Lakeside Lutheran Quarter 4, 2015-16 Honor Roll

Lakeside Lutheran is pleased to announce the following students have achieved honor roll status for the fourth quarter of the 2015-16 school year:

High Honors Honor Roll (3.75-4.0 GPA)

Grade 9
Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Olivia Andress, Oconomowoc; Abigail Buxa, Oconomowoc; Will DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Alyssa Fehrman, Juneau; Olivia Fregien, Madison; 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; Grace Loescher, Watertown; Jack Monis, Oconomowoc; Ethan Neumann, Oconomowoc; Chad Nolte, Janesville; Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; Kaitlyn Shadoski, Janesville; Jackson Stake, Stoughton; Anna Swenson, Beaver Dam; Maxwell Thiele, Oconomowoc; Olivia Turke, Oconomowoc; Kira Tweit, Madison; Taylor Wolfram, Fort Atkinson

Grade 10
Kalies Birkholz, Watertown; Kelsey Birschbach, DeForest; Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Zachary Cichanofsky, Watertown; Sophia Collins, Sun Prairie; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc; Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo; Timothy Grant, Sun Prairie; Emma Guld, Lake Mills; Emma Hans, Jefferson; Benjamin Hodel, Lake Mills; Shannon Jones, Johnson Creek; Samantha Kluever, Marshall; Kelly Koch, Watertown; Samantha Kohls, Waterloo; Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc; Kaitlin Main, Juneau; Hannah Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Ashley McLain, Juneau; Melissa Murack, Sullivan; Maria Murray, Middleton; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; James Neuberger, Lake Mills; Devon Perkins, Madison; Eric Pillard, Oconomowoc; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie; Katharina Schleef, Watertown; Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville; Morgan Thiele, Poynette; Emily Weber, Helenville; Gerald Weber, Sun Prairie; Matthias Winters, Watertown

Grade 11
Elliott Butler, Ixonia; Elizabeth Cichanofsky, Watertown; Rekha Drevlow, Lake Mills; Eli Gartner, Watertown; Joshua Higgins, Watertown; Brady Jensen, Juneau; Tina Kehl, Waterloo; Ian Lindloff, Janesville; Mindy Meske, Jefferson; Noah Miller, Whitewater; Katelyn Richter, Watertown; Justin Rue, Fort Atkinson; Benjamin Runke, Sun Prairie; Danielle Schilling, Watertown; Hailey Stade, Watertown; Caleb Strutz, Verona; Jessica Wagner, Madison; Kyle Wiessinger, Sun Prairie

Grade 12
Rebecca Doering, Lake Mills; Hollie Doyle, Watertown; Rachel Fisher, Madison; Robert Jarnigo, Lake Mills; Brittni Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Clarissa Keller, Madison; Ashley Kohls, Waterloo; Elias Lipasti, Lake Mills; Abigail Monis, Oconomowoc; Ashley Pagel, Helenville; Aaron Petersen, Lake Mills; Alex Pillard, Oconomowoc; Jessica Schwanke, Milton; Lisa Seavert, Fort Atkinson; Audra Sonntag, Janesville; Elijah Tesch, Sun Prairie; Estrella Tesch, Sun Prairie; Autumn Tracy, Lake Mills; David Wilson, Pardeeville

Honors (3.25 – 3.749 GPA)

Grade 9
Janelle Arndt, Watertown; Caleb Bilitz, Lake Mills; Miranda Blake, Watertown; Seth Bolin, Lake Mills; Megan Borth, Watertown; Carter Buchta, Ixonia; William Bushie, Watertown; Margaret Cody, Juneau; Caitlin Condon, Watertown; Tyler Degner, Watertown; Violet Dumke, Verona; Ryan Ferch, Johnson Creek; Noelle Gates, Middleton; Alexis Genthe, Lake Mills; Sophia Griffin, Lodi; Seth Hackbarth, Lake Mills; Gracie Hillier, Sun Prairie; Tyler Holzhueter, Waterloo; Paul Johnson, Janesville; Olivia Kassulke, Watertown; Carter Kexel, Lake Mills; Madelynn Klug, Juneau; Caleb Kuepers, Madison; Rebecca Lang, Lake Mills; Cole Lauersdorf, Oconomowoc; Molly Lindloff, Janesville; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc; Emily Meske, Jefferson; Mariah Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Timothy Nommensen, Deerfield; Hayden Oestreich, Watertown; Mira Parker, DeForest; Cameron Paske, Arlington; Catherine Richart, Watertown; Dominic Schmidt, Watertown; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Johnathan Schuman, Beaver Dam; Christopher Schwantes, Madison; Jessica Scott, Janesville; Amanda Seelman, Watertown; Luke Stauffacher, Madison; Savannah Steffen, Watertown; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Hannah Tucek, Lake Mills; Jacob Ulrich, Lake Mills; Isac Veers, Cross Plains; Peter Zambo, Lake Mills

Grade 10
Sofia Asmus, Lake Mills; Ashley Blanke, Watertown; Alyssa Condon, Watertown; J Doyle, DeForest; Kaitlyn Drewicz, Watertown; Amber Fortney, Columbus; Ashley Fritz, Middleton; Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek; Kayla Grundman, Waterloo; Gabrielle Grunewald, Bettendorf, IA; Isaac Heckmann, Middleton; Ian Olson, Sun Prairie; Dustin Pampel, Johnson Creek; Tyler Punzel, Watertown; Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie; Trey Roth, Watertown; Amber Rowoldt, Watertown; Mary Schallert, Cambridge; Brett Schwantes, Madison; Alyson Steffan, Lake Mills; Katrina Stratman, Beaver Dam; Griffin Torgerson, Watertown; Philip Treptow, Avalon; Elizabeth Valerio, Watertown; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Ellie Westrate, Sun Prairie

Grade 11
Quinn Bilitz, Lake Mills; Brett Burger, Lake Mills; Timothy Ehrhardt, Oconomowoc; Jordan Ewert, Watertown; Matthew Fisher, Madison; Keyera Giese, Watertown; Abigail Hackbarth, Lake Mills; Laura Hafenstein, Lake Mills; Colin Isely, Watertown; Lillian Johnstone, Jefferson; Caitlin Jurczyk, Jefferson; Haley Kooiman, Lake Mills; Cameron Kuepers, Madison; Corbin LaFleur, Janesville; Robert Lang, Lake Mills; Lauren Lassanske, Watertown; Caleb Lindert, Watertown; Kalandria Madrid, Watertown; Bethany Mahnke, Sun Prairie; Cara McElroy, Madison; Benjamin Odrich, Madison; Zechariah Schleef, Watertown; Austin Schultz, Edgerton; Isaac Schulz, DeForest; Heidi Skewes, Madison; Krystal Taylor, Jefferson; Clark Thiele, Oconomowoc; Benjamin Tweit, Madison; Pierce Varney, Madison; Samuel Weiss, Oconomowoc; Jamee Wohling, Beaver Dam

Grade 12
Amelia Asmus, Watertown; Paige Barnhart, Helenville; Chynarose Degner, Watertown; Austin DeNoyer, Lake Mills; Kendal Denson, Sun Prairie; Leah Fields, Lake Mills; Justin Gaal, Oconomowoc; Paul Grunewald, Bettendorf, IA; Andrew Hochmuth, Cross Plains; Timothy Hodel, Lake Mills; Hannah Hoffman, Waterloo; Nathanael Hoffman, Madison; Emma Krszjzaniek, Madison; Patience Letko, Lake Mills; Rachel Manteufel, Columbus; Corey Paske, Arlington; Meghan Pingel, Sun Prairie; Samantha Schwoch, Watertown; Arielle Stai, Watertown; Nora Stake, Stoughton; Blake Thiele, Oconomowoc; Jared Traver, Janesville; Lydia Ulrich, Lake Mills

Commendables (3.0 – 3.249 GPA)

Grade 9
Vanessa Bischoff, Juneau; Carson Brumm, Lake Mills; Alyssa Fischer, Watertown; Kaleigh Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Javin Hollis, Waterloo; Cannon Kerr, Watertown; Joshua Lindert, Watertown; Sadie Matthews, Sun Prairie; Charlie Miller, Sun Prairie; Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Logan Scheiber, Watertown; Dustin Schulz, Beaver Dam; Michael Stern, Hustisford; Max Thomas, Watertown

Grade 10
Natalia Adsit, Fort Atkinson; Andrew Burk, Johnson Creek; Alexander Hoenecke, Waunakee; Cade Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Kailey Schoenherr, Sun Prairie; Alyssa Zank, Juneau

Grade 11
Nicholas Bartels, Lake Mills; Kaitlyn Birkholz, Watertown; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills; Nick Chesterman, Sun Prairie; Jacob Constien, Sun Prairie; Ashley Koltz, Beaver Dam; Dayne Kopfer, Columbus; Melissa Melcher, Watertown; Jacob Meyer, Madison; Malachi Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Kaylee Neupert, Waterloo; Adam Peters, Watertown; Jaden Schmidt, Watertown; Jordan Veers, Cross Plains; Jade Wood, Madison

Grade 12
Mason DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Annah Dobson, Johnson Creek; Joseph Graumann, Fort Atkinson; Emma Groninger, Janesville; Heidi Hanson, Juneau; Samuel Hilpertshauser, Fort Atkinson; Rachel Knoelke, Oconomowoc; Noah Kreilkamp, Watertown; Nathan Lemke, Jefferson; Jonathan Olah, Deerfield; Graham Soetenga, Madison; Alyssa Wegner, Madison; Matthew Werre, Sun Prairie

Badger State reps announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2016 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 75th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College June 11-18 are Elliott Butler, son of Matt and Susan Butler, Ixonia, and Derek Gulrud, son of Cody and Nidia Gulrud, Marshall. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 73rd session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 19-24 are Mindy Meske, daughter of Jeff and Jayne Meske, Jefferson, and Katelyn Richter, daughter of Pete and Denise Richter, Watertown. All of this year’s nominees are members of the Lakeside Lutheran Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Badger State Reps 2016
Lakeside Lutheran has chosen its representatives for the 2016 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June. The junior class reps are (L-R) Derek Gulrud, Katelyn Richter, Elliott Butler and Mindy Meske.

In addition to maintaining a GPA that has earned him high honors for each semester of high school and the Brewer/Journal-Sentinel Student Achievement award each spring, Elliott Butler has participated and led in three sports seasons, including football and baseball for three years and basketball for two years. He has participated in the Capitol Conference Math Meet and Student Council each year, as well as being on staff of the weekly student-run newspaper; he served as an editor during the 2015-16 year. In summer 2015, he was selected to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. He participated in the inaugural year of Lakeside’s Operation GO, a summer mission trip group in which Butler’s group assisted with church activities in Louisville, KY; this summer he plans to participate at a church in Boise, ID.  In his home church, St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran in Oconomowoc, he regularly ushers and helps with VBS camps and the church’s Live Nativity. He also holds a job at the Piggly Wiggly in Oconomowoc.

In addition to being a part of the state championship Warrior Forensics team, where he earned a gold medal for playacting, Derek Gulrud has participated in choir his three years at Lakeside, including the audition-based traveling A Cappella Choir and the choreography-focused Swing Choir this junior year, where he is often a soloist. Gulrud has won roles in each spring drama and musical production. He has played on the football team for three years and track and field one year. He will also participate in his second year of Lakeside’s Operation GO summer mission trips, returning to a church in Toronto to help with summer camps. He ushers at St. John Lutheran in Waterloo, and serves as a worship leader, soloist and guitarist. Gulrud also works as a DJ for DJMagic Entertainment, and enjoys recording music at the studio he built at his home.

After two years in Freshman and Cantate choirs, Mindy Meske also sings in the A Cappella and Swing Choirs, where she often solos, as she also did for her role in this spring’s musical. She has earned a spot on academic honors or high honors each semester, and was awarded a Student Achiever Award. Her athletic involvement includes being goalkeeper on the varsity soccer team, and manager for the wrestling team. Meske was elected Secretary of the FFA Chapter for the past two years, and in her work with FFA, has been awarded a Leadership award, a Judging award, and a speech contest award. She also serves the audio/visual needs for school events with the Tech Club, and works with the Teens for Christ in their educational and service activities. Outside of Lakeside, her involvement and leadership includes teaching Sunday school at St. John Newville, singing in the church choir, and participating in youth group and serving at Advent and Lenten suppers. She has served as junior staff at Camp Phillip in Wautoma for the past two summers. In addition to volunteering at the public library and community theater, she also holds a part-time job at McDonald’s in Jefferson.

Katelyn Richter, ranked 10th in GPA for her class, has been on high honor roll each of her semesters, and received the Student Achiever award her sophomore year. As a member at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Watertown, she assists with service videography. At Lakeside, she has been involved athletically in volleyball for two years, and softball for three years. She also served on Student Council for two years, where she helped organize the campus blood drive. Richter plans to travel to a church in New Jersey with Operation GO, where she will help with VBS activities. She is employed at Watertown Bowl, where she also participates in a high school bowling league.

Badger State Government and Leadership Conferences are an opportunity for students entering their senior year of high school to put the principles of democratic government into action during a weeklong assembly. Sponsored by the Wisconsin American Legion and its Auxiliary, the goals of Badger State assemblies are to prepare young men and women of high school age for citizenship in a modern world, teach principles of democracy, instill a love of country and desire to preserve our government. Schools are encouraged to select representatives based on a combination of interest shown, leadership qualities, character, fitness, scholarship and extra-curricular activities.

Ulrich awarded Fort Memorial Medical Scholarship

Lydia Ulrich
Lydia Ulrich

Lydia Ulrich, daughter of Rick and Tina Ulrich of Lake Mills, was awarded a $1,000.00 Fort Memorial Medical Scholarship Fort Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Ulrich was awarded the scholarship based on her eligibility by being a resident of Jefferson County pursuing a degree in a health care field at a technical school, college or university in Wisconsin.

“This scholarship is to provide financial assistance and encouragement for her career helping people to live healthier lives,” says Dwight Heaney, Foundation Executive Director. Ulrich is a 2016 graduate of Lakeside Lutheran and plans to attend UW-Stevens Point for a degree in Health and Wellness Promotion.

Scholarship applicants could be high school seniors or undergraduate students who will be enrolled in the 2016 fall semester at an accredited medical school, Baccalaureate, Masters or Associate Degree program studying a medical or health sciences field.

Student musicians receive awards

The Lakeside Lutheran Music Department, led by Choir Director James Buege and Band Director Glen Pufahl, presented music awards for the 2015-2016 academic year to several student musicians at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

LLHS Music Awards 2016

The National School Choral Award® is the highest honor for high school choral performers. It recognizes the dedication and musical achievement of top choral students nationwide, and was awarded to senior Hannah Hoffman, daughter of Brian and Carrie Hoffman of Waterloo. A Gueldner Music Clinic scholarship was awarded to junior vocalist Mindy Meske, daughter of Jeff and Jayne Meske of Jefferson.

Several A Cappella Choir seniors received Exemplary Leadership awards from the choral department for their outstanding contributions to the choir and school. Recipients included primary piano accompanist Brittni Jegerlehner, daughter of AJ and Betty Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Becca Doering, daughter of Matt and Jill Doering, Lake Mills; Josh Schoenfeld, son of John and Lisa Schoenfeld, Lake Mills; David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon; Josiah Eaker, son of Tricia Eaker, Watertown; and Mark Hoeft, son of Steve and Amy Hoeft, Fort Atkinson. Eaker and Hoeft were recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year tenure in A Cappella choir.

Outstanding Musicians are chosen by fellow band members in recognition for outstanding musical achievements, cooperation and dedication to the Lakeside Lutheran band program. 2016 recipients included senior saxophonist Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeff and Heidi Doyle, Watertown; sophomore sax Ashley Fritz, daughter of Brian and Tiffany Fritz, Middleton;  senior baritonist Paul Grunewald, son of Michael and Kristen Grunewald, Bettendorf, Iowa; senior trumpeter Elias Lipasti, son of Mikko and Erica Lipasti, Lake Mills; senior hornist Lydia Ulrich, daughter of Rick and Tina Ulrich, Lake Mills; senior percussionist David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon; and sophomore trombonist Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown.

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award® was inaugurated in 1974 with the consent of his widow shortly after this great jazz artist died in 1971. It honors the outstanding jazz musician at each high school nationwide; this year’s award was presented to senior trumpeter Lipasti. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to senior saxophonist Doyle.

Said to be the most prestigious band award given to a high school band member, the John Philip Sousa Band Award is given to recognize superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation, and was awarded to Lipasti.

Dobson awarded inaugural LLHS FFA Alumni scholarship

Awards Night-FFA-web
Annah Dobson was presented the first annual LLHS FFA Alumni Scholarship by Alumni President Kevin Voigt.

Annah Dobson, daughter of Roger and Rachelanne Dobson, Johnson Creek, was awarded the inaugural Lakeside Lutheran FFA Alumni Scholarship at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The $250.00 award was presented to Dobson by Kevin Voigt, president of the Alumni group.

Dobson was awarded the scholarship based on her academic performance, FFA involvement and leadership and intention to continue her education in an agriculture-related field. Dobson plans to attend UW-River Falls for Agricultural Marketing Communications.

The LLHS FFA Alumni group works to support, preserve and enhance the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter, and assist with its positive impact in the larger community. Future plans for scholarship program is to continue to offer scholarships for Lakeside FFA members continuing in agriculture-related education after high school, and also potentially offer scholarships to seniors at Lakeside not in FFA who plan to pursue interests in agriculture (food, fuels and fiber). For more information about the LLHS FFA Alumni, contact Tech and Career Education adviser Jeff Meske at 920-648-2321.

Fischer Memorial Scholarship awarded

Fischer Memorial Scholarship
Gary and Nancy Fischer continued the scholarship tradition begun 18 years ago when they presented the Steven Fischer Memorial Scholarship to senior Rebecca Doering, daughter of Matt and Jill Doering of Lake Mills, at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The award is presented to a graduating senior who plans to continue in music ministry. Preference is also given to a student who plans to study at Martin Luther College, the teaching college for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Doering plans to attend MLC for a Secondary Physical Education degree. The Fischers, of Milton, instituted the scholarship in memory of their son who was a student and musician at Lakeside Lutheran when he died in 1998.

Academic Top 10 announced

LLHS 2016 Academic Top 10
The Lakeside Lutheran “Top Ten” students in the class of 2016 were guests of honor at the recent Capitol Conference Honors Banquet in Madison. They are (front, L-R) Ashley Pagel, daughter of Michael and Lynn, Helenville (Nursing, Madison College); Hannah Hoffman, daughter of Brian & Carrie Hoffman, Waterloo (Agriculture, UW-Madison); Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeffrey & Heidi Doyle, Watertown (Pre-Med, Carroll University); Clarissa Keller, Salutatorian, daughter of Dean & Patricia Keller, Madison (Nursing, UW-Madison). Back row, L-R: Jessica Schwanke, daughter of Pastor Larry & Martha Schwanke, Milton (Nursing, Wisconsin Lutheran College); Eli Lipasti, valedictorian, son of Mikko & Erica Lipasti, Lake Mills (computer engineering, UW-Madison); Abby Monis, daughter of Peder & Trisha Monis, Oconomowoc (Business/Sports Management, Maryville University); Alex Pillard, son of Paul and Brenda Pillard, Oconomowoc (Civil Engineering, UW-Madison); David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville, and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon (Business, Wisconsin Lutheran College) Elijah Tesch, son of Peter & Dolores Tesch, Sun Prairie (Computer Science, Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Lakeside Lutheran High School announced its Academic Top Ten from the Class of 2016. The students, in order of class rank, are: Valedictorian Elias Lipasti, Salutatorian Clarissa Keller, David Wilson, Jessica Schwanke, Alex Pillard, Hannah Hoffman, Hollie Doyle, Elijah Tesch, Abigail Monis, and Ashley Pagel. Their profiles, in alphabetical order, follow:

Top 10 Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeffrey & Heidi Doyle, Watertown, plans to attend Carroll University to pursue pre-med studies toward a doctorate in Ophthalmology. Longer term, she says she would like to “open up my own clinic in a third world country for free eye screenings and exams.” She received a Carroll University Trustee Scholarship worth $18,000 a year, as well as the renewable $7,000 Robert Muehrcke Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. She and her family are members at St. Mark in Watertown. While at Lakeside, she has served as a piano accompanist, and played saxophone in the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and summer Marching Band. This spring she was awarded the Woody Herman Jazz Award, and multiple nominations for LLHS Outstanding Musician Awards. Her sports involvement included Basketball, Volleyball, Softball and Golf teams, where awards included the 2016 WIAA Scholar Athlete nomination and seven varsity letters. During her senior year, she was awarded Most Valuable Golfer; last spring she earned All-Conference 2nd team honors as a pitcher in softball. She is also a member of the Math Team and the National Honor Society, where she served as chapter Vice President in 2015-2016. Hollie was recognized this spring with a plaque for Perfect Attendance with No Tardies for all four years in high school, a rare honor. “I really enjoyed all the close relationships I built with teachers, and I appreciate all the support from everyone,” Doyle says.“I am thankful for all the opportunities Lakeside has given me.”

Top 10 Hannah Hoffman, daughter of Brian & Carrie Hoffman, Waterloo, and member at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, plans to attend UW-Madison. She has been awarded a $750 Lake Mills Rotary Club Scholarship. “I know that wherever I end up, the Lord will bless me and allow me to do my best in everything I do. I’m excited to see what my future will bring,” she adds. At Lakeside she was involved in NHS, Math Team, A Cappella Choir, Swing Choir, and will be a 2016 participant in the summer Lakeside mission trip program called Operation GO, when she will travel to New Jersey to assist with a mission church VBS program. She was one of the school’s two 2015 Badger State Girls reps, and this spring won the Lakeside’s National School Choral Award. She has been active in FFA all four years, including being Historian and Vice-President, and was recently awarded the inaugural $500 LLHS FFA Alumni Scholarship. In sports she was in volleyball, lettered three years in Basketball, and twice in Softball. Also active in Rock Lake Troopers 4-H Club, she has been Reporter, Treasurer and Activity Leader, as well as showing dairy steers and other projects at the Jefferson County Fair. Her community service activities have included Toys for Tots, Valentines for Vets, Roadside Clean Up and several other projects. At her church she has been involved with its youth group and VBS. Says Hoffman, “Lakeside has been so rewarding. I have learned that no matter what, God always comes first in my life. He has the answers to everything, even if He does not make them clear to me. I have loved being able to share my faith with my friends and talk freely about God. I have also learned life can be difficult at times, so it’s important to have strong friendships, connections with teachers, and a strong love with family to make it through and make something good out of anything. Life is definitely what you make it. When there is a chance to crack a joke or make a situation lighter, I am all over it. I enjoy laughter and happiness and hope to keep my life full of good times and fun family and friends.”

Salutatorian Clarissa Keller, daughter of Dean & Patricia Keller, Madison, plans to attend UW-Madison to pursue a degree in Nursing. As a member of the Freshman Direct Admission nursing program, Keller also hopes to participate in a research project or study abroad program at UW. “I hope to specialize in either pediatric or emergency medicine, and one day, have a family of my own,” she says. During her Lakeside years, she earned seven letters on the Fall and Winter dance teams, and was a captain her senior year, as well as being voted Most Valuable Dancer both junior and senior years. Keller also participated in volleyball, track, NHS, yearbook, and Student Council. In 2013, she participated in a mission trip to New York with her church, St. Andrew in Middleton. She also volunteers at St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison. “My favorite part about Lakeside is the loving, Christian environment it provides. I have made many close friendships and relationships throughout my years, and this is something I will always treasure,” she says. “Lakeside constantly challenged me to become a better student, and a better individual.”

Valedictorian Eli Lipasti, son of Mikko & Erica Lipasti, Lake Mills, plans to attend UW-Madison to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering. As valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 GPA, he received a renewable $2,250 Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship that he will utilize at UW. He also received several academic scholarships offers, from Case Western Reserve, Valparaiso, Marquette, Iowa State and the University of Minnesota. “After earning a master’s, I hope to work for a large technology firm and be involved in designing future computer systems,” he says. “I plan to settle in the Midwest and raise a family here.” Academic honors have included several on the Math Team, where he was named to all-conference teams in the Madison Area Math League, in addition to a variety of team and individual placements in MAML and Capitol Conference meets. He has earned gold medals on the Level 2 and 3 AATG National German exams, A National Merit letter of commendation, and the Journal Sentinel Milwaukee Brewers Student Achiever Award each year, as well as being nominated as a 2015 Badger Boys State representative. Lipasti has been heavily involved in music inside and outside Lakeside, playing trumpet in Concert and Jazz Bands, six years of summer marching band, three years of Band Festivals and four years of competing in WSMA festivals where he earned a number of gold and silver medals at the state level for both solo and ensemble work. He has been awarded an Outstanding Musician Award since sophomore year, and this spring took the John Philip Sousa Band Award and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. He also plays trumpet and sings in his home congregation of St. John Lutheran, Newville, and was a member of Madison Youth Choirs boychoir. He played football for two years, and has been active with the school Academic Bowl team, NHS, and volunteered with Lakeside’s computer maintenance staff during the year and in summer, including organizing events such as the Community Electronics Recycling Event and assisting with the school’s 1:1 Chromebook program. At church he serves with DVD production, ushers, and participates in youth group service activities. “It has meant a lot to me to be able to learn in an environment where my teachers and peers share my faith and values, and I’ve appreciated being able to speak freely on those topics. Lakeside’s teachers care about the whole student, and I always felt like they wanted me to succeed,” Lipasti shares. “Our students form a strong community where we support each other, rather than compete with one another. I know I have made lifelong friends.”

Top 10 Abigail Monis, daughter of Peder & Trisha Monis, Oconomowoc, signed her letter of intent to attend Maryville University to pursue a degree in Accounting/Sports Business Management while she plays basketball for the Division 2 Maryville Saints. She received a Maryville Athletic as well as Academic Maryville Barat Scholarships. She also had basketball scholarship offers from California Baptist and Quincy Universities. She says, “I want to work for a major league sports team after college.” At Lakeside, she was a member of the National Honor Society. As an athlete, she played JV volleyball and softball, and has varsity letters for 3 years of basketball (Honorary Captain as a senior) and 2 years of Track & Field, where she was a member of the Conference champion 4×200 relay. Her basketball honors include All-Conference and All-County teams for three years, All-Area and All-State for two years and All-Star team her senior year. Monis says, “Some of my favorite memories from Lakeside are from the close friendships and bonds I have made with people from many different places I’ll also have very fond memories from all the sports I have taken part in.”

Top 10 Ashley Anne Pagel, daughter of Michael and Lynn, Helenville, plans to pursue a degree in nursing at Madison College. Her goal is “to get my Bachelor’s degree in Registered Nursing and to possibly work in Pediatrics or Women’s health,” she reports. While at Lakeside, Pagel has been an active member of the Teens for Christ educational and service group, serving as an officer for two years, as well as being involved with service activities for NHS. At her church, St. Peter Lutheran in Helenville, she has played in the handbell choir for four years, and teaches crafts during Vacation Bible School season. “I liked the close feel of all the students and teachers, and enjoyed learning with teachers who want to teach you and care about your success,” Pagel shares. “I liked coming to school every day in a positive, friendly, Christian environment.”

Top 10 Alex Pillard, son of Paul and Brenda Pillard of Oconomowoc, plans to attend UW-Madison to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering, although he received scholarship offers from Valparaiso and UWM. He shares, “I want to be a leader in whatever way I can. I also want to look into starting my own business.” Athletically, he has earned letters in soccer, basketball and baseball. He sang with the A Cappella Choir and Swing Choir, and was a part of WSMA and Choral Fest activities. He served on Student Council and is Student Body President. He participated on Math Team and NHS, where he joined in the activities with Bethesda Ministries. He was a 2015 Badger Boys State rep. Pillard has written for the Warrior Times Weekly student newspaper, and this year served as Editor-in-Chief when the paper won a first merit in a national newspaper competition, and was named “Best Weekly High School Newspaper” for schools with a student body of under 500. At his home congregation of St. Matthew, Oconomowoc, he is a Live Nativity and VBS Volunteer. “One of the things that I liked about Lakeside was its size. Everyone knows everyone, even if they are not in the same grade,” he shares. “I also liked making lifelong memories with my friends, while staying rooted in my faith.”

Top 10 Jessica Schwanke, daughter of Pastor Larry & Martha Schwanke, Milton, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to pursue a degree in Nursing. “I would possibly like to work in an ER, and might eventually become a Nurse Practitioner,” she reports. She has been awarded a $1,000 Volunteers of Watertown Regional Medical Center Scholarship, a $500 Mercy Health System Association of Volunteers Scholarship, and the WLC Academic, Christian Leadership, Partners in Christian Education, and Church Scholarships, totaling $15,000 per year. She also received scholarship offers from Concordia and Carroll Universities. Her years at Lakeside included serving with Teens for Christ all four years, and as an officer junior year. She was behind-the-scenes in the 2015 spring play, was on Math and Track & Field teams her freshman and sophomore years. She has also been in National Honor Society for three years. A member at St. John Lutheran in Milton, where her dad is pastor, she helps with Sunday School and plays organ. Schwanke says, “I liked the family feel of Lakeside. Everyone was always so happy, and would smile to me as I walked past. I enjoyed how the teachers knew me by name, and if I had a question, they tried to help me figure it out.”

Top 10 Elijah Tesch, son of Peter & Dolores Tesch, Sun Prairie, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in Computer Science. He received scholarships from WLC totaling $17,000 per year. “I also have as goals to run a marathon as well as run collegiate Track and Cross Country,” Tesch says. His time at Lakeside included singing in the A Cappella and Swing Choirs, membership in NHS, Academic Bowl and the Math team. He was a runner for Warrior teams, both in the fall and spring. He was Lakeside’s 2016 WIAA Scholar Athlete Nominee, and earned seven varsity letters on the Cross Country and Track teams, earning spots on All-Conference teams five seasons and being voted Honorary Cross Country team captain in 2015. A member at Peace Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie, he participates in its FYSH youth group. “At Lakeside I really appreciated the quality education with experienced teachers while still in a Christ-centered environment, as well as the wide variety of extracurriculars,” Tesch shares. “But what I like the very most about Lakeside was its commitment to its mission. Lakeside not only prepares students with the skills needed for careers, it also prepares us to share the life-changing message of the gospel with others.”

Top 10 David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville, and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to pursue a degree in Business and Music. “I also plan to further my musical abilities in the band and choir programs at WLC,” Wilson reports. “I hope to create a progressive praise band to play in churches around the Milwaukee area and my home congregation.” He received a renewable $5,000 Kohl Initiative Scholarship and the $500 Welsh Prairie Livewires 4-H Scholarship, along with $19,000 per year from WLC. He also received scholarship offers from Concordia University and Carthage College. He accrued an extensive history of musical involvement at Lakeside, including Marching Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, A Cappella Choir, Swing Choir and Piano performance. He participated in Football, Soccer and Track. He was also involved with National Honor Society, Student Council, Teens for Christ, Math Team, the student newspaper, Yearbook and the state champion Forensics team, for which he most recently earned a WHSFA state gold medal in the Radio Speaking category. In his community he is involved with 4-H and is a United Way Volunteer. “I am very thankful for the many strong bonds I have created with my fellow students and teachers at LLHS, especially through band and choir trips,” Wilson shares. “I liked how Christ was a part of everything we learned, not only in Religion and Music, but also from PhyEd to Math classes.”