Academic Top 10 in Class of 2020

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce its Academic Top Ten from the Class of 2020. Their profiles, in alphabetical order, follow:

Bilitz, AnnikaTop Ten Annika Bilitz, daughter of Jon and Mary Bilitz, Cottage Grove, will attend UW-Madison  to earn a business degree in marketing. She also plans to study abroad for a semester.

Bilitz is a 2019 Badger Girls State representative and was part of the WHSFA State gold medal forensics team. A track athlete, she also was a member of the National Honor Society, Teens for Christ, and Operation Go, a mission trip program where students travel throughout North America to support churches. She teaches Sunday school at her church, Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel, Madison.

“Although it wasn’t easy, transferring to Lakeside my sophomore year was one of the best memories of my life. Lakeside is filled with so many great students and staff that welcomed me in with open arms,” she says. “I’m thankful for the memories we have made—like taking a picture every day of senior year—and the many more to come, if we ever get out of quarantine.”

Collins, EllaSalutatorian Isabella Collins, daughter of Clark and Tricia Collins, Lake Mills, is a member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, where she helps with vacation Bible school.

She will head to Eastern Illinois University to study political science and pursue a law degree. She will also play volleyball at NCAA Division I level for the Panthers. In addition to an athletic scholarship, she has received the Presidential Scholarship—a full-tuition scholarship—at EIU, which was awarded to only 15 recipients out of  130 applicants this year.

Collins, a four-year varsity volleyball team member, was named Player of the Year this year.  In addition, she was a member of National Honor Society and Teens For Christ, where she served as an officer for one year.  She was also accepted into the Senate Scholar Program, a week-long program which includes working in the Capitol alongside State Legislators and participating in mock legislative activities. A piano player, she has won numerous WSMA medals at both district and state festivals.

As for her time at Lakeside, Collins says, “I loved the feeling of being surrounded every day by people who share my same faith and want me to grow both academically and spiritually. I love the way the whole school feels like family and the faculty cares so much for each and every student.”

Haw, GilbertTop Ten Gilbert Haw, son of Steven and Heidi Haw, Marshall, is a member of St. Paul, Lake Mills, where he played music in worship services.

A National Merit Finalist, he has been admitted to the Honors College at Valparaiso University in Indiana. He has received the Presidential Scholarship and will study engineering and German.

While at Lakeside, he participated in the AV Club, STEM Club, and band. He was also active in the Academic Bowl and multiple math meets, where he often scored the highest of all participants. He participated in robotics, and was part of the first-ever team from Lakeside to attend the state robotics competition.

Meier, EliseValedictorian Elise Meier, daughter of Bill and Cathy Meier, Watertown, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, where she earned the presidential scholarship. She plans to study cultural anthropology and Spanish with the goal of “traveling the world and experiencing all kinds of cultures, getting to know people and their stories” says Meier, who was born in Malawi, Africa. “It would be fun to be a missionary!”

A member of the National Honor Society and Student Achiever award winner, Meier also participated in drama productions, the school newspaper, and the math team. With Teens for Christ, she served as the secretary her junior year and as president her senior year. On Student Council, she was the Class Vice President and Student Body Secretary.  “My teachers have been the most incredible and hard working people I’ve ever met. Even though they taught some tough classes, they only wanted to see us succeed,” she says.

While at Lakeside, she participated in volleyball, cross country, softball, and intramural basketball. She also played club volleyball, where she was the team captain. A member of St. Mark, Watertown, she taught Sunday school and volunteered with the youth group. She also volunteered at Twice is Nice, a resale shop in Jefferson.

Pampel, LoganTop Ten Logan Pampel is the son of Jon and Julie Pampel, Johnson Creek. He will attend Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., to study economics. He plans to eventually pursue a law degree. Pampel, a member of the National Honor Society, was also on the math team and served with Teens For Christ. A three-sport athlete, he played football, basketball, and baseball. He received first-team all conference honors for football and received an honorable mention for the 2019 Wisconsin State Journal All-Area football team.

About his days at Lakeside, he says, “I enjoyed all the memories I made in athletics with teammates and coaches, and meeting new people and strengthening my faith.” A member of St. John, Jefferson, Pampel serves his church as an usher.

Reinke, MeganValedictorian Megan Reinke, daughter of David and Tina Reinke, Watertown, received a presidential scholarship to attend Concordia University, Mequon. She will study education and math. “I am excited to share my love of math with future students,” she says, “as well as work with kids and watch them grow in their knowledge.” She also received the Arne Engebretsen Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a high school senior who plans to major in mathematical education.

Reinke is a member at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Watertown, where she plays in the church band and has volunteered as a teacher’s aid for Sunday School. She also volunteers at Twice Is Nice Resale. At Lakeside, Reinke has been involved with mission trips for Operation Go and Teens for Christ, serving as the secretary her senior year. As a member of National Honor Society, she was treasurer her junior year and vice president her senior year.

Reinke has also participated in A Cappella Choir, math team, track and field, marching band, Academic Bowl, and attended the Lake Mills Optimist Club’s Annual Leadership Breakfast. She received a perfect score at the State Forensics Fest her junior year, and received a “1” rating at WSMA for piano solos and duets.

“Attending Lakeside Lutheran blessed me with many opportunities. I was able to travel across the country on mission trips and tour with choir and the band,” she says. “I have learned you can work hard and have fun at the same time. Lakeside has prepared me with a firm Christ-centered foundation for years to come.”

Schoenherr,OwenTop Ten Owen Schoenherr, son of Terry and Lisa Schoenherr, Cottage Grove, plans to attend UW-Whitewater to study accounting.

A member of the National Honor Society, Schoenherr also wants to get married, have children, and travel to Europe. He serves as an usher for worship services at Peace Lutheran Church, Sun Prairie.

“What I liked most about Lakeside is all the friends I made when I was here,” he says. “I loved hearing the Word of God every day.”

Thiele, LaurenValedictorian Lauren Thiele is the daughter of Dan and Teresa Thiele, Poynette. A member of Teens for Christ, she has joined in “New Friends” afternoons, prepared care packages for soldiers, helped with Christmas Gifts for Kids, and made tie-blankets for hospitals. During her four years on Student Council, she helped organize the LLHS blood drives, mission offerings, and participated in Homecoming planning.

She was also part of the Society for Women Engineers-Lakeside Lutheran chapter and helped this spring with a workshop for elementary-aged girls. As a member of National Honor Society, she participated in highway clean up, Twice is Nice volunteering, and a mental health awareness event.

Thiele played volleyball for two years and was a four-year varsity basketball player and track team member. She earned second team all-conference honors her senior year in basketball and was on several state relay teams for track.

“One thing that I found special about Lakeside was the feeling of high expectations,” she says. “The teachers always pushed me to be faithful in my work, the coaches would not settle for second best, and the student body was always full of kids I could look up to.”

As a member of Holy Cross, Madison, Thiele has volunteered with her church for summer vacation Bible school and camps. She plans  to attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities at the Carlson School of Management to study finance.

Thunderloud, KirstenSalutatorian Kirsten Thundercloud is the daughter of Valerie Clark and Josh Thundercloud, Jefferson.

“I liked the friendships I made and the sense of community that a small school like Lakeside offered. Even though we came from all over, I was able to meet so many new people,” she says. “Since we had a smaller class than some schools, I was able to get to know each of my classmates over four years and I had the comfort of knowing that we were all united in the same faith.”

While at Lakeside, she participated in basketball for one year, National Honor Society, piano, band, and the math team. In her community, she’s been a member of the Fort Atkinson Swim Team (FAST) since sixth grade.

A member of St. John Lutheran Church, Jefferson, she has committed to Dartmouth—receiving the Dartmouth General Scholarship—and is hoping to be accepted into their gap year program so she can volunteer, work, “and save a bit more money for tuition,” she says. Her goal is to “earn a degree in psychology and become a clinical or school psychologist.”

Westrate, GraceValedictorian Grace Westrate, daughter of Bill and Shela Westrate, Lake Mills, will be attending Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, where she has received the presidential scholarship, the Bridge scholarship, and an honors program scholarship. She will major in business and minor in entrepreneurship with the goal of having “my own business in the future, something where the majority of the profits could go toward helping different causes,” she says.

Westrate, the vice president of the student body,  played volleyball for three years and was named second-team all-conference in 2018. She has been involved in Teens for Christ and National Honor Society and was named a Lake Mills student rotarian as well.

A member at Door Creek Church, Madison, Westrate loves “the friends I’ve made at Lakeside, and since it is a smaller school, I got to see them every day! Also, to be able to be surrounded and learn with people that share my beliefs and genuinely care about each other as people has been such a blessing,” she says.

Haw is Merit Scholar finalist

Haw, Gilbert
Senior Gilbert Haw has been named a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, placing him in the top 1% of 2018 PSAT academic test-takers.

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce that senior Gilbert Haw, son of Steve and Heidi, Lake Mills, has been named a Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. This distinction places him in the top 1% of participants in a process sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation that began the fall of his junior year.

Haw, also one of the Top Ten academic students in his class, is one of only 15,000 students throughout the nation who have been recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These high school seniors are eligible for 7,600 scholarships worth more than $31 million that are offered in the spring. About half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. More than 1.5 million students entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Beyond the classroom, Haw has been involved in Jazz and Warrior Marching Bands, STEM and Robotics Clubs, Tech/AV Club, Academic Bowl and Math Team. After graduation this May, he plans to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology or Valparaiso University to pursue German and Mechanical Engineering.

Academic Top 10 announced at Lakeside Lutheran


Lakeside Lutheran High School announced its Academic Top Ten from the Class of 2019. These individuals cumulatively earned 292.3 high school credits, an average slightly above 29.2 credits per person. 26 credits are needed for graduation from Lakeside.

Through seven semesters, the Top Ten has a mean grade point average of 3.968 and their cumulative grade point averages range from 3.898 to 4.000—102/1000ths of a grade point. In one case, the difference in grade point between four of the Top Ten was 21/1000th of a point. Three of these students earned straight As, not a single A-, for semester grades, and one had just one A- through seven semesters.  

Their profiles, in alphabetical order, follow:

Valedictorian Abigail Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda, Oconomowoc, will attend Lipscomb University, Nashville, to major in Applied Mathematics with minors in Spanish, business, or psychology.

She is a National Merit Commended Student, Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship Recipient, Badger Girls’ State representative, and Lake Mills Student Rotarian. She runs her own business, Signs from Above by Abigail.

While at Lakeside, she was the National Honor Society President, Operation GO Student President, and was math team captain. She served as a choir accompanist and soloist, received the Art Show Best of School, was part of the yearbook and newspaper teams, and volunteered with Teens for Christ. She played volleyball for two years, basketball for four, and track for four, serving as a captain and receiving all-conference honors in track.

“I loved the little unexpected moments,” she says about high school. “Being involved in sports and other clubs helped me meet and grow close with people I love. In these four years, I feel like I have not only grown academically but as a person in general. Most importantly, my faith became my own responsibility and it is so much stronger now.” She is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Johnson Creek.

Valedictorian Will DeNoyer, son of Brad and Jennelle, is a member at Peace, Sun Prairie, where he volunteers as an usher and an instrumentalist. He will head to UW-Madison to “major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Business, and use my education to run my own company.”

In addition to playing on the football and basketball teams and earning all-conference honors, he was a member of National Honor Society, Teens For Christ, Student Council, and participated in drama productions. “My favorite part about Lakeside is the people,” he says. “My buddies, who were always there to do funny (dumb) things with, my classmates and teachers who I was blessed with the opportunity to play music with, and Louie, who was always good for a short conversation every Tuesday.”

Top Ten Katherine Guld, daughter of John and Nicole, is a member of St. Paul, Lake Mills, where she volunteers with Vacation Bible School. A presidential scholarship winner, she will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, for a degree in Biology/Osteopathic Medicine. “Getting accepted and finishing medical school is an important next goal for me after graduating,” she says. “Giving back to the community through service and my healthcare profession is something that I hope to accomplish in the future.

At Lakeside, she has played volleyball, soccer, and intramural basketball. In addition, she participates in the newspaper, STEM Club, the robotics team, Society of Women Engineers, Student Council, National Honor Society, Teens for Christ, and Operation Go mission trips.

Top Ten Lukas Heckmann, is the son of Matt and Amy of Middleton. He will be attending the University of New Orleans to study mechanical engineering. A recipient of the Homer Hitt Scholarship, he was recruited to be part of the UNO golf team.  

A member at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Middleton, Heckmann volunteered with 8 Miles for Water and his church’s music team. He is a member of the National Honor Society and  Student Council. He has been selected Capitol Conference Golfer of the Year in both 2018 and 2019; he won the WIAA Division 2 state boys golf championship in 2018.

“I have enjoyed the ability to represent my Savior in each school activity I have been able to be a part of,” he says. “God blessed me with many gifts and Lakeside has given me the opportunity to give all the glory back to God.”

Valedictorian Brevin Jegerlehner, son of AJ and Betty, Sun Prairie, will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, to study Sports and Exercise Science. A presidential scholarship recipient, he “would like to get my doctorate in physical therapy where I can help athletes return to sports, while also being active in my church” he says.  He is currently a member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison.

During high school, Jegerlehner has been involved with NHS, Student Council, and was a Badger Boys State rep. He attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, and was a Lake Mills Student Rotarian. He volunteered with highway clean up, the “New Friends” program with Teens for Christ, and was a rep for Lakeside at area Lutheran elementary schools. A WIAA Scholar-Athlete and Robert Muehrcke Scholar-Athlete scholarship recipient, he participated in football, basketball, track, and earned all-conference honors.

I enjoyed learning from hard-working and dedicated teachers who tried to help me in every way they could,” he says. “I had fun playing sports and spending time with my friends.”

Top Ten Lucas Schneider, son of Troy and Kris, Waterloo, will attend UW-LaCrosse to study accounting and business management. “I hope to get a good job as a financial advisor after I double major,” he says.

A member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, he serves as an usher. He participated on the varsity Math Team for three years, placing both individually and as a team for Madison area and Conference math meets, and is a founding member of the STEM Club. He sings in the A Cappella Choir, is part of NHS, served as the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper, and completed a youth apprenticeship with AKT Businesses Services in Lake Mills.

About high school, he says, “It was a great time for personal and social growth. I met my best friends who I plan to keep for the rest of my life. I also think that Lakeside prepared me well to succeed in my future.”

Salutatorian Kaitlyn Shadoski, daughter of Fred and Debra, is a member at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Janesville.

While at Lakeside, she was first-team all-conference and captain for volleyball and was a member of the 2017 state championship team. She also participated in varsity basketball and track. This earned her the Lakeside WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award as well as the Warrior Athlete Award.  She was National Honor Society member, volunteered with Teens for Christ, and was a Lake Mills Student Rotarian. “I liked the Christian atmosphere in every single class,” she says. “It was great that my faith was strengthened not only in religion class, but also in classes like math and science. I also loved every single sports team that I was on and I will miss playing high school sports.”

A recipient of both the WLC Presidential Scholarship and Presto Foundation Scholarship,  she will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study Elementary Education and Special Education.I hope to be teaching young, possibly disabled, children. I would love to coach as well,” she says.

Top Ten Anna Swenson, daughter of Duane and Katherine, is a member at St. Stephen Lutheran, Beaver Dam. She will head to Concordia University-Wisconsin for nursing, where she earned its Presidential Scholarship. She plans work as a nurse in an ICU for one to two years, then go back to school for a masters or doctorate as a nurse anesthetist.

“At Lakeside, I was part of the Dance Team for two years. I am also part of the National Honor Society and Teens for Christ,” she says. “I have also been figureskating for Swan City Ice Skaters in Beaver Dam for 12 years and part of a synchronized skating team for 10 years.” She received a Team Spirit Award for Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team and the United States Figure Skating Senior Skater Platinum Award.

She appreciated Lakeside’s faith-based community. “Having chapel and religion every day are the best things that Lakeside offers,” she says. “I also liked how friendly most of the teachers are. They are always there if you need help with anything even if it is unrelated to school.”

Top Ten Kira Tweit, daughter of Bernt and Katie, will attend Bethany Lutheran College in Makato, Minn., to study biology, with the goal of becoming a dentist or orthodontist. She received a Bethany Presidential Scholarship.

A member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison, she loves “the Christian atmosphere here at Lakeside. At Lakeside our knowledge and faith is strengthened everyday. All of my teachers are really supportive, and I would feel comfortable talking about anything.”

She has participated in dance, as part of the regional champions in D3 jazz that also went to State. In addition, she was in drama, Teens for Christ, A Cappella Choir, track, and cross country, where she earned all-conference honors.

Top Ten Taylor Wolfram, daughter of Brett and Jodi, Fort Atkinson, will attend UW-Madison for a degree in business management and human resources along with a certificate in photography. Her goal is to find a career within the photography industry. She has received the Marshall Hans Memorial Scholarship.

She participated in Teens for Christ, NHS, Photography Club, newspaper, yearbook, and 4-H. In her church, St. Paul, Fort Atkinson, she helped with Christmas for Kids, Vacation Bible School, the holiday parade, and Easter breakfast.

“My favorite part about Lakeside is all the memories that I have made. I really enjoy the strong Christian community and hearing God’s Word everyday. I have also been blessed with a amazing group of friends and some pretty awesome teachers,” she says.

2018 Academic Top 10 announced


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.”

2018 Scholar Athlete, Warrior Awards presented

Lakeside Lutheran High School recognized outstanding student-athletes at its Academic Awards Night May 9. Seniors Kalies Birkholz, daughter of Gregg and Sheryl  Birkholz, and Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown, were honored as the school nominees for the 2018 WIAA Scholar-Athlete awards in their respective genders, and seniors Kelsey Birschbach, daughter of Jim and Sandi Birschbach, DeForest and Cade Olszewski, son of Monte and Amy Olszewski, Johnson Creek, were honored as Warrior Athletes for the 2017-18 school year.

Athlete Awards 2018
Senior athletes were presented with awards at the awards night at Lakeside Lutheran High School. Pictured are, from l-r: Kelsey Birschbach, Warrior Award recipient; Matthias Winters, WIAA Scholar-Athlete award; Kalies Birkholz, WIAA Scholar-Athlete award; and Cade Olszewski, Warrior Award.

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. In order to be eligible, nominees need a GPA of at least 3.5 and must have earned at least four varsity letters. Both Birkholz and Winters are in the Top Ten in their class with GPAs over 3.94 and have received five or more varsity letters in football, basketball and track, including all-conference honors in football for Winters and in basketball for Birkholz.

Warrior Athlete Awards are presented to a senior male and female who are chosen by the Lakeside athletic coaching staff based on their participation, sportsmanship, and excellence in athletics. Both Birschbach and Olszewski have been three-sport athletes and have both received nine or more varsity letters, in volleyball, basketball and softball for Birschbach and football, basketball and baseball for Olszewski; both have also earned several post-season honors in football, volleyball, basketball and softball.

Neuberger receives Kohl scholarship

James Neuberger receives scholarship from Herb Kohl Foundation
James Neuberger, pictured with Mr. Herb Kohl, received a 2018 Excellence Scholarship from the Kohl Educational Foundation.

A $10,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2018 Excellence Scholarship was presented to James Neuberger, senior at Lakeside Lutheran, at a recognition luncheon hosted by Herb Kohl, Wisconsin philanthropist and businessman.

The Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated academic potential, outstanding leadership, citizenship, community service, integrity and other special talents. Neuberger, who plans to become a pharmacist, will major in biochemistry at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has been recognizing educational excellence since 1990 by annually awarding scholarships to 200 graduating high school students throughout Wisconsin. Since it was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded $14.5 million to Wisconsin students, teachers, principals and schools.

Academic Top 10 announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School announced its Academic Top Ten from the Class of 2017. These individuals cumulatively earned 285.5 high school credits, an average of slightly above 28.5 credits each; 26 credits are needed to graduate. Their grade point averages range from 3.813 to a 3.987—a difference of only 174/1000 of a grade point. They had a 98.6% daily attendance rate and were on-time to class 99.3% of the time.

The Lakeside Lutheran “Top Ten” students in the class of 2017 were guests of honor at the recent Capitol Conference Honors Banquet in Madison. They are (front, from left) Tina Kehl, Elizabeth Cichanofsky, Elliott Butler, Katelyn Richter, Danielle Schilling. (back) Principal James Grasby, Caleb Strutz, Ian Lindloff, Kyle Wiessinger, Joshua Higgins, Noah Miller.


Their profiles, in alphabetical order, follow:

Top 10 Elliott Butler, son of Matthew and Susan, Ixonia, will attend Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., to receive a degree in Elementary Education and Secondary Physical Education. “I would love to coach sports and be involved with them at a high school level,” he says. “I want to impact the kids I teach just like my teachers from grade school and high school.” He has received a $1,000 Service Grant and $2,000 Messenger Scholarship from MLC.

For his years at Lakeside, he was on National Honors Society for two years, Student Council for four, and served on the student newspaper. Elliott played basketball for two years and baseball and football for four years, a captain his senior year.

Elliott represented Lakeside at Badger Boys State and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. He traveled with mission trip program Operation GO to Alaska, Boise, and Louisville. He has served as an usher at his home church, St. Matthew, Oconomowoc, for three years and wants “to remain close to my church and faith.”

He appreciates his time at LLHS. “I loved the bonds I was able to create with all of my teachers. The friendships I made will be something I will never forget. The memories I left on all the athletic fields here will stick with me forever,” Elliott says. “Lakeside is such a tightly-knit family and was truly a great blessing.”

Top 10 Elizabeth Cichanofsky, daughter of Mike and Shelly, Watertown, will spend the next six years “at Carroll University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy,” she says. “I want to be able to use my God-given talents to help others recover and do things they may not have been able to do for a long time.”

As an incoming freshman, she has already been accepted into Carroll’s Honors Program as well as its Graduate School. Carroll University has awarded her the Carroll Trustee Scholarship at $19,000 per year, renewable all 4 years, and the Donor Sponsored Grant for $2,100.

Elizabeth served as the editor-in-chief of the Warrior Times Weekly, which received a Scholastic 1st place and a merit for the “Most Outstanding High School Newspaper.” She also participated in National Honor Society, Math Team, and managed the JV softball team her freshman year.

“I really enjoyed the last four years here at Lakeside. I liked that I was surrounded by Christian teachers and peers,” she says. “I like the fact that our class is close and we are all family and treat each others as brothers and sisters.”

She is active at her home church, St. Luke, Watertown, in its teen group, church band, and altar guild. She also volunteers at Trinity-St. Luke’s grade school.

Top 10 Joshua Higgins, son of Charles and Julie, Watertown, is a member of St. Mark, Watertown, where he ushers, reads the Gospel during the service, and volunteers at church events. At Lakeside he participated in soccer, basketball, golf, baseball, and National Honor Society.

“I enjoyed all of the people I have met and all the friends I have made,” he says. “I really enjoyed attending and playing in a lot of sporting events. The environment during these activities and the memories that I have made either watching or playing with my friends is something that I will never forget and will cherish forever.”

Josh will head to Martin Luther College in the fall to pursue a degree in education. “I want to have a Christian family and I want to teach my classes in a fun way and still have my students learn what they are supposed to,” he says. He received a renewable Messenger Scholarship for $2,000. Though not attending, he also received a UW–La Crosse Soaring Eagle Scholarship for $2,000 and the Wisconsin Lutheran College Presidential Scholarship for $15,000, General Endowed Scholarship Fund for $1,500, and Partners in Christian Education Scholarship for $2,000.

Top 10 Tina Kehl, daughter of Paul and Kristine, Waterloo, will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Elementary Education. “I would love to make an impact on the next generation and teach children in the setting of God’s Word,” she says. “I also hope to marry a Christian man and raise a family someday.”

While at LLHS, she participated in Summer Marching Band, Warrior Band, A Cappella Choir, Intramurals, Piano, Jazz Band, and Forensics. Tina also received various WSMA instrumental medals, and 3 golds and 1 silver medal at WHSFA State Forensics Meets.

She also served on the Warrior Times Weekly staff and in National Honor Society. “I was involved in my community through the Astico Perseverance 4-H Club, of which I have been a member for 10 years,” she says. Through 4-H, she received the Top Secretary Book for Dodge County.

At her church, Zion, Columbus, Tina assisted with Vacation Bible School and Christmas for Kids, and performed in vocal and instrumental ensembles for church services. “The wonderful education that I received at Lakeside was unlike any other and the Christian environment that I experienced here was truly uplifting,” she says. “I made amazing memories and sincere relationships that I will always carry with me.”

Top 10 Ian Lindloff, son of David and Phyllis, Lake Mills, will attend UW–Platteville to study Civil Engineering. After graduation, he hopes to “get a job in my intended field, eventually move to the East Coast and travel throughout Europe.” He received the Academic Achievement Scholarship from Milwaukee School of Engineering for $12,000.

While at Lakeside, he received three academic letters and the National Merit Scholarship Letter of Commendation. He participated in basketball for one year, track for two, and soccer for four. A member of St. Paul, Lake Mills, he has served as an usher for three years.

“My two favorite things about Lakeside are the friendships and the atmosphere,” he says. “I formed some really strong bonds with people in the span of just four years, and was able to live and grow in a school community centered around God.”

Top 10 Noah Miller, son of Dan and Jodi, Whitewater, will attend UW–Madison to either earn his Ph.D. in Psychology or an MBA. While there, he is planning to study abroad in South America. “Being a part of National Honor Society greatly increased the volunteer activities which were available to me,” he says. He volunteered at Twice is Nice for four years and helped with Grand Event—Lakeside’s annual fundraiser. He ushers at his church, St. John, Whitewater, and helps with after-service meals almost every month.

As a member of the Warrior football team, he was a team captain and also won second-team All-Conference honors.

“Lakeside has been a huge part of my life, and a solid stepping stone for the rest of it. Throughout my years in high school, I learned many things, but the most important were about Christ. I grew in my faith every day,” he says. “The relationships I have made will last a lifetime and eternity.”

Top 10 Katelyn Richter, daughter of Pete and Denise, Watertown, a member at St. Luke, participated in National Honor Society, Student Council, Badger Girls State, volleyball, and softball.

“It’s so much fun having friends from so many different cities and towns. You always have a place to stay if your game that night is an hour away from home and you don’t want to drive home!” Katelyn says. “I also enjoyed the fact that our school is small enough that you know virtually everyone by name and there’s always a smiling face to greet you when you get to school, whether a teacher or another student.”

In the fall, she will attend Madison College to study business or business management and then transfer to UW-Whitewater. Katelyn has earned the Grand Prix bowling scholarship by participating in league bowling for years.

Her goal is to “get married, have a family, and enjoy my job so much that I never have to work a day of my life.”

Salutatorian Danielle Schilling, daughter of Mike and Robin, Watertown, will attend UW–River Falls for a degree in Animal Science and pursue a career in the animal industry. “I want to maintain my academic success in college and be a lifelong learner,” she says.

From UW-River Falls, she received the outstanding academic achievement award for $4,000 and the Falcon Scholars Scholarship for $6,000. She also received the Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship for $2,250 per year.

A member of St. John, Juneau, Danielle participated in historical reenacting, city parades, and Share the Hope fundraising for firefighters, in her community. At LLHS, she participated in Teens for Christ, National Honor Society, Academic Bowl, and A Cappella choir. She served as the wrestling manager and participated in track, where she recently broke the school record in pole vault at 11’3. Danielle received academic high honors for all four years and received the National German Exam distinguished achievement.

“One of my favorite things about Lakeside is the incorporation of God’s Word in every class and activity. This provides the perfect environment to study and learn about our faith. This common background also lays the foundation for lifelong friendships,” Danielle says. “All of the teachers are committed to teaching the Word of God in a Christ-like manner. Lakeside prepares students for a life of ministry in a world of misery due to sin, and this is super important for young Christians.”

Valedictorian Caleb Strutz, son of Nathan and Elizabeth, Verona, is a member at Resurrection. He will head to Martin Luther College to receive a Bachelor of Arts in pre-seminary studies. Afterward he will attend Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary to become a pastor in the WELS.

At Lakeside, Caleb participated in Forensics, Drama, Math Meet, Academic Bowl, and STEM Club. He is a two-time Forensics state gold medalist.

“I liked how tight-knit everything is. The school is close and groups of friends are closer,” he says. “Activities were always a blast to participate in.”

Top 10 Kyle Wiessinger, son of Randy and Lorie, DeForest, will head to UW–Madison for a business degree. “I hope to have an enjoyable experience throughout college while still maintaining a strong focus on academics,” he says. He received scholarships to Marquette University, the Père Marquette Award and the College of Business Administration Scholarship. He also received the Presidential Scholarship and Out-of-State Scholarship to Bradley University.

At Lakeside, Kyle participated in football, National Honors Society, Teens for Christ, and the Math Team. “I liked the Christian atmosphere and learning about my Savior daily. I also enjoyed the friendships I have made,” he says.

At his home church, Peace, Sun Prairie, he is a member of FYSH (Faithful Youth Serving Him) and serves as a Sunday School assistant.


Academic Top 10 announced

LLHS 2016 Academic Top 10
The Lakeside Lutheran “Top Ten” students in the class of 2016 were guests of honor at the recent Capitol Conference Honors Banquet in Madison. They are (front, L-R) Ashley Pagel, daughter of Michael and Lynn, Helenville (Nursing, Madison College); Hannah Hoffman, daughter of Brian & Carrie Hoffman, Waterloo (Agriculture, UW-Madison); Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeffrey & Heidi Doyle, Watertown (Pre-Med, Carroll University); Clarissa Keller, Salutatorian, daughter of Dean & Patricia Keller, Madison (Nursing, UW-Madison). Back row, L-R: Jessica Schwanke, daughter of Pastor Larry & Martha Schwanke, Milton (Nursing, Wisconsin Lutheran College); Eli Lipasti, valedictorian, son of Mikko & Erica Lipasti, Lake Mills (computer engineering, UW-Madison); Abby Monis, daughter of Peder & Trisha Monis, Oconomowoc (Business/Sports Management, Maryville University); Alex Pillard, son of Paul and Brenda Pillard, Oconomowoc (Civil Engineering, UW-Madison); David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville, and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon (Business, Wisconsin Lutheran College) Elijah Tesch, son of Peter & Dolores Tesch, Sun Prairie (Computer Science, Wisconsin Lutheran College).

Lakeside Lutheran High School announced its Academic Top Ten from the Class of 2016. The students, in order of class rank, are: Valedictorian Elias Lipasti, Salutatorian Clarissa Keller, David Wilson, Jessica Schwanke, Alex Pillard, Hannah Hoffman, Hollie Doyle, Elijah Tesch, Abigail Monis, and Ashley Pagel. Their profiles, in alphabetical order, follow:

Top 10 Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeffrey & Heidi Doyle, Watertown, plans to attend Carroll University to pursue pre-med studies toward a doctorate in Ophthalmology. Longer term, she says she would like to “open up my own clinic in a third world country for free eye screenings and exams.” She received a Carroll University Trustee Scholarship worth $18,000 a year, as well as the renewable $7,000 Robert Muehrcke Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. She and her family are members at St. Mark in Watertown. While at Lakeside, she has served as a piano accompanist, and played saxophone in the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and summer Marching Band. This spring she was awarded the Woody Herman Jazz Award, and multiple nominations for LLHS Outstanding Musician Awards. Her sports involvement included Basketball, Volleyball, Softball and Golf teams, where awards included the 2016 WIAA Scholar Athlete nomination and seven varsity letters. During her senior year, she was awarded Most Valuable Golfer; last spring she earned All-Conference 2nd team honors as a pitcher in softball. She is also a member of the Math Team and the National Honor Society, where she served as chapter Vice President in 2015-2016. Hollie was recognized this spring with a plaque for Perfect Attendance with No Tardies for all four years in high school, a rare honor. “I really enjoyed all the close relationships I built with teachers, and I appreciate all the support from everyone,” Doyle says.“I am thankful for all the opportunities Lakeside has given me.”

Top 10 Hannah Hoffman, daughter of Brian & Carrie Hoffman, Waterloo, and member at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, plans to attend UW-Madison. She has been awarded a $750 Lake Mills Rotary Club Scholarship. “I know that wherever I end up, the Lord will bless me and allow me to do my best in everything I do. I’m excited to see what my future will bring,” she adds. At Lakeside she was involved in NHS, Math Team, A Cappella Choir, Swing Choir, and will be a 2016 participant in the summer Lakeside mission trip program called Operation GO, when she will travel to New Jersey to assist with a mission church VBS program. She was one of the school’s two 2015 Badger State Girls reps, and this spring won the Lakeside’s National School Choral Award. She has been active in FFA all four years, including being Historian and Vice-President, and was recently awarded the inaugural $500 LLHS FFA Alumni Scholarship. In sports she was in volleyball, lettered three years in Basketball, and twice in Softball. Also active in Rock Lake Troopers 4-H Club, she has been Reporter, Treasurer and Activity Leader, as well as showing dairy steers and other projects at the Jefferson County Fair. Her community service activities have included Toys for Tots, Valentines for Vets, Roadside Clean Up and several other projects. At her church she has been involved with its youth group and VBS. Says Hoffman, “Lakeside has been so rewarding. I have learned that no matter what, God always comes first in my life. He has the answers to everything, even if He does not make them clear to me. I have loved being able to share my faith with my friends and talk freely about God. I have also learned life can be difficult at times, so it’s important to have strong friendships, connections with teachers, and a strong love with family to make it through and make something good out of anything. Life is definitely what you make it. When there is a chance to crack a joke or make a situation lighter, I am all over it. I enjoy laughter and happiness and hope to keep my life full of good times and fun family and friends.”

Salutatorian Clarissa Keller, daughter of Dean & Patricia Keller, Madison, plans to attend UW-Madison to pursue a degree in Nursing. As a member of the Freshman Direct Admission nursing program, Keller also hopes to participate in a research project or study abroad program at UW. “I hope to specialize in either pediatric or emergency medicine, and one day, have a family of my own,” she says. During her Lakeside years, she earned seven letters on the Fall and Winter dance teams, and was a captain her senior year, as well as being voted Most Valuable Dancer both junior and senior years. Keller also participated in volleyball, track, NHS, yearbook, and Student Council. In 2013, she participated in a mission trip to New York with her church, St. Andrew in Middleton. She also volunteers at St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison. “My favorite part about Lakeside is the loving, Christian environment it provides. I have made many close friendships and relationships throughout my years, and this is something I will always treasure,” she says. “Lakeside constantly challenged me to become a better student, and a better individual.”

Valedictorian Eli Lipasti, son of Mikko & Erica Lipasti, Lake Mills, plans to attend UW-Madison to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering. As valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 GPA, he received a renewable $2,250 Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship that he will utilize at UW. He also received several academic scholarships offers, from Case Western Reserve, Valparaiso, Marquette, Iowa State and the University of Minnesota. “After earning a master’s, I hope to work for a large technology firm and be involved in designing future computer systems,” he says. “I plan to settle in the Midwest and raise a family here.” Academic honors have included several on the Math Team, where he was named to all-conference teams in the Madison Area Math League, in addition to a variety of team and individual placements in MAML and Capitol Conference meets. He has earned gold medals on the Level 2 and 3 AATG National German exams, A National Merit letter of commendation, and the Journal Sentinel Milwaukee Brewers Student Achiever Award each year, as well as being nominated as a 2015 Badger Boys State representative. Lipasti has been heavily involved in music inside and outside Lakeside, playing trumpet in Concert and Jazz Bands, six years of summer marching band, three years of Band Festivals and four years of competing in WSMA festivals where he earned a number of gold and silver medals at the state level for both solo and ensemble work. He has been awarded an Outstanding Musician Award since sophomore year, and this spring took the John Philip Sousa Band Award and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. He also plays trumpet and sings in his home congregation of St. John Lutheran, Newville, and was a member of Madison Youth Choirs boychoir. He played football for two years, and has been active with the school Academic Bowl team, NHS, and volunteered with Lakeside’s computer maintenance staff during the year and in summer, including organizing events such as the Community Electronics Recycling Event and assisting with the school’s 1:1 Chromebook program. At church he serves with DVD production, ushers, and participates in youth group service activities. “It has meant a lot to me to be able to learn in an environment where my teachers and peers share my faith and values, and I’ve appreciated being able to speak freely on those topics. Lakeside’s teachers care about the whole student, and I always felt like they wanted me to succeed,” Lipasti shares. “Our students form a strong community where we support each other, rather than compete with one another. I know I have made lifelong friends.”

Top 10 Abigail Monis, daughter of Peder & Trisha Monis, Oconomowoc, signed her letter of intent to attend Maryville University to pursue a degree in Accounting/Sports Business Management while she plays basketball for the Division 2 Maryville Saints. She received a Maryville Athletic as well as Academic Maryville Barat Scholarships. She also had basketball scholarship offers from California Baptist and Quincy Universities. She says, “I want to work for a major league sports team after college.” At Lakeside, she was a member of the National Honor Society. As an athlete, she played JV volleyball and softball, and has varsity letters for 3 years of basketball (Honorary Captain as a senior) and 2 years of Track & Field, where she was a member of the Conference champion 4×200 relay. Her basketball honors include All-Conference and All-County teams for three years, All-Area and All-State for two years and All-Star team her senior year. Monis says, “Some of my favorite memories from Lakeside are from the close friendships and bonds I have made with people from many different places I’ll also have very fond memories from all the sports I have taken part in.”

Top 10 Ashley Anne Pagel, daughter of Michael and Lynn, Helenville, plans to pursue a degree in nursing at Madison College. Her goal is “to get my Bachelor’s degree in Registered Nursing and to possibly work in Pediatrics or Women’s health,” she reports. While at Lakeside, Pagel has been an active member of the Teens for Christ educational and service group, serving as an officer for two years, as well as being involved with service activities for NHS. At her church, St. Peter Lutheran in Helenville, she has played in the handbell choir for four years, and teaches crafts during Vacation Bible School season. “I liked the close feel of all the students and teachers, and enjoyed learning with teachers who want to teach you and care about your success,” Pagel shares. “I liked coming to school every day in a positive, friendly, Christian environment.”

Top 10 Alex Pillard, son of Paul and Brenda Pillard of Oconomowoc, plans to attend UW-Madison to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering, although he received scholarship offers from Valparaiso and UWM. He shares, “I want to be a leader in whatever way I can. I also want to look into starting my own business.” Athletically, he has earned letters in soccer, basketball and baseball. He sang with the A Cappella Choir and Swing Choir, and was a part of WSMA and Choral Fest activities. He served on Student Council and is Student Body President. He participated on Math Team and NHS, where he joined in the activities with Bethesda Ministries. He was a 2015 Badger Boys State rep. Pillard has written for the Warrior Times Weekly student newspaper, and this year served as Editor-in-Chief when the paper won a first merit in a national newspaper competition, and was named “Best Weekly High School Newspaper” for schools with a student body of under 500. At his home congregation of St. Matthew, Oconomowoc, he is a Live Nativity and VBS Volunteer. “One of the things that I liked about Lakeside was its size. Everyone knows everyone, even if they are not in the same grade,” he shares. “I also liked making lifelong memories with my friends, while staying rooted in my faith.”

Top 10 Jessica Schwanke, daughter of Pastor Larry & Martha Schwanke, Milton, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to pursue a degree in Nursing. “I would possibly like to work in an ER, and might eventually become a Nurse Practitioner,” she reports. She has been awarded a $1,000 Volunteers of Watertown Regional Medical Center Scholarship, a $500 Mercy Health System Association of Volunteers Scholarship, and the WLC Academic, Christian Leadership, Partners in Christian Education, and Church Scholarships, totaling $15,000 per year. She also received scholarship offers from Concordia and Carroll Universities. Her years at Lakeside included serving with Teens for Christ all four years, and as an officer junior year. She was behind-the-scenes in the 2015 spring play, was on Math and Track & Field teams her freshman and sophomore years. She has also been in National Honor Society for three years. A member at St. John Lutheran in Milton, where her dad is pastor, she helps with Sunday School and plays organ. Schwanke says, “I liked the family feel of Lakeside. Everyone was always so happy, and would smile to me as I walked past. I enjoyed how the teachers knew me by name, and if I had a question, they tried to help me figure it out.”

Top 10 Elijah Tesch, son of Peter & Dolores Tesch, Sun Prairie, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in Computer Science. He received scholarships from WLC totaling $17,000 per year. “I also have as goals to run a marathon as well as run collegiate Track and Cross Country,” Tesch says. His time at Lakeside included singing in the A Cappella and Swing Choirs, membership in NHS, Academic Bowl and the Math team. He was a runner for Warrior teams, both in the fall and spring. He was Lakeside’s 2016 WIAA Scholar Athlete Nominee, and earned seven varsity letters on the Cross Country and Track teams, earning spots on All-Conference teams five seasons and being voted Honorary Cross Country team captain in 2015. A member at Peace Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie, he participates in its FYSH youth group. “At Lakeside I really appreciated the quality education with experienced teachers while still in a Christ-centered environment, as well as the wide variety of extracurriculars,” Tesch shares. “But what I like the very most about Lakeside was its commitment to its mission. Lakeside not only prepares students with the skills needed for careers, it also prepares us to share the life-changing message of the gospel with others.”

Top 10 David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville, and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon, plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to pursue a degree in Business and Music. “I also plan to further my musical abilities in the band and choir programs at WLC,” Wilson reports. “I hope to create a progressive praise band to play in churches around the Milwaukee area and my home congregation.” He received a renewable $5,000 Kohl Initiative Scholarship and the $500 Welsh Prairie Livewires 4-H Scholarship, along with $19,000 per year from WLC. He also received scholarship offers from Concordia University and Carthage College. He accrued an extensive history of musical involvement at Lakeside, including Marching Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, A Cappella Choir, Swing Choir and Piano performance. He participated in Football, Soccer and Track. He was also involved with National Honor Society, Student Council, Teens for Christ, Math Team, the student newspaper, Yearbook and the state champion Forensics team, for which he most recently earned a WHSFA state gold medal in the Radio Speaking category. In his community he is involved with 4-H and is a United Way Volunteer. “I am very thankful for the many strong bonds I have created with my fellow students and teachers at LLHS, especially through band and choir trips,” Wilson shares. “I liked how Christ was a part of everything we learned, not only in Religion and Music, but also from PhyEd to Math classes.”