Academic Top 10 announced at Lakeside Lutheran


Lakeside Lutheran High School announced its Academic Top Ten from the Class of 2019. These individuals cumulatively earned 292.3 high school credits, an average slightly above 29.2 credits per person. 26 credits are needed for graduation from Lakeside.

Through seven semesters, the Top Ten has a mean grade point average of 3.968 and their cumulative grade point averages range from 3.898 to 4.000—102/1000ths of a grade point. In one case, the difference in grade point between four of the Top Ten was 21/1000th of a point. Three of these students earned straight As, not a single A-, for semester grades, and one had just one A- through seven semesters.  

Their profiles, in alphabetical order, follow:

Valedictorian Abigail Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda, Oconomowoc, will attend Lipscomb University, Nashville, to major in Applied Mathematics with minors in Spanish, business, or psychology.

She is a National Merit Commended Student, Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship Recipient, Badger Girls’ State representative, and Lake Mills Student Rotarian. She runs her own business, Signs from Above by Abigail.

While at Lakeside, she was the National Honor Society President, Operation GO Student President, and was math team captain. She served as a choir accompanist and soloist, received the Art Show Best of School, was part of the yearbook and newspaper teams, and volunteered with Teens for Christ. She played volleyball for two years, basketball for four, and track for four, serving as a captain and receiving all-conference honors in track.

“I loved the little unexpected moments,” she says about high school. “Being involved in sports and other clubs helped me meet and grow close with people I love. In these four years, I feel like I have not only grown academically but as a person in general. Most importantly, my faith became my own responsibility and it is so much stronger now.” She is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Johnson Creek.

Valedictorian Will DeNoyer, son of Brad and Jennelle, is a member at Peace, Sun Prairie, where he volunteers as an usher and an instrumentalist. He will head to UW-Madison to “major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Business, and use my education to run my own company.”

In addition to playing on the football and basketball teams and earning all-conference honors, he was a member of National Honor Society, Teens For Christ, Student Council, and participated in drama productions. “My favorite part about Lakeside is the people,” he says. “My buddies, who were always there to do funny (dumb) things with, my classmates and teachers who I was blessed with the opportunity to play music with, and Louie, who was always good for a short conversation every Tuesday.”

Top Ten Katherine Guld, daughter of John and Nicole, is a member of St. Paul, Lake Mills, where she volunteers with Vacation Bible School. A presidential scholarship winner, she will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, for a degree in Biology/Osteopathic Medicine. “Getting accepted and finishing medical school is an important next goal for me after graduating,” she says. “Giving back to the community through service and my healthcare profession is something that I hope to accomplish in the future.

At Lakeside, she has played volleyball, soccer, and intramural basketball. In addition, she participates in the newspaper, STEM Club, the robotics team, Society of Women Engineers, Student Council, National Honor Society, Teens for Christ, and Operation Go mission trips.

Top Ten Lukas Heckmann, is the son of Matt and Amy of Middleton. He will be attending the University of New Orleans to study mechanical engineering. A recipient of the Homer Hitt Scholarship, he was recruited to be part of the UNO golf team.  

A member at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Middleton, Heckmann volunteered with 8 Miles for Water and his church’s music team. He is a member of the National Honor Society and  Student Council. He has been selected Capitol Conference Golfer of the Year in both 2018 and 2019; he won the WIAA Division 2 state boys golf championship in 2018.

“I have enjoyed the ability to represent my Savior in each school activity I have been able to be a part of,” he says. “God blessed me with many gifts and Lakeside has given me the opportunity to give all the glory back to God.”

Valedictorian Brevin Jegerlehner, son of AJ and Betty, Sun Prairie, will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, to study Sports and Exercise Science. A presidential scholarship recipient, he “would like to get my doctorate in physical therapy where I can help athletes return to sports, while also being active in my church” he says.  He is currently a member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison.

During high school, Jegerlehner has been involved with NHS, Student Council, and was a Badger Boys State rep. He attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, and was a Lake Mills Student Rotarian. He volunteered with highway clean up, the “New Friends” program with Teens for Christ, and was a rep for Lakeside at area Lutheran elementary schools. A WIAA Scholar-Athlete and Robert Muehrcke Scholar-Athlete scholarship recipient, he participated in football, basketball, track, and earned all-conference honors.

I enjoyed learning from hard-working and dedicated teachers who tried to help me in every way they could,” he says. “I had fun playing sports and spending time with my friends.”

Top Ten Lucas Schneider, son of Troy and Kris, Waterloo, will attend UW-LaCrosse to study accounting and business management. “I hope to get a good job as a financial advisor after I double major,” he says.

A member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, he serves as an usher. He participated on the varsity Math Team for three years, placing both individually and as a team for Madison area and Conference math meets, and is a founding member of the STEM Club. He sings in the A Cappella Choir, is part of NHS, served as the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper, and completed a youth apprenticeship with AKT Businesses Services in Lake Mills.

About high school, he says, “It was a great time for personal and social growth. I met my best friends who I plan to keep for the rest of my life. I also think that Lakeside prepared me well to succeed in my future.”

Salutatorian Kaitlyn Shadoski, daughter of Fred and Debra, is a member at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Janesville.

While at Lakeside, she was first-team all-conference and captain for volleyball and was a member of the 2017 state championship team. She also participated in varsity basketball and track. This earned her the Lakeside WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award as well as the Warrior Athlete Award.  She was National Honor Society member, volunteered with Teens for Christ, and was a Lake Mills Student Rotarian. “I liked the Christian atmosphere in every single class,” she says. “It was great that my faith was strengthened not only in religion class, but also in classes like math and science. I also loved every single sports team that I was on and I will miss playing high school sports.”

A recipient of both the WLC Presidential Scholarship and Presto Foundation Scholarship,  she will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study Elementary Education and Special Education.I hope to be teaching young, possibly disabled, children. I would love to coach as well,” she says.

Top Ten Anna Swenson, daughter of Duane and Katherine, is a member at St. Stephen Lutheran, Beaver Dam. She will head to Concordia University-Wisconsin for nursing, where she earned its Presidential Scholarship. She plans work as a nurse in an ICU for one to two years, then go back to school for a masters or doctorate as a nurse anesthetist.

“At Lakeside, I was part of the Dance Team for two years. I am also part of the National Honor Society and Teens for Christ,” she says. “I have also been figureskating for Swan City Ice Skaters in Beaver Dam for 12 years and part of a synchronized skating team for 10 years.” She received a Team Spirit Award for Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team and the United States Figure Skating Senior Skater Platinum Award.

She appreciated Lakeside’s faith-based community. “Having chapel and religion every day are the best things that Lakeside offers,” she says. “I also liked how friendly most of the teachers are. They are always there if you need help with anything even if it is unrelated to school.”

Top Ten Kira Tweit, daughter of Bernt and Katie, will attend Bethany Lutheran College in Makato, Minn., to study biology, with the goal of becoming a dentist or orthodontist. She received a Bethany Presidential Scholarship.

A member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison, she loves “the Christian atmosphere here at Lakeside. At Lakeside our knowledge and faith is strengthened everyday. All of my teachers are really supportive, and I would feel comfortable talking about anything.”

She has participated in dance, as part of the regional champions in D3 jazz that also went to State. In addition, she was in drama, Teens for Christ, A Cappella Choir, track, and cross country, where she earned all-conference honors.

Top Ten Taylor Wolfram, daughter of Brett and Jodi, Fort Atkinson, will attend UW-Madison for a degree in business management and human resources along with a certificate in photography. Her goal is to find a career within the photography industry. She has received the Marshall Hans Memorial Scholarship.

She participated in Teens for Christ, NHS, Photography Club, newspaper, yearbook, and 4-H. In her church, St. Paul, Fort Atkinson, she helped with Christmas for Kids, Vacation Bible School, the holiday parade, and Easter breakfast.

“My favorite part about Lakeside is all the memories that I have made. I really enjoy the strong Christian community and hearing God’s Word everyday. I have also been blessed with a amazing group of friends and some pretty awesome teachers,” she says.

Ulrich receives Public Power Scholarship

AcadAwds2019_LMLightandWater.jpgGreg Hoffman, Energy Services Representative from Lake Mills Light & Water, presented the 2019 Public Power Scholarship to​ Jacob Ulrich at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

The $500 scholarship, part of Lake Mills Light & Water’s commitment to give something back to the community and contribute to educational efforts, is available to seniors whose parents are customers.

Ulrich is the son of Rick and Tina of Jefferson. He will attend UW-Stevens Point to study business management.

Guld receives Rotary Scholarship

AcadAwds2019_Rotary_1.jpgKatherine Guld, daughter of John and Nicole of Lake Mills, was awarded a Lake Mills Rotary Scholarship at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The $1000.00 award was presented to Guld by Ann Lee, president of the Lake Mills Rotary Club.

Guld was awarded the scholarship based on her academic success as well as character, leadership, and participation during her high school years, her essay on the value of Rotary in the community, and her future plans regarding community service. She plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, to pursue a career in biology/osteopathic medicine.

According to Rotary International, Rotary Clubs are committed to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Supporting education is one of the six top priorities of Rotary, along with promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, and growing local economies. The scholarships are funded primarily through the annual Scholarship Brunch offered to the public each February.

Parker awarded 4-H scholarship


DeAnn Richards of the Columbia County 4-H presented Lakeside Lutheran senior with a $350 scholarship at the Academic Awards Night hosted by the school on May 8. Parker wrote an essay about how 4-H impacted her life and career goals, and how she will use the skills she learned in 4-H in the future. Parker plans to attend Carthage College to study Management and Japanese. She is the daughter of Aaron and Raelyn of DeForest.  

Buxa receives Academic Excellence Scholar Award


Abigail Buxa received the State of Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholar Award at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

The scholarship is awarded by the State of Wisconsin to high school seniors who have the highest grade point average in each school.

Buxa, who will major in applied mathematics, is the daughter of Greg and Linda of Oconomowoc.

Gates headed to UW Stockwerk Deutsch

Gates, NoelleNoelle Gates, a senior at Lakeside Lutheran High School, daughter of Andrew Gates of Madison and Terry Jacobs of Middleton, has been selected by the Department of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to participate in Stockwerk Deutsch for Academic Year 2019-20. She is the first from LLHS to participate in this program.

Stockwerk Deutsch is a housing program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The exclusive program offers immersion in the German language and culture. “I will be using German as my primary language with my floormates, and printed materials will also be in German,” says Gates. “I am required to take meals regularly with my floormates and I will also attend a for-credit seminar that is held in German.”

Gates, who will major in Textile and Fashion Design, wants to become a theatrical costume designer. “In whatever career I end up, being fluent in a second language will be a great tool,” she says. She is thankful for the German program offered at Lakeside, “Mr. Walta has a way of explaining how things are connected,” says Gates. “He is also a native speaker of the language, which helped me to learn the correct way to pronounce words.”

“Warriors” awarded Turnquist Memorial scholarship

Miranda Blake, daughter of Kenneth and Tina, Watertown, and Emily Meske, daughter of Jeff and Jayne, Jefferson, were awarded the Morgan Turnquist Memorial “Warrior Scholarship” at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

Miranda Blake of Watertown was presented the Morgan Turnquist Memorial “Warrior Scholarship” at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. Pictured with Blake are Travis and Kristin Turnquist, of Madison. Emily Meske of Jefferson, not pictured, also received the award.


Seniors Blake and Meske were presented the $500.00 scholarship by Morgan’s brother, Travis Turnquist and his wife Kristin. Blake intends to attend Madison College to study nursing. Meske plans to study intercultural studies at Moody Bible Institute.

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The “Warrior Scholarship” was established by the family of Morgan Turnquist, who would have been in the Lakeside Lutheran class of 2014, but died in 2013 after a 14-year battle with brain cancer. Her family emphasized the “warrior” qualities they saw in Morgan. The award reads in part, “Cancer was all Morgan ever knew, but she refused to let it define her. She maintained a positive attitude to the end. She rarely complained about her situation and stayed true to her family and friends and most importantly to her Lord. Morgan struggled most of her life, but never lost sight of her prize.” The scholarship is intended to reward seniors at Lakeside who exemplify this Christian faithfulness and perseverance in the face of struggle.