The Lakeside Lutheran Music Department, led by Choir Director James Buege and Band Director Glen Pufahl, presented music awards for the 2017-2018 academic year to several student musicians at Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.
The National School Choral Award® is the highest honor for high school choral performers. It recognizes the dedication and musical achievement of top choral students nationwide and was awarded to senior Maria Werre, daughter of Luke and Jennifer Werre of Sun Prairie. A Gueldner Music Clinic scholarship was awarded to sophomore vocalist Abbie DiGiovanni, daughter of Michelle DiGiovanni of Jefferson and Michael DiGiovanni of Surprise, Ariz.
Two A Cappella Choir seniors received Outstanding Vocalist awards: Aly Steffan, granddaughter of Kenneth and Donna Steffan of Lake Mills, and Emily Weber, daughter of Jeff and Rebecca Weber of Helenville. Sophia Collins, daughter of Clark and Tricia Collins of Lake Mills, received the Senior Accompanist award. The Swing Choir Choreographer recognition was given to Jenna Gaal, daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Gaal of Oconomowoc. Senior choir members, Joseph Grambsch, son of Chad and Rachel Grambsch of Columbus, Noah Lorenz, son of Lois Lorenz, Watertown, and Emelyn Schoeller, daughter of Todd and Michelle Schoeller, Helenville, were recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures.
Outstanding Musicians are chosen by fellow band members in recognition for outstanding musical achievements, cooperation and dedication to the Lakeside Lutheran band program. This year’s recipients include Sophia Collins, marimba; J Doyle, son of Jack and Julie Doyle, DeForest, percussion; Mitchell Doyle, son of Jeff and Heidi Doyle, Watertown, percussion; Ashley Fritz, daughter of Brian and Tiffany Fritz, Middleton, saxophone; Joseph Grambsch, trumpet; Aaron Natvig, son of Jon and Cindy Natvig, Cottage Grove, percussion; Charlie Pingel, son of Jim and Renae Pingel, Sun Prairie, F horn; Katrina Stratman, daughter of Pastor Paul and Corinne Stratman, Beaver Dam, trombone; and Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown, trombone.
The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award® was inaugurated in 1974 with the consent of his widow shortly after this great jazz artist died in 1971. It honors the outstanding jazz musician at each high school nationwide; this year’s award was presented to Joseph Grambsch. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to Ashley Fritz.
Said to be the most prestigious band award given to a high school band member, the John Philip Sousa Band Award is given to recognize superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation, and was awarded to Ashley Fritz.
Matt Christian from the Lake Mills Sons of the American Legion Squadron #67 presented scholarships to Ashley McLain (left) and Sophia Collins at the 2018 Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. Founded in 1932, Sons of the American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. Collins is the daughter of Clark and Tricia Collins of Lake Mills; McLain is the daughter of Robert and Deanna McLain of Juneau.
Lakeside Lutheran High School hosts its annual May Banquet and Dance on campus Saturday, May 5. Themed “Jazz in the City,” the night begins as doors open for seniors at 5:00 and open to all at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6:00 p.m. dinner. A Grand March takes place after dinner, 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.
Members of the May Banquet senior court are (couples, L-R) : Kelsey Birschbach, DeForest and Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek; Kailey Schoenherr, Sun Prairie and Brett Schwantes, Madison; Katrina Stratman, Beaver Dam and Ethan Miller, Lake Mills; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills and Joseph Grambsch, Columbus; Samantha Kluever, Marshall and Skyler Christianson, Janesville.
On Tuesday, March 6, the Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter held its fourth annual banquet.
Keynote speaker, Annah Dobson, is a 2016 LLHS graduate who attends UW-River Falls, where she is majoring in Agricultural Marketing-Communications. With a passion for Hereford cattle, she served as the National Hereford Queen for 2017.
The Lakeside FFA Alumni held an auction, with the proceeds going to send four FFA members to the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C this summer.
Members received a variety of membership awards. Retiring officers received a laser engraved plaque. Four-year member seniors include Alyssa Condon, Jeremy Nehls, Emily Weber, Meghan Splinter, and Noah Gartner.
Other students recognized were Star Greenhand: Haylee Meske; Chapter FFA Degree: Breanna Preskar; Most Active Junior: Kyle Leis; State FFA Degree and State Proficiency: Jeremy Nehls; and State FFA Choir: Benjamin Huebner.
Proficiency winners were recognized based on their supervised agricultural experiences (paid and unpaid hours along with entrepreneurship investment). Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) winners were: Dairy Entrepreneurship: Karleen Battist; Ag Processing and Beef: Tyler Degner; Poultry: Savannah Steffen; Specialty Animal (bee hive): Benjamin Huebner; and Swine: Emily Meske. Many members were also awarded for their participation in speaking contests, career development events (judging), and top sales in the fruit sale.
The officers elected for the 2018-19 year are Treasurer, Savannah Steffen; Sentinel, Maddison Fenner; President, Caitlin Condon; Vice President, Matthew Gunst; Chaplain, Connor Dobson; Historian, Karleena Battist; Reporter, Breanna Preskar; Secretary, Emily Meske.
The Warrior FFA also gave out awards to adults who partnered with the chapter. Principal Jim Grasby was given the Honorary FFA Degree, Vicki and Mark Cichanofsky were awarded the Blue and Gold FFA Alumni award, and Ryan and Kim Degner and Pastor Clark Schultz were recognized as Friends of Lakeside FFA. Steve and Kathy Duwe were given the traveling donor plaque to display their support of the Lakeside FFA.
Joining over 600,000 other FFA members from across the nation, Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter members led the school in a celebration of National FFA Week from February 17-24.
To kick off the celebration, on Sat. Feb 17, Lakeside observed Career and Technology Education Month in Wisconsin by holding an open house for grade schoolers. They toured the tech ed wing and learned about the Ag Survey class, as well as videography, CAD, woods, metals technology, small engines, construction, advanced career tech, programming, web design, and FACS classes.
On Monday, Feb 19, 140 kindergartners attended Lakeside’s Kinderfest and saw an FFA-sponsored petting zoo and classroom lesson.
Other FFA Week activities include a Kiss-A-Pig contest. Three teachers—Lance Johnson, Jim Bauer, and Caleb Davisson—were assigned piggy banks. Jim Bauer raised the most in donations and kissed a live pig at the school assembly on Friday. Almost $400 was raised and then matched by FFA. The money was sent to an Apache reservation mission in Arizona, where it will support garden plots for youth and home-building lessons.
Before school activities included frozen chicken bowling, Lasso-a-Bale, bale toss, and “Hammer a Nail” race. Lunchroom festivities included a brain-freezing ice cream cup race and a race to drink a pint of milk through a straw.
Lakeside Lutheran, in partnership with Lake Mills High School agriscience students, hosted a representative from Waupun Equipment who spoke about farming technology, such as use of drones, iPad apps, and GPS in a tractor from Case New Holland.
The 4th Annual LLHS FFA Banquet will be held March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter, chartered in 2015, has grown to 42 members who attend leadership conferences, organize service projects, and develop projects related to animals, plants and natural resources in and outside of the classroom. Members can compete in career development or judging events in areas such as veterinary science, dairy products, floriculture and livestock.
Designated in 1947 during the week of George Washington’s birthday for his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer, National FFA Week aims to share the advantages of FFA membership and show appreciation for the diversity of careers relating to agriculture as it feeds, clothes and fuels the world’s population. It’s a reminder that agriculture is the foundation of our nation—yet fewer than two percent are farmers—and 10 percent of all jobs move food, fiber, and fuel to consumers. Whether in STEM careers or as veterinarians, researchers, and manufacturers, agriculture needs great young minds to continue the rich traditions of our past.
FFA is the world’s largest youth organization, creating leaders who explore careers through ag and technical education. From its start in 1928 in Kansas City, MO, with 33 young men, National FFA now offers a variety of awards, including over $2.7 million in scholarships annually.
Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2018 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 77th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 9-16 are Brevin Jegerlehner, son of AJ and Betty Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie, and Peter Zambo, son of Steven and Beth Zambo, Lake Mills. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 75th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 17-22 are Abigail Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda Buxa, Oconomowoc, and Katie Guld, daughter of John and Nicole Guld, Lake Mills.
Abigail Buxa has participated in volleyball for two years, basketball for three, and varsity track and field for three. In addition, she is a member of National Honor Society, sings with and accompanies the A Cappella choir, works on the newspaper staff, participates in conference art shows and math meets, and attends leadership breakfasts with the Lake Mills Optimists Club.
Tied for first in the class in GPA, she is a track captain, awarded second-team all-conference as a thrower, and earned a first in WSMA solo ensemble in piano performance. She has also served as a captain for the math team and placed first in a conference math meet. This summer she will travel to Watertown, N.Y., to help lead an art camp with Operation Go, a summer mission trip program. Buxa has volunteered with Honor Flight, Ruby’s Pantry, People Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (PADA), Twice is Nice, and Hope Church in Oconomowoc. She runs her own business, Signs from Above by Abigail, and also works part-time at Western Culvert Supply, Inc. in Oconomowoc.
A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington, she is considering a career in math, art, or psychology. A military child, Buxa was born in Alaska and has also lived in Maryland and California. “It is a huge honor to have been chosen, and I am looking forward to learning so much through this experience,” she says, “I am blessed that the teachers and staff thought of me for this.”
Katie Guld, currently ranked 6th in the class, has received academic high honors each semester. A member of this year’s Division 2 State Volleyball Championship team, she is also on Student Council, is captain of the soccer team, serves on newspaper and yearbook staffs, and participates in Teens for Christ service group. In addition, she is on the STEM Club Robotics Team.
Over spring break, Guld will travel to St. John’s, Antigua, as part of Operation Go, where she will help lead a soccer camp and teach phy ed. A member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, she works at Lake Mills Family Restaurant and volunteers as a babysitter for her church. With all of her activities, Guld sets aside an hour each week to meticulously plan her schedule. “Being so involved is a challenge but is most definitely worth it!” she says.
Guld plans to go into a biology career, perhaps as a physical or occupational therapist. She is grateful for the opportunity to attend Badger State. “Knowing that the instructors and mentors I look up to chose me gives me confidence to pursue my education,” she says. “I am looking forward to connecting with other girls across the state that have similar goals and values.”
Brevin Jegerlehner is “a hard worker that likes to see success from my efforts,” he says. “I stay busy with sports, Student Council, and looking for ways to help others.” He has been a student council rep for three years and attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp. Tied for first in his class, Jegerlehner is also a member of the National Honor Society and has received the Student Achiever Award. He has been on varsity basketball for three years and played football for three, receiving an all-conference honorable mention. As a member of the track team, he is a member of the school-record-holding 4×100 relay team.
Jegerlehner, who is considering being either a physical therapist or pastor, has volunteered at his church, Holy Cross, Madison, and served Thanksgiving meals. He is also a part of New Friends, a program at LLHS where students partner with special needs young people for friendship-building activities.
He is looking forward to working with new people at Badger State and “I hope to learn how to better lead others and gain experience with government,” he says. “I’m glad I have been chosen because it is an opportunity to grow as a person and learn new things.”
Peter Zambo, a member of the National Honor Society, has participated in every in-house math meet as well as traveling to other schools, often placing in the top three. He is part of the Stem Club, participates in soccer and track, and plays intramural basketball.
A member at St. John, Newville, Zambo helps clean the church once a month, volunteers at Lakeside’s summer soccer camps and at Twice is Nice, a resale store run by volunteers in Jefferson. He also volunteers for Salty Earth Pictures, a Christian media and film company. In addition, “I went on many disaster relief trips before high school when it wasn’t as big of a deal if I missed school,” he says. Peter also started his own online store where he “sells Giant Jenga sets that I make in my garage.”
Zambo is looking forward to being an engineer—or anything that involves lots of math. He knows that being chosen is “a great honor and not many are able to be part of it. I’m looking forward to gaining a better understanding of how our government works and meeting new people and making new friends,” 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.
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]