As 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Lakeside Lutheran High School recently held its fall sports awards night when coaches recognize efforts of the six fall sports teams as well as all-conference team honorees and athletes of the year. A total of 10 Lakeside Lutheran athletes received first team all-conference spots, 10 achieved second team all-conference, and 11 earned honorable mention. In addition, a Warrior received Capitol Conference North Athlete of the Year honors.
The 2017 Warrior volleyball team took its second straight sectional championship and earned another berth at the WIAA Division 2 State tournament last weekend. With victories over Waukesha Catholic Memorial and Luxembourg-Casco, the Warriors claimed the first D2 state volleyball championship in school history. The team also claimed a fifth straight Capitol Conference North championship this fall with a conference record of 10-0. Six players earned conference awards for their efforts. Senior hitter Amber Rowoldt of Watertown, senior setter Ellie Westrate of Sun Prairie and senior libero Kaitlyn Gehler of Waterloo were elected 1st team all-conference, while senior hitter Sophie Collins of Lake Mills, senior middle Kelsey Birschbach of DeForest and junior hitter Kaitlyn Shadoski of Janesville received honorable mention.
Gehler, Rowoldt and Westrate were all voted to the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association (WVCA) All-Tournament Team at the WIAA state tournament Nov. 2-4. The WVCA also voted Rowoldt to 1st team All-State, and awarded Gehler and Westrate All-State Honorable Mention. Gehler set a D2 state tournament record with 52 total digs, and most digs in a 5 set match with 27; she also tied the second place record with 5 aces in a 5-set match.
In addition to her All-Conference, All-State and All-Tournament accolades, Rowoldt was awarded Capitol Conference North Volleyball Player of the Year. While at State, she set a Division 2 record with 29 kills in the five sets of the championship match. She also set the Division 2 tournament record with 48 kills. Over the season, Rowoldt recorded 504 kills (setting a new school record of 1,489 total career kills), 60 aces, 81 blocks, 451 digs in 108 sets played this year. Last fall, she committed to play for NCAA D2 Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2018.
The Lakeside Lutheran boys cross country team finished 2nd in conference this fall. Senior runner Tyler Punzel of Watertown and sophomore August Gresens of Sun Prairie earned 1st team all-conference honors. Punzel earned a berth at the 2017 WIAA State Meet. Senior Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie, and sophomore Jacob Holmes, Fort Atkinson, earned 2nd team all-conference honors.
The girls’ cross country team took third place in conference this year. Three runners earned spots on the all-conference teams. Senior Kailey Schoenherr and freshman Jada Gresens, both of Sun Prairie, and junior Alexis Genthe, Lake Mills, each earned second team all-conference honors.
The Lakeside Lutheran boys soccer team saw six players receive honorable mention from the conference, including senior defender Skyler Christianson, Janesville; senior forward Brett Schwantes, Madison; senior midfielder Griffin Torgerson, Watertown; senior forward Alex Hoenecke, Waunakee; senior midfielder Ryane Leon Peralta, Madison; and junior defender Chris Schwantes, Madison. Torgerson was voted Most Valuable Player and Brett Schwantes was voted Honorary Team Captain by teammates.
The Warrior football team earned its first return to playoffs since 2012 with a 6-4 record. Ten players earned 11 spots on all-conference teams. Senior running back Cade Olszewski of Johnson Creek earned first team all-conference offense as a running back and 2nd team for his work on defense as inside linebacker. Three juniors—middle linebacker Casey Ponyicsanyi of Lake Mills, o-lineman Caleb Raymond and receiver Will DeNoyer, both of Sun Prairie—also earned 1st team honors. Earning 2nd team spots were senior tight end Dustin Pampel of Johnson Creek, senior defensive back Matthias Winters of Watertown, junior quarterback Jack Monis of Oconomowoc, and junior center Tyler Holzhueter of Waterloo. Receiving honorable mention were senior offensive lineman Isaiah Coleman of Watertown and senior outside linebacker Benjamin Hodel of Lake Mills.
Lakeside girls golf team saw marked progress in the program with a third-place finish in the Rock Valley Conference. Freshman Maya Heckmann of Middleton was awarded first team all-conference honors with her solid advance to and performance in sectional play. Senior golfer Ashley Fritz, also from Middleton, was awarded “High Honors” as an Academic All-State honoree by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin as a result of her high GPA and participation as a varsity golfer this fall.
Students at Lakeside Lutheran High School recently hosted an event called “New Friends,” where the high school teens and individuals from the community met on the high school campus to join in an afternoon of fun and new friendships.
Members of Lakeside’s Teens for Christ service group organized the day to connect teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and build relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On Sunday, October 22, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the Lakeside gym. Planned activities 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 took place.
Student teacher Josiah Nommensen shared a devotion, reminding everyone that while they made wonderful friends, they always have Jesus as their true friend.
New Friends events at Lakeside Lutheran are also planned for January 21 and March 11 from 1-3 p.m. Those interested in bringing someone are encouraged to contact LLHS Teens for Christ advisor Ruth Hirschfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-648-2321 x2210.
New Friends is a program started by Jesus Cares Ministries, a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities.
To see more photos from the day, visit our smugmug page.
What is your greatest treasure? Perhaps it’s an heirloom? Maybe, it’s something you purchased, hoping its value would appreciate. Possibly, it’s a drawing or card from your child or grandchild. Everyone has a personal treasure. They treat it specially because it is important to them.
You and I have such a treasure—God’s Word. Our Savior, Jesus, uses a parable to explain its value to all believers.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44). Jesus does not discuss the ethics of whose treasure this was. Rather, he uses the man’s reaction to discovering the treasure to illustrate a truth: the gospel is a Christian’s greatest treasure. Unlike the parable where the man sold everything to buy the field, the gospel costs nothing. It is the simple proclamation of sins forgiven through Jesus. It can be shared by anyone. In fact, the least worthy vessels—sinful humans—share it daily.
God’s Word is a treasure. After all, it is God’s Word. The Holy Spirit—through Peter—emphasizes its value by saying, “There is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). It contains Jesus’ words and works, and it points to him as the only source of salvation.
God’s Word is important because it makes us “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). The law exposes our sin and reveals our hopelessness. Then, the gospel comforts us with the good news (literally, the meaning of gospel) that Jesus is our Savior. He lived, died, and rose so that all believers may live forever in heaven with him.
This month, we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. We thank God for Luther and others who uncovered the precious Word of God. God bless our celebration. May he lead us to always value his Word as our greatest treasure!
Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or email@example.com
P.S. Remember that we have a special occasion to worship our Savior God with thousands of like-minded Lutherans at the 500th anniversary Area Reformation service at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI at 4 PM on Sunday, October 29, 2017.
Members of the Lakeside Lutheran Varsity, JV1, and JV2 volleyball teams hosted “Volley for Hope” on October 3 and raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope, a nonprofit that supports local health care organizations.
The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams and a crew of parent and other volunteers raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope on the evening of their October 3 conference match against Columbus High School. They called the event “Volley for Hope” and raised funds through a raffle and concessions as well as a variety of sales: mums, t-shirts, hair scrunchies made by LLHS sewing classes, and a bake sale, run by students from St. Paul, Lake Mills.
Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, is a non-profit that supports local health care organizations who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses. They also foster health-related research, education, and support activities.
In writing to Volley for Hope volunteers, Barbara Endl, Executive Director for Tomorrow’s Hope commented that these “efforts to help others through our healthcare providers are like pebbles being dropped into the water. You see the immediate impact when the pebble enters the water. What you won’t see is all the ‘shores’ your efforts will touch. Just think of the individuals, families, and communities that will benefit from the support you are giving healthcare systems that benefit our families and friends.”
The Lakeside Lutheran High School Teens for Christ service group will host its first “New Friends” event on its Lake Mills campus on Sunday, October 22, from 1-3 p.m. in the school’s west gymnasium. The focus of the event is to meet and have fun with people interested in participating in a New Friends program through the teen group at Lakeside Lutheran.
The October 22 event will offer people with special needs a place to hang out and develop friendships with teens from the school. Young people with and without special needs will join together to participate in a variety of activities, including games, crafts, snacks and music.
New Friends is a ministry of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM), a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families and the communities they live in, and is administered by The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA). According to TLHA, “the purpose of New Friends is to build relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities, while creating a fun-filled atmosphere where the entire family feels safe, relaxed and happy.”
“We are excited to share God’s word with more individuals in our community,” says Ruth Hirschfeld, Lakeside Lutheran faculty adviser to Teens for Christ. “New Friends allows us to witness to the joy that faith in Jesus brings as we have fun sharing an afternoon with individuals with disabilities and even their families. It has the potential to inspire and impact both the community participants and the teens who are looking to make some new friends.”
Pastor Joel Gaertner, National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries, will speak at the school’s October 9 chapel assembly and share information about the New Friends program.
Caretakers of anyone with special needs who may be interested in attending the October 22 should contact Hirschfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 920-648-2321. Ext 2210.