LES Math Meet held

The annual Lutheran Elementary School Math Meet for grades 5-8 held was held at Lakeside Lutheran on April 24. This year 14 of its federated schools participated. The 269 students in this year’s competition wrote three individual tests to place individually in their own grade levels. Top scorers in each of the grade levels (grades 5-8) received a $100.00 tuition credit should they decide to attend Lakeside.

Meet the winners:

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5-6 graders from Eastside, Madison, earned the first place team award in the large school division. Back from left Kourtney Zech, Easton Wolfram, Ethan Berens. (Front, from left) Grace Zhou, Mason Berens, Tyler Dretske.

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5-6th graders from Our Redeemer earned the first place team award in the small school division. Team members include (not in order): Tyler Dahlie, Ruby Nerothin, Jonah Greve, Libby Jones, Makayla Hunter, Ellie Tuttle


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7-8 graders from St. John, Juneau, earned the first place team award in the small school division. The team was made up of Owen Schultz, Olivia Passig, Laura Giroux, Grace Cody, Erin Schmidt, and John Schramek.

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TSL 7-8 graders earned the first place team award in the large school division at the Lakeside math meet. Team members include (back from left) Sophia Bittorf, Joah Tratar, and Isaac Winters. (front, from left) Hadley Wendorff, Brandon Mensching, and Ben Vasold.2019 Math Meet-individual 5


Individual fifth-grade winners: (from left) Mason Berens (1st, Eastside), Tyler Dretske (2nd, Eastside) Micah Frank (3rd, TSL).

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Individual sixth-grade winners: (Back, from left) Natalie Clark (1st, SPL), Nolan Schweighardt (1st, SPL), and Joseph Metzger (3rd, SPL), and Max Luedtke (3rd, St. Stephen). (Front, from left) Easton Wolfram (1st, Eastside), Tessa Schmocker (1st, St. Paul Fort), Josh Kutz (1st, SPL), Lilly Fister (2nd, St. Stephen), Kayla Hirschfeld (3rd SPL), and Elijah Vik (3rd, St. Paul Fort)

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Individual seventh-grade winners: (from left) Heidi Schwertfeger (3rd, Eastside), Mikaela Koester (2nd, St. Paul Fort), Brandon Mensching (1st, TSL).2019 Math Meet-individual 8



Individual eighth grade winners: (from left) Isaac Winters (1st, TSL), Hadley Wendorff (2nd, TSL), Ben Buxa (2nd, SPL), and James DeNoyer (3rd, Crown of Life)

Monis signs with Viterbo

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce that senior Jack Monis signed his national letter of intent to play college basketball next school year with Viterbo University in LaCrosse. Viterbo, nicknamed athletically as the V-Hawks, is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the North Star Athletic Association.

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Lakeside Lutheran senior Jack Monis signs his national letter of intent to play college basketball next year with Viterbo University. With him are (from left) Lakeside head basketball coach Kirk DeNoyer, Lakeside assistant coach Andy Rosenau, Viterbo Head Coach Wayne Wagner, Trisha Monis, Peder Monis, Wisconsin Crusaders AAU coach Adam Maulick, and Viterbo assistant coach Luke Clift.

Monis, the son of Peder and Trisha Monis of Oconomowoc, was a four-year varsity starter and scored 1,000 points in his high school career. He was selected 1st team all-conference and also named Player of the Year in the Capitol North Conference in 2019. He has been selected to play in WBCA All-Star Game this summer. He also played for the Wisconsin Crusaders AAU team. At Lakeside, he also played four years of football and one of baseball.

“Outside of being a quality athlete, the things that really drew us to Jack was his outstanding character,” says Head Men’s Basketball Coach Wayne Wagner. “He is the epitome of a great student-athlete that has not only the talent but a great work ethic and competitive nature that will drive him to be successful on and off the floor. He comes from a solid background with the foundation from his family and the Lakeside Lutheran community. We see so many of the leadership qualities in Jack that fit so well with our Viterbo University community’s leading mantra of servant-leadership.”



Principal’s Pen: Don’t miss an opportunity

principals-message-1There are many stories of missed opportunity.

In 2012, a man wished to invest $10,000. He researched many options and found a company whose story interested him. It was in the relatively new and rapidly expanding field of social media.

As he waited, the company’s stock dipped to $20 a share. Knowing his limit, he instructed his broker to buy 550 shares when the price reached $18. As the price further declined, he assumed that his broker made the purchase. He didn’t check.

However, the lowest price the stock reached was $18.06. For $.06 per share, his order was never executed and this investor missed out on a big opportunity—Facebook. His $10,000 investment in 2012 would be worth $90,000 today!

There are many stories of missed opportunity.

Early on the first morning of the week, the women went to Jesus’ tomb. They expected to prepare his body for burial. But, they did not find a lifeless body. They found two “men” in brilliant clothing. Even before they spoke, one man declared, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? [Jesus] is not here; he has risen!” [Luke 24:5-6].

The women “hurried away from the tomb … and ran to tell his disciples” [Matthew 28:8]. They didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share the message of the Savior’s resurrection.


For many, Easter is a missed opportunity. To them, it’s a spectator event and they miss the opportunity to make its joy their own. Moreover, they miss the opportunity to share God’s message of life and hope through Jesus.

This year, may God guide every believer to seize the opportunity and be like the women who joyfully received the news of Jesus’ resurrection. Furthermore, may he lead us to share our joy so that others may hear and also believe, “[Jesus] is not here; he has risen!

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

Mystery-comedy “Murder in the House of Horrors” this weekend

The Warrior Drama department is in its final week of practice for the spring production of Murder in the House of Horrors, on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 at 7 p.m. Reserved floors seats are available for $8. Advance tickets available online (start at llhs.org/drama) or by calling 800-838-3006. Walk-up unreserved bleacher seats will be $5 both nights.

In this interactive mystery-comedy that will have audiences wondering whodunnit, renowned Egyptologist (Cannon Kerr, Watertown) is telling of his discovery of the Pharaoh Menkaura’s tomb. Suddenly, while watching a slide of the ruler’s sarcophagus, the projector goes off, plunging the auditorium into darkness. When the lights come on, the professor is dead and the priceless jewel he was holding has vanished!

When Lt. Dan Morrow (Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie) arrives, he narrows the suspects to seven. Was it the jealous wife (Sophia Griffin, Lodi) who suspected her husband was having an affair? Or the Egyptian sisters (Molly Lindloff, Lake Mills, and Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc) who cursed the expedition for disturbing Pharoah’s tomb? Or Mrs. Westbrook (Kendra Kasper, Helenville) who was displeased how her money was being spent by the museum? Or her lawyer Ms. Gray (Bronte Perkins, Madison) who would do anything for her client? Or Elena Newman (Olivia Fregien, Madison) Professor Carlton’s underappreciated assistant? Or Dr. Vanderveer (Anna Bilitz, Madison) the curator of the museum? Or was it someone that no one would ever suspect?

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Other characters include Jane Trice (Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson), Russ Palmer (Al Wood, Madison), Betty Lange (Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie), Tony (Benjamin Huebner, Madison), Officer Val Holloway (Kiara Wolfram, Fort Atkinson), Professor Kirk Carlton (Will Denoyer, Sun Prairie), and four guards (Kira Tweit, Madison; Joy Thompson Wurz, Lake Mills; Ashley Grundman, Waterloo; Olivia Odrich, Verona).

The lieutenant enlists audience aid in solving the crime. You’ll be caught up in this thriller, uncovering the clues that reveal the killer in an electrifying climax.

The production is directed by Pastors Clark Schultz and Mark Toepel, with costuming by Jade Wood, Megan Wood, and Mark Heckendorf. Mr. Damon Tracy heads up a crew of student for lights and sound. Students from Tech Ed, under Mr. Jeff Meske, built the staging, and art students painted the set as directed by Mrs. Lori Tetzlaff.  Miss Rachel Poyner is the stage manager.

Murder in the House of Horrors is presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.

Forensics 10th consecutive year of “Excellence”

For the tenth year in a row, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team was awarded the Excellence in Speech Award for scoring in the top 5% among 340 participating high schools at the 124th annual Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Festival at UW-Madison April 12.

The UW-Madison campus hosted more than 4,200 students from 340 schools across the state at this, the largest forensics festival in the state. “Students in our academic sport practice long hours to hone their skills and meet the expectations upon which they will be judged,” says WHSFA Executive Director Adam Jacobi. “These schools represent consistent performance across a variety of contest events at our festival, and should be lauded for their performance.”

The top 19 high schools at the 2019 festival, in alphabetical order, include Baldwin-Woodville, Boscobel, Burlington, Darlington, DeForest, Ellsworth, Fennimore, Hudson, Lakeside Lutheran, Lincoln High School, Wisconsin Rapids, Menomonie, New Berlin Eisenhower, Prescott, Regis High School, Eau Claire, Sauk Prairie, St. Lawrence Seminary/Mt. Calvary, Waterford Union, Waunakee, Wrightstown.

At the State Festival, individual competitors receive a gold medal for a perfect score of 25, silver for a score of 23 or 24, a bronze for a score of 20-22 and a small bronze for lower scores. The whole team then receives points based on members’ individual scores, earning four points for each gold, three points for each silver, two points for each bronze and one point for each small bronze. After qualifying all 25 entries—the maximum allowable—through sub-district and district competitions, the Lakeside Lutheran competitors earned a total of 14 gold, nine silver, and two bronze medals at state. “Working with this dedicated group of students and seeing them progress as speakers has been very rewarding to see,” says Coach Steve Lauber.

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For the 10th straight year, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team was awarded the Excellence in Speech Award at the WHSFA Forensics State Championship on April 12. Pictured on the UW campus, back row, left-right: Cannon Kerr, Grace Loescher, Maddie Triebold, Sami Anderson, Connor Dobson, Matt Gunst. Middle row standing, L/R:  Caleb Raymond, Ryann Burger, Megan Reinke, Annika Bilitz, Abbie DiGiovanni, Bronte Perkins, Ella Butzine, Megan Grambsch, Matthea Lenz, Evelyn Schauer, Kiara Wolfram. Front row, standing, L/R: Max Thiele, Will Jorgensen, Brendan McKenna, Jacob Horta, Kaylee Raymond, Greta Pingel, Douglas Weittenhiller. On ground: Justin Learned. (Missing from picture: Sophie Griffin, Maddie Klug, Chad Nolte).

The 14 gold medal entries include Grace Loescher, Watertown and Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie (Group Interp); Justin Learned, Watertown (Demonstration); Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills (Moments in History); Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek (Poetry); Sophia Griffin, Lodi and Maddie Klug, Ixonia (Playacting); Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc, and Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie (Playacting); Abbie DiGiovanni, Fort Atkinson (Solo Acting, Humorous); Ryann Burger, Lake Mills (Storytelling); Kiara Wolfram, Fort Atkinson (Storytelling); Evelyn Schauer, Watertown (Farrago) Megan Reinke, Watertown (Poetry); Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie (Prose); Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc (Prose) Matthea Lenz, Oconomowoc (Solo Acting, Humorous).

Silver medals were awarded to Matthew Gunst, Hartford (Informative); Megan Grambsch, Columbus (Prose); Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove (Prose); Jacob Horta, Helenville (Moments in History); Bronte Perkins, Madison (Solo Acting, Humorous); Chad Nolte, Janesville (Farrago); Cannon Kerr, Watertown (Radio Speaking) Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie (Public Address); Douglas Weittenhiller, DeForest (Informative).

Max Thiele, Oconomowoc (Impromptu) and Will Jorgensen, McFarland (Radio Speaking) were awarded bronze medals.

For more information about the WHSFA, visit whsfa.org. For more information about Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal Grasby at 920-648-2321 or visit the LLHS website at llhs.org.