Zach Cichanofsky, a May 2018 graduate from Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, received a Technical Excellence Scholarship from the State of Wisconsin. This award is given to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest demonstrated level of proficiency in technical education subjects. The scholarship is to be used at a school within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and is valued at up to $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition for six semesters. Cichanofsky will attend Waukesha County Technical College. He also received a Snap-On Tool award valued at $3,905.00 from the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association. While he is in school he will also work for J & L Tire, Truck, and Trailer Shop in Johnson Creek.
For the past 59 years, students at LLHS have focused on service. For some, it meant SHO Team and giving presentations about alcohol and drug abuse to grade schools. Others belonged to Teens for Life, and were passionate about speaking out of the lives of all people, especially those who cannot speak for themselves. Some joined Affinity, a group that began in 2001 to encourage students to use their “time and God-given abilities to serve our fellow students, school and its neighbors.”
Today, students join Teens for Christ—and serve God and others in a number of ways. This year, TfC started New Friends, where LL teens hang and develop friendships with people who have special needs. All can join in fun activities, such as human bowling, karaoke, face painting, basketball, crafts, music, and, of course, snack (they’re teens!).
Held three times in the 2017-18 school year, more than 50 Lakeside teens participated each time. “We are excited to share God’s Word with more individuals in our community,” says Ruth Hirschfeld, LLHS faculty adviser to Teens for Christ. “New Friends allows us to witness to the joy that faith in Jesus brings as we have fun. It has the potential to inspire and impact both the community participants and the teens who are looking to make some new friends.” Senior Sophie Collins agreed. “People with special needs can learn from us, but we can also learn from them,” she said. “Getting a strike in bowling can make someone so happy. It helps us remember the little things in life and to stay positive. I am always amazed by the happiness.”
She also saw the need to spread the word about the program. “The most important part for us is to not only have people come back, but have more people come and join us every time.” she said.” We’re learning how to let people know this is going on.”
Caretakers of anyone with special needs who may be interested in attending next year should contact Hirschfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 920-648-2321 x2210.
(from Link, vol. 13, 2018 Issue 1)
In 2015, LLHS faculty Pastors Caleb Davisson and Clark Schultz worked with Kingdom Workers to find three unique locations and four different student trips that would enable Warrior teens who wanted to “GO” with the Gospel. That summer, 15 Warriors headed to Toronto, New Jersey, and Louisville to help with canvassing and camps and VBS.
In 2018, 35 students make up seven teams that are headed to six locations for soccer camp, art camps, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camp, as well as VBS and canvassing activities. From Alaska to Idaho…from New York to New Orleans…New Jersey to Antigua, these summer mission trips are known as “Operation GO.”
Students and the host congregations develop bonds that last beyond a week, with many participants keeping in touch with their host families throughout the school year. For the soccer camp and STEM camp held at Faith Lutheran Church and School, Anchorage, there’s an even more special connection. Pastor Chris Ewings ‘01 and Principal Tom Zarnstorff ‘74 are Lakeside alum.
Pastor Ewings married Cara, an Alaska native, and has five children. He appreciates how Lakeside and its “amazingly talented staff” prepared him for the ministry. “Herr Walta changed me from a boy to a man,” he says. “He equipped me with gifts to learn how to learn, to take responsibility, to do my best. I learned new levels of excellence. Plus, with sports I learned how to integrate with other kids my age, work hard and give my very best.”
Still, he is thankful for something even more important. “Pastor Stuebs’ religion class deepened my faith. There’s where my faith became more than academic. I knew Jesus as my Savior and my God,” he says.
Now, he is thankful to see his alma mater and his ministry working together. “This is such an amazing blessing—to see kids with faith on fire, who put faith into action. It’s a jolt of action for kids in our church to see, and they are encouraged to serve in ways they might not have before,” he says.
After all, this is a leap of faith for teens to come to a city where three out of four people don’t believe in God.
“It takes some nerve to share Jesus with kids they’ve never met. What a blessing for Faith, not only as we seek to do outreach, but also that our members—from oldest adult to youngest—say ‘Wow! They are living their faith!’” he says. “We are absolutely thrilled about this opportunity and hope we can keep this partnership going!”
And, he says, “for Lakeside Lakeside Lakeside, we will!”
(from Link, vol. 13, 2018 Issue 1)
Lakeside Lutheran High School is proud to announce its honor roll for the fourth quarter of academic year 2017-18:
High Honors Honor Roll (3.75-4.0 GPA)
Elizabeth Brudos, Janesville; Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc; Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Cooper Clark, Lake Mills; Kinsey Gade, Lake Mills; Megan Grambsch, Columbus; Jada Gresens, Sun Prairie; Ashley Grundman, Waterloo; Graham Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Maya Heckmann, Middleton; Caitlin Heinrich, Madison; Emmilee Hillier, Sun Prairie; Joshua Hodkiewicz, DeForest; AnaCristina Iglesias, Watertown; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; Jordyn Jaeger, Lake Mills; William Jorgensen, McFarland; Payton Kuepers, Madison; Sydney Langille, Lake Mills; Madison McGurk, Lake Mills; Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills; Haylee Meske, Jefferson; Hailey Miller, Sun Prairie; Isaiah Minning, Watertown; Julia Neuberger, Lake Mills; Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie; Carter Roekle, Middleton; Evelyn Schauer, Watertown; Riley Schmidt, Janesville; Grace Seim, Beaver Dam; Morgan Slonaker, De Forest; Devin Splinter, Ixonia; Emma Strohm, Watertown; Claudia Stuebs, Lake Mills; Jennifer Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Evelyn Terry, Ixonia; Jada Teteak, Middleton; Joy Thompson-Wurz, Lake Mills; Sarah Ulsberger, Fort Atkinson; Seth Veers, Cross Plains; Kendra Wilson, Cottage Grove; Laura Zank, Juneau
Madeline Abel, Fort Atkinson; Ashley Behnke, Watertown; Emma Berg, Madison; Anna Bilitz, Madison; Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove; Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Kaitlyn Buss, Watertown; Oliver Butler, Ixonia; Alicia Childs, Columbus; Isabella Collins, Lake Mills; Samantha Detert, Watertown; Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Calvin Grant, Sun Prairie; Cody Gumz, Marshall ; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Janae Jensen, Juneau; Kristin Karas, Milton; Kendra Kasper, Helenville; Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; Serena Leis, Wilton; Seth Lozano, Waterloo; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Brynn McDermott, Poynette; Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills; Elise Meier, Watertown; Alessandra Murray, Sun Prairie; Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek; Bronte Perkins, Madison; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Alex Ryan, Lake Mills; Carter Schneider, Jefferson; Owen Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Espen Storlie, Jefferson; Nathaniel Stout, Janesville; Molly Sturgill, Waterloo; Dinesh Tadepalli, Sun Prairie; Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Kirsten Thundercloud, Jefferson; Amber Wardall, Waterloo; Grace Westrate, Sun Prairie; Christopher Yunck, Lake Mills
Abigail Buxa, Oconomowoc; Will DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Alyssa Fehrman, Juneau; Katherine Guld, Lake Mills; Lukas Heckmann, Middleton; Gracie Hillier, Sun Prairie; Brevin Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Rebecca Lang, Lake Mills; Cole Lauersdorf, Oconomowoc; Kayla Laures, Jefferson; Kyle Leis, Wilton; Jack Monis, Oconomowoc; Mariah Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Ethan Neumann, Oconomowoc; Chad Nolte, Janesville; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; Kaitlyn Shadoski, Janesville; Jackson Stake, Stoughton; Anna Swenson, Beaver Dam; Taylor Wolfram, Fort Atkinson; Peter Zambo, Lake Mills
Kalies Birkholz, Watertown; Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Zachary Cichanofsky, Watertown; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc; Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo; Gabrielle Grunewald, Bettendorf; Emma Guld, Lake Mills; Kelly Koch, Watertown; Samantha Kohls, Waterloo; Kaitlin Main, Juneau; Ashley McLain, Juneau; Melissa Murack, Sullivan; James Neuberger, Lake Mills; Eric Pillard, Oconomowoc; Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie; Katharina Schleef, Watertown; Brett Schwantes, Madison; Sarah Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Morgan Thiele, Poynette; Gerald Weber, Sun Prairie; Matthias Winters, Watertown
Honors (3.25 – 3.749 GPA)
Isaiah Andress, Oconomowoc; Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie; Isabella Cook, Hartland; Jack Egelseer, Lake Mills; Adriana Genthe, Lake Mills; Kylee Gnabasik, Jefferson; Kristel Hafenstein, Beaver Dam; Austin Haley, Watertown; Julia Hallman, Fort Atkinson; Rachel Huebner, Madison; Samuel Ibeling, Cambridge; Joel Kluz, Juneau; Anna Kreutz, Madison; Olivia Krieser, Stoughton; Elizabeth Loppnow, Lebanon; Remy Matthews, Sun Prairie; Emily Meiller, Madison; Hannah Meyer, Lake Mills; Isabella Mueller, Sun Prairie; Mia Murray, Middleton; Micah Nasett, Marshall; Benjamin Neumann, Oconomowoc; Olivia Odrich, Verona; Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Alyssa Ratzow, Watertown; Logan Reich, Jefferson; Payton Roth, Watertown; Lillian Runke, Sun Prairie; Stephanie Schafer, Lake Mills; Caroline Schulz, DeForest ; Darren Schuster, Juneau; Anika Stone, Fitchburg; Lily Storlie, Jefferson; Gabriel Uttech, Fall River; Tersony Vater, Watertown; Amber Vertein, Watertown; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Nicholas Yaroch, Fall River
Jocelyn Asmus, Lake Mills; Kaitlin Burk, Johnson Creek; Matthew Davis, Lake Mills; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek; Elli Duddeck, Ixonia; Haakon Ellestad, Sun Prairie; Daniel Faupl, Watertown; Trevor Geerdts, Lake Mills; Emily Godwin, Madison; August Gresens, Sun Prairie; Matthew Gunst, Hartford; Jeremy Hathaway, Watertown; Jacob Holmes, Jefferson; Karissa Kilian, Lake Mills; Elijah Knapp, Ixonia; Hannah Koenig, Cambridge; Taylor Laures, Jefferson; Michael Martin, Watertown; Wesley McLain, Juneau; Micah Missall, Rio; Kobe Paske, Arlington; Breanna Preskar, Juneau; Collin Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Cole Schuster, Juneau; Emma Statz, Jefferson; Katie Stuebs, Lake Mills; Isaiah Terry, Ixonia; Keira Thurnbauer, Lake Mills; Ashley Valerio, Watertown
Tyler Affeld, Watertown; Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Olivia Andress, Oconomowoc; Megan Borth, Watertown; William Bushie, Watertown; Margaret Cody, Juneau; Olivia Fregien, Madison; Noelle Gates, Middleton; Benjamin Grambsch, Columbus; Seth Hackbarth, Lake Mills; Jennica Jensen, Juneau; Paul Johnson, Janesville; Olivia Kassulke, Watertown; Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; Grace Krieser, Stoughton; Caleb Kuepers, Madison; Grace Loescher, Watertown; Taylor Luetzow, Watertown; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc; Hayden Oestreich, Watertown; Mira Parker, Deforest; Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Dominic Schmidt, Watertown; Dustin Schulz, Beaver Dam; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Christopher Schwantes, Madison; Luke Stauffacher, Madison; Maxwell Thiele, Oconomowoc; Max Thomas, Watertown; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Olivia Turke, Oconomowoc; Kira Tweit, Madison; Isac Veers, Cross Plains; Hannah Willems, Johnson Creek
Sofia Asmus, Lake Mills; Kelsey Birschbach, Deforest ; Alyssa Condon, Watertown; Kaitlyn Drewicz, Watertown; Ashley Fritz, Middleton; Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek; Joseph Grambsch, Columbus; Timothy Grant, Sun Prairie; Kayla Grundman, Waterloo; Emma Hans, Jefferson; Isaac Heckmann, Middleton; Benjamin Hodel, Lake Mills; Alexander Hoenecke, Waunakee; Shannon Jones, Johnson Creek; Samantha Kluever, Marshall; Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc; Hannah Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; Ian Olson, Sun Prairie; Devon Perkins, Madison; Charles Pingel, Sun Prairie; Amber Rowoldt, Watertown; Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville; Katrina Stratman, Beaver Dam; Griffin Torgerson, Watertown; Philip Treptow, Avalon; Emily Weber, Helenville; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Ellie Westrate, Sun Prairie
Commendables (3.0 – 3.249 GPA)
Kendra Blake, Watertown; Micah Cody, Juneau; Stephanie Georgi, Sun Prairie; Nathaniel Heins, Ixonia; Kyle Jaeger, Watertown; William Meland, Verona; Kennedy Pugh, Watertown; Ryan Punzel, Watertown; Ryan Reyes, Watertown; Jack Schultz, Columbus
Karleena Battist, Waterloo; Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson; Arthur Evangelist, Lake Mills; Jacob Horta, Helenville; Abel Krauklis, Lake Mills; Maria Saavedra, Watertown; Tyler Surges, Nashotah; Grace Thomas, Watertown; Noah Vanderhoof, Beaver Dam
Janelle Arndt, Watertown; Vanessa Bischoff, Juneau; Seth Bolin, Lake Mills; Caitlin Condon, Watertown; Maddison Fenner, Fort Atkinson; Joshua Groninger, Janesville; Kaleigh Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Tyler Holzhueter, Waterloo; Cannon Kerr, Watertown; Carter Kexel, Lake Mills; Joshua Lindert, Watertown; Molly Lindloff, Lake Mills; Emily Meske, Jefferson; Austin Meyer, Lake Mills; Charles Miller, Sun Prairie; Timothy Nommensen, Deerfield; Cameron Paske, Arlington; Rachel Poyner, Madison; Catherine Richart, Watertown; Anna Rue, Fort Atkinson; Logan Scheiber, Watertown; Amanda Seelman, Watertown; Hannah Tucek, Lake Mills; Jacob Ulrich, Lake Mills
Andrew Burk, Johnson Creek; Isaiah Coleman, Watertown; Samantha DeNoyer, Fort Atkinson; Amber Fortney, Columbus; Maria Murray, Middleton; Jeremy Nehls, Juneau; Cade Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Dustin Pampel, Johnson Creek; Bridgette Schoebel, Beaver Dam; Kailey Schoenherr, Sun Prairie; Elizabeth Valerio, Watertown
After 25 years at Lakeside, I am retiring from the teaching ministry. From 8 am to 5 pm almost every school day spent with students and teachers will shape any person profoundly, as it did me. However, Lakeside wasn’t my only teaching station and that has given me a unique perspective.
My first 16 years occurred in a public school which was full of many Christian students, parents, and teachers. Those families and teachers live through the very same issues with sin and Cross-bearing as we all do at Lakeside. So I can bear witness to the fact that the difference for Lakeside is not that we are Christian and they are not. The difference is that Jesus is openly and intentionally included here.
Teachers here open the Bible every morning together; everyone in the school devotes some time after second hour to a message from the Word of God. Every student, every day, attends a full class period to a study of the Word. Every day we teach and learn the usual high school subjects, all the while engulfed and breathing in an atmosphere of God’s great promises. I know that the Word changes people; it is daily changing your children, my colleagues and co-workers, and this kind of change is truly a beautiful thing.
I am grateful to God for guiding me thus far through Lakeside, and I am grateful to students, parents and teachers for accepting me and letting me share in something very special.
(from Link, vol. 13, 2018 Issue 1)