Sunday, May 22, 2016 holds a number of significant events for Lakeside Lutheran High School faculty, students and families, including a final choir concert, a faculty anniversary and its 2015-2016 Commencement Concert.
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lake Mills will host the the Lakeside Lutheran Federation celebration of the 25th anniversary in the public ministry of teacher Mr. Todd Hackbarth. A commemoration service is in the 10:30 a.m. worship service at St. Paul. This service coincides with Lakeside Sunday and the final Lakeside Lutheran A Cappella Choir worship participation. A reception honoring Hackbarth follows the church service at St. Paul.
Hackbarth has served the Lakeside Religion, Math and Videography departments since 1997. He says he remembers the reason he chose to attend college at Dr. Martin Luther College (now MLC): “I wanted to tell others about the wonderful news of salvation. I felt that it was important to work with young people to get them started on the right track.”
He’s been fulfilling that dream in the classroom ever since, whether his primary tool is a Bible, a graphing calculator or a video camera. He’s been chasing that purpose outside the classroom as well, whether as a football, basketball or math team coach, or as a mentor to aspiring videographers.
Prior to Lakeside, he served at Lincoln Heights Lutheran School in Des Moines, Iowa, a two-room school where he taught grades 1-8 and was principal, while his wife Donna, currently a teacher at St. Paul in Lake Mills, taught kindergarten. He later served at Mt. Calvary-Grace Lutheran School in LaCrosse, as a fifth-grade teacher, athletic director and coach. He and Donna have five children, three graduated and two currently students at LLHS.
In the evening of May 22, the bands and choirs of Lakeside Lutheran will present their annual Commencement Concert, at 7:00 p.m. in the east gymnasium. Pre-concert music by student soloists and ensemblists will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Lakeside bands and choirs will perform a variety of farewell-themed secular and sacred music, including the Mark Brymer choral arrangement of “Bless the Broken Road” and arrangements by popular contemporary songwriter Kirby Shaw including “Somebody to Love” and “Man in the Mirror.” The band will thrill the audience with its final performance of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Symphonic Suite)” arranged by Jay Babcock.
The Commencement Concert is the school’s last concert of the school year. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.