2020 Badger State reps announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2020 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 79th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 13-20 are Will Jorgensen, son of Mark and Nancy, McFarland, and Devin Splinter, son of Dan and Cheryl, Ixonia. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 77th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 11-26 are Lydia Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda, Oconomowoc, and Ashley Grundman, daughter of Todd and Sherry, Waterloo.

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Lakeside Lutheran representatives for the 2020 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June include (L-R) Devin Splinter, Ashley Grundman, Will Jorgensen, and Lydia Buxa.

Lydia Buxa, currently tied for first in class GPA, is planning a career in pediatric or neonatal nursing. She started Butterflies for Henry, a charity that donates all proceeds from the sale of hand-painted magnets and printed stickers to the family of a two-year-old boy who suffers from a rare skin disease. She is a member of Teens for Christ, a service organization at Lakeside, and this summer will participate in a STEAM Camp in Alaska  as part of Lakeside’s Operation Go mission teams. She has also volunteered at Twice is Nice Resale Shop seasonal changeovers, St. Paul, Lake Mills’ annual Trunk or Treat, Thrivent Financial’s Military Day, and at Lighthouse Youth Center in Milwaukee.

Buxa, who works at Kwik Trip, is a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Bowl team, and the Math team. She is also on the yearbook staff and the newspaper editorial team. She attended the Lake Mills Leadership Optimist’s Club Breakfast and was a delegate to the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp. A member at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Farmington, she sings in the A Cappella choir, played volleyball for one year, basketball for two seasons, and has been on varsity track for three years.

“I’m glad to be chosen for BGS because it’s an opportunity to let my leadership grow,” she says. “I’m excited to not just learn about how government works, but also actually experience and become a part of it.”

For three years, Ashley Grundman has participated in golf, STEM Club, math meets, and the Academic Bowl. She was a founding member of Lakeside’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, is also a member of the National Honor Society, has been part of FFA for two years, was in the drama production her sophomore year, and managed the girls soccer team her freshman year. She serves as the secretary of Teens for Christ, “which I feel is a huge honor as a junior,” she says. A member of A Cappella Choir, she has participated in Operation Go mission trips, helps with chapel set up and the Grand Event—the school’s fundraising gala.

At her church, St. John-Newville, Waterloo, she helps with VBS and Sunday school, the Altar Guild, church decorating committee, and the church band. She is also active in the youth group and helps younger kids participate in the Christmas service. In addition, Grundman holds three part-time jobs as an assistant to a SimplyFun™ educational board game company rep, seasonal work at James J. Chocolate in Lake Mills, and as church secretary.

Grundman, who is considering a career in teaching or the medical field, is “looking forward to meeting with girls from other schools around the state, talking with them and learning about the different cultures within our own state. I’m also excited for what I might learn there, as I’ve been told the different life skills you learn can be used throughout your entire life,” she says.

Will Jorgensen, a member of Our Redeemer, Madison, volunteers at his church’s vacation Bible school and is active in their youth group. He has participated in Operation Go, taking two mission trips to Alaska. At school, Jorgensen participates in forensics, Teens for Christ, track, National Honor Society, and A Cappella Choir. His freshman year, he was on the baseball team and took piano lessons.

As a member of the football team, he earned 1st team all-conference as an offensive lineman and he is the off-season football captain, in charge of making sure people are in the weight room and stay interested in football.

Jorgensen is considering a career in business or international relations, “because I enjoy learning Spanish and business classes,” he says. He is looking forward to Badger Boys State to “meet new and interesting people, and to learn how government works by experiencing it firsthand. I think that BBS is going to be a fun and memorable experience, and I am honored to have been nominated.”

Through Badger Boys State, Devin Splinter is “looking forward to learning how to be a better leader in my school and my community,” he says. Splinter, who is considering being a middle school teacher, is active in his community, having been a beef representative on the Jefferson County MAP committee and 12-year member of the Ixonia Victory 4-H club, where he has served as president, vice-president, and secretary. This summer will be his seventh year showing and selling steer at the Jefferson County Fair, where he has won multiple awards and ribbons.

Splinter is a member of St. Matthew, Oconomowoc, where he serves as a group leader for Vacation Bible School and Christmas 4 Kids. At school, Splinter participates in football, track, Teens for Christ, National Honor Society, math team, and New Friends. He is headed to Chattanooga, Tenn., this summer as part of an Operation Go mission trip.

“I am glad to have been chosen for BBS because I know it is a huge honor. I am also really glad that my teachers have chosen me for this because it helps me stay focused on my schoolwork and the way I act around other people,” 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.

Buxa receives Badger Girls State Scholarship

AcadAwds2019_BadgerState​Abigail Buxa received the American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State Scholarship at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

The $500 scholarship is offered to Citizens of the most recent Badger Girls State Session who plan to attend a college, university, or approved technical school.

Buxa, the daughter of Greg and Linda of Oconomowoc, will attend Lipscomb University to study applied mathematics with minors in Spanish, business, or psychology.

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.

2017 Badger State reps are announced

Lakeside Lutheran High School has announced its 2017 Badger Boys and Girls State representatives. The boys selected to represent Lakeside Lutheran at the 76th session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College from June 10-17 are James Neuberger, son of Dan and Dawn Neuberger, Lake Mills, and Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown. The girls representing Lakeside Lutheran at the 74th session of Badger Girls State at UW-Oshkosh from June 18-23 are Emma Guld, daughter of John and Nicole Guld, Lake Mills, and Emily Raymond, daughter of Kyle and Amy Raymond, Sun Prairie. All of this year’s nominees are members of the Lakeside Lutheran Chapter of the National Honor Society.

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Lakeside Lutheran has chosen its representatives for the 2017 Badger Boys and Girls State Conferences in June. The reps for the class of 2018, pictured L-R, are Emily Raymond, Matthias Winters, James Neuberger and Emma Guld.

Ranked first academically in his class of 2018, James Neuberger has been part of the math team for three years, the Academic Bowl for two, and sings with the school’s traveling A Cappella Choir. He has participated in cross country, basketball, track and soccer. A member at St. Paul, Lake Mills, he is part of Teens for Christ, participating in school and community service projects throughout the school year. With perfect attendance and no tardies for all three years, he is planning to study for a degree in Pharmacy. “It’s an honor to be selected for Badger Boys State,” says Neuberger. “I appreciate that my efforts in the classroom have been recognized by teachers and administrators. Badger Boys State will give me the opportunity to find out more about myself and what I’m capable of accomplishing in the near future. Outside of school activities, he also works for the City of Lake Mills Parks Department. When asked what he was most looking forward to learning or experiencing at BBS, Neuberger replied, “I’m looking forward to further development of my leadership skills and a better understanding of the government process.”

Matthias Winters, ranked 6th in his class, has served as the class vice president for three years. He participates in concert band, jazz band, marching band, and A Cappella Choir. He has received two state first place medals at WSMA for piano and two outstanding musician awards for trombone. In addition, he participates on the math team and in the Academic Bowl, is the charter president of the Lakeside Lutheran STEM Club and writes for the student newspaper. For sports, he has participated in three years of football, two years of basketball, and one of baseball and two in track. A member at St. Luke, Watertown, Winters is part of the youth group, church band, and co-ed softball at church, and serves as an usher. He will also participate in OperationGo, the school summer mission trip program. He works as a cart-pusher at Walmart in Watertown. Winters plans to major in Industrial Engineering and minor in business at Milwaukee School of Engineering, while also doing the Reserve Officers Training Corps. He sees the opportunity to attend Badger State, “as an honor and a great opportunity to meet lots of kids who all have a bright future. This selection shows me that my teachers think highly of me and I can’t take that for granted,” he said. He is most looking forward to experiencing the elections. “I think it will be fun trying to run for the different offices.”

Emma Guld has participated in math meets, Academic Bowl, Forensics, Teens for Christ, and the school drama production each year. She participated in cross country, basketball, and band for two years. This year, she is part of FFA and STEM Club. Emma volunteers for the National Academy of Television and Sciences, and received two Emmy awards at Chicago Midwest Emmys for work on “Into The Outdoors.” Ranked 2nd in the class, she is considering becoming a dentist and eventually an orthodontist. Currently, she has a part-time job at the afterschool care program at St. Paul, Lake Mills, where she is a member. “I think that Badger Girls State will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from other people who have leadership roles in Wisconsin,” she says, and is “most looking forward to learning more about leadership with other girls that share a lot of the same interests that I do.”

Emily Raymond, a self-proclaimed “hard worker,” proves her claim. A member of the state championship forensics team, drama, and Teens for Christ for three years, she has also participated in track for two years and volleyball for one. She is making her second trip with OperationGo this summer. In service to the community, she has organized a book drive for a hospital clinic, volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank, participated in Operation Christmas Child, been a “buddy” at the “Night to Shine” prom for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, organized a food drive for local food pantries, and caroled at Bethesda group and Willowbrook nursing homes. At her church, Peace in Sun Prairie, she teaches VBS, serves meals, helps with Advent by Candlelight, and is a member of the Youth Group. Working as a cashier in Sun Prairie, she plans to attend Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, to pursue a double major in elementary and special education. “It is a great honor to be chosen for BGS. I love to try new things, and this is not like anything I have ever tried before,” she says. “I am really looking forward to meeting other girls from all over Wisconsin! I am also excited to learn how to be a better leader. (I’ve heard that the food at BGS is pretty good too.)”

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.