LLHS waits out semester by giving back

The month of December – – often called Advent, or “ coming”—brings more than one connotation at Lakeside Lutheran High School. As with the traditional Christian term that refers to a time of waiting for the Savior’s birth to come or arrive, the final month of a semester brings other sorts of anxious waiting for high school students, such as final grades and a welcome break from studies. Lakeside students filled the wait this year with several activities that held a spirit of gratefulness and giving back, including a bake sale, food drive, mission offerings and volunteering events.

bake-saleEvery last crumb was sold during a 2-day bake sale that raised $336.06 by the school’s Teens for Christ group December 6–7. Dozens of students brought in hundreds of pre-packaged home-baked goodies and sold them before school to other students and staff. Thrivent Financial added to that total through a $250 action team grant. Funds raised are supporting a VBS in Linares, Chile, in January, under the auspices of WELS Kingdom Workers; Lakeside teens bought school and other supplies and arranged for their transport to South America.

Dozens of sophomores in Pastor Clark Schultz’s religion classes have helped churches in the Madison area during December weekends. Teens volunteered at Good News Ev. Lutheran Church in Mt. Horeb and Resurrection Ev. Lutheran in Verona in their efforts to deliver goodies and invite the community to Christmas services. Other sophomores volunteered with “Christmas for Kids” weekends at Abiding Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove, where the church provided activities for community families.

SONY DSCOn December 13, dozens of National Honor Society members and Teens for Christ helped Mrs. Sandi Corlett, the LLHS Family and Consumer Education teacher, wrap “shoebox gifts” for homeless and families in need in Madison. This was part of a larger family effort for the Corlett family. All year long, the Corletts, including four adult children and their families, gather personal care items, school supplies, toys and clothing. Sandi Corlett and others donated items, boxes, gift wrap, labels, tape—enough for 325 shoeboxes this year.

Teens for Christ also organized an all-school food drive for the Lake Mills Food Pantry that brought in more than 400 non-perishable food donations for the community. The drive ended this week and donations will be delivered in the coming days.

Student Council organized an end-of-semester mission offering in chapel on Fridays that asked students and staff to help supply an Ethiopian village whose students need school supplies and equipment. A Lakeside council member visited the village during a mission trip last summer and was able to educate the student body to the need. The effort raised over $1,000.00.

SONY DSCDecember also brought the excitement of announcing a new summer of “Operation Go” mission trip teams. Thirty-two juniors and seniors were assigned to one of six trips across the country to assist congregations with outreach efforts, including WELS churches in Alaska, Texas, Idaho, Louisiana and New Jersey. These students will spend coming months volunteering and spreading the word about the opportunity before them in order to help fund the soccer camps and vacation Bible schools they will help organize and run next June through August.

Finally, even after semester exams are finished, students in the Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society chapter plan to Christmas carol at nursing homes in Lake Mills and Watertown on December 23. That’s a service project that always ends up being a win-win as the singers enjoy their time as much as those listening do.

The entire staff and student body at Lakeside Lutheran High School wish all those in our communities a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

Volley for Hope results bring smiles


Lakeside Lutheran Warrior volleyball teams and their families recently organized a “Volley for Hope” night to benefit Tomorrow’s Hope, a non-profit that supports local efforts to help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses, and fosters health-related research, education and support activities. Pictured are several event organizers as they stand behind a check representing the over $3,000 raised during the October 13 volleyball matches held at Lakeside Lutheran (L-R): Kelley Kilian, Dawn Coleman, Nicole Guld, Tomorrow’s Hope Executive Director Barb Endl and Gina Schultz.

Lakeside is collection site for Dreambikes donations

dreambikesLakeside Lutheran will serve as a drop off site for unused bicycles in any condition from Saturday, October 8 to the morning of Monday, October 17. A collection area is established at the northwest corner of the school, available for unassisted drop off by members of area communities.

The collection is held in partnership with a student group from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, who have partnered with Kapco Metal Stamping Charitable Challenge to help DreamBikes – Milwaukee, a non-profit organization that employs teens from the Girls and Boys Club, giving them a paycheck and real-world business and communication skills. The store not only sells bikes to the community, it also gives bikes to adults and children in need of transportation. Over 200 bikes have been given away already in 2016.

Samantha Huebner, a Lakeside Lutheran 2015 graduate who is part of the college group, shares, “The success stories that have come from DreamBikes is humbling. As our group sees how much of an impact this organization has on these teenagers by giving them an opportunity for a better life, we wanted to give back by holding a bike drive in their name.”

The public is encouraged to bring unused bikes, in any condition, along with spare bike parts or new bike helmets, to the drop off site at the northwest corner of the LL building from October 8-October 17. Individuals can approach the Lakeside Lutheran site most directly via the west end parking lot by entering the Woodland Beach Road driveway and following the signs. Huebner and her group will pick up the bikes on October 17 and deliver them to Dreambikes in Milwaukee.

Dreambikes cannot accept used helmets, tricycles or very small children’s bikes. Lakeside Lutheran is located at 231 Woodland Beach Rd. Lake Mills WI 53551.

Warrior volleyball to host Volley for Hope event

The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams will host a fundraiser called “Volley for Hope” before and during their home matches on Thursday, October 13. The activities that night benefit Tomorrow’s Hope, a non-profit that supports local health care recipients who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses.

Sub-varsity volleyball matches v. Columbus High School begin at 5:15 p.m., and the varsity match follows. Organizers are planning a bake sale, T-shirt sales, raffles, Pick-a-Duck, and a silent auction featuring several Packer collectibles, among other items. Proceeds from the concession stand will also in part benefit the cause. Grade school volleyball teams have been invited to join the evening’s events, and the public is warmly encouraged to attend as well.

Packer items, including a signed Eddie Lacy jersey and several signed plaques such this Paul Hornung collectible, are some of the items up for silent auction the night of Volley for Hope, a fundraising event benefiting Tomorrow’s Hope, planned for the evening of Lakeside Lutheran home volleyball matches on October 13.

In addition to direct support for life-limiting illnesses, Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, also fosters health-related research, education and support activities. In 19 years, over $3.9 million has been granted within the Jefferson, Dodge and Dane county health care communities. According to Tomorrow’s Hope, every $1 raised creates $1.62 in economic benefit. Donations to support the Lakeside Lutheran effort may be directed to the school office (231 Woodland Beach Rd. Lake Mills 53551) or directly to Tomorrow’s Hope (147 W. Rockwell St. Jefferson, WI 53549). Make check payable to Tomorrow’s Hope. Please reference the team name on the memo/for line of the check or in a note with the check.

Lakeside Lutheran celebrates Homecoming week Sept 26-October 1

LLHS HoCo Court 2016
Members of the Lakeside Lutheran 2016 Homecoming Court include (couples from L-R) freshmen Ryann Burger and Espen Storlie, both from Lake Mills; sophomores Maggie Cody, Juneau and Caleb Kuepers, Madison; junior reps Maria Werre, Sun Prairie and Andrew Burk, Johnson Creek; Queen and King Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills and Jacob Meyer, Madison; and senior representatives Hailey Stade, Watertown and Justin Rue, Fort Atkinson.


Lakeside Lutheran High School announces its Homecoming activities and events for 2016, beginning with all-school activities on Monday, September 26 and ending with a dance on campus the evening of Saturday, October 1.

The 2016 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 freshmen Ryann Burger and Espen Storlie, both from Lake Mills; sophomore representatives Maggie Cody, Juneau and Caleb Kuepers, Madison; Lake Mills; junior representatives Maria Werre, Sun Prairie and Andrew Burk, Johnson Creek; senior representatives Hailey Stade, Watertown and Justin Rue, Fort Atkinson; Queen Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills and King Jacob Meyer, Madison.

Lakeside will celebrate homecoming with student activities throughout the week of September 26-30, both during the school day and after school.  The theme for this year is “Movie Franchises.” Each class has been assigned to decorate halls, doors and windows and create class floats and videos according to different popular movie series, including “Star Wars” for the freshmen, “Monsters, Inc.” for sophomores, “Marvel SuperHeroes” for juniors and “James Bond” 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 in 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.

The activity schedule includes:

Monday, 9/26
Senior Friend Day | Dress PJ Day | Dodgeball | JV Football game at Columbus 5 pm

Tuesday, 9/27
Dress Sports Day | Musical Chairs | Home Soccer & Volleyball matches

Wednesday, 9/28
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, 9/29
Dress Hillbilly/Cowboy | Class Relays | Home Soccer and Freshman Football games

Friday, 9/30
Dress Warrior Wear | Pep Rally | Downtown parade 5 PM | Alum Zone event on football field 5:30-7 PM  | Football game v. Lake Mills 7 PM | Marching Band Field show at halftime

Saturday, 10/1
Semi-formal dance at Lakeside 7:30-10:30 PM



Badger State reps announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2016 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 75th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College June 11-18 are Elliott Butler, son of Matt and Susan Butler, Ixonia, and Derek Gulrud, son of Cody and Nidia Gulrud, Marshall. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 73rd session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 19-24 are Mindy Meske, daughter of Jeff and Jayne Meske, Jefferson, and Katelyn Richter, daughter of Pete and Denise Richter, Watertown. All of this year’s nominees are members of the Lakeside Lutheran Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Badger State Reps 2016
Lakeside Lutheran has chosen its representatives for the 2016 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June. The junior class reps are (L-R) Derek Gulrud, Katelyn Richter, Elliott Butler and Mindy Meske.

In addition to maintaining a GPA that has earned him high honors for each semester of high school and the Brewer/Journal-Sentinel Student Achievement award each spring, Elliott Butler has participated and led in three sports seasons, including football and baseball for three years and basketball for two years. He has participated in the Capitol Conference Math Meet and Student Council each year, as well as being on staff of the weekly student-run newspaper; he served as an editor during the 2015-16 year. In summer 2015, he was selected to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. He participated in the inaugural year of Lakeside’s Operation GO, a summer mission trip group in which Butler’s group assisted with church activities in Louisville, KY; this summer he plans to participate at a church in Boise, ID.  In his home church, St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran in Oconomowoc, he regularly ushers and helps with VBS camps and the church’s Live Nativity. He also holds a job at the Piggly Wiggly in Oconomowoc.

In addition to being a part of the state championship Warrior Forensics team, where he earned a gold medal for playacting, Derek Gulrud has participated in choir his three years at Lakeside, including the audition-based traveling A Cappella Choir and the choreography-focused Swing Choir this junior year, where he is often a soloist. Gulrud has won roles in each spring drama and musical production. He has played on the football team for three years and track and field one year. He will also participate in his second year of Lakeside’s Operation GO summer mission trips, returning to a church in Toronto to help with summer camps. He ushers at St. John Lutheran in Waterloo, and serves as a worship leader, soloist and guitarist. Gulrud also works as a DJ for DJMagic Entertainment, and enjoys recording music at the studio he built at his home.

After two years in Freshman and Cantate choirs, Mindy Meske also sings in the A Cappella and Swing Choirs, where she often solos, as she also did for her role in this spring’s musical. She has earned a spot on academic honors or high honors each semester, and was awarded a Student Achiever Award. Her athletic involvement includes being goalkeeper on the varsity soccer team, and manager for the wrestling team. Meske was elected Secretary of the FFA Chapter for the past two years, and in her work with FFA, has been awarded a Leadership award, a Judging award, and a speech contest award. She also serves the audio/visual needs for school events with the Tech Club, and works with the Teens for Christ in their educational and service activities. Outside of Lakeside, her involvement and leadership includes teaching Sunday school at St. John Newville, singing in the church choir, and participating in youth group and serving at Advent and Lenten suppers. She has served as junior staff at Camp Phillip in Wautoma for the past two summers. In addition to volunteering at the public library and community theater, she also holds a part-time job at McDonald’s in Jefferson.

Katelyn Richter, ranked 10th in GPA for her class, has been on high honor roll each of her semesters, and received the Student Achiever award her sophomore year. As a member at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Watertown, she assists with service videography. At Lakeside, she has been involved athletically in volleyball for two years, and softball for three years. She also served on Student Council for two years, where she helped organize the campus blood drive. Richter plans to travel to a church in New Jersey with Operation GO, where she will help with VBS activities. She is employed at Watertown Bowl, where she also participates in a high school bowling league.

Badger State Government and Leadership Conferences are an opportunity for students entering their senior year of high school to put the principles of democratic government into action during a weeklong assembly. Sponsored by the Wisconsin American Legion and its Auxiliary, the goals of Badger State assemblies are to prepare young men and women of high school age for citizenship in a modern world, teach principles of democracy, instill a love of country and desire to preserve our government. Schools are encouraged to select representatives based on a combination of interest shown, leadership qualities, character, fitness, scholarship and extra-curricular activities.

Lakeside Lutheran to celebrate anniversary and commencement

Sunday, May 22, 2016 holds a number of significant events for Lakeside Lutheran High School faculty, students and families, including a final choir concert, a faculty anniversary and its 2015-2016 Commencement Concert.

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lake Mills will host the the Lakeside Lutheran Federation celebration of the 25th anniversary in the public ministry of teacher Mr. Todd Hackbarth. A commemoration service is in the 10:30 a.m. worship service at St. Paul. This service coincides with Lakeside Sunday and the final Lakeside Lutheran A Cappella Choir worship participation. A reception honoring Hackbarth follows the church service at St. Paul.

LLHS Math and Videography teacher Todd Hackbarth celebrates 25 years in ministry on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at St. Paul in Lake Mills in the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Hackbarth has served the Lakeside Religion, Math and Videography departments since 1997. He says he remembers the reason he chose to attend college at Dr. Martin Luther College (now MLC): “I wanted to tell others about the wonderful news of salvation. I felt that it was important to work with young people to get them started on the right track.”

He’s been fulfilling that dream in the classroom ever since, whether his primary tool is a Bible, a graphing calculator or a video camera. He’s been chasing that purpose outside the classroom as well, whether as a football, basketball or math team coach, or as a mentor to aspiring videographers.

Prior to Lakeside, he served at Lincoln Heights Lutheran School in Des Moines, Iowa, a two-room school where he taught grades 1-8 and was principal, while his wife Donna, currently a teacher at St. Paul in Lake Mills, taught kindergarten. He later served at Mt. Calvary-Grace Lutheran School in LaCrosse, as a fifth-grade teacher, athletic director and coach. He and Donna have five children, three graduated and two currently students at LLHS.

In the evening of May 22, the bands and choirs of Lakeside Lutheran will present their annual Commencement Concert, at 7:00 p.m. in the east gymnasium. Pre-concert music by student soloists and ensemblists will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Lakeside bands and choirs will perform a variety of farewell-themed secular and sacred music, including the Mark Brymer choral arrangement of “Bless the Broken Road” and arrangements by popular contemporary songwriter Kirby Shaw including “Somebody to Love” and “Man in the Mirror.” The band will thrill the audience with its final performance of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Symphonic Suite)” arranged by Jay Babcock.

The Commencement Concert is the school’s last concert of the school year. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.