Warrior Stories: Hannah Willems

Lakeside has given me the opportunity to express my love for Jesus by using the talents he has given me. Whether that be through song or athletics, Lakeside helped me learn many different things. I have been a three-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and soccer, as well as a member of the band and A Cappella choir. The atmosphere is lively with so many activities and clubs to participate in that help students stay connected with friends and the Lakeside community.

Relationships built with teachers also make a big impact. One teacher and coach in particular for me was Mrs. Krauklis, my volleyball coach for two years. She always brings out the best in me whether I am on the court or in the classroom, encouraging and supporting and trying to get me to fulfill my potential. I will certainly miss her a ton and definitely will keep in touch if I ever need advice. Another is Mr. Vanderhoof. Although here only a year so far, he already has a huge heart for his students, always checking in to make sure everything is going well and if it’s not, he was there to listen or even get me on the right path. I am so thankful to have come to know these two teachers.

Lakeside has blessed my four years with amazing friendships and awesome memories that I will never forget. I’m fully equipped to move on to my next chapter in life at Martin Luther College and share my love for Jesus through teaching. Thank you so much, Lakeside.

(Left) Hannah, daughter of Andrew and Heidi, is a member at Bethany, Fort Atkinson. In May, she joined the ranks of her Forever Warrior siblings, including Luke (‘17), Aaron (‘12) and Sara (‘11, MLC ‘16). Brother Noah is a Shoreland Lutheran grad (‘15).

(Top right) Coach Krauklis captured a selfie with Hannah and two other senior volleyball players.

(Bottom right) In her second year in A Cappella Choir, Hannah and the choir traveled to 20 area churches as well as to California over spring break to lead in song worship.

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Warrior focus: Seth Hackbarth

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Lakeside has had a big impact on me these last four years. I have been encouraged athletically and academically.

But, the best part of Lakeside is the Christian education we are offered. We get to have a devotion daily to strengthen our faith. We are reminded how blessed we are every day with the gifts God has given us—giving us a reason to work hard.

I like that Lakeside teachers expect a lot out of their students as well as their players. In the academic field they push us to our limits. The teachers help us with our future and they want us to succeed. They also push us in our athletic abilities. They know what we are capable of and teach us to work hard.

Seth, son of Todd and Donna, is a member of St. Paul in Lake Mills. He received his diploma May 26 along with 109 others in the LLHS Class of 2019. He was the last in his immediate family to join the ranks of his Forever Warrior siblings, including Hannah (‘11, MLC ‘15), Sarah (Hackbarth ‘13) Schroeder (MLC ‘17), Moriah (‘15) and Abigail (‘17). Seth plans to pursue pastoral studies at Martin Luther College this fall.

Seth, in addition to playing soccer in fall and track in spring, was a player on the 2019 conference champion basketball team. Being the youngest in his family, his basketball parents night (right) this past winter was—for his parents—the final one after 12 consecutive years!

Swenson receives certificate from U.S. Figure Skating

AcadAwds2019_Figure Skating.jpg At the Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lisa Henning of U.S. Figure Skating presented senior Anna Swenson with the Platinum Level Certificate, honoring Swenson’s hard work and commitment during high school.

Swenson is a U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships competitor at the novice level.

She will attend Concordia University-Wisconsin for nursing and is the daughter of Duane and Katherine of Beaver Dam.

Ulrich receives Public Power Scholarship

AcadAwds2019_LMLightandWater.jpgGreg Hoffman, Energy Services Representative from Lake Mills Light & Water, presented the 2019 Public Power Scholarship to​ Jacob Ulrich at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

The $500 scholarship, part of Lake Mills Light & Water’s commitment to give something back to the community and contribute to educational efforts, is available to seniors whose parents are customers.

Ulrich is the son of Rick and Tina of Jefferson. He will attend UW-Stevens Point to study business management.

Guld receives Rotary Scholarship

AcadAwds2019_Rotary_1.jpgKatherine Guld, daughter of John and Nicole of Lake Mills, was awarded a Lake Mills Rotary Scholarship at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The $1000.00 award was presented to Guld by Ann Lee, president of the Lake Mills Rotary Club.


Guld was awarded the scholarship based on her academic success as well as character, leadership, and participation during her high school years, her essay on the value of Rotary in the community, and her future plans regarding community service. She plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, to pursue a career in biology/osteopathic medicine.


According to Rotary International, Rotary Clubs are committed to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Supporting education is one of the six top priorities of Rotary, along with promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, and growing local economies. The scholarships are funded primarily through the annual Scholarship Brunch offered to the public each February.

Parker awarded 4-H scholarship

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DeAnn Richards of the Columbia County 4-H presented Lakeside Lutheran senior with a $350 scholarship at the Academic Awards Night hosted by the school on May 8. Parker wrote an essay about how 4-H impacted her life and career goals, and how she will use the skills she learned in 4-H in the future. Parker plans to attend Carthage College to study Management and Japanese. She is the daughter of Aaron and Raelyn of DeForest.  

Student Teacher Spotlight: Adam Stevens

This semester, Adam Stevens served as a student teacher at Lakeside Lutheran. He is double majoring in Elementary Education and Physical Education, with minors in both Coaching and Biblical Theological Studies. Adam is from Appleton, Wis., where he attended Fox Valley Lutheran High School.

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The positive impact of his teachers and coaches made him want to be a teacher too. “They all taught me wonderful life lessons and how to be a functioning adult in life. I appreciated it so much that I want to provide that influence and opportunity to kids that I hope to one day teach,” he says.

As he prepared to work with the boys phy ed classes, he “knew that looking like a younger individual I needed to be on top of the ball to both earn and keep their respect. It has mostly worked out, but there will always be those select few individuals who love to push the limits of the classroom rules,” says Adam.

He appreciated the family feel that Lakeside provides. “They all look out for each other for the best of everyone’s interests for the most part,” Adam says. “I don’t know of any students that wouldn’t help another student out, and I appreciate that the students are living out their Christian faith.”

As Adam finishes his time at Lakeside he sees just how much “students in high school need strong influential guidance from individuals that respect them and look at them as if they have something to offer.” Plus, he has also seen that “I can handle making that difference in a high school classroom. I now have the confidence that I can serve those in a high school wherever I may be sent” he says.