Warriors Celebrates National FFA Week

Joining over 600,000 other FFA members from across the nation, Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter members led the school in a celebration of National FFA Week from February 17-24.
To kick off the celebration, on Sat. Feb 17, Lakeside observed Career and Technology Education Month in Wisconsin by holding an open house for grade schoolers. They toured the tech ed wing and learned about the Ag Survey class, as well as videography, CAD, woods, metals technology, small engines, construction, advanced career tech, programming, web design, and FACS classes.
On Monday, Feb 19, 140 kindergartners attended Lakeside’s Kinderfest and saw an FFA-sponsored petting zoo and classroom lesson.
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Kinderfest—a day when over 150 Kindergarteners visit Lakeside Lutheran—included an opportunity for the children to learn about FFA—and pet pigs, cows, cats, and chickens.
 
Other FFA Week activities include a Kiss-A-Pig contest. Three teachers—Lance Johnson, Jim Bauer, and Caleb Davisson—were assigned piggy banks. Jim Bauer raised the most in donations and kissed a live pig at the school assembly on Friday. Almost $400 was raised and then matched by FFA. The money was sent to an Apache reservation mission in Arizona, where it will support garden plots for youth and home-building lessons.
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Mr. Jim Bauer, who has taught at Lakeside Lutheran since 1999, won the Kiss-A-Pig contest where students raised almost $800 for an Apache mission in Arizona. By having the most money donated to his “piggy bank,” Bauer won the opportunity to kiss a pig that junior Austin Meyer held; Bauer will be retiring at the end of this school year.
Before school activities included frozen chicken bowling, Lasso-a-Bale, bale toss, and “Hammer a Nail” race. Lunchroom festivities included a brain-freezing ice cream cup race and a race to drink a pint of milk through a straw.

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As part of Lakeside Lutheran’s FFA week, students participated in chicken bowling and lassoing contests before school. Gabe Uttech demonstrates an ability to lasso on fellow freshman John O’Donnell.
Lakeside Lutheran, in partnership with Lake Mills High School agriscience students, hosted a representative from Waupun Equipment who spoke about farming technology, such as use of drones, iPad apps, and GPS in a tractor from Case New Holland.
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Precision farming specialist Justin Premo, of Waupun Equipment, spoke to interested Lakeside and Lake MIlls High School students about GPS/ Engine technology in a CASE New Holland tractor.
 
The 4th Annual LLHS FFA Banquet will be held March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter, chartered in 2015, has grown to 42 members who attend leadership conferences, organize service projects, and develop projects related to animals, plants and natural resources in and outside of the classroom. Members can compete in career development or judging events in areas such as veterinary science, dairy products, floriculture and livestock.
Designated in 1947 during the week of George Washington’s birthday for his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer, National FFA Week aims to share the advantages of FFA membership and show appreciation for the diversity of careers relating to agriculture as it feeds, clothes and fuels the world’s population. It’s a reminder that agriculture is the foundation of our nation—yet fewer than two percent are farmers—and 10 percent of all jobs move food, fiber, and fuel to consumers. Whether in STEM careers or as veterinarians, researchers, and manufacturers, agriculture needs great young minds to continue the rich traditions of our past.
FFA is the world’s largest youth organization, creating leaders who explore careers through ag and technical education. From its start in 1928 in Kansas City, MO, with 33 young men, National FFA now offers a variety of awards, including over $2.7 million in scholarships annually.
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Forensics ​wins 8th straight Conference ​title

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On Feb. 12, the Lakeside Lutheran High School forensics team participated in the Capitol Conference Tournament at Cambridge High School where students competed against each other in 16 different speaking categories.  Of the 10 conference schools at the tournament, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Steve Lauber, finished first with a total of 310 points, ahead of Lake Mills (246) and Lodi (190).  That win marks Lakeside’s 8th straight conference championship.

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The Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, recently won its eighth consecutive Capitol Conference championship at the meet held at Cambridge February 12. Pictured in front row, L-R: Front Row: Emily Meiller, Evelyn Schauer, Annika Bilitz, Abbie Di Giovanni, Bronte Perkins, Maddie Triebold, Emily Raymond, Emma Hans, Maria Werre. 2nd Row: Elizabeth Brudos, Ryann Burger, Ashley McLain, Emily Weber, Megan Grambsch, Kayla Grundman, Kaitlyn Gehler. 3rd Row: Matthew Gunst, Katelyn McGurk, Rachel Poyner, Justin Learned, Sophia Griffin, Sami Anderson, Chad Nolte. 4th Row: Emma Statz, Jenna Gaal, Devon Perkins, Connor Dobson, Isaiah Coleman, Jacob Horta, Max Thiele. Back: Morgan Thiele, Lily Storlie, Ella Butzine, Brendan McKenna, Cannon Kerr, Charlie Pingel. Missing: Will Jorgenson

The following students led the way for Lakeside Lutheran:

Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills, finished first in Demonstration. In Farrago, Emma Hans, Jefferson, finished first and Emily Weber, Jefferson, placed second. Max Thiele, Oconomowoc, placed first in Impromptu, while Devon Perkins, Madison, placed first in Moments in History. Emma Guld, Lake Mills, and Isaiah Coleman, Watertown, took second in Playacting, while Kayla Grundman, Lake Mills, took second in Oratory.

In Prose, Meghan Grambsch, Columbus, placed first and Annika Bilitz, Sun Prairie, placed second. In Radio Speaking, Cannon Kerr, Watertown, placed first and William Jorgensen, McFarland, earned second. Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, won first in Solo Acting Humorous. Wrapping up two more firsts were Ashley McLain, Juneau, in Special Occasion and Maria Werre, Sun Prairie, in Storytelling.

Finally, with both taking 1sts in their respective categories, Poetry and Solo Acting Serious, seniors Kaitlyn Gehler​, Waterloo,​ and Charlie Pingel​, Sun Prairie,​ also achieved the special distinction of  earning perfect scores of 25 from judges in each of their 3 rounds.

On Feb. 26, sub-districts will be held at Lakeside Lutheran High School, where the full team of 25 will begin competition to advance to the district meet and from there, to the Wisconsin Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WFHSA) State Tournament at University of Wisconsin–Madison April 20.

 

Principal’s Pen: God uses government

pray74This month, we celebrate the births of two acclaimed presidents: Washington and Lincoln. As such, we should briefly consider the necessity and blessing of government, and how God uses it to advance his plan.

Throughout history, government has not always been highly respected. The Church father Augustine stated, “Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies?” The philosopher Thomas Paine concurred. “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil.” Even Thomas Jefferson said, “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so [it] will not become a legalized version of the first.” Today, many echo similar sentiments, perhaps more colorfully.

In light of such attitudes about government, what should Christians think?
First, we know that God establishes all governments—even corrupt ones. “No authority exists except by God” [Romans 13:1]. As such, we owe our government respect and allegiance because “the one who rebels against the authority is opposing God’s institution” [v. 2].

At the same time, government can be a blessing. It provides peace and stability to society. It is God’s “agent…to bring punishment on the wrongdoer” and his “servant for our benefit” [v. 4] to ensure that freedoms—including worship—are maintained.
It is sad that today Church and state are no longer on the same field as they once were. Long ago, both understood that they answered to God. However, society has separated them, and today government acts as if it were answerable to no one—not even God!
Christians must remember that God establishes government. He causes nations and leaders to rise for his purpose, and then he allows them to fall.

In spite of the boasts of rulers and the sometimes reckless actions of government, take comfort that “the One enthroned in heaven laughs” [Psalm 2:4]. He controls everything and “works for the good of those who love him” [Romans 8:28].

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

Warrior forensics medal in area events

The Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics Team has had two successful showings at recent tournaments. At the 14-team Watertown Forensics Tournament, held on January 20, Emma Guld, Lake Mills, and Isaiah Coleman, Watertown, finished first overall in Playacting. Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed second overall in Solo Humorous, and Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie, placed 3rd in Solo Serious.

At the 28-team Milwaukee Marquette Tournamen, on Jan. 27, Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie, and Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc finished first overall in Playacting. Maria Werre, Sun Prairie, finished first in Storytelling and Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed first in Solo Humorous; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie, finished third in Solo Serious; and Devon Perkins, Madison, finished fourth in Moments in History.

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Lakeside Lutheran award-winning forensics members: (Back, from left) Devon Perkins, Charlie Pingel, Emma Guld, Samantha Anderson, Isaiah Coleman. (Front, from left) Maria Werre, Abbie DiGiovanni, Emily Raymond, Madelaine Triebold.

Badger State reps announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2018 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 77th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 9-16 are Brevin Jegerlehner, son of AJ and Betty Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie, and Peter Zambo, son of Steven and Beth Zambo, Lake Mills. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 75th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 17-22 are Abigail Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda Buxa, Oconomowoc, and Katie Guld, daughter of John and Nicole Guld, Lake Mills.
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Lakeside Lutheran has chosen its representatives for the 2018 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June. The reps for the LLHS class of 2019, pictured L-R, are Peter Zambo, Abigail Buxa, Katie Guld and Brevin Jegerlehner.
Abigail Buxa has participated in volleyball for two years, basketball for three, and varsity track and field for three. In addition, she is a member of National Honor Society, sings with and accompanies the A Cappella choir, works on the newspaper staff, participates in conference art shows and math meets, and attends leadership breakfasts with the Lake Mills Optimists Club.
Tied for first in the class in GPA, she is a track captain, awarded second-team all-conference as a thrower, and earned a first in WSMA solo ensemble in piano performance. She has also served as a captain for the math team and placed first in a conference math meet. This summer she will travel to Watertown, N.Y., to help lead an art camp with Operation Go, a summer mission trip program. Buxa has volunteered with Honor Flight, Ruby’s Pantry, People Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (PADA), Twice is Nice, and Hope Church in Oconomowoc. She runs her own business, Signs from Above by Abigail, and also works part-time at Western Culvert Supply, Inc. in Oconomowoc.
A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington, she is considering a career in math, art, or psychology. A military child, Buxa was born in Alaska and has also lived in Maryland and California. “It is a huge honor to have been chosen, and I am looking forward to learning so much through this experience,” she says, “I am blessed that the teachers and staff thought of me for this.”
Katie Guld, currently ranked 6th in the class, has received academic high honors each semester. A member of this year’s Division 2 State Volleyball Championship team, she is also on Student Council, is captain of the soccer team, serves on newspaper and yearbook staffs, and participates in Teens for Christ service group. In addition, she is on the STEM Club Robotics Team.
Over spring break, Guld will travel to St. John’s, Antigua, as part of Operation Go, where she will help lead a soccer camp and teach phy ed. A member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, she works at Lake Mills Family Restaurant and volunteers as a babysitter for her church. With all of her activities, Guld sets aside an hour each week to meticulously plan her schedule. “Being so involved is a challenge but is most definitely worth it!” she says.
Guld plans to go into a biology career, perhaps as a physical or occupational therapist. She is grateful for the opportunity to attend Badger State. “Knowing that the instructors and mentors I look up to chose me gives me confidence to pursue my education,” she says. “I am looking forward to connecting with other girls across the state that have similar goals and values.”
Brevin Jegerlehner is “a hard worker that likes to see success from my efforts,” he says. “I stay busy with sports, Student Council, and looking for ways to help others.” He has been a student council rep for three years and attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp. Tied for first in his class, Jegerlehner is also a member of the National Honor Society and has received the Student Achiever Award. He has been on varsity basketball for three years and played football for three, receiving an all-conference honorable mention. As a member of the track team, he is a member of the school-record-holding 4×100 relay team.
Jegerlehner, who is considering being either a physical therapist or pastor, has volunteered at his church, Holy Cross, Madison, and served Thanksgiving meals. He is also a part of New Friends, a program at LLHS where students partner with special needs young people for friendship-building activities.
He is looking forward to working with new people at Badger State and “I hope to learn how to better lead others and gain experience with government,” he says. “I’m glad I have been chosen because it is an opportunity to grow as a person and learn new things.”
Peter Zambo, a member of the National Honor Society, has participated in every in-house math meet as well as traveling to other schools, often placing in the top three. He is part of the Stem Club, participates in soccer and track, and plays intramural basketball.
A member at St. John, Newville, Zambo helps clean the church once a month, volunteers at Lakeside’s summer soccer camps and at Twice is Nice, a resale store run by volunteers in Jefferson. He also volunteers for Salty Earth Pictures, a Christian media and film company. In addition, “I went on many disaster relief trips before high school when it wasn’t as big of a deal if I missed school,” he says. Peter also started his own online store where he “sells Giant Jenga sets that I make in my garage.”
Zambo is looking forward to being an engineer—or anything that involves lots of math. He knows that being chosen is “a great honor and not many are able to be part of it. I’m looking forward to gaining a better understanding of how our government works and meeting new people and making new friends,” he says.
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.