Forensics ​wins 8th straight Conference ​title

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On Feb. 12, the Lakeside Lutheran High School forensics team participated in the Capitol Conference Tournament at Cambridge High School where students competed against each other in 16 different speaking categories.  Of the 10 conference schools at the tournament, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Steve Lauber, finished first with a total of 310 points, ahead of Lake Mills (246) and Lodi (190).  That win marks Lakeside’s 8th straight conference championship.

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The Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, recently won its eighth consecutive Capitol Conference championship at the meet held at Cambridge February 12. Pictured in front row, L-R: Front Row: Emily Meiller, Evelyn Schauer, Annika Bilitz, Abbie Di Giovanni, Bronte Perkins, Maddie Triebold, Emily Raymond, Emma Hans, Maria Werre. 2nd Row: Elizabeth Brudos, Ryann Burger, Ashley McLain, Emily Weber, Megan Grambsch, Kayla Grundman, Kaitlyn Gehler. 3rd Row: Matthew Gunst, Katelyn McGurk, Rachel Poyner, Justin Learned, Sophia Griffin, Sami Anderson, Chad Nolte. 4th Row: Emma Statz, Jenna Gaal, Devon Perkins, Connor Dobson, Isaiah Coleman, Jacob Horta, Max Thiele. Back: Morgan Thiele, Lily Storlie, Ella Butzine, Brendan McKenna, Cannon Kerr, Charlie Pingel. Missing: Will Jorgenson

The following students led the way for Lakeside Lutheran:

Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills, finished first in Demonstration. In Farrago, Emma Hans, Jefferson, finished first and Emily Weber, Jefferson, placed second. Max Thiele, Oconomowoc, placed first in Impromptu, while Devon Perkins, Madison, placed first in Moments in History. Emma Guld, Lake Mills, and Isaiah Coleman, Watertown, took second in Playacting, while Kayla Grundman, Lake Mills, took second in Oratory.

In Prose, Meghan Grambsch, Columbus, placed first and Annika Bilitz, Sun Prairie, placed second. In Radio Speaking, Cannon Kerr, Watertown, placed first and William Jorgensen, McFarland, earned second. Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, won first in Solo Acting Humorous. Wrapping up two more firsts were Ashley McLain, Juneau, in Special Occasion and Maria Werre, Sun Prairie, in Storytelling.

Finally, with both taking 1sts in their respective categories, Poetry and Solo Acting Serious, seniors Kaitlyn Gehler​, Waterloo,​ and Charlie Pingel​, Sun Prairie,​ also achieved the special distinction of  earning perfect scores of 25 from judges in each of their 3 rounds.

On Feb. 26, sub-districts will be held at Lakeside Lutheran High School, where the full team of 25 will begin competition to advance to the district meet and from there, to the Wisconsin Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WFHSA) State Tournament at University of Wisconsin–Madison April 20.

 

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Principal’s Pen: God uses government

pray74This month, we celebrate the births of two acclaimed presidents: Washington and Lincoln. As such, we should briefly consider the necessity and blessing of government, and how God uses it to advance his plan.

Throughout history, government has not always been highly respected. The Church father Augustine stated, “Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies?” The philosopher Thomas Paine concurred. “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil.” Even Thomas Jefferson said, “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so [it] will not become a legalized version of the first.” Today, many echo similar sentiments, perhaps more colorfully.

In light of such attitudes about government, what should Christians think?
First, we know that God establishes all governments—even corrupt ones. “No authority exists except by God” [Romans 13:1]. As such, we owe our government respect and allegiance because “the one who rebels against the authority is opposing God’s institution” [v. 2].

At the same time, government can be a blessing. It provides peace and stability to society. It is God’s “agent…to bring punishment on the wrongdoer” and his “servant for our benefit” [v. 4] to ensure that freedoms—including worship—are maintained.
It is sad that today Church and state are no longer on the same field as they once were. Long ago, both understood that they answered to God. However, society has separated them, and today government acts as if it were answerable to no one—not even God!
Christians must remember that God establishes government. He causes nations and leaders to rise for his purpose, and then he allows them to fall.

In spite of the boasts of rulers and the sometimes reckless actions of government, take comfort that “the One enthroned in heaven laughs” [Psalm 2:4]. He controls everything and “works for the good of those who love him” [Romans 8:28].

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

Warrior forensics medal in area events

The Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics Team has had two successful showings at recent tournaments. At the 14-team Watertown Forensics Tournament, held on January 20, Emma Guld, Lake Mills, and Isaiah Coleman, Watertown, finished first overall in Playacting. Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed second overall in Solo Humorous, and Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie, placed 3rd in Solo Serious.

At the 28-team Milwaukee Marquette Tournamen, on Jan. 27, Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie, and Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc finished first overall in Playacting. Maria Werre, Sun Prairie, finished first in Storytelling and Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed first in Solo Humorous; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie, finished third in Solo Serious; and Devon Perkins, Madison, finished fourth in Moments in History.

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Lakeside Lutheran award-winning forensics members: (Back, from left) Devon Perkins, Charlie Pingel, Emma Guld, Samantha Anderson, Isaiah Coleman. (Front, from left) Maria Werre, Abbie DiGiovanni, Emily Raymond, Madelaine Triebold.

Badger State reps announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2018 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 77th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 9-16 are Brevin Jegerlehner, son of AJ and Betty Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie, and Peter Zambo, son of Steven and Beth Zambo, Lake Mills. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 75th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 17-22 are Abigail Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda Buxa, Oconomowoc, and Katie Guld, daughter of John and Nicole Guld, Lake Mills.
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Lakeside Lutheran has chosen its representatives for the 2018 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June. The reps for the LLHS class of 2019, pictured L-R, are Peter Zambo, Abigail Buxa, Katie Guld and Brevin Jegerlehner.
Abigail Buxa has participated in volleyball for two years, basketball for three, and varsity track and field for three. In addition, she is a member of National Honor Society, sings with and accompanies the A Cappella choir, works on the newspaper staff, participates in conference art shows and math meets, and attends leadership breakfasts with the Lake Mills Optimists Club.
Tied for first in the class in GPA, she is a track captain, awarded second-team all-conference as a thrower, and earned a first in WSMA solo ensemble in piano performance. She has also served as a captain for the math team and placed first in a conference math meet. This summer she will travel to Watertown, N.Y., to help lead an art camp with Operation Go, a summer mission trip program. Buxa has volunteered with Honor Flight, Ruby’s Pantry, People Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (PADA), Twice is Nice, and Hope Church in Oconomowoc. She runs her own business, Signs from Above by Abigail, and also works part-time at Western Culvert Supply, Inc. in Oconomowoc.
A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington, she is considering a career in math, art, or psychology. A military child, Buxa was born in Alaska and has also lived in Maryland and California. “It is a huge honor to have been chosen, and I am looking forward to learning so much through this experience,” she says, “I am blessed that the teachers and staff thought of me for this.”
Katie Guld, currently ranked 6th in the class, has received academic high honors each semester. A member of this year’s Division 2 State Volleyball Championship team, she is also on Student Council, is captain of the soccer team, serves on newspaper and yearbook staffs, and participates in Teens for Christ service group. In addition, she is on the STEM Club Robotics Team.
Over spring break, Guld will travel to St. John’s, Antigua, as part of Operation Go, where she will help lead a soccer camp and teach phy ed. A member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, she works at Lake Mills Family Restaurant and volunteers as a babysitter for her church. With all of her activities, Guld sets aside an hour each week to meticulously plan her schedule. “Being so involved is a challenge but is most definitely worth it!” she says.
Guld plans to go into a biology career, perhaps as a physical or occupational therapist. She is grateful for the opportunity to attend Badger State. “Knowing that the instructors and mentors I look up to chose me gives me confidence to pursue my education,” she says. “I am looking forward to connecting with other girls across the state that have similar goals and values.”
Brevin Jegerlehner is “a hard worker that likes to see success from my efforts,” he says. “I stay busy with sports, Student Council, and looking for ways to help others.” He has been a student council rep for three years and attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp. Tied for first in his class, Jegerlehner is also a member of the National Honor Society and has received the Student Achiever Award. He has been on varsity basketball for three years and played football for three, receiving an all-conference honorable mention. As a member of the track team, he is a member of the school-record-holding 4×100 relay team.
Jegerlehner, who is considering being either a physical therapist or pastor, has volunteered at his church, Holy Cross, Madison, and served Thanksgiving meals. He is also a part of New Friends, a program at LLHS where students partner with special needs young people for friendship-building activities.
He is looking forward to working with new people at Badger State and “I hope to learn how to better lead others and gain experience with government,” he says. “I’m glad I have been chosen because it is an opportunity to grow as a person and learn new things.”
Peter Zambo, a member of the National Honor Society, has participated in every in-house math meet as well as traveling to other schools, often placing in the top three. He is part of the Stem Club, participates in soccer and track, and plays intramural basketball.
A member at St. John, Newville, Zambo helps clean the church once a month, volunteers at Lakeside’s summer soccer camps and at Twice is Nice, a resale store run by volunteers in Jefferson. He also volunteers for Salty Earth Pictures, a Christian media and film company. In addition, “I went on many disaster relief trips before high school when it wasn’t as big of a deal if I missed school,” he says. Peter also started his own online store where he “sells Giant Jenga sets that I make in my garage.”
Zambo is looking forward to being an engineer—or anything that involves lots of math. He knows that being chosen is “a great honor and not many are able to be part of it. I’m looking forward to gaining a better understanding of how our government works and meeting new people and making new friends,” he says.
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.

Honor Roll announced for Q2, 2017-18

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce its academic honor roll for Quarter 2 of the 2017-18 school year:

High Honors (3.75-4.0 GPA)

Grade 9

Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc; Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Jack Egelseer, Lake Mills; Kylee Gnabasik, Jefferson; Megan Grambsch, Columbus; Jada Gresens, Sun Prairie; Ashley Grundman, Waterloo; Austin Haley, Watertown; Graham Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Maya Heckmann, Middleton; Caitlin Heinrich, Madison; Joshua Hodkiewicz, DeForest; Rachel Huebner, Madison; AnaCristina Iglesias, Watertown; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; William Jorgensen, McFarland; Payton Kuepers, Madison; Sydney Langille, Lake Mills; Madison McGurk, Lake Mills; Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills; Emily Meiller, Madison; Haylee Meske, Jefferson; Hailey Miller, Sun Prairie; Mia Murray, Middleton; Julia Neuberger, Lake Mills; Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie; Carter Roekle, Middleton; Stephanie Schafer, Lake Mills; Evelyn Schauer, Watertown; Riley Schmidt, Janesville; Grace Seim, Beaver Dam; Emma Strohm, Watertown; Claudia Stuebs, Lake Mills; Jennifer Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Jada Teteak, Middleton; Joy Thompson-Wurz, Lake Mills; Seth Veers, Cross Plains; Kendra Wilson, Cottage Grove; Laura Zank, Juneau

Grade 10
Emma Berg, Madison; Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove; Anna Bilitz, Madison; Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Oliver Butler, Ixonia; Isabella Collins, Lake Mills; Samantha Detert, Watertown; Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Daniel Faupl, Watertown; Trevor Geerdts, Windsor; Emily Godwin, Madison; Cody Gumz, Marshall; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Janae Jensen, Juneau; Kristin Karas, Milton; Kendra Kasper, Helenville; Elijah Knapp, Ixonia; Hannah Koenig, Cambridge; Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; Taylor Laures, Jefferson; Seth LozaNo, Waterloo; Brynn McDermott, Poynette; Elise Meier, Watertown; Alessandra Murray, Sun Prairie; Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek; Bronte Perkins, Madison; Madelyn Plitzuweit, OcoNomowoc; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Alex Ryan, Lake Mills; Owen Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Espen Storlie, Jefferson; Nathaniel Stout, Janesville; Molly Sturgill, Waterloo; Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Kirsten Thundercloud, Jefferson; Amber Wardall, Waterloo; Grace Westrate, Sun Prairie; Christopher Yunck, Lake Mill

Grade 11
Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Olivia Andress, Oconomowoc; Abigail Buxa, Oconomowoc; Margaret Cody, Juneau; Will DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Alyssa Fehrman, Juneau; Olivia Fregien, Madison; Katherine Guld, Lake Mills; Lukas Heckmann, Middleton; Brevin Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Jennica Jensen, Juneau; Grace Krieser, Stoughton; Rebecca Lang, Lake Mills; Cole Lauersdorf, Oconomowoc; Kayla Laures, Jefferson; Chad Nolte, Janesville; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; Christopher Schwantes, Madison; Kaitlyn Shadoski, Janesville; Anna Swenson, Beaver Dam; Kira Tweit, Madison; Taylor Wolfram, Fort Atkinson; Peter Zambo, Lake Mills

Grade 12
Kalies Birkholz, Watertown; Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Zachary Cichanofsky, Watertown; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc; Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo; Kelly Koch, Watertown; Samantha Kohls, Waterloo; Melissa Murack, Sullivan; James Neuberger, Lake Mills; Ian Olson, Sun Prairie; Katharina Schleef, Watertown; Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville; Evert Taylor, Beaver Dam; Morgan Thiele, Poynette; Ellie Westrate, Sun Prairie; Matthias Winters, Watertown

Honors (3.25 – 3.749 GPA)

Grade 9
Isaiah Andress, Oconomowoc; Kendra Blake, Watertown; Elizabeth Brudos, Janesville; Cooper Clark, Lake Mills; Micah Cody, Juneau; Isabella Cook, Hartland; Kinsey Gade, Lake Mills; Julia Hallman, Fort Atkinson; Emmilee Hillier, Sun Prairie; Samuel Ibeling, Cambridge; Jordyn Jaeger, Lake Mills; Olivia Krieser, Stoughton; Elizabeth LoppNow, LebaNon; Remy Matthews, Sun Prairie; Isaiah Minning, Watertown; Isabella Mueller, Sun Prairie; Micah Nasett, Marshall; Benjamin Neumann, Oconomowoc; John O’Donnell, Madison; Olivia Odrich, Verona; Kennedy Pugh, Watertown; Alyssa Ratzow, Watertown; Payton Roth, Watertown; Lillian Runke, Sun Prairie; Jack Schultz, Columbus; Caroline Schulz, DeForest; Darren Schuster, Juneau; Morgan Slonaker, De Forest; Devin Splinter, Ixonia; Anika Stone, Fitchburg; Lily Storlie, Jefferson; Evelyn Terry, Ixonia; Sarah Ulsberger, Fort Atkinson; Gabriel Uttech, Fall River; Tersony Vater, Watertown; Amber Vertein, Watertown; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Nicholas Yaroch, Fall River

Grade 10
Madeline Abel, Fort Atkinson; Jocelyn Asmus, Lake Mills; Ashley Behnke, Watertown; Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson; Monica Bischoff, Juneau; Kaitlin Burk, Johnson Creek; Kaitlyn Buss, Watertown; Alicia Childs, Rio; Matthew Davis, Lake Mills; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek; Elli Duddeck, Ixonia; Haakon Ellestad, Sun Prairie; Calvin Grant, Sun Prairie; August Gresens, Sun Prairie; Matthew Gunst, Hartford; Jacob Holmes, Fort Atkinson; Karissa Kilian, Lake Mills; Serena Leis, Wilton; Michael Martin, Watertown; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills; Wesley McLain, Juneau; Carter Melcher, Watertown; Micah Missall, Rio; Kobe Paske, Arlington; Breanna Preskar, Juneau; Maria Saavedra, Watertown; Carter Schneider, Jefferson; Collin Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Cole Schuster, Juneau; Emma Statz, Jefferson; Katie Stuebs, Lake Mills; Dinesh Tadepalli, Sun Prairie; Grace Thomas, Watertown; Ashley Valerio, Watertown

Grade 11
Janelle Arndt, Watertown; Megan Borth, Watertown; Benjamin Grambsch, Columbus; Joshua Groninger, Janesville; Seth Hackbarth, Lake Mills; Gracie Hillier, Sun Prairie; Tyler Holzhueter, Waterloo; Paul Johnson, Janesville; Olivia Kassulke, Watertown; Carter Kexel, Lake Mills; Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; Caleb Kuepers, Madison; Kyle Leis, Wilton; Grace Loescher, Watertown; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc; Jack Monis, Oconomowoc; Mariah Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Ethan Neumann, Oconomowoc; Timothy Nommensen, Deerfield; Hayden Oestreich, Watertown; Mira Parker, Deforest; Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Jackson Stake, Stoughton; Luke Stauffacher, Madison; Maxwell Thiele, Oconomowoc; Max Thomas, Watertown; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Hannah Tucek, Lake Mills; Olivia Turke, Oconomowoc

Grade 12
Sofia Asmus, Lake Mills; Kelsey Birschbach, Deforest; Alyssa Condon, Watertown; Samantha DeNoyer, Fort Atkinson; Kaitlyn Drewicz, Watertown; Amber Fortney, Columbus; Ashley Fritz, Middleton; Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek; Timothy Grant, Sun Prairie; Kayla Grundman, Waterloo; Gabrielle Grunewald, Bettendorf, IA; Emma Guld, Lake Mills; Emma Hans, Jefferson; Isaac Heckmann, Middleton; Benjamin Hodel, Lake Mills; Shannon Jones, Johnson Creek; Samantha Kluever, Marshall; Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc; Kaitlin Main, Juneau; Hannah Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Ashley McLain, Juneau; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; Devon Perkins, Madison; Eric Pillard, Oconomowoc; Charles Pingel, Sun Prairie; Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie; Amber Rowoldt, Watertown; Mary Schallert, Cambridge; Kailey Schoenherr, Sun Prairie; Alyson Steffan, Johnson Creek; Katrina Stratman, Beaver Dam; Griffin Torgerson, Watertown; Philip Treptow, Avalon; Elizabeth Valerio, Watertown; Emily Weber, Helenville; Gerald Weber, Sun Prairie; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie

Commendables (3.0 – 3.249 GPA) 

Grade 9
Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie; Adriana Genthe, Lake Mills; Stephanie Georgi, Sun Prairie; Bryan Guzman, Madison; Kristel Hafenstein, Beaver Dam; Colin Johnson, Sun Prairie; Megan Jones, Johnson Creek; Joel Kluz, Juneau; Anna Kreutz, Madison; Hannah Meyer, Lake Mills; Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Ryan Punzel, Watertown; Logan Reich, Jefferson; Ryan Reyes, Watertown; Olyvia Uecker, Watertown

Grade 10
Karleena Battist, Waterloo; Andrew Buelter, Juneau; Bryce Eckhardt, Watertown; Jeremy Hathaway, Watertown; Jacob Horta, Helenville; Abel Krauklis, Lake Mills; Daisy Penaloza, Watertown; Tyler Surges, Nashotah; Isaiah Terry, Ixonia; Keira Thurnbauer, Lake Mills

Grade 11
Tyler Affeld, Watertown; Caleb Bilitz, Lake Mills; Seth Bolin, Lake Mills; Carson Brumm, Lake Mills; William Bushie, Watertown; Caitlin Condon, Watertown; Tyler Degner, Watertown; Maddison Fenner, Fort Atkinson; Noelle Gates, Middleton; Kaleigh Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Joshua Lindert, Watertown; Molly Lindloff, Lake Mills; Taylor Luetzow, Watertown; Emily Meske, Jefferson; Rachel Poyner, Madison; Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Logan Scheiber, Watertown; Dominic Schmidt, Watertown; Amanda Seelman, Watertown; Savannah Steffen, Watertown; Isac Veers, Cross Plains; Hannah Willems, Johnson Creek

Grade 12
Ashley Blanke, Watertown; J Doyle, Deforest; Joseph Grambsch, Columbus; Alexander Hoenecke, Waunakee; Maria Murray, Middleton; Cade Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Brett Schwantes, Madison; Alyssa Zank, Juneau

 

Top LLHS News of 2017

top10school_15954bcAs we at Lakeside Lutheran High School look forward to the blessings a new year brings, there’s value — not to mention, enjoyment — in reviewing the year past. The LLHS good news team took a look at the 38 news stories and 719 social media posts released in calendar year 2017 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention or signified a new thing or major change for your Lakeside Lutheran High School and its community. Enjoy the year in review!

10. Lakeside Lutheran High School begins 60th school year
The 2017-18 school year began with a 4% increase in enrollment at 415 students, as well as one additional math teacher, making the number of full- and part-time faculty members number 33 this year. [Read more here]

9. Wonderful evening of historic Lutheran Reformation celebration
Our A Cappella choir and many Forever Warriors joined with several thousand other Western Wisconsin Lutherans at the Coliseum in Madison to mark the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 theses, a milestone of the Lutheran Reformation. | 2,700 views | 196 Reactions, Comments & Shares [See post here] [See photos here]

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8. Warrior FFA wins photo contest
Members of LLHS FFA helped their chapter score $500 as it placed first overall in a six-state high school and college student image contest to document instances from among 14 types of corn disease and damage. The contest was sponsored by San Francisco-based Climate Corporation to further its efforts toward development of a disease database usable by growers in the field. Winners were awarded from each of the six states participating, and the LLHS FFA chapter was tops among all groups that entered. [Read more here]

7. Lakeside Lutheran receives mkCellular donation
As the recipient of a generous donation from mkCellular in Lake Mills of smartphones and virtual reality viewers, your LLHS is moving ahead in classroom technology use as virtual reality becomes a part of curricula as diverse as computer science to biology to history to religion and more. [Read more here] [See photos of the devices in use with elementary school visitors here]

VR at LLHS
Our Redeemer, Madison 4th graders explored the world of virtual reality at LLHS through a donation of Google Cardboard viewers and smartphones from mkCellular. (Oct 2017)

6. Grand Event VII sets fundraising record
Our 2017 Grand Event celebrated an amazing new record in funds raised with a $108,000 net for student assistance, the building fund and special projects including buses, FACS kitchen supplies and much more! | 3,400 views | 186 Reactions, Comments & Shares [See post here] [See photos here]

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5. History-making student teacher on campus
We were privileged last spring to have Miss Annalies Brander on campus as the first special education student teacher sent out by Martin Luther College. Mrs. Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of the Extended Learning Center at LLHS, served as her mentor. [Read more here]

4. Great heritage, indeed.
Our Warrior Swing Choir joined more than 400 other teen vocalists and instrumentalists at the 50th WELS National Choral Fest, held at the site of the first Festival, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. We posted a video of the combined choir and audience anniversary rendition of “God’s Word is Our Great Heritage” sung during the Sunday Sacred Concert, a low-resolution recording that nevertheless went a bit viral within WELS viewership as it accumulated 30,000 video views and 3,345 Reactions and Comments, including 423 shares on Facebook. We followed up the post with a story about Lakeside and 50 years of Choral Fest in November’s LL Link magazine. [Read more here – p. 4] [See video here]

3. Day 1 of our first-ever STEM Camp has 75+ campers
On the heels of the new Warrior STEM Club formed in late 2016 and preceding the new LLHS STEM Academy curriculum slated to begin in fall 2018, the LL Tech Ed department hosted the first-ever elementary student STEM Camp in July. The week-long day camp exposed grade 5-8 students to engineering concepts, expanded their God-given abilities and provided all of the above in a fun, Christian environment. Interest was so high the camp doubled its teaching staff to accommodate twice the campers originally expected. [See post here] [See photos here]

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2. Lakeside Lutheran students make New Friends
Members of Teens for Christ service group have begun a program designed by Jesus Cares Ministries that connects teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and builds relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On a Sunday in October, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the gym for activities that included face painting, cookie decorating and eating, pumpkin-painting, bean bag toss, basketball, manicures, slime-making and card games.  Some unplanned activities—human bowling, the Chicken Dance, and line dancing—also ensued. The day was such fun, two more days are planned for second semester.  [Read more here] [See photos here]

 1. Your Lakeside Lutheran Warriors are D2 state volleyball champions!
It’s hard to narrow down such an array of posts, photos and linked sports articles that accompany such a momentous event as a state sports championship; so, when in doubt, go with the first announcement, and then just enjoy all the reactions and comments. However, our news release about the fall sports season includes details about the numerous honors and records broken by members of the team and coaching staff as well, and we couldn’t help but include a gallery from one of our gifted student photographers that helped capture so many of the action and emotion throughout the big match. 4,500 views | 567 reactions, comments & shares [See post here] [Read more here] [See photos here]

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Principal’s Pen: Never, never, never alone

The New Year often brings a mixed bag of emotions and memories.

For some, 2017 was their best year ever. They look forward to an even greater 2018.

Others experienced one struggle after another last year. For them, 2018 brings hope that things will improve.

Whether you have just had the greatest year of your life or you are incredibly glad to see 2017 pass, the truth remains: you are not alone — ever! Our God is “with us” and he is “for us.”

alphaomega_1772cChristmas is the season of God with us. Our Savior — Immanuel — is literally “God with us.” Though this world continually changes, God does not. He comforts us in his Word by proclaiming, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (NIV 11, Revelation 22:12). He has always been with us, is always with us, and will always be with us.

Not only is our God with us at all times, but he is for us. Christ is our brother who redeemed us from sin’s curse. His holy life, innocent suffering and death, and glorious resurrection confirm Paul’s assertion, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (NIV 11, Romans 8:31).

Begin 2018 trusting that God knows what is best. After all, he is with you and he is for you. “[Christ] said to me, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ He also said, ‘Write, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” (EHV, Revelation 21:5).

God bless your New Year!

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