Top LLHS News of 2018

As Lakeside Lutheran High School looks 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 49 Warrior stories from our blog and 609 other social media posts released in calendar year 2018 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention, celebrated accomplishments, introduced a new aspect, or were a major change for your Lakeside Lutheran High School and its community. Enjoy the year in review!

April: 1st Youth Apprentice program participant

NehlsJeremy Nehls, class of 2018, was Lakeside’s first participant in the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program. YA is designed for high school students who want hands-on learning at a worksite along with classroom instruction. Nehls worked at the Robert Schwandt Jr. and S.E. Schwandt Sr. Farms near Juneau. YA is part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative done under the supervision of the state’s Department of Workforce Development and serves a wide variety of career programs.

May: 1,000+ Warrior mark at Lighthouse

Lighthouse1000We broke the 1,000th-Warrior mark for visitors to the Lighthouse Youth Center of Milwaukee. This is the 12th year of a partnership that provides sophomore Warriors in Pastor Clark Schultz’s Word of God classes the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy new experiences. Pastor Jim Buske, LL class of ’93 and director at Lighthouse, visits his alma mater each year to present Warrior teens this opportunity to live their faith. On May 1, 2018, Lighthouse reported that Jacob Horta, class of 2020, was the 1,000th Lakeside Lutheran Warrior to step through the doors of under this program.

June: Two state champions in four days

With a score of 147 (+3), junior Lukas Heckmann captured the WIAA D2 golf championship on June 5. The previous day, Heckmann opened the state tournament at Madison’s University Ridge course with a 4-under-par 68 that was the best score of the day, regardless of division. He was named Capitol Conference Golfer of the Year, All-State Second-Team, Madison All-Area Player of the Year. Three days previous, sophomore Collin Schulz took the D2 boys high jump title with a jump of 6’6 at the WIAA State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, June 2, at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Collin also smashed the school record in 2018 with a jump of 6’9 earlier in the season.

June: A Cappella sings National Anthem

A CapOn June 11, more than 500 Warrior family and friends packed the stands for the second year in a row to hear our A Cappella choir members sing the National Anthem to kick off a Brewers game, this year vs. the Chicago Cubs. Though the Brew Crew lost the battle that night, they proceeded to capture the NL Central title with a 96-67 season win-loss record (winning the tiebreaker game over the Cubs [95-68] in October).

 

June: Drama wins prize for favorite photo

Nifty FiftiesOur “Nifty Fifties” script provider, Pioneer Drama Service, ran a contest for best photo submitted on its Facebook page in spring, as voted by its Facebook page visitors. Student photographer Taylor Wolfram, class of ‘19, snapped a great action pic of a dancing Donald (Isaiah Coleman, class of 2018). Our photo took 1st place (with 450 votes) and the LLHS drama department received a $200 gift certificate good for play materials, royalties, or books!

August: Several new faculty faces

IMG_2317 InstallmentFour new full-time faculty members were installed at the start of the 2018-19 school year, the largest number at once since the 2000-01 school year. Mr. Justin Vanderhoof (second from left) teaches English and Geography and coaches football and track. Mrs. Hannah Uher teaches Science and coaches soccer and cross country. Mr. Nate Sievert teaches in the Math and Phy Ed departments and coaches basketball and track. Pictured at right, Pastor Michael Helwig teaches Word of God classes and directs Operation Go mission trips. We also welcomed back Word of God adjunct instructor Pastor Christopher Koschnitzke (leftmost in photo) for another year.

 

August: Inaugural STEM Academy year

STEM-polos-logo-cross-colorThe 2018-19 school year marked the inaugural year of our STEM Academy, a special program for students interested in taking engineering or biomedical sciences in their post-secondary education. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and the Academy is designed to add classes yearly as this first-year cohort ages through the school. The program is using Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curricula administered through Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The first class includes 19 students enrolled in “Introduction to Engineering Design” (IED), facilitated by Academy Director Andrew Willems. Next fall, the second course in the series, “Principles of Engineering,” will be available. Successful performance in the high school courses earns students college credit at participating PLTW universities.

 

November: Fourth round playoff football

footballOur Capitol North Conference champs had the longest run in football program history through the WIAA playoffs this season, reaching the fourth round of the playoffs. They defeated Beloit Turner, River Valley, and Edgerton in consecutive Friday night playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Racine St. Catherine’s in the state semifinal on November 9.

Bsuer footballSome sweet icing was added when Head Coach Paul also received accolades from the Wisconsin State Journal:

“Lakeside Lutheran entered with an experienced core and delivered on that promise, led by coach Paul Bauer,” the release read. “For his efforts, Bauer was named the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area football coach of the year.”

 

 

November: Math team participation sets record

After a remarkable October showing when both our Varsity and JV math teams took first place at the highly-competitive Madison LaFollette meet, November saw a record number of students—117!— participate in the Fall Capitol Conference Math Meet.

math(That’s more than a quarter of our students.) The results are in and, according to math team advisor Todd Hackbarth, “God once again blessed Lakeside with incredible success!” Varsity Team #1 took first overall. Juniors Gil Haw took 1st and Trevor Geerdts placed 5th individually. JV Team #1 took first & JV Team #2 took third in Capitol North. Individually, sophomores Lydia Buxa placed 3rd and Ashley Grundman & Ella Butzine tied for 4th.

December: Greenhouse updates complete

Thanks to a team effort from the Agricultural Survey class, FFA, and the construction class, the courtyard greenhouse, mostly unused for almost 10 years,  was recently renewed and revamped. The construction class built benches from recycled benches donated by St. Coletta, Jefferson, and a fan was added too. Jefferson County AgriBusiness Club also helped pay for benches, and over $2,000 of supplies and equipment were covered by donations from the Lake Mills Rotary Club and last spring’s Grand Event bidders. An HVAC contractor helped with a furnace over Christmas break and the greenhouse is winter-ready! This will help future students learn and work with the greenhouse as part of the Ag Survey course.

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2018 spelling bee a “leisurely splurge”

The Lakeside Lutheran High School English Department held its biennial elementary school spelling bee on Saturday, Nov. 10.

A total of 645 students in grades 5-8 from 16 area Lutheran elementary schools begin competition with a written exam in their own schools in weeks prior. A total of 52 students in grades 5- and 44 in grades 7-8 moved on to the next level of written examination Saturday at Lakeside Lutheran that involved 50 dictated words.

The top finishers then competed in an oral round, including 26 spellers from grades 5-6 and 22 spellers from grades 7-8. The winning word at the fifth/sixth grade level was “splurge”; the upper grades competition was won with a correct spelling of “leisurely.” Winners at each level were awarded Lakeside tuition credit and trophies.

The event was organized by Lakeside Lutheran English Department chairman Daniel Kuehl.

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2018 LLHS spelling bee winners in grades 7-8 winners are, from left, Joshua Hecht, Eastside, Madison, 2nd place; Hallie Egelseer, St. Paul, Lake Mills, 1st place; Maria Vik, St. Paul, Fort Atkinson, 3rd place.
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2018 LLHS spelling bee winners in grades 5-6 are, from left, Elijah Dolan, Trinity-St. Luke, Watertown, 1st place; Alexis Yerges, St. Stephen, Beaver Dam, 2nd place; David Johnson, St. Matthew, Janesville, 3rd place.

“Volley for Hope” benefits Tomorrow’s Hope

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Members of the Warrior Varsity, JV and JV2 volleyball teams hosted Volley for Hope on September 25 and raised more than $3,000 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 $3,010.50 for Tomorrow’s Hope on the evening of their conference match against Luther Preparatory School on September 25. The event, called “Volley for Hope,” raised funds through a raffle and concessions as well as a variety of sales: mums, t-shirts and a bake sale, run by students from St. Paul, Lake Mills. The night also featured Lutheran grade school volleyball teams from surrounding communities.

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. A gallery of photos from the evening can be viewed and downloaded from llhs.smugmug.com/Sports/Volley-for-Hope-2018

Homecoming celebrations planned

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces its Homecoming activities and events for 2018, beginning with all-school activities on Monday, September 24 and ending with a dance on campus the evening of Saturday, September 29.

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran 2018 Homecoming Court include (couples from left) freshmen Aaron Fritz, Middleton, and Lydia Bilitz, Madison; senior reps Lucas Schneider, Waterloo, and Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; King and Queen Carter Buchta, Ixonia, and Alyssa Fischer, Watertown; junior reps Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson, and Maria Saavedra, Watertown; and sophomore representatives Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie, and Emma Strohm, Watertown.

The 2018 Homecoming Court includes two representatives from each of the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, and four representatives from the senior class. Members of the court include freshmen representatives Aaron Fritz, Middleton, and Lydia Bilitz, Madison; sophomore representatives Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie, and Emma Strohm, Watertown; junior reps Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson, and Maria Saavedra, Watertown; senior reps Lucas Schneider, Waterloo, and Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; and King Carter Buchta, Ixonia, and Queen Alyssa Fischer, Watertown.

Lakeside will celebrate homecoming with student activities throughout the week of September 24-28, both during the school day and after school.  The theme for this year is “Decades.” Each class has been assigned to decorate halls, doors and windows and create class floats and videos according to styles, trends and sayings associated with certain decades, including the ‘20s for the freshmen, the ‘50s for sophomores, the ‘80s for juniors and the ‘60s for seniors. Students will decorate the school throughout the week as well as participate in class competitions.

After a 5:00 p.m. parade Friday through downtown Lake Mills, the varsity football team plays Lake Mills High School at 7 p.m. The Warrior Marching Band and the Dance Team perform halftime routines. A semi-formal dance is planned for Saturday evening on the Lakeside campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Activities include:

Monday, 9/24: Senior Friend Day | PJ Day | Dodgeball | JV Football game v. LPS 5 pm

Tuesday, 9/25: Crazy Dress-up Day | Musical Chairs | Soccer at Columbus | Home Volleyball match v. LPS, including “Volley for Hope” fundraising bake sale, raffles and other activities that will raise funds for Tomorrow’s Hope

Wednesday, 9/26: Class Workday to complete decoration of school in the morning with banners, hallway murals, window and door banners | Powder Puff Football | Boys Volleyball | Talent Show 1:50-3 pm

Thursday, 9/27: Decades dress (students dress in styles from assigned class decades) | Handball | JV2 Football at LPS

Friday, 9/28: Dress Warrior Wear | Pep Rally | Downtown parade 5 PM | Alum Zone in East Gym 5:30-7 PM  | Football game v. Lake Mills 7 PM | Dance team, Marching Band Field show at halftime

Saturday, 9/29: Semi-formal dance at Lakeside 7:30-10:30 PM

LLHS ready to begin ’18-19 school year

Lakeside Lutheran High School will open its doors to incoming freshmen on Friday, August 17, 2018. 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 427 students on Monday, August 20. That’s an increase of 22 from the close of the 17-18 school year, a 5% increase. This is also a 22.7% increase in the past five years.

LL 18-19 theme

The theme for the 2018-19 school year commemorates the 60 years completed as a ministry with the phrase, “Decades of Faithfulness” that invokes Psalm 86: 11: “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” The theme will be a focus in devotions and other events throughout the anniversary year.

The Opening Service and installation of new faculty will take place as part of the first day’s events on August 20 at 10 a.m. in the west gymnasium. Pastor Timothy Schwartz from Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbus will offer the devotion during this special chapel service. The community is invited to attend.

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Lakeside Lutheran faculty number 35 for the 2018-19 school year, including back row, from left: Damon Tracy, Science; Hannah Uher, Science; Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of Extended Learning; Pastor Mark Toepel, World Languages; Jenny Krauklis, PhyEd, Math; Phil Dretske, Math, Computers. Second row from top, L-R: Pastor Clark Schultz, Religion; Jim Buege, Director of Choirs, English; Nate Sievert, PhyEd, Math; Phyllis Huska, Librarian; Darice Brumm, Extended Learning Aide; Pastor Don Schultz, Assistant Principal, Religion. Middle row, L-R: Jeff Meske, Career and Technical Education; Lori Tetzlaff, Art; Glen Pufahl, Director of Bands, English; Nathan Koerber, World Languages; Cameron Ausen, Social Studies; Steve Lauber, Director of Admissions, English. 2nd row up, L-R: Tim Matthies, Math;  Matt Doering, Social Studies; Justin Vanderhoof, English, Social Studies; Pastor Mike Helwig, Religion; Dan Kuehl, Director of Instruction, English; Todd Hackbarth, Math, Videography. Front row, from left: Jodie Schommer, English; Andy Asmus, Social Studies; Andrew Willems, Technology Director, STEM Academy, Computer Science; Sandi Corlett, FACS, Health; James Grasby, Principal, Religion; Paul Bauer, Science, Math. Missing are Kirk DeNoyer, Activities Director, PhyEd; Pastor Chris Koschnitzke, Religion; Andy Rosenau, Guidance Director, Computer Science; Gerry Walta, World Languages.  

New faculty that will be installed include Mr. Nathan Sievert, instructor in the Math and Phy Ed departments, as well as basketball and track coach. He and his family moved to the area from St. Joseph, Michigan, where he taught at Grace Lutheran School. Mrs. Hannah Uher, who will teach Science and coach soccer and cross country, is a December 2017 graduate of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. She double majored in Secondary Chemistry and Life Science Education. Pastor Michael Helwig served at Crown of Life, Hubertus, for the past 15 years. He will be teaching Religion and coordinate Operation Go, a mission-minded program to help LLHS students share the gospel. Also being installed is Justin Vanderhoof, who taught at Martin Luther School, Neenah, Wis., for the past 15 years. He will teach English and geography, as well as coach football and track.

Along with several new faces this fall, Lakeside Lutheran is in its inaugural year of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Academy, a special program for students interested in taking engineering or biomedical sciences in their post-secondary education. The Academy is designed to add classes yearly as the first-year cohort ages through the school using Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. The first year class, Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), will be facilitated by Technology Director Andrew Willems.

Lakeside Lutheran High School is a four-year high school located in Lake Mills, operated and supported by a federation of 31 congregations affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. For additional information about Lakeside, log on to www.llhs.org or call 920-648-2321 and ask for Principal James Grasby.

Student musicians receive recognition

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.

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Winning vocal, choreography and accompanist awards recently at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills included (L-R) sophomore Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; and seniors Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Aly Steffan, Lake Mills; Emily Weber, Helenville; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc; and Sophia Collins, Lake Mills.

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.

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Those seniors recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures at the recent Lakeside Lutheran Awards Night were (L-R) Noah Lorenz, Watertown; Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville; and Joseph Grambsch, Columbus.

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.

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Winning Outstanding Musician instrumental awards recently at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills were (back row, l-r) seniors Mitch Doyle, Watertown; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; J Doyle, DeForest; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie; Joseph Grambsch, Columbus (also awarded Louis Armstrong Jazz Award). (Front) Ashley Fritz, Middleton (also awarded Woody Herman Jazz Award, John Philip Sousa Band Award); Matthias Winters, Watertown; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills.

Sons of American Legion scholarships presented

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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.