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.
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.
This 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.