After earning the highest score among 340 teams at last spring’s Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) state meet, the Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team has entered its 2017 competition season.
On February 6, Lakeside traveled to the Capitol Conference tournament at Belleville High School, where high school students compete against each other in 16 different speaking categories. Out of the 11 conference schools that competed, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, finished the night with a total of 308 points, earning the Conference Championship ahead of second and third place teams Lake Mills (206) and Belleville (176). This win marks the seventh straight Conference championship for Lakeside Lutheran.
Leading the way in their individual categories were the following Lakeside Lutheran students:
Caleb Strutz, 2nd in Extemporaneous
Emily Weber, 2nd in Farrago
Maddie McKenna, 1st in Farrago
Lillie Johnstone, 1st in 4-minute speaking
Malachi Mortensen, 2nd in Moments in History
Devon Perkins, 1st in Moments in History
Kaitlyn Gehler and Derek Gulrud, 3rd in Playacting
Caleb Raymond and Max Thiele, 2nd in Playacting
Matt Gunst, 3rd in Prose
Bronte Perkins, 2nd in Prose
Emma Hans, 1st in Prose
Charlie Pingel, 2nd in Radio Speaking
Cannon Kerr, 1st in Radio Speaking
Kyle Burger, 1st in Solo Acting humorous
Ashley McLain, 1st in Special Occasion
Maria Werre, 2nd in Storytelling
The full team of 25 will now begin their state competition at sub-districts which are being held at Milton High School on Monday, February 27 in hopes to advance on to the district meet and from there advancing on to the Forensics State Tournament to be held at The University of Wisconsin in Madison on April 21.
Lakeside Lutheran High School recognized outstanding student athletes at its spring academic awards night May 11. Seniors Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeff and Heidi Doyle, Watertown, and Elijah Tesch, son of Peter and Dee Tesch, Sun Prairie, were honored as the school nominees for the 2016 WIAA Scholar Athlete awards in their respective genders, and seniors Meghan Pingel, daughter of Jim and Renae Pingel, Sun Prairie, and Blake Thiele, son of Matt and Peg Thiele, Oconomowoc, were honored as Warrior Athletes for the 2015- 2016 school year.
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 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. 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 of the Lakeside Lutheran 2016 WIAA Scholar Athletes are in this graduating Academic Top 10, and both have earned six varsity letters. Hollie Doyle is the female selection for 2016, earning letters in basketball, golf and softball as a three-season athlete, all while maintaining a 3.857 GPA. Doyle was named to 2nd Team All-Conference for softball in 2014, and was voted Most Valuable Golfer by her teammates in 2015. She plans to attend Carroll University to pursue a doctorate in Opthamology. Elijah Tesch is this year’s male WIAA Scholar Athlete, lettering in cross country and track. He received 1st team All-Conference honors in Cross Country and was named honorary team captain in 2015. He will graduate with a 3.845 GPA and plans to attend Wisconsin Lutheran College to pursue a degree in animal science.
The Warrior Award is presented to one senior boy and girl for their contributions to the Lakeside Lutheran athletic program throughout their high school careers. The coaching staff-selected award considers participation, sportsmanship, and excellence in the area of athletics. Both Warrior Award winners were three-sport athletes for all of their years at Lakeside and both have received several post season honors in their sports.
Blake Thiele, the 2016 male Warrior Award winner, will graduate with eight varsity letters—3 in football, 2 in basketball, and 3 in track and field. Thiele was a 2nd team All-conference football defensive back in 2013 and 2015, and a 1st team selection wide receiver in 2015. In track as a junior he was 8th in state for high hurdles and made the All-Conference team. He will continue his studies at UW-LaCrosse, pursuing a degree in business.
Meghan Pingel received the 2016 female Warrior Athlete Award. She will graduate with 10 varsity letters for her efforts in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She has earned spots on All-Conference teams since her freshman year, culminating in Performer of the Year in the Capitol Conference for Track in both 2014 and 2015, as well as Conference Basketball Player of the Year in 2016. She has been instrumental in helping the girls track teams win conference championships with her hurdling, jumping and relay running, taking, among other accomplishments, record-setting state championships in 4×200 Relay in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and 100m High Hurdles in 2014 and 2015 (setting a state record at 14.96s in 2014). Last fall she signed a letter of intent to play Division 1 college basketball at UW-Green Bay, where she will pursue a degree in Physical Therapy.
For the second time in three years, the Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics team captured the highest score among 340 high schools at the 121st Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Festival. This is the 7th consecutive Excellence in Speech Award awarded to Lakeside Lutheran for scoring in the top 5% among participating high schools.
The UW-Madison campus hosted 4,656 students from across the state at this, the largest forensics tournament in the state on April 15. “Students in our academic sport practice long hours to hone their skills and meet the expectations upon which they will be judged,” says WHSFA Executive Director Adam Jacobi. “These schools represent consistent performance across a variety of contest events at our festival, and should be lauded for their performance.” Competing against 339 other high schools this spring, Lakeside Lutheran returned home again as the highest scoring team in the state, along with perennial powerhouse, Darlington High School; each had total of 90 team points.
At the State Festival, individual competitors receive a gold medal for a perfect score of 25, silver for a score of 23 or 24, a bronze for a score of 20-22 and a small bronze for lower scores. The whole team then receives points based on members’ individual scores, earning four points for each gold, three points for each silver, two points for each bronze and one point for each small bronze.
After qualifying all 25 entries—the maximum allowable—through sub-district and district competitions, the Lakeside Lutheran competitors earned a total of 15 gold and 10 silver medals at state, resulting in the championship 90 points.
“Having the top score at the tournament two years ago was a thrill, but to win it a second time in three years is special, especially for some of our juniors and seniors who were on the first State Championship team” said Lakeside Lutheran forensics coach Steve Lauber. “God has blessed these young adults with not only a great work ethic but tremendous speaking skills.”
The 15 gold medal entries include Caleb Strutz, Verona (Extemporaneous); Becca Doering, Lake Mills (Solo Acting); Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc (Public Address); Maria Werre, Sun Prairie (Storytelling); Emily Weber, Helenville (Storytelling); Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc (Storytelling); Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo and Derek Gulrud, Marshall (Playacting); Josh Schoenfeld, Lake Mills and Josiah Eaker, Watertown (Playacting); Caleb Raymond and Charlie Pingel, both Sun Prairie (Playacting); Devon Perkins, Madison (Moments in History); Audra Sonntag, Janesville (Prose); Emma Hans, Jefferson (Prose); Sophie Griffin, Lodi (Prose); Max Thiele, Oconomowoc (Demonstration); and David Wilson, Pardeeville (Radio Speaking).
Silver medals were awarded to Kyle Burger, Lake Mills (Solo Acting); Justin Learned, Watertown (Demonstration); Kayla Grundman, Waterloo (Special Occasion); Maddie McKenna, Lake Mills (Farrago); Malachi Mortensen, Beaver Dam (Moments in History); Mira Parker, DeForest (Poetry); Justin Gaal, Oconomowoc (Radio Speaking); Tina Kehl, Waterloo (Special Occasion); Molly Lindloff, Janesville (Prose); and Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie and Emma Guld, Lake Mills (Playacting).
For more information about the WHSFA, visit whsfa.org. For more information about Lakeside Lutheran High School, contact Principal Grasby at 920-648-2321 or visit the LLHS website at llhs.org.
After earning the Excellence in Speech Award from the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association (WHSFA) the last six years by finishing in the top 5% from among 345 teams at UW Madison last April, the Lakeside Lutheran Forensics team has entered its 2016 competition season.
On February 1, Lakeside traveled to the Capitol Conference tournament at Wisconsin Heights in Mazomanie, where high school students compete against each other in 16 different speaking categories. Out of the 10 conference schools that competed, Lakeside Lutheran, coached by Mr. Steve Lauber, finished the night with a total of 294 points, earning the Conference Championship ahead of second and third place teams Luther Prep (237) and Belleville (175). This win marks the sixth straight Conference championship for Lakeside Lutheran.
Leading the way in their individual categories were the following Lakeside Lutheran students:
The full team of 25 students has also begun its run to this spring’s WHSFA state competition. Sub-districts at Cambridge High School were Thursday, February 18, when each member of the full team of 25 earned advancement to District competition, to be held March 7 at Beaver Dam High School. With success there, the team advances to the State Tournament at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on April 15.