Warrior Forensics wins 7th straight Capitol Conference title

The Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, recently won its seventh consecutive Capitol Conference championship at the meet held at Belleville February 6.

After earning the highest score among 340 teams at last spring’s Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) state meet, the Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team has entered its 2017 competition season.

On February 6, Lakeside traveled to the Capitol Conference tournament at Belleville High School, where high school students compete against each other in 16 different speaking categories. Out of the 11 conference schools that competed, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, finished the night with a total of 308 points, earning the Conference Championship ahead of second and third place teams Lake Mills (206) and Belleville (176). This win marks the seventh straight Conference championship for Lakeside Lutheran.

Leading the way in their individual categories were the following Lakeside Lutheran students:

  • Caleb Strutz, 2nd in Extemporaneous
  • Emily Weber, 2nd in Farrago
  • Maddie McKenna, 1st in Farrago
  • Lillie Johnstone, 1st in 4-minute speaking
  • Malachi Mortensen, 2nd in Moments in History
  • Devon Perkins, 1st in Moments in History
  • Kaitlyn Gehler and Derek Gulrud, 3rd in Playacting
  • Caleb Raymond and Max Thiele, 2nd in Playacting
  • Matt Gunst, 3rd in Prose
  • Bronte Perkins, 2nd in Prose
  • Emma Hans, 1st in Prose
  • Charlie Pingel, 2nd in Radio Speaking
  • Cannon Kerr, 1st in Radio Speaking
  • Kyle Burger, 1st in Solo Acting humorous
  • Ashley McLain, 1st in Special Occasion
  • Maria Werre, 2nd in Storytelling

The full team of 25 will now begin their state competition at sub-districts which are being held at Milton High School on Monday, February 27 in hopes to advance on to the district meet and from there advancing on to the Forensics State Tournament to be held at The University of Wisconsin in Madison on April 21.

Student musicians receive awards

The Lakeside Lutheran Music Department, led by Choir Director James Buege and Band Director Glen Pufahl, presented music awards for the 2015-2016 academic year to several student musicians at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

LLHS Music Awards 2016

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 Hannah Hoffman, daughter of Brian and Carrie Hoffman of Waterloo. A Gueldner Music Clinic scholarship was awarded to junior vocalist Mindy Meske, daughter of Jeff and Jayne Meske of Jefferson.

Several A Cappella Choir seniors received Exemplary Leadership awards from the choral department for their outstanding contributions to the choir and school. Recipients included primary piano accompanist Brittni Jegerlehner, daughter of AJ and Betty Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Becca Doering, daughter of Matt and Jill Doering, Lake Mills; Josh Schoenfeld, son of John and Lisa Schoenfeld, Lake Mills; David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon; Josiah Eaker, son of Tricia Eaker, Watertown; and Mark Hoeft, son of Steve and Amy Hoeft, Fort Atkinson. Eaker and Hoeft were recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year tenure in A Cappella choir.

Outstanding Musicians are chosen by fellow band members in recognition for outstanding musical achievements, cooperation and dedication to the Lakeside Lutheran band program. 2016 recipients included senior saxophonist Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeff and Heidi Doyle, Watertown; sophomore sax Ashley Fritz, daughter of Brian and Tiffany Fritz, Middleton;  senior baritonist Paul Grunewald, son of Michael and Kristen Grunewald, Bettendorf, Iowa; senior trumpeter Elias Lipasti, son of Mikko and Erica Lipasti, Lake Mills; senior hornist Lydia Ulrich, daughter of Rick and Tina Ulrich, Lake Mills; senior percussionist David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon; and sophomore trombonist Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown.

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 senior trumpeter Lipasti. 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 saxophonist Doyle.

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 Lipasti.

Fischer Memorial Scholarship awarded

Fischer Memorial Scholarship
Gary and Nancy Fischer continued the scholarship tradition begun 18 years ago when they presented the Steven Fischer Memorial Scholarship to senior Rebecca Doering, daughter of Matt and Jill Doering of Lake Mills, at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The award is presented to a graduating senior who plans to continue in music ministry. Preference is also given to a student who plans to study at Martin Luther College, the teaching college for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Doering plans to attend MLC for a Secondary Physical Education degree. The Fischers, of Milton, instituted the scholarship in memory of their son who was a student and musician at Lakeside Lutheran when he died in 1998.

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.

Lakeside Lutheran musicians medal at WSMA State Festival


Lakeside Lutheran High School announces that all 14 entries involving more than 50 student musicians received first or second place medals at the WSMA State solo/ensemble festival at UW-Whitewater April 30.

Ten of the 14 state-qualifying entries earned gold medals, including the Warrior Percussion Ensemble, comprised of seniors Josiah Eaker and David Wilson, juniors Annika Butzow and Matthew Schumacher, sophomores Skyler Christianson, Sophia Collins, J Doyle, Mitchell Doyle, Emma Guld and Aaron Natvig, and freshmen Tyler Degner, Sean Healy, Javin Hollis, Rebecca Lang, Cole Lauersdorf, Justin Learned, Ryan Preskar, Jonah Rupnow, Dominic Schmidt and Lucas Schneider.

An ensemble of 20 Lakeside Lutheran percussionists earned gold medals at the recent Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo-Ensemble Festival April 30. They include (front row, L-R) Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; Sean Healy, Watertown; David Wilson, Pardeeville; Josiah Eaker, Watertown.  (2nd row L-R) Mitch Doyle, Watertown; Rebecca Lang, Lake Mills; Sophia Collins, Sun Prairie; Emma Guld, Lake Mills; Ryan Preskar, Juneau. (3rd row, L-R)  Kyle Anderson, Sun Prairie; Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Cole Lauersdorf, Oconomowoc; Annika Butzow, Janesville; Justin Learned, Watertown. (back row, L-R) Tyler Degner, Watertown; Jonah Rupnow, Watertown; J Doyle, DeForest; Dominic Schmidt, Watertown; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; and Matthew Schumacher, Johnson Creek. Missing is Javin Hollis, Waterloo.

Solos and other ensembles awarded gold included a clarinet duet by sophomore Tim Grant and senior Autumn Tracy; a piano trio by seniors Brittni Jegerlehner, Chynarose Degner and Lydia Ulrich; a piano duet by sophomores Griffin Torgerson and Matthias Winters; a brass quintet by junior Kyle Burger, seniors Eli Lipasti and Paul Grunewald, and sophomores Charlie Pingel and Joseph Grambsch; a piano solo by senior Ashley Kohls; a marimba solo by sophomore Sophia Collins; a flute solo by sophomore Maria Werre; and an alto sax solo and a piano solo by sophomore Ashley Fritz.

A total of 17 musicians earned medals in 12 solos and ensemble entries at the recent Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo-Ensemble Festival April 30. They include (front row, L-R)  Emily Weber, Jefferson; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Ashley Kohls, Waterloo; Sophia Collins, Sun Prairie; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc. (middle row, L-R) Matthias Winters, Watertown; Griffin Torgerson, Watertown; Ashley Fritz, Middleton;  Lydia Ulrich, Lake Mills; Brittni Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Chynarose Degner, Watertown. (back row, L-R) Eli Lipasti, Lake Mills; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie; Joe Grambsch, Columbus; Paul Grunewald, Bettendorf, IA; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills. Missing are: Timothy Grant, Sun Prairie; Autumn Tracy, Lake Mills; Gabby Grunewald, Bettendorf, IA.

Four entries earned second place medals, including the Warrior Swing Choir, comprised of juniors and seniors including Becca Doering, Estrella Tesch, Mindy Meske, Ashley Koltz, Hannah Hoffman, Maddie McKenna, Lillie Johnstone, Jade Wood, Kyle Burger, David Wilson, Derek Gulrud, Elijah Tesch, Jacob Davis, Mark Hoeft, Josh Schoenfeld and Alex Pillard; a piano duet by sophomores Jenna Gaal and Emily Weber; a Music Theater solo by sophomore Emily Weber; and a soprano solo by sophomore Gabrielle Grunewald.

The Warrior Swing Choir were awarded silver medals at the recent Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo-Ensemble Festival April 30. They include (back row, L-R) Jacob Davis, Madison; Derek Gulrud, Marshall; Elijah Tesch, Sun Prairie; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills; Mark Hoeft, Fort Atkinson; Josh Schoenfeld, Lake Mills. (middle row, L-R) Alex Pillard, Oconomowoc; Estrella Tesch, Sun Prairie; Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills; Hannah Hoffman, Waterloo; David Wilson, Pardeeville. (front row, L-R) Mindy Meske, Jefferson; Becca Doering, Lake Mills; Ashley Koltz, Beaver Dam; Lillie Johnstone, Jefferson; Jade Wood, Madison.

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.



Lakeside Lutheran Forensics earns top score at state

For the second time in three years, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team captured the highest score among 340 high schools at the 121st Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Festival. This is the 7th consecutive Excellence in Speech Award awarded to Lakeside Lutheran for scoring in the top 5% among participating high schools.

LLHS 4N6 takes top score at state WHSFA festival
For the 2nd time in 3 years the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team captured the WHSFA Forensics State Championship, tying perennial powerhouse, Darlington High School, with a an impressive total of 90 points each. Pictured on the UW campus, front row, left-right: Josiah Eaker, David Wilson, Emma Guld. 2nd row, L-R: Devon Perkins, Maddie Triebold, Kaitlyn Gehler, Audra Sonntag, Maddie McKenna, Rebecca Doering, Max Thiele. 3rd row, L-R: Emily Weber, Maria Werre, Kayla Grundman, Emma Hans, Mira Parker, Sophie Griffin, Emily Raymond, Jenna Gaal, Tina Kehl, Molly Lindloff. 4th row, L-R: Coach Steve Lauber, Caleb Raymond, Derek Gulrud, Josh Schoenfeld, Malachi Mortensen, Justin Learned, Justin Gaal. Back row, L-R: Charlie Pingel, Kyle Burger, Caleb Strutz.

The UW-Madison campus hosted 4,656 students from across the state at this, the largest forensics tournament in the state on April 15. “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.” Competing against 339 other high schools this spring, Lakeside Lutheran returned home again as the highest scoring team in the state, along with perennial powerhouse, Darlington High School; each had total of 90 team points.

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 15 gold and 10 silver medals at state, resulting in the championship 90 points.

“Having the top score at the tournament two years ago was a thrill, but to win it a second time in three years is special, especially for some of our juniors and seniors who were on the first State Championship team” said Lakeside Lutheran forensics coach Steve Lauber. “God has blessed these young adults with not only a great work ethic but tremendous speaking skills.”

The 15 gold medal entries include Caleb Strutz, Verona (Extemporaneous); Becca Doering, Lake Mills (Solo Acting); Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc (Public Address);  Maria Werre, Sun Prairie (Storytelling); Emily Weber, Helenville (Storytelling); Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc (Storytelling); Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo and Derek Gulrud, Marshall (Playacting); Josh Schoenfeld, Lake Mills and Josiah Eaker, Watertown (Playacting); Caleb Raymond and Charlie Pingel, both Sun Prairie (Playacting); Devon Perkins, Madison (Moments in History); Audra Sonntag, Janesville (Prose); Emma Hans, Jefferson (Prose); Sophie Griffin, Lodi (Prose); Max Thiele, Oconomowoc (Demonstration); and David Wilson, Pardeeville (Radio Speaking).

Silver medals were awarded to Kyle Burger, Lake Mills (Solo Acting); Justin Learned, Watertown (Demonstration); Kayla Grundman, Waterloo (Special Occasion); Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills (Farrago); Malachi Mortensen, Beaver Dam (Moments in History); Mira Parker, DeForest (Poetry); Justin Gaal, Oconomowoc (Radio Speaking); Tina Kehl, Waterloo (Special Occasion); Molly Lindloff, Janesville (Prose); and Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie and Emma Guld, Lake Mills (Playacting).

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.

Lakeside Lutheran Forensics wins 6th straight conference title


After earning the Excellence in Speech Award from the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) the last six years by finishing in the top 5% from among 345 teams at UW Madison last April, the Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team has entered its 2016 competition season.

On February 1, Lakeside traveled to the Capitol Conference tournament at Wisconsin Heights in Mazomanie, where high school students compete against each other in 16 different speaking categories. Out of the 10 conference schools that competed, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, finished the night with a total of 294 points, earning the Conference Championship ahead of second and third place teams Luther Prep (237) and Belleville (175). This win marks the sixth straight Conference championship for Lakeside Lutheran.

LLHS Forensics team 2016
The Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, recently won its sixth consecutive Capitol Conference championship at the meet held at Wisconsin Heights February 1. Members of the 2016 team include: (Top row, L-R) Cannon Kerr, Watertown; Audra Sonntag, Janesville; Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo; Rachel Poyner, DeForest; Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills; Lillie Johnstone, Jefferson; Justin Gaal, Oconomowoc. (2nd from top, L-R): Caleb Strutz, Verona; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills; Malachi Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Sophie Griffin, Lodi; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; Molly Lindloff, Janesville; Emily Weber, Helenville.  (3rd Row) Devon Perkins, Madison; Max Thiele, Oconomowoc; Rebecca Doering, Lake Mills; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc; Ashley McLain, Juneau; Tina Kehl, Waterloo. (4th row): Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie; Josiah Eaker, Watertown; Dave Wilson, Pardeeville; Derek Gulrud, Marshall; Emma Hans, Jefferson; Kayla Grundman, Waterloo. (Front Row) Coach Steve Lauber; Emma Guld, Sun Prairie; Josh Schoenfeld, Lake Mills; Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie; Justin Learned, Watertown; Mira Parker, DeForest; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc.

Leading the way in their individual categories were the following Lakeside Lutheran students:

  • Demonstration: 1st Place-Max Thiele, 2nd Place-Justin Learned
  • Extemporaneous: 1st Place-Caleb Strutz
  • Four Minute:  3rd Place-Tina Kehl
  • Moments in History: 1st Place-Malachi Mortensen
  • Playacting: 2nd Place-Kaitlyn Gehler and Derek Gulrud
  • Prose: 2nd Place- Emma Hans, 3rd Place Audra Sonntag
  • Radio Speaking: 1st Place-Dave Wilson
  • Solo Acting Humorous: 1st Place-Becca Doering, 3rd Place-Kyle Burger
  • Special Occasion: 2nd Place-Kayla Grundman
  • Storytelling: 2nd Place-Maria Werre, 3rd Place-Emily Weber

The full team of 25 students has also begun its run to this spring’s WHSFA state competition. Sub-districts at Cambridge High School were Thursday, February 18, when each member of the full team of 25 earned advancement to District competition, to be held March 7 at Beaver Dam High School. With success there, the team advances to the State Tournament at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on April 15.