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

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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. 


Warrior Homecoming Celebration 2019

Homecoming activities and events for 2019 begin with all-school activities on Monday, September 23, 2019, and end with a dance on campus the evening of Saturday, September 28.

The 2019 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 Grace Cody, Juneau, and Will Miller, Sun Prairie; sophomore representatives Sam Knapp, Oconomowoc, and Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie; junior representatives Connor Griffin, Lodi, and Evelyn Terry, Oconomowoc; senior representatives Haakon Ellestad, Sun Prairie, and Brynn McDermott, Poynette; and King Trevor Geerdts, Lake Mills and Queen Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills.

Members of the Lakeside Lutheran 2019 Homecoming Court include (couples from L-R) senior reps Haakon Ellestad, Sun Prairie, and Brynn McDermott, Poynette; junior reps Connor Griffin, Lodi and Evelyn Terry, Oconomowoc; freshmen reps Will Miller, Sun Prairie, and Grace Cody, Juneau; sophomore reps Sam Knapp, Oconomowoc, and Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie; and King Trevor Geerdts, Lake Mills and Queen Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills

Lakeside will celebrate homecoming with student activities throughout the week of September 23-28, both during the school day and after school.  The theme for this year is “Disney.” Members of each class decorate halls, doors and windows and create class banners, floats and videos according to images and sayings associated with their assigned Disney movie, including “Beauty and the Beast” for the freshmen, “Moana” for sophomores, “Incredibles” for juniors and “Toy Story” for seniors. Students will decorate the school throughout the week as well as participate in class competitions that culminate in a pep rally on Friday at the end of the school day.

After a 5:00 p.m. parade Friday that follows a different route this year (south on Main St. beginning at Water St., west at Lake Park Place, south on Ferry Dr. to the school)  the varsity football team plays Luther Prep 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.