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

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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

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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.

Fall athletes honored

Lakeside Lutheran High School held its fall sports awards night on Nov. 5, when coaches recognized efforts of the fall sports teams as well as all-conference team honorees.

The 2019 girls golf team earned the title of regional champs. Junior Maya Heckmann, Middleton, was named Rock Valley Conference Player of the Year and earned first team all-conference honors. Freshman Ava Heckmann, Middleton, was named to second team all-conference. Both Heckmanns advanced to the state golf meet. Three golfers—Maya Heckmann, sophomore Kaylea Affeld, Watertown, and sophomore Lauren Lostetter, Lake Mills—made the Academic All-State Team.

In Cross Country, freshman Abigail Minning, Watertown, and senior August Gresens, Sun Prairie, were awarded first team all-conference honors and also qualified for the WIAA State Meet. Sophomore Mya Hemling, Beaver Dam, earned second team all-conference honors.

The Warrior volleyball team went undefeated in conference play, winning their seventh straight Capitol North conference championship. They also won the regional championship and ended their season as sectional runner-up. Senior outside hitter Ella Collins, Lake Mills; junior libero Kylee Gnabasik, Jefferson; and senior setter Karli Johnson, Jefferson, were named to first team all-conference. Junior outside hitter Payton Kuepers, Madison, received a second team all-conference nod while two middle hitters—sophomore Ella DeNoyer, Sun Prairie, and junior Sydney Langille, Lake Mills—received Honorable Mentions. Ella Collins was named Conference Player of the Year. Collins also was named to the inaugural AVCA High School All-Region Team, unanimously voted to first team all-state. In other All-State awards, Kuepers was named to the second team and Karli Johnson received an honorable mention.

The boys soccer team saw two players receive honorable mentions from the conference including junior Carter Roekle, Middleton, and sophomore Kyle Main, Juneau.

The Warrior football team defeated higher seeds to make it to Level 3 of the playoffs. Nine players earned 12 spots on all-conference teams. First team all-conference honorees are senior inside linebacker Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek, junior kicker Tersony Vater, Watertown, junior outside linebacker Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie, and junior o-lineman Will Jorgensen, McFarland. Named to second team all-conference are freshman o-lineman Ben Buxa, Oconomowoc, senior quarterback Matt Davis, Lake Mills, running back Logan Pampel, wide receiver Tersony Vater, senior wide receiver Carter Schneider, Lake Mills, and defensive back Tersony Vater. Junior tight end John O’Donnell, Madison, and junior inside linebacker Micah Cody, Juneau, received Honorable Mention.

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22 Warrior athletes were awarded spots on Capitol North All-Conference teams and more. 
Front, from left: Ben Buxa, 2nd team football offense; Matt Davis, 2nd team football qb; Will Jorgensen, 1st team football offense; Nathan Chesterman, 1st team football outside linebacker; August Gresens, 1st team cross country.
2nd row, from left: Ava Heckmann, 2nd team golf; Karli Johnson, 1st team volleyball, WVCA All-State honorable mention; Kylee Gnabasik, 1st team volleyball; Payton Kuepers, 2nd team volleyball, WVCA All-State 2nd team; Ella Collins, 1st team volleyball, Conference Player of the Year, AVCA High School All-Region Team, WVCA All-State 1st team; Ella DeNoyer, honorable mention volleyball.
3rd row, from left: Kyle Main, honorable mention soccer; Carter Roekle, honorable mention soccer; Tersony Vater, 1st team football kicker, 2nd team football defensive back, 2nd team football wide receiver; Logan Pampel, 1st team football, inside linebacker, 2nd team football running back; Mya Hemling, second team cross country
Back, from left: John O’Donnell, honorable mention football tight end; Micah Cody, honorable mention football inside linebacker; Carter Schneider, 2nd team football wide receiver; Sydney Langille, honorable mention volleyball; Abigail Minning, first team cross country.
Not pictured: Maya Heckmann first team golf, Rock Valley Conference Player of the Year

Volleyball benefits Tomorrow’s Hope

The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams and a crew of parent and other volunteers raised $2,966.00 for Tomorrow’s Hope on the evening of their conference match against Columbus High School on October 1. The event, called “Volley for Hope,” raised funds through raffles and concessions as well as a variety of sales: mums, pumpkins, concessions, t-shirts and a bake sale. The night also featured recognition of Lutheran grade school volleyball teams from surrounding communities (see photo gallery).

Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, is a non-profit that supports local health care organizations who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses. They also foster health-related research, education, and support activities.

The 2019 Warrior varsity team, Capitol North Conference champions for the 7th straight year, begins its #2 regionally-seeded journey in the WIAA state tournament when it hosts Clinton High School on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran Varsity, JV and JV2 volleyball teams hosted Volley for Hope earlier this month and raised almost $3,000 for Tomorrow’s Hope, a nonprofit that supports local health care organizations. Team members include, L-R: (top row) Lillian Runke, Ella DeNoyer, Sydney Langille, Lily Schuetz, Isabella Collins, Kylee Gnabasik, Kaylee Raymond. (2nd row from top) Zoey Dremler, Hadley Wendorff, Alyssa Reinke, Morgan Mlsna, Katelyn Wagner, Greta Pingel, Lydia Bilitz. (Middle) Grace Plitzuweit, Marissa Duddeck, Kendall Lemke, Jenna Shadoski, Olivia Bartels, Cheyenne Johnson, Karli Johnson, Olivia Krieser. (2nd row from bottom) Nora Statz, Breanna Davis, Carly Paske, Emily Schafer, Hannah Uttech, Emma Schultz, Reyna Rupnow, Grace Korth. (front) Varsity Coach Jenny Krauklis, Natalie Punzel, Madelyn Vanderhoof, Claire Langille, Chloe Berg, Makenzie Sievert, Jordan Genz, Natalie Raymond.  Missing: Payton Kuepers

Loppy’s provides pizza and proceeds

Like any normal Thursday, the varsity football team had its team meal, but this time it was a little bit different. On Thursday, Sept. 26, Loppy’s Hiawatha Inn not only catered a delicious meal to the team, but also gave all of the profits back to Lakeside as a donation to Operation Go.

The whole thing started when Loppy’s offered to provide the coaches a fish dinner before the game, but Coach Asmus asked if they could do it as the Thursday team meal.

The restaurant is too small for everybody to fit, so Carl and Laura Loppnow brought the food to Lakeside. They provided pizzas, shredded pork, and scotcheroos as dessert for only $10 per person.

They wanted to help support Operation Go only because of their love for Lakeside. Pastor Helwig commented, “I think it’s cool. They’re only doing this because of their love for the program. And that’s what Op-Go in the future will be about.” 

Operation Go also received a $500 check from the Ladies’ Guild at St. Paul Lake Mills after the Op-Go students gave a presentation there. 

 

Warrior Homecoming Celebration 2019

Homecoming activities and events for 2019 begin with all-school activities on Monday, September 23, 2019, and end with a dance on campus the evening of Saturday, September 28.

The 2019 Homecoming Court includes two representatives from each of the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, and four representatives from the senior class. Members of the court include freshmen representatives Grace Cody, Juneau, and Will Miller, Sun Prairie; sophomore representatives Sam Knapp, Oconomowoc, and Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie; junior representatives Connor Griffin, Lodi, and Evelyn Terry, Oconomowoc; senior representatives Haakon Ellestad, Sun Prairie, and Brynn McDermott, Poynette; and King Trevor Geerdts, Lake Mills and Queen Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills.

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran 2019 Homecoming Court include (couples from L-R) senior reps Haakon Ellestad, Sun Prairie, and Brynn McDermott, Poynette; junior reps Connor Griffin, Lodi and Evelyn Terry, Oconomowoc; freshmen reps Will Miller, Sun Prairie, and Grace Cody, Juneau; sophomore reps Sam Knapp, Oconomowoc, and Greta Pingel, Sun Prairie; and King Trevor Geerdts, Lake Mills and Queen Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills

Lakeside will celebrate homecoming with student activities throughout the week of September 23-28, both during the school day and after school.  The theme for this year is “Disney.” Members of each class decorate halls, doors and windows and create class banners, floats and videos according to images and sayings associated with their assigned Disney movie, including “Beauty and the Beast” for the freshmen, “Moana” for sophomores, “Incredibles” for juniors and “Toy Story” for seniors. Students will decorate the school throughout the week as well as participate in class competitions that culminate in a pep rally on Friday at the end of the school day.

After a 5:00 p.m. parade Friday that follows a different route this year (south on Main St. beginning at Water St., west at Lake Park Place, south on Ferry Dr. to the school)  the varsity football team plays Luther Prep at 7 p.m. The Warrior Marching Band and the Dance Team perform halftime routines. A semi-formal dance is planned for Saturday evening on the Lakeside campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Basketball camp medalists recognized

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently held its annual Warrior girls basketball camps for grades 4 to 9. On the last day of the four-day camps, several 6th -9th-grade players were recognized by the coaches for outstanding skills and positive attitudes.

GBB-67campAwards-19The following girls in grades six and seven were recognized: back row, L-R: Back row: Avery Buchta, Ixonia (All-Camp Award); Ava Ohm, West St Paul, MN (Hot Shot Award); Ella Schuetz, Lake Mills (All-Camp); Sinai Palacios, Watertown (All-Camp). Middle row, L-R: Ashley Rosenau, Oconomowoc (All-Camp); Kyleigh Detert, Waterloo (Assist Award); Ella Lauber, Lake Mills (Defense Award); Kathryn Schulz, Beaver Dam (Warrior Award). Front, L-R: Mara Skalitzky, Waterloo (Ball Handler Award); Aquila Palacios, Watertown (All-Camp).

GBB-89campAwards-19Several in grades eight and nine also received awards: back row, L-R: Grace Cody, Juneau (All-Camp Award); Reyna Rupnow, Oconomowoc (All-Camp); Ava Heckmann, Middleton (All Camp); Abigail Minning, Watertown (Ball Handler Award). Middle row, L-R: Nora Larson, Columbus (Hot Shot Award). Grace Plitzuweit, Oconomowoc (All-Camp); Averi Wolfram, Madison (Defense Award). Front: Caitlin Weiland, Columbus (Warrior Award); Jenna Shadoski, Janesville (All-Camp); Olivia Bartels, Lake Mills (Assist Leader).

Lakeside Lutheran High School also hosts elementary-level summer sports camps for boys basketball, co-ed soccer, distance running and golf, boys non-padded football, and girls volleyball. The school also hosts a STEM camp in late July. Call the school at 920-648-2321 for more information, or visit the school website at http://www.llhs.org/K8sports.

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WIAA Scholar-Athlete and Warrior awards presented

Lakeside Lutheran High School recognized outstanding student-athletes at its Academic Awards Night on May 8.

Senior Kaitlyn Shadoski, daughter of Fred and Debra of Janesville, was selected as both the female nominee for the 2019 WIAA Scholar-Athlete award and the Warrior Athlete Award. Brevin Jegerlehner, son of AJ and Betty of Sun Prairie, was honored as the school male nominee for the 2019 WIAA Scholar-Athlete award. Casey Ponyicsanyi, son of Michael and Monica of Lake Mills, was the male recipient of the Warrior Award.

Kaitlyn Shadoski and Brevin Jegerlehner were honored as the Lakeside Lutheran High School nominees for the 2019 WIAA Scholar-Athlete awards.

Shadoski is the salutatorian and has all-conference honors in volleyball, basketball, and track. Jegerlehner, a class valedictorian, participated in football, basketball, and track, and has received all-conference honors in both football and track. Both have received nine or more varsity letters in their sports. Ponyicsanyi has received 10 or more varsity letters as well as several post season honors, including Capitol Conference Football Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference for running back and defense as inside linebacker in 2018. He has also received all-conference honors in wrestling and track.

Casey Ponyicsanyi and Kaitlyn Shadoski received the 2019 Warrior Athlete Awards.

As a member school of the WIAA, Lakeside was one of more than 400 high schools statewide nominating more than 800 seniors, one male and one female, for the annual WIAA Scholar Athlete award. To be eligible, nominees need a GPA of at least 3.5 and must have earned at least four varsity letters. Warrior Athlete Awards are presented to a senior male and female, chosen by the Lakeside athletic coaching staff based on participation, sportsmanship, and excellence in athletics.