Lakeside Lutheran designated “Grief-Sensitive” school

Lakeside Lutheran High School has been designated a “Grief-Sensitive School” by the New York Life Foundation, receiving a $500 Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative grant to help create a bereavement support plan and encourage ongoing staff development in order to better support its grieving students.

Schools confront issues of grief and loss every day: 1 in 14 U.S. children* will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18. Studies show that unresolved grief can have a social and emotional impact on children, leading to behavioral issues and poor performance in school. Yet educators often feel under-prepared to lend support to their students, with the vast majority of teachers reporting they have not received any bereavement training.

Agent and Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative Ambassador Jenny McAdow of New York Life’s Wisconsin General Office, presents a $500 Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative grant check to [L-R] Lakeside Lutheran Guidance Director Andy Rosenau, Principal James Grasby and Executive Director Kirk DeNoyer. The grant will be used to support bereaved students and their families in the school community.

The Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative – a pioneering effort that utilizes New York Life’s workforce to help equip local schools to care for the grieving students in their midst – is an extension of the work of the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, a collaboration among leading K-12 professional organizations to develop and deliver best-in-class grief support resources to educators. For more information about Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal Grasby at 920-648-2321 or visit

*Results from the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) developed by Judi’s House/JAG Institute

Seniors receive National Merit Scholarship Program recognition

Two Lakeside Lutheran High School seniors have been recognized by the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Lydia Buxa

Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc, has been named a Semifinalist. Daughter of Greg and Linda Buxa, she is one of 16,000 Semifinalists throughout the U.S., representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

Ashley Grundman, Waterloo, has been named a Commended Student. Daughter of Todd and Sherry Grundman, she is one of 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Though she will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers.

Ashley Grundman

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, visit

For more information about Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal James Grasby at 920-648-2321 or visit

Warrior Times Weekly receives awards

The 2019-2020 Warrior Times Weekly Staff recently received a First Place with Special Merit award in the 2020 newspaper competition. Lakeside was one of twelve schools around the country that was honored.

Warrior Times Weekly Editors: Top: Emma Berg Middle, from left: Morgan Mlsna, Emma Statz Bottom, from left: Katelyn McGurk, Espen Storlie, Ryann Burger

The letter stated, “You have an excellent school newspaper which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout/graphics designers, advertising/sales managers, and advisor. Congratulations to all on your First place with Special Merit award!”

The newspaper staff also received recognition for Best High School Weekly Newspaper.

Warrior Times Weekly is available to the students each Friday at lunch.

Principal’s Pen: Trust our ever-present help

PrintJim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” (Psalm 46:1-2)

2020 has been incredible! Not long ago, COVID-19 was a distant problem. Now, it affects nearly every aspect of our lives. We’ve had to make many changes. Even as we begin to come together again, there’s a sense that life will never be the same.

Will the future bring a resurgence of COVID or more civil strife? We don’t know. If the past few months have taught us anything, it is that we don’t know what the future holds. Things that appear permanent and unchangeable are not. They can be quickly taken.

God tells us this in Psalm 46. The psalmist pictures the earth and its mountains as symbols of endurance. They don’t appear to move or change. The collapse of these durable objects depicts chaos and upheaval.

Yet, the psalmist also reminds us where we find refuge in troubling times. It isn’t in the things of this world or in creature comforts. It’s not in freedom or economic stability. All these may disappear in a moment.

But, God’s promises can’t be taken away. What Christ said on the cross remains true forever: “It is finished!” Our salvation is sure! Our sins are forgiven. Jesus has a place for us in heaven as the inheritance that cannot be taken away. The past few months haven’t changed that. God’s love and grace have not wavered. Though “the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,” God’s promises of grace, mercy, and everlasting life remain true and last forever.

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The coming months may well be challenging. We’ll all have to adjust to a “new normal.”
But “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” That remains true for now and forever.

Lord, lead us to always trust in you as our refuge and strength. Amen.

Principal’s Pen: Take a breath

principal note_19131cWhat is the most useful chapter in the Bible? Some may feel that Genesis 1 (Creation), Psalm 23 (the Good Shepherd), 1 Corinthians 15 (Resurrection), or Revelation 22 (the Bible’s final words) deserve that title. Yet, there is a case that Romans 8 may well earn that distinction. Living in an unsettled world, this chapter bears a timely message: “Take a breath. God says that it will be okay.”

Romans 8 contains several well-known verses.

  • There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (v. 1)
  • I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (v. 18)
  • If God is for us, who can be against us? (v. 31)

Each one clearly states that God is in control. Nothing can separate us from his love.
The past five months have been difficult for everyone. I do not wish to minimize the impact that disease, the loss of livelihood, and restrictions on travel and socializing have had on people. Nor do I claim that there is no inequality in the world. Yet, if you look at all that has recently happened through the lens of Romans 8, you begin to understand that what God does is for our good and it will continue to be for our good even in trying times.

Have you considered the new opportunities for the gospel since mid-March? An avalanche of technology through streaming, YouTube and other social media has shared the saving message of Jesus with a figuratively captive audience. The seed of the Word has been planted. The Holy Spirit will cause it to grow as he sees fit.

Have you considered the new opportunities for personal spiritual growth? Once busy schedules are not as busy. There is more time to read God’s Word, meditate on it, and pray.

Have you considered the new opportunities for godly living? Social isolation creates loneliness. This is a great time to reach out and check on others—especially those who have no one checking on them.


Romans 8 closes, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

“Take a breath. God says that it will be okay.”

Lord, help us to “take a breath” knowing that you are in control.  Amen.

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or

New school year to begin

Lakeside Lutheran High School has spent the summer preparing to open its doors to incoming freshmen on Monday, August 17. Freshmen will begin their school year a day early to orient and learn schedules, meet teachers and other students, and explore co-curricular opportunities. Classes begin on campus for all students on Tuesday, August 18.

An opening service and installation of new faculty will take place as part of the first day’s events on August 18 at 10 a.m. in the east gymnasium. Pastor Timothy Redfield from St. Luke Lutheran Church, Watertown, will offer the devotion during this special chapel service. The theme for the 2020-21 school year continues with “Witness,” a reminder of Acts 1:8, “You will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” The biennial theme is a focus in devotions and other events throughout the school year.

A new full-time faculty member to be installed is Mrs. Shelly Coron, a teacher in the Extended Learning Center and JV volleyball coach. A 2004 graduate of Lakeside herself, she previously taught at Genesee Lake School in Oconomowoc and lives in Watertown. Two part-time teachers will also be installed. Mrs. Kristi Bredendick of Fort Atkinson, a teacher with over 35 years of experience, will be responsible for Family and Consumer Science and Health classes. Mrs. Sara James of Madison has already been serving part-time at Lakeside as a teacher in the Extended Learning Center, and this year will also join the World Languages department as she takes over teaching all levels of German. A Martin Luther College graduate, she has a master’s degree in German and Education from UW-Madison and a second M.A. in German from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Along with faculty additions this fall, Lakeside Lutheran has added two more courses in its STEM Academy—Engineering Essentials, the new introductory academy course, and Aerospace Engineering, an upper level elective. The Academy bases its curriculum on Project Lead the Way, a nationally-recognized pathway for students interested in engineering or biomedical sciences in post-secondary education.

Faculty 2020-21
Lakeside Lutheran faculty number 34 for the 2020-21 school year, including front row, from left: Pastor Don Schultz, Assistant Principal, Religion; Sara James, World Languages, Extended Learning; Shelly Coron, Extended Learning; Kristi Bredendick, FACS, Health; Nate Sievert, PhyEd, Math. Second row, L-R: Justin Vanderhoof, English, Social Studies; Steve Lauber, Director of Admissions, English; Jeff Meske, Career and Technical Education; Eric Dorn, Religion; Pastor Mike Helwig, Religion; Todd Hackbarth, Math, Videography, Religion; Todd Jahns, Activities Director, PhyEd. Third row: Andy Asmus, Social Studies; Nathan Koerber, World Languages; Lori Tetzlaff, Art, Health; Jodie Schommer, English, STEM Academy; Dorlene Schroeder, Counselor; Jenny Krauklis, PhyEd, Math; Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of Extended Learning; Hannah Uher, Science. Back row, sitting: Paul Bauer, Science, Math; Matt Doering, Social Studies; Dan Kuehl, Director of Instruction, English; Pastor Mark Toepel, World Languages; Phil Dretske, Math, Computing, STEM Academy; Andrew Willems, Technology Director, STEM Academy, Computer Science; Jim Buege, Director of Choirs, English; Phyllis Huska, Librarian; Damon Tracy, Science; Tim Matthies, Math. Standing: James Grasby, Principal, Religion; Cameron Ausen, Social Studies, Religion. Missing are Andy Rosenau, Guidance Director, Computing; Glen Pufahl, Director of Bands, English.

Lakeside Lutheran High School is a four-year high school located in Lake Mills, operated and supported by a federation of 32 congregations affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. For additional information about Lakeside, go to or call 920-648-2321 and ask for Principal James Grasby.

Quarter 4, 2019-20 LLHS Honor Roll

ribbon award honor rollLakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce its academic honor for the fourth quarter of the 2019-20 school year:

High Honors Honor Roll (3.75-4.0 GPA)

Grade 9

Olivia Bartels, Lake Mills; Chloe Berg, DeForest; Molly Betschler, Watertown; Benjamin Buxa, Oconomowoc; Grace Cody, Juneau; Jack DePrey, Sun Prairie; Marissa Duddeck, Whitewater; Evan Ehlenbach, DeForest; James Faupl, Watertown; Jordan Genz, Watertown; Laura Giroux, Horicon; Tyler Gresens, Sun Prairie; Tyler Griffin, Lodi; Elijah Grow, Cottage Grove; Ethan Gulczynski, Sun Prairie; Juan Gulrud, Marshall; Liliana Haar, Lake Mills; Ava Heckmann, Middleton; Jonah Heyerholm, Cottage Grove; Rose Hissom, DeForest; Rebekah Hodkiewicz, DeForest; Cheyenne Johnson, Jefferson; Grace Korth, DeForest; Claire Langille, Lake Mills; Nora Larson, Columbus; Trey Lauber, Lake Mills; Kendall Lemke, Helenville; Anders Liermann, Madison; Nina Litherland, Columbus; Dane McIlvain, Edgerton; Abigail Minning, Watertown; Grace Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Natalie Punzel, Watertown; Natalie Raymond, Sun Prairie; Marin Riesen, Watertown; Ethan Schuetz, Lake Mills; Emma Schultz, Lake Mills; Jenna Shadoski, Janesville; Makenzie Sievert, Watertown; David Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Cooper Tetzlaff, Pardeeville; Litzy Toledo, Watertown; Madelyn Vanderhoof, Watertown; Charlie Vogen, Oconomowoc; Hadley Wendorff, Watertown; Isaac Winters, Watertown; Averi Wolfram, Sun Prairie; Japheth Yahnke, Watertown; Carlee Zimmermann, Jefferson

Grade 10

Kaylea Affeld, Watertown; Caleb Andrews, DeForest; Isaiah Asmus, Watertown; Caelan Baney, Columbus; Lydia Bilitz, Madison; Joshua Bittorf, Waterloo; Brynn Boche, Watertown; Ella DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Keely Draheim, Madison; Emma Etheridge, Madison; Sarah Fisher, Madison; Aaron Fritz, Middleton; Mya Hemling, Beaver Dam; Logan Hilbelink, Lake Mills; Lola Hilbelink, Lake Mills; Naomi Hundt, Beaver Dam; Kayla Indra, Lake Mills; Benjamin Kasper, Helenville; Samuel Knapp, Ixonia; Caleb Koester, Fort Atkinson; Micah Koschnitzke, Waterloo; Nathaniel Krenke, Jefferson; Matthea Lenz, Oconomowoc; Claire Liddicoat, Watertown; Lauren Lostetter, Lake Mills; Kyle Main, Juneau; Matthew Martin, Watertown; Audrey Meier, Watertown; Grace Meinel, Verona; Morgan Mlsna, Lake Mills; Calvin Murray, Sun Prairie; Riley Parsons, Watertown; Carly Paske, Arlington; Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie; William Popp, Fitchburg; Alyssa Reinke, Watertown; Emily Schafer, Lake Mills; Brock Schneider, Jefferson; Sadie Schneider, Waterloo; Lily Schuetz, Lake Mills; Austin Schwab, Fort Atkinson; Sofia Shramek, Watertown; Nora Statz, Helenville; Jayden Thundercloud, Jefferson; Hannah Uttech, Watertown; Ketia Vater, Watertown; Katelyn Wagner, Reeseville; Douglas Weittenhiller III, DeForest; Logan Wensel, Johnson Creek; Ianna Wolfram, Sun Prairie

Grade 11

Isaiah Andress, Oconomowoc; Hailey Brandt, Juneau; Ella Butzine, Sun Prairie; Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Kylee Gnabasik, Jefferson; Jada Gresens, Sun Prairie; Ashley Grundman, Waterloo; Julia Hallman, Watertown; Maya Heckmann, Middleton; Caitlin Heinrich, Madison; Rachel Huebner, Madison; AnaCristina Iglesias, Watertown; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; William Jorgensen, McFarland; Anna Kreutz, Madison; Payton Kuepers, Madison; Sydney Langille, Lake Mills; Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills; Emily Meiller, Madison; Haylee Meske, Jefferson; Hailey Miller, Sun Prairie; Julia Neuberger, Lake Mills; Benjamin Neumann, Oconomowoc; Olivia Odrich, Verona; Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie; Carter Roekle, Middleton; Lillian Runke, Sun Prairie; Stephanie Schafer, Lake Mills; Evelyn Schauer, Watertown; Riley Schmidt, Janesville; Grace Seim, Beaver Dam; Morgan Slonaker, Sun Prairie; Claudia Stuebs, Lake Mills; Evelyn Terry, Ixonia; Jada Teteak, Middleton; Joy Thompson-Wurz, Lake Mills; Sarah Ulsberger, Fort Atkinson; Seth Veers, Cross Plains; Kendra Wilson, Cottage Grove; Laura Zank, Juneau

Grade 12

Jocelyn Asmus, Lake Mills; Emma Berg, DeForest; Anna Bilitz, Madison; Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove; Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Kaitlyn Buss, Watertown; Oliver Butler, Ixonia; Isabella Collins, Lake Mills; Samantha Detert, Watertown; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Daniel Faupl, Watertown; Jacob Freson, Fort Atkinson; Matthew Gunst, Sun Prairie; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Janae Jensen, Juneau; Kristin Karas, Milton; Kendra Kasper, Helenville; Hannah Koenig, Cambridge; Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; Serena Leis, Wilton; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Elise Meier, Watertown; Alessandra Murray, Sun Prairie; Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek; Bronte Perkins, Madison; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Alexander Ryan, Lake Mills; Owen Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Collin Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Emma Statz, Helenville; Nathaniel Stout, Janesville; Molly Sturgill, Waterloo; Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Kirsten Thundercloud, Jefferson; Ashley Valerio, Delafield; Nathan Wagner, Roscoe; Amber Wardall, Waterloo; Grace Westrate, Lake Mills

Honors (3.25 – 3.749 GPA)

Grade 9

Shayla Asmus, Lake Mills; Levi Birkholz, Watertown; Bridget Cichanofsky, Reeseville; Grace Cook, Hartland; James DeNoyer, Fort Atkinson; Julianne Dollard, Deerfield; Nevaeh Dorn, DeForest; Kaitlynn Ganey, Lake Mills; Caleb Garcia, Fort Atkinson; Elizabeth Gunst, Hartford; Emma Horn, Watertown; Manuel Iglesias, Watertown; Benjamin Klug, Oconomowoc; Caden Knorr, Lake Mills; Owen Kraft, Sun Prairie; Brandon Kreutz, Madison; Kayley McLain, Juneau; William Miller, Sun Prairie; Jonah Ozminkowski, Johnson Creek; Reyna Rupnow, Ixonia; Celia Straubhaar, Waterloo; Carsen Uttech, Watertown; Ryan Vice, Watertown

Grade 10

Jonathan Abel, Fort Atkinson; Emily Becker, Janesville; Breanna Davis, Jefferson; Mason Eckhardt, Watertown; Lilianna Flint, Madison; Simon Fregien, Madison; Calvin Geerdts, Lake Mills; Blake Gullickson, Sun Prairie; Gabriel Helwig, Lake Mills; Trevor Holzhueter, Waterloo; Carter Huber, Columbus; Jeffrey Kalma, Hartland; Keegan Lamp, Helenville; Aaron Lindert, Watertown; Ethan Lozano, Waterloo; Tyler Marty, Fort Atkinson; Jackson Milbrath, Watertown; Michael Mittag, Beaver Dam; Nicholas Peterson, Sun Prairie; Annie Povich, Middleton; Faith Retzlaff, Columbus; Jameson Schmidt, Ixonia; Jesse Schultz, Columbus; Ethan Schulz, Beaver Dam; Spencer Sturgill, Waterloo; Nick Thomas, Watertown; Sierra Vogel, Janesville

Grade 11

Elizabeth Brudos, Janesville; Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie; Isabella Cook, Hartland; Noah Fields, Sun Prairie; Stephanie Georgi, Sun Prairie; Megan Grambsch, Columbus; Connor Griffin, Lodi; Kristel Hafenstein, Beaver Dam; Graham Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Emmilee Hillier, Sun Prairie; Joshua Hodkiewicz, DeForest; Samuel Ibeling, Cambridge; Jordyn Jaeger, Lake Mills; Kyle Jaeger, Watertown; Olivia Krieser, Stoughton; Remy Matthews, Sun Prairie; Hannah Meyer, Jefferson; Isaiah Minning, Watertown; Mia Murray, Middleton; Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Christian Schmidt, Ixonia; Darren Schuster, Juneau; Connor Slattery, Lake Mills; Devin Splinter, Ixonia; Lily Storlie, Lake Mills; Gabriel Uttech, Fall River; Tersony Vater, Watertown; Amber Vertein, Watertown; Dakota Vogel, Janesville; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Nicholas Yaroch, Fall River

Grade 12

Madeline Abel, Fort Atkinson; Ashley Behnke, Watertown; Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson; Monica Bischoff, Juneau; Andrew Buelter, Juneau; Alicia Childs, Columbus; Matthew Davis, Lake Mills; Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek; Arthur Evangelist, Lake Mills; Adam Frohmader, Lake Mills; Trevor Geerdts, Watertown; Calvin Grant, Fort Atkinson; August Gresens, Lake Mills; Cody Gumz, Madison; Jeremy Hathaway, Sun Prairie; Karli Johnson, Jefferson; Karissa Kilian, Lake Mills; Elijah Knapp, Ixonia; Abel Krauklis, Lake Mills; Taylor Laures, Jefferson; Seth Lozano, Waterloo; Michael Martin, Watertown; Brynn McDermott, Poynette; Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills; Wesley McLain, Juneau; Micah Missall, Rio; Kobe Paske, Arlington; Breanna Preskar, Juneau; Olivia Ryan, Lake Mills; Maria Saavedra, Watertown; Carter Schneider, Jefferson; Espen Storlie, Lake Mills; Katie Stuebs, Lake Mills; Dinesh Tadepalli, Sun Prairie; Isaiah Terry, Ixonia; Grace Thomas, Watertown; Keira Thurnbauer, Lake Mills; Christopher Yunck, Lake Mills

Commendables (3.0 – 3.249 GPA)

Grade 9

Leland Christian, Oconomowoc; Connor Evangelist, Lake Mills; Camryn Gilmore, Jefferson; Jesse Gilmore, Jefferson; Eyppro Jimenez, Madison; Jakub Junker, Watertown; Allen Lester, Waterloo; Emmett Schafer, Oconomowoc; Hunter Sommer, Columbus; Joshua Waack, Watertown; Nathan Yaroch, Fall River

Grade 10

Eli Buchta, Ixonia; Alyssa Burns, Milton; Ethan Degner, Watertown; Hayden Hendricks, Watertown; Aree Huwe, Deerfield; Josiah Schwartz, Columbus; Andrew Treptow, Avalon; Shadden Vallin, Madison

Grade 11

Joseph Balistreri, Watertown; Kendra Blake, Watertown; Micah Cody, Juneau; Bryan Guzman, Sun Prairie; Joel Kluz, Juneau; Elizabeth Loppnow, Lake Mills; Madison McGurk, Lake Mills; Ryan Punzel, Watertown; Alyssa Ratzow, Watertown; Jack Schultz, Columbus; Caroline Schulz, DeForest; Anika Stone, Fitchburg; Jennifer Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Olyvia Uecker, Watertown

Grade 12

Benjamin Ertman, Fort Atkinson; Emily Godwin, Lake Mills; Jacob Horta, Watertown; Daisy Penaloza, Watertown

Principal’s Pen: to the class of 2020



These are my comments directed to Lakeside’s Class of 2020 at this year’s graduation. I extend my words to all graduates in our federation.

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

In recent weeks, everyone’s lives were overturned. Many lost their jobs. Busy schedules were vacated and then made busy again in other ways. Pandemic, social distancing, and the new normal are today’s buzzwords. Face masks, shortages, and uncertainty about life are what we face today.

No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.

Yet, the Class of 2020 is not the first group to think or utter these words. There have been other upheavals throughout history that quickly reshaped society: the 1950s polio scare, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Great Depression, to name several. In a matter of minutes or days, the fragile flow of life—as we know it—can be overturned or even destroyed. It has happened before. It will likely happen again. No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a group of bewildered men huddled behind locked doors. Their rabbi had been arrested, tortured, and crucified. They may well have wondered if they were next. All likely felt guilt since they deserted their Master in his hour of need. One, particularly, may well have felt this pain most keenly because his actions fulfilled the very words of his Master’s prophecy. Among them, there was fear, uncertainty, and perhaps even the sentiment, “No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.”

A17year28gcThen, the risen Savior entered that room. He stood among his disciples with visible nail marks in his hands and a spear slash in his side. He spoke words that were most unexpected. Instead of chastising and berating those who failed him, he said, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). These were ordinary words of greeting. Yet, they bear extraordinary meaning.

In John’s gospel, Jesus explained peace. It’s not the peace “as the world gives” (John 14:27). It is peace from the forgiveness of sins that he earned for all. It is the assurance that whatever happens “will [not] be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

“Peace be with you.” This was the Savior’s greeting to those confused men. It assured them that their sins were forgiven. It gave them courage to meet the challenges, trials, and death threats they would face in the coming years for preaching the gospel. The Savior’s promise of peace was their sure hope in dark and uncertain times.

Jesus’ words of greeting are also for us. Like believers of all times, you and I have the assurance of our Savior’s forgiveness. No matter how unsteady our lives become or how unsure our future appears, we have the same peace that Jesus spoke to his disciples. We know that God loves us, has made us his own through baptism, and will see us through whatever the future brings.

Some might still be tempted to say, “No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.” The end of senior year of high school should have been a time of fun, celebration, and joy. Yet, it wasn’t this year. The events of the pandemic are so close to us that we cannot see the larger picture. But, God can. He will use all that has happened in the past months to praise and glorify his name and even serve as blessings for all who trust in him.

Congratulations, Class of 2020. You have made it! It did end in the way it was supposed to. You will receive your high school diplomas. Most importantly, you have the certainty of your Savior’s forgiveness with the peace that can never be taken from you.

“Peace be with you.”
God bless you always with Jesus’ peace. Amen.

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or

Principal’s Pen: Action & Reaction

pen_8416c“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

In Science, students learn Newton’s Third Law of Motion. It states that when two separate forces act on two corresponding objects, the size of the force on the first object equals the size of the force on the second.3rd law of motion

Soon after God created humans, the Bible relates what is perhaps the saddest chapter in history: the fall into sin. Adam and Eve had perfection. Without sin, there was no aging, pain, or death. Their relationship with God was perfect. They wanted what God wanted because they were holy. But, that would soon change.

The serpent tempted Eve with the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Against God’s clear command not to eat it, Eve succumbed and Adam did the same.

Now, the perfect world plunged headlong into sin. Perfection disappeared. Evil infected every human thought. Yes, holiness was gone as evidenced by Adam and Eve immediately blaming others, vainly attempting to salvage their own sinful pride.

thorns_17324cAt this point, God could have destroyed creation and his creatures. Yet, he did the unthinkable. While cursing the serpent, he announced grace and mercy to Adam and Eve. He said, “And I will put enmity between you (serpent) and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he (the Savior) will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15). God showed unimaginable love by promising One who would remove sin’s curse. Years later, in his proclamation from the cross, “It is finished,” (John 19:30), Christ, the serpent crusher, fulfilled this very promise.

Newton’s law explains the traits of objects and motion well. But, when considering the unfathomable grace of God, words can’t explain it. Adapting Newtonian verbiage, one might well say, “For sin’s every action, God’s grace and love respond with an immeasurable reaction.”

Lord, lead us daily to appreciate your great love for humankind as seen in the life, death, and resurrection of your Son, our Savior. Amen.

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran High.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or

Scholarship recipients announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces that 35 students in the class of 2020 report over $684,076 in scholarship money for the 2020-21 school year from individuals, foundations, organizations, and the schools they applied to attend. Of the 92 graduates, 84 have indicated plans to continue their education in the fall of 2020 through a four-year university or tech school; four plan to enter the military; and four will enter the workforce. Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) indicate a renewable scholarship.

3 Abel, MadelineMadeline Abel, daughter of Christopher and Megan, Fort Atkinson: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study education.

63 Behnke, AshleyAshley Behnke, daughter of Peter and Laurie, Watertown: GCU 2020 Canyon Christian School Consort $4,000*, GCU 2020 Faculty Scholarship $4,500, GCU 2020 Priority Registration Award $800. She will attend Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, to study business management.

12 Berg, EmmaEmma Berg, daughter of Nathan and Jennifer, DeForest: Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study elementary and secondary vocal music.

86 Bilitz, AnnaAnna Bilitz, daughter of Ben and Sarah, Madison: Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study education.

17 Buelter, AndrewAndrew Buelter, son of Mark and Jamie, Juneau: Wisconsin Lutheran College $500 travel scholarship. He plans to continue working with Northern Trails Meats.

49 Burger, Ryann-eRyann Burger, daughter of Mark and Denice: Soaring Eagle Scholarship, UW LaCrosse, $2,000. She will attend UW LaCrosse to study therapeutic recreation.

Collins, EllaElla Collins, daughter of daughter of Clark and Tricia, Lake Mills: Pine Honors Presidential Scholarship, EIU, $12,000*. She will attend Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, to study political science, pursue a law degree and play D1 volleyball.

Doering, KyleKyle Doering, son of Matthew and Jill, Lake Mills: MLC Messenger Scholarship $2,000*, Lake Mills Rotary Club Scholarship $2,000, Lake Mills Light & Water Continuing Ed Scholarship $500. He will attend Martin Luther College to study elementary and social studies education.

81 Geertz, TrevorTrevor Geerdts, son of Dan and Jen, Lake Mills: Gleason Presidential Scholarship, Ripon College, $32,000*, Trustee Scholarship, Carroll University, $21,000*, Fred Loock Scholarship, MSOE $22,000*, Destination MSOE Scholarship, MSOE $3,000*, Summer Programs Scholarship, MSOE $1,000*, Scout Scholarship, MSOE University, $1,000*. He will attend MSOE to study computer science with a specialization in artificial intelligence.

76 Gunst, MatthewMatthew Gunst, son of Dennis and Nichole, Juneau: United Cooperative Scholarship $1,000, Patricia Hahn Memorial Scholarship $1,000, Siem Memorial Scholarship $2,000, University of Minnesota Collegiate Scholarship $30,000, John Klossner Memorial Scholarship $1,000, FFA Alumni Scholarship $500. He will attend the University of Minnesota to study agriculture communications and law.

Haw, GilbertGilbert Haw, son of Steve and Heidi, Marshall: Russel Kerr Scholarship, Rose-Hulman $1,250*, Cooney Gilbert Endowment, Rose-Hulman $2500, Rose-Hulman Grant Institute of Technology, $6,896*, Rose-Hulman Merit Scholarship $19,500*, Presidential Scholarship, Valparaiso University, $26,000*, Valpo Fund Alumni Award $960*. He will attend Valparaiso to study engineering and German.

25 Jensen, JenaeJanae Jensen, daughter of Jonathan and Jeanette, Juneau: Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study early childhood and special education.

20 Kaspar, KendraKendra Kasper, daughter of Caleb and Sara, Helenville: Voorhees Scholarship, Carroll University $19,000*. She will attend Carroll University to study psychology.

65 Knapp ElijahElijah Knapp, son of Kyle and Juli, Ixonia: Outstanding Academic Achievement Award $2,000, 2 yrs. He will attend University of Wisconsin-River Falls to study biology.

89 Krauklis, AbelAbel Krauklis, son of Brandon and Jennifer, Lake Mills:  WLC Presidential Scholarship $17,500*, Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000*, Visit Scholarship $500. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study finance.

38 Krenke, LydiaLydia Krenke, daughter of Matt and Suzanne, Jefferson: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study early childhood and elementary education.

57 Mayer, RachelRachel Mayer, daughter of Dale and Sandra, Fort Atkinson: Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study elementary education.

19 Mcdermott, BrynnBrynn McDermott, daughter of Frank and Kristi, Poynette: Karate Family Scholarship, Plumer Karate America $1,000. She will attend UW-Oshkosh to study nursing.

McGurk, KatelynKatelyn McGurk, daughter of Damion and Laura Dehnert, Lake Mills and Chris McGurk of Fargo, N. Dak.: Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship $10,000, Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College to study special education and elementary education.

Meier, EliseElise Meier, daughter of William and Cathy, Watertown:  WLC Presidential Scholarship $17,500*, Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000*, Greenwoods State Bank Continuing Education Scholarship $500. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study cultural anthropology and Spanish.

Pampel, LoganLogan Pampel, son of Jon and Julie, Johnson Creek: Presidential Scholarship, Gustavus Adolphus College, $28,500*, Chancellor Scholarship, UW-Stout, $3,000* 2 yrs. He will attend Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., to study economics.


Madelyn Plitzuweit, daughter of Tom and Beth, Oconomowoc: MLC Grant Education $900, MLC Messenger Scholarship $2,000*, Ryan J. Zweifel Memorial Scholarship $2,500.  She will attend Martin Luther College to study elementary education.

Reinke, MeganMegan Reinke, daughter of Dave and Kristina, Watertown: Arne Engebretsen Memorial Scholarship $2,000, Soaring Eagle Scholarship, UW LaCrosse, $3,000, Trustee’s Scholarship, Carroll University, $21,000*, Hilger Tradition Award, Carroll University, $500*, Scholar Award, Carroll University, $1,000*, Carthage Highest Honors, $11,000* Carthage Endowed Scholar, $1,500*, Early FAFSA Grant, Carthage College, $500, Carthage Visit Grant, $500*, Robert Todd Grant, Carthage, $500, SouthPort Grant, Carthage, $1,000, WLC Presidential Scholarship, $17,000*, Partners in Christian Education Scholarship, $2,000*, Visit Scholarship, $500, Chancellor’s Scholar, UW Whitewater, $2,000*, UWW Foundation Freshman Academic Scholarship $1,000, CUW Presidential Scholarship $15,000*, CUW Early FAFSA Filing Grant $1,500, Concordia Grant, $5,299*, Concordia Assistance $1,000*. She will attend Concordia University-Wisconsin to study education and math.

30 Ryan, AexAlex Ryan, son of Jeffery and Christine, Lake Mills: Athletic Scholarship, Valparaiso University, $25,000*, Presidential Scholarship, Valparaiso, $23,000*, Award for Excellence, Valparaiso, $2,000*, Athletic Full Tuition Scholarship, UW-Milwaukee, $9,500*. He will attend Valparaiso University to study business and play D1 baseball.

schneiderCarter Schneider, son of Scott and Laura, Jefferson: WLC Collegiate Scholarship. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study accounting.

Schoenherr,OwenOwen Schoenherr, son of Terry and Lisa, Cottage Grove: Sentry Student Leadership Scholarship, UW Whitewater, $2,500*. He will attend UW-Whitewater to study accounting.

Schuster awarded Technical Excellence scholarshipCole Schuster, son of Thomas and Jessica, Juneau:  FFA Alumni, $500, United Cooperative $1,000, Wisconsin Technical Excellence Scholarship $2,250* 3 yrs. He will attend Fox Valley Technical College to study agricultural power equipment.

62 Statz, EmmaEmma Statz, daughter of Brian and Jennifer, Helenville: GCU: Faculty Scholarship $2,250, Canyon Christian Schools Consortium $2,000, GCU Priority Registration $200, GCU Select Scholarship $1,500. She will attend Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, to study secondary English education or nursing.

80 StorlieEspen Storlie, son of Justin and Michelle, Lake Mills: Carleton Grant/Scholarship, $58,570. He will attend Carleton College to study political science/international relations.

18 Sturgil, MollieMolly Sturgill, daughter of Aaron and Linda, Waterloo: CUW Presidential Scholarship $13,000*. She will attend Concordia University-Wisconsin to study graphic design.

Thiele awarded 2020 AES

Lauren Thiele, daughter of Dan and Teresa, Poynette: Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship $2,250*, Frank & Carol Trestman Scholarship, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities $5,000*, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Scholarship $1,500*. She plans to attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management to study finance.

Thunderloud, KirstenKirsten Thundercloud, daughter of Josh Thundercloud and Valerie Clark, Jefferson: Dartmouth General Scholarship $10,550*, Trustee Scholarship, Carroll University, $21,000*, WLC Presidential Scholarship $17,000*, WLC Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000*, University Honors Program Scholarship, U of Minnesota, $2,000*. She hopes to be accepted into Dartmouth’s gap year program and then pursue a degree in psychology.

52 Wagner hi resNathan Wagner, son of Mark and Nancy, Roscoe, Ill.: Excellence in Christian Education, Valparaiso University, $2,000*, Scholarships in STEM, WLC $10,000*, WLC Presidential Scholarship $17,000*. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study biology.

6 WardallAmber Wardall, daughter of Shawn and Shannon, Waterloo: Presidential Honor Scholarship, Winona State University $1,500*, WLC Presidential Scholarship $17,000*. She will attend UW- LaCrosse to study education or finance.

Westrate, GraceGrace Westrate, daughter of Bill and Shela, Lake Mills: Presidential Scholarship, Northwestern College, $16,000*, Undergrad Bridge Scholar Award, Northwestern, $2,500*, Honors Program Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, to study business.