2019-20 Year in Review

Article submitted upon request to Lake Mills Leader newspaper for publication in the Graduation insert released May 2020, specifically to celebrate the class of 2020.

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To see the collage and download individual pics that comprise the collage, visit llhs.smugmug.com/LLFamily/Class-of-2020-Senior-Moments

The new biennial 2019-2021 theme for Lakeside Lutheran celebrates “Witness,” recognizing that all the students have been called to live their faith with the people around them.

Boys track won the overall Capitol Conference title. At the state meet, Collin Schulz placed second in the high jump and Casey Ponyicsanyi medaled in three events. The boys 4×1 relay of Caleb Bilitz, Brevin Jegerlehner, Tersony Vater, Casey Ponyicsanyi took 5th place with a school record of 43.59.

Warrior baseball won the regional championship and had 8 all-conference nominees.

After performing in several June Wisconsin parades, the Warrior Marching Band scored an incredible 93/100 and received first place in the Cherry Royale Parade in July 2019.

At the 60th annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Jefferson County, Warrior FFA hosted a food tent within the 70-acre “Tent City.”

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Okauchee, joined the Lakeside Federation, a group of 32 churches and 20 schools that support LLHS.

August 19 began our 62nd school year with 407 enrolled. New faculty installed included Activities Director Todd Jahns and Eric Dorn, sophomore Religion teacher and boys soccer coach. Kirk DeNoyer, our Executive Director, was inducted into the 2020 Hall of Fame from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association for his success at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

A Cappella Choir traveled to 15 area churches sharing God’s Word before cancelling the rest of their Sunday worship services. Warrior Band and choirs held Christmas and Pops concerts and canceled Easter and Commencement. The band marched in the annual Gemutlichkeit parade and presented its annual concert in November with Swing Choir and elementary cadets. Swing Choir joined with a total of 515 student singers for National Choral Fest at Winnebago Lutheran Academy.

Almost 200 students comprise Teens for Christ, kicking off the year by collecting 71 pairs of athletic shoes for kids in need. Members visit nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, prepare meals for foster families and host “New Friends” afternoons for local residents with special needs. They also help Alpha Center in Watertown and Second Harvest in Madison.

Juniors Evelyn Schauer and Mia Murray were awarded a Certificate of Merit from Michigan Technological University’s section of the Society of Women Engineers. The Society of Women Engineers (at) Lakeside Lutheran is a branch of the national SWENext outreach program. Lakeside is one of only two high school branches in the state. To pass along STEM excitement to the next generation, members held a workshop for 33 K-8 girls on March 7.

After strong finishes at both District and State dairy judging competitions last summer, Senior Matthew Gunst qualified for the Wisconsin team at the North American International Livestock Exposition, in Louisville, Ky.

Lady Warrior golf were second in conference and took Regionals! Junior Maya Heckmann was conference Golfer of the Year again, and she and freshman sister Ava went to state.

Freshman Abigail Minning and senior August Gresens advanced to the State Cross Country meet.

Warrior football reached playoff Level 3 as underdogs, defeating higher seeds both weeks. Four players took first team all-conference honors.

The boys soccer team ended with a record of 3-11-0.

Warrior volleyball won conference undefeated, then took regionals. Three girls earned first team all-conference and Ella Collins was named Conference Player of the Year.

The 15-member Academic Bowl team placed 4th of nine teams at the annual Conference competition.

National Honor Society hosted “Tosses for Teens” cornhole tournament Nov. 17, raising over $3,500 to bring awareness of the growing need for mental health support for teens.

Wisconsin DPI creates report cards for private schools based on students participating in the choice program. For 2018-19, LLHS received a score of 84.8, a 5-star rating of “significantly exceeds expectations.”

The charter year for the Lakeside Bowling Club, a co-op team of students from Lakeside and Lake Mills High School, wrapped up its first season. The team won three matches and placed 4th in D2.

ACT results for the class of 2019 were released: of 110, 87 wrote the exam. On a 36-point scale, their composite score was 24.1 (state average 20.3), keeping Lakeside in the top 2% of 460+ Wisconsin schools.

At Fall and Spring Conference Math Meets and at the competitive Madison East Math Meet, both Varsity & JV Teams took 1st.

Warrior forensics took first in Conference on Feb. 3 with a total of 333 points, ahead of the second place team with 189.

For the first time in its 3-year history, Warrior Robotics Club sent a team to the State VEX Robotics Championship that included seniors Katelyn McGurk, Trevor Geerdts, and Gilbert Haw.

Haw is also a Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, marking his place in the top 1% of participants, and McGurk won the Kohl Student Initiative Scholarship, which recognizes students who put forth extraordinary effort and have overcome significant obstacles or adversity.

Eighteen Class A entries, including the Warrior Percussion Ensemble and several instrumentalists, pianists and vocalists, were awarded starred-first ratings at the WSMA Solo-Ensemble District level. Altogether, Lakeside had 66 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 85 Warriors.

Winter sports round-up: wrestling (10-4); boys basketball (13-11); girls basketball (14-10). Girls head coach Tim Matthies announced he was stepping down (assistant Andy Asmus to succeed), as did wrestling coach Mike Twohig. Warrior Dance took D3 jazz regional championship and 2nd in D4 pom. Jada Teteak is the first dancer in LL history named to the D3 all-state team.

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.

Classes did not resume after 2020 spring break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Online delivery of courses commenced March 25 and finished May 21.

The 9th annual Grand Event dinner/auction was switched to an all-online format held May 9.

92 seniors will graduate. Co-valedictorians are Elise Meier, Megan Reinke, Lauren Thiele, and Grace Westrate. Co-Salutatorians are Isabella Collins and Kirsten Thundercloud.






Annual “Top 10” LL stories of 2019

While the family of Lakeside Lutheran High School look forward to the blessings a new year brings, there’s value—and fun!—in reviewing the past year. The LLHS good news team took its annual look at the 57 news stories and 595 other Facebook posts shared in calendar year 2019 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention or celebrated God’s blessing on our school, students, and LLHS community. Enjoy the year in review . . . from the end of 2019 back to the beginning. 

November: LLHS significantly exceeds expectations in DPI study


Your LLHS ranks 29 out of 428 private schools who participate in the choice program, according to the State Department of Public Instruction report cards for private schools. They assess schools based on student achievement, improvements in achievement, and potential post high school success. For the 2018-19 school year, Lakeside Lutheran High School received an overall score of 84.8, which is a 5-star rating of “significantly exceeds expectations.” 


November: First-ever cornhole tournament benefits teens’ mental health support

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Student members of the Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society hosted a cornhole tournament on campus to raise awareness and funds for teen mental health. In partnership with social service agency Christian Family Solutions (CFS), Lakeside hosted “Tosses for Teens” on Nov. 17 that had a two-fold purpose—to raise funds (over $3,500!) and to bring awareness of the growing need for mental health support for teens. 


October: Girls golf regional champs

2019 regional champs-croppedYour Lady Warriors are Regional Champions and junior Maya Heckmann had top score with an 84.

After only 5 seasons with the rejuvenated girls golf program, this is an awesome accomplishment. 

August: Holy Trinity, Okauchee, joins Federation

Holy Trinity church 2019At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Okauchee joined our Federation. This brings the total to 32 churches and 21 schools that join together to support Lakeside and Christian secondary education! 


July: Warrior Band is tops! 

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On the summer band trip, the Warrior Band scored the highest among all bands—scoring 93/100 points, and took first place in its class at the Cherry Royale Parade, Traverse City, Mich.


July: Full-time Executive Director begins work


Kirk DeNoyer accepted the call to serve as Lakeside’s first full-time executive director. While the principal is responsible for the educational side of Lakeside, the Executive Director will be responsible for the business side of Lakeside—all the programs and services that support the educational side. 


June: Baseball regional champs

regional champs.jpgOur baseball team celebrates their regional championship and receives eight all-conference selections—what a thriller of a rollercoaster ride this year! 


March: Corlett’s crown of life 

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The LL drama department was blessed with Mrs. Corlett’s sewing and costuming skills for many years, and so memorialized her end-of-life testimony of faith for its annual t-shirt in 2019.

Mrs. Sandy Corlett, who taught at Lakeside for almost 20 years, was called home to heaven on March 30. Although from an earthly perspective this temporary goodbye is sad news, from God’s perspective “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants” (Psalm 116:15). Lakeside was a second home to Sandi and her love for others is missed dearly. 






March: A Cappella Choir heads to California

ACap Cali 19 bulletin-cover.jpgDuring spring break, A Cappella Choir flew to California to sing at four churches and two schools. One concert-goer told them he had tears in his eyes during the first song. “I’ve never heard anything like that and I realize it’s a taste of what heaven will be like.” While there, they explored California, seeing mountains, the ocean, visiting Disneyland, and San Francisco. 


February: Twice is Nice Resale Store hits another milestone

Twice is Nice presentationIn February, Good Stewards, Inc., the managing organization of Twice Is Nice Retail store in Jefferson announced a significant milestone: $5 million in support given to Lakeside Lutheran High School. Monies donated from Twice is Nice to the high school are used in several areas of the school, including general operating costs, student assistance, building fund and school “wishlist” items.

NHS raises mental health awareness

Student members of the Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society recently hosted a cornhole tournament on campus to raise awareness and funds for teen mental health.

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Officers in the LLHS National Honor Society chapter recently organized a cornhole tournament to benefit teen mental health. Posing in front of the event banner are (L-R): Carter Schneider, Ryann Burger, Megan Reinke and Kyle Doering.

In partnership with social service agency Christian Family Solutions (CFS), Lakeside hosted “Tosses for Teens” on Nov. 17 that had a two-fold purpose— to raise funds and to bring awareness of the growing need for mental health support for teens. With more than 60 teams paying to participate and sponsorship, concessions and a bake sale, and donations from Lang Group Realty in Lake Mills, a Thrivent Financial Action Team, Kwik Trip, WalMart, and an anonymous $1,000 matching donor, well over $3,500 was raised for the cause.

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Before the tournament began, the crowd watched a video about teen mental health and the value of providing counseling to address teen issues such as anxiety and depression.

Statistics from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry show that one in five young adults live with a mental health condition that can include anxiety disorders, behavior or mood disorders or substance use disorders. Lakeside students facing these challenges qualify for up to five free sessions with a licensed professional Christian counselor. Many meetings take place via a secure video program, allowing students to receive these services at school in a private location. CFS serves 28 high schools and prep schools across the nation with this type of counseling through its Member Assistance Program, which the tournament proceeds went to support.

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Teachers Eric Dorn, left, and Nate Sievert beat out more than 60 other teams to take the championship. They are posing behind one of their prizes, a set of handcrafted and custom-painted cornhole boards.

The team that won the tournament was comprised of two Lakeside teachers, Eric Dorn and Nate Sievert. Other participants won drawings and other prizes including a costume competition. Several NHS senior officers— president Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; treasurer Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; vice-president Megan Reinke, Watertown; and secretary Carter Schneider, Lake Mills—worked with the group’s advisor and school Guidance Director, Andy Rosenau, to coordinate the event. A photo gallery of the day is at llhs.smugmug.com/LLFamily.

Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society is dedicated to the development of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NHS members plan and perform various service and leadership activities throughout the school year, such as a Christmas toy drive for foster families, Adopt-a-Highway clean up, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Penny Wars” and more. Students are first eligible for selection at the end of the sophomore year. Candidates need a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, at least three leadership roles, several hours of community service, and character references. For more information about NHS or Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal James Grasby at 920-648-2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org.

Christian Family Solutions (CFS) is the Social Service Division of Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service (WLCFS), a non-profit social service agency headquartered in Germantown, Wis. CFS licensed Christian counselors, through in-person and technology-assisted consultations, also assist children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a supportive, Christ-centered atmosphere on a wide range of disorders, addictions, emotional pain and other mental health issues. For more information about CFS, contact Dan Nommensen at 800-438-1772 or dnommensen@wlcfs.org.

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.

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.

​National Honor Society inductees announced for 2018

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced the 2018 inductees to its National Honor Society Chapter. The National Honor Society is dedicated to the development of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NHS members plan and perform various service and leadership activities throughout the school year. Students are first eligible for selection at the end of the sophomore year. Candidates need a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher, demonstrated leadership roles, several hours of community service, and character references. A 5-member faculty council determines membership.

This year’s inductees are from the classes of 2019 and 2020.


Back, L-R: Christopher Yunck, Lake Mills; Nathaniel Stout, Janesville; Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Kristin Karas, Milton; Owen Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; Micah Missall, Rio

2nd row from top, L-R: Matthew Gunst, Hartford; Carter Schneider, Jefferson; Oliver Butler, Ixonia; Espen Storlie, Jefferson; Brynn McDermott, Poynette; Grace Westrate, Sun Prairie; Breanna Preskar, Juneau

Middle row, L-R: Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Janae Jensen, Juneau; Alessandra Murray, Sun Prairie; Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Alex Ryan, Lake Mills; Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek; Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills; Madeline Abel, Fort Atkinson

2nd row from front, L-R: Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Kendra Kasper, Helenville; Bronte Perkins, Madison; Emma Berg, Madison; Hannah Koenig, Cambridge; Emma Statz, Jefferson

Front row: Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove; Isabella Collins, Lake Mills; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; Luke Stauffacher, Madison; Kayla Laures, Jefferson; Katherine Guld, Lake Mills

Not pictured: Jocelyn Asmus, Lake Mills; Kaitlin Burk, Johnson Creek; Trevor Geerdts, Lake Mills; Emily Godwin, Madison; Jennica Jensen, Juneau; Cole Schuster, Juneau; Katie Stuebs, Lake Mills; Molly Sturgill, Waterloo; Amber Wardall, Waterloo

LLHS waits out semester by giving back

The month of December – – often called Advent, or “ coming”—brings more than one connotation at Lakeside Lutheran High School. As with the traditional Christian term that refers to a time of waiting for the Savior’s birth to come or arrive, the final month of a semester brings other sorts of anxious waiting for high school students, such as final grades and a welcome break from studies. Lakeside students filled the wait this year with several activities that held a spirit of gratefulness and giving back, including a bake sale, food drive, mission offerings and volunteering events.

bake-saleEvery last crumb was sold during a 2-day bake sale that raised $336.06 by the school’s Teens for Christ group December 6–7. Dozens of students brought in hundreds of pre-packaged home-baked goodies and sold them before school to other students and staff. Thrivent Financial added to that total through a $250 action team grant. Funds raised are supporting a VBS in Linares, Chile, in January, under the auspices of WELS Kingdom Workers; Lakeside teens bought school and other supplies and arranged for their transport to South America.

Dozens of sophomores in Pastor Clark Schultz’s religion classes have helped churches in the Madison area during December weekends. Teens volunteered at Good News Ev. Lutheran Church in Mt. Horeb and Resurrection Ev. Lutheran in Verona in their efforts to deliver goodies and invite the community to Christmas services. Other sophomores volunteered with “Christmas for Kids” weekends at Abiding Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove, where the church provided activities for community families.

SONY DSCOn December 13, dozens of National Honor Society members and Teens for Christ helped Mrs. Sandi Corlett, the LLHS Family and Consumer Education teacher, wrap “shoebox gifts” for homeless and families in need in Madison. This was part of a larger family effort for the Corlett family. All year long, the Corletts, including four adult children and their families, gather personal care items, school supplies, toys and clothing. Sandi Corlett and others donated items, boxes, gift wrap, labels, tape—enough for 325 shoeboxes this year.

Teens for Christ also organized an all-school food drive for the Lake Mills Food Pantry that brought in more than 400 non-perishable food donations for the community. The drive ended this week and donations will be delivered in the coming days.

Student Council organized an end-of-semester mission offering in chapel on Fridays that asked students and staff to help supply an Ethiopian village whose students need school supplies and equipment. A Lakeside council member visited the village during a mission trip last summer and was able to educate the student body to the need. The effort raised over $1,000.00.

SONY DSCDecember also brought the excitement of announcing a new summer of “Operation Go” mission trip teams. Thirty-two juniors and seniors were assigned to one of six trips across the country to assist congregations with outreach efforts, including WELS churches in Alaska, Texas, Idaho, Louisiana and New Jersey. These students will spend coming months volunteering and spreading the word about the opportunity before them in order to help fund the soccer camps and vacation Bible schools they will help organize and run next June through August.

Finally, even after semester exams are finished, students in the Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society chapter plan to Christmas carol at nursing homes in Lake Mills and Watertown on December 23. That’s a service project that always ends up being a win-win as the singers enjoy their time as much as those listening do.

The entire staff and student body at Lakeside Lutheran High School wish all those in our communities a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.