Warrior signs to play D1 college golf

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce that one of its seniors has signed a letter of intent to play Division 1 college golf next year.

SONY DSCLukas Heckmann, son of Matt and Amy Heckmann, Middleton, has signed to play for the  University of New Orleans, often referred to locally as UNO, a medium-sized, metropolitan, public research university located on the New Orleans lakefront, and a Division I member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), competing in the Southland Conference.

Collegiate interest in Heckmann ramped up in June 2017 after he shot a 69/69 to win the Wisconsin PGA championship and qualify for nationals, but UNO was his own choice. In an interview, Heckmann said, “I love [New Orleans]. I wanted to play somewhere warm, and am a huge Saints fan. I was super-excited to hear back [from UNO] and eventually receive an offer from them in August. I went down to visit and it immediately felt like a great fit.”

“I am extremely excited to have Lukas join the Privateer program and pursue an engineering degree here,” says University of New Orleans Golf Coach Jeff Lorio. “Lukas comes to UNO with a resume that shows an understanding of what it takes to win—he has competed and won on the local, regional, state and national level. He has proven that he is a hard worker and has a strong desire to compete at the highest level. I truly believe that Lukas has a very high ceiling and we haven’t yet begun to see him reach his potential. On top of all that, Lukas is a tremendous young man and it has been an absolute pleasure getting to know him and his parents during the recruiting process. I cannot wait to have him here on campus in August.”

In his high school career, Heckmann has been a varsity golfer since his freshman year. He earned second-team All-Conference in 2016 and was awarded first-team All-Conference the past two years. In his sophomore year, he was awarded third-team All-State after finishing fifth in the D2 WIAA state tournament. Last spring he was named Capitol Conference Golfer of the Year, All-State Second-Team, Madison Area Player of the Year and was the WIAA D2 State Champion.

For the past two years, Heckmann has earned Academic All-State recognition as well; he will graduate in the Academic Top Ten in his Lakeside Lutheran class of 2019. He has also been a 4-year basketball athlete, a member of the National Honor Society, Math Team and Student Council.

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Lukas Heckmann plays golf whenever he can, including this past fall at Montana’s first American Junior Golf Association tournament in Big Sky on Sept. 1-3, 2018, where, according to PGA Head professional at Big Sky, Mark Wehrman, “Eighty of the best junior golfers in the world competed over three days in a 54-hole stroke play format.”
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Student teacher spotlight: Kati Guenterberg

bobbingKati Guenterberg literally dove in head first with student teaching this year. “On my fourth day here, we bobbed for apples in homeroom! I had so much fun with that!” she shares.

Kati, who is in Mrs. Schommer’s Language Arts classroom, grew up in Appleton, Wis., and graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran High School in 2014.

A double major in Communication Arts and Literature and Elementary Education, Kati loves language. “I have always been a very passionate reader and I want to help share that with my students,” she says. “In addition, I adore people and working with them. I think it is incredibly rewarding to see that ‘Aha!’ moment in a student.”2018-12-06_1523

She is comfortable in the classroom except, “I am really short! Most of the students are taller than I am and that made me a bit nervous,” she admits. But those fears were quickly put to the side. “The culture is just so positive and Christ-centered. It is just so calming and wonderful to have the Word at the forefront of each day.”

Being in the classroom has helped her grow. “I am continually working on becoming a more consistent and organized teacher,” she says. She will spend next semester student teaching at the elementary level.

Student teacher spotlight: Elijah Kroll

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This semester, Elijah Kroll served as a student teacher at Lakeside Lutheran in the Social Studies department. Elijah, who is double majoring in Secondary Social Studies and Elementary Education, grew up in Zambia, Africa, where his father served as a missionary. When he was 13, his family moved to Lake City, Minn., where he attended high school. Now his family lives in Cameroon, where they are again serving as missionaries.

Elijah wasn’t sure he wanted to be a teacher until he was a senior in high school. “I was a camp counselor at Camp Shiloh in Texas and decided that I want to work with kids,” he says.

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While he wasn’t nervous about student teaching in a high school, “I can’t help wonder if I know enough,” he shares. While being mentored by Mr. Doering, Elijah learned that “preparation is the key to success, but having fun while teaching goes a long way.”

He’s enjoyed his time outside of the classroom too. “Giving chapel and extra curricular activities are probably my biggest highlights,” he says.

As for the future, “I currently am trying to figure out whether or not to take a call out of MLC or to go abroad and teach. Please pray for me as I make this decision.”

Principal’s Pen: Riches to rags

From rags to riches is a common theme in literature, pop culture, and music. In real life, losers sometimes become champions. It’s appealing. After all, who wouldn’t want to go from failure to success, from poverty to wealth?

For Christians, the themes of Advent and Christmas are the opposite: from riches to rags. John’s gospel begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Jesus is the living Word of God. He existed with his Father and the Holy Spirit from eternity. He was the active Word at Creation. He was the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament. Old Testament prophesied him as the Messiah. Indeed, Christ had it all as Lord of heaven and earth.

oi7a5258.jpgBut, sin entered the world through humankind. The hope of living in holiness disappeared. Humans would know only misery, guilt, and death.

Here we witness God’s boundless love. Christ did the unthinkable. He surrendered heaven’s glories, “became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). He became what he was not so that we could become what we are not. Christ who is “in very nature God…made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant…[suffering] even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8).

We will never fully understand Christ’s actions this side of eternity. Yet, he set aside heavenly glory—his “riches”— and took up humanity—our “rags”—as prophesied. His boundless love and undeserved grace are the greatest gifts ever!

From rags to riches. It’s a great story. Everyone loves cheering for an underdog.
Yet, Christ’s riches to rags story is far greater. He laid aside heaven’s riches for us. Now, as our risen and victorious Savior, he reigns again in glory.

From all of us at Lakeside: God bless your celebration of his love through Christ. May he also bless you with a joyous New Year.

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