2019-20 Year in Review

Article submitted upon request to Lake Mills Leader newspaper for publication in the Graduation insert released May 2020, specifically to celebrate the class of 2020.

2020 collage

To see the collage and download individual pics that comprise the collage, visit llhs.smugmug.com/LLFamily/Class-of-2020-Senior-Moments

The new biennial 2019-2021 theme for Lakeside Lutheran celebrates “Witness,” recognizing that all the students have been called to live their faith with the people around them.

Boys track won the overall Capitol Conference title. At the state meet, Collin Schulz placed second in the high jump and Casey Ponyicsanyi medaled in three events. The boys 4×1 relay of Caleb Bilitz, Brevin Jegerlehner, Tersony Vater, Casey Ponyicsanyi took 5th place with a school record of 43.59.

Warrior baseball won the regional championship and had 8 all-conference nominees.

After performing in several June Wisconsin parades, the Warrior Marching Band scored an incredible 93/100 and received first place in the Cherry Royale Parade in July 2019.

At the 60th annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Jefferson County, Warrior FFA hosted a food tent within the 70-acre “Tent City.”

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Okauchee, joined the Lakeside Federation, a group of 32 churches and 20 schools that support LLHS.

August 19 began our 62nd school year with 407 enrolled. New faculty installed included Activities Director Todd Jahns and Eric Dorn, sophomore Religion teacher and boys soccer coach. Kirk DeNoyer, our Executive Director, was inducted into the 2020 Hall of Fame from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association for his success at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

A Cappella Choir traveled to 15 area churches sharing God’s Word before cancelling the rest of their Sunday worship services. Warrior Band and choirs held Christmas and Pops concerts and canceled Easter and Commencement. The band marched in the annual Gemutlichkeit parade and presented its annual concert in November with Swing Choir and elementary cadets. Swing Choir joined with a total of 515 student singers for National Choral Fest at Winnebago Lutheran Academy.

Almost 200 students comprise Teens for Christ, kicking off the year by collecting 71 pairs of athletic shoes for kids in need. Members visit nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, prepare meals for foster families and host “New Friends” afternoons for local residents with special needs. They also help Alpha Center in Watertown and Second Harvest in Madison.

Juniors Evelyn Schauer and Mia Murray were awarded a Certificate of Merit from Michigan Technological University’s section of the Society of Women Engineers. The Society of Women Engineers (at) Lakeside Lutheran is a branch of the national SWENext outreach program. Lakeside is one of only two high school branches in the state. To pass along STEM excitement to the next generation, members held a workshop for 33 K-8 girls on March 7.

After strong finishes at both District and State dairy judging competitions last summer, Senior Matthew Gunst qualified for the Wisconsin team at the North American International Livestock Exposition, in Louisville, Ky.

Lady Warrior golf were second in conference and took Regionals! Junior Maya Heckmann was conference Golfer of the Year again, and she and freshman sister Ava went to state.

Freshman Abigail Minning and senior August Gresens advanced to the State Cross Country meet.

Warrior football reached playoff Level 3 as underdogs, defeating higher seeds both weeks. Four players took first team all-conference honors.

The boys soccer team ended with a record of 3-11-0.

Warrior volleyball won conference undefeated, then took regionals. Three girls earned first team all-conference and Ella Collins was named Conference Player of the Year.

The 15-member Academic Bowl team placed 4th of nine teams at the annual Conference competition.

National Honor Society hosted “Tosses for Teens” cornhole tournament Nov. 17, raising over $3,500 to bring awareness of the growing need for mental health support for teens.

Wisconsin DPI creates report cards for private schools based on students participating in the choice program. For 2018-19, LLHS received a score of 84.8, a 5-star rating of “significantly exceeds expectations.”

The charter year for the Lakeside Bowling Club, a co-op team of students from Lakeside and Lake Mills High School, wrapped up its first season. The team won three matches and placed 4th in D2.

ACT results for the class of 2019 were released: of 110, 87 wrote the exam. On a 36-point scale, their composite score was 24.1 (state average 20.3), keeping Lakeside in the top 2% of 460+ Wisconsin schools.

At Fall and Spring Conference Math Meets and at the competitive Madison East Math Meet, both Varsity & JV Teams took 1st.

Warrior forensics took first in Conference on Feb. 3 with a total of 333 points, ahead of the second place team with 189.

For the first time in its 3-year history, Warrior Robotics Club sent a team to the State VEX Robotics Championship that included seniors Katelyn McGurk, Trevor Geerdts, and Gilbert Haw.

Haw is also a Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, marking his place in the top 1% of participants, and McGurk won the Kohl Student Initiative Scholarship, which recognizes students who put forth extraordinary effort and have overcome significant obstacles or adversity.

Eighteen Class A entries, including the Warrior Percussion Ensemble and several instrumentalists, pianists and vocalists, were awarded starred-first ratings at the WSMA Solo-Ensemble District level. Altogether, Lakeside had 66 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 85 Warriors.

Winter sports round-up: wrestling (10-4); boys basketball (13-11); girls basketball (14-10). Girls head coach Tim Matthies announced he was stepping down (assistant Andy Asmus to succeed), as did wrestling coach Mike Twohig. Warrior Dance took D3 jazz regional championship and 2nd in D4 pom. Jada Teteak is the first dancer in LL history named to the D3 all-state team.

In February, Warrior FFA celebrated National FFA Week with many ag-related contests and activities. The almost 50-strong group held its annual banquet and recognition night in early March. In addition, they joined forces with the construction class and renovated the school’s greenhouse.

Classes did not resume after 2020 spring break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Online delivery of courses commenced March 25 and finished May 21.

The 9th annual Grand Event dinner/auction was switched to an all-online format held May 9.

92 seniors will graduate. Co-valedictorians are Elise Meier, Megan Reinke, Lauren Thiele, and Grace Westrate. Co-Salutatorians are Isabella Collins and Kirsten Thundercloud.

 

 

 

 

 

Teens provide meals for foster families

Members of the Lakeside Lutheran Teens for Christ service organization met recently after school to make meals to support area foster families. Several teens assembled “freezer meals” that included chicken casserole and dessert that will be provided to area foster families. As these families serve their community by caring for children in need, Teens for Christ wish to serve them by lightening their load at mealtime.

TfC 2019 foster meals project (1)

Senior Elise Meier from Watertown, co-president of Teens for Christ, worked with Mrs. Kessia Boche, Kingdom Workers Foster Support Coordinator, to coordinate the event. Boche and Mrs. Ruth Hirschfeld, Teens for Christ faculty advisor, supervised the teens during meal assembly. Students making the meals (pictured above, L-R) included Laura Zank, Juneau; Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove; Keira Thurnbauer, Lake Mills; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Megan Grambsch, Columbus; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Emma Statz, Helenville; Harmony Schmidt, Watertown; and Brynn Boche, Watertown. The service project was also supported with grant dollars from the Thrivent Financial Action Team program.

Lakeside Lutheran Teens for Christ is an education and service group that focuses on pro-life issues, and commits itself to service projects. The group is comprised of more than 150 Lakeside students and meets regularly throughout the school year to discuss life issues and plan activities that relate to the topic. These and other teens have or will participate in a shoe drive for Samaritan’s Feet that supplies children with shoes for school; “New Friends,” an afternoon to have fun with special needs individuals; visits to residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities; volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank in Madison; serving at the Watertown Alpha Resource Center gala, and more. For more information about Teens for Christ or Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal James Grasby at 920-648-2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org

Kingdom Workers Foster Support Program partners with local community members and churches to find and implement ways to provide emotional and physical support for foster parents in order to continue providing love and structure for children in foster care. For more information about this program, contact Kessia Boche at 414-771-6848 or info@kingdomworkers.com

Lakeside Lutheran students make New Friends

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 rhirschf@llhs.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.

Teens for Christ to host “New 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.

NewFriendsLogoThe 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 rhirschf@llhs.org, or 920-648-2321. Ext 2210.

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.

School-wide Food Drive on ’til Thanksgiving

​In the spirit of Thanksgiving, LLHS Teens for Christ is sponsoring a school-wide food drive for a local food pantry. Each class is asked for certain food items, although any donations are encouraged. Check posters around school and in the cafeteria to see what food is requested or see poster below. Collection boxes are located in the cafeteria. Bring food anytime between now and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break.

Bring items to boxes LLHS cafeteria by Wednesday, November 25, 2015.
Bring items to boxes LLHS cafeteria by Wednesday, November 25, 2015.