Warrior forensics advances to state, hosts open house

The Lakeside Lutheran High School forensics team earned top scores in district competition March 16 at Belleville High School as each of the 25 entries from Lakeside earned advancement to the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) State Speech Festival at UW–Madison April 21. There the Lakeside team will look to capture its 8th consecutive Excellence in Speech Award, given when a team places in the top five percent of more than 350 high school forensics teams that compete in Wisconsin. In preparation, the team is hosting a “Family & Friends” performance night at the school on Wednesday, April 19, from 6-8 PM.

Within 14 districts across the state, WHSFA District competition scoring involves forensic entries being evaluated by three different judges. To qualify for the state festival, two of the three scores for an entry must be a minimum 20 points; the 25 entries of the Warrior forensics team were all awarded at least 20 points on each of their 75 scores. Lakeside Lutheran students are among over 7,000 Wisconsin high school students that compete in individual and group categories that include Demonstration, Informative or Extemporaneous Speech, Public Address, Moments in History, Special Occasion Speaking, Radio Announcing, Poetry, Prose or Literature Interpretation, Farrago, Play Acting and Story Telling.

In preparation for competition and to provide a night of entertainment for its supporters, the team is hosting a free night of oratory performance. All fans and families are invited to the school on Wednesday, April 19 from 6-8 PM to choose 12 performances from among 24 offerings, presented in two rounds of 50 minutes each in various rooms on campus. The presentations will include most of the categories heard at WHSFA.

Warrior Forensics headed to state
Whether it be through telling a children’s story, reliving a moment from history, tackling a contemporary American problem, making an audience laugh or demonstrating a certain skill, these participants are not only competing on a talented team, they are also sharpening one of the greatest tools in today’s world: the skill of public speaking. The Lakeside Lutheran forensics team includes Front, L-R: Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills;.Lillie Johnstone, Jefferson; Mindy Meske, Jefferson; Mira Parker, DeForest; Bronte Perkins, Madison. 2nd row, L-R: Ashley McLain, Juneau; Caleb Strutz, Verona; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills; Jacob Horta, Helenville; Emma Statz, Helenville; Violet Dumke, Verona; Abbie DiGiovanni, Fort Atkinson. 3rd row: Emma Hans, Jefferson; Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Kayla Grundman, Waterloo; Justin Learned, Watertown; Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo; Derek Gulrud, Marshall. 4th row: Matt Gunst, Hartford; Emma Guld, Lake Mills; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Tina Kehl, Waterloo; Devon Perkins, Madison; Morgan Thiele, Poynette; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc. Top row: Coach Steve Lauber; Malachi Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie. Missing from photo are Sophie Griffin, Lodi; Cannon Kerr, Watertown; Max Thiele, Oconomowoc; Emily Weber, Helenville.


Warrior musicians qualify for State Music Festival

Sixteen Class A entries from Lakeside Lutheran High School earned a starred first rating at the district level of the Wisconsin State Music Association (WSMA) Solo-Ensemble Festival. Starred first ratings in Class A, the highest level of music selection, qualify the musicians to perform at the WSMA State Festival at UW-Whitewater April 29.

Two large ensembles were among those advancing to the state festival, including the Lakeside Lutheran Percussion Ensemble and the Swing Choir. Two solos in piano, four vocal solos, as well as an F horn, an alto sax, a flute and a marimba solo advance. Three piano duets and a piano trio also earned a trip to state.

The Lakeside Lutheran Swing Choir also qualified for state. The choir includes back row from left, Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills; Mindy Meske, Jefferson; Jenna Gaal, Lake Mills; Jade Wood, Madison; Emma Guld, Lake Mills, Sophia Collins, Lake Mills; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Emily Weber, Helenville. Front, from left is Jacob Meyer, Sun Prairie; Derek Gulrud, Marshall; Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Luke Willems, Johnson Creek; Philip Treptow, Avalon; Noah Lorenz, Watertown; Andrew Burk, Johnson Creek; Kyle Burger, Lake Mills.
The solo, duet and trio state qualifiers from Lakeside Lutheran are back row, L-R: Griffin Torgerson, Watertown (piano duet, piano trio); Alyson Steffan, Lake Mills (vocal solo), Ashley Fritz, Middleton (Sax solo); Sophia Collins, Lake Mills (marimba solo); Matthias Winters, Watertown (piano duet, piano trio). Middle row, L-R: Cara McElroy, Madison (flute solo); Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie (vocal solo); Maria Werre, Sun Prairie (2 vocal solos); Jamee Wohling, Beaver Dam (piano duet); Violet Dumke, Verona (piano duet). Front row, L-R: Fai Haw, Lake Mills (French horn solo); Tina Kehl, Waterloo (piano duet); Samantha Kohls, Waterloo (piano solo, piano trio); Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson (piano duet).
The Lakeside Lutheran Percussion Ensemble qualified for the WSMA state festival. Members of the ensemble include back row, L-R: Mitchell Doyle, Watertown; Jonah Rupnow, Watertown; Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Benjamin Ertman, Fort Atkinson. Middle row, L-R: Trevor Geerdts, Windsor; Cody Gumz, Marshall; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; J Doyle, DeForest; Annika Butzow, Janesville. Front row, L-R: Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Cara McElroy, Madison; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills; Jamee Wohling, Beaver Dam. Missing from photo are Javin Hollis and Justin Learned.

In addition to the 16 starred first entries, Lakeside Class A musicians were awarded four first ratings and 14 seconds, for a total of 34 Class A performances. In class B, Lakeside Lutheran had 18 entries. Of those, seven earned a first place rating and 11 earned a second rating. Four of the seven Class C entries from Lakeside earned a first rating while three received a second.

Overall, Lakeside had 59 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 75 students. Poynette High School and Luther Prep School were the 2017 sites that hosted more than 650 entries from among 11 Capitol North Conference middle and high schools in late February.

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.