie age two and Claire age three months; the family lives in Ridgewood, NJ. 

Laura is involved in a mother’s group at her church, volunteers at the local library teaching French lessons for children program and occasionally teaches online courses for MLS.

“We’re proud to honor each of these remarkable individuals as our Alumni of the Year,” commented MLS Head of School Randal Gast. “They have all demonstrated unselfish and untiring service to Christ and His Church, each lives God’s call to share His amazing love with others, and each demonstrate excellence in their chosen profession.”

Martin Luther School, accredited by the Middle States Association and Registered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers students a college preparatory curriculum within a caring Christian Community. The challenging Advanced Placement Program curriculum provides our students with the skills they will need for the future, and extracurricular activities ranging from Band and Choir to Varsity and Junior Varsity sports are available.

For more information, contact MLS at 718-894-4000 or log on to our Web site at www.MartinLutherNYC.org.


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