Senior earns Commended Student status in the 2019 National Merit® Awards

BuxaAbigail Buxa, Oconomowoc, has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Buxa is one of 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Though they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

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ACT exam results among highest in state 

ACT Research Services of Iowa City, Iowa, recently released the ACT scores for Lakeside Lutheran High School Class of 2018.

Of the 85 members of the 2018 class, 73, or 86%, wrote the exam. Based on a 36-point scale, the composite score of these students was 24.2, which is above the state composite of 20.5 for almost 100% of students writing the exam statewide. This composite score keeps Lakeside Lutheran among the top 2% of over 460 high schools in the state, as reported by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction. Once again, mathematics scores led the four tested areas.

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According to ACT Inc., the test is not an aptitude or IQ test, but directly related to what students have learned in high school courses. They use the results to predict college readiness in four areas: English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology. “It is the rigor of coursework—rather than simply the number of core courses—that has the greatest impact on ACT performance and college readiness,” the non-profit organization states.

“In addition to having higher average ACT scores than many local schools, the College Board stated that our composite percentage of students who are ‘college ready’ in four core subjects is more than double the state’s composite,” says Principal James Grasby. “This means that a majority of Lakeside graduates are very likely to earn a “B” or above in English Composition, Algebra, the Social Sciences, and Biology in college-level courses. This is a great testimony to God’s blessing on our students’ work.”

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The ACT is a national college admission and placement examination that is used by more colleges than any other examination. Begun in 1959, more than 1.8 million students wrote the ACT last school year, including almost 67,000 students in Wisconsin. The ACT is a standard assessment for all 11th-graders in Wisconsin public high schools.

Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills is a ministry operated by a federation of 31 Lutheran congregations who are affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod or the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The school holds accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), a division of AdvancED. For more information, contact Principal James Grasby at (920) 648-2321.

2018-19 Student Council officers announced

SONY DSCLakeside Lutheran High School recently elected freshman class officers and representatives for the 2018-19 school year. Elected were (l-r): Representative Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie; Vice-President Ketia Vater, Watertown; President Jacob Griedl, Fort Atkinson; Representative Will Popp, Fitchburg; Representative Douglas Weittenhiller III, DeForest.

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Lakeside Lutheran High School elected sophomore class officers and representatives for the 2018-19 school year are (l-r): Vice-President Micah Cody, Juneau; President Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Representative Maya Heckmann, Middleton; Representative Tersony Vater, Watertown; Representative Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills.

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Lakeside Lutheran High School elected junior class officers and representatives for the 2018-19 school year are (l-r): Vice-President Elise Meier, Watertown; Representative Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; Representative Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek; President Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Representative Ryann Burger, Lake Mills.

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Lakeside Lutheran High School elected senior class officers and representatives for the 2018-19 school year are (l-r): Representative Lukas Heckmann, Middleton; Vice-President, Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; President Will DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Representative Kaitlyn Shadoski, Janesville; Representative Brevin Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie.

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Lakeside Lutheran High School elected student body officers from the senior class for the 2018-19 school year include (l-r): Treasurer Luke Stauffacher, Madison; Vice-President Grace Loescher, Watertown; President Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Secretary Catherine Richart, Watertown.

Principal’s Pen: Oh so relevant

Some say, “Christianity is irrelevant!”

They believe that the Church’s primary mission is to solve humankind’s ills. So, when it does not address and resolve hunger, disease, war, and other earthly problems, they label Christianity as “irrelevant.”

Sin is the root of life’s problems. Evil forces—including our flesh—continually foster sin. James writes, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (James 4:1). Moses directly states that the “inclination of the thoughts of the human heart [is] only evil all the time” (Genesis 6:5). We are naturally selfish. Our interests lie within. We place ourselves first thinking we are always correct. After all, it’s easy to point out life’s problems until we realize that we are the cause.

Some assume that Christianity will solve every earthly trouble. They think that God should destroy sin at their whim. When he doesn’t, they declare that he is uncaring, unknowing, and irrelevant.

We know that God does great things. He fed 5,000. He brought two million Israelites safely through the Red Sea. He raised Lazarus. He saves you, me, and all believers. Still, he did (and does) these things in his own way at his own time to glorify his name.

heart_1705cThroughout Scripture, God instructs us to wait patiently. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Eccl. 3:1). “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (John 13:7).

God has a plan for everything, including life’s problems. His solutions are timely and relevant. After all, they “transcend all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

Really, Christianity is relevant!

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

“Volley for Hope” benefits Tomorrow’s Hope

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Members of the Warrior Varsity, JV and JV2 volleyball teams hosted Volley for Hope on September 25 and raised more than $3,000 for Tomorrow’s Hope, a nonprofit that supports local health care organizations.

The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams and a crew of parent and other volunteers raised $3,010.50 for Tomorrow’s Hope on the evening of their conference match against Luther Preparatory School on September 25. The event, called “Volley for Hope,” raised funds through a raffle and concessions as well as a variety of sales: mums, t-shirts and a bake sale, run by students from St. Paul, Lake Mills. The night also featured Lutheran grade school volleyball teams from surrounding communities.

Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, is a non-profit that supports local health care organizations who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses. They also foster health-related research, education, and support activities. A gallery of photos from the evening can be viewed and downloaded from llhs.smugmug.com/Sports/Volley-for-Hope-2018