Fischer memorial scholarship awarded

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Gary and Nancy Fischer continued the scholarship tradition begun 20 years ago when they presented the Steven Fischer Memorial Scholarship to senior Maria Werre, daughter of Luke and Jennifer, Sun Prairie, at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The award is presented to graduating seniors who plan to continue in music ministry. Werre will attend Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn.
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.

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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 2017-2018 academic year to several student musicians at Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

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Winning vocal, choreography and accompanist awards recently at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills included (L-R) sophomore Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; and seniors Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Aly Steffan, Lake Mills; Emily Weber, Helenville; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc; and Sophia Collins, Lake Mills.

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 Maria Werre, daughter of Luke and Jennifer Werre of Sun Prairie. A Gueldner Music Clinic scholarship was awarded to sophomore vocalist Abbie DiGiovanni, daughter of Michelle DiGiovanni of Jefferson and Michael DiGiovanni of Surprise, Ariz.

Two A Cappella Choir seniors received Outstanding Vocalist awards: Aly Steffan, granddaughter of Kenneth and Donna Steffan of Lake Mills, and Emily Weber, daughter of Jeff and Rebecca Weber of Helenville. Sophia Collins, daughter of Clark and Tricia Collins of Lake Mills, received the Senior Accompanist award. The Swing Choir Choreographer recognition was given to Jenna Gaal, daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Gaal of Oconomowoc. Senior choir members, Joseph Grambsch, son of Chad and Rachel Grambsch of Columbus, Noah Lorenz, son of Lois Lorenz, Watertown, and Emelyn Schoeller, daughter of Todd and Michelle Schoeller, Helenville, were recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures.

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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) Noah Lorenz, Watertown; Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville; and Joseph Grambsch, Columbus.

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 Sophia Collins, marimba; J Doyle, son of Jack and Julie Doyle, DeForest, percussion; Mitchell Doyle, son of Jeff and Heidi Doyle, Watertown, percussion; Ashley Fritz, daughter of Brian and Tiffany Fritz, Middleton, saxophone; Joseph Grambsch, trumpet; Aaron Natvig, son of Jon and Cindy Natvig, Cottage Grove, percussion; Charlie Pingel, son of Jim and Renae Pingel, Sun Prairie, F horn; Katrina Stratman, daughter of Pastor Paul and Corinne Stratman, Beaver Dam, trombone; and Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown, trombone.

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 Joseph Grambsch. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to Ashley Fritz.

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 Ashley Fritz.

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Winning Outstanding Musician instrumental awards recently at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills were (back row, l-r) seniors Mitch Doyle, Watertown; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; J Doyle, DeForest; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie; Joseph Grambsch, Columbus (also awarded Louis Armstrong Jazz Award). (Front) Ashley Fritz, Middleton (also awarded Woody Herman Jazz Award, John Philip Sousa Band Award); Matthias Winters, Watertown; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills.

Musicians qualify for State Music Festival

Twenty-four Class A entries from Lakeside Lutheran High School earned a starred first rating at the Wisconsin State Music Association (WSMA) Solo-Ensemble District level held the week of Feb. 19-24. 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 28.

 

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The Lakeside Lutheran Percussion Ensemble qualified for the WSMA state festival. Members of the ensemble include (Back, L-R): Mitchell Doyle, Watertown; Benjamin Ertman, Fort Atkinson; Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie; Justin Learned, Watertown; Gabriel Uttech, Fall River. (Middle) Trevor Geerdts, Windsor; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills; J Doyle, DeForest; Ashley Fritz, Middleton; Joseph Balistreri, Watertown; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Cody Gumz, Marshall. (Front) Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; Isabella Collins, Lake Mills; Hannah Tucek, Lake Mills; Benjamin Neumann, Oconomowoc; Emily Meiller, Madison; Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc; Lauren Learned, Watertown; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson.
Not pictured: Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc and Javin Hollis, Waterloo.

 

Those entries included ensembles: the Warrior Percussion Ensemble, a flute choir, mallet trio, three piano duets, and two piano trios. In individual work, two marimba solos, two vocal solos, three musical theater performances, and five piano solos advanced. An alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, and drum solo also earned trips to the state festival.

 

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Solo, duet, and trio state qualifiers from Lakeside Lutheran are back row, L-R: Griffin Torgerson, Watertown, (piano duet and trio); J Doyle, DeForest (mallet trio); and Ashley Fritz, Middleton (tenor and alto saxophone solos). 2nd row from top: Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove (mallet trio); Sophia Collins, Lake Mills (marimba solo and mallet trio); Maria Werre, Sun Prairie (musical theater; soprano solo); Alyson Steffan, Johnson Creek (musical theater); Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater (piano duet); Madelyn Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc (piano duet); Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam (marimba solo); and Cody Gumz, Marshall (drum set solo). 2nd row from front, L-R: Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson (piano solo, flute choir); Isabella Collins, Lake Mills (piano solo and duet); Elise Meier, Watertown (piano duet); Matthias Winters, Watertown (piano duet and trio); Emily Weber, Jefferson (musical theater); Kaitlin Main, Juneau, (piano solo); Hannah Mayer, Fort Atkinson (clarinet solo); Grace Thomas; and Samantha Kohls, Waterloo (piano solo and trio).
Front row, L-R: Sarah Ulsberger, Fort Atkinson (piano trio); Elizabeth Isham, Watertown (piano trio); Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills (piano trio); Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie (soprano solo); Abigail Buxa, Oconomowoc (piano solo); Olivia Fregien, Madison (flute choir); Jennica Jensen, Juneau (flute choir); Gabrielle Grunewald, Bettendorf, Iowa (flute choir); and Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville (flute choir).

 

In addition to the starred first entries, Lakeside Class A musicians were awarded five first ratings and 15 seconds, and one third, for a total of 45 Class A performances. In class B, Lakeside Lutheran had 17 entries. Of those, eight earned a first place rating and nine earned a second rating. Five of the six Class C entries from Lakeside earned a first rating while one received a second.

Overall, Lakeside had 68 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 75 students. Columbus High School and Luther Prep School were the 2018 sites that hosted more than 650 entries from among 11 Capitol North Conference middle and high schools.

 

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At the Wisconsin State Music Association District Festival at end of February, Lakeside Lutheran High School had 68 solo or ensemble entries that involved more than 75 students. (L-R, front) Kristen Thundercloud, Sarah Ulsberger, Hannah Tucek, Gabriel Uttech, Benjamin Neumann, Brendan McKenna, Calvin Grant, Lucas Schneider, Madelynn Klug, Catherine Richart, Gabrielle Grunewald, Alicia Childs, Emelyn Schoeller, Mary Schallert, AnaCristina Iglesias, Grace Thomas. 
Second row, L-R: Grace Seim, Emma Berg, Grace Krieser, Madison Fenner, Riley Schulz, Mira Parker, Albert Wood, Samantha Anderson, Abigail Buxa, Sophia Griffin, Olivia Fregien, Jennica Jensen, Hannah Meyer, Madelyn Plitzuweit, Rachel Mayer, Kaitlyn Drewicz, Samantha Kohls, Sydney Langille. Third row, L-R: Emily Meiller, Ella Butzine, Jeremy Hathaway, Benjamin Ertman, Trevor Geerdts, Ryan Preskar, Jordan Gade, Emma Hans, Emily Weber, Jenna Gaal, Emma Guld, Kaitlin Main, Hannah Mayer, Katrina Stratman, Lauren Learned, Liz Loppnow, Cody Gumz. Fourth row, L-R: Elise Meier, Elizabeth Isham, Katelyn McGurk, Devon Perkins, Andrew Burk, Matthias Winters, Philip Treptow, Sophia Collins, Madelaine Triebold, Maria Werre, Alyson Steffan, Megan Grambsch, Ellie Westrate, Ashley Fritz, Austin Haley, Elijah Wohling, Joseph Balistreri, Nick Yaroch. Back row, L-R: Isabella Collins, Owen Schoenherr, Mitchell Doyle, Skyler Christianson, Griffin Torgerson, Charlie Pingel, Aaron Natvig, Joseph Grambsch, Noah Lorenz, Tyler Affeld, Luke Marti, Justin Learned, Tim Grant, J Doyle, Jayden Duddeck, Max Thomas, Benjamin Hodel, Gil Haw.

 

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 2016-2017 academic year to several student musicians at Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

 

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Winning music awards recently at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills were (back row, l-r) J Doyle, Luke Willems, Maddie McKenna, (middle) Mindy Meske, Derek Gulrud, Jamee Wohling, Tina Kehl, Hannah Mayer. (front) Ashley Fritz, Joe Grambsch, Cara McElroy. (not pictured) Matthias Winters, Bethany Mahnke, Adam Peters.

 

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 Derek Gulrud, daughter of Cody and Nidia Gulrud of Marshall. A Gueldner Music Clinic scholarship was awarded to junior vocalist Hannah Mayer, daughter of Dale and Sandra Mayer of Fort Atkinson.

Four A Cappella Choir seniors received Outstanding Vocalist awards: Luke Willems, son of Drew and Heidi Willems, Johnson Creek; Cara McElroy, daughter of Stewart and Robin McElroy, Madison; Mindy Meske, daughter of Jeff and Jayne Meske, Jefferson, and Maddie McKenna, daughter of Sam and Missy McKenna, Lake Mills. Two received Senior Accompanist awards: Bethany Mahnke, daughter of Mike and Latonia Mahnke, Sun Prairie, and Jamee Wohling, daughter of Scott and Dawn Wohling of Beaver Dam. Adam Peters, son of Jeff and Pam Peters, Watertown, was recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over his two-year A Cappella tenure.

Outstanding Musicians are chosen by fellow band members in recognition for outstanding musical achievements, cooperation, and dedication to the Lakeside Lutheran band program. 2017 recipients include Ashley Fritz, daughter of Brian and Tiffany Fritz, Middleton; Jamee Wohling; J Doyle, son of Jack and Julie Doyle, DeForest; Luke Willems; Cara McElroy; Joseph Grambsch, son of Chad and Rachel Grambsch, Columbus; Tina Kehl, daughter of Paul and Kristine Kehl, Waterloo; and 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 Joseph Grambsch. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to Ashley Fritz.

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 Jamee Wohling.

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.

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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.
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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).
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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

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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.