Warrior musicians receive recognition

The Lakeside Lutheran Music Department, led by Choir Director James Buege and Band Director Glen Pufahl, presented music awards and recognized the accomplishments of 25 student musicians for the 2019-20 academic year.

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 Madelyn Plitzuweit, daughter of Tom and Bath of Oconomowoc.

Outstanding Vocalist awards for the A Cappella Choir were awarded to four senior sopranos, including Emma Berg, daughter of Nathan and Jennifer Berg, DeForest; Anna Bilitz, daughter of Ben and Sarah, Sun Prairie; Brontë Perkins, daughter of Brett and Heather, Madison; and Ashley Valerio, daughter of David and Cyndi, Delafield. Plitzuweit also received the Senior Accompanist award.

Two Outstanding Leadership awards were given, one to senior tenor Connor Dobson, son of Roger and Rachelanne, Johnson Creek, and a senior bass Kyle Doering, son of Matt and Jill, Lake Mills. The Swing Choir Choreographer recognition was given to senior Hannah Koenig, daughter of Brad and Cheryl, Cambridge.

In band, 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 seniors Ella Collins, clarinet, daughter of Clark and Tricia, Lake Mills; Jadyn Duddeck, saxophone, daughter of Timothy Duddeck, Whitewater, and Jody Duddeck, Palmyra; Cody Gumz, percussion, son of Rachelle Jaeger, Marshall; Gilbert Haw, trombone, son of Steven and Heidi, Marshall; Katelyn McGurk, French horn, daughter of Damion and Laura Dehnert, Lake Mills, and Chris McGurk, Fargo, N. Dak. Juniors awarded include Megan Grambsch, flute, daughter of Chad and Rachel, Columbus; Grace Seim, trombone, daughter of Steve and Julie, Beaver Dam; and Nick Yaroch, trumpet, son of Matt and Sue, Fall River. A sophomore, percussionist Benjamin Kasper, son of Caleb and Sara, Helenville, and freshman Marissa Duddeck, saxophone, daughter of Timothy Duddeck, Whitewater, and Jody Duddeck, Palmyra, also received the award.

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 junior Nick Yaroch. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to senior Jadyn Duddeck.

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 senior Gilbert Haw.

Since the Wisconsin State Music Association state festival was canceled due to the pandemic, WSMA offered a Virtual State Solo Festival available for the state-qualifying performers. Eighteen Class A entries from Lakeside Lutheran earned a starred first rating at the District level held the week of Feb. 24-29. Of those 18, ten solos were able to perform for the virtual state festival. Receiving firsts for their performances were Emma Berg, musical theater soprano; Benjamin Kasper, drum set; freshman Jack DePrey, piano, son of Steve and Beth, Sun Prairie; and Ella Collins, piano. Receiving seconds were Gil Haw, trombone; Katelyn McGurk, French horn; Madelyn Plitzuweit, piano; Emma Berg, soprano; and junior Hannah Meyer, soprano solo and musical theater solo, daughter of Matthew Meyer, Jefferson.

13 from the LLHS Class of 2020 were among the 25 Warriors who received recognition, including , in order of appearance in article: Madelyn Plitzuweit; Emma Berg, Anna Bilitz; Brontë Perkins; Ashley Valerio; Connor Dobson; Kyle Doering; Hannah Koenig; Ella Collins; Jadyn Duddeck; Cody Gumz; Gilbert Haw; Katelyn McGurk.

Fischer memorial scholarship awarded

DiGiovanni, AbbieGary and Nancy Fischer continue the scholarship tradition begun over 20 years ago by awarding the Steven Fischer Memorial Scholarship to Abbie DiGiovanni, daughter of Michelle DiGiovanni, Jefferson, and Michael DiGiovanni of Surprise, Ariz.

The award is presented to a Lakeside Lutheran High School senior who plans to continue in music ministry. DiGiovanni will attend Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., in the fall.

The Fischers, who live in Milton, instituted the scholarship in memory of their son who was a student and musician at Lakeside Lutheran when he died in 1998.

 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.






Musicians qualify for State Music Festival

Eighteen Class A entries from Lakeside Lutheran earned a starred first rating at the Wisconsin State Music Association (WSMA) Solo-Ensemble District level held the week of Feb. 24-29. Starred first ratings in Class A, the highest level of music selection, qualify musicians to perform at the WSMA State Festival at UW-Whitewater Saturday, April 25.

The Warrior Percussion Ensemble earned the right to perform at the State WSMA Festival at UW-Whitewater on April 25. Members pictured, front row, L-R: Anika Stone, Emily Meiller, Jadyn Duddeck, Rachel Mayer, Ella Collins. Second row: Evelyn Schauer, Madelyn Vanderhoof, Trevor Geerdts, Benjamin Ertman, Benjamin Klug, Logan Preskar. Third row: Elizabeth Isham, Cody Gumz, Joseph Balistreri, Kyle Jaeger, Allen Lester, Carter Huber. Back: Caleb Hermanson, Benjamin Kasper, Elijah Wohling, Ella Butzine, Trevor Holzhueter, Elijah Grow.

The Warrior Percussion Ensemble, directed by Mr. Brett Duwe, is among those advancing to state competition. Two piano trios also advanced: Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; Sarah Ulsberger, Fort Atkinson; and Jada Gresens, Sun Prairie, and Jack DePrey, Sun Prairie, Isaac Winters, Watertown, and Jonah Heyerholm, Cottage Grove.

Soloists that are moving on include Emma Berg, DeForest, (vocal and music theater); Ella Collins, Lake Mills (piano); Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc, (piano);  Aaron Fritz, Middleton, (euphonium); Benjamin Kasper, Helenville, (drum set); Cody Gumz, Marshall, (drum set); Gilbert Haw, Marshall (trombone); Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills (french horn); Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam (marimba); Hannah Meyer, Jefferson (vocal and music theater), Jack DePrey (piano); Jada Gresens (piano), and Elizabeth Isham (piano). Mr. James Buege is the director of choirs, Mr. Glen Pufahl is director of bands and Mrs. Julie Hildebrandt manages all and teaches many of the Lakeside piano students.

Other Lakeside Lutheran  instrumental and vocal solo/ensemble students advancing to the WSMA State Festival include: Front row, L-R: Elizabeth Isham, Sarah Ulsberger, Hannah Meyer, Katelyn McGurk, Isaac Winters, Jack DePrey. Middle: Aaron Fritz, Cody Gumz, Emma Berg, Gil Haw. Back: Benjamin Kasper, Elijah Wohling, Madelyn Plitzuweit, Jada Gresens, Ella Collins. Missing: Jonah Heyerholm. 

In addition to the starred first performances, Lakeside Class A entries were awarded fourteen first ratings, five seconds, and one third for a total of 38 Class A performances. In class B, Lakeside Lutheran had 21 entries. Of those, 11 earned a first place rating, and ten earned a second. Three of the seven Class C entries from Lakeside earned a first rating while four received a second.

Overall, Lakeside had 66 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 85 students. Lodi High School and Luther Prep School were the 2020 sites that hosted more than 650 entries from among 11 Capitol North Conference middle and high schools.

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.

Warrior Band parades award home from Cherry Festival

The Lakeside Lutheran Warrior Band experienced another successful summer, marching in seven Wisconsin and three Michigan parades, and was awarded first place at the National Cherry Royale Parade.

The season culminated with a four-day trip July 3-6 to Traverse City, Michigan, home of the annual National Cherry Festival. While there, the band marched in the Boyne City, Mich., Fourth of July Festival Parade, described by Good Morning America and USA Today as “Top 10 Independence Day Celebrations in the Nation,” according to publicity materials. Later that evening they performed in the exhibition Junior Royale Parade in Traverse City. Saturday morning saw the band perform in the Cherry Royale Parade, in which the Warrior Band scored the highest among all bands, scoring 93/100 points, and took first place in its class. Band members enjoyed the rest of their tour in activities that included river tubing, hiking dunes, laser tag, crossing Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger ferry and more.

The summer season also included June parades in Wisconsin cities including Brillion, Appleton, Mt. Horeb, Mukwonago, Oregon, Lake Mills and Sun Prairie. Photos from the parades can be viewed and downloaded at llhs.smugmug.com/School/Summer-Band-2019

The Lakeside Lutheran Warrior Band is classified as a “marching” or “parade” band, as opposed to a “show” band that would emphasize field displays. Marching bands such as Lakeside’s incorporate complex choreography performed right on the street during parades. This year’s parade songs included the well-known and challenging “Emperata Overture” by Claude T. Smith and an excerpt from “Chorale and Shaker Dance” by John Zdechlik.

The band is already preparing for its major trip next summer to participate in the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada. The two-week travel schedule historically centers around parades in the Mt. Rushmore area as well as multiple Stampede events, including the kick-off parade on July 3, 2020, where more than 250,000 people fill the 2.5-mile route in downtown Calgary, and also includes several opportunities for band members to experience sights such as the Badlands, Banff National Park and the Columbia Icefield Chalet and Glacier

For more information about the Lakeside Lutheran Warrior Band, contact Director Glen Pufahl at gpufahl@llhs.org or 920-648-2321. The band welcomes interest from serious musicians grades 8-12 from the community as well as from within its own school band program.

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 2018-19 academic year to several student musicians at Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

AcadAwds2019_AndersonThe 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 Samantha Anderson, daughter of Daniel and Natalie of Sun Prairie.

Olivia Fregien, daughter of Brad and Rachel of Madison, received an Outstanding Vocalist award for the A Cappella Choir. AcadAwds2019_GrambschBenjamin Grambsch, son of Chad and Rachel of Columbus, received the Outstanding Leadership award. Abigail Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda of Oconomowoc, received the Senior Accompanist award.

Sophia Griffin, Lodi, and Madelynn Klug, Ixonia, received 2019 choreography awards at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills.

The Swing Choir Choreographer recognition was given to Sophia Griffin, daughter of Dave and Nedra of Lodi, and Madelynn Klug, daughter of Kevin and Gretchen of Ixonia.

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) Olivia Fregien, Madison; Olivia Kassulke, Watertown; and Hannah Willems, Johnson Creek. Fregien also received the Outstanding Vocalist Award. (Missing: Megan Borth)

Senior choir members, Megan Borth, daughter of Dale and Julie of Watertown; Olivia Fregien; Olivia Kassulke, daughter of Tim and Tammie of Watertown; and Hannah Willems, daughter of Drew and Heidi of Johnson Creek, were recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures.

Winning Outstanding Musician instrumental awards recently at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills were (back row, l-r) Carson Brumm, Lake Mills; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Tyler Affeld, Watertown; Cody Gumz, Marshall. (front row) Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Olivia Fregien, Madison; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater, (also awarded Woody Herman Jazz Award, John Philip Sousa Band Award); and Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills.

In band, 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 Carson Brumm, son of Kevin Brumm of Lake Mills and Karen Scholten of Rapid River, Mich., tuba; Gilbert Haw, son of Steven and Heidi Haw of Marshall, trombone; Jadyn Duddeck, daughter of Timothy Duddeck of Whitewater and Jody Duddeck of Palmyra, saxophone; Luke Marti, son of Kevin and Julie Marti of Oconomowoc, baritone; Tyler Affeld, son of Dave and Brenda Affeld of Watertown, trumpet; Olivia Fregien, flute; Riley Schulz, daughter of Todd and LaRae Schulz of Fort Atkinson, flute; Madelaine Triebold, daughter of Dana Triebold and Kurt Treibold of Oconomowoc, clarinet; Cody Gumz, son of Rachelle Jaeger of Marshall, percussion; and Katelyn McGurk, daughter of Damion and Laura Dehnert and Chris McGurk of Lake Mills, French horn.

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 Gilbert Haw. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to Jadyn Duddeck.

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 Jadyn Duddeck.

Musicians medal at WSMA State Festival

At the WSMA State solo/ensemble festival at UW-Whitewater on April 27, 14 Lakeside entries involving more than 50 student musicians received first or second place medals 

Eight of those 14 state-qualifying entries earned a first, including the Warrior Percussion Ensemble, comprised of Jadyn Duddeck, Rachel Mayer, Ella Collins, Madelaine Triebold, Ella Butzine, Emily Meiller, Evelyn Schauer, Ryan Preskar, Hannah Tucek, Javin Hollis, Kyle Jaeger, Elizabeth Isham, Cody Gumz, Lauren Learned, Elijah Wohling, Caleb Hermanson, Trevor Geerdts, Joseph Balistreri, Justin Learned, Benjamin Kasper, Trevor Holzhueter, Carter Huber, and Benjamin Ertman.

The Show Choir also earned a first. Its members are Olivia Fregien, Emma Berg, Ashley Valerio, Bronte Perkins, Samantha Anderson, Abbie DiGiovanni, Madelynn Klug, Madelyn Plitzuweit, Ben Huebner, Anna Bilitz, Sophie Griffin, Seth Hackbarth, Jacob Horta, Kyle Doering, Matthew Gunst, Justin Learned, Albert Wood, Chad Nolte, Lucas Schneider, Ben Grambsch, Connor Dobson.

In individual performances, six students were awarded a first. Soprano solos: Emma Berg, Olivia Fregien, Ashley Valerio; piano solos: Madelyn Plitzuweit and Ella Collins; and musical theater: Olivia Fregien.

Taking a second included the Jazz Ensemble, comprised of Jadyn Duddeck, Jeremy Hathaway, Ella Butzine, Owen Schoenherr, Rachel Poyner, Annie Povich, Grace Seim, Gilbert Haw, Luke Marti, Tyler Affeld, Tyler Holzhueter, Max Thomas, Mira Parker, Cody Gumz, Nick Yaroch, Benjamin Kasper, Trevor Holzhueter, Ben Grambsch, Elizabeth Isham, and Riley Schulz,

In individual performances, five students were awarded a second, including three piano solos by Abby Buxa, Riley Schulz, and Madelaine Triebold; a musical theater performance by Sophie Griffin; and a marimba solo by Elijah Wohling.  

To be eligible for State competition, the musicians were required to perform musical selections at Class A difficulty level, and earn a starred first rating at the WSMA District Festival held in February.


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The Lakeside Swing Choir earned a first: (front row, L-R): Olivia Fregien, Madison; Emma Berg, DeForest; Ashley Valerio, Delafield; Bronte Perkins, Madison. (second row L-R): Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Ben Huebner, Madison. (third row, L-R): Anna Bilitz, Sun Prairie; Sophie Griffin, Lodi; Seth Hackbarth, Lake Mills; Jacob Horta, Helenville; Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; Matthew Gunst, Hartford. (back row, L-R) Justin Learned, Watertown; Albert Wood, Madison; Chad Nolte, Janesville; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; Ben Grambsch, Columbus; Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek.

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Individual soloists included: (front row, L-R): Ella Collins, Lake Mills; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Emma Berg, DeForest; Ashley Valerio, Delafield; Olivia Fregien, Madison. (back row, L-R) Abby Buxa, Oconomowoc; Sophie Griffin, Lodi; Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam.

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The percussion ensemble earned a first. (front row, L-R): Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Ella Collins, Lake Mills; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc; Emily Meiller, Madison; Evelyn Schauer, Watertown. (second row L-R): Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Hannah Tucek, Lake Mills; Javin Hollis, Waterloo; Kyle Jaeger, Watertown; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; Cody Gumz, Marshall. (third row, L-R): Lauren Learned, Watertown; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Caleb Hermanson, Madison; Trevor Geerdts, Lake Mills; Joseph Balistreri, Watertown. (back row, L-R): Justin Learned, Watertown; Benjamin Kasper, Helenville; Trevor Holzhueter, Waterloo; Carter Huber, Columbus; Benjamin Ertman, Fort Atkinson.

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The jazz ensemble earned a second. (front row, L-R): Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Jeremy Hathaway, Watertown; Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc; Owen Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Rachel Poyner, Madison. (second row L-R): Annie Povich, Middleton; Grace Seim, Beaver Dam; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc. (third row, L-R): Tyler Affeld, Watertown; Tyler Holzhueter, Waterloo; Max Thomas, Watertown; Mira Parker, DeForest; Cody Gumz, Marshall. (back row, L-R): Nick Yaroch, Columbus; Benjamin Kasper, Helenville; Trevor Holzhueter, Waterloo; Ben Grambsch, Columbus; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson.

Mystery-comedy “Murder in the House of Horrors” this weekend

The Warrior Drama department is in its final week of practice for the spring production of Murder in the House of Horrors, on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 at 7 p.m. Reserved floors seats are available for $8. Advance tickets available online (start at llhs.org/drama) or by calling 800-838-3006. Walk-up unreserved bleacher seats will be $5 both nights.

In this interactive mystery-comedy that will have audiences wondering whodunnit, renowned Egyptologist (Cannon Kerr, Watertown) is telling of his discovery of the Pharaoh Menkaura’s tomb. Suddenly, while watching a slide of the ruler’s sarcophagus, the projector goes off, plunging the auditorium into darkness. When the lights come on, the professor is dead and the priceless jewel he was holding has vanished!

When Lt. Dan Morrow (Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie) arrives, he narrows the suspects to seven. Was it the jealous wife (Sophia Griffin, Lodi) who suspected her husband was having an affair? Or the Egyptian sisters (Molly Lindloff, Lake Mills, and Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc) who cursed the expedition for disturbing Pharoah’s tomb? Or Mrs. Westbrook (Kendra Kasper, Helenville) who was displeased how her money was being spent by the museum? Or her lawyer Ms. Gray (Bronte Perkins, Madison) who would do anything for her client? Or Elena Newman (Olivia Fregien, Madison) Professor Carlton’s underappreciated assistant? Or Dr. Vanderveer (Anna Bilitz, Madison) the curator of the museum? Or was it someone that no one would ever suspect?

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Other characters include Jane Trice (Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson), Russ Palmer (Al Wood, Madison), Betty Lange (Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie), Tony (Benjamin Huebner, Madison), Officer Val Holloway (Kiara Wolfram, Fort Atkinson), Professor Kirk Carlton (Will Denoyer, Sun Prairie), and four guards (Kira Tweit, Madison; Joy Thompson Wurz, Lake Mills; Ashley Grundman, Waterloo; Olivia Odrich, Verona).

The lieutenant enlists audience aid in solving the crime. You’ll be caught up in this thriller, uncovering the clues that reveal the killer in an electrifying climax.

The production is directed by Pastors Clark Schultz and Mark Toepel, with costuming by Jade Wood, Megan Wood, and Mark Heckendorf. Mr. Damon Tracy heads up a crew of student for lights and sound. Students from Tech Ed, under Mr. Jeff Meske, built the staging, and art students painted the set as directed by Mrs. Lori Tetzlaff.  Miss Rachel Poyner is the stage manager.

Murder in the House of Horrors is presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.

Forensics 10th consecutive year of “Excellence”

For the tenth year in a row, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team was awarded the Excellence in Speech Award for scoring in the top 5% among 340 participating high schools at the 124th annual Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Festival at UW-Madison April 12.

The UW-Madison campus hosted more than 4,200 students from 340 schools across the state at this, the largest forensics festival in the state. “Students in our academic sport practice long hours to hone their skills and meet the expectations upon which they will be judged,” says WHSFA Executive Director Adam Jacobi. “These schools represent consistent performance across a variety of contest events at our festival, and should be lauded for their performance.”

The top 19 high schools at the 2019 festival, in alphabetical order, include Baldwin-Woodville, Boscobel, Burlington, Darlington, DeForest, Ellsworth, Fennimore, Hudson, Lakeside Lutheran, Lincoln High School, Wisconsin Rapids, Menomonie, New Berlin Eisenhower, Prescott, Regis High School, Eau Claire, Sauk Prairie, St. Lawrence Seminary/Mt. Calvary, Waterford Union, Waunakee, Wrightstown.

At the State Festival, individual competitors receive a gold medal for a perfect score of 25, silver for a score of 23 or 24, a bronze for a score of 20-22 and a small bronze for lower scores. The whole team then receives points based on members’ individual scores, earning four points for each gold, three points for each silver, two points for each bronze and one point for each small bronze. After qualifying all 25 entries—the maximum allowable—through sub-district and district competitions, the Lakeside Lutheran competitors earned a total of 14 gold, nine silver, and two bronze medals at state. “Working with this dedicated group of students and seeing them progress as speakers has been very rewarding to see,” says Coach Steve Lauber.

LLHS state 4N6 2019
For the 10th straight year, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team was awarded the Excellence in Speech Award at the WHSFA Forensics State Championship on April 12. Pictured on the UW campus, back row, left-right: Cannon Kerr, Grace Loescher, Maddie Triebold, Sami Anderson, Connor Dobson, Matt Gunst. Middle row standing, L/R:  Caleb Raymond, Ryann Burger, Megan Reinke, Annika Bilitz, Abbie DiGiovanni, Bronte Perkins, Ella Butzine, Megan Grambsch, Matthea Lenz, Evelyn Schauer, Kiara Wolfram. Front row, standing, L/R: Max Thiele, Will Jorgensen, Brendan McKenna, Jacob Horta, Kaylee Raymond, Greta Pingel, Douglas Weittenhiller. On ground: Justin Learned. (Missing from picture: Sophie Griffin, Maddie Klug, Chad Nolte).

The 14 gold medal entries include Grace Loescher, Watertown and Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie (Group Interp); Justin Learned, Watertown (Demonstration); Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills (Moments in History); Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek (Poetry); Sophia Griffin, Lodi and Maddie Klug, Ixonia (Playacting); Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc, and Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie (Playacting); Abbie DiGiovanni, Fort Atkinson (Solo Acting, Humorous); Ryann Burger, Lake Mills (Storytelling); Kiara Wolfram, Fort Atkinson (Storytelling); Evelyn Schauer, Watertown (Farrago) Megan Reinke, Watertown (Poetry); Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie (Prose); Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc (Prose) Matthea Lenz, Oconomowoc (Solo Acting, Humorous).

Silver medals were awarded to Matthew Gunst, Hartford (Informative); Megan Grambsch, Columbus (Prose); Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove (Prose); Jacob Horta, Helenville (Moments in History); Bronte Perkins, Madison (Solo Acting, Humorous); Chad Nolte, Janesville (Farrago); Cannon Kerr, Watertown (Radio Speaking) Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie (Public Address); Douglas Weittenhiller, DeForest (Informative).

Max Thiele, Oconomowoc (Impromptu) and Will Jorgensen, McFarland (Radio Speaking) were awarded bronze medals.

For more information about the WHSFA, visit whsfa.org. For more information about Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal Grasby at 920-648-2321 or visit the LLHS website at llhs.org.