Sven (Charles) Lukner, a native of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, is etching his name in Corban University’s history as the first graduate from the agriculture science program, earning his degree this December. Sven’s remarkable journey is a testament to his unwavering dedication, resilience, and profound passion for agriculture and athletics.
A 2019 graduate of Sedro-Woolley High School, Sven distinguished himself not only as an exceptional student but also as a standout athlete. His prowess on the football field earned him the coveted title of an All-State selection in 2019. Simultaneously, Sven showcased his skills in the wrestling arena, participating in the state championships in both 2018 and 2019, securing a commendable 3rd place and 2nd place, respectively. His commitment extended beyond sports, as he was an active member of the Sedro-Woolley FFA chapter.
Post-high school, Sven embarked on a collegiate journey that took unexpected turns. Initially enrolling at the University of Minnesota-Crookston on a NCAA Division 2 football scholarship as an animal science major with a pre-vet emphasis, Sven faced a setback when the university discontinued its football program. Undeterred, he transferred to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, where he continued his football pursuits and studied animal science.
The challenges persisted when the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the transition to online learning. Education from the living room drove Sven back home where he found a new path at Washington State University, where he majored in organic and sustainable agriculture. However, his faith and a strong desire for in-person education and the enrichment of sports participation led him once again to seek a more fitting academic and athletic home.
Sven found his niche at Corban University, where he could immerse himself in agriculture, attend classes in person, join the wrestling team, and develop the faith he held so dearly. His dedication culminates on December 17, 2023, in the historic achievement of being the first graduate from Corban University’s ag science program.
Looking forward, Sven, along with his fiancée, Marisa, plan to relocate to Tri-Cities, Washington, where he aims to pursue a teaching career in agriculture.