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.

Jegerlehner awarded Muehrcke scholarship

Brevin Jegerlehner, son of AJ and Betty Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie, was awarded the Muehrcke Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award at the Academic Awards Night held at Lakeside Lutheran May 8.


The $7,000.00 renewable scholarship, established in honor of Dr. Robert Muehrcke, is based on a student maintaining a minimum 3.5 GPA, participating on a sports team his senior year, submitting a letter of recommendation, and planning to major at a four-year, college undergraduate program in medicine.

Jegerlehner is a 2019 valedictorian and played football and basketball and ran track his senior year. He plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to major in Sports and Exercise Science.

Fischer Memorial Scholarship awarded


​​Gary and Nancy Fischer continued the scholarship tradition begun over 20 years ago when they presented the Steven ​​Fischer Memorial Scholarship to senior Hannah Willems, daughter of Drew and Heidi, Johnson Creek, at the ​recent ​Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The award is presented to graduating seniors who plan to continue in music ministry. Willems will attend Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn.
The Fischers, who live in Milton, instituted the scholarship in memory of their son who was a student and musician at Lakeside Lutheran when he died in 1998.

Student Teacher Spotlight: Adam Stevens

This semester, Adam Stevens served as a student teacher at Lakeside Lutheran. He is double majoring in Elementary Education and Physical Education, with minors in both Coaching and Biblical Theological Studies. Adam is from Appleton, Wis., where he attended Fox Valley Lutheran High School.


The positive impact of his teachers and coaches made him want to be a teacher too. “They all taught me wonderful life lessons and how to be a functioning adult in life. I appreciated it so much that I want to provide that influence and opportunity to kids that I hope to one day teach,” he says.

As he prepared to work with the boys phy ed classes, he “knew that looking like a younger individual I needed to be on top of the ball to both earn and keep their respect. It has mostly worked out, but there will always be those select few individuals who love to push the limits of the classroom rules,” says Adam.

He appreciated the family feel that Lakeside provides. “They all look out for each other for the best of everyone’s interests for the most part,” Adam says. “I don’t know of any students that wouldn’t help another student out, and I appreciate that the students are living out their Christian faith.”

As Adam finishes his time at Lakeside he sees just how much “students in high school need strong influential guidance from individuals that respect them and look at them as if they have something to offer.” Plus, he has also seen that “I can handle making that difference in a high school classroom. I now have the confidence that I can serve those in a high school wherever I may be sent” he says.

Student Teacher Spotlight: Alisha Harwood

Alisha Harwood has spent this semester student teaching in the Extended Learning Center. A graduate of Neenah High School, she is majoring in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. “I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I remember,” she says. This first reason is that “my teachers were always very supportive of me and I looked up to them.” The next reason was because of family. “Growing up with a lot of younger siblings also played a big factor in wanting to be a teacher, I think, because I was always helping them learn new skills by just being a big sister.”alisha

She was a little nervous about student teaching. “I never imagined I would teach at the level of high school and I am very unfamiliar with the content at the high school level,” she says. As she was mentored by Ruth Hirschfeld, she quickly got comfortable. “I love the supportive climate I have witnessed and have been apart of in my time here at Lakeside.”

As she teaches the students, she also appreciated a lesson she learned: “I can learn a lot from the teens that I teach and they push me to work a lot harder to understand the content they need help with in school.”

Badger State reps announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2019 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 78th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 8-15 are Alex Ryan, son of Jeffery and Christine, Lake Mills, and Carter Schneider, son of Scott and Laura, Jefferson. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 76th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 16-21 are Annika Bilitz, daughter of Jon and Mary, Cottage Grove, and Lauren Thiele, daughter of Dan and Teresa, Poynette.

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Lakeside Lutheran has chosen its representatives for the 2019 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June. The reps for the class of 2019, pictured L-R, are Annika Bilitz, Lauren Thiele, Alex Ryan, and Carter Schneider.

Annika Bilitz has participated in choir, track, Teens for Christ, and National Honor Society. Also a member of the forensics team, she has received second-team all-state honors and a gold medal at the WHSFA state meet. At Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel on the UW-Madison campus, she is a Sunday school teacher, helps with Christmas for Kids, and is active in the teen group.

Currently ranked eighth in the class in GPA, she is considering a career in business public relations or journalism. A sophomore transfer from Luther High School, Onalaska, Wis., Bilitz says, “My family moved after my first year of high school, so it was like starting over. New friends, new teachers, new city, new everything! I jumped in with both feet and embraced the move and my new circumstances. I have actually thrived in my new school and feel honored that they have chosen me to represent the school at Badger Girls State! I am excited to meet more new people and make new friends.”

Lauren Thiele, currently tied for first in class GPA, has been the Student Council class President for all three years and helps plan the annual blood drive, as well as homecoming and winter carnival. She has participated in Teens for Christ for three years (New Friends), is a member of the National Honor Society, and serves as the secretary for Lakeside’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Thiele is considering a career in business or engineering.

A member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison, Thiele participates in vacation Bible school, as well as the church’s sports camps and fundraising activities. At school she played volleyball for two years, has been on varsity for both basketball and track for three years, and served as a captain of the basketball team. She has attended the Lake Mills Leadership Optimist’s Club Breakfast and received second place (regional Wisconsin) for the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“It’s an honor to be chosen from a group of high-excellence students at Lakeside. I am excited to work with new people and make a contribution to advance myself and those around me,” she says. She is also looking forward to “developing new skills in leadership and hear from many different people who have years of experience.”

Alex Ryan, a member of St. Paul, Lake Mills. volunteers at Twice is Nice Resale store, Second Harvest food bank, and with Adopt-A-Highway cleanup with National Honor Society. In addition, he ushers at his church.

At school, Ryan participates in Teens for Christ,  the student newspaper, and the school yearbook. He is the team captain for the baseball team and made first team all-conference his freshman and sophomore years. He travels to play baseball for Stiks Academy and was invited to the Prep Baseball Report Future Games representing Team Wisconsin in Indianapolis. He also played basketball for two years and has been a Lakeside representative to the Lake Mills Leadership Optimist’s Club Breakfast.

“I am looking forward to spending time with many great people and learning new things about leadership,” says Alex. “There are many guys in my class that are deserving of this honor, and I am grateful to be chosen.”

Carter Schneider is “a hard worker who puts his heart into things. I would much rather be a hands-on guy than letting someone else do it, whatever it is,” he says. “I consider myself easy to talk to, whether it’s kids my age or adults, and I don’t mind speaking in front of people.”

Schneider is a member of St. Paul, Lake Mills, where he ushers, canvasses, and serves as a VBS counselor. He works on a chicken farm and has prepared food for people at the Ronald McDonald house. At school, he is his class Vice-President of Student Council and has received academic letters all three years. He received an all-conference honorable mention for baseball last year. Also a member of the National Honor Society, he is considering a career in engineering, business, or accounting.

Commenting on what he’s most looking forward to during the Badger Boy session, he reports that he is looking forward to the opportunity to learn “more about what it’s like to be a leader.”

Badger State Government and Leadership Conferences are an opportunity for students entering their senior year of high school to put the principles of democratic government into action during a weeklong assembly. Sponsored by the Wisconsin American Legion and its Auxiliary, the goals of Badger State assemblies are to prepare young men and women of high school age for citizenship in a modern world, teach principles of democracy, instill a love of country and desire to preserve our government. Schools are encouraged to select representatives based on a combination of interest shown, leadership qualities, character, fitness, scholarship and extra-curricular activities.

Musicians medal at WSMA State Festival

At the WSMA State solo/ensemble festival at UW-Whitewater on April 27, 14 Lakeside entries involving more than 50 student musicians received first or second place medals 

Eight of those 14 state-qualifying entries earned a first, including the Warrior Percussion Ensemble, comprised of Jadyn Duddeck, Rachel Mayer, Ella Collins, Madelaine Triebold, Ella Butzine, Emily Meiller, Evelyn Schauer, Ryan Preskar, Hannah Tucek, Javin Hollis, Kyle Jaeger, Elizabeth Isham, Cody Gumz, Lauren Learned, Elijah Wohling, Caleb Hermanson, Trevor Geerdts, Joseph Balistreri, Justin Learned, Benjamin Kasper, Trevor Holzhueter, Carter Huber, and Benjamin Ertman.

The Show Choir also earned a first. Its members are Olivia Fregien, Emma Berg, Ashley Valerio, Bronte Perkins, Samantha Anderson, Abbie DiGiovanni, Madelynn Klug, Madelyn Plitzuweit, Ben Huebner, Anna Bilitz, Sophie Griffin, Seth Hackbarth, Jacob Horta, Kyle Doering, Matthew Gunst, Justin Learned, Albert Wood, Chad Nolte, Lucas Schneider, Ben Grambsch, Connor Dobson.

In individual performances, six students were awarded a first. Soprano solos: Emma Berg, Olivia Fregien, Ashley Valerio; piano solos: Madelyn Plitzuweit and Ella Collins; and musical theater: Olivia Fregien.

Taking a second included the Jazz Ensemble, comprised of Jadyn Duddeck, Jeremy Hathaway, Ella Butzine, Owen Schoenherr, Rachel Poyner, Annie Povich, Grace Seim, Gilbert Haw, Luke Marti, Tyler Affeld, Tyler Holzhueter, Max Thomas, Mira Parker, Cody Gumz, Nick Yaroch, Benjamin Kasper, Trevor Holzhueter, Ben Grambsch, Elizabeth Isham, and Riley Schulz,

In individual performances, five students were awarded a second, including three piano solos by Abby Buxa, Riley Schulz, and Madelaine Triebold; a musical theater performance by Sophie Griffin; and a marimba solo by Elijah Wohling.  

To be eligible for State competition, the musicians were required to perform musical selections at Class A difficulty level, and earn a starred first rating at the WSMA District Festival held in February.


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The Lakeside Swing Choir earned a first: (front row, L-R): Olivia Fregien, Madison; Emma Berg, DeForest; Ashley Valerio, Delafield; Bronte Perkins, Madison. (second row L-R): Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Ben Huebner, Madison. (third row, L-R): Anna Bilitz, Sun Prairie; Sophie Griffin, Lodi; Seth Hackbarth, Lake Mills; Jacob Horta, Helenville; Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; Matthew Gunst, Hartford. (back row, L-R) Justin Learned, Watertown; Albert Wood, Madison; Chad Nolte, Janesville; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; Ben Grambsch, Columbus; Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek.
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Individual soloists included: (front row, L-R): Ella Collins, Lake Mills; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Emma Berg, DeForest; Ashley Valerio, Delafield; Olivia Fregien, Madison. (back row, L-R) Abby Buxa, Oconomowoc; Sophie Griffin, Lodi; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam.
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The percussion ensemble earned a first. (front row, L-R): Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Ella Collins, Lake Mills; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc; Emily Meiller, Madison; Evelyn Schauer, Watertown. (second row L-R): Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Hannah Tucek, Lake Mills; Javin Hollis, Waterloo; Kyle Jaeger, Watertown; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; Cody Gumz, Marshall. (third row, L-R): Lauren Learned, Watertown; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Caleb Hermanson, Madison; Trevor Geerdts, Lake Mills; Joseph Balistreri, Watertown. (back row, L-R): Justin Learned, Watertown; Benjamin Kasper, Helenville; Trevor Holzhueter, Waterloo; Carter Huber, Columbus; Benjamin Ertman, Fort Atkinson.
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The jazz ensemble earned a second. (front row, L-R): Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Jeremy Hathaway, Watertown; Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc; Owen Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Rachel Poyner, Madison. (second row L-R): Annie Povich, Middleton; Grace Seim, Beaver Dam; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc. (third row, L-R): Tyler Affeld, Watertown; Tyler Holzhueter, Waterloo; Max Thomas, Watertown; Mira Parker, DeForest; Cody Gumz, Marshall. (back row, L-R): Nick Yaroch, Columbus; Benjamin Kasper, Helenville; Trevor Holzhueter, Waterloo; Ben Grambsch, Columbus; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson.