Concordia to host Lutheran Elementary Tournament, student volunteers needed

The Concordia Courier

Concordia Irvine

By Mariah Perry | 2/10/2023

Concordia will be hosting the Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (L.E.S.T) Feb. 17 through 19, and staff coordinators are calling on Concordia students for their devotion, time and helping hands. Student volunteers will help assist around 500-600 guests. 

As a new host, Concordia is pleased to bring laughter and a good time with the L.E.S.T activities. The L.E.S.T. partners with Crean Lutheran High School, Orange Lutheran High School and Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod elementary schools. Originally organized in 1962, Concordia is continuing this tradition. 

Brianna Soto, Assistant Director of Visit & Event Services, said all students need to bring when volunteering is “their smile and welcoming personality.” Students may use this opportunity for potential service hours or just for fun. 

The L.E.S.T. includes art displays, basketball games, chess, dance, Esports, various music events, spelling and writing competitions. Student volunteers will be helping with check-ins, greetings, tailgating and more throughout the weekend. 

Soto said the most memorable things about these tournaments are “making friends, interacting with the other schools and competing.” Schools can learn the value of effective teamwork, foster self-esteem and promote healthy collaboration by competing in these games. 

Soto is the point person for this event. She spends time collaborating with “many others across campus and at other schools to make sure the event happens and runs smoothly.” 

Those interested in volunteering for these tournaments are encouraged to email Soto directly at 


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