Graduation 2019 feature: Year in Review

(Provided to Lake Mills Leader for a feature in special graduation insert published in the 5/23/2019 edition of the newspaper.)

This year Lakeside Lutheran High School theme celebrated “Decades of Faithfulness,” recognizing the completion of 60 years of education.

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Photos of the LLHS Class of 2019 from throughout their senior year, many featured in a collage made for the Lake Mills Leader special graduation feature published on May 23, 2019. Individual photos and more can be seen and downloaded free from https://llhs.smugmug.com/School/Senior-Collage-2019/

During the summer of 2018, students kept busy. For the 16th year, the girls track team were conference champs. The boys’ team joined them at the top of the Capitol North. Danielle Schilling broke the school record in pole vault at 11’3 and Collin Schulz set the school record for high jump at 6’9 and placed first at State with a jump of 6’6.

Junior Lukas Heckmann became the 2018 WIAA D2 State Champ in golf.

Warrior baseball finished 12-6 and made an exciting comeback attempt at the regional championship. First team conference honorees included Dustin Pampel, Eric Pillard, and Alex Ryan. Warrior softball ended its season with a 10-7 overall record and saw Shannon Jones awarded 1st-team all-conference honors.

For two weeks, the Warrior Marching Band traveled to the East Coast, performing in parades in Ontario, Canada, and several U.S. cities. At the Enfield, Conn., parade they received Best Marching Band Award.

When school began in August, we had 427 students and four new faculty: Hannah Uher, Science; Nate Sievert, Math and Phy Ed; Michael Helwig, Religion; and Justin Vanderhoof, English and Geography.

Lakeside A Cappella Choir traveled to 20 area churches sharing God’s Word and also spent spring break in California singing in four churches and two schools. Warrior Band and choirs presented four concerts during the year. The band also marched in the annual Jefferson Gemutlichkeit parade and presented its annual concert in November with Federation elementary school bands.

2018 ACT results placed LLHS in the top 2% in the state. Of 85 members in the 2018 class, 73, or 86%, wrote the exam. Based on a 36-point scale, the composite score of these students was 24.2, which is above the state composite of 20.5.

Three students participated in Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program, working in farming and manufacturing. This allows them to receive hands-on learning in an occupational area at a worksite.

Lakeside Lutheran boys cross country team saw junior August Gresens earn 1st team all-conference honors. Former cross country coach and current German teacher Gerry Walta was inducted into the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in January.

With a record of 11-1 Warrior football took conference and made the longest trek in program history, reaching Division 4 semifinals. Brevin Jegerlehner, Cam Paske, Caleb Raymond, Tyler Holzhueter, Casey Ponyicsanyi, Will DeNoyer, and Charlie Miller all received first-team honors. Casey Ponyicsanyi was named conference Offensive Player of the Year. Coach Paul Bauer was named Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area football coach of the year.

Girls golf took third in the Rock Valley Conference. Sophomore Maya Heckmann was named conference Golfer of the Year, topping it off with a trip to State.

With a record of 9-1, Warrior Volleyball took the Capitol North Conference for a sixth straight year and also won region. Ella Collins and Kaitlyn Shadoski received first-team all-conference honors.

Lakeside boys soccer ended its season with a 7-9-0 overall record.

The varsity math team took first in the highly competitive Madison LaFollette meet and first in both fall and spring Capitol Conference Math Meets.

Senior Noelle Gates won the overall medal for the World History category at the Capitol North Conference Academic Bowl—for the fourth year in a row!

Senior Abby Buxa was named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Our STEM Academy began this year with 19 students enrolled in Introduction to Engineering Design. LLHS is also one of the first high schools in the state to start a chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Boys basketball finished as conference champions with an overall record of 17-4. Jack Monis and Cameron Paske received first-team honors, and Monis was named Conference Player of the Year.

Girls basketball finished with an 11-11 overall record; Kaitlyn Shadoski of Janesville received first team honors.

In wrestling, the team went 10-4 overall and Cole Lauersdorf (182) and Austin Meyer (220) were Capitol Conference Champs.

Dance team was the WACPC Regional Champ and placed fifth in the state after competing in D3 jazz for the first time in school history.

This year, 127 students participated in Teens for Christ. The group held three “New Friends” events, where young people with special needs join with Lakeside teens in fun activities such as human bowling, karaoke, basketball, crafts, and devotion. Students also visited residents at London Lodge, Cambridge, on several Mondays after school. At Christmas, Teens held a bake sale with proceeds funding a foosball table for the ROC in Watertown. Teens hosted a school-wide “Life Day” and heard from speakers about life-related issues to youth today.

In February, students enjoyed a week of costume contests sponsored by Student Council, which also organizes Homecoming festivities and a blood drive in March.

In February, Warrior FFA celebrated National FFA Week with many ag-related contests and activities. The almost 50-strong group held its annual banquet and recognition night in early March. In addition, they joined forces with the construction class and renovated the school’s greenhouse.

The 8th annual Grand Event dinner/auction “Called to Serve” featured a WWII era military theme. Generous supporters raised over $90,000.

The forensics team took its ninth straight conference championship and received The Excellence in Speech Award for the 10th year at State WHSFA Festival in April.

Six Warriors attended the WELS National Band Festival at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee, from March 15-17.

In April, the drama department produced “Murder in the House of Horrors.” Almost 20 students performed while many other students participated behind the scenes.

Sixteen Class A entries earned a starred-first rating at the WSMA Solo-Ensemble District level held in February at Lakeside, qualifying them to perform at State. Overall, Lakeside had 53 solo/ensemble entries involving more than 75 students.

At the Capitol Conference Art Show at the Madison Pyle Center, eight Warrior artists displayed their work.

Warrior Times Weekly was again awarded first place by the American Scholastic Press Association, newspaper division.

On May 26, 100% of the 111 seniors are expected to graduate. Co-valedictorians are Abigail Buxa, Will DeNoyer, and Brevin Jegerlehner, and the salutatorian is Kaitlyn Shadoski.

Seven Operation Go mission trips made up of 60 students will travel around the United States this year to help with church activities and summer camps.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Kirk DeNoyer will become Executive Director, while Todd Jahns joins the school as the Activities Director and boys varsity basketball coach.

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Lakeside Lutheran 2016 grad is news director in Wausau

On Saturday, Dec. 17, Matthew Werre, 2016 graduate of Lakeside Lutheran, directed the 10 p.m. show on his own for WSAW/WZAW in Wausau, Wis. “As director, he’s responsible for setting up and running our 30-minute live news programs,” says Operations Manager Chris Johnson. “He sets up all the camera shots, mic, videos, interviews. When you watch the news, he’s the person running the show.”

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This is quite the accomplishment for an 18-year-old from Sun Prairie, who started as a master control operator, running shows and commercials. “He quickly demonstrated he was a faster learner and well-organized communicator, so I moved him to directing our news broadcasts,” says Johnson, a 1993 graduate of LLHS who got his own start by producing videos for Lakeside including Cross Country and Basketball highlight videos.

“I’m not sure, but I think he’s the youngest director ever at WSAW—and it’s rare for someone his age to have this responsibility even in a smaller market like Wausau. I have no doubt Matthew’s Christian education at Lakeside has contributed to success at WSAW. His experience with video production was a major plus, but his Christian work ethic, communication skills, and hard working attitude also played a huge role,” said Johnson. “I was absolutely thrilled to be able to hire a Lakeside graduate. I hope to hire more.”

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Werre, son of Pastor Luke and Jennifer Werre of Sun Prairie, will be directing the 6 pm & 10 pm Saturday newscasts and 5:30 and 10 p.m. Sunday newscasts—and others as needed.These are streamed live on www.wsaw.com, under the “What’s On” tab.