Principal’s Pen: to the class of 2020



These are my comments directed to Lakeside’s Class of 2020 at this year’s graduation. I extend my words to all graduates in our federation.

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

In recent weeks, everyone’s lives were overturned. Many lost their jobs. Busy schedules were vacated and then made busy again in other ways. Pandemic, social distancing, and the new normal are today’s buzzwords. Face masks, shortages, and uncertainty about life are what we face today.

No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.

Yet, the Class of 2020 is not the first group to think or utter these words. There have been other upheavals throughout history that quickly reshaped society: the 1950s polio scare, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Great Depression, to name several. In a matter of minutes or days, the fragile flow of life—as we know it—can be overturned or even destroyed. It has happened before. It will likely happen again. No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a group of bewildered men huddled behind locked doors. Their rabbi had been arrested, tortured, and crucified. They may well have wondered if they were next. All likely felt guilt since they deserted their Master in his hour of need. One, particularly, may well have felt this pain most keenly because his actions fulfilled the very words of his Master’s prophecy. Among them, there was fear, uncertainty, and perhaps even the sentiment, “No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.”

A17year28gcThen, the risen Savior entered that room. He stood among his disciples with visible nail marks in his hands and a spear slash in his side. He spoke words that were most unexpected. Instead of chastising and berating those who failed him, he said, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). These were ordinary words of greeting. Yet, they bear extraordinary meaning.

In John’s gospel, Jesus explained peace. It’s not the peace “as the world gives” (John 14:27). It is peace from the forgiveness of sins that he earned for all. It is the assurance that whatever happens “will [not] be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

“Peace be with you.” This was the Savior’s greeting to those confused men. It assured them that their sins were forgiven. It gave them courage to meet the challenges, trials, and death threats they would face in the coming years for preaching the gospel. The Savior’s promise of peace was their sure hope in dark and uncertain times.

Jesus’ words of greeting are also for us. Like believers of all times, you and I have the assurance of our Savior’s forgiveness. No matter how unsteady our lives become or how unsure our future appears, we have the same peace that Jesus spoke to his disciples. We know that God loves us, has made us his own through baptism, and will see us through whatever the future brings.

Some might still be tempted to say, “No, it wasn’t supposed to end this way.” The end of senior year of high school should have been a time of fun, celebration, and joy. Yet, it wasn’t this year. The events of the pandemic are so close to us that we cannot see the larger picture. But, God can. He will use all that has happened in the past months to praise and glorify his name and even serve as blessings for all who trust in him.

Congratulations, Class of 2020. You have made it! It did end in the way it was supposed to. You will receive your high school diplomas. Most importantly, you have the certainty of your Savior’s forgiveness with the peace that can never be taken from you.

“Peace be with you.”
God bless you always with Jesus’ peace. Amen.

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or

 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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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.






McGurk awarded Herb Kohl scholarship

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Senior Katelyn McGurk received a 2020 Student Initiative Scholarship from the Herb Kohl Foundation.

A $10,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2020 Student Initiative Scholarship was presented to senior Katelyn McGurk at a recognition luncheon hosted by Herb Kohl, Wisconsin philanthropist and businessman. Katelyn plans to attend Martin Luther College to study Elementary and Special Education. She is the daughter of Damion and Laura Dehnert of Lake Mills and Chris McGurk of Fargo, N. Dak.

The Kohl Initiative Scholarship recognizes students who are putting forth extraordinary effort to do their best in the classroom and have overcome significant obstacles or adversity. Recipients are selected by their teachers and school administrators.

“Katelyn is a very deserving recipient of the Kohl Initiative Scholarship,” says Lakeside Lutheran Guidance Director Andy Rosenau. “Not only does the award recognize the challenges recipients have overcome, but it offers hope and opportunity to students that might not otherwise be able pursue a four-year college degree. It can be truly life changing.”

Since 1990 the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has annually awarded scholarships to 200 graduating high school students throughout Wisconsin. Since it was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded $14.5 million to Wisconsin students, teachers, principals, and schools.

2020 Badger State reps announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2020 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 79th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 13-20 are Will Jorgensen, son of Mark and Nancy, McFarland, and Devin Splinter, son of Dan and Cheryl, Ixonia. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 77th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 11-26 are Lydia Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda, Oconomowoc, and Ashley Grundman, daughter of Todd and Sherry, Waterloo.

Lakeside Lutheran representatives for the 2020 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June include (L-R) Devin Splinter, Ashley Grundman, Will Jorgensen, and Lydia Buxa.

Lydia Buxa, currently tied for first in class GPA, is planning a career in pediatric or neonatal nursing. She started Butterflies for Henry, a charity that donates all proceeds from the sale of hand-painted magnets and printed stickers to the family of a two-year-old boy who suffers from a rare skin disease. She is a member of Teens for Christ, a service organization at Lakeside, and this summer will participate in a STEAM Camp in Alaska  as part of Lakeside’s Operation Go mission teams. She has also volunteered at Twice is Nice Resale Shop seasonal changeovers, St. Paul, Lake Mills’ annual Trunk or Treat, Thrivent Financial’s Military Day, and at Lighthouse Youth Center in Milwaukee.

Buxa, who works at Kwik Trip, is a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Bowl team, and the Math team. She is also on the yearbook staff and the newspaper editorial team. She attended the Lake Mills Leadership Optimist’s Club Breakfast and was a delegate to the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp. A member at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Farmington, she sings in the A Cappella choir, played volleyball for one year, basketball for two seasons, and has been on varsity track for three years.

“I’m glad to be chosen for BGS because it’s an opportunity to let my leadership grow,” she says. “I’m excited to not just learn about how government works, but also actually experience and become a part of it.”

For three years, Ashley Grundman has participated in golf, STEM Club, math meets, and the Academic Bowl. She was a founding member of Lakeside’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, is also a member of the National Honor Society, has been part of FFA for two years, was in the drama production her sophomore year, and managed the girls soccer team her freshman year. She serves as the secretary of Teens for Christ, “which I feel is a huge honor as a junior,” she says. A member of A Cappella Choir, she has participated in Operation Go mission trips, helps with chapel set up and the Grand Event—the school’s fundraising gala.

At her church, St. John-Newville, Waterloo, she helps with VBS and Sunday school, the Altar Guild, church decorating committee, and the church band. She is also active in the youth group and helps younger kids participate in the Christmas service. In addition, Grundman holds three part-time jobs as an assistant to a SimplyFun™ educational board game company rep, seasonal work at James J. Chocolate in Lake Mills, and as church secretary.

Grundman, who is considering a career in teaching or the medical field, is “looking forward to meeting with girls from other schools around the state, talking with them and learning about the different cultures within our own state. I’m also excited for what I might learn there, as I’ve been told the different life skills you learn can be used throughout your entire life,” she says.

Will Jorgensen, a member of Our Redeemer, Madison, volunteers at his church’s vacation Bible school and is active in their youth group. He has participated in Operation Go, taking two mission trips to Alaska. At school, Jorgensen participates in forensics, Teens for Christ, track, National Honor Society, and A Cappella Choir. His freshman year, he was on the baseball team and took piano lessons.

As a member of the football team, he earned 1st team all-conference as an offensive lineman and he is the off-season football captain, in charge of making sure people are in the weight room and stay interested in football.

Jorgensen is considering a career in business or international relations, “because I enjoy learning Spanish and business classes,” he says. He is looking forward to Badger Boys State to “meet new and interesting people, and to learn how government works by experiencing it firsthand. I think that BBS is going to be a fun and memorable experience, and I am honored to have been nominated.”

Through Badger Boys State, Devin Splinter is “looking forward to learning how to be a better leader in my school and my community,” he says. Splinter, who is considering being a middle school teacher, is active in his community, having been a beef representative on the Jefferson County MAP committee and 12-year member of the Ixonia Victory 4-H club, where he has served as president, vice-president, and secretary. This summer will be his seventh year showing and selling steer at the Jefferson County Fair, where he has won multiple awards and ribbons.

Splinter is a member of St. Matthew, Oconomowoc, where he serves as a group leader for Vacation Bible School and Christmas 4 Kids. At school, Splinter participates in football, track, Teens for Christ, National Honor Society, math team, and New Friends. He is headed to Chattanooga, Tenn., this summer as part of an Operation Go mission trip.

“I am glad to have been chosen for BBS because I know it is a huge honor. I am also really glad that my teachers have chosen me for this because it helps me stay focused on my schoolwork and the way I act around other people,” 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.

Prom dress resale day this weekend

Lakeside Lutheran High School will host a formal/semi-formal dress resale open to the public on campus Sunday, January 12, from noon to 4 p.m. Much of the proceeds will go to support the school’s upcoming spring and summer Operation GO mission trips.

Organizers are in the process of displaying upwards of 50 dresses in various sizes, styles and colors; some still have their retail tags. Dresses are either donated or consigned and will sell for $25 each or less; sellers can take up to $15 of dress proceeds; some are donating dresses in full. The sale will be held in room 515 in the school; signs will direct on the day of the sale. There will be space and privacy for shoppers to try on dresses. Cash or check will be accepted as payment.

Donated proceeds from each sale will support this year’s OpGo program that is in the midst of organizing 82 Lakeside students in 11 teams for spring or summer trips. Teens will go and assist church efforts in 10 different locations, from mission sites in Costa Maya, Mexico, Arizona and California to New York and New Jersey, from Anchorage, Alaska to New Orleans, helping with a variety of mission activities, from teaching VBS to sharing church info in neighborhoods to assisting with summer sport, STEM and art camps. For more information about Operation GO, visit

The public is encouraged to join in the afternoon of shopping. Anyone wishing to donate or consign a dress needs to contact organizer Jodie Schommer before the weekend at Lakeside Lutheran is located at 231 Woodland Beach Rd. Lake Mills WI 53551.

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

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

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

Journalism class visits Wisconsin State Journal HQ

Journalism Field trip

Thanks to juniors Joy Thompson-Wurz and Ashley Grundman for sharing this article, which highlights the journalism field trip to the Wisconsin State Journal and why such trips are important.

On Tuesday, November 12th, the journalism class visited the Wisconsin State Journal headquarters. There they had the opportunity to tour the newspaper’s multiple departments to see the many steps of how a newspaper is brought to life. From writing articles to plate production, putting pages together to distribution, far more people than most would expect play a role in this daily production, which was something the journalism class was able to witness first hand.

Not only did the Journalism class get to see how a newspaper company functions, but they got to experience what the career of a journalist would be like. Touring a workplace or career environment is a great opportunity to help in the decision-making process of choosing a career path. A growing idea is that students should not only tour colleges but work fields as well, especially those who have not decided what career they want to pursue. Witnessing how a workplace is run gives students an idea of how that certain career would affect their lifestyle. They may even find new talents and interests they didn’t even know they had. Several of the journalism students said that after seeing what a journalism career is like, they could potentially see themselves in that field even though they had never previously thought about it. 

According to, 20-50% of students go to college undecided. Experiencing and immersing in different work fields has the potential to lower that percentage significantly. Almost every workplace has a job for all different talents and abilities. The only obstacle is finding a way to dig deep and explore them. 

2019 Veterans Day Observance held


These vets—and Lakeside alum—attended the Veterans Day event held on Wed. Nov. 6.

Lakeside Lutheran High School hosted a Veterans Day event Wednesday, November 6, that featured an introduction to and speech from State Senator Scott Fitzgerald.

Eighty-six guests spent the morning at Lakeside. The veterans in attendance represented more than half a century of military service, from World War II to the conflicts and wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan. After a breakfast and social time for veterans and their guests, Principal James Grasby greeted the veterans and introduced Senator Fitzgerald, who served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 27 years.  Fitzgerald expressed his thanks to the veterans in attendance and to those currently serving. Addressing the students before chapel, he encouraged them to consider serving their country through the military.

A special Veterans Day chapel service, presided over by Pastor Tony Schultz, from St. Luke, Watertown, and Pastor Mark Toepel of the Lakeside faculty, included the honored veterans as well the entire student assembly, faculty and staff.

A gallery of other photos from the morning can be found at


Loppy’s provides pizza and proceeds

Like any normal Thursday, the varsity football team had its team meal, but this time it was a little bit different. On Thursday, Sept. 26, Loppy’s Hiawatha Inn not only catered a delicious meal to the team, but also gave all of the profits back to Lakeside as a donation to Operation Go.

The whole thing started when Loppy’s offered to provide the coaches a fish dinner before the game, but Coach Asmus asked if they could do it as the Thursday team meal.

The restaurant is too small for everybody to fit, so Carl and Laura Loppnow brought the food to Lakeside. They provided pizzas, shredded pork, and scotcheroos as dessert for only $10 per person.

They wanted to help support Operation Go only because of their love for Lakeside. Pastor Helwig commented, “I think it’s cool. They’re only doing this because of their love for the program. And that’s what Op-Go in the future will be about.” 

Operation Go also received a $500 check from the Ladies’ Guild at St. Paul Lake Mills after the Op-Go students gave a presentation there.