2018 Academic Top 10 announced

 

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The Lakeside Lutheran “Top Ten” students in the class of 2018 were guests of honor at the May 14 Capitol Conference Honors Banquet in Madison. They are (front, from left) James Neuberger, Skyler Christianson, Zachary Cichanofsky, Jenna Gaal, Sarah Taylor Evert, Principal James Grasby, Seated: Emma Guld, Kelly Koch, Matthias Winters, Morgan Thiele, Kalies Birkholz.

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School announced its Academic Top Ten from the Class of 2018. These individuals cumulatively earned 289.5 high school credits, an average of slightly above 28.9 credits each; 26 credits are needed to graduate.  Their grade point averages range from 3.83 to 4.000—a difference of only 17/100ths of a grade point. In one case, the difference in grade point between two of the Top Ten was 1/1000th of a point. They had a 98.5% daily attendance rate and were on-time to class in excess of 99.9% of the time. Their profiles, in alphabetical order, follow:

Birkholz, Kalies(Edited)Top 10 Kalies Birkholz, daughter of Gregg and Sheryl, is a member at Trinity in Watertown where she volunteers as a Sunday school helper. She will head to Wisconsin Lutheran College to study nursing. “My goals for the future are to start a loving family, and I want to become a nurse and help people feel better,” she says. She received the Presidential scholarship for WLC.

At Lakeside, Kalies participated in Teens For Christ, National Honor Society, track and basketball. She received the WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award and was named first team all-conference for basketball. “What I liked best about Lakeside was my experience on the basketball team. I became good friends with girls that I probably never would have if we weren’t on the same team together. Team dinners and team bonding were always fun,” she says. “Another thing I liked about Lakeside is that all the teachers know you. You’re not just a random face. They care about you and your interests and your faith.”

Christianson, Skyler(edited)Top 10 Skyler Christianson, son of Jeffrey and Heidi, is a member of St. Matthew, Janesville, where he has served as an usher, church cleaner and served at both Christmas and Easter for Kids. He will attend UW-Milwaukee for a degree in Computer Engineering. “I want to work work hard to achieve success in my career, get married and have a family, and travel throughout the United States as well as internationally,” he says. He received the UWM Engineering Excellence Scholarship and Support for Undergraduate Research Fellow.

At Lakeside he participated in soccer, basketball, baseball, math team, band, percussion ensemble, A Cappella Choir, Swing Choir, National Honor Society, STEM Club, and Student Council. He received an Honorable Mention-All Conference in soccer and went to state for both Percussion Ensemble and Swing Choir. “It has been a blessing to have God’s word at the center of all my classes. My teachers really cared about me and my education. Being involved in sports and music activities let me develop friendships that will last a lifetime. It also taught me to work hard and allowed to me to have fun and enjoy success at something I love doing,” he says.

In his community, he volunteered at Twice is Nice, ECHO (Everyone Cooperating to Help Others), blood drives, Lighthouse Milwaukee, and St. Matthew Oconomowoc Live Nativity.

Cichanofsky, Zachary(edited)Top 10 Zachary Cichanofsky, son of Michael and Shelly, Watertown, will attend Waukesha County Technical College to study Diesel Equipment Technology. “Long term I would like to one day have my own truck repair shop and towing services,” he says.

During high school, he has been involved with National Honor Society and volunteered at Twice as Nice. “What I like best about my Lakeside years was all of the good memories I have made. I have enjoyed taking tech ed classes and broadening my horizon in different areas, learning how to work with different tools and pieces of equipment that I have never used before,” he says. “One final thing that I liked is having Christ-centered classes.” He is active at his home church, St. Luke, Watertown, where he helps usher, videotape, and run the projector.

Gaal, Jenna(edited)Top 10 Jenna Gaal, daughter of Jeff & Jennifer, Oconomowoc, will attend UWMadison to study elementary & special education. Through her bank, she received the Educators Credit Union Scholarship and she also received the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches Inc. Scholarship.

While at LLHS, she participated on Dance Team (senior captain), NHS (treasurer), A Cappella Choir, Swing Choir (choreographer), forensics, piano, newspaper, Operation Go mission trips, Teens for Christ, yearbook, track and field, WSMA, and helped at dance camps. She received the Christian Leadership, Dedication, and Growth Award for the 2017 fall dance season, gold and silver medals for WHSFA Forensics, State WSMA Awards, and had perfect attendance in 2014-15. She also “started the Croc trend at Lakeside,” she claims. At her home congregation, St. Matthew, she has served by playing violin for church, helping with Sunday School, and the live nativity. She also worked at Camp B.A.S.I.C. and gave studio dance lessons. “I love how Lakeside has so many considerate teachers who are passionate about their job. I also love how there is so much to get involved in, where close bonds are created all while doing something that’s enjoyable. Those Christian friendships are something that will not be taken for granted as I venture off to a public university 100 times the size of Lakeside,” she says.

Guld, Emma(edited)Top 10 Emma Guld, daughter of John and Nicole, is a member at St. Paul in Lake Mills. While at Lakeside, she participated in STEM Club, forensics, drama, Teens For Christ, cross-country, basketball, student council, NHS, and Badger Girls State. I love all the people I have met, and all of the great teachers,” she says. “A Cappella choir and Calculus class both somehow make everyday a little brighter.”

In the fall she will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study biology (pre-med). She received the WLC Presidential Scholarship. “I want to go to college, med-school, and then work as a dermatologist,” she says.

Koch, Kelly(edited)Valedictorian Kelly Koch, daughter of Tim and Rebecca, is a member at Trinity Lutheran Church, Watertown. She will head to UWMadison for undergraduate biology, and then a graduate in Physician Assistant Studies.

At Lakeside, Kelly participated in Volleyball, Softball, Basketball. Math Team, as a Milwaukee Lighthouse Volunteer, Twice is Nice Volunteer. National Honor Society, Teens for Christ, and youth volleyball camps. In the community, she participated in Night to Shine and Soles for Jesus, as well as a Music and Memory Program at Sylvan Crossings. At her church, she helped with their Fall Festival, Easter for Kids, and Live Nativity. She also played club volleyball and softball. “I enjoyed making so many new friends and having an awesome Christian education,” she says. “I also loved playing on the different sports teams. It was also really amazing to win State for volleyball this past fall.”

The April Student Rotarian in Lake Mills, she also received Watertown Regional Medical Center Medical Staff Scholarship. In addition to her career, she “also would love to travel around the world and help out in my community with various activities.”

Neuberger, James(edited)Valedictorian James Neuberger, son of Dan and Dawn, Lake Mills, will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study Biochemistry enroute to becoming a pharmacist. “One of my main goals is to find a way to make more practical drugs that people can use to help with everyday problems, while also looking for a way to use drugs and bacteriophages to combat terminal illnesses or prevent illnesses from taking a foothold in the human body.”

A National Merit Commendable Student, Neuberger received the Academic Excellence Scholarship, WLC Presidential Scholarship, WLC General Endowment Scholarship Fund, Partners in Christian Education Scholarship, Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship, Robert Muehrcke Foundation Scholar Athlete Award, Fort Healthcare Handeyside Memorial Scholarship, Lake Mills Rotary Club Scholarship, Optimist Leadership Recipient.

While at Lakeside, he participated in cross country, basketball, soccer, and track, where he was a sectional qualifier and was on second team all-conference. He was a Badger Boys State Representative, Lake Mills Junior Rotarian, and a member of the National Honor Society. He also participated on the math team and served as a captain, academic bowl team, Teens for Christ, STEM Club, Drama and A Cappella Choir. He also had perfect attendance all four years.

In the community, he volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul, Twice is Nice, Relay for Life, Police Department Night Out Against Crime, Lake Mills Rotary Soccer Concessions, and Milwaukee Lighthouse Youth Center. At his church, St. Paul Lutheran, he helped with vacation Bible school and Advent, Lent, and Easter meals. “What I liked best about my years at Lakeside was being able to form bonds that go beyond the term of friends, as I see many of my fellow classmates as more like family to me,” he says. “It’s incredible to have the trust we have in each other and the support that we all look to provide. I never felt like I was truly alone in anything because I knew I always had my friends and teachers to back me in my endeavors.”

Taylor-Evert, Sarah(edited)Salutatorian Sarah Taylor Evert, daughter of Dave and Jennie, Beaver Dam, will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Elementary Education. “My major goal for the future is to become an elementary school teacher.” she says. From MLC, she received the Messenger scholarship. She was also awarded the Richard and Phyllis Frederick Scholarship from the Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation.

A member of St. Stephen’s Beaver Dam, Sarah participated in Yearbook, Handbells and sang in her church choir. Lakeside is a great school that has encouraged me to grow in my faith. The environment of the school and the friends that I have made helped make the past two years an amazing time and continue to encourage me as I grow.”

Thiele, Morgan(Edited)Top 10 Morgan Thiele, is the daughter of Dan and Teresa, Poynette. She has been accepted into the Honors College and Nurse Scholars Program at UW-Oshkosh, where she will study nursing and become a nurse practitioner or midwife.

A member at Holy Cross Lutheran in Madison, Thiele participated in National Honors Society, Teens for Christ, Forensics, STEM Club, volleyball, and track. “The last four years have been a blessing. Surrounded by Christian friends, I have built friendships that will last a lifetime. I have really appreciated knowing my teachers on a personal level and learning from them every day,” she says.

Winters, Matthias(edited)Top 10 Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara, Watertown, will head to Milwaukee School of Engineering for an Industrial Engineering degree. Accepted into MSOE University Scholars Honors Program. After college, his goal “first and foremost, is to have a family,” he says. “Other goals are being an Army officer and graduating college with high honors.” Winters is the recipient of a National Army ROTC Scholarship, and he received the MSOE Academic Merit Scholarship, the Destination MSOE scholarship, MSOE Summer Programs Scholarship, and the Watertown Conservation Scholarship.

At Lakeside, Winters participated in band, choir, math team, football, NHS, piano, STEM Club, student council, and track. He received three outstanding musician awards, two second team all-conference awards in football and the WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award. At his church, St. Luke, he ushers and plays in the church band and on the softball team, “My single favorite extracurricular at Lakeside would be football,” he says. “However, I enjoyed being involved in so many different activities at the same time. It was great getting to get to know—on a more personal level—so many different types of people.”

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Handeyside, Muehrcke scholarships awarded

Two Lakeside Lutheran seniors were awarded local scholarships for their future studies in the medical field at the Academic Awards Night held at the school May 9.  

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Sophia Collins, daughter of Clark and Tricia, of Lake Mills, and James Neuberger, son of Dan and Dawn, of Lake Mills, were awarded the Handeyside Memorial Scholarship, which is funded and supported by the Fort HealthCare Medical Staff. The award was created by Dr. Robert Handeyside, a doctor at Fort Hospital for many years, and continued by his family when he became terminally ill. It was important to him to financially support students who were seeking careers in the health field.
The scholarship is given to students who display an interest in the health field, leadership qualities, scholastic achievement, and excellent moral character. Collins, who is attending Concordia University, will pursue a degree in biomedical sciences and Neuberger, who is attending Wisconsin Lutheran College, will pursue a degree in Pre-Pharmacy.

Neuberger was also awarded a renewable $7,000.00 Muehrcke Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award. Neuberger was awarded the scholarship, established in honor of Dr. Robert Muehrcke, based on maintaining a minimum 3.5 GPA, participating on a sports team his senior year, submitting a letter of recommendation and planning to major at a four-year, college undergraduate program in medicine. Neuberger is a 2018 valedictorian and played soccer and ran track his senior year.

Army ROTC Scholar at Lakeside Lutheran

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces that Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara, Watertown, has been awarded a four-year Army ROTC National Scholarship to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

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The scholarship includes $37,980 per year in tuition and fees, a $1,200 book allowance per year, and a monthly, tax-free stipend starting at $300 his freshman year, increasing to $500 per month his senior year. This totals more than $170,000 over four years of college. In addition to the Army ROTC scholarship, MSOE has awarded Winters credit that will cover his room and board based on his high academic standing at Lakeside Lutheran, his ACT score and his participation in STEM programming.

The primary purpose of the Army ROTC program is to produce its officers; as a national scholarship winner, Winters will decide by 2020 to serve as either an officer in the active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard after graduation. Winters will also enroll in Army ROTC classes through MSOE, which normally involve one elective class and one lab per semester. Although the classes involve hands-on fieldwork as well as classroom work, they are standard college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule. The Army reminds candidates, “These courses can help students with personal and academic decision-making while giving them the tools to exercise leadership in college life as well as after becoming Army officers.”

Army ROTC looks for individuals who excel in the following areas: scholastics, extracurricular participation and athletic achievement, and leadership. “Matthias’ outstanding academic record and his proven leadership abilities have made him a very deserving young man,” said SFC Samuel Peschel, who presented the award at the school’s recent Academic Awards Night.

Jefferson Rotary scholarship awarded

SONY DSCEmily Weber, daughter of Jeff and Rebecca, of Helenville, was awarded a $2,000.00 Jefferson Rotary Scholarship at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.
Weber was awarded the scholarship based on her academic success as well as character, leadership, and participation during her high school years, and her essay on the value of Rotary in the community and future plans regarding community service. She plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, to study biology and business.

According to Rotary International, Rotary Clubs are committed to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Supporting education is one of the six top priorities of Rotary, along with promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, and growing local economies.

Warrior Forensics 2nd at state meet

For the ninth 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 341 participating high schools, placing second overall at the 123rd Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Festival at UW-Madison April 20.

 

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For the ninth straight year, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team was awarded the Excellence in Speech Award at the WHSFA Forensics State Championship on April 20. The team placed second among 341 schools participating. Pictured on the UW campus, front row, left-right: Maddie Triebold, Jenna Gaal, Abbie DiGiovanni, Annika Bilitz, Kaitlyn Gehler, Bronte Perkins, Emma Guld. 2nd row, L-R: Sophie Griffin, Maria Werre, Samantha Anderson, Morgan Thiele, Kayla Grundman, Emily Raymond, Emily Weber, Emma Hans, Megan Grambsch, Ryann Burger. 3rd row, L-R: Will Jorgensen, Brendan McKenna, Chad Nolte, Devon Perkins, Matthew Gunst, Coach Steve Lauber. Back row, L-R: Cannon Kerr, Max Thiele, Charlie Pingel, Isaiah Coleman, Connor Dobson. (Missing: Ashley McLain)

 

The UW-Madison campus hosted more than 4,300 students from 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.” Competing with 340 other high schools this spring, Lakeside Lutheran returned home with 91 of a possible 100 team points to rank as one of the top two teams; Boscobel High School took first with 92 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 16 gold and nine silver 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.

The 16 gold medal entries include Sophia Griffin, Lodi (Solo Acting, Serious); Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo (Poetry); Isaiah Coleman, Watertown and Emma Guld, Lake Mills (Playacting); Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie (Solo Acting, Serious); Ashley McLain, Juneau (Special Occasion); Matthew Gunst, Hartford (Prose); Maria Werre, Sun Prairie (Storytelling); Devon Perkins, Madison (Moments in History); Emily Weber, Helenville (Farrago); Bronte Perkins, Madison (Solo Acting, Humorous); Abbie DiGiovanni, Fort Atkinson (Solo Acting, Humorous); Megan Grambsch, Columbus (Prose); Emma Hans, Jefferson (Farrago); Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove (Prose); Chad Nolte, Janesville (Four-Minute); Ryann Burger, Lake Mills (Poetry).

Silver medals were awarded to Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie (Solo Acting, Serious); Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc, and Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie (Playacting); Kayla Grundman, Waterloo (Oratory); Max Thiele, Oconomowoc (Impromptu); Cannon Kerr, Watertown (Radio Speaking); Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc (Four-Minute); Will Jorgensen, McFarland (Radio Speaking); Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills (Demonstration); Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek (Prose).

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.

Lake Mills Rotary scholarship awarded

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James Neuberger, son of Dan and Dawn, of Lake Mills, was awarded a Lake Mills Rotary Scholarship at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The $750.00 award was presented to Neuberger by Greg Renz, president of the Lake Mills Rotary Club.

Neuberger was awarded the scholarship based on his academic success as well as character, leadership, and participation during his high school years, and his essay on the value of Rotary in the community and his future plans regarding community service. He plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, to pursue a career in pre-pharmacy.

According to Rotary International, Rotary Clubs are committed to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Supporting education is one of the six top priorities of Rotary, along with promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, and growing local economies. The scholarships are funded primarily through the annual Scholarship Brunch offered to the public each February.

Collins awarded Lake Mills Power & Light scholarship

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Sophia Collins, daughter of Clark and Tricia Collins of Lake Mills, was awarded a Lake Mills Light & Water Scholarship at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. The $500.00 award was presented to Collins by Greg Hoffman, Energy Services Representative.

Collins was awarded the scholarship based on her eligibility as a student at LLHS, her family being customers of Lake Mills Light & Water, and an essay she wrote on the impact the scholarship would have for her. Collins plans to attend Concordia University of Wisconsin for a degree in Biomedical Sciences.

According to Lake Mills Light & Water, the purpose of its scholarship program is to give something back to our community; to increase awareness of public power; to encourage technical training for graduating high school seniors; to educate youth about careers in their communities; and to inform customers about the benefits of owning a municipal utility.