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Lutheran Elementary School Tournament

February 18-20, 2022 | President's Day Weekend at Concordia University Irvine

Welcome to L.E.S.T.

The first L.E.S.T. was held in 1962 at Concordia University-Portland with four Portland area schools (St. Paul-Sherwood, Trinity-Oregon City, Trinity-Portland, and Martin Luther-Portland). This first gathering involved a boy’s basketball tournament, and a few years later a volleyball competition was added for the girls. As word of the tournament spread, schools from outside of the Portland area (Idaho, Montana, California, Southern Oregon, Nevada, and Washington) began traveling by car, train, plane, or bus to participate in the L.E.S.T. Over time additional activities and competitions (now including over 20 individual and/or team events) were added. The L.E.S.T. has grown having close to 1,000 5th-8th Grade participants from as many as 21 Lutheran elementary schools around the Pacific Northwest and northern California. Schools from British Columbia, Canada, and Nebraska have also recently attended the L.E.S.T.

Be sure to join us for the opening with Rev. John Dinger from Grace Lutheran Church and School, Pocatello, ID on Thursday, April 29 at 9am (PST).

L.E.S.T. 2022

President's Day Weekend at Concordia University Irvine

aerial view from French hill

L.E.S.T. is planning to return to an in-person gathering in 2022! Hosted at Concordia University Irvine's campus in Southern California, the tournament will offer many of our most popular events, including:

  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Dance & Drill
  • Drama
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Math
  • Music
  • Science
  • Speech & Debate

Details will continue to be provided here at For more information, please contact Rev. Bil Hood, Sr. Director of External Relations, at (949) 214-3189 or [email protected].

2021 Virtual Events

Download the 2021 L.E.S.T. Manual for more details about the tournament and all of this year's activities.

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