If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

Although this adage was used for years, it was popularized in the 1970s. In context, the speaker referred to government trying to fix things that were not broken, while ignoring things that needed fixing.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

As Christians, we may wonder at this time of year,
“If Christmas ain’t broke, then why does the world keep trying to fix it?”

The answer is that the world views Christmas very differently.

It sees Christmas as an occasion for lavish gift giving, disregarding God’s greatest gift— his Son, the world’s Savior. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

The world sees Christmas as family time, losing sight of God’s promise, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith” (Galatians 3:26).

The world sees Christmas as a party time, ignoring the true reason for celebration, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you” (Zechariah 9:9).
baby_14775cIn short, the world has lost Christmas’ true meaning: the celebration of God becoming man to perfectly fulfill the law and pay for mankind’s sins.

From the Christian perspective, Christmas works just fine!

God bless your Christmas celebration. May he also give you a joyous New Year.

Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran. Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org This post is the meditation from the December 2016 edition of the LLHS Federation Connection. Read the rest of the newsletter here.

Principal’s Pen: What are you giving thanks for?

Thanks be to God!The fourth Thursday in November is America’s national day of Thanksgiving. To many, it is the kickoff to Christmas shopping. To others, it is family and feasting. Many look forward to parades and football.

Although America’s Thanksgiving does not have distinctly religious roots, Christians can only see the possibilities.

The lesson of the Ten Lepers is often read on Thanksgiving. In it, we find earthly and heavenly meanings. It provides reasons to thank God.

First, like the lepers were without hope, we can only admit our lost state due to sin. Theirs was an incurable physical disease. We face eternal death. We are born with sin, we live in it, and – without God’s intervention – we will forever die in it. Just as the lepers thanked Jesus for physical healing, you and I can thank God for spiritual healing through his Son.

Secondly, Jesus’ healing brought the lepers physical blessings: extension of their lives and the right to return home. Every day, God blesses us physically with “clothing, shoes, food, drink, house, [and] home.” The depth of our blessings is far beyond what we need and can use. We can thank God for these physical blessings.

Most importantly, our greatest blessing is identified through the returning leper’s words and actions. He knew and believed that the one who physically healed him was the One who also brought him spiritual healing. The evangelist notes that this leper—a Samaritan—“came back, praising God…[and] threw himself at Jesus’ feet” (Luke 17:16). Why? That is found in Jesus’ words, “Your faith has made you well” (v. 17). This man’s physical healing was an act of Jesus’ mercy. His spiritual healing—and ours—is God’s gift through faith in Jesus.

Being thankful is always appropriate. The Bible commands, “Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

As Christians, let us always thank God for our salvation through Jesus.
God bless your Thanksgiving!

Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran. Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org

LLHS Quarter 1 Honor Roll 2016-17

Lakeside Lutheran High School
Quarter 1, 2016-17 Honor Roll

High Honors Honor Roll (3.75-4.0 GPA)

Grade 9
Madeline Abel, Fort Atkinson; Emma Berg, Madison; Anna Bilitz, Madison; Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Kaitlyn Buss, Watertown; Oliver Butler, Ixonia; Isabella Collins, Lake Mills; Matthew Davis, Lake Mills; Samantha Detert, Watertown; Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; Elli Duddeck, Ixonia; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Daniel Faupl, Watertown; Trevor Geerdts, Windsor; Emily Godwin, Madison; Cody Gumz, Marshall; Matthew Gunst, Hartford; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Janae Jensen, Juneau; Kristin Karas, Milton; Kendra Kasper, Jefferson; Karissa Kilian, Lake Mills; Hannah Koenig, Cambridge; Michael Martin, Watertown; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Brynn McDermott, Poynette; Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills; Elise Meier, Watertown; Alessandra Murray, Sun Prairie; Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek; Bronte Perkins, Madison; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Breanna Preskar, Juneau; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Carter Schneider, Jefferson; Owen Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Espen Storlie, Jefferson; Nathan Stout, Janesville; Katie Stuebs, Lake Mills; Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Kirsten Thundercloud, Jefferson; Amber Wardall, Waterloo; Grace Westrate, Sun Prairie; Sierra Woods, Fort Atkinson

Grade 10
Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Olivia Andress, Oconomowoc; Megan Borth, Watertown; Abigail Buxa, Oconomowoc; Margaret Cody, Juneau; Caitlin Condon, Watertown; Will DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Violet Dumke, Verona; Alyssa Fehrman, Juneau; Olivia Fregien, Madison; Noelle Gates, Middleton; Benjamin Grambsch, Columbus; Katherine Guld, Lake Mills; Lukas Heckmann, Middleton; Brevin Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Jennica Jensen, Juneau; Grace Krieser, Stoughton; Kayla Laures, Jefferson; Kyle Leis, Wilton; Jack Monis, Oconomowoc; Ethan Neumann, Oconomowoc; Chad Nolte, Janesville; Timothy Nommensen, Deerfield; Mira Parker, Deforest; Rachel Poyner, Deforest; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; Kaitlyn Shadoski, Janesville; Jackson Stake, Stoughton; Anna Swenson, Beaver Dam; Maxwell Thiele, Oconomowoc; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Olivia Turke, Oconomowoc; Kira Tweit, Madison; Taylor Wolfram, Fort Atkinson; Peter Zambo, Lake Mills

Grade 11
Kalies Birkholz, Watertown; Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Zachary Cichanofsky, Watertown; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills; Ashley Fritz, Middleton; Timothy Grant, Sun Prairie; Emma Guld, Lake Mills; Kelly Koch, Watertown; Kaitlin Main, Juneau; Ashley McLain, Juneau; Melissa Murack, Sullivan; James Neuberger, Lake Mills; Devon Perkins, Madison; Katharina Schleef, Watertown; Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville; Sarah Taylor-Evert, Beaver Dam; Morgan Thiele, Poynette; Gerald Weber, Sun Prairie; Matthias Winters, Watertown

Grade 12
Elliott Butler, Ixonia; Elizabeth Cichanofsky, Watertown; Joshua Higgins, Watertown; Tina Kehl, Waterloo; Lauren Lassanske, Watertown; Ian Lindloff, Lake Mills; Noah Miller, Whitewater; Katelyn Richter, Watertown; Justin Rue, Fort Atkinson; Benjamin Runke, Sun Prairie; Danielle Schilling, Watertown; Heidi Skewes, Madison; Hailey Stade, Watertown; Caleb Strutz, Verona; Krystal Taylor, Jefferson; Jessica Wagner, Madison; Kyle Wiessinger, Deforest; Jamee Wohling, Beaver Dam

Honors (3.25 – 3.749 GPA)

Grade 9
Jocelyn Asmus, Lake Mills; Karleena Battist, Waterloo; Ashley Behnke, Watertown; Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson; Kaitlin Burk, Johnson Creek; Abbie DiGiovanni, Fort Atkinson; Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek; Haakon Ellestad, Sun Prairie; Benjamin Ertman, Fort Atkinson; Arthur Evangelist, Lake Mills; Adam Frohmader, Fort Atkinson; Calvin Grant, Sun Prairie; August Gresens, Sun Prairie; Katriina Hilleque, Madison; Jacob Holmes, Fort Atkinson; Jacob Horta, Helenville; Elijah Knapp, Ixonia; Abel Krauklis, Lake Mills; Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; Taylor Laures, Jefferson; Serena Leis, Wilton; Seth Lozano, Waterloo; Wesley McLain, Juneau; Micah Missall, Rio; Alex Ryan, Lake Mills; Maria Saavedra, Watertown; Christian Schall, Juneau; Collin Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Cole Schuster, Juneau; Emma Statz, Helenville; Molly Sturgill, Waterloo; Tyler Surges, Nashotah; Isaiah Terry, Ixonia; Grace Thomas, Watertown; Keira Thurnbauer, Lake Mills; Ashley Valerio, Watertown; Noah Vanderhoof, Beaver Dam; Christopher Yunck, Lake Mills

Grade 10
Janelle Arndt, Watertown; Caleb Bilitz, Lake Mills; William Bushie, Watertown; Alexis Genthe, Lake Mills; Sophia Griffin, Lodi; Joshua Groninger, Janesville; Kaleigh Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Gracie Hillier, Sun Prairie; Javin Hollis, Waterloo; Tyler Holzhueter, Waterloo; Paul Johnson, Janesville; Olivia Kassulke, Watertown; Cannon Kerr, Watertown; Carter Kexel, Lake Mills; Marilyn Klein, Watertown; Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; Spencer Korth, Waterloo; Caleb Kuepers, Madison; Rebecca Lang, Lake Mills; Cole Lauersdorf, Oconomowoc; Molly Lindloff, Lake Mills; Grace Loescher, Watertown; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc; Jared Milbrath, Lake Mills; Mariah Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Cameron Paske, Arlington; Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Dominic Schmidt, Watertown; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Johnathan Schuman, Beaver Dam; Christopher Schwantes, Madison; Jessica Scott, Janesville; Amanda Seelman, Watertown; Luke Stauffacher, Madison; Max Thomas, Watertown; Hannah Tucek, Lake Mills; Jacob Ulrich, Lake Mills; Isac Veers, Cross Plains; Hannah Willems, Johnson Creek

Grade 11
Kelsey Birschbach, Deforest; Ashley Blanke, Watertown; Andrew Burk, Johnson Creek; Samantha DeNoyer, Fort Atkinson; J Doyle, Deforest; Kaitlyn Drewicz, Watertown; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc; Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo; Kayla Grundman, Waterloo; Gabrielle Grunewald, Bettendorf, IA; Emma Hans, Jefferson; Isaac Heckmann, Middleton; Benjamin Hodel, Lake Mills; Alexander Hoenecke, Waunakee; Shannon Jones, Johnson Creek; Samantha Kluever, Marshall; Samantha Kohls, Waterloo; Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc; Hannah Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Maria Murray, Middleton; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; Ian Olson, Sun Prairie; Eric Pillard, Oconomowoc; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie; Amber Rowoldt, Watertown; Mary Schallert, Cambridge; Katrina Stratman, Beaver Dam; Philip Treptow, Avalon; Elizabeth Valerio, Watertown; Emily Weber, Helenville; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Ellie Westrate, Sun Prairie

Grade 12
Nicholas Bartels, Lake Mills; Quinn Bilitz, Lake Mills; Taylor Buelter, Juneau; Brett Burger, Lake Mills; Nick Chesterman, Sun Prairie; Rekha Drevlow, Lake Mills; Matthew Fisher, Madison; Eli Gartner, Watertown; Derek Gulrud, Marshall; Abigail Hackbarth, Lake Mills; Laura Hafenstein, Lake Mills; Colin Isely, Watertown; Brady Jensen, Juneau; Lillian Johnstone, Jefferson; Nathaniel Kapanke, Sun Prairie; Haley Kooiman, Lake Mills; Robert Lang, Lake Mills; Caleb Lindert, Watertown; Melissa Melcher, Watertown; Mindy Meske, Jefferson; Kaylee Neupert, Waterloo; Benjamin Odrich, Verona; Zechariah Schleef, Watertown; Austin Schultz, Edgerton; Isaac Schulz, Deforest; Clark Thiele, Oconomowoc; Benjamin Tweit, Madison; Pierce Varney, Madison; Jordan Veers, Cross Plains; Luke Willems, Johnson Creek

Commendables (3.0 – 3.249 GPA)

Grade 9
Andrew Buelter, Juneau; Bryce Eckhardt, Watertown; Jeremy Hathaway, Watertown; Declan Healy, Watertown; Lydia Hundt, Beaver Dam; Carter Melcher, Watertown; Kobe Paske, Arlington; Olivia Ryan, Lake Mills

Grade 10
Hannah Beyer, Watertown; Miranda Blake, Watertown; Carson Brumm, Lake Mills; Carter Buchta, Ixonia; Jaclyn Davis, Marshall; Tyler Degner, Watertown; Alyssa Fischer, Watertown; Seth Hackbarth, Lake Mills; Kendall Humphries, Lake Mills; Joshua Lindert, Watertown; Sadie Matthews, Sun Prairie; Emily Meske, Jefferson; Charlie Miller, Sun Prairie; Hayden Oestreich, Watertown; Casey Ponyicsanyi, Lake Mills; Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Catherine Richart, Watertown; Michael Stern, Hustisford; Albert Wood, Madison

Grade 11
Sofia Asmus, Lake Mills; Isaiah Coleman, Watertown; Alyssa Condon, Watertown; Amber Fortney, Columbus; Jordan Gade, Lake Mills; Noah Lorenz, Watertown; Cade Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie; Brett Schwantes, Madison; Griffin Torgerson, Watertown; Cassidy Wilson, Jefferson

Grade 12
Kylie Cody, Juneau; Timothy Ehrhardt, Oconomowoc; Jordan Ewert, Watertown; Kendall Fields, Lake Mills; Keyera Giese, Watertown; Fai Haw, Marshall; Caitlin Jurczyk, Jefferson; Dayne Kopfer, Columbus; Cameron Kuepers, Madison; Corbin LaFleur, Janesville; Kalandria Madrid, Watertown; Cara McElroy, Madison; Madeline McKenna, Lake Mills; Jacob Meyer, Sun Prairie; Malachi Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Adam Peters, Watertown; Nicholas Voigt, Juneau; Samuel Weiss, Oconomowoc; Jade Wood, Madison

Warrior trackster signs to jump for University of North Dakota

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Laura Hafenstein, a D2 long jump state medalist in June 2016, signed to jump for UND next year. She is pictured with her family, including parents Brian and Tammy Hafenstein. Lakeside head coach for girls track, Jim Bauer (L) and jumping coach Caleb Davisson stand behind the family.

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce that a senior athlete has signed her national letter of intent on November 14 to the University of North Dakota women’s track and field program.

Laura Hafenstein, daughter of Brian and Tammy Hafenstein of Lake Mills, was recruited by Division 1 UND in Grand Forks. Hafenstein has been a member of the successful girls’ program at Lakeside Lutheran since freshman year, most recently contributing toward the 3rd place overall team finish at the WIAA Division 2 State Meet last June with her 5th place medal in long jump. At Lakeside, she has also played four years of basketball and also high jumped and run hurdles on the track and field team.

Fall athletes celebrated

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently held its fall sports awards night when coaches recognize efforts of the six fall sports teams as well as all-conference team honorees and athletes of the year. A total of eight Lakeside Lutheran athletes received first team all-conference spots, 14 achieved second team all-conference, and eight earned honorable mention. In addition, two Warriors received Capitol Conference North Athlete of the Year honors.

For the second year, senior Mitchell Georgi of Sun Prairie was named Capitol Conference North Runner of the Year in boys cross country. He also earned a spot on 1st Team All-Conference, received Honorable Mention on the Wisconsin State Journal All-Area team, and was voted the team’s most valuable runner by his running mates and coaches. Georgi captured his second individual conference title while leading his team to a dominating conference win at Lodi. He won that race by 46 seconds and went on to place 2nd at the WIAA Sectional at Cambridge while pacing the way for a first-place team finish. Georgi won two other invitationals this fall, capping a tremendous high school cross country career. Georgi is the son of Chip and Kathy Georgi of Sun Prairie.

Junior outside hitter Amber Rowoldt was awarded Capitol Conference North Volleyball Player of the Year. She also earned a spot on 1st Team All-Conference for the 3rd straight year and a spot on the Division 2 All-tournament team from the WIAA state tournament. Rowoldt recorded 442 kills, 65 aces, 91 blocks and 361 digs in 102 sets played this year. Earlier this fall, she made a verbal commitment to play for NCAA D2 Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2018.

The 2016 Warrior volleyball team took the Sectional championship, the first since 2000, and earned a berth at the WIAA Division 2 State tournament last weekend. The team also claimed a 4th straight Capitol Conference North championship this fall with a conference record of 10-0. Five players in addition to Rowoldt earned spots on conference teams for their efforts. Senior middle hitter Rekha Drevlow of Lake Mills and junior libero Kaitlyn Gehler of Waterloo join her on 1st team all-conference. Junior setter Ellie Westrate of Sun Prairie claimed a spot on 2nd team all-conference, and senior hitter Abby Hackbarth received honorable mention. Drevlow was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates, and senior setter Hailey Stade of Watertown was voted Honorary Team Captain.

The Lakeside Lutheran boys cross country team finished 8th at the Division 2 State meet, its best state finish since the 4th place 2004 team. The Warriors won the Sectional title with four runners finishing in the top 11, topping off first place finishes in five other meets this season. Senior runner Benjamin Tweit of Madison and junior Tyler Punzel of Watertown joined Georgi with 1st team all-conference honors, and Tweit was named this year’s Honorary Team Captain. Junior Charlie Pingel freshman August Gresens, both of Sun Prairie, earned 2nd team all-conference honors.

On the girls’ side, two runners earned spots on the all-conference teams. Junior Kailey Schoenherr of Sun Prairie and sophomore Alexis Genthe of Lake Mills earned second team all-conference honors, and Schoenherr was voted Most Valuable Runner by her teammates. Senior runner Brett Burger of Lake Mills was voted Honorary Captain of this year’s girls team.

The Lakeside Lutheran boys soccer team saw seven players receive conference honors. Senior forward Zech Schleef of Watertown, junior midfielder Eric Pillard of Oconomowoc, senior defender Luke Willems of Johnson Creek and sophomore defender Chris Schwantes of Madison earned 2nd team honors. Senior keeper Josh Higgins of Watertown, senior midfielder Robert Lang of Lake Mills and junior midfielder Griffin Torgerson of Watertown received honorable mention. Higgins was voted Most Valuable Player and senior Dane Kopfer of Columbus was voted Honorary Team Captain by teammates.

In  football, 11 players earned 13 spots on all-conference teams. Senior tight end and punter Justin Rue of Fort Atkinson earned first team all-conference for offense and honorable mention for his special teams position. Senior center Miles Loescher of Watertown also earned 1st team honors. Earning 2nd team spots were senior defensive end Jacob Constien, Sun Prairie, senior outside linebacker Noah Miller of Whitewater, junior defensive back Matthias Winters of Watertown, junior running back Cade Olszewski of Johnson Creek and sophomore middle linebacker Casey Ponyicsanyi of Lake Mills. Receiving honorable mention were senior quarterback Nick Chesterman of  Sun Prairie, senior offensive lineman Derek Gulrud of Marshall, sophomore defensive back Jack Monis of Oconomowoc and sophomore Brevin Jegerlehner of Sun Prairie, for both his defensive back position and special teams role.

Lakeside girls golf team awarded senior Annika Butzow of Janesville the title of Honorary Team Captain. Junior golfer Maddison Fenner of Fort Atkinson was voted team Most Valuable Golfer.

 

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Capitol North All-Conference team awards: Front, l-r: Kaitlyn Gehler, 1st team volleyball; Kailey Schoenherr, 2nd team cross country; Alexia Genthe, 2nd team cross country; Ellie Westrate, 2nd team volleyball; Rekha Drevlow, 1st team volleyball; Amber Rowoldt, 1st team volleyball, Capitol North Conference Player of the Year, WVCA All-State Honorable Mention; Abby Hackbarth, honorable mention volleyball. Second row, L-R: August Gresens, 2nd team cross country; Tyler Punzel, 1st team cross country; Chris Schwantes, 2nd team soccer; Griffin Torgerson, honorable mention soccer; Robert Lang, honorable mention soccer; Eric Pillard, 2nd team soccer; Zech Schleef, 2nd team soccer. Third row, L-R: Nick Chesterman, honorable mention, football offense; Josh Higgins, honorable mention soccer; Jacob Constien, 2nd team football defense; Miles Loescher, 1st team football offense; Derek Gulrud, honorable mention football offense; Brevin Jegerlehner, honorable mention football offense and special teams; Justin Rue, 1st team football offense and honorable mention football punter. Back row, L-R: Mitchell Georgi, All_area Honorable Mention, Capitol North Conference Runner of the Year, 1st team cross country; Ben Tweit, 1st team cross country; Noah Miller, 2nd team football defense; Jack Monis, honorable mention football defense; Casey Ponyicsanyi, 2nd team football defense; Matthias Winters, 2nd team football defense; Cade Olszewski, 2nd team football offense; Luke Willems, 2nd team soccer.

 

 

 

Volley for Hope results bring smiles

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Lakeside Lutheran Warrior volleyball teams and their families recently organized a “Volley for Hope” night to benefit Tomorrow’s Hope, a non-profit that supports local efforts to help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses, and fosters health-related research, education and support activities. Pictured are several event organizers as they stand behind a check representing the over $3,000 raised during the October 13 volleyball matches held at Lakeside Lutheran (L-R): Kelley Kilian, Dawn Coleman, Nicole Guld, Tomorrow’s Hope Executive Director Barb Endl and Gina Schultz.

2016-17 Lakeside Lutheran Student Council officers announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce the full slate of student council and senior student body officers for the 2016-17 school year:

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Senior student body officers were elected last spring and include  (L-R) Treasurer Elliott Butler, Ixonia; Secretary Rehka Drevlow, Lake Mills; President Andrew Fritz, Middleton; Vice-President Mitch Georgi, Sun Prairie.

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Senior class officers and representatives for the 2016-17 school year were also chosen last spring and include (L-R) Representative Dayne Kopfer, Columbus; Representative Eli Gartner, Watertown; Representative Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills; President Lillie Johnstone, Jefferson; Vice-President Derek Gulrud, Marshall.

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Junior class officers and representatives elected last spring for the 2016-17 school year include (L-R) Representative Isaiah Coleman, Watertown; President Devon Perkins, Madison; Representative Emma Hans, Jefferson; Representative Eric Pillard, Oconomowoc; Vice-President Matthias Winters, Watertown.

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Sophomore class officers and representatives elected last spring for the 2016-17 school year include (L-R) President Maggie Cody, Juneau; Representative Brevin Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Vice-President, Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Representative Lukas Heckmann, Middleton; Representative Alyssa Fehrman, Juneau.

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Recently elected freshman class officers and representatives for the 2016-17 school year. are ( L-R): Representative Bryce Eckhardt, Watertown; Vice-President Oliver Butler, Ixonia; President Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Representative Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Representative Josie Asmus, Lake Mills.