Lakeside Lutheran High School opened its doors to incoming freshmen on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, marking the beginning the school’s 60th year. Freshmen begin their school year a day early to get a chance to learn their schedules, meet other incoming freshmen and explore co-curricular opportunities. Classes begin for all students on Thursday, August 17 with an enrollment of 415 students, a 4% increase since the end of the 2016-17 school year.
The Opening Service and installation of new faculty take place as part of the first day’s events on August 17 at 10 a.m. in the west gymnasium. Pastor Matthew DeNoyer from Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson will offer the devotion during this special chapel service. Liturgist for the opening service will be Pastor Clark Schultz from the Lakeside Lutheran faculty. The community is invited to attend.
New faculty to be installed include Mr. Phil Dretske, instructor in Mathematics and Religion, as well as football and baseball coach. A 2002 graduate of Martin Luther College (MLC), he and his family live in Madison where he previously taught at Eastside Lutheran School.
Also being installed as a full-time Physical Education instructor is Mrs. Jennifer Krauklis, who served in an adjunct position at Lakeside Lutheran in the Mathematics and Science departments in 2016-17, and has been the Warrior varsity volleyball coach for several years. A 1998 graduate of Lakeside herself, she attended MLC and graduated with an Education degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, where she is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Educational Leadership. She and her family live in Lake Mills.
Lakeside Lutheran High School presented diplomas to 93 graduating seniors on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. in the east gymnasium.
Pastor Bernt Tweit from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison, father of graduate Benjamin Tweit, served as liturgist for the service. Graduation speaker was Pastor Caleb Davisson from the Lakeside Lutheran faculty. Organist was Mr. Peter Schaewe from St. John, Jefferson. Class valedictorian is Caleb Strutz, son of Pastor Nathan and Beth Strutz, Verona, and salutatorian is Danielle Schilling, daughter of Mike and Robin Schilling, Watertown. Mr. Scott Schneider, Chairman of the Board of Regents, along with Principal James Grasby, presented diplomas to the graduates.
The class verse is Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The class hymn is “Speak, O Lord.” Class colors are lilac and silver, and the class flower is a rose.
Lakeside Lutheran High School hosts its May Banquet and Dance on campus Saturday, May 6. Members of the May Banquet senior court are (couples, L-R) : Keyera Giese, Watertown and Austin Schultz, Edgerton; Hailey Stade, Watertown and Justin Rue, Fort Atkinson; Kaitlyn Birkholz, Watertown and Joshua Higgins, Watertown; Audra Tuescher, Milton and Brady Jensen, Juneau; Tina Kehl, Waterloo and Matthew Fisher, Madison; Madeline McKenna, Lake Mills and Jacob Meyer, Sun Prairie. Themed A Night with the Stars, this Hollywood event begins as doors open for seniors at 5:30 and open to all at 6 p.m., followed by a 6:45 p.m. dinner. A Grand March takes place after supper, when May Banquet king and queen are announced. A video tribute to seniors is slated as part of the evening’s entertainment along with a dance that lasts until 11:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, March 28, the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter held their third annual banquet with 106 people attending. For the 2016-17 school year, the Lakeside FFA grew from 37 members to 46.
Keynote speaker Garry Gard, a grain merchandiser from Didion Grain, spoke to the members, families, and guests about some of the 50 uses of field corn in their homes. He shared that 80,000 bushels of grain are milled in Cambria each day and shipped around the world for use in protein bars, grits, adhesives and ethanol.
The Lakeside FFA Alumni held its second annual live auction where an assortment of bird feeders, clothing, gift baskets and a rocking chair were auctioned. The total profit was $2,000; this year, $1,000 will be returned to senior FFA members who complete a scholarship application and plan to continue their education at tech schools or college.
Members received a variety of membership awards. Four-year member seniors include Brett Cichanofsky, Haley Kooiman, Mindy Meske, Hailey Stade and Nick Voigt. Stars Over the Chapter are Star Greenhand: Cole Schuster; Most Active Sophomore: Emily Meske; Most Active Junior: Jeremy Nehls; Star in Placement: Brett Cichanofsky; and Star FFA Member and Dekalb Agriculture Award: Nick Voigt.
Retiring officers received a laser engraved plaque. Proficiency winners were recognized based on their supervised agricultural experiences (paid and unpaid hours along with entrepreneurship investment). Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) winners were: Sheep: Nick Voigt; Equine (placement and entrepreneur): Melissa Melcher; Dairy Placement: Jeremy Nehls; Dairy Entrepreneurship: Karleen Battist; Food Service: Emily Meske; Goat Production: Tyler Degner; Poultry: Savannah Steffen; and Specialty Animal (bee hive): Benjamin Huebner. Many members were also awarded for their participation in speaking contests, career development events (judging), and top sales in the fruit sale.
The Warrior FFA also gave out three key awards to adults who partnered with the chapter. Steve Duwe was bestowed the Honorary FFA Degree, Kevin and Amy Voigt were awarded the Blue and Gold FFA Alumni award, and Cody Aiken was recognized as the Friend of Lakeside FFA in helping with the second annual corn test plot.
Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2017 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 76th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 10-17 are James Neuberger, son of Dan and Dawn Neuberger, Lake Mills, and Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 74th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 18-23 are Emma Guld, daughter of John and Nicole Guld, Lake Mills, and Emily Raymond, daughter of Kyle and Amy Raymond, Sun Prairie. All of this year’s nominees are members of the Lakeside Lutheran Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Ranked first academically in his class of 2018, James Neuberger has been part of the math team for three years, the Academic Bowl for two, and sings with the school’s traveling A Cappella Choir. He has participated in cross country, basketball, track and soccer. A member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, he is part of Teens for Christ, participating in school and community service projects throughout the school year. With perfect attendance and no tardies for all three years, he is planning to study for a degree in Pharmacy. “It’s an honor to be selected for Badger Boys State,” says Neuberger. “I appreciate that my efforts in the classroom have been recognized by teachers and administrators. Badger Boys State will give me the opportunity to find out more about myself and what I’m capable of accomplishing in the near future. Outside of school activities, he also works for the City of Lake Mills Parks Department. When asked what he was most looking forward to learning or experiencing at BBS, Neuberger replied, “I’m looking forward to further development of my leadership skills and a better understanding of the government process.”
Matthias Winters, ranked 6th in his class, has served as the class vice president for three years. He participates in concert band, jazz band, marching band, and A Cappella Choir. He has received two state first place medals at WSMA for piano and two outstanding musician awards for trombone. In addition, he participates on the math team and in the Academic Bowl, is the charter president of the Lakeside Lutheran STEM Club and writes for the student newspaper. For sports, he has participated in three years of football, two years of basketball, and one of baseball and two in track. A member at St. Luke, Watertown, Winters is part of the youth group, church band, and co-ed softball at church, and serves as an usher. He will also participate in OperationGo, the school summer mission trip program. He works as a cart-pusher at Walmart in Watertown. Winters plans to major in Industrial Engineering and minor in business at Milwaukee School of Engineering, while also doing the Reserve Officers Training Corps. He sees the opportunity to attend Badger State, “as an honor and a great opportunity to meet lots of kids who all have a bright future. This selection shows me that my teachers think highly of me and I can’t take that for granted,” he said. He is most looking forward to experiencing the elections. “I think it will be fun trying to run for the different offices.”
Emma Guld has participated in math meets, Academic Bowl, Forensics, Teens for Christ, and the school drama production each year. She participated in cross country, basketball, and band for two years. This year, she is part of FFA and STEM Club. Emma volunteers for the National Academy of Television and Sciences, and received two Emmy awards at Chicago Midwest Emmys for work on “Into The Outdoors.” Ranked 2nd in the class, she is considering becoming a dentist and eventually an orthodontist. Currently, she has a part-time job at the afterschool care program at St. Paul, Lake Mills, where she is a member. “I think that Badger Girls State will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from other people who have leadership roles in Wisconsin,” she says, and is “most looking forward to learning more about leadership with other girls that share a lot of the same interests that I do.”
Emily Raymond, a self-proclaimed “hard worker,” proves her claim. A member of the state championship forensics team, drama, and Teens for Christ for three years, she has also participated in track for two years and volleyball for one. She is making her second trip with OperationGo this summer. In service to the community, she has organized a book drive for a hospital clinic, volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank, participated in Operation Christmas Child, been a “buddy” at the “Night to Shine” prom for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, organized a food drive for local food pantries, and caroled at Bethesda group and Willowbrook nursing homes. At her church, Peace in Sun Prairie, she teaches VBS, serves meals, helps with Advent by Candlelight, and is a member of the Youth Group. Working as a cashier in Sun Prairie, she plans to attend Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, to pursue a double major in elementary and special education. “It is a great honor to be chosen for BGS. I love to try new things, and this is not like anything I have ever tried before,” she says. “I am really looking forward to meeting other girls from all over Wisconsin! I am also excited to learn how to be a better leader. (I’ve heard that the food at BGS is pretty good too.)”
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.
Lakeside Lutheran High School will host a community blood drive in partnership with BloodCenter of Wisconsin on March 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drive will be held in the west gymnasium of the school at 231 Woodland Beach Road in Lake Mills.
According to BloodCenter of Wisconsin, about one in five people entering a hospital needs blood, so donors are always in constant demand. Patients with cancer, victims of accidents, and those undergoing surgery are just some of the recipients who benefit from blood donations. By donating just one pint of blood, you have the potential to save up to three lives.
The goal is to see more than 100 donors. Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs a minimum of 110 lbs. and is in generally good health can donate blood. The entire process takes about an hour and all blood types are needed. Donors should bring a photo ID.
BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the sole supplier of blood and blood products to 55 hospitals in 28 Wisconsin counties, including local hospitals in Jefferson, Dane, Dodge and Waukesha counties. It is committed to saving patients’ lives by providing blood products, medical expertise and scientific discovery.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, contact the Lakeside Lutheran office at 920-648-2321 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Walk-ins are also welcome at this drive.
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.
Every 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.
On 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.
December 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.