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.”


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