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.
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.