Student musicians receive recognition

The Lakeside Lutheran Music Department, led by Choir Director James Buege and Band Director Glen Pufahl, presented music awards for the 2017-2018 academic year to several student musicians at Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

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

The National School Choral Award® is the highest honor for high school choral performers. It recognizes the dedication and musical achievement of top choral students nationwide and was awarded to senior Maria Werre, daughter of Luke and Jennifer Werre of Sun Prairie. A Gueldner Music Clinic scholarship was awarded to sophomore vocalist Abbie DiGiovanni, daughter of Michelle DiGiovanni of Jefferson and Michael DiGiovanni of Surprise, Ariz.

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

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Those seniors recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures at the recent Lakeside Lutheran Awards Night were (L-R) Noah Lorenz, Watertown; Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville; and Joseph Grambsch, Columbus.

Outstanding Musicians are chosen by fellow band members in recognition for outstanding musical achievements, cooperation and dedication to the Lakeside Lutheran band program. This year’s recipients include Sophia Collins, marimba; J Doyle, son of Jack and Julie Doyle, DeForest, percussion; Mitchell Doyle, son of Jeff and Heidi Doyle, Watertown, percussion; Ashley Fritz, daughter of Brian and Tiffany Fritz, Middleton, saxophone; Joseph Grambsch, trumpet; Aaron Natvig, son of Jon and Cindy Natvig, Cottage Grove, percussion; Charlie Pingel, son of Jim and Renae Pingel, Sun Prairie, F horn; Katrina Stratman, daughter of Pastor Paul and Corinne Stratman, Beaver Dam, trombone; and Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown, trombone.

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award® was inaugurated in 1974 with the consent of his widow shortly after this great jazz artist died in 1971. It honors the outstanding jazz musician at each high school nationwide; this year’s award was presented to Joseph Grambsch. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to Ashley Fritz.

Said to be the most prestigious band award given to a high school band member, the John Philip Sousa Band Award is given to recognize superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation, and was awarded to Ashley Fritz.

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

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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.

Badger State reps announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2018 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 77th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 9-16 are Brevin Jegerlehner, son of AJ and Betty Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie, and Peter Zambo, son of Steven and Beth Zambo, Lake Mills. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 75th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 17-22 are Abigail Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda Buxa, Oconomowoc, and Katie Guld, daughter of John and Nicole Guld, Lake Mills.
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Lakeside Lutheran has chosen its representatives for the 2018 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June. The reps for the LLHS class of 2019, pictured L-R, are Peter Zambo, Abigail Buxa, Katie Guld and Brevin Jegerlehner.
Abigail Buxa has participated in volleyball for two years, basketball for three, and varsity track and field for three. In addition, she is a member of National Honor Society, sings with and accompanies the A Cappella choir, works on the newspaper staff, participates in conference art shows and math meets, and attends leadership breakfasts with the Lake Mills Optimists Club.
Tied for first in the class in GPA, she is a track captain, awarded second-team all-conference as a thrower, and earned a first in WSMA solo ensemble in piano performance. She has also served as a captain for the math team and placed first in a conference math meet. This summer she will travel to Watertown, N.Y., to help lead an art camp with Operation Go, a summer mission trip program. Buxa has volunteered with Honor Flight, Ruby’s Pantry, People Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (PADA), Twice is Nice, and Hope Church in Oconomowoc. She runs her own business, Signs from Above by Abigail, and also works part-time at Western Culvert Supply, Inc. in Oconomowoc.
A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington, she is considering a career in math, art, or psychology. A military child, Buxa was born in Alaska and has also lived in Maryland and California. “It is a huge honor to have been chosen, and I am looking forward to learning so much through this experience,” she says, “I am blessed that the teachers and staff thought of me for this.”
Katie Guld, currently ranked 6th in the class, has received academic high honors each semester. A member of this year’s Division 2 State Volleyball Championship team, she is also on Student Council, is captain of the soccer team, serves on newspaper and yearbook staffs, and participates in Teens for Christ service group. In addition, she is on the STEM Club Robotics Team.
Over spring break, Guld will travel to St. John’s, Antigua, as part of Operation Go, where she will help lead a soccer camp and teach phy ed. A member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, she works at Lake Mills Family Restaurant and volunteers as a babysitter for her church. With all of her activities, Guld sets aside an hour each week to meticulously plan her schedule. “Being so involved is a challenge but is most definitely worth it!” she says.
Guld plans to go into a biology career, perhaps as a physical or occupational therapist. She is grateful for the opportunity to attend Badger State. “Knowing that the instructors and mentors I look up to chose me gives me confidence to pursue my education,” she says. “I am looking forward to connecting with other girls across the state that have similar goals and values.”
Brevin Jegerlehner is “a hard worker that likes to see success from my efforts,” he says. “I stay busy with sports, Student Council, and looking for ways to help others.” He has been a student council rep for three years and attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp. Tied for first in his class, Jegerlehner is also a member of the National Honor Society and has received the Student Achiever Award. He has been on varsity basketball for three years and played football for three, receiving an all-conference honorable mention. As a member of the track team, he is a member of the school-record-holding 4×100 relay team.
Jegerlehner, who is considering being either a physical therapist or pastor, has volunteered at his church, Holy Cross, Madison, and served Thanksgiving meals. He is also a part of New Friends, a program at LLHS where students partner with special needs young people for friendship-building activities.
He is looking forward to working with new people at Badger State and “I hope to learn how to better lead others and gain experience with government,” he says. “I’m glad I have been chosen because it is an opportunity to grow as a person and learn new things.”
Peter Zambo, a member of the National Honor Society, has participated in every in-house math meet as well as traveling to other schools, often placing in the top three. He is part of the Stem Club, participates in soccer and track, and plays intramural basketball.
A member at St. John, Newville, Zambo helps clean the church once a month, volunteers at Lakeside’s summer soccer camps and at Twice is Nice, a resale store run by volunteers in Jefferson. He also volunteers for Salty Earth Pictures, a Christian media and film company. In addition, “I went on many disaster relief trips before high school when it wasn’t as big of a deal if I missed school,” he says. Peter also started his own online store where he “sells Giant Jenga sets that I make in my garage.”
Zambo is looking forward to being an engineer—or anything that involves lots of math. He knows that being chosen is “a great honor and not many are able to be part of it. I’m looking forward to gaining a better understanding of how our government works and meeting new people and making new friends,” he says.
Badger State Government and Leadership Conferences are an opportunity for students entering their senior year of high school to put the principles of democratic government into action during a weeklong assembly. Sponsored by the Wisconsin American Legion and its Auxiliary, the goals of Badger State assemblies are to prepare young men and women of high school age for citizenship in a modern world, teach principles of democracy, instill a love of country and desire to preserve our government. Schools are encouraged to select representatives based on a combination of interest shown, leadership qualities, character, fitness, scholarship and extra-curricular activities.

Lakeside Lutheran fall athletes honored

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently held its fall sports awards night when coaches recognize efforts of the six fall sports teams as well as all-conference team honorees and athletes of the year. A total of 10 Lakeside Lutheran athletes received first team all-conference spots, 10 achieved second team all-conference, and 11 earned honorable mention. In addition, a Warrior received Capitol Conference North Athlete of the Year honors.

The 2017 Warrior volleyball team took its second straight sectional championship and earned another berth at the WIAA Division 2 State tournament last weekend. With victories over Waukesha Catholic Memorial and Luxembourg-Casco, the Warriors claimed the first D2 state volleyball championship in school history. The team also claimed a fifth straight Capitol Conference North championship this fall with a conference record of 10-0. Six players earned conference awards for their efforts. Senior hitter Amber Rowoldt of Watertown, senior setter Ellie Westrate of Sun Prairie and senior libero Kaitlyn Gehler of Waterloo were elected 1st team all-conference, while senior hitter Sophie Collins of Lake Mills, senior middle Kelsey Birschbach of DeForest and junior hitter Kaitlyn Shadoski of Janesville received honorable mention.

 

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Senior volleyball players from Lakeside Lutheran High School hold the WIAA D2 State Volleyball trophy after winning the championship match in Green Bay, WI on Saturday, November 4, 2017. From left: Sophie Collins, Kelly Koch, Kaitlyn Gehler, Morgan Thiele, Amber Rowoldt, Kelsey Birschbach, Ellie Westrate.

 

 

Gehler, Rowoldt and Westrate were all voted to the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association (WVCA) All-Tournament Team at the WIAA state tournament Nov. 2-4. The WVCA also voted Rowoldt to 1st team All-State, and awarded Gehler and Westrate All-State Honorable Mention. Gehler set a D2 state tournament record with 52 total digs, and most digs in a 5 set match with 27; she also tied the second place record with 5 aces in a 5-set match.

In addition to her All-Conference, All-State and All-Tournament accolades, Rowoldt was awarded Capitol Conference North Volleyball Player of the Year. While at State, she set a Division 2 record with 29 kills in the five sets of the championship match. She also set the Division 2 tournament record with 48 kills.  Over the season, Rowoldt recorded 504 kills (setting a new school record of 1,489 total career kills), 60 aces, 81 blocks, 451 digs in 108 sets played this year. Last fall, she committed to play for NCAA D2 Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2018.

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Thirty Lakeside Lutheran athletes were recognized at the recent fall sports awards night as they were awarded spots on Capitol North All-Conference teams and more. Front, l-r: Chris Schwantes, honorable mention soccer; Skyler Christianson, honorable mention soccer; Brett Schwantes, honorable mention soccer; Griffin Torgerson, honorable mention soccer; Kailey Schoenherr, 2nd team cross country; Jacob Holmes, 2nd team cross country; August Gresens, 1st team cross country. Second row, L-R: Amber Rowoldt, 1st team volleyball, Capitol North Conference Player of the Year, WVCA State All-Tournament team, WVCA All-State 1st team; Maya Heckmann, 1st team golf; Matthias Winters, 2nd team football defense; Alex Hoenecke, honorable mention soccer; Ryan Leon Peralta, honorable mention soccer; Caleb Raymond, 1st team football offense; Will DeNoyer, 1st team football offense. Third row, L-R: Tyler Punzel, 1st team cross country; Kaitlyn Gehler, 1st team volleyball, WVCA State All-Tournament team, WVCA All-State Honorable Mention; Isaiah Coleman, honorable mention football offense; Dustin Pampel, 2nd team football defense; Tyler Holzhueter, 2nd team football offense; Jack Monis, 2nd team football offense; Casey Ponyicsanyi, 1st team football defense. Back row, L-R: Charlie Pingel, 2nd team cross country; Cade Olszewski, 1st team offense and 2nd team defense football; Ben Hodel, honorable mention football defense; Sophie Collins, honorable mention volleyball; Ellie Westrate, 1st team volleyball, WVCA State All-Tournament team, WVCA All-State Honorable Mention; Kelsey Birschbach, honorable mention volleyball; Kaitlyn Shadoski, honorable mention volleyball. Missing are Alexis Genthe and Jada Gresens, both 2nd team cross country.

The Lakeside Lutheran boys cross country team finished 2nd in conference this fall. Senior runner Tyler Punzel of Watertown and sophomore August Gresens of Sun Prairie earned 1st team all-conference honors. Punzel earned a berth at the 2017 WIAA State Meet. Senior Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie, and sophomore Jacob Holmes, Fort Atkinson, earned 2nd team all-conference honors.

The girls’ cross country team took third place in conference this year. Three runners earned spots on the all-conference teams. Senior Kailey Schoenherr and freshman Jada Gresens, both of Sun Prairie, and junior Alexis Genthe, Lake Mills, each earned second team all-conference honors.

The Lakeside Lutheran boys soccer team saw six players receive honorable mention from the conference, including senior defender Skyler Christianson, Janesville; senior forward Brett Schwantes, Madison; senior midfielder Griffin Torgerson, Watertown; senior forward Alex Hoenecke, Waunakee; senior midfielder Ryane Leon Peralta, Madison; and junior defender Chris Schwantes, Madison. Torgerson was voted Most Valuable Player and Brett Schwantes was voted Honorary Team Captain by teammates.

The Warrior football team earned its first return to playoffs since 2012 with a 6-4 record. Ten players earned 11 spots on all-conference teams. Senior running back Cade Olszewski of Johnson Creek earned first team all-conference offense as a running back and 2nd team for his work on defense as inside linebacker. Three juniors—middle linebacker Casey Ponyicsanyi of Lake Mills, o-lineman Caleb Raymond and receiver Will DeNoyer, both of Sun Prairie—also earned 1st team honors. Earning 2nd team spots were senior tight end Dustin Pampel of Johnson Creek, senior defensive back Matthias Winters of Watertown, junior quarterback Jack Monis of Oconomowoc, and junior center Tyler Holzhueter of Waterloo. Receiving honorable mention were senior offensive lineman Isaiah Coleman of Watertown and senior outside linebacker Benjamin Hodel of Lake Mills.

Lakeside girls golf team saw marked progress in the program with a third-place finish in the Rock Valley Conference. Freshman Maya Heckmann of Middleton was awarded first team all-conference honors with her solid advance to and performance in sectional play. Senior golfer Ashley Fritz, also from Middleton, was awarded “High Honors” as an Academic All-State honoree by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin as a result of her high GPA and participation as a varsity golfer this fall.

 

College Scholarship Recipients Announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces that 45 students in the class of 2017 have reported over $612,000 in scholarship money from individuals, foundations, organizations and the schools they applied to attend. Of the 93 graduates, 82 have indicated plans to continue their education in the fall of 2017, while nine plan to enter the military. Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) indicate a renewable scholarship.

Quinn Bilitz, son of Dan Bilitz, Lake Mills, and Jennifer Kornell, Lake Mills: MLC Service Grant, $1,000*. He plans to attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Kaitlyn Birkholz, daughter of Gregg and Sheryl, Watertown: Lakeland University Achievement Scholarship $7,000*. She plans to attend Lakeland to pursue a degree in accounting and sports management.

Brett Burger, son of Mark and Denice, Lake Mills: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She plans to attend Martin Luther College for a degree in education.

Kyle Burger, son of Mark and Denice, Lake Mills: Wisconsin Lutheran College Theater scholarship $2,000; WLC Academic Scholarship $13,000; WLC Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000. He plans to attend WLC to major in theater.

Elliott Butler, son of Matthew and Susan, Ixonia: Martin Luther College Messenger Scholarship, $2,000*; MLC Service Grant $1,000*. He plans to attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Secondary Physical Education and Elementary Education.

Annika Butzow, daughter of Mark and Sheila, Janesville: UW-River Falls Academic Award $1,000. She plans to attend UW-Stevens Point.

Nick Chesterman, son of Paul and Michelle, Sun Prairie: Wisconsin Lutheran College, Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. He plans to attend UW-Whitewater for business.

Elizabeth Cichanofsky, daughter of Mike and Shelly, Watertown: Carroll Trustee Scholar $19,000*; Carroll University Donor Sponsored Grant $2,100*; Fort Health Care Robert G. Handeyside Scholarship, $2,000. She plans to attend Carroll University for a degree in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Jacob Constien, son of Timothy and Deborah, Sun Prairie: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship, $11,000*. He will attend WLC for a degree in sports exercise science.

Rekha Drevlow, daughter of Steven Drevlow, Lake Mills, and Meena Vyas, Madison: Robert Muehrcke Foundation Scholar Athlete Award $7,000*; Concordia University Presidential Merit, $10,000*. She will attend Concordia University Wisconsin to study nursing.

Matthew Fisher, son of Mark and Mary, Madison: Wisconsin Lutheran College Academic Scholarship $13,000*; Concordia University Wisconsin Presidential Scholarship, $12,000*. He will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in education.

Andrew Fritz, son of Brian and Tiffany, Middleton: Martin Luther College Zachary D. Moyle Scholarship, $2,500; Morgan Turnquist Warrior Scholarship, $500. He will attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Eli Gartner, son of Mark and Betsy, Watertown: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship, $1,500*. He will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in secondary education.

Keyera Giese, daughter of Chris and Kristi, Watertown: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Derek Gulrud, son of Cody and Nidia, Marshall: MLC Scholarship $1,000*; Martin Luther College Ryan J. Zweifel Scholarship, $2,500; Christianos Agape Scholarship $750. He will attend Martin Luther College to pursue a Vocal Music Arts Program.

Abigail Hackbarth, daughter of Todd and Donna, Lake Mills: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*; Rotary Scholarship, $1,000; Lake Mills Sons of the American Legion Scholarship, $500. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in nursing.

Laura Hafenstein, daughter of Brian and Tammy, Lake Mills: University of North Dakota Athletic Scholarship-20%, $4,000*. She will attend the University of North Dakota for a degree in Kinesiology.

Fai Haw, daughter Steve and Heidi, Marshall: University of Northern Iowa Music Scholarship, $3,500*; University of Northern Iowa Multicultural Award, $1,000*; University of Northern Iowa, Out of State Award, $1,000*; Valparaiso University Music Scholarship, $1,500*; UW-Whitewater Music Scholarship, $1,000*. She will attend UW-Whitewater for a degree in Music Education.

Josh Higgins, son of Charles and Julie, Watertown: UW-La Crosse Soaring Eagle Scholarship $2,000*; WLC Presidential Scholarship, $15,000*; WLC General Endowed Scholarship Fund $1,500*; WLC Partners in Christian Education Scholarship, $2000*. He will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in education.

Brady Jensen, son of Jonathan and Jeanette, Juneau: WLC Academic Scholarship $13,000*; WLC General Endowed Scholarship $1,000*; WLC Regents Grant $3,050; Partners in Christian Education Scholarship $2,000*; Wisconsin Grant $2,900*; BLC Presidential Scholarship $12,000*. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to pursue a degree in Marine Biology.

Lillian Johnstone, daughter of Chad and Jan, Jefferson: WLC Academic Scholarship $13,000*. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Tina Kehl, daughter of Paul and Kristine, Waterloo: MLC Messenger Scholarship $2,000*. She will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Elementary Education.

Robert Lang, son of Jay and Mary, Lake Mills: WLC Academic Scholarship, $13,000*; WLC General Endowed Scholarship Fund $1,000*; WLC Regents’ Grant $3,300*; WLC Partners in Christian Education Scholarship, $2,000*; WLC Congregational Match, $2,000*; Valpo Honors Scholarship $19,000*; Valpo Award for Excellence $2,000*; Valpo Fund Alumni Award $3,160*; Valpo Lutheran Gift Award $2,000*; Clarke Trustee Award $8,000*; Clarke Campus Impact Grant $5,000*; Concordia University Wisconsin Presidential Scholarship $12,000*; CUW Early FAFSA Filing Grant $1,500*; Concordia Grant $2,983*, CUW Luther Promise Guarantee $3,017*; Coastal Carolina The Coastal Scholar Award, $6,280 per year (25% off full-time tuition)*. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in accounting.

Caleb Lindert, son of Thomas and Lisa, Watertown: MSOE Academic Scholarship $12,000*; Michigan Tech National Excellence Scholarship* $12,500; Michigan Tech University Student Award $4,400*; UW-La Crosse UWL First! Scholars Program $2,000*. He will attend Milwaukee School of Engineering for a degree in Computer Engineering.

Ian Lindloff, son of David and Phyllis, Lake Mills: Milwaukee School of Engineering Academic Achievement Scholarship $12,000*. He will attend UW-Platteville for a degree in Civil Engineering.

Kalandria Madrid, daughter of Angela, Watertown: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*; WLC Partners in Christian Education $2,000*; Lake Mills Sons of the American Legion Scholarship, $500. She will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to study nursing.

Bethany Mahnke, daughter of Mike and Latonia, Sun Prairie: UW-Stevens Point, $1,500. She will attend UW-Stevens Point.

Cara McElroy, daughter of Stewart and Robin, Madison: North Park University $10,000*; North Park Friends scholarship $3,000*; Calvin College $10,000*. She will attend North Park University for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Maddie McKenna, daughter of Sam and Missy, Lake Mills: Concordia University of Wisconsin Regents Scholarship $11,000*; Luther Promise and Concordia Grants, $5,000*. She will attend CUW to major in Public Relations.

Melissa Melcher, daughter of Thomas Melcher, Ixonia: Ripon College Dean’s Scholarship $20,000*; University of Kentucky “See Blue” Scholarship $7,000*; University of Kentucky, Academic Scholarship $6,000*; Marquette University Pére Marquette $20,000*; UW-River Falls Academic Achievement Award $1,000*; UM-Morris Academic Achievement $1,500*; Findlay University Academic Achievement, $16,000*; JCHP Ambassador Scholarship, $500; JCHP Senior Scholarship, $500; Lakeside Lutheran FFA Alumni Scholarship, $300. She will attend UW-River Falls for a double major in Animal Science and Business.

Mindy Meske, daughter of Jeff and Jayne, Jefferson: Bethany Lutheran College, Presidential Academic Scholarship $12,000*; BLC Art Scholarship $2,000*; BLC Christian High School Waiver $2,000*. She will attend Bethany Lutheran College to study Elementary Education and 2D Studio Art.

Ben Odrich, son of Randy and Jennifer, Verona: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. He will attend Madison College.

Justin Rue, son of David and Diane, Fort Atkinson: Martin Luther College Leadership Grant $3,000*; MLC Witness Scholarship $1,500*; Bethany Lutheran Church Bethany Lutheran Scholarship $1,000* matched by MLC. He will attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Benjamin Runke, son of David and Joan, Sun Prairie: University of Wisconsin-Stout Polytechnic Scholarship $1,000. He will attend UW-Stout for a B.S. in Computer Engineering.

Danielle Schilling, daughter of Michael and Robin, Watertown: UW-River Falls Outstanding Academic Achievement Award $2,000*; UW-River Falls Falcon Scholars Scholarship $1,000 per year + $2,000 stipend for study abroad. She will attend UW-River Falls to study animal science.

Jaden Schmidt, son of Steven and ReBecca, Watertown: WLC Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. He will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College for a degree in secondary education and science.

Haley Stade, daughter of Michael and Georgia, Watertown: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend Martin Luther College for a degree in Elementary Education.

Caleb Strutz, son of Nathan and Elizabeth, Verona: MLC Presidential Scholarship $3,000*; Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship $2,250*. He will attend Martin Luther College to become a pastor.

Krystal Taylor, daughter of Kris and Diana, Jefferson: Bethany Lutheran College Luther Scholarship $11,000*; BLC Christian High School Waiver $2,000*. She will attend Bethany Lutheran College.

Ben Tweit, son of Bernt and Katie, Madison: Bethany Lutheran College Presidential Scholarship $12,000. He will attend Bethany Lutheran College for a degree in English.

Pierce Varney, son of Jennifer, Madison: Milwaukee School of Engineering Academic Merit Scholarship $10,000*. He will attend MSOE for a Masters in Architectural Engineering.

Jordan Veers, daughter of Steve and Dana, Cross Plains: Wisconsin Lutheran College Collegiate Scholarship $11,000*. She will attend WLC to major in Sports and Exercise Science.

Nicholas Voigt, son of Kevin and Amy, Juneau: Lakeside Lutheran FFA Alumni Scholarship, $700; He will attend Fox Valley Technical College for a degree in Agriculture Power Equipment.

Samuel Weiss, son of Alan, Oconomowoc: Marquette University College of Business Administration $5,000*; MU Pére Marquette Award $15,600*; Bradley University Presidential Scholarship $13,000*; Bradley Out-of-State Scholarship $4,000*. He will attend UW-Madison to study business.

Jamee Wohling, daughter of Scott and Dawn, Beaver Dam: Martin Luther College Witness Scholarship $1,500*. She will attend MLC for a degree in Elementary Education.

Students earn high marks on national German test

Two students who study German at Lakeside Lutheran High School have received commendations on the results of a recent proficiency exam, administered to 26,235 students from nearly 700 schools nationwide this year by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

To earn a Gold, Silver or Bronze achievement award on the AATG National German Exam, students must place in the top 30% of test-takers within their respective years of study, from two-four years. Noelle Gates, a sophomore from Middleton (pictured left), earned a Silver Achievement certificate for scoring in the 80th-89th percentile in the Level 2 test. Junior Mary Schallert, Cambridge, received a Bronze Achievement for scoring in the 70th-79th percentile in the Level 3 test. The 100-point AATG exam tests oral comprehension, reading and conversational skills as well as German grammar and sentence mechanics.

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.

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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.